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Northmen prove too tall an order for Raiders

January 14, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Shea High veteran head coach John Lickert indicated before the contest he didn’t know how his squad would fare against Division III-North host North Smithfield on Monday night.
He had a variety of reasons, as his Raiders had to battle the Northmen without the services of sophomore swing Carol Rodriguez and junior forward Najah Goncalves. Rodriguez, his leading scorer and rebounder, had suffered a possible concussion in a loss to Davies Tech on Friday, and Goncalves – another stellar starter – had sustained a laceration to her head in the same tilt.

Lincoln/Cumberland co-op team reaches new heights

January 13, 2013

The first time Dick Ernst met with his new Lincoln High girls' hockey squad, back in mid-November 2011, he let everyone know he had one goal in mind: Capturing a state Division II championship.
“It was before our first-ever practice, and we looked at him like he was crazy,” junior defenseman Lauren Hervieux laughed after a workout at Lynch Arena on Thursday afternoon. “We thought he was out of his mind.”

Top Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. to appear at PawSox Hot Stove Party

January 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will hold their annual wintertime gathering for fans – better known as the Hot Stove League Party – on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCoy Stadium.
New PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina will give fans a preview of what the 2013 club figures to look like as Pawtucket sets out to defend its Governors’ Cup championship. Several PawSox players and top Red Sox prospects like OF Jackie Bradley Jr., OF Justin Henry, catcher Dan Butler, and pitcher Allen Webster are expected to attend the party and will be available for photos and autographs.

Evangelista awaits debut with Bay View hockey team

January 12, 2013

It’s been 10½ months since the high school hockey scene last heard from Britney Evangelista, but the last time she made news on the ice, it reverberated around and beyond the state.
It was last Feb. 25, a Saturday night at the Rhode Island Sports Center, in the second game of a best-of-three semifinal-round series against the Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team, that Evangelista, then a sophomore goaltender for North Smithfield, turned in a performance that raised eyebrows and dropped jaws.

Clippers stage thrilling comeback on the mat

January 10, 2013

CUMBERLAND — As Warwick Vets High compiled consecutive wins and pins in the earlier segments of this Division I-North showdown Thursday evening, Cumberland High junior Matt Kay’s level of nervous butterflies increased five-fold per battle.
When it came time for him to take the mat against fellow 220-pounder and Hurricanes’ sophomore James Gogan, and his Clippers trailing 36-30, Kay’s anxiety reached its peak.

Lady Northmen drop tight one to Patriots

January 8, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Davies’ battle with North Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon – a hard-fought clash from the opening tap to the final buzzer – Patriots coach Joe Handy took one last glance at the scoreboard on the other end of his gym and let out a sigh of relief.

McGair: It's called the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Good

January 8, 2013

A little of this, a little of that…

We’ll have some baseball news to chew on Wednesday afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is unveiled for public consumption. In the eyes of this non-voter, Cooperstown should roll out the welcome mat for one non-steroid tainted newcomer on the ballot, Craig Biggio, whose inclusion is based purely on achieving 3,000 hits – one of those mythical benchmarks that automatically trigger inclusion into the game’s exclusive fraternity.

Trevor Vasey’s ready to rise with Div. I Phoenix

January 7, 2013

When the time came for Trevor Vasey to select a four-year college that would satisfy his academic needs and quarterback profile, he turned to a valuable resource – his father Todd.

Lions in good spirits after loss to powerful Mounties

January 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — For a head coach whose squad had just fallen, 4-2, to mighty Mount St. Charles in a crossover tilt, Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op's Dick Ernst sure seemed in good spirits as he strolled out of an Adelard Arena team room on Saturday night.
Behind 4-0 entering the final session, the always-animated veteran mentor's Lions fought back with two goals in the span of 48 seconds midway through it.
“Our kids just didn't give up,” Ernst raved about his girls. “We trailed by four coming in, and the only thing I told the kids was to go out and win the third. Guess what? They did.”

Hockey Mounties searching for answers

January 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — It wasn't so much the fact that Mount St. Charles dropped a 4-0 decision to defending state Division I champion Hendricken that irked head coach Dave Belisle to such a degree, but how.
The Mounties trailed the Hawks by a mere 1-0 count as the final seconds of the middle period drew to a close at Adelard Arena on Saturday night. The way Belisle figured it, all his guys needed to do was get into the locker room unscathed, then regroup, make adjustments and continue to storm the visitors' goalkeeper, senior Mitchell Proulx.

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