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Eighth-grader Kylie Swider holds up the championship trophy along with her teammates after the game. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth Middle School girls are state champs!

Portsmouth Middle School girls are state champs!

PORTSMOUTH — Congratulations, girls. You’re members of the best middle school basketball team in the state. The Portsmouth Middle School girls’ basketball team made school history Thursday when it won its first state championship, soundly defeating Curtis Corner of South Kingstown, 55-20, to cap off an undefeated season. “I’m so proud of them,” said the girls’

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Portsmouth Middle School team in state championship

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School girls’ basketball team will be playing for the state championship for the first time in school history on Thursday, Feb. 26. The game against Curtis Corner starts at 4:30 p.m. at West Warwick High School. The road to the championship started when the team captured the Eastern Division title with

Portsmouth assistant coach Kayla Dallaire (left) looks on as Jennah Bolton performs on the bars. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth gymnasts take 3rd in state meet

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team took third place in Division II during the state championship meet held Sunday at Rhode Island College. The Patriots scored 115.6 points, behind Exeter-West Greenwich and Mt. Hope. PHS sophomore Mackenzie Brow led the Patriots in every event and finished with an overall score of 31.75. She also

Joanne M. Mower takes the oath of office for town clerk in November 2013.

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

PORTSMOUTH — After more than an hour’s worth of often-testy exchanges between Town Council members, Town Clerk Joanne Mower and residents over the recent termination of Deputy Town Clerk Patti Cofield, the council Monday night called for an operational audit of all administrative functions in Town Hall. That includes the town clerk’s office, which came

Vincent Downs-Honey came in fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Photo by Alex Watrous.

Portsmouth fares well in state swim meet

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School fared better than any other Division II boys’ team in the state swimming championships Saturday at Brown University. The Patriots scored 144 points came in sixth place overall as a team in the competition, which was won by Hendricken. Portsmouth’s Ben Steen came in second place in the 50-yard freestyle.

Portsmouth High’s Greta Scott sticks the landing during the long jump finals. She took second place in the 300-meter run. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth girl takes 2nd in 300 at states

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School senior Greta Scott took second place in the 300-meter run in the 2015 State Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. Scott’s time was 42.03, about a second behind first-place winner Quashira McIntosh of Hope. La Salle’s boys’ and girls’ teams both won the state

Junior Haley Alves struggles for rebounding position following a free throw. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth girls advance in D-I playoffs

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ varsity basketball team kept its Division-I playoff hopes alive with a convincing 54-44 victory over Westerly at home Saturday afternoon. Westerly was 2-16 coming into the D-I preliminary round matchup against the 7-11 Patriots. Portsmouth led by only 2 points at halftime, 23-21, but outscored the Bulldogs in the

Patriots' senior guard Evan Moore works around Middletown defenders. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth falls to Islanders in D-II playoff hoops

PORTSMOUTH — It was a reversal of fortune for the Portsmouth High School varsity boys’ basketball team Saturday night against its island rivals. Earlier this month, the Patriots upset Middletown High School in a tight contest at home, 56-53. But in another close one in the Division II preliminary round on the road Saturday, Portsmouth came out

A U.S. Coast Guard boat searches the waters beneath the Mt. Hope Bridge shortly before 2 p.m. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Search on for Mt. Hope Bridge jumper

BRISTOL/PORTSMOUTH — The U.S. Coast Guard along with fire department and police units from Bristol and Portsmouth are searching for a person who reportedly jumped off the Mt. Hope Bridge this afternoon. A “confirmed jumper” was reported from the north side of the span sometime after 1 p.m. The Marine 1 boat out of Bristol was