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â€śWinning isnâ€™t everything â€¦ itâ€™s the only thing.â€ť
Most people attribute this quote to legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Actually, Vince borrowed it from a former UCLA football coach named Red Sanders. Its true meaning is hard to miss. Winning is the only thing that matters.
It always used to be easy to have a finger on the pulse of fans and alumni associated with the Providence College-University of Rhode Island basketball rivalry.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Trevor Plante had a night to remember.
The senior standout scored seven goals and also had an assist as defending state champion Mount St. Charles Academy kicked off its season in convincing fashion on Friday with a 10-0 squashing of Division I newcomer Barrington at Adelard Arena.
Plante had two natural hat tricks in the rout. He scored the first three goals in the game as Mount took a 4-0 advantage in the first period. Derek Deschene had the other tally.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“Kent Crooks realizes that this yearâ€™s squad doesnâ€™t really have a superstar or a good-to guy.
What the Lincoln High coach does know is that he has multiple players that can get the job done.
And that was clearly on display during Friday nightâ€™s non-league Injury Fund contest versus North Smithfield.
Three players scored in double digits and half a dozen netted at least six points as the Lions breezed to a 76-38 win over a somewhat-shorthanded Northmen squad at the Lovett Gymnasium. Lincoln was led by a team-high 16 points from Mike Akanji.
When push comes to shove during Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl between Woonsocket and Tolman, expect both coaching staffs to put the game in the hands of their defensive units.
Each of these championship football teams depended on their defenses in tough games, perhaps never more so than during their Sept. 24 regular season meeting when the Tigers ground out a 6-0 victory over the Villa Novans.
By the end of the league season, Woonsocket had allowed just 20 points in 7 games. Tolman yielded 28.
TE -- Geovanni Heredia, senior
LT -- Manny Heredia, senior
LG -- Matt Sanchez, junior
C -- Desmond Gray, senior
RG -- Joell Sherrod, senior
RT -- Joe Rodriguez, senior
WR -- Jesse Charette, senior
QB -- Kevin Reyes, senior
HB -- Jalen Evans, sophomore
HB -- Orlan Thomas, junior
WR -- Jarome Robinson, senior
E -- Geovanni Heredia, senior
T -- Manny Heredia, senior
T -- Desmond Gray, senior
E -- Joe Rodriguez, senior
LB -- Pepe Torres, senior
LB -- Edwin Jones, senior
LB -- Kyle McKellick, junior
LB -- Jarome Robinson, senior
It appears the Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned as the search for the next PawSox manager remains ongoing. The position has been vacant for nearly a month, yet the organization remains mum on whom Torey Lovulloâ€™s successor will be.
As BoSox farm director Mike Hazen explained Thursday, finding the next Pawtucket manager is a decision best not entered into lightly and one that requires a great deal of homework.
WOONSOCKET â€” After watching host Woonsocket High rattle off six straight points in less than a minute early in the second half of Thursdayâ€™s non-league, season-opener, Ponaganset coach Mike Girard called a timeout.
Just before his squad returned back to the floor, Girard told his players one last thing â€“ â€śGames like this,â€ť he said, â€ścan turn in two minutes.â€ť
He was right. And fortunately for him, it was his Chieftains that turned it around.
When the Rhode Island Interscholastic League decided to dissolve the seven-team Division I-A circuit in boysâ€™ hockey during the offseason, that left Lincoln High with an interesting dilemma.
Do the Lions, who were 13-4-1 and state finalists a season ago, drop down to Division II and become the clear-cut favorites to win that championship? Or do the Lions take a bold step up the ladder and compete with the stateâ€™s premier teams in Division I?
Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl game between unbeaten (in league play) Tolman and defending champion Woonsocket needs no hype from the media. These two teams stand on their own merits.