Sunday, March 16, 2014

Unified Hoops Gets the Season Off on the Right Foot

The winter sports season is winding down, and there's a lot going on this week in Hendricken sports.

Tomorrow night, our guys take to the ice and face off against the Mount at 8pm at Meehan Auditorium for the winner-take-all third game of the state title series.  The basketball team throttled Mount Hope on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Open State tournament, and they now advance to face the winner of Sunday night's other quarterfinal between LaSalle and Classical.  And, finally, the indoor track team competed in the nationals over the weekend.

The Network site will have coverage of all three in the coming days.

With spring sports coverage on the horizon, therefore, most people will be looking forward to Hendricken baseball and lacrosse, amongst other sports. One spring team has already gotten their season underway, however, and they got their season started with a big win on the basketball court.

When last we left the Unified sports team, they sat down for an interview with The Network's Bobby Bordieri  to talk about their having captured their first-ever volleyball state championship.


Last Wednesday, the gang started their spring basketball season with a 20-14 win over Cranston West. Anthony Piccarillo scored the Hawks' first points on a layup, and our guys never looked back. "AP" was the team's leading scorer, and his offensive efforts were supported by Matt Mangilli and Chris Zimmerly. On the defensive side of the ball, Mitchell Moore and Josh Mernick played excellent defense and protected the Hawks' lead. Other strong efforts were turned in by Austin Crawford and Joe Fera.

The Network's Max Zweiner caught up with Coach Graney immediately following the game and got his reaction to the opening win.

The team will be in action again this Wednesday afternoon, at 3:30 at East Greenwich.