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April 1st, 2015
Paul Murphy had spent over a quarter-century as a Cumberland High baseball coach, the last 17 at the helm, and he admits he’s never seen a winter quite like this one.
Now in his first “spring” as Woonsocket High’s varsity mentor, Murphy hasn’t had the opportunity to conduct practice sessions at his new Renaud Field home, the reason being most of the infield dirt and outfield grass remains blanketed with some of the record-breaking snow accumulations inundating the state the past two-plus months.
PROVIDENCE – With a championship medal draped around his neck and a beaming smile on his face, Burrillville’s hat trick extraordinaire Riley Tupper gave up the secret to how the Broncos captured the Division I/Eccelston state championship.
Tupper said the key was to trust the style of play that first-year head coach Bill Robinson prescribed.
PROVIDENCE – The two nights that finished their season short of their ultimate goal may doesn’t diminish what Mark Andreozzi’s Clippers accomplished this winter.
Competing in Division I/Eccleston for the first time, Cumberland announced their presence with authority with their run to the state championship finals at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium.
The Midwest Regional final was held at Quickens Loan Arena this year. The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats came in as heavy favorites to move on to the Final Four in Indianapolis. That didnâ€™t stop Daxter Miles of West Virginia to proclaim that Kentucky will be 36-1 after the two teams meet Thursday night. That certainly did not happen. The Wildcats completely overwhelmed the Mountaineers and doubled them up 78-39. In the early game, Notre Dame topped Wichita State 81-70. This marked the first time the Irish have reached the Elite 8 since 1979.
PROVIDENCE – There were still two seconds on the Meehan Auditorium scoreboard clock when North Smithfield High junior Kyle Evangelista finally realized the inevitable. He skated past his own blue line, threw his stick and gloves into the air and raced toward senior netminder Mark Pasquariello, who followed suit.
PROVIDENCE – Wherever Riley Tupper goes, championships seem to follow.
In the fall, Tupper served as a pass-catching extraordinaire on a Burrillville High football team that went on to achieve a perfect season that culminated with the Division IV Super Bowl. The change in seasons proved just as fruitful with Tupper on Sunday night at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium finding himself part of a season-concluding celebration.
PROVIDENCE – Earlier in the week, even Burrillville High head coach Bill Robinson indicated he knew his crew would be an underdog entering the R.I. Division I/Eccleston Tournament's best-of-three championship series opposite Cumberland.
He pointed out that the Clippers had rolled to a 17-1-0 regular-season mark, and three times had posted victories over his own Broncos, which finished with a fine 15-3-0 record.
PROVIDENCE – Immediately after it ended, North Smithfield High’s players skated over to the student section nearest their team bench and began pounding on the glass.
Naturally, their schoolmates responded with the same, and plenty of wild cheering. They all did so for good reason.
CUMBERLAND – From instructional to peewees to interscholastic competition to ... possibly a second straight championship?
It’s been a long road for five senior members of the Cumberland High hockey program. They’ve savored every moment together and have called one another teammates for so long that it’s not a surprise to learn that they think of each other as extended family.
BURRILLVILLE – It didn’t take a very long time after Burrillville High’s impressive sweep of Barrington in the R.I. Division I/Eccleston Tournament semifinal for head coach Bill Robinson to return to work.
Truth be told, his Broncos’ next opponent, Cumberland, just can’t be compared to the Eagles, and that’s not an insult but fact.