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February 27th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â€” Brice Kofane is a soft-spoken young man who last Sunday was given the chance to turn up the volume and ingratiate himself as a nice complimentary piece for Ed Cooleyâ€™s Friars.
With reserve big man Carson Desrosiers under the weather and quarantined in the visiting locker room at Butlerâ€™s Hinkle Fieldhouse, someone amongst Providenceâ€™s razor-thin reserve corps was going to have to step into the breach. The catch was that this warm and able body couldnâ€™t go through the motions and act like a decoy. He had to register a pulse and produce.
The definition of an undercard is a boxing event before the main match.
In Rhode Island high school boysâ€™ basketball, the three divisional tournaments that tip off Friday night are seen as warm-up acts to a bigger and better event â€“ a 16-team open tournament. Before arriving at the process where the crowing of one champion takes place, however, the order of business is pitting familiar foes against each other.
LINCOLN â€” After rolling to six straight triumphs, Lincoln High sustained a crushing 38-37 Division II-North loss to Moses Brown School on Feb. 12, and that sent it into a dismal tailspin.
On Valentine's Night, they dropped a 57-34 verdict to II Central-leading and unbeaten St. Raphael, 57-34, before getting exploited by Scituate (69-49) and Johnston (42-29) in two more league clashes.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Burrillville High starters and subs stormed the floor after manufacturing a thrilling 38-35 triumph over rival North Smithfield before approximately 300 fans at the Lovett Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
They had stellar reason: With the victory, the Broncos sealed the Division III-North crown, which is pretty much a rarity for them.
Senior tri-captain David Reynolds paced the visitors with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jared Cabral chipped in 10 points. Junior center Isaiah DeSilva only netted a pair, but pulled down nine boards with five blocks.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The public has been invited to remember George Nasutiâ€™s many contributions this Saturday at Woonsocket Highâ€™s Saravia Gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m.
â€śItâ€™s going to be a celebration of life,â€ť said Carnell Henderson, Woonsocketâ€™s head football coach and for now the primary overseer of Villa Novan athletics.
While some of the details pertaining to this open celebration are either still in the process of becoming finalized or remain under wraps until Saturday, Henderson confirmed that there would be a speaking program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Cumberland High junior Jack Bauer created a bit of personal history on Sunday afternoon.
And, in the interim, the male aquamen hailing from Smithfield High manufactured a team triumph for the ages.
Bauer didn't claim either one of his specialties at these Rhode Island Interscholastic Boys Swimming Championships, held at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, but couldn't have been more ecstatic about tying for second in the 100-yard butterfly or placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Itâ€™s clear that Bryce Cottonâ€™s mom does not allow her son to rest on his laurels.
On the eve of her boyâ€™s 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 thereâ€™s 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, â€śNot right now. Wait a second!â€ť
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: â€śSorry. Youâ€™ve gotta know whatâ€™s truly important!â€ť
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.