PROVIDENCE -- Immediately after East Providence High had secured a 2-1 triumph over gritty Mount Hope High in the rubber tilt of the R.I. Division III Hockey Tournament finals Sunday afternoon, the Townies threw their gloves and sticks high into the air.
They then mobbed freshman netminder Marc LaValley behind his Schneider Arena goal line.
Given the length of time he spent under the pile of humanity, it was amazing LaValley could breathe to deliver his comments regarding EPâ€™s capture of its first state title since 2005.
WARWICK â€“ If nothing else, Sunday offered Rocco Baldelli a rare chance to partake in some deep-seeded reflection.
An intensely private sort, Baldelli more often than not comes across as a man of mystery rather than someone whoâ€™s willing to lay all his cards on the table. Such an introverted/reclusive approach helped the Woonsocket native get through the turbulent times that arose during his career of seven major-league seasons, the belief at the time that the less the general public knew, the better.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In three previous tilts this season, East Providence High had outscored league rival Mount Hope High by a 13-5 count, including a 4-3 triumph in the initial game of this R.I. Division III Tournament best-of-three finals set.
Townies' mentor Kevin Croke had hoped for a similar, hefty offensive output during Game 2 at Schneider Arena; with it, EP would clinch a much-desired state championship.
LINCOLN â€” Fielding phone calls, requests and inquiries from collegiate softball coaches are nothing new to Mark and Marie Mayer, the parents of Lindsay Mayer, Lincoln High's magnificent junior shortstop.
They actually started during her eighth-grade year; that's when University of South Florida head coach Ken Erikson asked Mark and Marie if they would bring their daughter to the Tampa campus so they could meet.
PROVIDENCE --- Kevin Hallâ€™s second goal of the game, a shorthanded tally with 5:54 to play, lifted East Providence to a 4-3 victory over Mount Hope on Thursday night in the opening game of their best-of-three Division III championship series at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena.
The Townies (17-4) will seek their first state title since 2005 tonight at 8:30 p.m. when the series resumes at Schneider. A third and deciding game will be held on Sunday at a time to be announced if the Huskies win this game.
CRANSTON --- After losing his last three fights over the past 24 months as a lightweight fighter, can a change in weight class result in a change of fortunes for Eddie Soto?
The Pawtucket fighter and his camp at 401 Boxing in Cranston certainly think so.
Soto, who spent the first seven years of his pro career fighting at 135 pounds, is moving up two classes to the 145-pound welterweight circuit and making his debut in this division next Thursday night on the â€śHome Invasionâ€ť show, presented by Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sports, at the Twin River Event Center.
Even her simplest of motions had become a tall order. No matter that she was gingerly pressing her feet against the hardwood â€“ Brooke Coderreâ€™s â€śdogsâ€ť were barking loudly and incessantly, begging her not to continue.
PAWTUCKET â€” You can't help but laugh when Gil Dolman explains how he came to enlist in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He does so in such a Pawtucket way.
â€śI joined up to get away from all the creeps, the bullies,â€ť the 59-year-old lifetime city resident offered. â€śI had been living in Prospect Heights, and I was always in fights. I didn't start them, of course; there were just kids in the heights in the 1960s and '70s who wanted to beat me up. They'd do that because they wanted to take my lunch money, or because I was hanging out with a girl, whatever.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ask Jessica McLaughlin her highlight as a Tolman High cheerleader in the early 2000s, and she answers immediately.
â€śWe went to the AmeriCheer National Championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. my senior year (2003), and we actually made it to the finals,â€ť the still-perky McLaughlin explained. â€śWe ended up fifth in the country out of 18 teams, and I still think about it. I remember the pressure of making it to the final round, and the feeling of accomplishment that came with it.
PROVIDENCE â€” The drive for five ran out of gas.
Mount St. Charlesâ€™s bid for a fifth straight state crown and 43rd in its storied history came up short on Monday night in Game 3 of its best-of-three State Championship series with Bishop Hendricken.
The Hawks, who had lost to the Mounties in three of the last four title series, were finally able to take home a championship at their rivalâ€™s expense before a full house at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena by grabbing a 5-2 win.