Archive - Sports Article
March 12th, 2012
Joe Gardner‚Äôs return to the super middleweight ranks was a triumphant one.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club veteran, who went 0-3 as a light heavyweight a year ago, returned to the win column in his old weight class this past weekend on Big Six Entertainment‚Äôs ‚ÄėWho‚Äôs Next?‚Äô card at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence.
Gardner seized an all-Blackstone Valley showdown with Pawtucket‚Äôs Rameil Shelton by claiming a four-round unanimous-decision victory by scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.
You read and hear the names of highly visible, sought-after recruits only to see later in the same sentence that Ed Cooley is right there in the trenches, making inroads with the Jakarr Sampsons of the world.
Even her simplest of motions had become a tall order. No matter that she was gingerly pressing her feet against the hardwood ‚Äď Brooke Coderre‚Äôs ‚Äúdogs‚ÄĚ were barking loudly and incessantly, begging her not to continue.
PROVIDENCE -- There will be a Game 3.
Mount St. Charles forced a third and deciding game in its best-of-three State Championship title series with Bishop Hendricken on Saturday night before another large crowd at Providence College‚Äôs Schneider Arena.
Steve Donahue‚Äôs goal 1:12 into the third period and goalie Brian Larence‚Äôs spectacular 34-save effort were the differences in the Mounties‚Äô crucial 3-2 win that kept their quest for a fifth straight state title (and 43rd in the team‚Äôs storied history) alive.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Now that he's decided where he will attend college, Cumberland High senior pitcher Justin Patrick ‚Äď a 6-5, 205-pound righty ‚Äď just wants to focus on the next task at hand: Helping the Clippers to an outstanding Division I-North campaign and securing a playoff berth later this spring.
‚ÄúI personally think we can get to states this year,‚ÄĚ Patrick stated Thursday afternoon as he relaxed inside the school's Wellness Center. ‚ÄúThe last couple of years, we played OK as a team, but I don't feel we reached our potential.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ This time, overtime was not Mount St. Charles‚Äôs time to shine.
For the past five postseasons, overtime had belonged to the Mounties, who won eight straight OT contests during that stretch, but on Friday night, they saw that run come to a bitter end in the opening game of their best-of-three State Championship title series with Bishop Hendricken.
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 program‚Äôs standards. Back-to-back losses to La Salle in early December and a 3-4 record in January did not sit well with the team‚Äôs loyal fan base, even though Mount was entering the season with one of its youngest teams in several seasons.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúShe‚Äôs always been an outstanding athlete,‚ÄĚ noted Coderre on Thursday morning, ‚Äúbut to see her round out her game and see her adjust from year to year ‚Ä¶ she‚Äôs a quiet and unassuming kid and to see her take on more of a leadership role, that‚Äôs why she‚Äôs been a pleasure to coach.‚ÄĚ
When Courtney Kent took to the starting blocks for the R.I. Interscholastic Girls Swimming Championships at the University of Rhode Island‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď not to mention proving to herself she still was the Ocean State's fastest ‚Äď but much more so to show her father, Michael, how much she had improved over the years.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ As 1998 U. S. Olympic women‚Äôs hockey star and gold medallist Sara DeCosta draped runner-up medals around the necks of the Mount St. Charles‚Äô 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 College‚Äôs Schneider Arena on Tuesday night. With that triumph in this rubber game of the R.I. Championship Division Tournament‚Äôs best-of-three final set, the Rams had earned its first-ever title in the category, and closed its season at 16-5.