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Looking for a good semifinal-round series to follow this weekend?
Itâ€™s going to be awfully tough to pick just one.
Two series contain neighboring teams battling each other. Another features the regionâ€™s best parochial school team taking on the stateâ€™s top public school squad, and the fourth is a battle between two teams that saw two of their three regular-season games end in ties.
The best-of-three action begins on Friday, and the Division I series featuring Burrillville and Cranston West kicks off the schedule with an early 7 p.m. game at Levy Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€” As most people expected, No. 1 seeded Middletown and defending champion Juanita Sanchez won their Division III semifinal-round games on Monday night at Rhode Island College.
But they didnâ€™t leave the Tripp Athletic Center without getting tough battles from Davies and North Smithfield, which despite coming up short in their respective bids to reach Sundayâ€™s title game at URIâ€™s Ryan Center, turned in admirable performances.
PROVIDENCE â€” North Smithfieldâ€™s dream season remains very much alive.
The latest chapter to the on-going hit series â€śMarch of the Undefeatedâ€ť took place Sunday night with fifth-seeded North Smithfield fighting tooth and nail to secure a 58-50 win against No. 13 seed Prout in the R.I. open state tournament quarterfinals at Providence Collegeâ€™s Alumni Hall. Now 26-0, North Smithfield heads to URIâ€™s Ryan Center Friday night for a semifinal-round contest against Classical, the top seed in the 16-team tournament.
NEWPORT --- The Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op team scored three goals in the last period, including the go-ahead score with 43 seconds left in the game, late Saturday night to net a 4-2 triumph over Cumberland at the St. Georgeâ€™s skating facility and force a third game in their Division II best-of-three quarterfinal-round series.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ While senior guard and tri-captain Walker Strick and his elated North Smithfield High teammates celebrated their first-ever state hoop championship on the Pizzitola Center floor last Sunday afternoon, head coach T.J. Ciolfi scrambled to find someone to film the happenings.
It didn't take long for him to see Keila Strick, senior tri-captain of the Northmen's girls squad. He immediately issued her his camera, and she went to work.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Confident â€¦ but not cocky.
Cool customers â€¦ but not too cool for school.
Notoriety is a natural byproduct of winning, especially when victories are strung, out one after another, without a blemish, like a string of pearls. Yet as North Smithfield head coach T.J. Ciolfi will attest, the wave of attention for their once-in-a-lifetime season hasnâ€™t changed his Northmen in the slightest.
WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles avenged an ugly 4-1 defeat to the Warwick co-op team six nights ago in their regular-season finale by defeating the Warwick squad by the same score on Friday night in their State Championship playoff opener at Adelard Arena.
Elisabeth Berard scored a pair of goals in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and help the Mounties take Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal-round series. The Mounties can sweep the series tonight at 7 p.m. when the series resumes at Thayer Arena.
WOONSOCKET -- Jaryd Dulieu couldnâ€™t have picked a perfect time to score the biggest goal of his high school career.
The senior co-captain lit the lamp on a pass from Jake Salisbury 3:51 into overtime to lift the Clippers to a 3-2 triumph over the Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op squad on Friday night in the opening contest of their best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€” As if on cue, God Shammgod started talking about Ricky Ledoâ€™s situation.
Mind you, there wasnâ€™t a lead-in question posed to Shammgod with the intent of correlating his two-year playing stint at Providence College to the same temptations of leaving school prematurely that Ledo will deal with soon enough. Sitting in Alumni Hallâ€™s cafeteria the other day, the conversation with the now 36-year-old Shammgod began with how much heâ€™s enjoyed being back on PCâ€™s campus as an undergrad student and a member of Ed Cooleyâ€™s basketball staff.
CUMBERLAND â€” Basketball-wise, Tom Lazaras, Mitchell Baxter and Trent Vasey werenâ€™t going to teach Ben Bradley, Dylan Boisclair, Rob Reedy and Greg Joubert anything new. Yet in order to reach the championship destination that Cumberland Highâ€™s basketball camp dropped anchor upon last weekend, the first group of Clipper triplets had to do some gardening.