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January 16th, 2013
KINGSTON â€” With its leading scorer from a season ago still sidelined with a concussion he suffered in the season opener, Mount St. Charles Academy has found itself having to rely on a cast of players this winter -- some of whom were barely on the teamâ€™s radar a year ago -- to help pick up the slack offensively.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- If unbeaten North Smithfield was looking for the perfect test to help the Northmen prepare for Thursday nightâ€™s duel between the Division IIIâ€™s other undefeated team, Middletown, the Northmen got one and then some on Tuesday night in the form of red-hot Mount Hope.
The Northmen, who entered the week capturing their seven league games by an average of 27 points, went the distance with the Huskies in a thrilling game that featured 14 lead changes, eight ties, and a boatload of three-pointers (19 of â€™em, 11 by the Huskies).
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Shea High veteran head coach John Lickert indicated before the contest he didnâ€™t know how his squad would fare against Division III-North host North Smithfield on Monday night.
He had a variety of reasons, as his Raiders had to battle the Northmen without the services of sophomore swing Carol Rodriguez and junior forward Najah Goncalves. Rodriguez, his leading scorer and rebounder, had suffered a possible concussion in a loss to Davies Tech on Friday, and Goncalves â€“ another stellar starter â€“ had sustained a laceration to her head in the same tilt.
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.