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January 12th, 2014
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time for Chris Skurka to make the biggest football decision of his life, he turned to a voice of reassurance and clarity.
Alison Skurka, the coachâ€™s wife, had a quick answer. A staunch supporter of her husbandâ€™s pigskin endeavors, Alison gave Chris her blessing to make the jump from head coach at Cumberland High to becoming an assistant at Dean College.
â€śSheâ€™s allowed me to chase that dream,â€ť said Chris Skurka. â€śUltimately, it came down to me making a decision about my family and my career as a coach.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Senior standouts Cody Beaudette and Chris Hayes captured their weight classes to help Cumberland win a close battle for the team championship in this past weekendâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at the Clippersâ€™ Wellness Center.
The Clippers, who returned to the top of the team standings after watching Johnston finish first last year, scored 159.5 points to beat 17 other teams (representing four New England states) and nip runner-up Bristol Eastern of Connecticut by 1.5 points.
After 4 1/2 weeks of intense training with the Blackzilians combat team in Boca Raton, Fla., Andre Soukhamthath is returning to Rhode Island.
No, the talented featherweight isnâ€™t moving back to Woonsocket, which he left a month ago for warmer weather in the Sunshine State and a chance to train full-time with some of the best MMA fighters in the world.
Instead, heâ€™s coming back to R.I. for two weeks to work out with his old Tri-Force teammates and coaches and fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śCES MMA XXIâ€ť card on Jan. 24 at the Twin River Event Center.
LINCOLN â€“ Itâ€™s true: Over the last eight years, Davies Tech compiled a dismal overall league record of 10 wins and 120 losses.
Thatâ€™s a winning percentage of .077. If you follow baseball, think of that as a batting average.
But none of that has bothered second-year head coach Bill Meekins, who truly believes his Patriots are on the upswing. He had proof on Thursday night after his club shelled Ponaganset, 63-47, in a Division III-North clash at Gaskin Alumni Hall.
LINCOLN â€” The high school hockey rivalry between Lincoln and Cumberland is beyond intense. Granted, they may compete on the second tier below those battles between perennial state powers Mount St. Charles-Hendricken and/or La Salle, but it doesn't mean the Lions or Clippers care any less about not just defeating but crushing the other.
After all, town bragging rights are at stake. Geez, it runs the gamut from football to basketball, baseball to track, even swimming and lacrosse.
LINCOLN â€” When Mike Tuorto took over as the Lincoln High wrestling coach five years ago, his primary goal was to change the philosophy surrounding the program â€“ that is, from one where mere participation was accepted to one where coaches and athletes alike craved wins, not to mention championships.
He claimed he began to see the varsity team take strides in becoming more competitive his first two seasons, but since has witnessed a renaissance of sorts.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After watching his team dismantle Georgetown for its Big East win the season, PC head coach Ed Cooley touched upon the ominous cloud that has hovered over his program in recent weeks.
From a three-game losing streak that included a pair of stinging overtime defeats and a 30-point blowout against Villanova, to Brandon Austinâ€™s decision to leave without playing a single regular-season minute, to a fire at Cooleyâ€™s East Greenwich home that forced his family to evacuate, the head coach saw an opening to address all concerns following the Friarsâ€™ 70-52 bludgeoning of the Hoyas.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles head coach Bill Evans huddled his young aquamen and women prior to a pair of Division II dual meets against South Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon and leveled the bad news.
In essence, he told the girlsâ€™ squad it didnâ€™t stand a prayer of upsetting the female Rebels.
â€śTheyâ€™re the defending state champions, and they didnâ€™t graduate anybody from their team,â€ť he explained on the Mountiesâ€™ side of the Woonsocket YMCA pool. â€śTheyâ€™re well-trained, theyâ€™re fast and theyâ€™re big (in numbers).â€ť
Itâ€™s time for Providence College basketball fans to put everything in proper perspective.
Theyâ€™re an upset group due to the administration imposing a season-long suspension from game competition on two freshmen. They feel the sentence is a tad on the harsh side, especially in the wake of no reported legal wrongdoings.
Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.
Caught in the crosshairs are non-Division I teams that have achieved and sustained success over a designated period of time. Add a dash of enrollment and presto, what appears is a surefire recipe for relocation to a higher division.