January 27th, 2011
The dual-meet season for R.I. boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ indoor track will officially wrap up by Tuesday of next week, barring another snowstorm (or two?).
Thatâ€™s just the warm-up.
Beginning late next week, teams will be duking it out at the Providence Athletic Facility in their respective divisional championships. A week later, theyâ€™re back on the oval in their class meets and then on Saturday, Feb. 19, schools statewide will compete on the big stage in the annual state championships.
For our local athletes and teams, a lot can happen in those next few weeks.
Colleen S. Soucy
WOONSOCKET- Colleen S. (Minutelli) Soucy 54, of Logee St. died peacefully at home Tuesday. She was the wife of Andre Soucy.
Colleen was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late Gaetano and Ruth (Riley) Minutelli she was also a longtime resident of Burrillville.
She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for various area nursing homes retiring in 2001.
William R. "Billy" Davenport
BURRILLVILLE - William R. "Billy" Davenport, 38, of Harrisville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 with his family at his side.
UXBRIDGE- Katherine A. (Putnam) Choquette, 54, died Tuesday, January 25, in the Tippett Home, Needham following an illness.
Jeremy Schupp of Pawtucket smokes a cigarette after his Atlas Van Lines tractor trailer crashed into the front of Louâ€™s Cafe on Summer Street in Manville shortly after noon Wednesday. Schupp said he lost control on the steep, slippery, unsanded hill while heading down to Railroad Street on his way to pick up a load on Flat Street. No injuries were reported, and only minor damage to the front of Louâ€™s Cafe.
WOONSOCKET â€” The alleged assailant in a stabbing that left a young woman in critical condition Tuesday night has been identified as Louis C. Callei, 23, of Woonsocket.
Callei was ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions following his arraignment yesterday morning on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house, possession of oxycodone and resisting arrest.
Ralph N. Belleville
WOONSOCKET- Ralph N. Belleville, 85, of Woonsocket, died Monday, January 24, 2011 in St. Antoine Residence. He was the husband of Marion E. (Nichols) Belleville. They were married for over sixty-two years.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Onesiphore and Winifred (Perreault) Belleville. He lived in Woonsocket for his entire life.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For Ricky Ledo, itâ€™s games like Providence Collegeâ€™s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.
WOONSOCKET â€” If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.
This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boysâ€™ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.