At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones arenâ€™t. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, thatâ€™s pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a â€śfair fightâ€ť standpoint.
CUMBERLAND â€” Steve Gordon canâ€™t help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.
Arthur B. Brown
BLACKSTONE, MA - Arthur B. Brown, 71, of Milk St., died November 28, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Earlene (Juggert) Brown of Blackstone. Born in Los Angeles, CA he was the son of the late Roy A. and Ethel F. (Newberry) Brown.
A Vietnam Air Force Veteran, Mr. Brown worked as a computer programmer for EMC, Hopkinton, MA. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing, camping, backpacking and canoeing and was also a Corvette enthusiast.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Irene (Metivier) "Mem" Lacombe, 94, of Saint Paul Street died November 29th at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Alfred Lacombe.
Born in Albion, RI on July 28, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Dinora (Metivier) Metivier.
Irene was a weaver in various local textile mills until her retirement in 1978.
Jeannette B. Rochefort
BURRILLVILLE - Jeannette B. (Cruise) Rochefort, 89, died Friday Nov. 30, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. A resident of Harrisville, she was born in Pascoag, daughter of the late Joseph and Delina (Perreault) Cruise.
She worker at Polytop in North Smithfield for many years before retiring.
H. Charlotte Lamontagne
WOONSOCKET - H. Charlotte (Sarrasin) Lamontagne 88, a long time city resident, died Tuesday, November 27, in the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Centre. She was the wife of the late Raymond Lamontagne. Mrs. Lamontagne was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Philippe and Auglore (Pratte) Sarrasin. She was an alumna of the RI College of Pharmacy, and worked as a Registered Pharmacist in Pratte's drugstore as well as other area pharmacies and in California as well. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
â€śMy nerves were going full blast,â€ť said the Cumberland High senior running back. â€śI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â€“ but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
Clippers head coach Chris Skurka gets a surprise ice bath by key players Tommy Lazarus (4) and game MVP Erik Travers, right, after defeating Woonsocket 49-0 for the Div. II Super Bowl crown at Carcieri Field Sunday.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â€“ and final â€“ opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â€“ with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â€“ earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.