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February 3rd, 2011

Woonsocket girls hoop team routs Lincoln

February 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Woonsocket High coach George Coderre likes the way his team has been playing lately with the postseason only a month away. The Villa Novans’ 57-33 rout of Lincoln High on Thursday night was the latest example.
The win by the Novans improves their record to 7-4 in Division I. It also comes just two days after Coderre’s crew lost a tight 52-51 decision to second-place Bay View Academy, a Bengal squad that demolished Woonsocket, 49-24, in its league opener back on Dec. 9.

February 2nd

Akinrola's making the grade at RIC

February 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket’s Mike Akinrola is making a big impact on Rhode Island College’s basketball team this season.
The 6-foot-6 junior is averaging 14.3 points per game. He was named Little East Conference Co-Player of the Week last week after averaging 21.5 points and five rebounds in two games.

Trust is lost when verbal commitment is taken back

February 2, 2011

There’s a scene in Jerry Maguire in which Jerry, the do-anything-at-all-costs agent, is going over the particulars with Matt Cushman, father of quarterback and surefire top pick Frank. Besides appeasing his pseudo clients with dollar figures and draft stature, Jerry aims for some reassurance from the Cushman camp that he will be entrusted with the negotiations with the NFL team that selects Frank.
Matt Cushman closes the discussion with a firm handshake along with the following: “What you have is my whole word, and it’s stronger than oak.”

February 1st

CHS grapplers still going strong

February 1, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland High’s wrestling team.
“This makes me very uncomfortable,” Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. “I don’t have any control over the kids’ weights when we can’t practice. But my guys know what to do. They are pretty good about it. Some of them will go over to Northeast Elite (a wrestling school in Woonsocket) and get a workout in. We can’t practice at the school because if school is cancelled, it’s over. You can’t practice.”

Cumberland's 'D' gets an 'A'

February 1, 2011

CUMBERLAND — There may be a ‘D’ at the end of Cumberland, but when it comes to the high school’s hockey team, the ‘D’ has been front and center for the past several seasons.
After 11 games, the Clippers have surrendered a division-low 17 goals, and news of them being atop this department shouldn’t be anything new to those who follow the Division II circuit.

January 31st

Pitts leads Woonsocket to division track title

January 31, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- Woonsocket High earned the dual-meet crown in the Dwyer Division with a sweep of Ponaganset and West Warwick. The Villa Novans, last year’s divisional champions, concluded a perfect 8-0 season in the league.
“One of the goals this year was to try and go undefeated,” said WHS coach Dan Richard. “I am not sure a Woonsocket girls’ team has ever done that in indoor. That was one of the goals. We got some new girls out this year that helped. It’s been a good year. They worked hard in practice and stayed focused on what we needed to do.”

Woonsocket boys lose again

January 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- Sophomore Cody L’Heureux had one of the best games of his young high school career on Monday night, as he scored 18 points in a losing cause in Woonsocket High’s 73-56 defeat at home to Cranston West High.
Jabree Roberts added 13 points and Jarome Robinson also tossed in 11 for the Villa Novans, who are 1-12 in Division I play and 4-14 overall.
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Mounties ice Needham, 5-0

January 31, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- After cruising to a pair of lopsided Division I victories over the weekend, Mount St. Charles Academy got just what it needed on Monday night -- a competitive contest against one of the top public school teams in Eastern Mass.
The Mounties turned in one of their best games of the season and received strong contributions from all three of their lines and goaltender Dan Foster in a closer-than-it-appears 5-0 win over Needham High at Adelard Arena.

January 30th

Not every athlete goes out on their own terms

January 30, 2011

I’m not a fan of his music, but Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind” has been embedded in my mind ever since Rocco Baldelli announced his retirement last week. The ballad has long been viewed as John articulating his feelings for the song’s subject, Marilyn Monroe, through the power of song. Still, there’s one portion of the chorus that I feel best sums up Baldelli’s career – as well as other athletes who call it a career sooner than expected:

Your candle burned out long before —
Your legend ever did.
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January 29th

Burrillville/Ponaganset girls blank La Salle, 4-0

January 29, 2011

BURRILLVILLE --- The Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team has landed in a territory that it hasn’t occupied in a number of seasons.
Second place.
The talented first line of Kelsey Koprusak, Katie Couture, and Kerri Nadeau supplied all the scoring, and the defense brought out its ‘A’ game to stop one of the state’s highest scoring teams on Saturday night and help capture a 4-0 victory over La Salle Academy at Levy Arena.

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