Archive - Jan 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Should we stay or should we go? That was the question facing Lincoln head coach Jim Riel during the offseason when the RIIL was getting ready to realign its teams for the 2012-13 campaign.
Stay in the Division I-Eccleston and the Lions would have been competitive night in and night out against the other five public schools in the division. Drop down to Division II and also face a drop in competition, but the Lions would have been one of the clear favorites in the running for a lower state championship.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Wake me when itâ€™s Tuesday â€“ the day Terry Franconaâ€™s juicy and highly anticipated book is scheduled to hit the shelves.
Not a moment too soon.
Look, I understand the importance of publicizing and spreading the word to the masses that thereâ€™s something on the immediate horizon that you may want to check out. The particular PR campaign for Franconaâ€™s 368-page opus has me a tad confused, however.
WOONSOCKET --- Vincent Pearl's goal 4:26 into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Mount St. Charles net arguably its biggest win of the young season on Friday night, a 4-2 triumph over Division I-Cimini rival La Salle Academy at Adelard Arena.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Mounties, who are 5-1 in the league and face Coventry in a crossover game tonight at 8 p.m. at the West Warwick Civic Center.
Dave Goucher has been calling hockey games on the radio for much of his adult life â€“ 20 years to be exact. Naturally, the Pawtucket native and graduate of Tolman High monitored the NHLâ€™s labor saga, but as he expressed when contacted earlier this week, he reached a point where countless impasses between the owners and players became too much to digest.
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- With all due respect to other Division III squads with title-game aspirations, if another North Smithfield-Middletown matchup isnâ€™t contested in the state final in March, it would be a tragedy.
This one, honestly, was that entertaining.
With 1.8 seconds left in regulation, and the Northmen trailing 50-49, it appeared senior guard Walker Strick had landed a baseline trey to lift the hosts to a thrilling, come-from-behind 52-51 victory over the Islanders.
The two officials, however, indicated the scoreboard was incorrect, and deemed an overtime session necessary.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When it comes to flying the friendly skies, Red Sox manager John Farrell has mapped out a travel schedule that will certainly make the time pass by a little quicker â€“ not mention rack up frequent flyer miles.
Following his appearance at Thursdayâ€™s Red Sox-themed â€śTown Hall Meetingâ€ť at La Salle Academy, Farrell will hop on a plane Friday morning and head to Dallas for some face-to-face time with pitcher John Lackey. Farrell then plans to shoot over to Fort Myers on Saturday to see pitchers Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales, both of who have already reported to JetBlue Park.
CHICAGO --- Cumberland High cross country star Trevor Crawley added another accolade to his accomplishments on Thursday with his selection as the 2012-13 Gatorade Rhode Island Boysâ€™ Cross Country Runner of the Year.
The award not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellent, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course.
KINGSTON â€” With its leading scorer from a season ago still sidelined with a concussion he suffered in the season opener, Mount St. Charles Academy has found itself having to rely on a cast of players this winter -- some of whom were barely on the teamâ€™s radar a year ago -- to help pick up the slack offensively.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- If unbeaten North Smithfield was looking for the perfect test to help the Northmen prepare for Thursday nightâ€™s duel between the Division IIIâ€™s other undefeated team, Middletown, the Northmen got one and then some on Tuesday night in the form of red-hot Mount Hope.
The Northmen, who entered the week capturing their seven league games by an average of 27 points, went the distance with the Huskies in a thrilling game that featured 14 lead changes, eight ties, and a boatload of three-pointers (19 of â€™em, 11 by the Huskies).
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Shea High veteran head coach John Lickert indicated before the contest he didnâ€™t know how his squad would fare against Division III-North host North Smithfield on Monday night.
He had a variety of reasons, as his Raiders had to battle the Northmen without the services of sophomore swing Carol Rodriguez and junior forward Najah Goncalves. Rodriguez, his leading scorer and rebounder, had suffered a possible concussion in a loss to Davies Tech on Friday, and Goncalves â€“ another stellar starter â€“ had sustained a laceration to her head in the same tilt.