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At 9-4, count North Smithfield among the best in Division II boys' hockey

February 13, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When one speaks of Division II-North, the conversation immediately addresses the rivalry between Lincoln, the defending state D-II champion and perennial contender, and Cumberland, always solid but a team that hasn't been able to “get over the top” in recent years.
The same holds true this campaign, though the Clippers did snatch a key victory over the Lions last week to remain unbeaten in league action at 13-0-0 (14-0-0 overall).

Kent keeps Northmen headed in right direction with 32-29 win

February 11, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – As is usually the case, the home team celebrating “Senior Night,” or their last tilt of the season on their own floor, opens slowly due to the emotion of the moment.

That’s what appeared to have happened to North Smithfield High while taking on stellar Division III-South foe Middletown on Tuesday evening.
The Northmen, who went into intermission trailing the Islanders, 21-14, got an earful from head coach Alisha Pirri, then put those words to use in the final half.

North Smithfield Athletic Director believes there's still time to save spring sports

February 11, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – For a change of pace, let’s remove the shrouds of doubt and political bureaucracy that have helped create tension and uneasiness regarding the possible elimination of springtime sports at the town’s high school.

While there’s no denying that this threat to Northmen athletics is cause for concern, it’s also a tad on the premature side to jump to hasty conclusions that hone in on the worst-case scenario.

R.I. native, L.A. Angels catcher Iannetta reflects on pro baseball ride to date

February 9, 2014

WARWICK — Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks’ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead character’s array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.

McGair: History suggests that North Smithfield sports will not face elimination

February 8, 2014

It almost never fails.

Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.

Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town – concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.

Strong second period lifts MSC hockey past Hamden, Conn.

February 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET — It may have been a non-league tilt, but it might as well have been a league game against La Salle or Hendricken.

Mount St. Charles played one of its best periods of the winter against Hamden (Conn.) High in the middle session on Saturday night, notching three goals. In the end, the Mounties celebrated a 4-2 victory at Adelard Arena.

Cumberland’s Fine makes it official, will join father at Bryant

February 5, 2014

CUMBERLAND — The opportunity for a father to coach his son in a college setting does not come around very often.

For Cumberland High senior Joe Fine, you can officially swap out “opportunity” and replace it with “reality.”
Beginning this fall, there will be two Fines on the football sideline occupied by Bryant University. Head coach Marty Fine listed son Joe as part of the program’s latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogs’ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.

Ready to fly like an Eagle: Lincoln’s Saine heads to Boston College football program

February 5, 2014

LINCOLN — Oseh-Lie Saine is officially a member of Boston College’s football program. In the eyes of the 2013 Lincoln High graduate who signed a pretty important document Wednesday, it’s a significant step that runs the gamut of emotions.

“It feels really, really good,” a clearly jubilant Saine expressed when reached later the same day. “It’s a day I’ve been waiting for a long time and for it to finally come, it hit me (Tuesday night) and I was just like, ‘wow.’ Signing that paper just felt great. It’s real and I think I’m still on cloud nine.”

With Hervieux back, Lincoln/Cumberland co-op girls' hockey squad pursues return to postseason

February 5, 2014

LINCOLN — Although she didn't want to, Lauren Hervieux did a lot of watching from the sidelines as her Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op teammates competed.
Naturally, the premier senior defenseman would've preferred to take the ice with them and help in her usual ways – battling in the corners, stealing pucks, squelching 2-on-1 breakaways.
She couldn't, of course, after dislocating and fracturing her kneecap at a Lincoln varsity soccer practice back on Nov. 7, the afternoon before a pivotal state tournament semifinal.

Lincoln's Saine signs with Boston College football team

February 5, 2014

LINCOLN –National Signing Day 2014 in college football circles is well underway this morning and we have some news concerning a local prospect to pass along.

Oseh-Lie Saine, a 2013 graduate of Lincoln High School, has officially joined the Boston College football team. The news was announced via Twitter under @BCFootballNews: “Osei-Lie Saine joins the BC football team! The DL earned all-Rhode Island 1st-team honors at Lincoln HS.”

BC lists Saine as a defensive end who measures out at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds. He played a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy this past autumn.

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