Archive - Dec 2010 - Sports Article
WOONSOCKET â€” As Christmas approaches, college students are returning home from their campuses near and far away, reuniting with hometown friends, high school pals and former teammates.
Very few students in a working-class city like Woonsocket proceed in a straight line from high school graduation to earning their college diploma in four or even five years. Some have to work to earn money for college. Others start off at one college, find they made the wrong choice for themselves and return home, choosing to attend CCRI or Rhode Island College as their goals change.
PAWTUCKET â€” As manager of Double-A Portland the past four seasons, Arnie Beyeler was at the forefront of nurturing while simultaneously pushing all of the better known prospects in the Red Soxâ€™ farm chain. Beyelerâ€™s mission was to not just get the likes of Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Daniel Bard and Ryan Kalish ready for life at Triple-A, but to present them a sample of what life is like as a major leaguer.
LINCOLN â€“ The offense has had its share of spurts, but it hasnâ€™t quite clicked yet.
The defense has also gotten better.
Since its humbling 25-point loss to Bay View Academy in its Division I opener a few weeks ago, head coach George Coderre has been pleased with the progress of his Woonsocket High team, one that lost a considerable amount of talent from last yearâ€™s state championship squad.
Every race that Charlie Breagy creates appears to turn to gold.
The past few months in Providence, his Monster Mini Dash 5K on Halloween and his Downtown Jingle 5K a couple of weeks ago, drew more than 2,000 participants to the starting line. His annual Ocean State Cross-Country Invitational has 5,000-plus high school and middle-school runners congregating at Goddard Park in mid-October.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocketâ€™s rough start to the 2010-11 season added another painful chapter on Monday night at Savaria Gymnasium.
Smithfield became the latest club to add to Woonsocketâ€™s ever-growing frustration with a 63-41 runaway performance by the Sentinels. Senior Kyle Morvan burned Woonsocket for a game-high 31 points as the Smithfield senior owned the low post. Edwin Jones led the Villa Novans with 11 points while Andreas Brackett and Jesse Charette each netted nine points.
WARWICK â€” After kicking off its season with four straight games against public schools, Mount St. Charles finally faced one of its longtime parochial rivals on Saturday night in Bishop Hendricken.
And the Mounties rose to the occasion and made very good on this featured battle of unbeatens.
Alex Erbanâ€™s two goals and Brian Campbellâ€™s goal and assist keyed a well-played second period by the Mounties, and Trevor Planteâ€™s division-leading 10th goal of the season late in the game sealed a big 4-2 victory over Hendricken at Thayer Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€” The R.I. Track Coaches Association (RITCA) Invitational, the first major meet of the indoor track season, produced some outstanding efforts from local athletes Saturday afternoon.
Woonsocket Highâ€™s speedy foursome of Jalen Evans, Anthony Neal, Alex Correia and Tyler Bourk ran a season-best of 1 minute, 37.7 seconds to tie for third place in the 4x200-meter relay.
Neal also placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 8 inches and Correia took sixth overall in the long jump with a distance of 19-11 1/2.
WOONSOCKET - Burrillville High did everything it possibly could to give Mount St. Charles Academy a spirited run for its money on Friday night, but the defending state champs still found a way to get the job done.
And the Mounties got the job done by spoiling a truly brilliant performance by junior goaltender Jacob Toback, who masterfully turned away 43 shots in a 2-0 triumph by the defending state champions at Adelard Arena.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Scott Colantonio had the look of frustration during the first half of Thursdayâ€™s Division III-North encounter with North Smithfield. The Mount St. Charles coach wasnâ€™t upset with the play of his team, but just the fact that the shots simply werenâ€™t falling.
The second half was a different story.
The Mounties shots found the net and their defensive intensity also picked up as they erased a fiveâ€“point deficit at the break to earn a hard-fought 48-42 victory over the Northmen on their home court. In a well-balanced scoring attack, Pat McCarthy led Mount with 10 points.
WARWICK --- Itâ€™s high school hockey at its finest, one of the top high school rivalries in Rhode Island, and guaranteed to draw an energetic, standing-room-only crowd every time the two teams step onto the ice.
Itâ€™s Mount St. Charles Academy vs. Bishop Hendricken High, and high school fans wonâ€™t have to wait long to get a taste of this classic showdown, because tomorrow at 8:30 p.m., they will collide at the Hawksâ€™ Thayer Arena.