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Not every athlete goes out on their own terms

January 30, 2011

I’m not a fan of his music, but Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind” has been embedded in my mind ever since Rocco Baldelli announced his retirement last week. The ballad has long been viewed as John articulating his feelings for the song’s subject, Marilyn Monroe, through the power of song. Still, there’s one portion of the chorus that I feel best sums up Baldelli’s career – as well as other athletes who call it a career sooner than expected:

Your candle burned out long before —
Your legend ever did.
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Burrillville/Ponaganset girls blank La Salle, 4-0

January 29, 2011

BURRILLVILLE --- The Burrillville/Ponaganset co-op team has landed in a territory that it hasn’t occupied in a number of seasons.
Second place.
The talented first line of Kelsey Koprusak, Katie Couture, and Kerri Nadeau supplied all the scoring, and the defense brought out its ‘A’ game to stop one of the state’s highest scoring teams on Saturday night and help capture a 4-0 victory over La Salle Academy at Levy Arena.

MSC rolls past Lincoln, 7-0

January 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles continued its unbeaten ways Friday night, rolling to a 7-0 win over Lincoln at Adelard Arena. The first-place Mounties improve to 9-0-1 in Division I while the Lions drop to 2-8-1.
MSC grabbed a 3-0 lead after one period behind goals from Trevor Plante, Alex Erban and Callan Morisseau, who finished with two goals. Ryan Berard jumped into the scoring column with a goal and an assist in the second period while Plante netted his second goal of the game in the third period. Benjamin Heroux wrapped up the scoring at 13:34 of the third stanza.

First-place Cumberland ices Rogers/Tiverton Co-Op

January 28, 2011

WARWICK --- Getting on the ice for just four practices and one game over the last two weeks and dealing with a scorching hot goaltender did little to prevent Cumberland from hiking its win streak to six games on Friday night.
Michael Kinch’s team-leading seventh goal of the year broke a scoreless tie with 32 seconds left in the second period and helped the Clippers overcome a sensational 45-save effort by goalie Redmond Brow and bus home with a 2-0 victory over the Rogers/Tiverton co-op team at Thayer Arena.

Cranston East too much for Woonsocket hoopsters

January 28, 2011

WOONSOCKET – With 10 losses in his first 11 league games, Kyle Ivey-Jones isn’t thinking about playoffs anymore. The Woonsocket High coach would just settle for a win.
Unfortunately for Ivey-Jones, the frustration continued for his Villa Novans on Friday night in a Division I contest with visiting Cranston East, who left Savaria Gymnasium with a 76-48 rout. Twenty-four turnovers by the Novans and a dominating inside presence from the Thunderbolt were the glaring statistics in the latest setback.
The loss dropped Woonsocket to 1-11 in I-North and officially knocked them out of the playoffs.

Snow driving school sports officials crazy

January 27, 2011

There was eight to 12 inches of snowfall on Thursday morning. Last Friday, it was about a foot. And for the season, close to 45 inches have hit the region.
Global warming? It doesn’t seem that way.
The excessive snow this winter has certainly increased business at the chiropractor’s office with the young and old alike getting their backs aligned after hours of shoveling the white stuff. But for high school athletics in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, it also has increased headaches for athletic directors, coaches and their athletes.

Sneak preview of state wrestling tournament

January 27, 2011

The state championships begin in less than a month at the Providence Career and Technical Academy and plenty of wrestlers, through their performances at in-state and out-of-state tournaments, have started to make their case as title favorite.
And with only a few big tournaments left this season (Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H. and the Methuen (Mass.) Invitational) Rhode Island wrestlers have represented themselves well on the New England stage.

Indoor track season building to a peak

January 27, 2011

The dual-meet season for R.I. boys’ and girls’ indoor track will officially wrap up by Tuesday of next week, barring another snowstorm (or two?).
That’s just the warm-up.
Beginning late next week, teams will be duking it out at the Providence Athletic Facility in their respective divisional championships. A week later, they’re back on the oval in their class meets and then on Saturday, Feb. 19, schools statewide will compete on the big stage in the annual state championships.
For our local athletes and teams, a lot can happen in those next few weeks.

Ledo enjoying Friars' success

January 27, 2011

PROVIDENCE – For Ricky Ledo, it’s games like Providence College’s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.

Baldelli retires from baseball

January 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET — If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.

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