The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.
Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning thereâ€™s also those New Yearâ€™s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals â€“ perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Hereâ€™s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Dan Foster proved he was up to the task Wednesday, as the Mount St. Charles goaltender fit the definition of a brick wall exactly.
PROVIDENCE â€” Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is â€śI donâ€™t want to raise taxes.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ There are plenty of good reasons for teaching instrumental music and chorus in secondary schools, and the students enrolled in them are more than happy to share a few.
â€śOther classes teach independence and therefore cannot compare with band and chorus classes,â€ť says Kristen Rodriguez of Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. â€śIf someone fails an English test and another person receives a perfect score, the person who aced the test is not affected by the person who failed it. Unlike other classes, band and chorus teach the value of interdependence.â€ť
WOONSOCKET -- After a year away from its own tourney championship game, Mount St. Charles Academy is back in the Holiday Face-Off finals.
The Mounties earned their spot in tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. title game by knocking off a physical Cathedral High team out of Springfield, Mass. Senior co-captain Zach Samborsky netted a pair of third-period goals to help the Mounties skate to a 6-2 triumph in their semifinal-round affair at Adelard Arena.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Players like Rodney Bustillo and Elijiah Wiggins donâ€™t need an entire game to make a difference.
Just give them a little time to start heating up.
The Tolman High seniors got sizzling hot in the second half of Tuesdayâ€™s opener with Cumberland in the annual Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament and turned a 38-all tie at the break into a runaway 80-61 rout at the Wellness Center.
CUMBERLAND --â€“ Two teams in desperate need of getting their respective seasons on track crossed paths in first semifinal of the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club Holiday Tournament on Tuesday night at Cumberland High Schoolâ€™s Wellness Center.
Lincoln was the club that took a solid step in the right direction with a convincing 68-52 triumph over a Woonsocket squad that continues to seek answers. Lincoln will play Tolman in tonightâ€™s championship game set for 7:45 p.m. Woonsocket and Cumberland in the 6 p.m. consolation game.
David L. Paulhus
BLACKSTONE- David L. Paulhus, 55, of Main St. died, Sunday December 26, 2010 in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Helen- Marie (Lapan) Paulhus.
Born in Limestone, Maine, son of Robert and Muriel (Jodoin) Paulhus of Bellingham.
David worked as an Analysis for Raytheon Corp. in Sudbury, Mass. for 34 years.
He was a member of St. Paul's Church, and served as a Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Parish Council. And a former Grafton Wheelers
Edith M. Del Medico
WOONSOCKET- Edith M. (Woods) Del Medico, 91, of Woonsocket, died Sunday, December 26, 2010 in Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Centre. She was the wife of the late Evio G. Del Medico and the daughter of the late Frederick T. and Angelina (Lizotte) Woods.
Mrs. Del Medico was born and educated in Blackstone, MA. Prior to her marriage in 1948, she was a Supervisor at US Rubber in Woonsocket. Mrs. Del Medico left the workforce in 1950 and became a homemaker. She was also a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church.