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Mixed martial arts event coming to Twin River

February 10, 2011

LINCOLN --- The Blackstone Valley will certainly make its presence felt at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s next mixed martial arts show.
Five local fighters, three from Pawtucket and two from Woonsocket, will be featured on the undercard of an action-packed “Rhode Rage” show on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Twin River Event Center.
This will be CES’s third MMA card in Rhode Island, and while its inaugural “First Blood” show last Sept. 17 and “Snow Brawl’ event on Dec. 2 at Twin River were smashing successes, “Rhode Rage” could top them both.

Dubois nets 1,000th point

February 10, 2011

NORTH PROVIDENCE --- Ashley Dubois became the fourth player in the history of the Woonsocket High girls’ program to reach 1,000 points on Wednesday night in the Villa Novans’ 57-43 victory on the road over winless North Providence High.
Dubois, who entered the game with 997 career points, scored her first points of the night on a layup in the game’s first minute, and a little more than a minute into the contest, she reached the milestone by hitting the first of two free throws.
The other three members of the program’s 1,000-point club are Kyshawn Ruff, Brooke Coderre and Lauren Masse.

Clippers take down Hendricken

February 10, 2011

WARWICK — Cumberland and Hendricken looked like they were in a hurry to get home and study when they met in a battle of unbeaten Division I powers on Wednesday night.
In a dual-meet that barely lasted 40 minutes, Cumberland rode eight pins and a major decision victory to a 52-30 victory over the Hawks.
Cumberland and Warwick Veterans are now the lone remaining unbeaten squads in Division I. The Clippers will host the Hurricanes next Wednesday night in a meet that should decide the dual-meet champion.

Mounties rout Hamden

February 10, 2011

HAMDEN, Conn. --- Senior forwards Trevor Plante and Alex Erban each scored a pair of goals on Wednesday night to help Mount St. Charles Academy bus home with a stellar 7-3 victory over Hamden High of Hamden, Conn. in this non-league showdown.
This battle features two of New England’s state champions. The three-time R.I. champion Mounties improved their record to 17-1-1 overall, while Hamden, Connecticut’s two-time state champion and the No. 4 ranked team in its state, fell to 7-3-1.

Success is difficult to define in high school

February 8, 2011

Some things I think I think:
It was nice to see North Smithfield’s Corinne Coia gain some local recognition for her productive basketball career at Lincoln School. The 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island, scored 25 points on Monday night and now has 1,019 points in her career. She passed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.

Cumberland swimmers sweep Mounties

February 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET – In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.

MSC girls hoop teams defeats Tolman

February 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET — When the first half finished, Tammy Drape crouched down and just stared at the court for about 30 seconds. If the court was made of dirt, the Tolman High coach would have probably dug a hole and buried herself inside.
It was that frustrating.
The Tigers picked the wrong time to have one of their worst offensive showings of the season. Facing first-place Mount St. Charles Academy on Monday night, Tolman went into a massive scoring drought in the initial half and could never quite recover as the Mounties rolled to a 43-28 rout in their Division II-North contest.

Discussing the merits of divisional tournaments

February 6, 2011

Some high school hoop-related tidbits to pass along …

You could say the three divisional tournaments in boys’ basketball are suffering from the same symptoms normally associated with middle child syndrome. Blame such thinking on our minds being somewhere else, the focus instead on the chaos and suspense hovering over the squeeze-everything-in gauntlet needed to complete the regular season. There’s also a great deal of buzz in the air surrounding the open state tournament, the new frontier that will lead to the crowning of one champion.

Cumberland wears Northern Division crown once more

February 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Lincoln High coach John Menna may have had the prefect response when asked how to defeat Cumberland in the Northern Division Championship – “Probably pray a lot. That’s about it,” he said. “They are deep in just about all areas.”

Mount girls edge Bay View, 3-2

February 4, 2011

WEST WARWICK --- In a season full of lopsided victories, Friday night’s showdown at the West Warwick Civic Center with longtime rival Bay View was a welcomed sight for Mount St. Charles.
And so was the end result, a 3-2 win by the defending state champions that saw them dominate play for most of the contest, play excellent defense, and remain perfect in a dozen games.

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