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December 4th, 2012
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.
At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones arenâ€™t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, thatâ€™s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a â€śfair fightâ€ť standpoint.
CUMBERLAND â€” Steve Gordon canâ€™t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
â€śMy nerves were going full blast,â€ť said the Cumberland High senior running back. â€śI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â€“ but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â€“ and final â€“ opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â€“ with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â€“ earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.
TE â€“ Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG â€“ Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT â€“ Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C â€“ Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT â€“ Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR â€“ John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB â€“ Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB â€“ Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB â€“ Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR â€“ Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21
DE â€“ Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT â€“ Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE â€“ Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55
PROVIDENCE â€” Deep down, Ed Cooley has to know that the basketball gods have not completely forsaken his Providence College Friars.
While injuries continue to decimate Cooleyâ€™s already razor-thin core, PC somehow continues to avoid getting buried under an avalanche of excuses and naysayers proclaiming itâ€™s impossible to play major college basketball with a depleted lineup. The fact that the Friars sport a 6-2 record following Saturdayâ€™s too-close-for-comfort 73-63 win over SEC foe Mississippi State reiterates the adage â€śwhat doesnâ€™t kill you makes you stronger.â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- It must have been the beard. Or it must have been the bright blue camouflage shorts.
No, the real reason why Joe Gardner was impressive in winning his super middleweight bout with previously-unbeaten Alex Amparo on Thursday night was that he was a very busy fighter from start to finish and showed zero signs of slowing down.
At first blush, the task of Cumberland and Woonsocket laying the groundwork for the seasonâ€™s biggest game doesnâ€™t seem entirely daunting â€“ especially since weâ€™re referencing two squads that staged a gridiron tussle merely eight days ago.
With only three days between the semifinals and Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl, the art of familiarity helps to take a little strain off of the preparation process. Time has become a valuable commodity, and if youâ€™re going to step into the ring of fire, what better opponent to have than someone where introductions are not required?