November 9th, 2010
Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boysâ basketball season would be perfect. The event, which calls for a 16-team bracket, is the first of its kind, meaning it should be viewed as a litmus test by administrators, coaches and players.
But that hasnât stopped some coaches from the lower divisions in voicing concern on how everything is arranged. The field is broken down so that the first eight slots are awarded to Div. I teams, the next five belong to Div. II, and the last three spaces are set aside for entries from Div. III.
It was great to see Joe Paterno collect his 400th career victory at Penn State on Saturday. I was in the neighborhood for many of the first 120 back in my college days and early sports writing years. It wasnât always easy dealing with a man who set such high standards for himself and his program. Paterno kept everyone on their toes, beginning with his players and going right down the list, all the way down to the lowest creatures on earth âŠ the sports writing fraternity.
PAWTUCKET - Edilia Vasconcelos (Spinola) 80, of Pawtucket died Nov. 5, 2010. She was the wife of the late Abraham Soares.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde Island a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Lopes) Spinola.She came to this country 37 years ago settling in Pawtucket.
Roland A. Palin
LINCOLN - Roland A. Palin, 89, of 10 Franklin St., Lincoln, died Saturday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Estelle (Jacques) Palin.
He was born in Central Falls, a son of the late Oscar and Louise (Charpentier) Palin. He had lived most of his life in Pawtucket.
Raymond A. Trudel
PAWTUCKET - Raymond A. Trudel, 84, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence.
Josephine M. Beauchemin
CENTRAL FALLS - Josephine M. Beauchemin, 89, of Central Falls, died Thursday. She was the wife of Oliva "Bushy" Beauchemin and the late Ambrose Luoni.
John F. Grieve
PAWTUCKET: John F. "Jack" Grieve 67, died unexpectedly on November 6, 2010. He was the devoted husband of Patricia(Flynn) Grieve.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Archiebald and Catherine (McDade) Grieve. He was a lifelong Pawtucket resident.
He had been employed by Motorola for 30 years and after his retirement worked for RI Resource Recovery.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph "Boss" Antunes, 74, of Roland Street, passed away Saturday at home. He was the husband of Cristine (Tina Machado) Antunes. They had been married for 42 years.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Luiz and Eliza (Gomes) Antunes.
He was a life long Cumberland resident.
Mr. Antunes was employed as a bolt forger for the former Standard Nut and Bolt Company for many years retiring in 1987.
He was a member of the United States Army during peace time.
LINCOLN â One would think the last place Keith Smith, even in adulthood, would want to visit is his hometown.
After all, this is the place where â at age 14 â he had been abducted, beaten and raped by a warped pedophile who had a penchant for violence and sexual abuse against children.
On the contrary, Smith indicated he reveled in his return to Lincoln on this October night. Surrounded mostly by close friends during his childhood and teen-age years, Smith explained to his audience the happenings of that horrifying night â March 1, 1974 â and why he kept it a secret for over three decades.
Eight teams will square off today-- weather permitting -- in the Division II playoffs. And perhaps six of them could actually win the state title that will be decided this coming Sunday at Rhode Island College.
âOur division is very close,â Lincoln coach John DâAloisio admitted over the weekend. His Lions host North Smithfield at 4 p.m. today.
A day-long rain is in the forecast. Any games postponed today likely would be made up on Tuesday.
Welcome to the Division II football playoffs, home of the complex algorithms.
For those who remember the unprecedented five-way tiebreaker of two years ago that tabulated Woonsocket as the odd team out, a refresher course on the wording of the tiebreaker formula was held after Central knocked off Chariho on Friday night. The 40-12 outcome created a three-way logjam atop the II-A standings with Central, Chariho and Johnston all sporting identical 5-2 records.
PAWTUCKET â Mike Sassi knew his St. Raphael squad could not improve or hinder its playoff position heading into Saturdayâs regular season finale against Ponaganset. Though the Saints were locked in as the third seed in Division II-B, that didnât stop the head coach from digging deep into his bag of motivational tricks.
PAWTUCKET â Friday nightâs key Division II-A matchup with Johnston High pretty much mirrored the way the season has gone for the Shea High football team. The Raiders were once again their own worst enemies, fumbling the ball seven times, three of which were recovered by the visiting Panthers.
Even as something as simple as recovering an onside kick eluded Shea in the third quarter. So when Johnston smothered the live ball at the 6:58 mark, you had the feeling that whatever slim chance the Raiders had at qualifying for the postseason went up in smoke.
LINCOLN --- Lincoln High handled the must-win pressure quite well.
Needing to claim its Division III regular-season finale with mighty Middletown High in order to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Lions rose to the challenge and put forth one of their best performances of the year in front of a large Homecoming Night crowd by posting a 29-16 triumph at Ferguson Field.
The victory gives the Lions a 5-3 mark and tiebreakers over two of the other three teams fighting for the last three playoff spots in the division â Moses Brown and the Islanders.
PAWTUCKET â Although RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis joked that it was more of a âmud-breakingâ due to the rain, state and local officials lined up on George Street with ceremonial shovels on Thursday afternoon to break ground on the new I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge.
Lewis and Governor Donald L. Carcieri joined with Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Pawtucket Major James E. Doyle and others at the closed on-ramp from George Street to I-95 for a ceremony to kick-off the Pawtucket River Bridge replacement project.
PAWTUCKET â Praise, proclamations, a retirement badge and a special âcheckerboardâ cake to call his own marked Friday's send-off party for outgoing Police Chief George L. Kelley III.
Kelley, who has been the city's police chief since 1999, is retiring after 35 years of service with the Pawtucket Police Department. He was the guest of honor at an afternoon ceremony at the Municipal Court chambers that was attended by a large gathering of city officials, past and present members of the Pawtucket Police Department, friends and family.
PAWTUCKET - Blanche (Lefebvre) Sloan, 98, passed away Thursday, November 4, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving H. Sloan.
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Cora Lacasse) Lefebvre. Blanche resided in Pawtucket before moving to Hacienda Heights,California in 1948, she returned to Pawtucket in 2004. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Ambassador Nursing Home, West Covina, California for fourteen years until retiring in 1988. Blanche was a member of the Emblem Club No. 299, West Covina Lodge.
PAWTUCKET:Joseph Newsham, 88, of Norris Ave died Friday. He was the husband of the late Jeannette (Bouley) Newsham. He was the son of the late Wilfred and Cora (Sawyer) Newsham.
He is survived by three daughters: Mary Vallee of New Hampshire, Louise Leonard of Cumberland, Catherine Scotto of North Providence and two sons, Gerard Newsham of Warwick and Timothy Newsham of Glocester, three sisters, Constance O'Hara,Sandra Gorman, Veronica Ingham and one brother Harry Newsham.
Barbara F. Trombley
PAWTUCKET - Barbara F. "Bobby" Trombley, 78, of Annie Street died Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Eugene A. and Eva M. (McCaughey) Trombley.
Miss Trombley was a secretary at Fram Corporation, East Providence before retiring.
She was a good sister, aunt, nana and friend.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High had to dig deep on Thursday night to outlast Narragansett in a preliminary round playoff matchup.
The Tigers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge the Mariners in five games, 3-2.