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January 21st, 2012
PROVIDENCE â The Baltimore Ravens arenât the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâs club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
BURRILLVILLE â A day earlier, La Salle Academy and host Burrillville HIgh had no problems in their opening-round games of the Burrillville Education Foundation Tournament.
It was a different story in the championship finals Saturday night.
The two Division I schools played a back-and-forth affair for three periods inside the Levy Rink. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Rams managed to squeeze in two shots between the posts and skate off the ice with a hard-earned 2-0 win.
Itâs taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
âItâs better than New England,â said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. âItâs much warmer. In fact, Iâm playing golf (today).â
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâs 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâs goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
BURRILLVILLE --- Burrillville knows the best way it can celebrate the 75th anniversary of its teamâs existence â by capturing the Division I-Eccleston regular-season crown and earning a berth in the new Championship Division tournament format.
And with their season reaching its midway point, the Broncos could be well on their way to accomplishing both feats.
Entering this weekend, the Broncos resided atop the Eccleston ranks with a 6-4 mark that includes a five-game win streak and a 6-2 mark against their public-school peers.
WOONSOCKET â On most nights, Woonsocket High relies on its offense to get the job done.
In Fridayâs nightâs Division I showdown with Ponaganset, it was the defense that made the difference.
With an effective man-to-man defense that it utilized from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, the Villa Novans earned their third straight victory with a 35-29 verdict over the Chieftains at Savaria Gymnasium.
Life, weâre often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâs heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâs wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâs the journey within the journey.
JOHNSTON -- Before setting its sights on Fridayâs big battle with undefeated Moses Brown, Burrillville had to deal with a pesky Johnston team determined to climb its way up the Division II-North standings.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, they didnât deal with their hosts very well, and as a result, they turned in one of their worst performances of the season.
The Broncos turned the ball over 32 times and scored just seven points in the final 8:57 of their Wednesday night contest against the Panthers and ended up on the short end of a 51-36 score.
PROVIDENCE â Someone forgot to tell Mount St. Charles and La Salle that Tuesday nightâs game at Providence Collegeâs Schneider Arena was a benefit non-league affair, not Game 3 of the best-of-three state championship series.
Like their first two Division I meetings of the season, the Mounties and Rams engaged in a fast-paced, tight-checking duel that entertained a large gathering of fans on hand.
But like those first two games, La Salle was able to skate away with a close, hard-fought victory.
CUMBERLAND â East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
âWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â said Towniesâ leader Joao Vicente. âCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnât do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.