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Basketball gods not kind to PC again

February 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Shaun Noriega was in the game for South Florida for one reason alone – to hit 3-point shots.
For someone who played exactly one minute, Noriega made a lasting impact in USF’s 55-48 win against a Providence College outfit that as head coach Ed Cooley noted “doesn’t have the basketball gods on our side.” A junior who entering Saturday had hoisted up 64 shots on the season with 51 of them coming from beyond the arc, Noriega delivered a pair of clutch makes from downtown that propelled the visiting Bulls to their eighth Big East win.

WEB ONLY: MSC wins, Lions' Leclaire stops 72 shots

February 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- As expected, Mount St. Charles breezed past Lincoln on Friday night at Adelard Arena by rattling off five goals in the second period to break open a close game and pave the way for an 8-0 victory.
But the story of the night was Chris Leclaire, the Lions’ freshman goalie, who turned away an astounding 72 shots, the most saves in a game by a netminder in this state in recent memory. Leclaire currently leads all Division I goalies in saves with 390.

PC Friars staying positive despite tough stretch

February 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE — For those associated with Providence College basketball, the importance of keeping a stiff upper lip or one’s chin high cannot be underscored. After all, it’s not time to pack away the jerseys just yet.

No contest as North Providence rolls past Cumberland

February 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Two nights earlier, the wrestlers from Cumberland High knocked off previously undefeated Bishop Hendricken, the friendly confides of the Wellness Center serving as the backdrop. Hoping to replicate some of that home cooking, the Cumberland boys’ hoops team played host to state contender North Providence on Friday night.

Villa Novans stave off upset-minded Clippers

February 10, 2012

WOONSOCKET — For the first half of Friday’s Division I clash with Woonsocket, winless Cumberland looked nothing like a team that has lost 14 straight league encounters.
The Clippers didn’t looked like it in the second half either, but the Villa Novans were not about to let them walk off their court with their first ‘W’.
Woonsocket picked up its defensive intensity and had a strong second half from Katie Marcoux to pave the way for a 49-34 triumph at Savaria Gymnasium.

Woonsocket edged by Tolman

February 9, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High’s Dion Rubio, a star football player who developed into a championship-calibre wrestler over the past four winters, enjoys the mat sport.
“It’s really different than football,” Rubio, who finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter, said on Thursday night after sending the Tigers to a 42-39 victory over Woonsocket with a pin in the final minute of the final match of the night.

Several local squads fighting for high seeds, playoff spots

February 9, 2012

With three weekends to go in the regular season, there are still postseason spots and high playoff seeds up for grabs in the three boys’ divisions and girls’ league. That being said, here’s a quick rundown on where the teams in the Blackstone Valley stand heading into tonight’s action.

Division I
Mount St. Charles’s 6-3 victory over Moses Brown last Friday, followed by Burrillville’s dramatic 4-2 win over the Quakers the following night, zapped all the drama out of which four teams will battle in the ‘State Championship’ playoffs.

Defending champion Mounties haven’t missed a beat

February 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- Before the season started, Steve Shea had his share of concerns regarding his Mount St. Charles team and its quest to three-peat as state champions.
Graduation took away a talented senior class that helped the Mounties claim a 19-1 record and roll past Bay View in the state finals, and the voids left the second-year coach with quite a few questions to answer.
Can he successfully put together a third line? Who will fill in the blanks on defense? And what contributions can he get from his younger players, which include five freshmen and a few other first-year skaters?

Cumberland tops Hendricken in mat showdown

February 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND – The best wrestling dual-meets build slowly, bout by bout, to a crescendo. Each match is important. Results in the earlier bouts lay the foundation for dramatic outcomes late in the contest.
That’s what happened on Wednesday night at The Wellness Center when an estimated 400 mat-crazy spectators watched Rhode Island’s only two unbeaten Division I dual-meet teams square off. Cumberland, carrying the burden of a 52-match winning streak nearly three years old, hosted a 13-0 Bishop Hendricken team most experts gave a slight advantage heading into this showdown.

Cumberland decks Coventry, faces Hendricken tonight

February 7, 2012

COVENTRY — After a successful weekend where they won four of their five dual meets at Mount Anthony Union (Vt.), the Coventry wrestling team returned to state competition hoping to prove a point against the most successful dual-meet team in the state over the last five seasons.
But Cumberland, which is looking for its third straight undefeated dual-meet campaign, had another idea. The Clippers breezed through the first matches and then rode the strength of their standout wrestlers – Erik Travers and Tom Lacroix – for a 46-24 Division I-North victory.

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