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WOONSOCKET â€“ The first game was a nail-biter. The next two, werenâ€™t even close.
Unbeaten Mount St. Charles Academy earned its 10th shutout of the season Friday night, defeating North Kingstown, 26-24, 25-9, 25-11, in a Division I quarterfinal match on its home court.
The victory by Mount, the top seed from the North, improves its overall record to 17-0 for the season and puts it just two more wins from its first team title in the stateâ€™s highest division.
A note to Mount St. Charles Academy hockey fans: Donâ€™t scrap those plans to watch the Mounties play at Fenway Park just yet.
In whatâ€™s been a roller coaster day that began with an online report from a Boston media outlet stating that Boston College High, not the Mounties, would play Catholic Memorial in a high school showdown on Jan. 14 at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Mount coach Dave Belisle received a bit of good news late Thursday night.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles brought out its best soccer on Thursday afternoon, and in the process, delivered its first playoff victory in six years.
Senior striker Tim Stein scored a pair of goals and the Mountiesâ€™ defense turned in one of its finest performances of the season to help pave the way for a 4-0 victory over Coventry in their Division II preliminary-round matchup on the Mountiesâ€™ pitch.
A not-so-funny thing happened to St. Raphael and Ponaganset on their way to sewing up the Division II-Bâ€™s final two playoff spots.
The Saints and Chieftains, who were each just one victory away from clinching berths last weekend and taking on two teams with paper-thin hopes of reaching the playoffs, were instead the victims of two mild upset losses.
Last Friday night, the Chieftains (3-3), who were visiting a Pilgrim team (3-3) that got socked in its three losses to Tolman, West Warwick, and SRA, found themselves dropping a 26-12 verdict.
With cameras flashing, Jason Reilly wore a smile as he was the first to cross the finish line of the United HealthCare Half Marathon back on Oct. 16.
The former Cumberland High standout experienced the euphoria of winning and the satisfaction that his strategy paid off on the scenic Newport course.
For about 20 minutes.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When it gets to the end of the league season and the seedings are essentially assured for the playoff-bound teams, it's all about momentum for the postseason.
That's what neighboring Division II-North rivals North Smithfield and host Lincoln were playing for on Tuesday night at the Northmen's Athletic Field.
After 80 minutes of well-played soccer by both squads, the end result was a more-than-fair scoreless tie.
Dreamers can always dream big. Itâ€™s a birthright that canâ€™t be stripped away, regardless if this figment of oneâ€™s creative tanks comes off as either practical or far-fetched.
How do dreams take flight? Obviously we donâ€™t fit the description of a neuroscientist, yet weâ€™ll let you in on the origin behind this particular thought process.
Go back to last week and the exhibition contest between Providence College and Assumption that was played at Alumni Hall. As the game progressed, the more serious we started lending support to this: What if the Friars played a handful of games on campus?
Just because the Red Sox declined to pick up Dan Wheelerâ€™s $3 million option for the 2012 season doesnâ€™t automatically spell the end of the partnership between the team and relief pitcher.
As Wheeler explained when reached Monday afternoon, the opportunity to return to Boston remains on the table. Itâ€™s just that the process in doing so has completely changed.
The Division I playoff seeding race has changed shape several times over the past week.
A fortnight ago, it appeared as though La Salle Academy and Shea High would finish 1-2 in the overall points race. Now, thanks to a strong finish by Central Falls, the Warriors will be the No. 2 seed in the eight-team playoff field that begins action on Friday.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cumberland missed a chance to improve its playoff seeding on Monday when it played a 1-1 tie with Hope High, which brought a 1-13-2 record into the regular season finale.
â€śWe didnâ€™t help ourselves today,â€ť Cumberland coach John Lopes said afterwards. â€śWe had a chance to move up in the seedings if we won and got some help from someone else but we played flat for all but about five minutes of todayâ€™s game.â€ť