March 12th, 2012
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Minutes after Mount St. Charles dropped a 5-2 decision to rival Hendricken High in a game that would have delivered to the Mounties their 43rd state title in school history, mentor Bill Belisle stood in a corner of his bench area accepting congratulations from folks of all ages.
When someone asked how proud he was of the players he and son Dave Belisle coach, the very images of Mount hockey since the mid-1970s, just smiled and nodded.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ The drive for five ran out of gas.
Mount St. Charles‚Äôs 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 rival‚Äôs expense before a full house at Providence College‚Äôs Schneider Arena by grabbing a 5-2 win.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ On paid leave from her $90,000 a year job since January, School Department Business Manager Stacey Busby has been quietly stripped of her salary.
School Department sources familiar with Busby‚Äôs employment status say she was informed in a letter last week that she is no longer being paid, though she remains on leave. Busby was also advised that her employment status will be the subject of a closed-door hearing before the School Committee, tentatively scheduled for March 21.
Joe Gardner‚Äôs return to the super middleweight ranks was a triumphant one.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club veteran, who went 0-3 as a light heavyweight a year ago, returned to the win column in his old weight class this past weekend on Big Six Entertainment‚Äôs ‚ÄėWho‚Äôs Next?‚Äô card at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence.
Gardner seized an all-Blackstone Valley showdown with Pawtucket‚Äôs Rameil Shelton by claiming a four-round unanimous-decision victory by scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.
You read and hear the names of highly visible, sought-after recruits only to see later in the same sentence that Ed Cooley is right there in the trenches, making inroads with the Jakarr Sampsons of the world.
Even her simplest of motions had become a tall order. No matter that she was gingerly pressing her feet against the hardwood ‚Äď Brooke Coderre‚Äôs ‚Äúdogs‚ÄĚ were barking loudly and incessantly, begging her not to continue.
On a Friday evening these days, just a handful of members belonging to the Alphonse Yelle Post No. 9 of the American Legion get together at the Post Home at 20 Railroad St.
The reasons they gather together haven't really changed since the post was founded by Manville soldiers returning home from World War I, but it does seem fewer of today's returning warriors have the time or willingness to maintain lasting friendships at a post.
PROVIDENCE -- There will be a Game 3.
Mount St. Charles forced a third and deciding game in its best-of-three State Championship title series with Bishop Hendricken on Saturday night before another large crowd at Providence College‚Äôs Schneider Arena.
Steve Donahue‚Äôs goal 1:12 into the third period and goalie Brian Larence‚Äôs spectacular 34-save effort were the differences in the Mounties‚Äô crucial 3-2 win that kept their quest for a fifth straight state title (and 43rd in the team‚Äôs storied history) alive.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Now that he's decided where he will attend college, Cumberland High senior pitcher Justin Patrick ‚Äď a 6-5, 205-pound righty ‚Äď just wants to focus on the next task at hand: Helping the Clippers to an outstanding Division I-North campaign and securing a playoff berth later this spring.
‚ÄúI personally think we can get to states this year,‚ÄĚ Patrick stated Thursday afternoon as he relaxed inside the school's Wellness Center. ‚ÄúThe last couple of years, we played OK as a team, but I don't feel we reached our potential.
WARWICK ‚ÄĒ Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders extolled the virtues of municipal bankruptcy Saturday, telling the RI Statewide Coalition that it ‚Äúis not a horrible thing; it is a thing we ought to be doing.‚ÄĚ