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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.
âOur plan was to keep it simple,â he stated. âWe 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
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 nightâs 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, Woonsocketâs Joe Gardner will be fighting for a championship belt, and he will try to claim his prize in the six-round co-feature of tonightâs CESâs (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.) âHomecoming Kingâ card at the Twin River Event Center.
And for the first time since coming back to the sport in May after a 7Âœ-year absence, Gardner has had to prepare for a fight without his favorite sparring partner, West Warwickâs Keith Kozlin, giving him some valuable rounds.
For Tolman, Woonsocket, and St. Raphael, the Division IIâs âsecond seasonâ begins this weekend. For Burrillville and East Providence, their pursuit at a second season continues.
Five Blackstone Valley teams will try to extend their respective seasons past Thanksgiving this week when the Division II quarterfinal round takes place and the Division I and III regular seasons ramble down the home stretch.
PROVIDENCE â The gangly young girl who was taller than most of her teachers in eighth grade at North Smithfield Middle School signed a pretty important document on Wednesday morning.
Corinne Coia, now a 6-foot-4 senior at The Lincoln School, signed her letter of intent to attend the University of Rhode Island next year on a full basketball scholarship.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Talent and overall heart.
That has been the cornerstone to Mount St. Charles Academyâs sterling debut into the Division I ranks this fall, one that included an undefeated 14-0 league mark in I-North and a 16-0 regular-season record.
To no oneâs surprise, those two attributes were on full display during the top-seeded Mountiesâ semifinal match with the Prout School on Tuesday night.
Only this time, it wouldnât prove enough.
LINCOLN â You could say the elements helped even the playing field between Lincoln and North Smithfield. With a steady rain sweeping across Chet Nichols Field, Tuesdayâs Division II quarterfinal match became a matter of survival.
Thanks to two goals in the final nine minutes, the Lions emerged from this mud bath with a 2-0 victory over the Northmen, who played the game minus the services of head coach Steve DeMeo. DeMeo was relieved of his coaching duties after Mondayâs arrest for allegedly transmitting inappropriate messages to a minor.
It was great to see Joe Paterno collect his 400th career victory at Penn State on Saturday. I was in the neighborhood for many of the first 120 back in my college days and early sports writing years. It wasnât always easy dealing with a man who set such high standards for himself and his program. Paterno kept everyone on their toes, beginning with his players and going right down the list, all the way down to the lowest creatures on earth âŠ the sports writing fraternity.
Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boysâ basketball season would be perfect. The event, which calls for a 16-team bracket, is the first of its kind, meaning it should be viewed as a litmus test by administrators, coaches and players.
But that hasnât stopped some coaches from the lower divisions in voicing concern on how everything is arranged. The field is broken down so that the first eight slots are awarded to Div. I teams, the next five belong to Div. II, and the last three spaces are set aside for entries from Div. III.
Mondayâs nasty weather resulted in the postponement in tournament games in both boys and girls soccer.
The Division I boys soccer semifinals will now take place Wednesday at Cranston Stadium, with top seed Barrington facing No. 5 South Kingstown at 6 p.m. and North Kingstown, the sixth seed, meeting No. 2 Shea at 8. The winners square off in Fridayâs championship game at Rhode Island College.