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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.

January 28th

MSC rolls past Lincoln, 7-0

January 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles continued its unbeaten ways Friday night, rolling to a 7-0 win over Lincoln at Adelard Arena. The first-place Mounties improve to 9-0-1 in Division I while the Lions drop to 2-8-1.
MSC grabbed a 3-0 lead after one period behind goals from Trevor Plante, Alex Erban and Callan Morisseau, who finished with two goals. Ryan Berard jumped into the scoring column with a goal and an assist in the second period while Plante netted his second goal of the game in the third period. Benjamin Heroux wrapped up the scoring at 13:34 of the third stanza.

First-place Cumberland ices Rogers/Tiverton Co-Op

January 28, 2011

WARWICK --- Getting on the ice for just four practices and one game over the last two weeks and dealing with a scorching hot goaltender did little to prevent Cumberland from hiking its win streak to six games on Friday night.
Michael Kinch’s team-leading seventh goal of the year broke a scoreless tie with 32 seconds left in the second period and helped the Clippers overcome a sensational 45-save effort by goalie Redmond Brow and bus home with a 2-0 victory over the Rogers/Tiverton co-op team at Thayer Arena.

Cranston East too much for Woonsocket hoopsters

January 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET – With 10 losses in his first 11 league games, Kyle Ivey-Jones isn’t thinking about playoffs anymore. The Woonsocket High coach would just settle for a win.
Unfortunately for Ivey-Jones, the frustration continued for his Villa Novans on Friday night in a Division I contest with visiting Cranston East, who left Savaria Gymnasium with a 76-48 rout. Twenty-four turnovers by the Novans and a dominating inside presence from the Thunderbolt were the glaring statistics in the latest setback.
The loss dropped Woonsocket to 1-11 in I-North and officially knocked them out of the playoffs.

January 27th

Snow driving school sports officials crazy

January 27, 2011

There was eight to 12 inches of snowfall on Thursday morning. Last Friday, it was about a foot. And for the season, close to 45 inches have hit the region.
Global warming? It doesn’t seem that way.
The excessive snow this winter has certainly increased business at the chiropractor’s office with the young and old alike getting their backs aligned after hours of shoveling the white stuff. But for high school athletics in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, it also has increased headaches for athletic directors, coaches and their athletes.

Sneak preview of state wrestling tournament

January 27, 2011

The state championships begin in less than a month at the Providence Career and Technical Academy and plenty of wrestlers, through their performances at in-state and out-of-state tournaments, have started to make their case as title favorite.
And with only a few big tournaments left this season (Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H. and the Methuen (Mass.) Invitational) Rhode Island wrestlers have represented themselves well on the New England stage.

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