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January 2011




 

Krol sets CCRI 200m record at Terrier Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – January 31, 2011:  Select members of the CCRI indoor track team traveled to Boston to participate in the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  This is an elite level event with only the top participants from two and four year institutions competing.   

The Lady Knights indoor track team was represented by sprinter Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) who set a new CCRI record in 200m dash with time of 27.42 seconds which was good for 52nd place. She broke the record set by Jenny McCormack of 27.58 seconds set in 2004. Krol came back to place 30th in the 60m dash with a solid time of 8.52 seconds.

The Knights indoor track team was represented by weight thrower Tim Phok (Providence, RI) who placed 26th in the weight throw with a toss of 13.4m (44’ 00.00”).

Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “Both Michelle and Tim competed very well in a very tough meet featuring the top NCAA and NJCAA competition.”

 

Knights Suffocate Suffolk County CC 90-67!

Warwick, R.I. – January 31, 2011:  The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Longhorns of Suffolk County Community College on Saturday.  The Knights defeated the Longhorns 90-67.  With the victory the Knights improve to 11-11 on the season.

The Knights started off slowly falling behind 26-13 about eight minutes into the first half.  They switched their defense to a 1-3-1 three-quarter court press administered by the “Bench Mob” led by Joseph Saunders (Newport, RI), Josh Perry (South Kingstown, RI) and Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI).  They proceeded to go on a 25-2 run to close the half with a 38-28 lead.  The Knights held the Longhorns scoreless for over 10 minutes only allowing a lay-up in the closing seconds.  In the second half the faster tempo and depth of the Knights was too much for the Longhorns to overcome as the Knights pulled away to win 90-67.    

Four Knights scored in double-figures led by Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with a team-high 14 points with eight rebounds followed by Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) with 13 points and nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.  Also contributing for the Knights was Nick Maglio with 11 points including three 3-pointers, Josh Perry had 10 points and two assists and freshman forward Addison Williams (Boulder, CO) added six points and five rebounds and sealed the victory with an exclamation point with a driving dunk over the entire Suffolk squad late in the second half bringing the Knights’ faithful to their feet.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “Nice team victory today.  Sunday we will see if we can put together the same effort and togetherness vs. Nassau CC.  We will have to if we hope to be successful.”

 

 

Knights win Seesaw Battle with Nassau CC 80-78!

Warwick, R.I. – January 31, 2011:  The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Lions of Nassau Community College from Garden City, NY on Sunday.  The Knights defeated the Lions 80-78.  With the victory the Knights improve to 12-11 on the season.

Both teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the game. The Knights took a 38-30 lead into halftime and extended their lead 53-44 with 14 minutes remaining.  Nassau charged back over the next eight minutes to take a 69-62 lead with 6:27 remaining.  To make matters worse the Knights had three starters with four fouls: Tri-Captains Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) and Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) and freshman Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) which made the late-game heroics even more impressive.  With 1:15 left in the game Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller sank a 3-pointer to tie the game 76-76.  Chris Mauldin for Nassau answered with two free-throws to give the Lions a 78-76 lead.  However, with 26 second left Tri-Captain Mike Juarez sank another 3-pointer to give the Knights a 79-78 lead.  Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) hit one of two free throws to put the Knights up 80-78.  The Knights stopped two late-game 3-pointers by the Lions in the final seconds to secure the 80-78 victory.

Freshman Center Jeff Schmeltz led the way for the Knights with a career-high double-double consisting of 25 points and 15 rebounds while adding a blocked shot. Also playing well for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) with 15 points and eight rebounds, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) added 11 points and five rebounds and Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI) added eight points and five assists.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the triumphant comeback “Great character win for our team. I am proud we did not give up when things seemed to be going against us.  We did not play a perfect game but dug deep when it mattered most.  Jeff Schmeltz was dominant today and it was great to see.  His hard work and maturity is paying off and it is great to have a legitimate low post presence.  That makes everyone’s job much easier.”


 

 

Knights Quieted by Quinsigamond CC 77-70

Warwick, R.I. – January 26, 2011: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College on Tuesday night in a Region XXI interdivision match-up.  The Knights lost to the Wyverns 77-70.  With the loss the Knights fall to 10-11 on the season.

 

After an eight-day layoff the Knights were back in action.  The Knights were hoping to get back into the swing of things but Quinsigamond was able to play their best game of the year and upset the Knights.  The Knights jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead in the first 10 minutes but the Wyverns were able to close the half with a 25-16 run to go into halftime leading 30-27.    In the second half Quinsigamond kept the momentum and extended their lead 51-40 with 12:10 remaining.  The Knights battled back to cut the lead to one point 59-58 with 6:10 remaining but could not get over the hump to take the lead or get any closer.  Quinsigamond closed the game with an 18-12 run answering all of the Knights’ threats to win by the final score of 77-70.   

Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) with a team-high 17 points including two 3-pointers with five assists and two steals and Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) who scored 14 points with two 3-pointers and two blocked shots. Also contributing for the Knights was Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI) with nine points including two 3-pointers with three steals and Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the loss “This game was a step back for us without a doubt.  But I told our guys do not let this game define our season or who you are. Instead let it make you more determined to come together and perform as one.  We were not a collective unit tonight.  This game was also an example of why you play the game sand why basketball is such a great game.  Anything is possible on a given night.  Our hope is to get back to work to have the opportunity to have what happened tonight against us go in our favor next time.”    

The Knights are back in action tonight Thursday the 27th when they will travel to Roxbury, MA to play Roxbury Community College at 7:00pm.

 

 

Krol, Hurteau and Grenier set CCRI Records at Wesleyan Meet!

Warwick, R.I. – January 24, 2011:  The CCRI Indoor Track team traveled to Middletown, CT to take part in the Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday.

The Lady Knights’ team was led by sophomore Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) who placed fifth in the 55m dash in a CCRI record t time of 7.76 seconds. She later came back to place eighth in the 200m dash in a fine time of 27.92 seconds. Also sprinting well for the Lady Knights was Stephanie Jefferies (Providence, RI) placing eighth in the 55m hurdles in a time of 10.20 seconds but actually ran faster in the preliminaries with a great time of 9.68 seconds. For the middle distance runners Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) placed eighth setting a new CCRI record of 19 minutes 31.73 in the 5,000m.

For the Knights Garrett Grenier (North Kingstown, RI) placed seventh in the high jump on his way to establishing a new CCRI record in the heptathlon with a score of 3,699 points. Thrower Tim Phok (Providence, RI) placed sixth in the 35lb weight throw with a toss of 48 feet 8.25 inches.

Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “The athletes did very well after a long winter break.  It is also always nice to see new school records being put on the books.”

 

 

Fry and Masse Lead Lady Knights over Orange County 80-35!

Warwick, R.I. – January 24, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY for a Division II showdown.  The Lady Knights defeated the Colts 80-35.  With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 8-11 on the season.

Every Lady Knight scored on Sunday led by Sophomore Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) who canned a career-high five 3-pointers to tally a career-high 25 points adding three steals, two assists and two rebounds followed by Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) who tied her career-high with 17 points while adding three assists, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Sophomore Tri-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) had 11 points including three 3-pointers with three rebounds, two steals and two assists and Brittany Murchison (Cranston, RI) had eight points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) who had five points and nine rebounds, Tri-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) and Meg Malloy (Cranston, RI) chipped in with six points each while Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) added two points and two rebounds.

Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the victory "I am very proud of our ladies’ effort today. Everyone played hard and made positive contributions. I am glad we had many people step-up at the same time, we look to continue this improvement and consistency as we make our postseason push."

The Lady Knights’ next game will be this Wednesday when they travel to Roxbury, MA to play Roxbury Community College at 5:00pm. 

 

 

Lady Knights lose to Monroe College 85-34

Warwick, R.I. – January 17, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Lady Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY on Sunday for their final game in the 2011 CCRI Basketball Invitational.  The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Mustangs 85-34.  With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-11 on the season.

The Lady Knights once again were playing short-handed and had to count on new players to fill key roles.   They were also up against a very powerful Monroe squad which would make matters more difficult.  The Lady Mustangs came out on fire and taking a 48-14 lead into halftime and never looked back.  In the second half the Lady Knights played much better but the fate of the contest was already determined with the Lady Mustangs prevailing 85-34. 

Sophomore Co-Captain Alysa O'Neil (Johnston, RI) continued her breakout weekend with 11 points and five rebounds. Also contributing was Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) who scored eight points with four rebounds and three assists, Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) tallied eight points and freshman Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) scored five points with two assists and two steals.

Head Coach Kate Lynch had this to say after the game "First half was very rough. We went into the locker room and changed our attitudes at halftime. The second half was much better for us. We played hard, rebounded, got back on defense and we took it to the rim. All you can do is play hard against a team like Monroe."

The Lady Knights’ next game will be Sunday the 23rd at 12noon (NOTE: time change from 2:00pm) when they will host the Colts of Orange County Community College.

 

 

Knights Mount Comeback but fall to Monroe 67-60

Warwick, R.I. – January 17, 2011:  the CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY on Sunday for their final game in the 2011 CCRI basketball Invitational.  The Knights lost to the Mustangs 67-60.  With the loss the Knights fall to 10-10 on the season

The Knights knew they were going to be in for a tough contest hosting the Division I powerhouse Mustangs of Monroe College.  The Knights and Mustangs battled hard in the first half trading body blows.  The Knights went in trailing at the half 30-23 but after Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) sank a pull-up jumper from the top of the key with one second remaining the Knights’ crowd knew they would not go down without giving a great effort.  In the second half the Mustangs imposed their will on the Knights taking a quick 45-31 lead with 13 minutes remaining. The Knights needed a spark and got that from their second unit led by Joseph Saunders (Newport, RI) with help from Addison Williams (Boulder, CO), Chris Canino (Hartford, CT) and Delvis Colon (Providence, RI) who ignited a 29-15 CCRI run to tie the game 60-60 with 2:30 remaining.  However, down the stretch the Division I Mustangs were able to get key stops and score the game’s final seven points to win by the final score of 67-60.

Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) scoring a team-high 16 points including a game-high four 3-pointers.  Also playing well for the Knights was Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) scoring 12 points with six rebounds and four blocked shots followed by Delvis Colon who added six points a team-high 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the weekend “Loved the effort and energy brought to the court by our guys this weekend.  These are the type of games our schedule is built for.  They give us the opportunity to improve and become the team we set our goals to become.” 

 

 

Knights Smother Southern Maine CC 88-58!

Warwick, R.I. – January 16, 2011:  The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Seahawks of Southern Maine Community College on Saturday in their first game of the 2011 CCRI Basketball Invitational.  The Knights defeated the Seahawks 88-58.  With the victory the Knights improve to 10-9 on the season.

CCRI came out clicking on all cylinders commencing the game with a 16-2 run.  However, the Seahawks answered with a 21-9 run to cut the Knights’ lead to 25-23 with 6:30 left in the first half.  The Knights closed the half with another 17-3 run to take a 42-26 lead into halftime.  The Knights opened the second half the Knights expanded their lead to 61-39 with 13:30 left in the game and was able to rest the regulars for the rest of the game as the pulled away to win 88-58.

Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) led the Knights attack with a double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding four assists and four steals.  Also helping the Knights onslaught was Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) scoring 13 points with two assists and Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) added 12 points and three rebounds.  Rounding out the Knights’ attack was Addison Williams (Boulder, CO) with nine points, four rebounds and four steals and the frontcourt duo of Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) and Delvis Colon (Providence, RI) combined for 16 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the win “Nice team victory tonight. The entire team was rewarded for their hard work of late. Hope to build on and we will need a great effort Sunday when we take on Division I power Monroe College.”  


 

 

Lady Knights fall to NAPS 64-54

Warwick, R.I. – January 16, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School for their first game in the 2011 CCRI Basketball Invitational.  The Lady Knights lost to the Rams 64-54.  With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-10 on the season.      

Once again the Lady Knights were playing with a small active roster and had to look for new avenues to give themselves a chance to win.  On Saturday sophomore Co-Captain was the one to step up Alysa O'Neill (Johnston, RI) utilizing the opportunity to tally her career-high in scoring with18 points adding seven rebounds and four steals. Also playing well for the Lady Knights was Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) returned from injury to score 13 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Freshman Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) who scored nine points including two three pointers with two assists and a steal, Brittany Murchison (Cranston, RI) added seven points while ripping down a career high 14 rebounds and Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) chipped in with seven points.

Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the game "Again, we were working with small numbers. It is tough with only five or six players, but I am very happy with our players' effort and hustle. They went after every loose ball and did a great job on the boards. They never gave up."

The Lady Knights have no time to rest as they will host the high powered Mustangs of Monroe College Sunday at 4:00pm to complete their play in the 2011 CCRI Basketball Invitational at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.     

 

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Late turnovers doom shorthanded Lady Knights in 60-64 loss to NAPS

Warwick, R.I. – January 14, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) from Newport, RI on Thursday.  The Lady Knights lost to the Rams 64-60.  With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-9 on the season.

The Lady Knights were down two key players due to injury so they had to look for contributions from other players. The Lady Knights led for most of the game but the lack of depth ended up costing them down the stretch.  With just a minute and one second left the Lady Knights led 60-58.  Naps tied the score 60-60 with 45.6 seconds left and was able to go ahead 62-60 with just 23 seconds left before finally winning by the final score of 64-60.  

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman point guard Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) seized the opportunity to step-up in a big way. Masse scored a career-high 17 points including a connecting on a game-high five 3-pointers adding two steals and two assists. Also stepping up was Sophomore Co-Captain Alysa O'Neil (Johnston, RI) who charted a double-double with 13 points including a 3-pointer and 10 rebounds. Also playing well was Co-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) who chipped in with 12 points including four three pointers with four rebounds, Brittany Murchison (Cranston, RI) got her first career start and tallied nine points with nine rebounds and Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) added nine points on three 3-pointers with four rebounds. 

Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the loss "There is not much you can do with five players. We have injuries and other issues that have gotten us into this situation. We played a great first half; but it seems that we cannot put two halves together especially not with five players."

The Lady Knights next game will be this Saturday at 5pm when they will have a chance at redemption when they face NAPS again on Saturday at 5:00pm as part of the 2011 CCRI Invitational.

 

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Knights Narrowly Navigate past NAPS 75-73!

Warwick, R.I. – January 14, 2011:  The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) Thursday night.  The Knights defeated the Rams 75-73.  With the victory the Knights improve to 9-9 on the season.

In a game of runs the Knights hold on to win their second very close games versus a military preparatory school after beating Army Prep 58-57 back on December the 5th.  On Thursday the Knights trailed 14-12 before going on a 15-0 run to take a 37-14 lead with four and a half minutes left in the half.  NAPS made another run before the half but the Knights still went into the half leading 44-32.  In the second half NAPS chipped away to close the lead to a single point 74-73 with under a minute left. From there Joseph Saunders (Newport, RI) made the front end of a one-and-one to give the Knights a 75-73 lead. The Knights held off the Rams final shot attempts down the stretch to secure their ninth win of the season 75-73.  

Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) who was tied for the team-high with 13 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting from the field adding seven rebounds and three steals followed by Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) also with 13 points, including three 3-pointers and a game-high seven assists.  Also playing well for the Knights was Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI) with 11 points including three 3-pointers with four assists, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) added 10 points including two rim rattling tomahawk dunks that ignited the crowd and six rebounds and Addison Williams (Boulder, CO) added eight points, six rebounds and three assists to the Knights’ attack.  In addition, the frontcourt trio of Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI), Delvis Colon (Providence, RI) and Chris Canino (Hartford, CT) combined for 11 points and 23 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the victory “Not a pretty second half for us but we managed to come up with some key plays defensively to pull the game out.  We do have to learn the value of the ball and cut down our turnovers.”

The Knights’ next game will be this Saturday at 7:00pm when they host the Seahawks of Southern Maine Community College as part of the 2011 CCRI Invitational.



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CCRI Athletics to hold Second Annual Appreciation Night January 15th!

Warwick, R.I. – January 11, 2010:  The Community College of Rhode Island will be hosting their Second Annual CCRI Appreciation and Recognition Night Saturday January 15th during halftime of the Men’s basketball game versus Southern Maine Community College (7:00pm tip-off).  The event is part of the CCRI Invitational which will be taking place through the entire weekend of the 15th and 16th with four basketball games being played each day.

The Community College of Rhode Island will be honoring eleven special people for their contributions and support to the CCRI Athletic Department.  The honorees include:  from CCRI Administration:  Richard Coren, Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications; Dave Fischbach, Communication Design Specialist, Julie Novak, Public Relations Officer From the Department of Athletics: Carl Tronni- CCRI Athletics SAASP Advisor and Brian Deighan- Assistant Golf Coach.   

Administration

Rich Coren , Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications- Richard was appointed department director in October 2010. Prior to his current post, he served as the college’s graphic designer for three years and his responsibilities included the design of the college's course catalog, departmental fliers and brochures, posters, the school's commencement program, logos, ads and various publications. In addition, for Athletics, Coren has played a vital role in the production and design of the CCRI media guides.   A project near and dear to the Department of Athletics for without these exceptional media guides we would not be able to recruit or inform as effectively as we do.  One Coach was quotes as saying “If there was an award for the best community college media guides you would win the award for the best!” and that is thanks to the hard work of Rich and his staff.  Not to mention, he served as department liaison to the Department of Information Technology and the Art department. Richard came to CCRI with 22 years of marketing experience, having served a wide range of clients, both with his own business and with a number of advertising agencies. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Art from Rhode Island College

In addition, for Athletics, Coren has played a vital role in the production and design of the CCRI media guides.   A project near and dear to the Department of Athletics for without these exceptional media guides we would not be able to recruit or inform as effectively as we do.  One Coach was quotes as saying “If there was an award for the best community college media guides you would win the award for the best!” and that is thanks to the hard work of Rich and his staff.

Dave Fischbach , Communication Design Specialist- Dave is the guy you see behind the camera at EVERY college function. When he’s not taking photographs, Dave is also a graphic designer who creates logos and letterhead, oversees the printing and production of the college’s publications, designs the covers for all of the publications, helps various departments to create and maintain websites, and he is happy to answer any question you may have ... that is if you can catch him. In addition he takes all CCRI team and individual head shots.  He shoots these pictures on both campuses and is always there when we need make-ups or scheduling conflicts and last second emergencies.  In addition, in the past he has served as designer and layout specialist for past CCRI media guides and current fund raising media projects with the CCRI women’s soccer team. 

Julie Novak, Public Relations Officer- Julie is the department’s liaison with Alumni Affairs, the CCRI Foundation and Athletics. She works with leaders in these areas to develop communications initiatives to reach key constituencies such as alumni, potential donors, public leaders, community residents, and CCRI faculty, staff and students. She also promotes the college through advertising in print and broadcast outlets. She is the managing editor of the Green & White alumni magazine and manages content on the department's news and events site. Additionally, she manages the college's social media presence. Julie earned a bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. and is studying for a master's degree in West Virginia University’s Integrated Marketing Communications Program.

CCRI Athletics Contributors

Carl Tronni - CCRI Student-Athlete Academic Support Program Advisor- Tronni is one of those individuals that you can count on to help volunteer at athletic events with enthusiastic support. A former Financial Aid Advisor here CCRI, he continues to guide and nurture young people on their path to meet their future goals. Carl is an integral part of the table personnel for the CCRI Men and Women’s Soccer programs scoring all games for the past ten years. He has performed this job with dignity, consistency and professionalism.  Always on time, never complaining about weather conditions or the assignment Carl is a role model for our student-athletes. A major characteristic of Carl is also the respect that the students have for him on the field and in the college environment. That itself is a great attribute in today’s society when developing educational concepts to be used in life. Tronni is also a member of the Student Athlete Academic Support Program which is committed to the academic needs of our students. His continuous support and direction help our students in their pursuit of challenges they face in their course studies. Also many of our student athletes are advised by Carl in the area of financial aid. With today’s economic instability, it is an asset to have his knowledge of finances to complete one’s educational process.

Brian Deighan -CCRI

Assistant Golf Coach- Deighan is a former two-year tennis player at CCRI over a 20 year span, playing in 1981 for the legendary Ray Carr and then again back in 2001 for then Head Tennis Coach Joe Pavone.  In 2001 Deighan earned All-Region XXI honors and also won the Ray Carr Regional Tournament Distinguished Sportsmanship Award an award voted on by the student-athletes for the player exhibiting the best sportsmanship throughout the 2001 Region XXI tournament. Also in 2001 he was selected as one of 10 CCRI student-athletes honored by the Rhode Island House of Representatives at their annual State House Awards Ceremony.  From there he became the Assistant Tennis coach under Pavone for the 2003 and 2004 season before becoming the Head Tennis Coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  He has been a constant supporter of CCRI Athletics for many years and currently serves as our Assistant Golf Coach.  In addition, Deighan has been instrumental in  bringing together the marketing partnership between the CCRI Department of Athletics and the Cowesett Inn.

 


 

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Balanced Attack Leads Knights over Mercer 73-61! 

Warwick, R.I. – January 10, 2011: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team returned home for their first game of the second semester after their four-game Florida road trip to play the Vikings of Mercer County Community College from Trenton, NJ.  The Knights defeated the Vikings 73-61.  With the victory the Knights improve to 8-9 on the season.

The Knights came out of the gate playing tremendous defense in the first half holding the Vikings to just 22 first half points and just one made 3-pointer to take a 30-22 halftime lead.  In the second half the Knights utilized their 1-3-1 zone to go on a 9-0 run which Mercer never recovered from.  The Knights’ balanced scoring attack and pressure defense proved too much for the Vikings as the Knights went on to win by the final score of 73-61.

Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) charting a double-double with 14 points and team-high 11 rebounds while Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) had a team-high 15 points with five assists and three steals.  Also playing well for the Knights was the frontcourt tandem of Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) also having a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) added 15 points and five rebounds while Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) led the Knights with 10 assists adding three steals and six points.

Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the victory “Fun game for us today.  A game like this is exactly what the team needed and deserved following their hard road work in Florida.  We played well today but know we have much room for improvement in order to become the team we are capable of becoming.”

The Knights next game will be this Wednesday when they will host the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School at 7:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.

 

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Lady Knights Soccer Earns NSCAA Ethics Sportsmanship Honor for 2010!

Warwick, R.I. – January 6, 2011: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their 2010 NSCAA Team Ethics Awards winners.  The Team Ethics Award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game as a reflected in the number of yellow cautions and red ejections they are shown by referees throughout the season. 

The 2010 Lady Knights earned the Silver Team Ethics Award for the fifth consecutive year.  The Lady Knights accumulated no red cards and only four yellow cards during their entire 2010 campaign.  Six teams earned Gold Team Ethics Awards for having no yellow or red Cards, 49 earned Silver Award for accumulating no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards and 18 teams earned The Bronze Award for having no red cards and a maximum of 10 yellow cards.    

It has been another great year for the Lady Knights who won their 10th consecutive Region XXI Title, winning at least 10 games for 15 straight years having not lost to a Region XXI opponent since October 24th of 2001.    They finished the season ranked 14th in the NSCAA poll with two NSCAA All-Americans and one NJCAA All-American while adding seven All-Region XXI selections and four NSCAA All-Northeast Region selections.  Most importantly they accomplished this playing with the highest level of sportsmanship. 

Lady Knights’ Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented on receiving the award “It is truly an honor for our women’s soccer program here at the Community College of Rhode Island to receive the NSCAA Silver Ethics Award for the fifth year in a row.  We take a lot of pride as to who we represent both locally and nationally and we are truly proud of our student-athletes for their respect given to their opponents, game officials, and the game of soccer as a whole.”

 

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CCRI High School Shootout to follow Mercer game Saturday January 8th

Warwick, R.I. – January 6, 2011:  The CCRI Knights men’s basketball program will be hosting the CCRI High School Shootout after their game at 2:00pm versus Mercer County Community College on Saturday January 8th

The three-game interstate shootout will feature some of the top high school programs from all over New England.  The first game will feature the No.1 Connecticut High School team, as voted by the New Haven Register New, London High School who will square off against North Kingstown High School from Rhode Island at 4:30pm.  The next game will have Fitch High School from Groton, CT versus Narragansett High School from Rhodes Island at 6:00pm.  The final game of the shootout will be West Roxbury high School from West Roxbury, MA versus Smithfield High School from Rhode Island at 7:30pm.

The CCRI High School Shootout is a fundraiser for the CCRI men’s basketball program.  Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students where you will see all three exciting games.

 

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Lady Knights minimized by Miami-Dade 77-42

Miami, FL January 3, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team concluded their Florida road trip by traveling to Miami, FL to play Division I powerhouse Sharks of Miami-Dade College. The Lady Knights lost to the Sharks 77-42. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-8 on the season.

The Lady Knights faced their toughest test on the road trip in the final game of their road trip against the high powered Sharks of Miami-Dade. The Sharks took a 35-15 lead into halftime thanks in large part to six foot center Ashley Wilkes who scored their first 18 points. In the second half the Lady Knights did play better but the Sharks had too much size and speed for the Lady Knights to handle as the pulled away to win by the final score of 77-42.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) with nine points, two rebounds an assist and a steal and Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) with eight points and two assists and a steal. Co-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) had eight points three rebounds and two blocked shots and Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) added six points and six rebounds. The Sharks' Ashley Wilkes led all scorers with 34 points.

Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the game “Miami-Dade is a high caliber team. We play these games in order to prepare ourselves for region and national tournament play. It's tough to take now, but hopefully the bumps and bruises prepare us for March.

The Lady Knights' next game will be Wednesday January 12th when they will host the Naval Academy Prep School at 5:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick .

 

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Knights outlasted by Pasco Hernando CC 82-72

Miami, FL January 2, 2011: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team finished their Florida road trip by playing the Conquistadors of Pasco Hernando Community College from New Port Richey, FL. The Knights lost to the Conquistadors 82-72. With the loss the Knights fall to 7-9 on the season.

The CCRI Knights once again gave a great effort but came up a just short of victory. After leading for most of the first half including a 26-21 lead with 4:30 remaining in the first half the Knights trailed 33-29 at the halftime buzzer. The Knights trailed for most of the second half. Down 64-58 with 6:30 remaining the Knights rallied to pull within a point 73-72 with just 2:20 remaining in the game. Unfortunately Pasco Hernando finished the game with a 9-0 run to secure the victory.

Leading the way for the Knights was Tri-Captain Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) with 14 points including four 3-pointers followed by Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) with10 points and Tri-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) scored 11 points with five assists. Also playing well for the Knights was Nick Maglio (Barrington, RI) with 11 points, including three 3-pointers and Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) added eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds

Knights' Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “We didn't see it today but the trip will prove to be a great one for us. We competed in each game and we will see the results of that in the very near future. Our guys stepped-up against great talent big time. We just have to make sure we bring this intensity,desire and team play back to the frigid Northeast. The guys will be chomping at the bit to get back on the CCRI court next Saturday to take on Mercer County C.C. prior to the CCRI High School Shootout which will be held following our game.

The Knights' next game will be Saturday the 8th when they will host the Vikings of Mercer County Community College at 2:00pm at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.

 

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Lady Knights Bested by Broward College 69-41

Ft. Lauderdale, FL: January 2, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued on their Florida road trip by traveling to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to play the Division I Seahawks of Broward College. The Lady Knights lost to the Seahawks 69-41. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-7 on the season.

Both teams began the game struggling to find their rhythm in the first half. The Lady Knights struggled a little more over the first 15 minutes but were able to claw back to trail just 20-25 to Broward at the half. The Lady Knights continued to play well as the second half began with a 6-0 run to take a 26-25 lead with 16:20 left in the game. Broward went on a 17-7 run to take a 42-33 lead with nine minutes left and made a couple more runs and never looked back. Eventually winning by the final of 69-41.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) with 12 points on four 3-pointers with three rebounds two steals and a blocked shot followed by Co-Captain Alysa O'Neill (Johnston, RI) with seven points, six rebounds and a steal. Also helping the Lady Knights was Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) with eight points and two steals and Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) added six points, six rebounds and three assists. Broward's Kynesha Hepburn led all scorers with 19 points.

Lady Knights' Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the game "We have had players step up, but we can't seem to all step up at the same time. We are capable of excellence, but we need everyone on the same page for that to happen. We played great defensively in the first half, but struggled offensively. In the second half, we seemed to do the opposite. We need to put it all together for forty minutes of basketball which has eluded us all season."

The Lady Knights will travel to Miami, FL to play the very potent Sharks of Miami-Dade College Monday at 5:30pm to conclude their southern swing.

 

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Lady Knights Fall to Palm Beach State 60-48

Warwick, R.I. – December 31, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team began their three game Florida road trip by traveling to Lake Worth, FL to play the Division I Panthers Palm Beach State College (PBSC). The Lady Knights lost to the Panthers 60-48. with the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-6 on the season.

The Lady Knights played very well in the first half and led 19-12 with about seven minutes to play in the half but Palm Beach was able to close the lead to 24-22 by the halftime buzzer. The Lady Knights played with great intensity stifling the Panther's offensive threats. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented "We played a great first half. We were focused defensively. We had some players really step up for us offensively when we needed it."

In the second half the Panthers came out with vigorous pressing full court defenses that disrupted the Lady Knight's flow and led to easy baskets for Palm Beach. In addition, the Panthers sank all five of their 3-pointers in the second half allowing them to outscore the Lady Knights 38-24 and win by the final score of 60-48. Coach Lynch added "In the second half, we did not respond well to Palm Beach's runs and you can't have mental lapses against a team of that caliber."

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) with a game-high 17 points including three 3-pointers with three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots and Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) charted a double-double consisting of 14 points and 10 rebounds adding two steals, a blocked shot and an assist. Also playing well for the Lady Knights was Brittany Murchison (Cranston, RI) with 10 points and three rebounds and Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) played excellent defense on PBSC's leading scorer Ariel Easton holding her to just two points in the first half but Fry only played limited minuted in the second half due to injury. Easton and TaCharla Mars led PBSC with 15 points each.

The Lady Knights next game will be Sunday January 2nd when they travel to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to play Broward College at noon.

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Knights Fall to Palm Beach State 82-58

Warwick, R.I. – December 31, 2010: the CCRI Knights men's basketball team continued on their Florida road trip by playing the Division I Panthers of Palm Beach State College at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Knights lost to the Panthers 82-58. With the loss the Knights fall to 7-7 on the season.

CCRI played much better in their second game on this very challenging Florida road trip. The Knights trailed 44-31 at the half but could not bring the deficit to single digits against the strong Division I Palm Beach squad falling by the final of 82-58.

Co-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) led the Knights with 15 points and four rebounds followed by Co-Captain Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) had his second straight solid outing with 10 points and seven assists while freshman center Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) added nine points and six rebounds.

Knights Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game “I was Pleased that we played a pretty solid game. Our goal was to win in the areas of outworking our opponent by out executing them and playing better as a team. We came close to that but could not match their superior basketball talents. We will look forward to getting another game under our belt vs Miami-Dade College. We know these opportunities will pay dividends versus our New England competition.”

The Knights' next game will be tomorrow New Year's Day versus Miami-Dade College at 4:00pm.

 

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Valiant Effort by Knights Falls Short Versus Miami-Dade College 66-46

Miami, FL January 1, 2011: the CCRI Knights men's basketball team continued on their southern swing in Florida by traveling to Miami to play the Division I Sharks of Miami-Dade College. The Knights lost to the Sharks 66-46. With the loss the Knights fall to 7-8 on the season. The Knights played their best game of the Florida trip today in the 66-46 loss to Miami-Dade. The score was not indicative of the actual game. CCRI rallied from a 38-22 halftime deficit to trail by just seven points with the score 43-36 with 14:30 left in the game. The Knights trailed 50-41 with just 8:00 remaining. However, CCRI could not get closer the rest of the way and fell by the final score of 66-46. the Knights' success was due to holding the Sharks to just 37% shooting from the floor. Unfortunately, CCRI shot just 47% from the free throw line (7-15) and 31% from the field.


The Knights were led by Tri-Captain Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) with 12 points and seven rebounds. Also playing well for the Knights was Trevor Mabry (Norwich, CT) with 11 points and seven rebounds followed by Jeff Schmeltz (Burrillville, RI) who added four points and led the Knights with 10 tough rebounds.

Knights' Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game: “Our young men competed today at a very high level. Miami-Dade is traditionally one of the top 20 Division I Junior College programs in the country. Our guys never backed down and actually did a fine job executing their offense and defending on the defensive end. May have been our best effort versus Miami-Dade since I have been coach at CCRI. Not totally satisfied with the moral victory though, thus our young men will look forward to putting forth their best effort Sunday versus Pasco Hernando and attempt to secure their first Florida victory."

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Last Updated: 11/18/14