Archive - Jan 2013 - Sports Article
The first time Dick Ernst met with his new Lincoln High girls' hockey squad, back in mid-November 2011, he let everyone know he had one goal in mind: Capturing a state Division II championship.
â€śIt was before our first-ever practice, and we looked at him like he was crazy,â€ť junior defenseman Lauren Hervieux laughed after a workout at Lynch Arena on Thursday afternoon. â€śWe thought he was out of his mind.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox will hold their annual wintertime gathering for fans â€“ better known as the Hot Stove League Party â€“ on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium.
New PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina will give fans a preview of what the 2013 club figures to look like as Pawtucket sets out to defend its Governorsâ€™ Cup championship. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like OF Jackie Bradley Jr., OF Justin Henry, catcher Dan Butler, and pitcher Allen Webster are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.
Itâ€™s been 10Â˝ months since the high school hockey scene last heard from Britney Evangelista, but the last time she made news on the ice, it reverberated around and beyond the state.
It was last Feb. 25, a Saturday night at the Rhode Island Sports Center, in the second game of a best-of-three semifinal-round series against the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team, that Evangelista, then a sophomore goaltender for North Smithfield, turned in a performance that raised eyebrows and dropped jaws.
CUMBERLAND â€” As Warwick Vets High compiled consecutive wins and pins in the earlier segments of this Division I-North showdown Thursday evening, Cumberland High junior Matt Kayâ€™s level of nervous butterflies increased five-fold per battle.
When it came time for him to take the mat against fellow 220-pounder and Hurricanesâ€™ sophomore James Gogan, and his Clippers trailing 36-30, Kayâ€™s anxiety reached its peak.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Daviesâ€™ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon â€“ a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer â€“ Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.
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Weâ€™ll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits â€“ one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the gameâ€™s exclusive fraternity.
When the time came for Trevor Vasey to select a four-year college that would satisfy his academic needs and quarterback profile, he turned to a valuable resource â€“ his father Todd.
WOONSOCKET â€” For a head coach whose squad had just fallen, 4-2, to mighty Mount St. Charles in a crossover tilt, Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op's Dick Ernst sure seemed in good spirits as he strolled out of an Adelard Arena team room on Saturday night.
Behind 4-0 entering the final session, the always-animated veteran mentor's Lions fought back with two goals in the span of 48 seconds midway through it.
â€śOur kids just didn't give up,â€ť Ernst raved about his girls. â€śWe trailed by four coming in, and the only thing I told the kids was to go out and win the third. Guess what? They did.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasn't so much the fact that Mount St. Charles dropped a 4-0 decision to defending state Division I champion Hendricken that irked head coach Dave Belisle to such a degree, but how.
The Mounties trailed the Hawks by a mere 1-0 count as the final seconds of the middle period drew to a close at Adelard Arena on Saturday night. The way Belisle figured it, all his guys needed to do was get into the locker room unscathed, then regroup, make adjustments and continue to storm the visitors' goalkeeper, senior Mitchell Proulx.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Peter Berthelette heard his cellphone ring as he stood at a table inside Burrillville High's Senior Lounge last Wednesday. He had been conversing with baseball player Zach Lafleur and two classmates as they ate their lunches.
â€śI typically don't answer my cell in front of students, but when the call showed up as coming from Skee Carter, I did anyway,â€ť Berthelette recalled. â€śI said, 'Hi, Skee!' and all I heard was a pause. The voice on the other end said, 'Hi, Pete. It's not Skee, it's Chris (his son). I have some bad news,' and he told me what happened.