Boston High School: Rhode Island Interscholastic League

New England Roundup: Rhode Island

August, 25, 2010
Realistically, Rhode Island and Kentucky have very little in common.

Rhode IslandBut that changed dramatically a few days ago when the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals Committee on Athletics voted that one – repeat, only one – boys’ basketball team will wear the title of state champion next March.

The Bluegrass state is the only other state in the country with a similar format, since Indiana several years ago went the way of the multi-state champion (or to put it another way, forget about the Hickory High Huskers and coach Norman Dale).

“I would say it’s a pilot program,” said RIIL Executive Director Tom Mezzanotte. “At the end of the season, we’ll sit down as a committee and ask if it met our expectations and if it was good for the sport. Based on the feedback from our member schools, we’ll either go forward or not.

“But, obviously, it’s not a one-shot seal. That’s the bottom line. This is a four-year alignment. We will reassess the teams in each division after two years.”

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