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More troubles for D-III hockey teams

January 26, 2012

If the shaky futures of the Tolman and Woonsocket hockey teams didn’t need to receive any additional bad news, they indirectly got some at Monday night’s meeting of the R.I. Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics in Providence.
Among the developments that transpired during this session was the matter of extending the periods in Division III, as well as girls’ hockey, from 12 to 15 minutes. This was put to a vote and narrowly (and surprisingly) approved by a 6-to-5 vote.

Bennett returns to Mount hockey team's lineup

January 25, 2012

These past two months have been sheer torture for Nick Bennett.
During this time, the senior defenseman has been a fixture at Adelard Arena, practicing with his Mount St. Charles teammates late every weekday afternoon. But once the weekend rolls around, he’s had to take off his skates, step off to the side, and be a mere spectator as the Mounties took the ice for their Division I and non-league games.

N.S. girls pull away from Shea in double overtime

January 25, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – 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 rides 'D' to victory over Barrington

January 24, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Every game is important for head coach Gary Reedy and his Cumberland High squad, but Tuesday’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.

Woonsocket boys' soccer team heads to Div. I

January 24, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Realigning the state’s high school football landscape wasn’t the only matter discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics (PCOA). Below are a handful of noteworthy developments that came about during the 90-minute open session.
– In boys’ 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.

Burrillville girls get back on track, top Tolman

January 24, 2012

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.

Northmen give unbeaten Prout a battle

January 23, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Monday night saw North Smithfield come close to handing The Prout School its first league loss of the season. The Northmen managed to keep the contest close, but a strong push down the stretch enabled the Crusaders to waltz out of Lovett Gymnasium with a 69-61 triumph.

Woonsocket gridders remain in Division II

January 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE – 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 Monday’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.

Mounties bury Barrington, 8-0

January 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET -- The final tally on shots on net in Monday night’s contest between Mount St. Charles and Barrington was an astounding 78-32 count in favor of the Mounties.
And while the Mounties managed to claim the Division I crossover game by an 8-0 score, they weren’t able to put away the visiting Eagles until the start of the third period, as they netted four goals in the first 7:18 of play to finally send the fans to Adelard Arena’s parking lot.

Joe Paterno: A personal remembrance

January 22, 2012

Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach I’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 State’s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the school’s reputation.

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