Archive - Oct 2011 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ If everything goes according to plan, St. Raphael Academy will have a new athletic director in place by monthâ€™s end, says President-Principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch.
Such a finite timeline speaks to the confidence Donohue-Lynch has in the five-person search committee she herself handpicked. The committee will recommend candidates and advise school administrators about a successor to Bruce Gammell, whose departure in August created an opening.
CUMBERLAND â€” Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mondayâ€™s city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girlsâ€™ six-year run as champions.
Tolmanâ€™s girls, coached by former Tiger star Kayla Fleming, beat the Saints 22-33 to capture the city title. Shea High finished a distant third in the meet. Tolman placed five runners among the first seven finishers.
St. Raphaelâ€™s Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolmanâ€™s depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.
St. Raphael Academy has enough big-play weapons on offense to stick with the more potent teams in Division II this season.
Head coach Mike Sassi is most comfortable running a Wing-T offense. This yearâ€™s team has the personnel to make that formation work cohesively. It begins with quarterback Julian Diaz, an efficient playmaker who can throw the ball on the run and downfield when needed.