Archive - Nov 2010 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â€” The scoreboard doesnâ€™t always tell the true story of a soccer game.
That may have been the case on Sunday as darkness enveloped the R.I. College soccer field while Lincoln and Exeter/West Greenwich battled through a tense Division II state championship final.
When the final whistle sounded, EWG celebrated a 2-1 victory over the gallant Lions, who hung tough in a game that saw the Scarlet Knights own a 24-10 advantage in shots on goal.
Joe Gardner didnâ€™t get a ticker-tape parade down Woonsocketâ€™s Main Street this past Saturday for capturing the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title the previous night at the Twin River Event Center.
So the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter did the next best thing. He hopped in his car, put his championship belt in his back seat, and toured the area to show his grand prize to as many friends and family members as he possibly could.
WOONSOCKET â€” The decision never did have anything to do with the money or the more suitable climate.
It was all about happiness. It was all about family.
Thatâ€™s what led Josh Dâ€™Abate to remain at Mount St. Charles; to remain at Mount as the head coach of both his successful boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ volleyball programs.
KINGSTON â€” A long championship drought that lasted more than a decade ended on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Burrillville High, it was Exeter/West Greenwich High that halted its 11-year absence from the top of the Division II ranks.
The Scarlet Knights, who were guided by senior sparkplug and tournament MVP Megan Bresnahan, survived a fourth-set barnburner with the Broncos and came away with a 3-1 win in the finals at URIâ€™s Keaney Gym, claiming the match by scores of 25-22, 25-27, 25-20, and 29-27.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lights on. Lights out!
Playing under portable illumination for only the second time ever at Barry Field, Woonsocket High treated its faithful fans to a convincing 34-14 rout of Central in a Division II quarterfinal contest on Friday night.
The Villa Novans got their typical effort out of the defense, which allowed Woonsocket prime field position all night. The offense did its part too, taking a 27-0 lead before the Knights were able to prevent the shutout with two scores in the final quarter.
MIDDLETOWN --- Burrillville Highâ€™s bid for a Division III playoff berth came up short on Friday night in its â€śmust-winâ€ť duel with Middletown High at the Gaudet Middle School.
The host Islanders were able to snuff a two-point conversion by the Broncos that would have tied the score with 30 seconds to play in the contest, and in the process, they were able to hold on for a wild 28-26 victory.
MEMBERS OF THE Woonsocket police and fire departments will participate in a benefit hockey game tonight at the Smithfield Arena. Left to right are Police Lt. Brad Scully, Patrolwoman Jamie Paone, Deputy Fire Chief John Danis and Private Rick LaBreche of the fire department who will play in tonightâ€™s 9:30 p.m. game that will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets will be sold at the door. Money will be raised through ticket sales and raffles to benefit the Relay For Life of Smithfield 2011. For more info, see www.relayforlife.org/smithfieldri
CENTRAL FALLS --- It was of North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pugh-Pennington's volition to treat his Division IV showdown against Central Falls High on Friday night as a road playoff game.
â€śOur plan was to keep it simple,â€ť he stated. â€śWe knew it was their Homecoming, so we wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs. We knew we'd see a tough C.F. Team come in and play hard, so we wanted to run the ball, mix it up and gain some yardage. But we also wanted to prove that we're North Smithfield, we're no fluke, and that we come to play football.â€ť
CRANSTON --- Defense is the main reason why Lincoln High captured the Division II-North title this year.
And if the Lions plan to seize the Division II state championship on Sunday afternoon, they are going to need the same excellent defense they displayed throughout the season and in Thursday nightâ€™s semifinal-round game against Mount St. Charles Academy.
Junior striker Jillian DeSimone scored her team-high 16th of the season and the Lionsâ€™ defense held off a furious second-half attack by the high-scoring Mounties en route to a 1-0 victory at Cranston Stadium.
LINCOLN --- For the first time in his pro career, Woonsocketâ€™s Joe Gardner will be fighting for a championship belt, and he will try to claim his prize in the six-round co-feature of tonightâ€™s CESâ€™s (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.) â€śHomecoming Kingâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
And for the first time since coming back to the sport in May after a 7Â˝-year absence, Gardner has had to prepare for a fight without his favorite sparring partner, West Warwickâ€™s Keith Kozlin, giving him some valuable rounds.