March 8th, 2011
WOONSOCKET -- Wrestling is one high school sport in Rhode Island where the public vs. private school debate holds no water. Public schools have won 29 of the last 30 state team championships in wrestling.
Bishop Hendricken sneaked in to grab a state title back in 2004. Cumberland then ruled the state in 2005. Cranston West won the next four titles before the Clippers returned to the top in 2010. Warwick Vets prevailed in 2011.
Back in 1999, Johnston High won the state title, proving that even smaller public schools can reach the top in wrestling.
Whether itâ€™s at the high school or the collegiate level, it doesnâ€™t matter. Coaches will be the first to admit that when the postseason arrives, anything can happen.
Cinderella has made its way to the Ball on numerous occasions where an underdog that has no business to be on the same court or field as a top-seeded squad somehow pulls off a miracle and produces a victory or at least a legitimate scare to their favored opponent.
Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s boysâ€™ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.
Mrs. Mary (Sandel) Dobeck, 96, formerly of May St., Blackstone, died March 4, 2011 at The Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late Stanley F. Dobeck.
Born in Conemaugh, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Deren) Sandel. Mary was a resident of Franklin and later settled in Blackstone when she retired.
Mary worked as a cook for the Franklin Public School system for 20 years. She also catered private parties.
Mary was a member of the Catholic Woman's Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Franklin, MA.
Robert E. Miller, Sr.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Robert E. "Butch" Miller, Sr., 79, of Green St., Slatersville, died Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the loving husband of Lucille E. (Desplaines) Miller.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late William E. and Alma (Nelson) Miller.
A Marine Veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Miller worked for Wyman Gordon, Grafton, MA as a Foreman and instrument repair technician.
A contingent of Woonsocket firefighters, including Ladders 1 & 2, responded to Kennedy Manor on Clinton Street after a small fire was reported in a vacant apartment on the seventh floor around 11 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported and the fire was quickly extinguished. See the complete story in Wednesday's edition.
Marshall W. Sloat
LINCOLN- Marshall W. Sloat, 74, of Lincoln, died Saturday, March 5 at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Carolyn Schofield Sloat, to whom he had been married since 1957.
Born in Greenwich, CT, he was the son of the late Walter D. and Camilla (Baxter) Sloat. He grew up in Rowayton, CT and had lived in Lincoln since 1962.
Mr. Sloat was a Warehouse Supervisor for the Elliot Group. He had attended the University of Connecticut and served in the U.S. Army in the Military Police from 1960-1962.
Marion E. Hall
WOONSOCKET- Marion E. Hall, 86, of Woonsocket, former Sister of St. Joseph (Sister Mary Alicine), passed away on February 23, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center.
Born in Woonsocket on October 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Pryor W. and Bertha (Chapman) Hall and sister of the late John Pryor Hall and Sgt. Francis T. Hall. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews.
WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland High and the Division II semifinals have gone hand-in-hand for the better part of last decade, and that trendâ€™s going to continue this weekend.
Michael Kinchâ€™s multiple-goal night and goalie Michaelangelo Federiciâ€™s 33-save effort were the keys to success for the Clippers on Monday night in their 4-2 victory over Pilgrim High in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.
PROVIDENCE - When North Smithfield and Central played each other during the league season, the two Division III squads split their two games with both teams winning on their home court by single digits.
Head coach David Ruff didn't anticipate anything but an all-out battle when his second-seeded Northmen matched against the No. 3 Knights in Monday's semifinal matchup at Rhode Island College.
Ruff got exactly what he expected, but his only wish was that the numbers on the scoreboard were a little different.