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January 25th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ In a very-competitive Division III this season, North Smithfield and Shea are among a crowded bunch that will be fighting for the four playoff spots.
Even though the postseason is still more than a month away, there was a playoff-type atmosphere taking place on Wednesday night when the two teams collided at Lovett Gymnasium.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Every game is important for head coach Gary Reedy and his Cumberland High squad, but Tuesdayâ€™s Division II crossover matchup with host Barrington could have been listed under the must-win category.
The Clippers and Eagles each went into the contest with matching 6-3 league marks, putting them just two victories away from a berth in the open state tournament in March. For Cumberland, it also has the strongest part of its schedule the remaining eight games so a win would certainly give it some added momentum.
PROVIDENCE â€” Realigning the stateâ€™s high school football landscape wasnâ€™t the only matter discussed at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics (PCOA). Below are a handful of noteworthy developments that came about during the 90-minute open session.
â€“ In boysâ€™ soccer, the PCOA unanimously approved an alignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons that results in Tolman and Woonsocket moving up to Division I. The Villa Novans competed in Division I as recent as 2009, while the Tigers have predominantly resided in Division II.
WEST WARWICK â€“ We hear the phrase â€śforce to be reckoned withâ€ť from those involved in athletics so often that sometimes the exact meaning gets lost in the wash.
Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II showdown against Shea High saw West Warwick High clarify matters. Save for the late scare the Raiders provided, the Wizards provided concrete examples why they figure to be a tough out when the time comes for the open state tournament. With usual suspects John Morrison and Ryan Lawton directing the attack, West Warwick scored a 78-68 win to improve to 10-0 in II-South.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Woonsocket High School football program is staying put in Division II. In the case of Tolman High, Division I beckons after a successful stint in Division II.
Divisional alignments for several fall sports were ratified and approved at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Principals' Committee on Athletics. In the case of football, Woonsocket will remain in Division II, a league where the Villa Novans have resided since the 2006 season.
BURRILLVILLE --- After suffering its two most lopsided losses of the year late last week, Burrillville got back on track in a big way on Monday night in its Division II-North matchup against Tolman at the Broncodome.
Sophomore forward Victoria Libby overcame a bloody nose she suffered at the start of the second half to pour in 11 points, contribute 12 rebounds and four steals, and help the Broncos produce a foul-plagued 52-43 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€” If youâ€™ve attended either a Tolman or Shea game this winter, chances are youâ€™ve noticed a young man sitting on the bench of each team dressed in street clothes. Starting this week, the wondering will cease and answers pertaining to whom these hoopsters-in-question are will be revealed.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Baltimore Ravens arenâ€™t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooleyâ€™s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.
Itâ€™s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
â€śItâ€™s better than New England,â€ť said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. â€śItâ€™s much warmer. In fact, Iâ€™m playing golf (today).â€ť
WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinchâ€™s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahanâ€™s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As good as St. Raphael Academy is, very little comes easy for the defending state champions against the other elite teams in Division I.
After scoring a pair of three-point wins over Central and Classical in the past 10 days, the unbeaten Saints welcomed talented Mount Pleasant to Alumni Hall on Friday night.
The Kilties field their usual fast and athletic group of players. They came out in a box-and-one defense and then a 1-3-1 that focused on limiting the shot opportunities for SRA scoring leaders Charles Correa and Cesar Mejia.
Life, weâ€™re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following oneâ€™s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards oneâ€™s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, itâ€™s the journey within the journey.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s been no secret that the numbers game hasnâ€™t been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigersâ€™ future a little bit brighter.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â€” Shea High played dictator during Tuesday nightâ€™s Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkinâ€™s career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.
SMITHFIELD â€” Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.
CUMBERLAND â€” East Providence came out on fire and pushed Cumberland to the brink of dual-meet defeat for the first time in three years on Monday morning before the Clippers turned the tables for an exciting 40-32 conquest of the Townies.
â€śWe came out lazy in the Warwick tournament on Saturday,â€ť said Towniesâ€™ leader Joao Vicente. â€śCoach (Tom Galligan) warned us we couldnâ€™t do that against Cumberland. Today, we came out very warm.â€ť
The Townies won five of the first six matches to build a 23-6 advantage.
PROVIDENCE â€” The state championships for track and field will be held in about a month. Itâ€™s getting closer to realizing who will be the contenders and who will be the pretenders.
From a local standpoint, a few of those possible contenders for the girlsâ€™ competition were inside the Providence Career and Technical Academy field house Monday afternoon for their respective divisional meets.
CUMBERLAND â€” When it came time to wrestle the finals of Saturday nightâ€™s John D. Gorman Memorial Tournament at Cumberland High, two chairs at matside were occupied by coaches from Bishop Hendricken (Kevin Hennessey) and Warwick Veterans (George Schmeider).
â€śTheyâ€™re just wrestling junkies,â€ť Cumberland coach Steve Gordon said with a laugh on Sunday morning, after his balanced team had captured the team title despite crowning only one individual champion (Tom LaCroix at 195). â€śKevin and George probably just wanted to see our boys wrestle. Theyâ€™re scouting, of course, checking us out.