Archive - Nov 2012 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â Changes in membership and divisional alignment are in store for Division I softball come the next two seasons.
At Mondayâs Principals' Committee on Athletics meeting, the R.I. Interscholastic Leagueâs governing body approved unanimously (10-0) to form one Division I softball league featuring 17 teams. Two of those 17 teams include newcomers Tolman and Woonsocket, both of whom have competed in Division II in recent seasons.
WOONSOCKET -- It wasnât that long ago, June 3 to be precise, that then-Woonsocket High junior Kaylnn Pitts took the jumping events at the R.I. Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Brown Stadium by storm.
She not only won the triple jump with a leap of 37-4 ÂŸ, but also took third in the high jump (5-3) and teamed with Jasmine White, Marrisa Gelinas and Latoya Dythe to gain fourth in the 4 x 100-meter relay (50.67).
Pitts finished 10th in the long jump (16-1), but that was one placement sheâd rather forget.
If the end game was to create a specific website that shines light on Rhode Island high school athletics, then Tommy DâAngelo succeeded.
Wish to know which school has captured the most championships in R.I. Interscholastic League history? DâAngeloâs vision and ultimate creation â www.rihssports.com â contains the answer along with the exact amount. The tally extends to every school thatâs ever won a title.
PAWTUCKET â In a perfect world, Peter Manfredo Jr.âs No. 1 reasons for returning to boxing after a full yearâs retirement would be to satisfy his longing to win another world championship or to simply rekindle his love for the sport, which he has spent roughly four-fifths of his life competing on the amateur and professional levels.
Instead, Manfredoâs No. 1 reason for returning to boxing is simple and to the point. Itâs the reason why he wants to keep putting food on the table and providing a roof over his familyâs heads.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
In the eyes of George Nasuti and Carnell Henderson, the Woonsocket High football team has earned the right to compete under the lights at Barry Field.
The Novansâ designation as prime-time players is twofold. By virtue of last weekendâs heart stopping 29-28 overtime quarterfinal triumph against St. Raphael coupled with Central upsetting Johnston, Woonsocket qualified to host a Division II semifinal-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Some Friar hoop musings as Providence College gets set for a serious workout down in Puerto Rico âŠ
Standing in the hallway outside Joe Mullaney Gym late last week, Vincent Council touched upon the close-knit nature of this yearâs PC basketball team.
Itâs become a yearly occurrence for the programâs senior leader to begin his âState of the Friarsâ address by remarking that thereâs no friction in place and how everyone gets along just swimmingly. Donnie McGrath uttered something similar prior to the start of his final season in 2005. Ditto Sharaud Curry in the fall of 2009.
LINCOLN â Three Lincoln High School student-athletes sat at a table inside the schoolâs library Wednesday afternoon, tending to some pretty important business.
For months all of them took comfort in knowing that they selected the right college, the place of higher learning where they felt most comfortable upon completing their high school requirements. With the clock reading 4:17 p.m., the Lincoln seniors picked up a pen and with family, coaches and school administrators present, carefully signed the document before them.
WOONSOCKET â When Carissa Gould packs her bags and drives off to college sometime in August, she wonât have to worry about racking up heavy mileage on her Honda Odyssey.
Thatâs because Gould will only need to drive 10 minutes from her Woonsocket home to nearby Bryant University, a decision that she made official on Wednesday afternoon at Mount St. Charles Academy.
CENTRAL FALLS â It was only appropriate that Central Falls High head coach Mo Jackson, who had strolled these sidelines for the past 13 years, would leave with a wildly-entertaining, 8-7 upset triumph over Division IV foe North Smithfield on Tuesday night.
His Warriors, who trailed 7-0 after just 2:31 had elapsed in the contest, fought tooth-and-nail in the muck that was â and is â Macomber Stadium, and Jackson reveled in the moment.
This, after all, would be his final home tilt ever at the decades-old ballyard.
PROVIDENCE â Deep down, Ed Cooley knows that itâs probably not the best time to take his Providence Friars on a two-games-in-three-days junket in Puerto Rico.
Still, this is no time to convey weakness, which the second-year PC head coach clearly understands.
As Cooley emphatically stated following PCâs surprisingly easy 81-49 throttling of Bryant on Monday night, the show must go on â even if itâs without the services of senior point guard Vincent Council (hamstring).