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To undertake a rebuilding job, one must have a firm understanding that change does not take place over night. The challenge of planting the seeds of encouragement and belief that things will get better with time is the main subplot at Woonsocket High, where a new head coach inherits practically a new team.
The Rhode Island interscholastic hockey season is right around the corner, and Blackstone Valley coaches are excited about moving from pre-season training to playing actual games.
As always, Mount St. Charles, La Salle and Hendricken are early favorites to fight for the Division I/Cimini title, while defending D-I/Eccleston champion Burrillville is hell-bent on defending its crown.
At the end of day, high school sports are not based on which teams are successful and which ones arenât. Their very existence is predicated on providing teenagers with a level playing field rooted in fair competition.
If winning a championship happens to accompany what should be an enriching experience, thatâs pure gravy. If not, the question that needs asking is whether the experience provided was rewarding from a âfair fightâ standpoint.
CUMBERLAND â Steve Gordon canât help but smile when recalling the images of his Cumberland High matmen celebrating their second title in three years at the R.I. Interscholastic Wrestling Championships last Feb. 25.
They did so on the stellar moves of then-senior captain Tom Lacroix, who represented the Clippers in the 195-pound weight class at the event finals, held at the Providence Career & Technical High School field house.
EAST GREENWICH â Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
âMy nerves were going full blast,â said the Cumberland High senior running back. âI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â
EAST GREENWICH â It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
EAST GREENWICH â Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â and final â opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâs Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.
TE â Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG â Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT â Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C â Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG â Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT â Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR â John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB â Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB â Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB â Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR â Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21
DE â Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT â Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT â Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE â Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55
PROVIDENCE â Deep down, Ed Cooley has to know that the basketball gods have not completely forsaken his Providence College Friars.
While injuries continue to decimate Cooleyâs already razor-thin core, PC somehow continues to avoid getting buried under an avalanche of excuses and naysayers proclaiming itâs impossible to play major college basketball with a depleted lineup. The fact that the Friars sport a 6-2 record following Saturdayâs too-close-for-comfort 73-63 win over SEC foe Mississippi State reiterates the adage âwhat doesnât kill you makes you stronger.â
PROVIDENCE â To Ryan Kalish, the time and sweat heâs putting in this offseason has a rewarding vibe surrounding it â the kind that provides the 24-year-old Red Sox outfielder with the sort of reassurance that heâll be ready to answer the bell come spring training.
At first blush, the task of Cumberland and Woonsocket laying the groundwork for the seasonâs biggest game doesnât seem entirely daunting â especially since weâre referencing two squads that staged a gridiron tussle merely eight days ago.
With only three days between the semifinals and Sundayâs Division II Super Bowl, the art of familiarity helps to take a little strain off of the preparation process. Time has become a valuable commodity, and if youâre going to step into the ring of fire, what better opponent to have than someone where introductions are not required?
CUMBERLAND â Mercy!
It was yet another Big Blue blowout in a season that has pointed in one direction â the Division II Super Bowl. An appearance in the title game is officially in Cumberland Highâs line of sight after Wednesday nightâs 48-14 romp against West Warwick High in semifinal-round action at frigid Tucker Field.
PROVIDENCE â Dating back several seasons, the very idea of placing Providence College and âdefenseâ in the same sentence resulted in snickering along with several knee slaps.
In 2012, Ed Cooleyâs PC Friars are getting after it in such ferocious fashion that the opposition is having a hard time getting off the canvas. More punishment was meted out Tuesday as Providence stomped on Holy Cross, 61-42, before a rather subdued crowd, which was announced at 4,596.
CUMBERLAND â There once was a time when Trevor Crawley wanted to follow his own plan â and, of course, his coaches â but not so much his dadâs.
Mike Crawley, a 1981 Shea High graduate who earned All-State second-team laurels in outdoor track and later represented both the Community College of Rhode Island and Southern Connecticut State University, apparently had tried to offer some advice as to the nuances of distance running, but it was a âno-go.
On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocketâs Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox will host their Annual Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.â2 p.m. The PawSoxâ Christmas Party is a free event open to fans of all ages. Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway will make a special appearance along with two members of the PawSox Governorsâ Cup championship, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.
Tonightâs the night. High school footballâs version of the âSweet Sixteenâ. Four teams in each of the stateâs four divisions battling for the right to be the eight that will play for a Super Bowl championship this weekend.
Three local teams â Cumberland, Woonsocket, and North Smithfield â are among the 16 that will suit up tonight in their respective semifinal-round games, with the Clippers and Villa Novans playing Division II games in the friendly confines of their home fields and the Northmen heading to Providence for a Division IV contest.
PROVIDENCE â In a perfect world, Ed Cooley would have the luxury of bringing along Josh Fortune at a pace suitable for a freshman.
Instead of dipping his toe in the water and feeling his way around, Fortune has been tossed head first into the deep end of the pool. There would be no easing the 6-foot-5 guard into his new world, no spoon-feeding on a Providence College team where contributions these days are mandated, not expected.
PROVIDENCE â Thereâs a burden placed on Providenceâs Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton thatâs almost unrivaled in terms of their value to the team.
With point guard Vincent Council sidelined, the pressure falls squarely on Cotton and Henton to carry the load. Neither one can afford the luxury of an off night, particularly since there arenât too many proven scoring options behind them.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for â20 percentâ of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana â not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.