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February 22nd, 2014
PROVIDENCE â Itâs clear that Bryce Cottonâs mom does not allow her son to rest on his laurels.
On the eve of her boyâs senior season at Providence College, Yvonne Cotton issued something along the line of a challenge to a player who as a junior topped the Big East in scoring. While thereâs no denying the merit of such a feat, Yvonne was far more interested in seeing what Bryce could do for an encore.
CUMBERLAND – It’s been a good stretch for Cumberland High, one that has the Clippers on the brink of postseason participation.
The latest step took place Friday night against neighboring school Lincoln as Cumberland survived a double overtime affair, 64-61. Now 8-9 in Division II-North and winners of three of their last four, the Clippers close out the regular season next Tuesday at home against division rival North Providence.
CUMBERLAND â Perhaps two minutes after Cumberland High had sustained a 49-12 dual-meet loss to rival Hendricken in a match to clinch the Division I title, veteran mentor Steve Gordon managed to keep his sense of humor.
When a reporter approached him for a few thoughts Thursday night, he immediately said, âNot right now. Wait a second!â
He approached his wife, Judy, gave her a kiss, handled a couple of other minor details, then relented to an interview.
His first response, with a wide grin: âSorry. Youâve gotta know whatâs truly important!â
WARWICK â In a critical Division I/Cimini showdown against rival Hendricken High on Wednesday night, Mount St. Charles head coach Dave Belisle expected more â much more â from his troops.
Truth be told, the Mounties assembled a decent second stanza against the Hawks, but â before and after â Belisle's bunch failed to display a true want to win.
Senior forward Josh Olson netted a pair of goals while tri-captain Liam Watkinson posted a pair of assists to pace Hendricken to a 4-1 league victory before perhaps 350 fans at Thayer Arena.
PROVIDENCE â The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.
For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams â and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girlsâ basketball squads â Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowleyâs transition to the Massachusetts girlsâ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley didnât mince words when asked if he planned to relive a nightmare on the hardwood.
Cue up the tape from Providenceâs 30-point shellacking at the hands of Villanova? In the eyes of the head coach, why bother re-screening a game that would serve absolutely no purpose other than re-opening old wounds?
âNot a second of that game,â Cooley emphatically stated, those words coming Saturday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â Please refrain from labeling Carnell Henderson the âinterimâ athletic director at Woonsocket High.
âJust filling in,â smiles the varsity head football coach. âFor the most part, Iâm next man up.â
Such a declaration comes last Friday while seated in his vice principalâs office. His attire is a telltale sign that itâs the final school day before February vacation â black polo shirt with âWoonsocket footballâ emblazoned upon it and warm-up pants that are distinctly and appropriately shaded maroon.
WOONSOCKET â Despite La Salle Academyâs early-season woes, Mount St. Charles co-coach Dave Belisle wanted premier play from his troops when the two Division I/Cimini League stalwarts took to the Adelard Arena ice on Friday night.
He received such after his Mounties produced five-unanswered goals, including three in the final stanza, to claim a satisfying 5-2 triumph over the Rams before a crowd of 300.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â When one speaks of Division II-North, the conversation immediately addresses the rivalry between Lincoln, the defending state D-II champion and perennial contender, and Cumberland, always solid but a team that hasn't been able to âget over the topâ in recent years.
The same holds true this campaign, though the Clippers did snatch a key victory over the Lions last week to remain unbeaten in league action at 13-0-0 (14-0-0 overall).