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March 11th, 2013
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Minutes after Tolman High had finished its practice Monday afternoon at Lynch Arena, head coach Steve Reynolds and volunteer assistant Tom Vecoli followed their players to the locker room for a team meeting.
There, they discussed how they must approach their tune-up workouts before battling unbeaten and top-seeded West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich Co-op in the first game of their best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament championship series; that's slated for noon Saturday at Brown University‚Äôs Meehan Auditorium.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The instant the final horn sounded, the Tolman High players on the Lynch Arena ice and those on the bench raced to senior netminder Jared DaSilva to mob him, celebrate perhaps the most-craved win ever recorded in school hockey history.
Months after receiving word this would be the squad's last hoorah, due to a dwindling number of incoming freshmen and only a few underclassmen on the bandwagon, the senior-oriented Tigers wanted to end it all in style.
A little of this, a little of that ‚Ä¶
The gate to the memory bank swung open Wednesday upon learning that Ryan Westmoreland was retiring from the Red Sox.
CRANSTON --- East Providence got the large ice surface it wanted as the host of the first game of its Division III best-of-three semifinal-round series with Tolman on Friday night.
The Townies got a bit of momentum from their ‚ÄėSenior Night‚Äô festivities that took place prior to the opener, and they also got to dress a full complement of players (20), while the Tigers were only able to suit up a dozen.
But in the end, Tolman got the only thing that mattered the most ‚Äď a hard-fought triumph over the league‚Äôs defending champions.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The Pawtucket Red Sox announced Friday that they have added Bob Socci to the radio broadcast booth for the upcoming season. Socci will partner with another newcomer, Jeff Levering who was hired last month, as the duo will broadcast all 144 PawSox games on WHJJ-AM (920) and the 13-station PawSox Radio Network.
WOONSOCKET --- Chris Herren did a fair amount of traveling during his collegiate and professional basketball careers, not only touring arenas throughout the United States, but also finishing his hoop career overseas in Europe and Asia.
It‚Äôs been 6¬Ĺ years since Herren last played professionally, but these days, he‚Äôs still flying coast to coast and racking up frequent flyer miles.
KINGSTON ‚Äď Just what exactly can North Smithfield‚Äôs princes of the hardwood expect at URI‚Äôs Ryan Center on Friday?
Upon some discussion with two area Division I boys‚Äô basketball head coaches whose teams squared off against Classical this winter, the general consensus is that if North Smithfield so much as sneezes the wrong way, T.J. Ciolfi‚Äôs crew could end up trapped in a spider web with little or no chance of escape.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ In three previous Division II-DeCosta meetings this winter, the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op squad had surrendered 13 goals while notching just four of its own against the defending state D-II champions Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth girls.
In those tilts, the Lions suffered defeats of 6-1 on Dec. 15, 3-2 on Feb. 16 and 4-1 nine days later.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ During the early afternoon hours Sunday, approximately 16 hours after what was most certainly the most impactful and thrilling triumph in the two-year history of the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op girls' hockey program, senior captain Jean Bray and her teammates congregated at freshman phenom Cassidy Simanski's home.
They did so for what Bray called a ‚ÄúHair-Dyeing Party.
Looking for a good semifinal-round series to follow this weekend?
It‚Äôs going to be awfully tough to pick just one.
Two series contain neighboring teams battling each other. Another features the region‚Äôs best parochial school team taking on the state‚Äôs top public school squad, and the fourth is a battle between two teams that saw two of their three regular-season games end in ties.
The best-of-three action begins on Friday, and the Division I series featuring Burrillville and Cranston West kicks off the schedule with an early 7 p.m. game at Levy Arena.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ As most people expected, No. 1 seeded Middletown and defending champion Juanita Sanchez won their Division III semifinal-round games on Monday night at Rhode Island College.
But they didn‚Äôt leave the Tripp Athletic Center without getting tough battles from Davies and North Smithfield, which despite coming up short in their respective bids to reach Sunday‚Äôs title game at URI‚Äôs Ryan Center, turned in admirable performances.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Once the final horn had sounded, Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op head coach Dick Ernst spoke to his enthused pride of Lions in its second-floor locker room above the Lynch Arena ice on Saturday night before he strolled into the nearby press box.
There, he took a seat in a cushy leather chair and grinned, ‚ÄúThat was something. That was something! Did you see that passing? Unbelievable!‚ÄĚ
Ernst had been referring to his squad's 5-1 beatdown of the Narragansett/North Kingstown/South Kingstown in the second game of this best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal set.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ There were bodies scrambling around the hardwood and guttural signs of exhaust.
There was also a thrilling comeback bid by a St. Raphael outfit that trailed by a dozen points with just over five minutes remaining. Alas, the quest to overtake Moses Brown fell just short as the Saints‚Äô season ended in a 44-40 loss to Moses Brown in Sunday‚Äôs R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal-round contest at Rhode Island College.
WEST WARWICK -- Unlike the other three Division II quarterfinal-round series in the state, unbeaten Lincoln was able to sweep its best-of-three series with eighth-seeded East Greenwich on Saturday at the West Warwick Civic Center.
For the second straight night, the Lions skated to a 3-2 win over the Avengers, but unlike their victory in the series opener, Lincoln (19-0-1) needed to work overtime to put away its longtime foe.
WOONSOCKET -- Jaryd Dulieu couldn‚Äôt have picked a perfect time to score the biggest goal of his high school career.
The senior co-captain lit the lamp on a pass from Jake Salisbury 3:51 into overtime to lift the Clippers to a 3-2 triumph over the Rogers/Tiverton/Rocky Hill co-op squad on Friday night in the opening contest of their best-of-three Division II quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ In a free-wheeling contest that saw a total of 15 penalties called for a whopping 30 minutes, Tolman High recorded a 4-1 triumph over Cranston East in the first game of a best-of-three R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal series at Lynch Arena on Friday night.
Junior Jared Pedro, who had been nursing a dislocated shoulder, closed with a pair of goals, despite playing as a defenseman to keep the injury out of harm's way. Elder brother and senior tri-captain Ryan Pedro manufactured a goal and two assists.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ As if on cue, God Shammgod started talking about Ricky Ledo‚Äôs situation.
Mind you, there wasn‚Äôt a lead-in question posed to Shammgod with the intent of correlating his two-year playing stint at Providence College to the same temptations of leaving school prematurely that Ledo will deal with soon enough. Sitting in Alumni Hall‚Äôs cafeteria the other day, the conversation with the now 36-year-old Shammgod began with how much he‚Äôs enjoyed being back on PC‚Äôs campus as an undergrad student and a member of Ed Cooley‚Äôs basketball staff.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď During a practice session on Tuesday afternoon, St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders had a little chat with sophomore guard Kaylee Oliver, who transferred from Swansea's Case High before this academic year.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ You could say Henry Coleman goes above and beyond the call of duty. Then again, when you have a zest for leaving no stone unturned and the passion is vehemently apparent, it‚Äôs never perceived as work.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Basketball-wise, Tom Lazaras, Mitchell Baxter and Trent Vasey weren‚Äôt going to teach Ben Bradley, Dylan Boisclair, Rob Reedy and Greg Joubert anything new. Yet in order to reach the championship destination that Cumberland High‚Äôs basketball camp dropped anchor upon last weekend, the first group of Clipper triplets had to do some gardening.