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December 14th

Rare territory for Mounties

December 14, 2011

Here’s a look at the early state of affairs in hockey’s three divisions …
For most teams, a 1-2 start to a season usually doesn’t mean much. For Mount St. Charles fans, MSC’s 1-2 start has some of them reaching for the panic button, especially since the four-time defending champions haven’t began a Division I campaign with that mark since the mid-1970s.
Of course, two of their defeats have come to La Salle, which so far, looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 4-0, have outscored their opponents 27-4, and boast the division’s top three scorers.

December 13th

Lady Northmen edged by Shea, 36-30

December 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Short jumpers, three-pointers, lay-ups. It didn’t matter. No matter what North Smithfield tossed up in its Division III matchup with host Shea on Tuesday night, nothing seemed to fall.
When you are inside the small and always-boisterous confines of “The Cage” against a Raider defense that always seems to play their opponents tough, victories are hard to come by when you’re having an off-night from the field.

Iannetta can't wait to play for Angels

December 13, 2011

Chris Iannetta’s “Get Out of Jail Free” card arrived two weeks ago when the St. Raphael Academy alumnus was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels to be their everyday catcher.
Relocating from the Rocky Mountains that adorn Colorado to sun-splashed Southern California has already reaped one major benefit for the 28-year-old. Keep in mind that Iannetta has yet to suit up for his new manager, but that didn’t stop Mike Scioscia from lavishing praise upon his new catcher during last week’s winter meetings.

December 12th

Villa Novans ward off Sentinels in league opener

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — For Division I openers, Woonsocket High coach George Coderre wasn’t exactly doing cartwheels when he saw Smithfield on the schedule. Historically, the Sentinels have always given the Villa Novans a battle whenever the two squads have faced one another on the court.
It was no different on Monday night.
Despite never trailing in its I-North contest and building a lead to as much as 14 points, Woonsocket was never in the comfort zone against the pesky Sentinels until the closing minutes of an eventual 53-41 victory at Savaria Gymnasium.

Thus far, Friars have been 'Cool' customers

December 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The wins haven’t exactly come against Murderers’ Row. Certainly that’s food for thought with the Providence Friars in the midst of a 10-day exam period, Ed Cooley’s first PC team standing at 9-2.

December 11th

HOCKEY ROUNDUP: Mount falls to 1-2 after OT loss

December 11, 2011

WEST WARWICK – Mount St. Charles took unbeaten La Salle into overtime before dropping a 3-2 decision on Saturday night at the West Warwick Arena.
Sophomore Bryan Lemos netted the game-winner at the 3:09 mark of overtime.
Mount had led 2-1 on a goal by Brandon Borges early in the second period. La Salle, which had defeated Mount 3-1 in the season opener on Dec. 2, tied the game three minutes into the third period on a goal by Stephen Roccio when the Mounties had two players sitting in the penalty box.

Corinne Coia seeing early action for URI

December 11, 2011

KINGSTON – North Smithfield’s Corinne Coia has been thrown right into the fire by University of Rhode Island basketball coach Cathy Inglese.
The 6-foot-4 freshman has started six games already this season and is averaging 8.7 points per game, third on the team. The Rams are 1-10 this year after Saturday’s 72-67 overtime loss to Quinnipiac University. Coia netted a career-best 19 points in the setback.

December 10th

Bryant gives PC a scare

December 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE — To Ed Cooley, what’s one more stern test for his Providence Friars before powering down for a 10-day exam period?
Pushed and pressured all day long by a 1-9 Bryant outfit that wasn’t supposed to pose that big of a threat, Cooley’s Friars overcame 34 minutes of “listless” basketball to fight tooth-and-nail over the final six minutes, a stretch which wound up serving as the difference Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
In the end, the Friars prevailed by a 72-61 count, but it was far from an easy win.

Villa Novans eyeing success this winter

December 10, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Uncertainty.
That might best describe what’s in the mind of longtime Woonsocket High track coach George Briggs right now concerning the upcoming winter campaign.
While the numbers are big this year with more than 40 kids, the Villa Novans lost some key point-scorers to graduation, have two of their best athletes recovering from injuries and are still awaiting word if a few more are coming back this year.

December 9th

Warriors take down Northmen girls' hoops

December 9, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS – There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something that’s common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Friday’s non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort – one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriors’ favor.
“I was very impressed, very impressed with the girls’ energy,” said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.

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