February 18th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ No matter how you slice it, Providenceâ€™s 79-76 defeat to Big East bottom feeder DePaul was a tough pill for Keno Davis and the Friars to swallow.
Davisâ€™ post game press conference was far from a ray of sunshine, as the third-year coach sat silent at the podium for several minutes before trying to explain what has to be the Friarsâ€™ most disheartening loss of the season â€“ one coming against a DePaul outfit that coming had had dropped 25 consecutive Big East games.
â€śItâ€™s a tough lesson for a young team to learn,â€ť said a clearly shell-shocked Davis.
For three local teams straddling along the same line, the idiomatic expression â€śthereâ€™s no tomorrowâ€ť definitely applies.
CUMBERLAND â€” In states where wrestling holds a prominent place in the high school sports winter season -- Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Iowa come to mind â€“ people flock to big dual-meets in large numbers. When two unbeaten teams meet, fans and coaches and former wrestlers fill the stands, contributing to a raucous setting not often seen in Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE â€” The country got up close with the nether regions of the Big East Conference on Thursday night.
In a nationally-televised contest involving two teams just trying to stay afloat in a Top-25 dominated lead, DePaul held on for 79-76 win over the Providence College Friars before 5,021 disappointed fans at The Dunk.
PC trailed 77-76 with seven seconds remaining when Gerard Coleman had a pass broken up in the lane by DePaulâ€™s Jeremiah Kelly, who hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to secure the win.
Paul M. Driscoll
CUMBERLAND - Paul M. Driscoll, 58, of Lonsdale Farm Road passed away Wednesday, February 16 at home.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Mary V. (Vass) Driscoll. He resided in Cumberland for the past 33 years, previously residing in Pawtucket.
He was a United States Army National Guard Veteran, serving in the Airborne Division.
He was employed as a floral desiger for Uncle Ronnies Flower Shop of Cumberland for over 30 years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High demonstrated the proper way to head into the postseason, dispatching of Ponaganset High, 71-44, Wednesday afternoon at the Donaldson Memorial Gymnasium.
PAWTUCKET â€” As is normally the case, Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine uses â€śSenior Nightâ€ť as a chance to shine the light on those seniors who normally take a backseat to more acclaimed teammates. For Newon Sendolo, Franklin Batista, Ben Pillsbury, Austin Hill and Calvin Contreras, that meant a chance to make a rare start, doing so with playoff position hanging in the balance against perennial power Bishop Hendricken.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Cumberland High wrestling program runs as deep as the roots head coach Steve Gordon has nurtured in this town since moving here nearly 50 years ago.
The Clippers finished their second straight undefeated dual-meet season on Wednesday night with a 37-20 spanking of equally unbeaten Warwick Veterans, which was the favored team heading into this showdown between Division Iâ€™s two elite squads.
PAWTUCKET â€” It had been frigid and icy getting around and the sprawling Hope Artiste Village was the last stop on a tiring, whirlwind tour of Rhode Island's arts scene, but Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, still exuded enthusiasm about the people and places he visited.
â€śRhode Island gets it,â€ť said Landesman. â€śIt is an arts state. Rhode Island has the most working artists, per capita, than any other state in the country, and what I'm taking back is information showing how the arts can be a model for economic development.â€ť
Albert F. Moquin
PAWTUCKET - Albert F. Moquin, 84, formerly of Weeden Street passed away Tuesday after an illness. He was the husband of the late Marjorie A. (Laplante) Moquin.
He was born in Pawtucket a son of the late Euclid and Margaret Moquin. Mr. Moquin had been a self employed electrician in Pawtucket for many years. He was a member of the Little Rhody Bottle Club, The RI Historical Society, Friends of the Pawtucket Library and a Senior Inn Volunteer.
ATTLEBORO - Carol Curry-Rossi, 87 of Attleboro died on Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts.
The daughter of the late John and Flora (Aldsworth) Curry she had resided in Attleboro most of her life. Prior to retirement in the late 1970's she had been the office manager for Dr. Longobardi in Central Falls for many years. She was a member of the Pawtucket Branch of Medical Assistants. She also had a great love for playing the piano.
PAWTUCKET - Eleanor (Nault) Davignon, 93 passed away February 14, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Gerard Davignon.
Brother Majella Larivee Marchand
PAWTUCKET - Anna Gajda 89, of Ridge Street passed away Tuesday February 15, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Grzegorz Gajda.
Born in Horodnica, Poland she was a daughter of the late Michal and Antonina (Krysztalowicz) Gajda. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 37 years.
Before retiring she was employed by the Miriam Hospital in the Housekeeping Department from 1974 to 1985.
Walter S. Kieon
CENTRAL FALLS - Walter S. Kieon, 90, of Jenks Street passed away Wednesday February 16, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine V. (Salus) Kieon.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Michael and Zuzanna (Bujak) Kiewra. He lived in Central Falls for the 65 years and was formerly of South Attleboro.
Before retiring in 1978 he was employed as a Truck Driver for the former Yale Transportation Co. for 25 years.
CUMBERLAND -- Tonight marks the beginning of the best 10-day stretch in Rhode Island wrestling this year. It starts with a battle between two unbeaten high school programs. Defending state champion Cumberland will host 2010 runnerup Warwick Veterans tonight at The Wellness Center with the regular season dual-meet title at stake.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High faces a serious challenge in its final four regular season games, meeting a 12-1-0 Johnston/North Providence team and a defensive-oriented East Providence (6-5-0) team that sits right behind the Tigers in the Division III standings. Tolman (8-4-0) faces both contenders twice.
â€śWeâ€™ve lost two games to Mount Hope (10-2-1) and twice to Cranston East (8-3-1),â€ť Tolman coach Steve Reynolds pointed out. â€śWeâ€™ve beat the teams we should have beat but now we have to finish our season against two good playoff teams.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” In what seems like an ideal match, a company that specializes in architectural history and preservation is planning to make its new home at the city's landmark To Kalon Club.
Albert D. Giguere
PAWTUCKET - Albert D. Giguere, 82, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011.He was the beloved husband of the late Irene (Braganca) Giguere. Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Roch G. and Beatrice (Lafleur) Giguere, he resided in Pawtucket over 60 years.
Al was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was employed by Texas Instruments, Attleboro until retiring in 1993 and was previously employed by the former Washburn Wire Company for over thirty years until its closing. Al was a member of the Italian DIP Club.
Sandra D. Marcotte
SEEKONK - Sandra D. (Pope) Marcotte, 61, a Medical Secretary passed away Monday, February 14, 2011. She was the beloved wife of Edward F. Marcotte for thirty-nine years.