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WOONSOCKET â€“ After losing several valuable starters from last yearâ€™s state championship squad, Woonsocket High coach George Coderre considers this season a rebuilding year for his Division I squad and heâ€™s not quite sure how his Villa Novans will respond against the upper-echelon of teams.
In terms of league-openers, Coderre couldnâ€™t have asked for a better way to determine the makeup of his players when they take to the courts tonight. Facing the Villa Novans at Savaria Gymasium will be perennial power Bay View Academy.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Central Falls dedicated its latest Navigant Tip-Off Tournament championship to former coach Joe Handy.
â€śWe wanted to get this one for Joe,â€ť said new C.F. coach Nick Lafreniere on Tuesday evening after his Warriors rolled to a 38-24 victory over Davies Tech in the tournament final. â€śJoe was a mentor and a friend to me and a great coach. I talked to him on the phone today and told him we wanted to win for him.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The ushering in of a new boysâ€™ basketball season means the arrival of two high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
WOONSOCKET â€” Athletic director George Nasuti is proud of every Woonsocket High varsity team, not just the ones that win state championships. But he does take special pride in the football programâ€™s two consecutive Division II state championships.
â€śWoonsocket has been a basketball community recently,â€ť Nasuti was saying on Monday afternoon. â€śOur girls team won two straight state titles. The boys went to the state finals in 2008. Those teams really had the community behind them. I think the football team is getting a lot of support from the community, too.â€ť
CRANSTON â€” Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson has been telling anyone who would listen that football season is a journey that often lasts from August until early December.
â€śOur kids came a long way from the first game we played Tolman back in September,â€ť Henderson said on Sunday afternoon following the Villa Novansâ€™ 28-14 victory over the Tigers in the Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium. â€śWe didnâ€™t capitalize on some things in the first game (a 6-0 Tolman victory). But that was early in the season. We showed how far we have come today.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Looks like the American League has a new big bopper to lose sleep over. Yet as teams start assembling scouting reports on newly-minted Red Sox acquisition Adrian Gonzalez, perhaps they would be wise to consult pitchers Rich Hill and Chad Paronto, both of whom toiled for Pawtucket last season.
SMITHFIELD â€“ After two games of the young season, Mount St. Charles has outscored its opponents by a 21-0 margin.
â€śWeâ€™ve got some firepower,â€ť Mount coach Dave Belisle admitted after the Mounties blanked Smithfield 11-0 on Saturday night. â€śWe have a great first line. But what weâ€™ve also found out is this team has a lot of depth.â€ť
The usual suspects did most of the early scoring for Mount. Zach Samborsky, Brian Campbell and Trevor Plante got their goals, although Plante netted just one after scoring seven in Fridayâ€™s 10-0 romp over Barrington.
PROVIDENCE â€“ If this was a boxing match, a good referee would have intervened and stopped the proceedings before things got too out of hand. It was a total mismatch right from the opening tap.
Providence College was much better than the University of Rhode Island yesterday. The Friars dominated in coasting to an impressive 87-74 triumph over the Rams before a sellout crowd of 12,410 at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center. PC led by a dozen in the first half before going up as many as 17 points late in the game.
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.