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November 16th, 2010
Alyssa McCoart and Nicole Silva play softball in arguably the toughest division in Rhode Island â€“ the Division I-North circuit â€“ but after next spring, the competitionâ€™s going to get a whole lot tougher for these local senior standouts.
Thatâ€™s because the Lincoln High first baseman/pitcher and Mount St. Charles Academy third baseman, who are very good friends who have known each other since the eighth grade, will be taking their talents to the Division I collegiate level, and they made that official last week by signing National Letters of Intent to their respective schools.
The Division II football playoffs usually provide the most interesting competition every season when Rhode Island teams begin competing for Super Bowl berths.
D-II holds a big advantage over the other three divisions because it is the stateâ€™s largest league (16 teams). It invites eight teams to the playoffs instead of the four we find in other divisions. Its quarterfinals are held in the second week of November while the regular season is still going on elsewhere.
PROVIDENCE â€” The scoreboard doesnâ€™t always tell the true story of a soccer game.
That may have been the case on Sunday as darkness enveloped the R.I. College soccer field while Lincoln and Exeter/West Greenwich battled through a tense Division II state championship final.
When the final whistle sounded, EWG celebrated a 2-1 victory over the gallant Lions, who hung tough in a game that saw the Scarlet Knights own a 24-10 advantage in shots on goal.
Joe Gardner didnâ€™t get a ticker-tape parade down Woonsocketâ€™s Main Street this past Saturday for capturing the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title the previous night at the Twin River Event Center.
So the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter did the next best thing. He hopped in his car, put his championship belt in his back seat, and toured the area to show his grand prize to as many friends and family members as he possibly could.
WOONSOCKET â€” The decision never did have anything to do with the money or the more suitable climate.
It was all about happiness. It was all about family.
Thatâ€™s what led Josh Dâ€™Abate to remain at Mount St. Charles; to remain at Mount as the head coach of both his successful boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ volleyball programs.
KINGSTON â€” A long championship drought that lasted more than a decade ended on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for Burrillville High, it was Exeter/West Greenwich High that halted its 11-year absence from the top of the Division II ranks.
The Scarlet Knights, who were guided by senior sparkplug and tournament MVP Megan Bresnahan, survived a fourth-set barnburner with the Broncos and came away with a 3-1 win in the finals at URIâ€™s Keaney Gym, claiming the match by scores of 25-22, 25-27, 25-20, and 29-27.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lights on. Lights out!
Playing under portable illumination for only the second time ever at Barry Field, Woonsocket High treated its faithful fans to a convincing 34-14 rout of Central in a Division II quarterfinal contest on Friday night.
The Villa Novans got their typical effort out of the defense, which allowed Woonsocket prime field position all night. The offense did its part too, taking a 27-0 lead before the Knights were able to prevent the shutout with two scores in the final quarter.
MIDDLETOWN --- Burrillville Highâ€™s bid for a Division III playoff berth came up short on Friday night in its â€śmust-winâ€ť duel with Middletown High at the Gaudet Middle School.
The host Islanders were able to snuff a two-point conversion by the Broncos that would have tied the score with 30 seconds to play in the contest, and in the process, they were able to hold on for a wild 28-26 victory.
MEMBERS OF THE Woonsocket police and fire departments will participate in a benefit hockey game tonight at the Smithfield Arena. Left to right are Police Lt. Brad Scully, Patrolwoman Jamie Paone, Deputy Fire Chief John Danis and Private Rick LaBreche of the fire department who will play in tonightâ€™s 9:30 p.m. game that will raise money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets will be sold at the door. Money will be raised through ticket sales and raffles to benefit the Relay For Life of Smithfield 2011. For more info, see www.relayforlife.org/smithfieldri
CENTRAL FALLS --- It was of North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pugh-Pennington's volition to treat his Division IV showdown against Central Falls High on Friday night as a road playoff game.
â€śOur plan was to keep it simple,â€ť he stated. â€śWe knew it was their Homecoming, so we wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs. We knew we'd see a tough C.F. Team come in and play hard, so we wanted to run the ball, mix it up and gain some yardage. But we also wanted to prove that we're North Smithfield, we're no fluke, and that we come to play football.â€ť