Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
EAST PROVIDENCE â East Providence had the spirit and emotion of Senior Night, an adrenaline rush from an energetic section of students rooting them on in the bleachers, and a six-game win streak on its side in Tuesdayâs showdown at home with Mount St. Charles.
But the Mounties were able to overcome all that and grab one of their biggest victories of the season -- a win that snapped a tie for first place in the Division I-North standings with the Townies and gave them sole possession of the top spot.
LINCOLN â Despite having a significant edge in the categories of shots on goal and corner kicks, Lincoln High suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Narragansett in a pivotal Division II clash at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
The two squads had entered the contest tied for second in the division with 20 points, and the Lions managed to produce seven more shots and a stunning 10 more corners than the Mariners. Still, senior Evan Carvalho's tally just 5:59 into the final stanza sealed Lincoln's fate.
LINCOLN â Pawtucketâs Thomas âThe Souljahâ Falowo and Woonsocketâs Joe Gardner did their respective hometowns proud on Thursday night and were among the big winners on Jimmy Burchfieldâs Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ âClosing Statementâ show at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo picked up his second knockout victory in three months with a fifth-round TKO of Michael Walchuk of Ontario, Canada, a bout that saw the Manfredoâs Gym middleweight dominate his opponent from start to finish and deliver one of the best efforts of his young two-year career.
PAWTUCKET â La Salle Academy left little doubt who the best Division I girlsâ tennis team is in 2012.
In a championship that was swift in terms of time required â 80 minutes according to Cumberland High head coach and tournament director John Jasionowski â top-seeded La Salle capped off an undefeated season Sunday with a 4-0 triumph against a Mount St. Charles outfit that was plenty upbeat after receiving the runner-up trophy and accompanying medals.
WARWICK â There was plenty of talent standing on Woonsocket Highâs sideline Saturday afternoon. The problem was that not everyone was sporting shoulder pads and helmets.
With regular contributors Jalen Evans, Ryan Lagasse and John Poirier out and DâAndre Thomas leaving the game early in the first quarter, the Villa Novans were forced to call upon several unheralded types, asking them to save the day against Toll Gate High. Those who found themselves thrust into the spotlight acquitted themselves just fine as Woonsocket rolled to a 34-0 whitewashing against the winless Titans.
PAWTUCKET â In the end, it came down to the first doubles match, and on this day, the Mount St. Charles senior tandem of Emily Cardosa and Julia Martin were not going to be denied.
Not after already losing three times this year to the East Greenwich team of Kerri Whelan and Julia Waicberg. And certainly not with Mount desperately needing them to win their match in order to capture Thursday afternoonâs Division I semifinal-round affair at Slater Park.
LINCOLN â The fact that Mount St. Charles Academy has captured 14 championships (nine regular-season titles and five state crowns) since 2002 is a truly remarkable accomplishment.
So is the fact that the Mounties will be playing this afternoon in the Division I semifinals for the 12th straight year, a âFinal Fourâ streak no other girlsâ tennis team in the state can come close to matching.
PROVIDENCE â As one longtime newspaper scribe pointed out, âthis is something thatâs been a long time coming.â
In an effort to better coordinate with members of the working press â be their classification entail print, photo, television or the Internet â the Rhode Island Interscholastic League held a âMedia Dayâ forum Wednesday afternoon at its headquarters, located on the Rhode Island College campus.
SCITUATE â North Smithfieldâs season came to a crushing finish in its Division III quarterfinal-round matchup with Scituate on Tuesday afternoon at the Scituate town courts.
The Spartans, the No. 2 seed from the West, scratched out a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory in third singles to score a 4-3 victory and advance to tomorrowâs semifinal round.
North Smithfield No. 2 singles player Tiana Ahmed achieved a 6-1, 6-1 victory Monday afternoon against St. Raphaelâs Gianna Leone. For complete story, see Tuesday's print edition or click on the e-Edition.