Archive - Sports Article
February 3rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket High coach George Coderre likes the way his team has been playing lately with the postseason only a month away. The Villa Novansâ 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 Coderreâs 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.
PROVIDENCE â Woonsocketâs Mike Akinrola is making a big impact on Rhode Island Collegeâs 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.
Thereâs 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: âWhat you have is my whole word, and itâs stronger than oak.â
CUMBERLAND â Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland Highâs wrestling team.
âThis makes me very uncomfortable,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. âI donât have any control over the kidsâ weights when we canât 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 canât practice at the school because if school is cancelled, itâs over. You canât practice.â
CUMBERLAND â There may be a âDâ at the end of Cumberland, but when it comes to the high schoolâs hockey team, the âDâ 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 shouldnât be anything new to those who follow the Division II circuit.
PROVIDENCE --- Woonsocket High earned the dual-meet crown in the Dwyer Division with a sweep of Ponaganset and West Warwick. The Villa Novans, last yearâs divisional champions, concluded a perfect 8-0 season in the league.
âOne of the goals this year was to try and go undefeated,â said WHS coach Dan Richard. âI am not sure a Woonsocket girlsâ team has ever done that in indoor. That was one of the goals. We got some new girls out this year that helped. Itâs been a good year. They worked hard in practice and stayed focused on what we needed to do.â
WOONSOCKET --- Sophomore Cody LâHeureux 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 Highâs 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.
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.
Iâm not a fan of his music, but Elton Johnâs âCandle In The Windâ 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 songâs subject, Marilyn Monroe, through the power of song. Still, thereâs one portion of the chorus that I feel best sums up Baldelliâs career â as well as other athletes who call it a career sooner than expected:
Your candle burned out long before â
Your legend ever did.
BURRILLVILLE --- The Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team has landed in a territory that it hasnât occupied in a number of seasons.
The talented first line of Kelsey Koprusak, Katie Couture, and Kerri Nadeau supplied all the scoring, and the defense brought out its âAâ game to stop one of the stateâs highest scoring teams on Saturday night and help capture a 4-0 victory over La Salle Academy at Levy Arena.