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5 THINGS: It’s Friday So Everything Is Poppin’

It seems like ancient history, when Ice Cube was making rap instead of crap family movies. Hopefully though, today will be a good day for you.

Here are the Five Things for Friday, February 17, 2012, along with some weekend events:

A second chance at a polar plunge (and a buffet-style dinner from George’s). The second annual Plunge for Preemies is taking place 3 p.m. Saturday at George’s of Galilee. If you raise at least $50 and pre-register, you get a t-shirt and a free dinner ticket. You can find our event page here, which has links to the pre-registration form and other information. Plunge registration is at 2 p.m., followed by the plunge and a post-plunge party at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Project Sweet Peas. The party is all ages, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with tickets $16 in advance or $20 at the door. Children 4 to 10 pay just $10, and kids under 3 are free.

Mmm, stone soup! Speaking of good food, the annual Stone Soup Buffet and Food Drive noon Saturday at Maury Loontjens Memorial Library. After a reading of the children’s classic Stone Soup, there will be an actual soup buffet from various Narragansett and South Kingstown restaurants. There is no monetary admission charge, but please bring a non-perishable item (food or personal hygiene) in return for the soup.

Freaking brothers every way like M.J. Today’s sports schedule and yesterday’s results:

  • The Prout girls’ basketball team (13-7, 9-6 Division II-South) hosts West Warwick (11-9, 7-8 Division II-South) at 7 p.m. Friday. Junior varsity is at 5:15 p.m.
  • Narragansett girls’ basketball (16-3, 14-1 Division II-South) travels to Cranston East High School (9-11, 8-7 Division II-South) for a game 7 p.m. Friday. Junior varsity is at 5:15 p.m.
  • Narragansett boys’ basketball (9-11, 7-9 Division II-South) hosts Westerly (15-6, 12-4 Division II-South) at 7 p.m. Friday, with junior varsity at 5:15 p.m. The Mariners need a win against Westerly or at West Warwick (19-2, 15-1 Division II-South) next week to qualify for the state tournament.
  • The Prout boys’ ice hockey team (12-2-2, 11-2-2 Division II-South) takes on East Greenwich (7-7, 6-7 Division II-South) at the West Warwick Civic Center 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Narragansett cheerleading competes at the Mt. Hope Competition Cheer Invitational 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Individuals from the boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams will be competing at the Rhode Island Indoor State Championship. Both meets start at noon on Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.
  • Narragansett boys’ hockey (1-15, 0-15 Division II-South) faces East Greenwich (7-7, 6-7 Division II-South) at St. George’s. The puck drops 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Prout boys’ basketball (19-3, 16-1 Division III-South) took care of business against Middletown (14-6, 13-4 Division III-South), beating the Islanders 65-57. That was the only game for local teams on Thursday night. The Crusaders are currently tied for the 11th seed for the state tournament with Westerly – both teams have 9.6 powerpoints, however, the Bulldogs have played one less game. Prout has a 0.6 advantage on Coventry (11-9, 9-7 Division I) and a 1.2 advantage on Juanita Sanchez and Toll Gate (both 14-3 in Division III play).

Grapplers compete in Division II tournament this weekend. You might have noticed that wrestling wasn’t included in the above write-up. Well, that’s because we got the lineup sent to us for the tournament.

Assuming everyone makes weight, here is what class everyone is competing in, starting at 5 p.m. Friday at Smithfield High School:

  • 120 pounds, Austin Ranney, seeded 10th of 12
  • 126 pounds, Robert Peterson, seeded 4th of 12
  • 132 pounds, Matt McGreen, seeded 7th of 13
  • 138 pounds, Reed Nelson, seeded 5th of 13
  • 145 pounds, Dan Stern-Lonczak, seeded 9th of 13
  • 152 pounds, James Cook IV, seeded 12th of 15
  • 160 pounds, Mike Gallagher, seeded 1st of 11
  • 170 pounds, Matt Storti, seeded 6th of 12
  • 182 pounds, Mitch Kennedy, seeded 6th of 9
  • 195 pounds, Greg Hamilton, seeded 3rd of 5
  • 220 pounds, Alex Millen, seeded 2nd of 7
  • 285 pounds, Riley Chapman, seeded 4th of 8

If you’re hungry after watching all that wrestling Saturday, save your appetite for Sunday. South County Youth Wrestling is hosting a pasta dinner to benefit their college fund at the Mettatuxet Yacht Club in Narragansett. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Don’t “git-r-done,” please. Just don’t. Although it is Larry the Cable Guy’s 49th birthday, let’s just pretend it isn’t. Instead, embrace the 31st birthday of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s easier to block out his past five years than Larry’s, and to just remember the awesome Third Rock From The Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You. (Yeah, he was actually one of the leads in that, remember? Shocking, I know. He ain’t no Heath Ledger or Julia Stiles, let’s just say that.)

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