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Oakers roll over struggling Rebels

February 4, 2011

COVENTRY — It was a classic spot on the schedule for the Coventry Oakers to fall into the dreaded ‘trap’ game.
After winning eight of their last nine games, including Monday’s big win over then number one in team Division I St. Raphael Academy, the Oakers had a date with the 2-16 South Kingstown Rebels.
With a four o’clock start and a smaller than usually fan base on hand, Coventry was able to muster up the energy necessary to fight off the pesky Rebels for a 75-60 victory.

Garrick scores 1,000th point in loss

February 4, 2011

WEST WARWICK — The tension was evident in West Warwick’s gymnasium last night in a game between the Wizards and the Prout Crusaders and had little to do with the scoreboard.
Fans on hand were there in anticipation of senior Tyreese Garrick scoring her 1,000th career point for her Wizards’ career and have been waiting for over a week with recent cancellation of games to do so.
Garrick would accomplish the feat with 2:55 remaining in the first half as the Wizards won that small battle, but they ultimately lost the war as the Crusaders controlled the boards and won going away, 52-42.

URI tops Fordham

February 3, 2011


KINGSTON – Ben Eaves pleaded for the basketball.
Camped out in the post with just under four minutes left against Fordham, he screamed “Nik” at teammate Nikola Malesevic, who gave it up, slid off to the right corner, where Eaves threw a perfect one-handed pass out of the double-team. Malesevic released, the crowd stood up and when the ball snapped through the net, exploded in
Amazing what happens when you make a couple of shots.

Sports schedule update ...

February 2, 2011

Guess who's not playing today?
While the weather wasn't as bad as it's been in the past, it was bad enough, causing cancellations across the board.
The only game in town tonight takes place in Kingston, where the URI men's basketball team hosts Fordham at 7 p.m.

Oakers top Di's top team, St. Ray's

January 31, 2011


COVENTRY – The Coventry Oakers made a statement to the rest of Division I last night.
With the Division I leading St. Raphael Academy Saints strolling into town, the Oakers demonstrated that they will have to be mentioned as a contender for the state crown with a convincing 92-72 victory over the Saints, the first in the school’s history and improved their record to 9-4 in league play.

Oaker skaters back in first-place tie

January 31, 2011

WEST WARWICK — Goals have been hard to come by for the Coventry High hockey team over the last two weekends.
After scoring at least four goals during their eight-game winning streak, the Oakers haven’t lit the lamp more than three times in their last three games, and that includes Saturday night’s game against the only team in Division II with just one win, North Smithfield.

Wrestling season reaching crescendo

January 26, 2011

WARWICK — The wrestling state championships begin in less than a month at the Providence Career and Technical Academy and plenty of wrestlers, through their performances at in-state and out-of-state tournaments, have started to make their case as title favorite.
And with only a few big tournaments left this season (Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H. and the Methuen (Mass.) Invitational) Rhode Island wrestlers have represented themselves well on the New England stage.

Game postponements

January 25, 2011

Apparently today's light dusting was too much, so a few games from around the area were postponed.
Here are today's postponements:
Boys basketball
North Kingstown at Portsmouth - TBD
West Warwick at Rogers - Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
Girls swim
North Kingstown vs. Bay View at East Providence - TBD
North Kingstown at Cumberland - TBD

SRIN sports reporters honored by NENPA

January 24, 2011

SRIN likes to think it has the best sports writers around - and now it has some proof.
Former SRIN sports reporter Paul J. Spetrini - currently editor of the Standard-Times - and sports reporter Eric Rueb were both honored by the New England Newspaper and Press Association for work they did in 2010.
Spetrini placed top three in the "Weekly Class 1 Sports Column" category for a column he wrote on the Exeter-West Greenwich girls softball team and their quest for a title after the tragic death of coach Mike Messier in late February.
The award is the first of any for Spetrini.

URI Notebook: Murray a game-changer

January 22, 2011

KINGSTON – The last play will be the easiest to remember, especially because of the way it turned out.
Everyone in the Ryan Center knew Marquis Jones was getting the ball and that explains why La Salle did everything it could to prevent him from taking it to the basket, instead forcing the senior to take a 3-pointer deep off the left wing.
It was the play that decided Saturday’s game, but it wasn’t the reason URI lost to La Salle, 76-75, Saturday afternoon.

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