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February 3rd, 2014
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Long before Mike Cicerone began his senior year at North Smithfield High, he had thought out his plan for it.
Already the starting quarterback, he would be the Class of 2014 President, would play a key role on the varsity basketball team that last winter clinched the R.I. Division II title with a perfect 24-0 record and â€“ come springtime, just weeks before Graduation Day â€“ would be a starter for head coach Jon Leddyâ€™s baseball squad.
WOONSOCKET --- Like everyone else, Lisa Godfrin has not been a big fan of the bitter cold temperatures and occasional snow that have made January a frigid month to bear.
And like everyone else, she would love nothing more than to see much warmer weather, green grass, birds chirping, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors once again.
But Godfrin has an extra reason as to why sheâ€™s counting down the days until spring â€“ the start of baseball season for the unified Woonsocket Little League.
WARWICK â€“ Lincoln didnâ€™t take the ice for its Division II crossover affair with Pilgrim on Friday night bitter from its first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat to undefeated longtime rival Cumberland two nights earlier that snapped the Lionsâ€™ 35-game unbeaten streak.
Judging by the way the Lions played, you would have thought they had big chips on their shoulders.
The Lions scored six times in the final nine minutes of the first period and never let their foot off the accelerator as they trounced the one-win Patriots, 11-2, in a crossover contest at Thayer Arena.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Late Monday night, the Mount St. Charles girlsâ€™ indoor squad captured for the second straight winter the Dwyer Division crown, courtesy of 92 points, 14 more than runner-up Narragansett High.
It did so with only two event victories, with junior quad-captain Angela Dansereau grabbing the lone individual title in the 55-meter hurdles (9.42) at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.
Last Saturday at the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center was the first significant clue.
Ed Cooley had just watched his Providence College squad push aside Xavier for its fifth straight Big East victory. As he delivered his postgame soliloquy inside a crowded media room â€“ one that also contained administrators and adoring well-wishers â€“ the head coach took the opportunity to give Bryce Cotton with what he feels are this valuable seniorâ€™s just desserts.
â€śHe is so undervalued by the national people, but heâ€™s definitely not undervalued in this room,â€ť Cooley rhapsodized.
LINCOLN â€” Davies took a ton of shots â€“ 93 of them â€“ on Tuesday night in its Division III crossover encounter against Central at the Patriotsâ€™ Alumni Hall.
Unfortunately for the Patriots, they struggled to find their shot from start to finish and hit just 12 of their attempts. But despite shooting a shade under 13 percent, as well as having a high number of turnovers and some struggles from the free-throw line, the Patriots still found themselves in a battle with the Knights.
LINCOLN â€” Cumberland High couldnâ€™t continue to allow two of Lincoln Highâ€™s better players to feel comfortable on the offensive end.
That much was clear to Clippers assistant coach Collin Geiselman through the first half of Mondayâ€™s Division II-North clash at The Lionsâ€™ Den. One look at the stat sheet was enough to send a strong message to his troops: stop giving Lincolnâ€™s Alec Cronan and Luke Kelly the freedom to either shoot from the outside or drive to the rim.
PROVIDENCE â€” The issue of cooperative teams in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League has long been a source of concern. Itâ€™s also a topic that features far too much gray area, from schools finding creative ways and/or loopholes to save existing co-op programs, to establishing new ones under the guise of promoting interscholastic athletics.
WOONSOCKET â€” A tremendous weight has been lifted from Connor Fugereâ€™s broad and strapping shoulders.
The Woonsocket High senior is viewed as one of the best on the Rhode Island track and field circuit at heaving objects such as the shot put, 25-pound weight throw, and hammer a very long way. His appearance on the U.S. High School Weight Throw Performance List that was released last Wednesday backs up such a claim.
LINCOLN --- Andre Soukhamthath dominated the first half of his marquee bantamweight fight on Friday night.
His opponent, Kin â€śKongâ€ť Moy, took charge of the second half.
And after three hard-fought, crowd-pleasing rounds, their fates rested in the hands of the judges, and in a matchup many people billed a â€śpickâ€™ emâ€ť fight, all three chose Moy â€“ and not the hometown favorite Soukhamthath â€“ as the winner by 29-28 scores.