PROVIDENCE â To Ed Cooley, whatâs one more stern test for his Providence Friars before powering down for a 10-day exam period?
Pushed and pressured all day long by a 1-9 Bryant outfit that wasnât supposed to pose that big of a threat, Cooleyâs Friars overcame 34 minutes of âlistlessâ basketball to fight tooth-and-nail over the final six minutes, a stretch which wound up serving as the difference Saturday afternoon at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center.
In the end, the Friars prevailed by a 72-61 count, but it was far from an easy win.
WOONSOCKET â Uncertainty.
That might best describe whatâs in the mind of longtime Woonsocket High track coach George Briggs right now concerning the upcoming winter campaign.
While the numbers are big this year with more than 40 kids, the Villa Novans lost some key point-scorers to graduation, have two of their best athletes recovering from injuries and are still awaiting word if a few more are coming back this year.
CENTRAL FALLS â There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something thatâs common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Fridayâs non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort â one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriorsâ favor.
âI was very impressed, very impressed with the girlsâ energy,â said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.
CUMBERLAND â With a starting lineup comprised entirely of juniors, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy believes that positive things are in store for his squad this winter.
The first step in the right direction took place Friday night with Cumberland disposing of Johnston, 69-60, in an Injury Fund non-league contest at the Wellness Center. Ben Bradley, one of those aforementioned 11th graders, led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing six rebounds and three steals.
WOONSOCKET â Kelley M. Lajoie, 33, of Chicopee, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for her participation in the September 2010 robbery and murder of David D. Main, 49, of Woonsocket.
Main, a Shell station manager, was followed as he drove from the gas station to the Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road, then robbed and shot to death as he attempted to enter the bank to make a deposit.
Lajoie pleaded guilty to one count each of Hobbs Act conspiracy; aiding and abetting a Hobbs Act robbery; and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
PROVIDENCE â Matt Oriani received the call from his friend, Lincoln Patrolman Kyle Wingate, at about 11:20 a.m., Wednesday.
That's when the officer asked him if he would participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests instruction course, otherwise known as a live alcohol wet lab, being taught at the Providence Police Academy, located on Chad Brown Street.
Oriani acquiesced, and â less than 50 minutes later â he began drinking light beer.
BURRILLVILLE - DAngelo, Antonio, Tony, 95, of East Ave., Oakland, RI died Dec. 7, 2011 at the Overlook Nursing Home in Pascoag. He was the husband of the late Lucille R. (Couture) DAngelo.
Born in Esmond, son of the late Carmelo and Maryan (Campagna) Dangelo. Tony was also fondly known as The Chief to many who knew him because of his standing and respect within his extended family.
BURRILLVILLE - Kathleen H. (Pappandrea) Christiaen, 93, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 in St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Albert Christiaen. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Calderon) Pappandrea.
Kathleen was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Frank M. Christiaen of Pascoag, two nieces, Joyce Raabe of CT and Constance Houser of NC and two nephews, Robert Lofgren of SC and Richard Lofgren of FL.
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket High coach George Coderre feels he has an experienced squad that will be competitive in Division I this season.
Two of the players Coderre expects to run the show are four-year varsity members Michelle Brayboy and Kailey Fugere.
The talented seniors gave a preview of their effective 1-2 punch in Thursdayâs non-league season-opener against Mount St. Charles Academy.
CUMBERLAND â Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.