Archive - Feb 2012 - Sports Article
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.
The last full week of the high school basketball season is upon us, meaning teams are in full spin mode in relation to securing playoff berths or jostling for seeding positions.
PROVIDENCE --- Lauren Levesque tipped in a shot from Cassandra Czarn 3:55 into overtime to lift Mount St. Charles to a thrilling 3-2 victory over La Salle Academy on Sunday afternoon in the Mountiesâ regular-season finale at Providence Collegeâs Schneider Arena.
The victory was the 13th in a row for the two-time defending champions, who are 15-1-0. They had clinched the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 'State Championship' playoffs with a tight 2-0 win over the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team less than 24 hours earlier at Adelard Arena.
SMITHFIELD â Mount St. Charles played what coach Dave Belisle termed a âclean gameâ on Saturday night during a 6-0 victory over Smithfield.
The Mounties outshot the Sentinels 45-15 and got three goals from Nicholas Bennett. Brian Belisle, Callan Morisseau and Devin Votta also tallied for Mount, which takes a 10-5 record into Friday nightâs crucial Division I game with La Salle Academy (10-4-1). The game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Thayer Arena.
Mount St. Charles 1 â 3 â 2 â 6
Smithfield 0 â 0 â 0 -- 0
First period: 1. MSC, Callan Morriseau (Brandon Borges), 3:45.
PROVIDENCE â Precision, particularly in the short sprints, is often crucial in the outcome. One minor glitch at the beginning could determine who walks away with the gold and who settles for the silver.
Woonsocket High junior Jalen Evans, the top seed in the 55-meter dash at Saturdayâs Class A Championship, found that out the hard way inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house.
âI never got the top speed and my start was awful,â said Evans, after finishing second in the dash with a time of 6.5 seconds. âIn the middle of the race, I just lost it.â
PROVIDENCE â Shaun Noriega was in the game for South Florida for one reason alone â to hit 3-point shots.
For someone who played exactly one minute, Noriega made a lasting impact in USFâs 55-48 win against a Providence College outfit that as head coach Ed Cooley noted âdoesnât have the basketball gods on our side.â A junior who entering Saturday had hoisted up 64 shots on the season with 51 of them coming from beyond the arc, Noriega delivered a pair of clutch makes from downtown that propelled the visiting Bulls to their eighth Big East win.
WOONSOCKET --- As expected, Mount St. Charles breezed past Lincoln on Friday night at Adelard Arena by rattling off five goals in the second period to break open a close game and pave the way for an 8-0 victory.
But the story of the night was Chris Leclaire, the Lionsâ freshman goalie, who turned away an astounding 72 shots, the most saves in a game by a netminder in this state in recent memory. Leclaire currently leads all Division I goalies in saves with 390.
PROVIDENCE â For those associated with Providence College basketball, the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip or oneâs chin high cannot be underscored. After all, itâs not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.
CUMBERLAND â Two nights earlier, the wrestlers from Cumberland High knocked off previously undefeated Bishop Hendricken, the friendly confides of the Wellness Center serving as the backdrop. Hoping to replicate some of that home cooking, the Cumberland boysâ hoops team played host to state contender North Providence on Friday night.
WOONSOCKET â For the first half of Fridayâs Division I clash with Woonsocket, winless Cumberland looked nothing like a team that has lost 14 straight league encounters.
The Clippers didnât looked like it in the second half either, but the Villa Novans were not about to let them walk off their court with their first âWâ.
Woonsocket picked up its defensive intensity and had a strong second half from Katie Marcoux to pave the way for a 49-34 triumph at Savaria Gymnasium.