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March 4th

Westerly ousts Woonsocket from Div. I quarterfinals

March 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE — George Coderre knows the drill. As the head coach at Woonsocket High, Coderre studies the game from his sideline perch while his mind races with various adjustment schemes. Obviously the idea is to outsmart the opposition, which Coderre’s club was able to do for most of Sunday’s playoff exercise against Westerly High.

March 3rd

WEB ONLY: MSC forces Game 3 with La Salle; Broncos, Clippers suffer sweeps

March 3, 2012

WARWICK --- Brandon Borges saved the season for Mount St. Charles.
The sophomore right wing produced the biggest goal of his young high school career on Saturday night in the second overtime of Game 2 of MSC’s best-of-three State Championship semifinal-round series against La Salle.
Borges scored off a pass from junior Brian Belisle 39 seconds into the second 7½-minute session to lead the Mounties to a heart-pounding 4-3 triumph over the Rams before a packed house at Thayer Arena.

Late power-play goal hands Burrillville/Ponaganset 3-2 loss

March 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The slow start hurt, but the late penalties proved to be the undoing of the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of their best-of-three Division I championship series with the Barrington co-op squad.
Emily Carlson’s second goal of the game, on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:22 left in the game, ruined a dominant third-period showing by the Broncos and lifted the Eagles to a 3-2 triumph at Providence College’s Schneider Arena.

MSC proves no match for La Salle in series opener

March 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — For the fourth time this season, Mount St. Charles had a hard-fought battle on its hands with longtime rival La Salle, but unlike their first three meetings, the Mounties weren’t fortunate enough to skate out of it with a ‘W’.
And unfortunately for the Mounties, this was no ordinary loss. This was one of their most lopsided defeats in the program’s history, and it took place on a stage they couldn’t afford to lose on – the opening game of the best-of-three State Championship series.

WEB ONLY: La Salle nips Mount boys in Game 1

March 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET -- A red-hot goalie and a forward who gave the team fits during the regular season teamed up to hand Mount St. Charles a tough loss in Game 1 of the State Championship best-of-three semifinal-round series.
Tyler Walsh turned away 45 shots and Bryan Lemos supplied the scoring to lead La Salle to a 2-1 victory and put the Rams one win away from a trip to the state finals before a packed house at Adelard Arena.
The third-seeded Rams (12-6-1) will look to end the Mounties’ bid for a fifth straight state championship tonight when the series resumes tonight at 7 p.m. at Thayer Arena.

March 2nd

Hawks too tough for Broncos in playoff opener

March 2, 2012

WARWICK — Burrillville did everything in its power to beat heavily favored Bishop Hendricken on Friday night in the opening game of their best-of-three State Championship semifinal-round series at Thayer Arena.
The fourth-seeded Broncos turned in one of their best efforts of the season, an effort that saw them play a penalty-free game with the regular-season champs and match their physical play and defensive prowess, but in the end, the hosts took advantage of a couple of breaks to come out on top, 4-2.

Tying it all together: Pawtucket's LaBranche instrumental in bringing 'Elite Eight' games to PC's Alumni Hall

March 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In the person of Carl LaBranche, the R.I. Interscholastic League and Providence College benefited from having an ace in the hole.
The underlying reason why PC’s venerable Alumni Hall gym is the site for Sunday’s “Elite Eight” round of the open state tournament is due to the communication and negotiating skills tapped by LaBranche in harmonizing this project. With this Pawtucket native (Tolman High School Class of 1970) serving as the point man, LaBranche’s vision of opening Alumni Hall’s doors to the state’s high school basketball sector became a reality.

March 1st

Hockey postseason gets under way this weekend

March 1, 2012

Three months of regular-season games have now boiled down to three weeks of state tournament action.
And for five of the six Blackstone Valley teams that qualified for the playoffs, the ‘second season’ commences tonight at arenas throughout the state.
While the opening weekend of the postseason had long been reserved for the quarterfinal-round series, that won’t be the case this winter in the new State Championship playoffs, which along with the Division I tourney, jumps right into its semifinals this weekend.

February 29th

Burrillville/Ponaganset girls await Div. I hockey finals

February 29, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — History has been extremely good to the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team when it comes to playing Barrington’s East Bay co-op squad.
Even since Barrington joined the girls’ hockey varsity ranks eight years ago, the Broncos have had the Eagles’ number. They own a 12-2 record against them, and a five-game win streak that has seen the Eagles strengthen their numbers by adding Mount Hope and Portsmouth to its co-op squad, yet the Broncos still win each time by five or more goals.

North Smithfield girls advance to Div. III semifinals

February 29, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After a rather sloppy initial half, one in which it registered 15 turnovers and had serious issues netting a bucket, North Smithfield High head coach Alisha Brannon took her troops aside and told them simply to calm down and think.
“Basically, we have a tendency to rush on offense, and the first half was a classic example,” she said. “They try to pass too quickly or dribble past (defenders). At halftime, I told them to quit rushing and spread the floor.

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