The men’s and women’s national championship tournaments for Divisions I and II tip-off March 20th and NJCAA TV will again give basketball fans access to watch every game for free. The Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will take place for the 64th time in Hutchinson, Kan., while the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be held for the 12th-consectuive season in Salina, Kan. In Division II, the men’s championship takes center stage again for the 27th time in Danville, Ill., while the women’s championship takes place for the fourth-straight year in East Peoria, Ill.
After achieving nearly 1 million visitors in November of 2011 during live coverage of seven fall national championship tournaments (volleyball and soccer), NJCAA TV is expected to exceed 2 million visitors for the month of March as fans and followers of NJCAA teams will be watching championship coverage online and on their mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Droid) thanks to iHigh’s advanced viewing technology.
NJCAA TV moved to the iHgih.com platform in August 2011 with the goal of providing a centralized location for fans to access and watch NJCAA championship events. In addition, iHigh.com set up a customized NJCAA ‘channel’ or ‘network’ on its platform where NJCAA member colleges can broadcast their regular season contests for free with access to iHigh.com help staff and software tools. The NJCAA TV ‘network’ links all member colleges and the national NJCAA TV site together so that all broadcasts tied to a member college are available across multiple locations…most importantly the national NJCAA TV location at www.njcaatv.ihigh.com.
Rheal Cormier’s jersey to be retired
The Community College of Rhode Island Department of Athletics will honor former major league pitcher Rheal Cormier ’88 by retiring jersey No. 20 during a special ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, when the Knights host a doubleheader against Dean College at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
The first game of the doubleheader starts at noon with the ceremony to follow at 2 p.m. The second game will begin at 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. In the event of rain, the doubleheader will be canceled and the ceremony will be held in Room 4080 located on the fourth floor of the main building.
Cormier, a CCRI graduate and native of New Brunswick, Canada, pitched 16 years in the major leagues. The southpaw’s 683 appearances for St. Louis (1991-94), Boston (1995, 1999-00), Montreal (1996-97), Philadelphia (2001-06) and Cincinnati (2006-07) represent the second most outings ever by a Canadian behind Paul Quantrill (841). He will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, Ontario on June 23.
Cormier finished his major league career with 71 wins, a 4.03 ERA and 760 strikeouts in 1,221 innings pitched. He had the best season of his professional career with the Phillies in 2003, where he finished the season with an 8-0 win-loss record and a 1.70 ERA. In his two post-season appearances in 1995 and 1999 with Boston, he pitched in eight games, compiling a 1.08 ERA over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
Before he was drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, Cormier pitched for the CCRI baseball team from 1987-88. He led the Knights to a third-place finish in the Junior College World Series in 1988 and was selected to the All Junior College World Series Team. During his CCRI career, he was twice selected to the Junior College All-American First Team. He finished with a 19-1 win-loss record and holds the following CCRI career records: innings pitched (168); wins (19); ERA (1.13); and strikeouts (226). In single-season school records, he leads pitchers in starts (15); wins (12); innings pitched (96); and strikeouts (147).
Knights’ Tennis Overcomes Ocean County
The CCRI Knights tennis team traveled to Toms River, N.J. to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College in their first mtach of the season. The Knights battled the Vikings and overcame the Region XIX team 7-2, avenging what was possibly the most crippling loss of the 2011 campaign.
Mike Fallone (North Providence) teamed-up with Anthony Lamborghini (Smithfield) in first doubles, defeating Lorenz Mascadia and William Humphries, 8-4. Timothy Holzinger (Foster) teamed up with Ross Bouchard (S. Kingstown) in second doubles, earning their first win in a collegiate tennis match over Gordon Fordyce and Matt Smith, 8-2. Nicholas DeAngelis (Northborough, Mass.) teamed up with Nicholas Morin (N. Smithfield) in third doubles, also earning their first collegiate victory over Frank Barillas and Taylor Carew, 8-2.
The Knights entered the singles with three points already in the bag, and needed only two of the six singles matches to clinch the overall match. Fallone defeated Mascadia in first singles 6-4, 6-2. Lamborghini defeated Humphries in second singles 6-1, 6-2. Holzinger fell to Fordyce 6-0, 6-2. DeAngelis defeated Smith in third singles 6-3, 6-2. Bouchard defeated Barillas in fifth singles 6-0, 6-0. Morin fell in a super-tie break for the third set 10-8, after battling back from a 6-1 first-set loss in sixth singles to Carew, to lose 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8).
"With this win, the team got off to an exciting start to the 2012 season,” head coach Deb Pazienza said. “The players showed tremendous chemistry in doubles and our singles play was very strong. I am looking forward to the team building on this as we progress in our schedule."
Next the Knights will travel to Philadelphia, Penn. to scrimmage two-time defending National Champion Roadrunners of Gloucester County College, N.J.
Lady Knights beat NCMC Pirates
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team continued their play at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. The Lady Knights faced the Pirates of North Central Missouri College from Trenton, Mo. The Lady Knights defeated the Pirates 5-2. With the victory, the Lady Knights evened their record at 1-1 on the season.
Lady Knights’ sophomore pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick) gained her first win of the 2012 season on the mound, striking out two Pirate batters and walking only one on the game. In addition she helped the Lady Knights’ offense contributing two singles and two RBIs.
Also, captain Devin Azulay (Attleboro, Mass.) went 2-3 with two singles and two runs scored, Isabel MarcAurele (Cranston) came in as a pinch-hitter and smacked a powerful RBI double to left-center field and Katelyn Carroll (Coventry) added a single, a walk, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch.
“The second game today was a much better played game all around both offensively and defensively,” head coach Liz Afonso said. “The mixed up lineup offensively seemed to work better this second game.”
Lady Knight lose opener in Florida
The CCRI Lady Knights softball team opened their season at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. on Monday. The Lady Knights faced the Golden Eagles of Rock Valley Community College from Rockford, Ill. The Lady Knights fell to the Golden Eagles 7-3. With the loss the Lady Knights began the season 0-1.
The Lady Knights came out strong in the first inning, drawing first blood by scoring a run early on. Nissa Perez (Warwick) walked to lead of the game. From there, the speedster stole second and third base to later be hit home by Ashley Olson (Coventry) in the first. Unfortunately, CCRI’s offense did not come alive much more than that, gaining only six hits on the game. Defensively, freshman captain Mel Iadeluca (Warwick) made an excellent diving catch in right field to save some runs in the third inning.
At the plate the Lady Knights got two hits and an RBI from Olson and two hits a walk and one RBI from Carroll and a hit and run scored from Kyrie Craig (Warwick).
Lady Knights lose to Lackawanna
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled back to the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Rochelle, N.Y. to compete in the District N Championship Tournament. The Lady Knights were the No. 1 seed, facing-off against the No. 4 seed Falcons of Lackawanna College from Scranton, Penn. in the first semifinal game. The Lady Knights fell to the Falcons 73-65. With the loss their season ends with a 19-12 record, while winning their ninth consecutive Region XXI Championship.
CCRI jumped out to a hot start, leading by 18 points at the 12-minute mark in the first half before the Falcons called a timeout. From there, the Falcons slowly built momentum, which they would not relinquish. Going into the half, CCRI still led 37-31. The Lady Knights started the second half slowly and never recovered. Lackawanna maintained a lead for most of the second half and won the game.
The Lady Knights were led by captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.), who scored 19 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals. For the season, Smith led the Lady Knights in four statistical categories, scoring 502 points, setting CCRI single-season records with 121 free throws made, 183 assists, and 128 steals. Also having a big game was Jessica Randall (Warwick) – who matched Smith with 19 points and eight rebounds of her own – Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.), who chipped in 10 points and two steals, and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.), who added seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
"We knew coming out of halftime that whoever controlled the first five minutes of the second half would win the game,” head coach Kate Lynch said. Unfortunately, that wasn't us. When the effort isn't there from all five players on the floor for 40 minutes, it's tough to beat a team who wants it more. Lackawanna was that team today, and we weren't able to weather the storm."