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Pitts, Crawley track down indoor state titles

February 16, 2013

PROVIDENCE — It was right around Thanksgiving when Woonsocket High senior Kaylnn “K.K.” Pitts placed all her cards on the table.
“I want to win the [indoor] state championship in the high jump,” is what Pitts set out to obtain, the quote appearing in this very newspaper on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The teenager’s day of reckoning came Saturday afternoon at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house, site of the R.I. Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Pitts made good on her promise, capturing the high jump crown with a “sudden death” leap of five feet, four inches.

Woonsocket leagues express anger, feelings over proposed fees to use city's fields

February 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Tommy Brien is livid. So are Dave Jarrett and the other volunteers in Woonsocket who run youth and recreational leagues and use the city’s parks and fields.
Brien reported on Thursday night that on the agenda of Monday’s City Council meeting is a proposal to establish fees for those who participate in the recreational programs that utilize the city’s facilities -- charges that could severely cripple the budgets of some of the city’s leagues.

Malden Catholic skates to 5-3 victory over Mount

February 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET --- One bad minute of hockey at the end of the second period turned out to be Mount St. Charles Academy’s undoing on Friday night in its showdown against the No. 7 ranked team in Massachusetts.
Malden Catholic snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring twice in the final 36 seconds of that middle period and held onto its lead through a wild final period en route to a 5-3 victory before a large gathering at Adelard Arena.

Hawks deal Clippers first wrestling loss in five years

February 14, 2013

WARWICK — It was supposed to be a wild free-for-all, unbeaten Cumberland High battling flawless Bishop Hendricken for bragging rights in the state's top division.
Instead, the Hawks strung together seven straight triumphs between 160 pounds and 106 to sail to a stellar 47-9 dual-meet beatdown of the Clippers at the hosts' gymnasium on Thursday night.

Cumberland's Kent, Bauer seek glory at state meets

February 14, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Heidi Josephson is well aware her Cumberland High squads have little to no chance to compete for state crowns at the R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships, slated for the new Brown University natatorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. (for girls) and Sunday at 1 (boys).
That doesn't mean the veteran coach isn't truly excited about what could happen when the starter's gun sounds for the first event.

Cumberland can't clinch division title, falls to N.P.

February 14, 2013

NORTH PROVIDENCE --- In a contest full of high energy and emotion, not to mention a chance to earn sole possession of the Division II-North regular-season championship, Cumberland did the unthinkable on Wednesday night and went a full six minutes without producing a point early in the second half of its showdown against North Providence.
The Clippers’ cold spell enabled the host Cougars to erase a two-point deficit and rattle off 14 straight points, and that enabled them to keep Cumberland within an arm’s length of them the rest of the way and come away with a hard-fought 66-58 victory.

Kent’s clutch trey lifts Northmen past Patriots

February 13, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Davies Tech came ridiculously close to achieving the impossible on Wednesday night.
Its host, North Smithfield High, had taken a 26-26 halftime stalemate into the locker room, then assembled a remarkable 14-0 flurry in the span of 6:07 to start the final stanza to snatch a 40-26 cushion.
Slowly, the gamey Patriots fought back, and actually held a 51-49 lead with just 8.8 ticks left in regulation – and with senior tri-captain Rosaliz Torres on the foul line.

Mounties come up short against Lions in girls' hoops

February 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Mount St. Charles head coach Jessica Shiel would have liked to celebrate a pair of triumphs on Tuesday night.
First, she hoped her squad would pull out a win over Division II-North foe Lincoln, then turn her attention to how much money the Mounties had raised during its first ever “Pink-Out” contest, with all proceeds from the gate and T-shirt sales going directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Local high school teams making the best of a tough situation

February 11, 2013

Schools in Woonsocket and Pawtucket are closed for the second straight day. In the scheme of high school athletics, one of these cities plans on playing through the elements while the other adheres to a policy that if school is canceled, so too are all after-school activities.

Ex-Novans hoop star L'Heureux shines for Northmen

February 10, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Never once did Matt Walkow have cause to mince words. When you’ve been friends with someone for a long time, the direct approach works just fine.
On the occasions when Walkow crossed paths with Cody L’Heureux during the three years leading up to the pair’s senior year at North Smithfield High, the conversation often drifted back to “the good old days” of middle school basketball in the same town. The hopes of creating additional on-court memories at the high school level were temporarily cast aside when L’Heureux moved to Woonsocket following eighth grade.

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