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Joe Paterno: A personal remembrance

January 22, 2012

Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach I’ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn State’s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the school’s reputation.

WEB ONLY: Marquette takes fight out of Friars

January 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The Baltimore Ravens aren’t the only tough-as-nails outfit to invade Downtown Providence this weekend.
Saturday night saw a Marquette team that has built its reputation as a take-no-prisoners beast basically body slam Providence to the canvas. The punishment took its toll on the Friars, particularly in the second half when Ed Cooley’s club could not perform the simple act of putting the ball into the hoop.

WEB ONLY: Randall shines for Old Dominion golfers

January 21, 2012

It’s taken a while, but winter appears to have finally arrived here in New England with the recent snow that has blanked our region.
The weather has been a little different for recent Cumberland High grad and talented golfer Jamison Randall, a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
“It’s better than New England,” said Randall, via the phone on Saturday morning. “It’s much warmer. In fact, I’m playing golf (today).”

WEB ONLY: SRA/PCD co-op team ties Clippers, 3-3

January 21, 2012

WOONSOCKET --- Michael Kinch’s 17th goal of the season, a power-play score with 3:48 to play in the game, helped the Cumberland High hockey team battle the St. Raphael Academy/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op team to a 3-3 tie on Friday night in their Division II-North affair at Adelard Arena.
Brendan Kelahan’s goal off a pass from Mark Long with 5:21 left in the game actually gave the co-op team a 3-2 lead before Kinch struck for the equalizer.

SRA hoopsters strike late to defeat Mount Pleasant

January 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET – As good as St. Raphael Academy is, very little comes easy for the defending state champions against the other elite teams in Division I.
After scoring a pair of three-point wins over Central and Classical in the past 10 days, the unbeaten Saints welcomed talented Mount Pleasant to Alumni Hall on Friday night.
The Kilties field their usual fast and athletic group of players. They came out in a box-and-one defense and then a 1-3-1 that focused on limiting the shot opportunities for SRA scoring leaders Charles Correa and Cesar Mejia.

Woonsocket's Tyrone Nared followed his heart to Oregon

January 19, 2012

Life, we’re often reminded, is a journey along a path. Marked by repeated twists, turns, bends and detours, we take comfort in knowing that each path is unique. No two people ever embark on a similar trek.
No road map, satellite-based navigation system, not even a Mapquest.com printout is required. Following one’s heart and ambitions serve as the main motivators, the idea of how we feel deep down aiding us to better grasping the wheel to steer towards one’s wants, needs and mindsets. In a nutshell, it’s the journey within the journey.

Tolman hockey program not on thin ice

January 19, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It’s been no secret that the numbers game hasn’t been too kind to Tolman this season, and that was evident two Friday nights ago when the Tigers suffered a 4-2 loss to Mount Hope at Lynch Arena.
While the Huskies dressed a full complement of players, the Tigers were only able to suit up 11, including a backup goaltender.
That number of players was the lowest of any team (boys or girls) in the state that took the ice for a game this year, but since that night, a couple of positive things took place that promise to make the Tigers’ future a little bit brighter.

E.P's "Three Kings" rule the mat

January 18, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE – They are each defending state champions, leaders in the wrestling room, athletes who walk around with an aura of confidence instilled in them by years of practice and ensuing success on the mat, one on one, against the best that can be found in Rhode Island.

Shea routs Mariners

January 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Shea High played dictator during Tuesday night’s Division II romp over Narragansett. The Raiders dictated how the game would be played and the Mariners followed along, usually a step too slow to keep up with the talented and speedy home team.
Sparked by Eli Itkin’s career-high 24 points, and a virtuoso performance by point guard Jordy Brito (18 points, 8 assists), the Raiders romped to a 71-48 victory that improved them to 6-2 in Division II-Central.

Saints hold off Sentinels

January 18, 2012

SMITHFIELD — Tuesday night proved to be a valuable learning experience for St. Raphael Academy, particularly for the second unit.
With Charles Correa, Cesar Mejia and the rest of the first teamers resting comfortably on the bench, Tom “Saar” Sorrentine turned to Kaseem Sams, Jordan Peguero, Zach and Nick Mays and Darshaun Vargas. The sight of seeing Correa and Mejia sporting warmups and sipping Gatorade must have been heaven to Smithfield, which trailed 59-41 when Sorrentine called off the hounds.

 

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