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February 27th, 2012
When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldnâ€™t take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the Northâ€™s Moses Brown (17-1) and the Southâ€™s Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.
Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland nativeâ€™s meteoric rise through the Boston Red Soxâ€™s player support chain.
PROVIDENCE â€” When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.
KINGSTON â€” Cumberland High junior Courtney Kent explained Saturday afternoon that she hadnâ€™t really â€śtaperedâ€ť for these R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships.
In essence, that just means she hadnâ€™t cut down on the amount of practice yardage she swims day-in and day-out as a member of Crimson Aquatics, based out of Cambridge. A slice in distance, a swimmer always hopes, results in faster times due to the bodyâ€™s ability to recuperate.
WOONSOCKET -- Mount St. Charles magically found a way to top last Fridayâ€™s thrilling victory over La Salle on Friday night.
The Mounties captured their sixth straight game, and what a win it was! They scored four goals during an eight-minute span in the third period to top first-place Bishop Hendricken, 6-5, in their Division I-Cimini showdown at Adelard Arena.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles varsity head coach Steve Shea gave his troops a really simple game plan prior to the Mountiesâ€™ initial game of the Championship Division best-of-three semifinal series against Warwick Co-op on Friday night.
He asked his girls to skate the puck first, then shoot it. If those failed, the third and final order was to pass it to the open player.
â€śWe wanted to do that because we tend to be an over-passing team, and I wanted the kids to take the puck to the net,â€ť he explained.
The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boysâ€™ basketball open state tournament is a mystery no more.
On Thursday the Interscholastic League released where the corresponding regions will be heading for the Round of 16 should they safely navigate out of this weekendâ€™s first-round slate of games. The North region will dock at CCRI-Warwick next Tuesday; the South region will play out at Bryant University next Tuesday; the East region heads to Bryant University next Wednesday; the West region is set for next Wednesday at CCRI-Warwick.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ€™ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Just a minute before he and his troops began walking toward the door for a celebratory bus ride home, Cumberland High head coach Gary Reedy was told that this Division II-North clash against host Central Falls High ended with a combined 45 personal fouls and 39 turnovers.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket High overcame some early jitters, developed better ball control and eventually coasted to a 61-40 Division I-North victory over North Providence High at the Villa Novansâ€™ Savaria Gymnasium on Monday night.
It was quite the way to celebrate â€śSenior Nightâ€ť in its home arena. Prior to the opening tip, head coach George Coderre reveled in the hard work and dedication exhibited by his four seniors over the past four years, and gave Michelle Brayboy, Allyson Cartier, Kailey Fugere and Caitlyn Marcoux bouquets of flowers to thank them.