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March 8th, 2012
WOONSOCKET --- This year has been a tale of two seasons for Mount St. Charles.
The first season was not a very good one by the programâ€™s standards. Back-to-back losses to La Salle in early December and a 3-4 record in January did not sit well with the teamâ€™s loyal fan base, even though Mount was entering the season with one of its youngest teams in several seasons.
WOONSOCKET â€” George Coderre sounded more like a proud father rather than a head coach upon being informed that Woonsocket High senior Kailey Fugere had been selected by Gatorade as the 2011-12 R.I. Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
â€śSheâ€™s always been an outstanding athlete,â€ť noted Coderre on Thursday morning, â€śbut to see her round out her game and see her adjust from year to year â€¦ sheâ€™s a quiet and unassuming kid and to see her take on more of a leadership role, thatâ€™s why sheâ€™s been a pleasure to coach.â€ť
When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Tootell Natatorium back on Feb. 25, she desperately wanted to defend her titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
Naturally, it had something to do with her desire to achieve personal-best times â€“ not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest â€“ but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.
PROVIDENCE â€” As 1998 U. S. Olympic womenâ€™s hockey star and gold medallist Sara DeCosta draped runner-up medals around the necks of the Mount St. Charlesâ€™ girls, most wiped away tears.
Their disappointment was more than obvious after La Salle Academy had mustered a 2-0 victory over the Mounties at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena on Tuesday night. With that triumph in this rubber game of the R.I. Championship Division Tournamentâ€™s best-of-three final set, the Rams had earned its first-ever title in the category, and closed its season at 16-5.
NEW YORK â€” In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday nightâ€™s 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooleyâ€™s first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.
NEW YORK â€” Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldnâ€™t you like to be a fly in that room?
â€śI think theyâ€™ll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,â€ť Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. â€śIt should be a good meeting and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnâ€™t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.
WOONSOCKET â€” This is how Mount St. Charles sophomore Brian Larence celebrated an amazing 3-2, double-overtime victory over La Salle Academy on Monday night:
While his teammates went ballistic on the ice, exchanging hugs and high-fives, Larence skated to the chain-link fence near the Mountiesâ€™ bench at Adelard Arena and fist-bumped schoolmates with his right-handed glove.
He then shed his stick, bent over, grabbed some snow off the ice and threw it at those fans, still going berserk at what they had just witnessed.
PROVIDENCE â€” In the end, it wasnâ€™t meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.
PROVIDENCE â€” After his squad's 4-0 loss to La Salle Academy in the first game of the R.I. Championship Division Tournament finals' best-of-three set on Saturday, Mount St. Charles head coach Steve Shea told his kids he loved the fact they had outshot their foes, 30-18.
He also explained to them that mere attempts on goal wouldn't be enough to dispatch the Rams, but firing more quality shots at senior goalkeeper Holly Scott could change the Mounties' fortune.