March 5th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” The time seemed appropriate for reflection, not reliving the course of events that transpired Saturday afternoon on the campus of Rhode Island College.
Certainly it wasnâ€™t the ending George Coderre and his proud Woonsocket squad envisioned. A La Salle team that was superior in just about every tangible category ended the Villa Novansâ€™ glorious run at the top, 61-33, in the Division I quarterfinals. The game pitted last yearâ€™s championship combatants, with the Novans taking the title by a 40-34 count.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It went from a motor vehicle chase to a foot chase â€“ down the steep, rocky banks of the Blackstone River. And by the time it was over, two police officers were injured, one seriously, and two suspects were in custody, including one man who leaped into the frigid river in a short-lived attempt to escape.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A gathering of about 80 members of the local school community received an informal state of the district overview on local student achievement during a forum with Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist on Thursday.
The community meeting at the Hamlet Middle School included a presentation on areas where more work is needed in local schools as well as praise for some of the improvement initiatives already underway.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The expected quarterfinal mismatch occurred at Levy Rink Friday night as No. 3 seed Burrillville/Ponaganaset co-op skated to a routine 6-1 decision over sixth-seeded Warwick co-op. Junior Kelsey Koprusak and senior Katie Couture each scored twice for the Lady Broncos.
But if the inevitable happens and the Broncos take the series and advance to a semifinal date with powerhouse Bay View Academy early next week, head coach Gary Rouleau is hoping to see a much better effort than their playoff opener.
KINGSTON â€“ Fifth-seeded North Smithfield survived a tight, back-and-forth battle with No. 4 seed La Salle Academy in its Division I quarterfinal matchup Friday night, leaving Boss Arena with a 3-2 overtime win in the best-of-3 series.
High-scoring senior Kayla Kiernan netted the game-winner when she scored just four minutes into the OT period off the Ramsâ€™ standout goalie Holly Scott. Keirnan tally came after several attempts by the Northmen near the crease.
â€śIt was a mess in front of the net,â€ť said N.S. coach Bill Nangle. â€śWe just kept banging away and she scored on the five-hole.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mount St. Charles seized control early in this one en route to a 7-2 triumph over Smithfield in Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinals Friday night at Adelard Arena. The three-time defending state champion Mounties can close out the series with a win tonight (puck drops a 8 oâ€™clock) at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
A win would give venerable MSC head coach Bill Belisle an even 900 in his illustrious career on the bench.
Norman J. Lussier
HOPEDALE, MA- Norman J. Lussier, 71, of 50 Plain Street, Hopedale died Thursday March 3, 2011 in Oakdale Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, West Boylston. He was the husband of Christina (Bird) Lussier.
A lifelong resident of Hopedale, Mr. Lussier had been employed at Trubilt Truck Body Co. in Milford and the Jannell Company in Woonsocket, RI. He later worked for Stop & Shop in Milford.
He was born Aug. 19, 1939 in Milford, the son of the late Wilfred and Alma (Courtemanche) Lussier.
Beatrice L. Ryan
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Beatrice L. (Savoie) Ryan, 75, resident of North Smithfield, died March 3, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the loving wife of the late John J. Ryan.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Eva (Rattie) Savoie Vadeboncoeur and her stepfather Henry Vadeboncoeur.
Beatrice worked for the Amica Insurance Co. as a rater 1, for twenty years retiring in 1999. Her hobby included walking the dogs.
Lorraine M. Noel
WOONSOCKET - Lorraine M. Noel, 98, formerly of 429 East School St. died Thursday in Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Woonsocket a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Piette) Noel. She worked as a spinner for the former Bell Worsted Co. and a stitcher for the former Woonsocket Dress Co. before retiring in 1976. She was a former member of the St. Germain Manor Club, Enfant de Marie, Royal Travelers and the St. Joseph Sr. Citizens.
Norman J. Lussier
HOPEDALE, MA - Norman J. Lussier, 71, of Hopedale, MA died Thursday March 3, 2011 in Oakdale Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, West Boylston. He was the husband of Christina (Bird) Lussier and sister to Rita Rousseau of Woonsocket, RI.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will publish in Sunday's edition. Arrangements by Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford.