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La Salle routs defending titlist Woonsocket, 61-33

March 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — 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 wasn’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 Novans’ glorious run at the top, 61-33, in the Division I quarterfinals. The game pitted last year’s championship combatants, with the Novans taking the title by a 40-34 count.

Lady Broncos rout Warwick in playoff opener

March 4, 2011

BURRILLVILLE – 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.

Kiernan's OT goals shocks La Salle

March 4, 2011

KINGSTON – 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 Rams’ standout goalie Holly Scott. Keirnan tally came after several attempts by the Northmen near the crease.
“It was a mess in front of the net,” said N.S. coach Bill Nangle. “We just kept banging away and she scored on the five-hole.”

Mounties, Clippers win playoff openers

March 4, 2011

WOONSOCKET – 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 o’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.

Gardner defends EBA title on March 16 in Boston

March 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET --- You will have to forgive Joe Gardner if he’s been a little antsy this winter.
After fighting four times during a seven-month span last year and winning the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title last November, the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter has gone the last four months without a bout.
“I’m not used to this,” added Gardner. “It’s been longer than I expected. I’ve been itching for a fight and I was hoping to jump in there right away.”
But Gardner knows his wait won’t be long.

MSC girls survive Warwick Vets' upset bid

March 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Two years ago, Mount St. Charles Academy was the top seed from Division II-North. Instead of advancing far into the playoffs, however, the Mounties saw their season come to an abrupt close with a shocking two-point loss to Scituate in the preliminary round.
Before her top-ranked team took to the floor in Thursday’s opening-round contest with Warwick Veterans, a No. 8 seed from Div. II-South with the worst record in the entire league, head coach Nina Morey thought about that upset to the Spartans.

Woonsocket girls top S.K. in playoff opener

March 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – There’s something to be said about playoff experience.
Kailey Fugere and Ashley Dubois showed just why on Wednesday night.
The Woonsocket High teammates, who have been instrumental players for the Villa Novans in their last two state titles, including the Division I crown last year, stepped up with huge efforts against a pesky South Kingstown outfit.

Mount boys and girls set to defend ice titles

March 1, 2011

The march to Providence College is on!
Five boys’ and two girls’ teams will begin their quests for championship glory this weekend when their best-of-three quarterfinal round series get under way at hockey rinks scattered throughout the state.
In Division I, Mount St. Charles Academy will pursue its fourth straight state title. The Mounties are the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Smithfield on Friday at 9 p.m. at Adelard Arena and again on Saturday at 8 at the Smithfield Ice Rink.

Girls' hoops playoffs set to tip off

February 28, 2011

A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal — a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship — these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites – unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.

Lincoln earns one title at state wrestling meet

February 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Regular season dual-meet results don’t carry over into the tournament season. Each wrestler, no matter how big his reputation and how long his list of accomplishments, must begin anew when the opening whistle sounds to start a tournament match.
That’s the beauty of this sport, which focuses on a team aspect during the dual-meet season. The emphasis changes to individual results during the postseason.

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