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March 7th, 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ For high school hoops fans who have paid attention to North Smithfieldâ€™s Matt Walkow and Peter Keenan this season, there was one play in their last game that typified just how in sync these two young men are on the basketball floor.
KINGSTON â€“ Just what exactly can North Smithfieldâ€™s princes of the hardwood expect at URIâ€™s Ryan Center on Friday?
Upon some discussion with two area Division I boysâ€™ basketball head coaches whose teams squared off against Classical this winter, the general consensus is that if North Smithfield so much as sneezes the wrong way, T.J. Ciolfiâ€™s crew could end up trapped in a spider web with little or no chance of escape.
PROVIDENCE --- Mount St. Charlesâ€™ best effort of the season against unbeaten La Salle was only able to fetch the Mounties a close loss in Wednesday nightâ€™s opening game of their best-of-three state championship series at Brown Universityâ€™s Meehan Auditorium.
The Rams rode a pair of goals in the first 4Â˝ minutes of the second period and some solid netminding from freshman Taylor Peltier to a 2-0 victory over the Mounties that put them on the brink of an undefeated season and their second straight state title.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles Academy coach Tony DiLorenzo has a dilemma on his hands this week, and itâ€™s not trying to figure out a way to upend unbeaten La Salle Academy in their best-of-three title series at Brown Universityâ€™s Meehan Auditorium.
Rather, itâ€™s trying to figure out how to compete with what may be an 11-player roster, no thanks to a pair of injuries suffered by two of his defensemen in Saturdayâ€™s 2-1 win over the Warwick co-op team that completed Mountâ€™s best-of-three semifinal-round sweep.
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.