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November 15th

SRA survives Johnston, now draws Tolman

November 15, 2010

JOHNSTON — People are going to be talking about this playoff game for a very long time.
St. Raphael Academy won a wild and crazy shootout with Johnston High on Saturday night in their Division II quarterfinal-round game on the Panthers’ campus -- a royal battle that saw both teams nearly combine for 1,000 yards of offense and the Saints score a heart-pounding 56-50 overtime victory.

November 13th

Tolman advances with 6-0 win over Westerly

November 13, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Sure, his eyes and feet played a part in guiding Joselito Knapp to the end zone. To the Tolman quarterback, that only begins to cover what transpired with under six minutes remaining in Friday’s Division II quarterfinal matchup with Westerly at Pariseau Field.

Barrington edges Shea in state title match, 2-1

November 13, 2010

PROVIDENCE --- Jeff Craven tormented Shea High again on Friday night, but this time, the Barrington High senior standout victimized the Raiders on the biggest stage of the season -- the Division I championshp game.
Craven netted a pair of first-half goals and the Eagles’ superb defense did its part to fend off the high-scoring Raiders’ assault the rest of the way en route to a 2-1 win and the team’s record 11th state title at Rhode Island College.

North Smithfield gridders rout Central Falls

November 13, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS --- It was of North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pugh-Pennington's volition to treat his Division IV showdown against Central Falls High on Friday night as a road playoff game.
“Our plan was to keep it simple,” he stated. “We knew it was their Homecoming, so we wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs. We knew we'd see a tough C.F. Team come in and play hard, so we wanted to run the ball, mix it up and gain some yardage. But we also wanted to prove that we're North Smithfield, we're no fluke, and that we come to play football.”

November 12th

Woonsocket boxer faces old pal tonight at Twin River

November 12, 2010

LINCOLN --- For the first time in his pro career, Woonsocket’s Joe Gardner will be fighting for a championship belt, and he will try to claim his prize in the six-round co-feature of tonight’s CES’s (Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.) “Homecoming King” card at the Twin River Event Center.
And for the first time since coming back to the sport in May after a 7½-year absence, Gardner has had to prepare for a fight without his favorite sparring partner, West Warwick’s Keith Kozlin, giving him some valuable rounds.

SRA girls ousted by Middletown, 7-5

November 12, 2010

MIDDLETOWN -- St. Raphael Academy fell from the unbeaten ranks in a very big way on Thursday night by dropping a 7-5 decision to Middletown High in the Division III semifinals at the Gaudet Middle School complex.
The Islanders, who will battle Narragansett High in Sunday’s championship game at Rhode Island College, won this high-scoring affair by breaking a 3-3 tie with the first three goals of the second half.
The loss came as a shock to the Saints, who allowed just eight goals during the regular season and came into the game with a 15-0 mark.

Lincoln boots Mount, heads to D-II title match

November 12, 2010

CRANSTON --- Defense is the main reason why Lincoln High captured the Division II-North title this year.
And if the Lions plan to seize the Division II state championship on Sunday afternoon, they are going to need the same excellent defense they displayed throughout the season and in Thursday night’s semifinal-round game against Mount St. Charles Academy.
Junior striker Jillian DeSimone scored her team-high 16th of the season and the Lions’ defense held off a furious second-half attack by the high-scoring Mounties en route to a 1-0 victory at Cranston Stadium.

November 11th

Second season on tap for Tigers, Saints

November 11, 2010

For Tolman, Woonsocket, and St. Raphael, the Division II’s ‘second season’ begins this weekend. For Burrillville and East Providence, their pursuit at a second season continues.
Five Blackstone Valley teams will try to extend their respective seasons past Thanksgiving this week when the Division II quarterfinal round takes place and the Division I and III regular seasons ramble down the home stretch.

Raiders move to Div. I title game

November 11, 2010

CRANSTON — In its 37 years as a varsity program, Shea High has copped a Division I-B championship in 1992, Large Division titles in 2002 and ’03, and a Division II crown three years ago.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Raiders will battle for another state championship, but unlike their previous four titles, this one will be for all the marbles in the state’s top division.

November 10th

Saints survive postseason shootout with Wizards

November 10, 2010

PAWTUCKET – West Warwick almost pulled off the upset heard around Division III on Tuesday night, taking a 2-1 lead into the final two minutes of the second overtime before St. Raphael Academy’s Kytresa Ivey-Jones scored the goal of her young life, tying the contest and sending it into a shootout that the Saints won, 4-2, on a clinching goal by freshman Trina Lomba.

Lincoln girls top N.S. in Div. II quarterfinals

November 10, 2010

LINCOLN – You could say the elements helped even the playing field between Lincoln and North Smithfield. With a steady rain sweeping across Chet Nichols Field, Tuesday’s Division II quarterfinal match became a matter of survival.
Thanks to two goals in the final nine minutes, the Lions emerged from this mud bath with a 2-0 victory over the Northmen, who played the game minus the services of head coach Steve DeMeo. DeMeo was relived of his coaching duties after Monday’s arrest for allegedly transmitting inappropriate messages to a minor.

Hazen discusses PawSox managerial vacancy

November 10, 2010

Boston Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that the process to find Pawtucket’s next manager is already under way. The vacancy was created when Torey Lovullo left to become Toronto’s first base coach on Monday.
“We’ve already started to put together a list,” Hazen said via cell phone. “Certainly within the list you have to stay somewhat flexible because of (potential coaching shifts at the major league level). As a result more candidates could become available as those situations play out.”

November 8th

PawSox manager takes job with Blue Jays

November 9, 2010

PAWTUCKET -- In the end, Torey Lovullo could not say no to his mentor and close friend John Farrell.
A partnership that took flight as teammates with the California Angels in 1993 and later working side-by-side in the player development ranks with the Cleveland Indians was rekindled Monday, as Lovullo was hired to join Farrell’s coaching staff in Toronto. The former Pawtucket Red Sox manager will serve as the Blue Jays’ first base coach.

High school basketball tourney needs tweaking

November 9, 2010

Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boys’ 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 hasn’t 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.

Paterno: Victories, and age, are just numbers

November 9, 2010

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 wasn’t 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 … the sports writing fraternity.

November 7th

Lincoln girls soccer team ready for playoffs

November 8, 2010

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.
“Our division is very close,” Lincoln coach John D’Aloisio 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.

Division II football playoffs begin Friday night

November 8, 2010

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.

Saints ride 3-game winning streak into playoffs

November 8, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Mike Sassi knew his St. Raphael squad could not improve or hinder its playoff position heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Ponaganset. Though the Saints were locked in as the third seed in Division II-B, that didn’t stop the head coach from digging deep into his bag of motivational tricks.

November 6th

Johnston snuffs out Shea's playoff hopes

November 7, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Friday night’s 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 takes 'must-win' duel from Middletown

November 7, 2010

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 – Moses Brown and the Islanders.

 

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