Archive - Nov 12, 2010 - Sports Article
LINCOLN --- For the first time in his pro career, Woonsocketâ€™s Joe Gardner will be fighting for a championship belt, and he will try to claim his prize in the six-round co-feature of tonightâ€™s CESâ€™s (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.) â€śHomecoming Kingâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
And for the first time since coming back to the sport in May after a 7Â˝-year absence, Gardner has had to prepare for a fight without his favorite sparring partner, West Warwickâ€™s Keith Kozlin, giving him some valuable rounds.
MIDDLETOWN -- St. Raphael Academy fell from the unbeaten ranks in a very big way on Thursday night by dropping a 7-5 decision to Middletown High in the Division III semifinals at the Gaudet Middle School complex.
The Islanders, who will battle Narragansett High in Sundayâ€™s championship game at Rhode Island College, won this high-scoring affair by breaking a 3-3 tie with the first three goals of the second half.
The loss came as a shock to the Saints, who allowed just eight goals during the regular season and came into the game with a 15-0 mark.
CRANSTON --- Defense is the main reason why Lincoln High captured the Division II-North title this year.
And if the Lions plan to seize the Division II state championship on Sunday afternoon, they are going to need the same excellent defense they displayed throughout the season and in Thursday nightâ€™s semifinal-round game against Mount St. Charles Academy.
Junior striker Jillian DeSimone scored her team-high 16th of the season and the Lionsâ€™ defense held off a furious second-half attack by the high-scoring Mounties en route to a 1-0 victory at Cranston Stadium.