Archive - Sports Article
March 21st, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry junior three-sport athlete Alex Zannella is a winner.
No, Zannella isnâ€™t a winner in the clichÃ©d, metaphorical sense of the term. The Oaker is a winner because heâ€™s a talented athlete, who works hard and frequently finds himself playing with like-minded players.
Whether it be on the baseball diamond, the football field or the hockey ice, Zannellaâ€™s teams have usually been successful and he is usually one of the big reasons for that success.
WEST WARWICK â€” Offense mightâ€™ve carried the Coventry hockey team to a 16-1-0-1 record and the Division II-Central title.
But itâ€™s been senior goalie Spencer Patti and the Oakersâ€™ stingy defense that has Coventry on the precipice of its first Division II title since 2003.
After scoring nearly five goals a game during the regular season, Coventry has managed to score just three goals in every playoff game. Itâ€™s on the other end of the ice where teams have found the Oakers tough to beat.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A mere one point was all the difference.
For the second consecutive year, the West Warwick Wizardsâ€™ cheerleading squad finished second overall in the Medium Division at the R.I.I.L. team cheerleading competition this past weekend.
With 157.5 total points, the Wizards finished just behind the Portsmouth Patriots, who captured the trophy with a score of 158.
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was some doubt to whether the West Warwick Wizards were even going to qualify for the R.I. State Basketball Tournament after their loss to Westerly in the Division II playoffs.
But a Barrington Eagles loss to Rogers in those same Division II playoffs opened up the door for the Wizards to get invited to the party and last night they took advantage.
Playing as the No. 13 seed, West Warwick advanced in the tournament with a 71-64 win over the No. 4 seed cross-town rival Coventry Oakers.
PROVIDENCE - The Prout boys basketball team walked off with smiles on their faces Thursday night.
The improbable - beating No. 1 seed Cranston West - didn't happen, but the Crusaders certainly went out in style, cutting a 22-point deficit with 9 minutes, 9 seconds left to five with 30.8 seconds left before John King's magic ran out in a 69-61 loss.
Division II preliminary round
PROVIDENCE - The East Greenwich girls basketball team got it done on the defensive end Wednesday night and took care of Classical, 47-28.
The Avengers held the Purple to just nine points in the first 20 minutes on 3 of 27 shooting from the floor.
Kiley Powers led EG with 16 points and Leah Settipane had nine rebounds.
WEST WARWICK â€” The West Warwick girls basketball team, for the second time this season, defeated Tolman at home. And while the score, 63-54, indicates the Wizards were comfortable Division II first-round playoff winners, the game was still up in the air with three minutes remaining.
Thanks to 20 points from center Jenna Ayala and 13 from guard Janelle Gonzalez, the Tigers gave the No. 3 Wizards all they could handle.
KINGSTON â€“ You canâ€™t spell â€˜late-season collapseâ€™ without URI.
Technically you can, but thereâ€™s no denying that when it comes to winning when it matters most, the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball has not performed when it counted.
The last three seasons URI has had a chance to puts itself in the NCAA Tournament, only to flame out late in A-10 play, followed by struggles in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
This year is a little different.
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry wrestler Dylan Dupre just finished a fantastic freshman season with a sixth-place finish at the state tournament Saturday. Dupre should have been happy with the result, instead he was thinking about what he needs to do to become an elite wrestler.
WESTERLY â€” Designed plays look nice on dry-erase boards, but itâ€™s the top-level players who make the decision and are usually the reason a play works, fails or is changed in favor of something completely different.
Monday night, in the latest installment of the best Division II boys basketball rivalry, West Warwickâ€™s Max Motroni knew with his team trailing by a point with 16 seconds left in the game that coach Richard Grenier wanted him to drive to the hoop. Motroni saw the lane was closed and proceeded to bury a 25-foot 3-pointer.