PROVIDENCE â€“ Since the Big East expanded to 16 teams in 2005, taking home Player of the Week kudos has been an honor normally doled out to All-American candidates/NBA prospects. With that in mind, itâ€™s not every day a Providence College player is bestowed with the conferenceâ€™s top weekly award.
Monday saw the Big East lavish Player of the Week praise upon PC senior Marshon Brooks. The swingman averaged 31.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games last week, leading the Friars to a 2-1 mark.
High school football and basketball seasons tend to blend together these days. Super Bowl games are contested in early December while basketball teams practice without a few key players, waiting for point guards and forwards to put down the pigskin and pick up the roundball.
When Woonsocket and St. Raphael Academy met in the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament championship game on Saturday night, several football players from each school were trying to shake off the rust and get into the flow of their winter sport.
PAWTUCKET â€” St. Raphael Academy looked a lot sharper than Woonsocket during the finals of the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament on Saturday night.
The Saints got 15 points and 11 assists from tournament MVP Charles Correa while cruising to a 66-53 victory that wasnâ€™t as close as the final score indicated. Leading 34-20 at halftime, the Saints went on a 14-2 run to open the second half.
Woonsocket, which was denied inside position by the Saintsâ€™ front line, managed just one hoop in the first 10 minutes and 19 seconds of the second half.
WARWICK â€” Mount St. Charles continued its early-season success Saturday night at Thayer Arena with a 9-1 triumph over a Lincoln squad thatâ€™s still finding out what life in the stateâ€™s top division is all about. This season saw the Lions jump to Division I after competing the last several years in the now-defunct I-A circuit.
Only a power play goal from Lincolnâ€™s William Nesbitt late in the third period prevented MSC from posting its third consecutive shutout. Michael Magerman and Alex Erban supplied the firepower for the Mounties, each player recording a hat trick.
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s very good to be Marshon Brooks these days.
To the Providence College senior, the basket must seem as large and as inviting as Narragansett Bay on a summerâ€™s day. The prodigious scoring outputs are quickly becoming a regular feature, as Saturday saw Brooks once again torch the strings with great frequency.
SMITHFIELD â€” North Smithfield coach Paul Nadeau knows the wins are not going to come easy.
After enduring some success in Division III the last few years, including capturing a state crown in 2005-06, the Northmen made the jump to Div. II this year. Nadeau is realistic at what he expects from his squad in the faster and more-talented division.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It will be two former division rivals squaring off for Lynch Memorial Tournament supremacy come Saturday night.
Woonsocket fought back from a 48-42 deficit with less than three minutes remaining to post a 53-48 triumph over defending champion Central Falls Thursday night in opening round action at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. Woonsocket will now take on St. Raphael, which ran past Providence Country Day, 71-45.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The rematch proved to be no match.
The last time Woonsocket High faced Bay View Academy was in the Division I semifinals this past winter where the Villa Novans posted a 10-point victory en route to winning a state championship.
Eight months after the contest the two squads were back on the floor for a league opener at Savaria Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The final result wasnâ€™t even close.
Bay Viewâ€™s depth, grilling defense and overall intensity was just too much for the Villa Novans to handle as the Bengals earned their revenge in dominating fashion with a 49-24 victory.
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If you want to scare the daylights out of a Yankees fan, mention that A.J. Burnett might have a few problems dealing with Bostonâ€™s revised 2011 batting order. Now that the Red Sox have added lefty hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup, sidearming right-handers like Burnett will be in big trouble against the Sox, who already have J.D. Drew and David Ortiz around as legitimate lefty power hitters.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Until about the midway point of Wednesday nightâ€™s Division I opener against host Cumberland, nothing seemed to fall for Diandra DaRosa.
But once the St. Raphael Academy sophomore got her shooting touch, there was no stopping her.
The talented point guard, who starred for Tolman last year, tossed in a game-high 29 points, including 22 in the second half as the Saints earned their first league win in nearly two years with a 61-51 victory over the Clippers at the Wellness Center.