November 12th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN ‚ÄĒ Sixteen times this season, defending state champion Exeter/West Greenwich has faced an opponent in Division II. Sixteen times, it has won handily.
No. 17 proved to be it toughest.
Seeking its first team crown in the school's history Saturday at Keaney Gymnasium, No. 3 seed Cumberland battled the top-seeded Scarlet Knights to a five-set thriller in the state finals before succumbing to scores of 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-10.
WESTERLY ‚Äď St. Raphael Academy got off to a 15-0 lead on Friday night before Westerly rallied for a 36-22 victory in the Division II quarterfinals.
The Saints took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. After both teams punted twice to open the game, the Saints won the field position battle, setting up shop on Westerly‚Äôs 28-yard line. Diaz‚Äôs first punt had pinned Westerly back on its 17-yard line. His second punt was down on the Bulldogs‚Äô six-yard line. Westerly then punted and could only get the ball out to the 28-yard line.
EAST GREENWICH ‚Äď Jillian DeSimone had a feeling something good was about to happen upon sending a crossing feed toward the Mt. Hope net.
Why was DeSimone confident? Let‚Äôs just say Friday night wasn‚Äôt the first time the Lincoln senior captain shoveled off a pass with the intention of setting up one of her teammates. Turns out that teammate was junior Annie Carrol, who sacrificed her body en route to producing the only goal Lincoln would need in a 1-0 victory against Mt. Hope in the Division II semifinals. Carrol's tally came with just over six minutes remaining in second half.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚Äď North Smithfield is heading back in the Division IV playoffs, and the Northmen earned their return trip the hard way ‚Äď with a five-game win streak loaded with victories over the division‚Äôs top teams.
The Northmen celebrated their ‚ÄėSenior Night‚Äô and officially stamped their ticket to the postseason on Friday by putting away the division‚Äôs top scoring team, Central Falls, by a 20-6 score.
Jazmyne Ross, 4, of Pawtucket, gets a closer look at a 3-year-old female Argentine black and white tegu named Carly during Community Night on Wednesday, hosted by St. Cecilia‚Äôs School and held at the St. Cecilia Church hall. Holding the tegu is veterinarian technician Laura Santos of the Dighton-Rehoboth Animal Hospital. Looking on are Jazmyne's sister, Alayana, and their mom, Heather Ross. Community Night showcased local businesses and featured live performances from local music studios and other area performance venues. Turn to Page A-2 for more photos.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď From Concord to Korea, the Museum of Work and Culture yesterday staged a Veterans Day tribute for the ages.
Dignitaries and guests took turns at the podium, singing patriotic songs, reading touching poetry about the sacrifice of war, and recalling the city‚Äôs contributions to the Great War that inspired Veterans Day, nearly a century ago.
‚ÄúToday we come together to thank and honor the veterans,‚ÄĚ said Anne Conway, co-director of the museum.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ City customers of the Pawtucket Water Supply Board could be seeing an increase of a couple more dollars a month on their water bills come January with the City Council's passage of an ordinance regarding fire hydrant rental usage.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ If you have been in a war and felt the fear of knowing the next moment could be your last, there are some things you can never put aside, never forget.
Wilfrid E. Hebert, 89, was all too aware of that fact after he enlisted in the service in 1942 and became a member of the Army Air Corps' 48rd Bomb Group based in Italy.
Rick Pitino, sage that he is, shared this little anecdote at last month‚Äôs Big East media day ‚Äď one that illustrates the waves new Providence College head coach Ed Cooley is making on the recruiting trail.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs already attracting ‚Ä¶ he beat us out on a player recruiting-wise,‚ÄĚ said Pitino point blank, his eyes lighting up as if they were filled with fire. ‚ÄúI would have said, when it got to Providence and us [Louisville], he would have had no shot in getting this player, but Ed got him. So he‚Äôs already made an impact.‚ÄĚ
They‚Äôve spent the past eight weeks working hard and overcoming some tough league opponents for the right to play in a meaningful game on Veteran‚Äôs Day weekend.
For neighboring schools Tolman, Cumberland, and St. Raphael, that weekend has finally arrived, and the meaningful games that they will participate in will be their quarterfinal-round games of the Division II playoffs.
Raymond R. Cookson
PAWTUCKET - Raymond R. Cookson, 95, of Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket died November 9, 2011. Mr. Cookson was the husband of Ruth (Nelson) Cookson.
Mr. Cookson was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Hull) Cookson. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army Air Corp where he served in the Philippines.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThis game is going to be like ‚ÄėThe Thrilla In Manila,‚Äô‚ÄĚ La Salle Academy soccer coach Mario Pereira was saying on Tuesday night. ‚ÄúThis is going to be a classic ‚Ä¶ two great teams trying to sort things out ‚Ä¶ two teams with a lot of skilled players ‚Ä¶ and kids on both sides who share an incredible passion for the game.‚ÄĚ
Pereira was talking about Saturday‚Äôs Division I state championship soccer game between his squad and Pawtucket‚Äôs Shea High. It is a heavyweight matchup between a private school and a public school, between the so-called rich kids and the city kids.
KINGSTON ‚ÄĒ For the first time in its long history, Cumberland will play for a state championship.
The Clippers earned a berth in Saturday‚Äôs Division II championship match on Wednesday night by surviving a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over a Central Falls team that was determined to spring its second upset victory of the playoffs at URI‚Äôs Keaney Gymnasium.
Senior standouts Micaela Malboeuf (13 kills, 25 digs) and Michelle Malboeuf (11 kills, 20 digs) had big games for the Clippers, who defeated the Warriors by scored of 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, and 27-25 to advance.
‚ÄúWith the benefit of hindsight, I wish I could have done more.‚ÄĚ
‚Äď Joe Paterno
Who would have thought it would end this way for the legendary Penn State coach of 46 years? Paterno, the man of high moral values, the guy who once vowed not to retire and ‚Äúleave college football to the Barry Switzers and Jackie Sherrills‚ÄĚ of his coaching fraternity, had failed the biggest morality test of his life.
Maurice A. Regan
PAWTUCKET - Maurice A. Regan, 94, of Pawtucket died Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
He was the beloved husband of Helen A. (Phillip) Regan.
Mr. Regan was born in Lawrence Massachusetts, the son of the late John and Nora (Donovan) Regan.
He was a WWII Veteran serving in the United States Army Air Corps.
Mr. Regan graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor‚Äôs Degree and then earned his Master‚Äôs Degree at Boston University.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN ‚Äď You know that Mount St. Charles-Coventry final that would have been billed as a matchup pitting one unbeaten squad versus another? Apparently Ponaganset didn‚Äôt get the memo.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ Thousands of unionized workers converged on the Statehouse Monday from all across Rhode Island for a ‚ÄúRally for Pension Security,‚ÄĚ railing against the pension reform legislation now before the General Assembly and booing and ridiculing General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, the plan's authors.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa ‚ÄúMissy‚ÄĚ Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before he‚Äôs eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
Thomas A. Perron
PAWTUCKET - Thomas A. Perron, 56, passed November 7th. He was the husband of Diane L. (Cardinal) Perron.
He had been employed by Stop and Shop, IGA and Andreoni Market, then retired due to illness from Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Cherie Lee Perron of New Britain, CT, a son, Thomas A. Perron of Bellingham, MA, a sister, Joanne Cranshaw of Lincoln, a brother, Rev. Robert P. Perron of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews.
Piotr J. Budzyna
CENTRAL FALLS - Piotr J. Budzyna 74, of High Street passed away Tuesday November 8, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Halina (Kozaczka) Budzyna.
Born in Poland he was a son of the late Wladyslaw and Karolina (Rokocz) Budzyna. He lived in Central Falls for the past 8 years and was formerly of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for the Seekonk Manufacturing Co.