Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Monday night saw North Smithfield come close to handing The Prout School its first league loss of the season. The Northmen managed to keep the contest close, but a strong push down the stretch enabled the Crusaders to waltz out of Lovett Gymnasium with a 69-61 triumph.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Woonsocket High School football program is staying put in Division II. In the case of Tolman High, Division I beckons after a successful stint in Division II.
Divisional alignments for several fall sports were ratified and approved at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Principals' Committee on Athletics. In the case of football, Woonsocket will remain in Division II, a league where the Villa Novans have resided since the 2006 season.
WOONSOCKET -- The final tally on shots on net in Monday nightâ€™s contest between Mount St. Charles and Barrington was an astounding 78-32 count in favor of the Mounties.
And while the Mounties managed to claim the Division I crossover game by an 8-0 score, they werenâ€™t able to put away the visiting Eagles until the start of the third period, as they netted four goals in the first 7:18 of play to finally send the fans to Adelard Arenaâ€™s parking lot.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Baltimore Ravens arenâ€™t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâ€™s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A day earlier, La Salle Academy and host Burrillville HIgh had no problems in their opening-round games of the Burrillville Education Foundation Tournament.
It was a different story in the championship finals Saturday night.
The two Division I schools played a back-and-forth affair for three periods inside the Levy Rink. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Rams managed to squeeze in two shots between the posts and skate off the ice with a hard-earned 2-0 win.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
â€śItâ€™s better than New England,â€ť said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. â€śItâ€™s much warmer. In fact, Iâ€™m playing golf (today).â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâ€™s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâ€™s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
BURRILLVILLE --- Burrillville knows the best way it can celebrate the 75th anniversary of its teamâ€™s existence â€“ by capturing the Division I-Eccleston regular-season crown and earning a berth in the new Championship Division tournament format.
And with their season reaching its midway point, the Broncos could be well on their way to accomplishing both feats.
Entering this weekend, the Broncos resided atop the Eccleston ranks with a 6-4 mark that includes a five-game win streak and a 6-2 mark against their public-school peers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ On most nights, Woonsocket High relies on its offense to get the job done.
In Fridayâ€™s nightâ€™s Division I showdown with Ponaganset, it was the defense that made the difference.
With an effective man-to-man defense that it utilized from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, the Villa Novans earned their third straight victory with a 35-29 verdict over the Chieftains at Savaria Gymnasium.