Archive - Sports Article
February 18th, 2014
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).
NORTH SMITHFIELD â As is usually the case, the home team celebrating âSenior Night,â or their last tilt of the season on their own floor, opens slowly due to the emotion of the moment.
Thatâs what appeared to have happened to North Smithfield High while taking on stellar Division III-South foe Middletown on Tuesday evening.
The Northmen, who went into intermission trailing the Islanders, 21-14, got an earful from head coach Alisha Pirri, then put those words to use in the final half.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â For a change of pace, letâs remove the shrouds of doubt and political bureaucracy that have helped create tension and uneasiness regarding the possible elimination of springtime sports at the townâs high school.
While thereâs no denying that this threat to Northmen athletics is cause for concern, itâs also a tad on the premature side to jump to hasty conclusions that hone in on the worst-case scenario.
WARWICK â Twenty years ago, Tom Hanksâ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead characterâs array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.
It almost never fails.
Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.
Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town â concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.
WOONSOCKET â It may have been a non-league tilt, but it might as well have been a league game against La Salle or Hendricken.
Mount St. Charles played one of its best periods of the winter against Hamden (Conn.) High in the middle session on Saturday night, notching three goals. In the end, the Mounties celebrated a 4-2 victory at Adelard Arena.