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Villa Novans have no trouble with Cougars

February 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Woonsocket High overcame some early jitters, developed better ball control and eventually coasted to a 61-40 Division I-North victory over North Providence High at the Villa Novans’ Savaria Gymnasium on Monday night.
It was quite the way to celebrate “Senior Night” in its home arena. Prior to the opening tip, head coach George Coderre reveled in the hard work and dedication exhibited by his four seniors over the past four years, and gave Michelle Brayboy, Allyson Cartier, Kailey Fugere and Caitlyn Marcoux bouquets of flowers to thank them.

Etheridge shines as Broncos belt Skippers, 8-2

February 20, 2012

WARWICK — Andrew Etheridge has had his share of superb performances during his brilliant high school career at Burrillville, but the one he produced on Monday afternoon may have been his very best.
With his Broncos trailing 1-0 to last-place North Kingstown after a period of play, the senior co-captain put his team on his shoulders and responded with five straight goals.
Etheridge eventually ended the contest with a sixth goal to help the playoff-bound Broncos skate to an 8-2 triumph at Thayer Arena and the 11th victory in their last 12 games.

Clippers shut down Patriots, 2-0

February 20, 2012

WARWICK — Those reports on Cumberland’s demise down the stretch have been greatly exaggerated.
The Clippers put the clamps on a four-game winless streak in a very big way on Monday afternoon by beating the team they are battling for second place in the Division II-North ranks, Pilgrim.
Andrew Dulac and Michael Kinch supplied the early scoring and goaltender Patrick Noke turned away 27 shots to lead the Clippers to a much-needed 2-0 victory at Thayer Arena.

A first for R.I. basketball: ‘Selection Wednesday’

February 19, 2012

In NCAA Tournament speak, Selection Sunday is a day for fist clenching as teams wait on hands and knees to see if they made it or were denied admittance. Taking a page from how the field of 68 is unveiled to the viewing public, the Interscholastic League plans to replicate at least some of the drama by conducting a live broadcast of the releasing of boys’ basketball tournament pairings.

WEB ONLY: Hoyas grind PC Friars to a halt, 63-53

February 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Hoya Destroya, indeed.
A Georgetown team that figures to be a tough out come NCAA Tournament time slowed the Providence College Friars to a virtual crawl Saturday night in a 63-53 Hoya win that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates. PC shot 25.9 percent for the game after compiling a 4-for-28 horror show in the first half. Such a frigid display made the task of trying to shock the 10th-ranked team in the country even more of a tall order, one that PC coach Ed Cooley openly acknowledged during his postgame meeting with the press.

Sayles places second in high jump at state meet

February 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE – In a time of uncertainty, all Ali Sayles of Mount St. Charles could do is rely on pure adrenaline – hoping somehow, some way that everything would work out for the best.
Despite a tough ending in the finals of the girls’ high jump at Saturday’s R.I. Indoor Track & Field Championships, Sayles was able to salvage a bit of good news. The senior cleared the bar with a leap of five feet, four inches, good for second place overall. Sayles’ jump was also a personal- and school-best (she achieved 5-2 at the 2011 indoor state meet).

Woonsocket's Vazquez excels at Westfield State

February 18, 2012

Contributing writer
WESTFIELD, Mass. — Lee Vazquez is the “Little Big Man” of the Westfield State University men’s basketball team.
Standing at only 5-foot-6, the explosive point guard and former Woonsocket High standout is ranked 18th nationally in the NCAA Division III ranks in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game. He has been putting up some big numbers this season, scoring more than 30 points in six games, including a career-high 41 vs. Worcester State.

Finally! Mount ends four-game skid vs. La Salle

February 17, 2012

WARWICK — The fifth time was the charm.
Ryan Berard’s unassisted goal -- a seemingly harmless pass from behind the net that deflected off the skate of a La Salle defenseman and past the goalie -- with 2:38 to go in the game snapped a 2-2 tie and helped Mount St. Charles nab a huge 4-2 victory over the Rams at Thayer Arena.
Brian Campbell’s goal off a pass from Brian Belisle with 1:53 left sealed the deal and allowed the Mounties (11-5) to yank a huge monkey off their backs and beat the Rams (10-5-1) for the first time in five meetings this season.

Friars see postseason hopes slip away

February 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley claims had no idea that Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati resulted in his Providence Friars dipping below .500 for the first time this season.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t even know that,” Cooley said after this reporter informed him of the news Friday, one day before PC welcomes 10th-ranked Georgetown to The Dunk Saturday night. In the same breath Cooley added, “If you worry about your record, then you’re not concentrating on the right things.”

Gardner eyes return to super middleweight ranks

February 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- Joe Gardner is going back to the future.
No, he’s not going to jump in a DeLorean with Doc Brown and head back to 1955, but the Woonsocket Boxing Club boxer is going to go back to 2002 and ’03 and return to the weight class he fought in during those first two years of his career.
After absorbing stoppages in all three of his fights as a light heavyweight last year, Gardner will storm into 2012 as a super middleweight, where he posted a 4-0-1 record before taking a 7½-year sabbatical from the sport.

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