NORTH SMITHFIELD – Veteran coach Paul Nadeau admitted to feeling a wide range of emotions after his North Smithfield High icemen had posted a wildly-entertaining 7-4 victory over Narragansett before over 300 vociferous fans at the Rhode Island Sports Center on Monday evening.
With the Game 3 triumph, the top-seeded Northmen clinched the R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set, 2-1, earning a berth in the best-of-three championship series opposite second-ranked South Kingstown.
PROVIDENCE — One season of watching Kris Dunn has perhaps been enough to get an ample sampling of the diverse abilities that, in the view of those who are close to the Providence College point guard, make him an intriguing option for this year’s NBA draft.
LINCOLN — It was virtually a last-minute decision to volunteer to coach Lincoln High's Unified Volleyball and Basketball teams, but Renee Jarest took that leap at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
She's mighty glad she did, as she not only had the opportunity to teach special athletes the fundamentals of the sports, but also helped them – with the aid of “partners” – achieve their goal of competing in a varsity sport.
WEST WARWICK — In the first four games between the Cumberland and Coventry hockey teams, it was hard to tell which team was the favorite to win the Division I Eccleston title and which team was rebuilding and had to battle just to reach the semifinals.
That wasn’t the case Saturday night at Magiera Rink.
PAWTUCKET – Burrillville High head coach Bill Robinson had just walked out of his club's dressing room when asked what he told his team after it had posted a 7-2 bashing of Barrington on Saturday night.
Before he could utter a sound, several celebratory screams went out, so he just needed pointed at the door following a most physical victory, one that led to a two-games-to-none sweep of the R.I. Division I/Eccleston League semifinal at Lynch Arena on Saturday night.
BURRILLVILLE – Senior captain Chad Stone notched a terrific hat trick and classmate Pat McConnell chipped in a goal and a feed as Burrillville High lambasted Barrington, 6-1, in the opener of a R.I. Division I/Eccleston League Tournament semifinal set at Levy Rink on Friday night.
Nick Koprusak and Tyler Kearney each contributed two assists for the Broncos, who can sweep the Eagles with a victory at Lynch Arena tonight at 7:15.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Through the opening two stanzas, North Smithfield High’s icemen failed to exhibit the high-flying style of play that helped them crush East Providence by identical 8-0 scores in its R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal sweep last weekend.
The reason: Narragansett played a more aggressive, physical type of hockey, one that kept the top-seeded Northmen off kilter for a complete 30 minutes in this highly-entertaining semifinal opener held Friday night.
WOONSOCKET – The track record of Cumberland and Coventry hooking up in games decided by one goal continued Friday night at Adelard Arena.
And just like the three regular-season encounters, the Clippers emerged victorious.
Broncos ready to take on Barrington
BURRILLVILLE – Under first-year head coach Bill Robinson, Burrillville High coasted to a 15-3-0 mark in Division I/Eccleston, with its lone losses coming only to league champion Cumberland (twice) and Prout.
Three of those victories came at the expense of Barrington, the Broncos' foe in this weekend's R.I. Division I/Eccleston Tournament semifinal series, one that begins Friday night at 7:30 at Levy Rink.
The respective scores: 4-1 on Dec. 13, 5-3 on Jan. 16 and 5-3 on Feb. 27.