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Typically, placing 38th out of 39 participants isnâ€™t cause for much rejoicing â€“ unless youâ€™re taking into account that youâ€™re competing against the very elite in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was nearly 40 years ago, back in 1973, that Richard Lawrence founded the Mount St. Charles' boys tennis program, and he well recalls how primitive the playing conditions were.
â€śWe had two old concrete courts over by the third-base line (of the current baseball diamond, located on the upper-campus field),â€ť smiled Lawrence, now the school's athletic director. â€śWe also had two courts inside the (Adelard hockey) arena. Those outdoor courts were in terrible shape, and the ones inside, the kids had very little room to maneuver.â€ť
Tony DiLorenzo has been a member of the coaching staff at Mount St. Charles for nearly a decade, and even he had a difficult time remembering the last time the Mounties fielded a girlsâ€™ hockey team as small in numbers as the squad they have this winter.
After graduating one of their best lines and their four top defensemen and also losing the services of their starting goalie to prep school, the Mounties find themselves with only 15 players and very little depth.
PROVIDENCE - The game changed on an alley-oop.
Rhode Island freshman Jordan Hare rose above the Providence College defense to emphatically finish a perfectly executed play with 15 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second half to cut the Friars' lead to five.
As it turned out, the alley-oop was the best thing that happen to PC because Friar coach Ed Cooley opted to eschew his zone defense against the athletic Rams and play man-to-man. Over the next 8 minutes, 21 seconds the Rams didn't make a basket, went 0-for-8 from the field and committed six turnovers in a 72-57 defeat.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars. The real surprise came in the role he played Thursday night against intrastate rival Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Dan Hurley spent time under the same roof as one of his former high school players Thursday night. In his private moments, the URI head coach was probably thrilled that Sidiki Johnson was sitting on Providenceâ€™s bench wearing a sharp black suit rather than basketball attire.
PROVIDENCE â€” Whenever a new face enters into the Providence College vs. URI discussion, it seems appropriate to inquire as to whether said participant understands the hubbub surrounding this annual intrastate hoops encounter.
On the hardwood, Charles Correa is a two-time, first-team All-State selection.
Should the St. Raphael Academy senior repeat the honor this season, he would become just the second three-time recipient in program history (1990s standout Robert Griffin owns the distinction as the Saint to earn three consecutive â€śtop five players in the stateâ€ť laurels).
To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.
The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.