NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“Kent Crooks realizes that this yearâ€™s squad doesnâ€™t really have a superstar or a good-to guy.
What the Lincoln High coach does know is that he has multiple players that can get the job done.
And that was clearly on display during Friday nightâ€™s non-league Injury Fund contest versus North Smithfield.
Three players scored in double digits and half a dozen netted at least six points as the Lions breezed to a 76-38 win over a somewhat-shorthanded Northmen squad at the Lovett Gymnasium. Lincoln was led by a team-high 16 points from Mike Akanji.
TE -- Chris Baldwin, sophomore
LT -- Dion Rubio, junior
LG -- Zach Delmar, junior
C -- Devan Bullard, senior
RG -- Daniel Stubbs, freshman
RT -- Jared Battersby, senior
WR -- Shayne Taylor, senior
QB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
HB -- Ousmane Samb, senior
HB -- Elvis George, sophmore
HB -- Juan Wilson, senior
E -- Rodney Jean-Pierre, junior
T -- Jared Battersby, senior
T -- Aaron Stone, senior
E -- Seny Samb, junior
LB -- Joselito Knapp, junior
LB -- Mamour Samb, sophomore
LB -- Dion Rubio, junior
LB -- Andre Gilbert, junior
When push comes to shove during Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl between Woonsocket and Tolman, expect both coaching staffs to put the game in the hands of their defensive units.
Each of these championship football teams depended on their defenses in tough games, perhaps never more so than during their Sept. 24 regular season meeting when the Tigers ground out a 6-0 victory over the Villa Novans.
By the end of the league season, Woonsocket had allowed just 20 points in 7 games. Tolman yielded 28.
It always used to be easy to have a finger on the pulse of fans and alumni associated with the Providence College-University of Rhode Island basketball rivalry.
PAWTUCKET - Margaret DiSanto, 100 of Pawtucket entered eternal life on Wednesday at the Evergreen Nursing Home in East Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Victor DiSanto. Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of the late Isadore and Antonetta (Guglielmo) DeMeo. Margaret was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will forever remain the hearts of those who knew her. Having just celebrated her 100th birthday in September, Margaret's life is one to be celebrated.
Stella H. Rutkowski
PAWTUCKET- Stella H. (Szaldak) Rutkowski 95, formerly of Hanover Avenue passed away Friday November 26, 2010 at Home And Hospice Care of RI. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander J. Rutkowski.
Born in New Bedford a daughter of the late George and Apolonia (Sienkowski) Szaldak. She lived in Pawtucket for 75 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Receptionist for the former Luckett Studios.
She was an Artist and taught Art to Senior Citizens in Attleboro and Pawtucket.
Howard W. Ballou
PAWTUCKET - Howard W. Ballou 68, died on November 25, 2010, at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Providence, he lived in Pawtucket most of his life. He leaves behind two sons, Jason H. Ballou and his wife, Karen of Providence, and Ryan F. Ballou of Pawtucket and two grandsons, Garrett and Brandon Ballou of Providence, a sister, Judy Clark of North Kingston and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Edwards Church in Pawtucket after the first of the year. For a full obituary please visit www.olsonparent.com
Eileen M. LeBlanc
PAWTUCKET - Eileen M. LeBlanc, of Pawtucket died Thursday, December 2, 2010. She was the wife of Donald J. LeBlanc Jr.
Born in Pawtucket, Eileen was the daughter of Madeline (Callahan) McConnon of Pawtucket and the late Michael F. McConnon. She was an Administrative Assistant for the Pawtucket School Department for many years.
Besides her husband and mother she leaves her sons, Brendon M. LeBlanc and his wife Leslie and J. Bradford LeBlanc and her granddaughter Jaiden LeBlanc, all of Pawtucket.
It appears the Red Sox are leaving no stone unturned as the search for the next PawSox manager remains ongoing. The position has been vacant for nearly a month, yet the organization remains mum on whom Torey Lovulloâ€™s successor will be.
As BoSox farm director Mike Hazen explained Thursday, finding the next Pawtucket manager is a decision best not entered into lightly and one that requires a great deal of homework.
When the Rhode Island Interscholastic League decided to dissolve the seven-team Division I-A circuit in boysâ€™ hockey during the offseason, that left Lincoln High with an interesting dilemma.
Do the Lions, who were 13-4-1 and state finalists a season ago, drop down to Division II and become the clear-cut favorites to win that championship? Or do the Lions take a bold step up the ladder and compete with the stateâ€™s premier teams in Division I?
When Central Falls boards its bus for tonightâ€™s Injury Fund opener in Newport against Rogers, the Warriors will do so without someone who had been with them for the past two decades.
Joe Handy, who served the last 10 seasons as the Warriorsâ€™ head coach and the 10 before that as an assistant, has not returned to the helm this season.
It wasnâ€™t because Handy didnâ€™t want to coach anymore, nor was it because of any outside commitments with his family or his occupation.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following autopsy results, the death of 83-year-old Pauline E. Buco, whose body was found by a family member in her home on Saturday afternoon, has been ruled a homicide.
Pawtucket Police have been extremely tight-lipped about Bucoâ€™s death since officers were called to her single-family home at 496 Beverage Hill Ave. by a family member who acts as a caretaker. The family member told police that Buco, who lived alone, was dead inside the house.
Frederick N. Gariepy
PAWTUCKET - Frederick N. Gariepy, 84, of Daggett Avenue passed away peacefully Monday at home. He was the husband of Rita (Blanchette) Gariepy with whom he had celebrated 63 years of marriage on November 22nd. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Frederick A. and Margaret (Farley) Gariepy.
MANVILLE --- Katherine "Kitty" (Horbaychuk) Joinville, 85, of Church St. Manville, died Monday, November 29, 2010, in Landmark Medical Center, with her family by her side.
She was the wife of the late Henry L. Joinville.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna ( Kiczak ) Horbaychuk.
Kitty worked for Puritan Peterson Assembly and also as a repair clerk for New England Telephone for 10 years, retiring in l981.
Dolores M. Gregoire
PAWTUCKET - Dolores M. Gregoire, 73 of Pawtucket died Tuesday at the Bethany Home in Providence. She was the wife of the late Robert A. Gregoire. Born in Pawtucket and a lifelong resident of the city, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lillian (Cote) Ledoux. She was a communicant of St. Leo the Great Church, and very devoted to her family and friends.
PROVIDENCE â€” Marshon Brooks has never been accused of being shy with the basketball. Yet in order for him to complete player in the eyes of Keno Davis, the Providence College senior had to show a serious commitment to rebounding the basketball.
Brooks delivered another banner night scoring-wise, notching a season-best 27 points as PC held off visiting Northeastern, 77-72, Wednesday night before yet another sparse gathering of 4,828 at The Dunk. Just as important were the eight rebounds Brooks snatched, as he came close to matching his season average (8.7).
Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl game between unbeaten (in league play) Tolman and defending champion Woonsocket needs no hype from the media. These two teams stand on their own merits.