November 10th, 2011
They‚Äôve spent the past eight weeks working hard and overcoming some tough league opponents for the right to play in a meaningful game on Veteran‚Äôs Day weekend.
For neighboring schools Tolman, Cumberland, and St. Raphael, that weekend has finally arrived, and the meaningful games that they will participate in will be their quarterfinal-round games of the Division II playoffs.
Rick Pitino, sage that he is, shared this little anecdote at last month‚Äôs Big East media day ‚Äď one that illustrates the waves new Providence College head coach Ed Cooley is making on the recruiting trail.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs already attracting ‚Ä¶ he beat us out on a player recruiting-wise,‚ÄĚ said Pitino point blank, his eyes lighting up as if they were filled with fire. ‚ÄúI would have said, when it got to Providence and us [Louisville], he would have had no shot in getting this player, but Ed got him. So he‚Äôs already made an impact.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ During their truly exceptional high school careers on the Mount St. Charles Academy softball team, Emily and Olivia Hendricks have established themselves as the very best at their positions in the state.
Emily earned back-to-back All-State honors as a slick fielding shortstop who batted second and was an offensive threat from the left side of the plate, while Olivia posted a 36-15 mark as the Mounties‚Äô ace pitcher, and offensively, was a bonafide run producer in the heart of the lineup.
KINGSTON ‚ÄĒ For the first time in its long history, Cumberland will play for a state championship.
The Clippers earned a berth in Saturday‚Äôs Division II championship match on Wednesday night by surviving a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over a Central Falls team that was determined to spring its second upset victory of the playoffs at URI‚Äôs Keaney Gymnasium.
Senior standouts Micaela Malboeuf (13 kills, 25 digs) and Michelle Malboeuf (11 kills, 20 digs) had big games for the Clippers, who defeated the Warriors by scored of 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, and 27-25 to advance.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The past 24 hours have been bittersweet for Kelsey Lace.
On Tuesday night, Lace suffered the worst loss of her outstanding high school career when her then-unbeaten Mount St. Charles Academy squad was ousted in four games in the Division I semifinals by Ponaganset High.
It was a very bitter ending to a brilliant four-year run with the Mounties -- one that included a Division II state championship her sophomore year and what will soon be a repeat appearance on the All-State team.
‚ÄúWith the benefit of hindsight, I wish I could have done more.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Joe Paterno
Who would have thought it would end this way for the legendary Penn State coach of 46 years? Paterno, the man of high moral values, the guy who once vowed not to retire and ‚Äúleave college football to the Barry Switzers and Jackie Sherrills‚ÄĚ of his coaching fraternity, had failed the biggest morality test of his life.
Roland E. Bernier
BELLINGHAM - Roland E. "Joe" Bernier, 85, of Cross St. died Tue. Nov. 8, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Roland R. Lebrun
WOONSOCKET- Roland R. Lebrun, 53, of Vivian St. died Sunday November 6, 2011.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Robert Lebrun and Aldea (Beausoleil) Lebrun, of Woonsocket.
Roland worked as a Grounds Keeper for the Gloucester Country Club, and was an avid golfer.
Besides his mother, he is survived by two sons, Christopher and wife Nancy Lebrun, of Cumberland, R.I., Matthew R. Lebrun, of Burriville, R.I. One brother Richard Lebrun of Bellingham and two grandchildren and his companion, Robin Michon, of Woonsocket.
He was also the brother of the late Donald Lebrun.
Lillian D. Tatro
WOONSOCKET- Lillian D. Tatro, 91, formerly of Woonsocket, died Tuesday. She was the wife of the late Eugene A. Tatro.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Bernadette (Boulard) Leclerc. She was a lifelong resident of the city.
In her early years Mrs. Tatro was employed at several area mills and later operated a catering business along with her late husband.
She was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Parish and assisted with Coffee 'An for many years.
Roland A. Tardie Sr.
BURRILLVILLE- Roland A. Tardie Sr. 81, of Burrillville, passed away peacefully Tuesday surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Lucille (Leduc) Tardie.
Though he was a Burrillville resident most of his life, he was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Joseph and Eva (Rondeau) Tardie.
He was employed by Service Contracting for many years before retiring in 1991. He was also an employee of Whiten Machine Works for many years.
Mr. Tardie served in the U.S. National Guard and was a U.S. Navy veteran.