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John Gillooly

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Providence, RI, United States

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Past articles by John:

Soccer moms find kinship after loss of their daughters

Their friendship is cemented by an experience no woman wants to share with another mother.Stephanie Potts and Tara Cirella hadn’t met before last → Read More

R.I. State Police honor a son and memory of his trooper dad

Matt Ryan used his love of sports to navigate the difficulty journey of a teenage boy growing up without a father, and in the process honored his father’s memory by becoming a special member of three Narragansett varsity teams. → Read More

John Gillooly: Moses Brown star Oluchi Ezemma knows her biggest challenges lie ahead

PROVIDENCE — It was only seven weeks ago that she led her Moses Brown girls basketball team to the state championship, but Oluchi Ezemma already is back on the court working on her game. She was the best female high school basketball player in the state the past two years, the R.I.Gatorade Player of Year in both the 2017 and '18 seasons. But next winter she will be playing at Holy Cross College… → Read More

D-I girls volleyball: Third time's a charm for North Kingstown

PROVIDENCE — North Kingstown is the Division I girls state volleyball champion again and the 2017 Skippers did it perfectly. After losing the last two state title matches, the Skippers finally captured the school’s seventh Division I state title by completing a perfect 21-0 season with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-23 ) victory over Coventry in the title match on Saturday night at Rhode Island… → Read More

D-II girls volleyball: Caito helps Cranston East repeat as champs

PROVIDENCE — Her future is in basketball, but Cranston East’s Maia Caito made sure she left her mark in volleyball. The 6-foot-3 Caito, a two-sport standout who will play basketball at the University of Wisconsin next year, closed out her high school volleyball career on Saturday night with a dominate performance in the middle as she led Cranston East to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-21) victory over… → Read More

Journal All States: West Warwick grad recognized with 'Empowering Our Future' Award

Ivan Goretoy is an All-State football player, a state indoor and outdoor track champion, an accomplished sailor and the No. 6 academically ranked student in this year's West Warwick High graduating class. → Read More

Journal All States: Hendricken grad recognized with Courage Award

From his birth in a West African refugee camp to his current status as one of America’s premier high school football players in the Class of 2017, → Read More

Div. I Girls Lacrosse Championship: Moses Brown continues its dominance

PROVIDENCE — There’s no exact definition for what makes a program a dynasty, but the Moses Brown girls lacrosse team definitely is headed in that direction. The Quakers left no doubt they are the top girls program in the state on Saturday as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and went on to an 18-5 victory over Wheeler in the Division I tournament final at Brown University. The victory gave Moses… → Read More

Div. II Girls Lacrosse Championship: Lincoln School pulls away to win title

PROVIDENCE — The Lincoln School girls lacrosse team had a big finish on its way to perfection on Saturday. Tied 9-9, the top-seeded Lynx scored five unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes and defeated South Kingstown, 14-9, in the Division II tournament final at Brown University to finish the season unbeaten. The late five-goal surge came after Lincoln had overcome a two-goal deficit early in… → Read More

Div. III Girls Lacrosse Championship: Johnston rallies to beat Westerly, 7-6

PROVIDENCE — Winning the first state title in program history is a special occasion, but the way the Johnston High girls lacrosse team did it on Saturday made it even more memorable. Trailing 6-3 at halftime of their Division III state title game against Westerly, the Panthers shut out the Bulldogs in the second half and scored four goals in the final 11 minutes for a 7-6 victory at Brown… → Read More

At the Schools: It's anybody's game in Division I baseball

“It has been a long time since we have seen this type of parity” is a common refrain around the Interscholastic League Division I baseball ranks this season. True, but how long is a long time? Here are a few parity barometers. -- Hendricken, the five-time defending Division I state champion, will begin this week’s action with six losses in 12 regular-season games. It has been 16 years since… → Read More

John Gillooly: Two local stars take game nationally

They are from little Rhode Island so it’s probably not surprising the careers of Stephanie Ribeiro and McKenzie Meehan, two talented soccer players, → Read More

Hendricken 48, La Salle 28: Hawks roll to seventh straight state title

CRANSTON — It was a team with 24 seniors who all played a role in Hendricken winning its seventh consecutive Rhode Island high school football title. → Read More

Somera leads the way as Eagles claim DI volleyball crown

PROVIDENCE — Sometimes the toughest thing in sports is for a high-profile, young athlete to live up to expectations in a big game. Apparently → Read More

John Gillooly: Tiverton's Bob Murray joins elite ranks of RI football coaches

Bob Murray never told his Tiverton High football players that he was on the threshold of a coaching milestone. He never once mentioned that if the Tigers → Read More

Defending champ Moses Brown leads heading into final day of state golf championships

CRANSTON — If you like exciting finishes, Cranston Country Club will be the place for you on Wednesday. Moses Brown, which won its second → Read More

Tell us which R.I. high school team best exemplifies sportsmanship

Look it up in a directory or check the web and you will find numerous definitions for sportsmanship. That’s the thing about a concept which is supposed to be one of the bedrocks of American athletic competition – it’s often easier to define than to demonstrate. The sad truth is that in today’s world of million-dollar professional sports salaries and billion-dollar TV contracts in both pro and… → Read More

At the Schools: R.I. wrestling program set the standard

PROVIDENCE — "Why can’t we do it in Rhode Island like they do it in Massachusetts?" That seems to be a common refrain around Rhode → Read More

John Gillooly: Time to thank Coach Fitts

I always thought of Joanne Fitts as the quiet legend of Rhode Island high school girls sports. I’m sure some of Fitts’ former North → Read More

At the Schools: K of C Relays won't be quite the same this year

PROVIDENCE — It didn’t matter what the groundhog said or what the temperature read, for nearly a half-century Rhode Island high school → Read More