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LINCOLN â€” Davies Tech head coach Victor Oliveira usually has an inkling as to how his squad will execute prior to a contest. Itâ€™s based on collective attitude, and how theyâ€™re conducting themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, he had no doubt.
Senior tri-captain Paulo Chavez and classmate Daniel Munoz each netted a pair of goals and junior Mauricio Agudelo chipped in a tally and two assists as the sixth-seeded Patriots walloped No. 11-ranked Johnston High, 7-0, in a R.I. Division III Tournament preliminary tilt.
On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18, Glenn Ginish, Jr., a performance analyst for a renowned bank in Boston, was taking the â€śTâ€ť home to Jamaica Plains when he figured he'd call his kid sister, Laura, back at her mom's apartment on Mendon Road.
He did so just so the two could catch up with each other's lives.
Itâ€™s less than an hourâ€™s drive to Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University, but starting tomorrow and continuing for the next two weeks, several local high school soccer, girlsâ€™ volleyball, and field hockey teams will begin their long roads towards state championship glory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The past week has featured plenty of heavy lifting at McCoy Stadium. No, this particular exercise has nothing to do with removing the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy from its on-display perch in the team store and whisking the hardware away to the latest destination on the touring caravan.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ As he stood before a jubilant group of Burrillville players, head coach Gennaro Ferraro raised his right index finger and emphatically pointed in the direction of the Alumni Field scoreboard.
All eyes remained dead set on Ferraro as he rattled off the words the Broncos have longed to hear: â€śItâ€™s a win.â€ť
CRANSTON â€“ In a game that featured two squads that dug in defensively and refused to give any ground, Cranston West walked off with a 10-7 overtime victory against Tolman Friday night at Cranston Stadium.
The Falconsâ€™ Stefano Marziale played the role of hero with a chip shot 20-yard field goal that proved to settle this Division I tussle. Cranston West opted to settle for three points on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line after Tolman held its opponent to three yards spanning three snaps (the Falcons started out at the 5 after the Tigers were penalized for too many men on the field).
CUMBERLAND --- For the past four years, Cumberland and Shea have thrown their records out the window and hooked up in some thrilling battles that were decided by a handful of points.
For three-plus quarters of their Division II-B game on Friday night, the undefeated Clippers and the struggling Raiders were locked in another close contest, but the Clippers, thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the final 8:46 of play, were able to create some distance between themselves and their visitors and come away with a 28-9 victory.
In the throes of a tough and challenging season, there lies comfort in knowing youâ€™re not the only one in said predicament.
For Burrillville and Lincoln, Saturdayâ€™s Division III encounter at the Broncosâ€™ Alumni Field has â€śsomethingâ€™s got to giveâ€ť written all over it. The setting is this: you have two squads that have combined to drop all nine of its league chances, meaning the opportunity for a team to finally break the ice and walk off the field with a win tucked in its back pocket has never been more within reach (overall the Lions are 0-6 while the Broncos are 1-5).
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles had plans of issuing Lincoln High a mild upset loss on its â€śSenior Day,â€ť one in which underclassmen traditionally honor their 12th graders for four years of devotion to the program.
Unfortunately for the Mount, a Lionsâ€™ sophomore ruined the party.
Erin Gannon notched a pair of goals in the span of four minutes not long after the opening touch, and the last proved to be crucial as Lincoln manufactured a 3-1 Division II victory on the lower-campus turf on Thursday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” Under normal circumstances, Tolman High veteran head coach Bel Pereira would be both irked and disappointed after his girls suffered a defeat, but that was hardly the case after the Tigers fell to Middletown, 4-3, in a Division III-A tilt on Wednesday night.
â€śIf we had tied them, that certainly would've been a moral victory,â€ť Pereira stated later. â€śWe played probably the best team in all of Division III, and it was a great effort â€“ actually, an outstanding effort â€“ by the girls.
PAWTUCKET â€” Given the way the Division I contest between Central Falls and Tolman highs took shape â€“ that is, with officials whistling players from both sides for a total of four yellow cards and one red â€“ it's amazing how Warriors' mentor Carl Africo and Tigers' head coach Jack Couto praised to the hilt how well their opponents played.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” East Providence had the spirit and emotion of Senior Night, an adrenaline rush from an energetic section of students rooting them on in the bleachers, and a six-game win streak on its side in Tuesdayâ€™s showdown at home with Mount St. Charles.
But the Mounties were able to overcome all that and grab one of their biggest victories of the season -- a win that snapped a tie for first place in the Division I-North standings with the Townies and gave them sole possession of the top spot.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite having a significant edge in the categories of shots on goal and corner kicks, Lincoln High suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Narragansett in a pivotal Division II clash at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
The two squads had entered the contest tied for second in the division with 20 points, and the Lions managed to produce seven more shots and a stunning 10 more corners than the Mariners. Still, senior Evan Carvalho's tally just 5:59 into the final stanza sealed Lincoln's fate.
PAWTUCKET â€“ When St. Raphael Academy athletic director Fred Saunders approached Linley Pullem one afternoon in May and asked her if she'd be interested in taking over the reins of an inaugural girls' volleyball program, she responded â€“ without hesitation â€“ â€śAbsolutely!â€ť
Saunders had heard that Pullem, who at the time was completing her initial year as a history teacher, had some experience playing the game on a rather high level, as she had excelled at John Jay High-Cross River in Westchester County, N.Y.'s Katona-Lewisboro School District.
LINCOLN â€“ Pawtucketâ€™s Thomas â€śThe Souljahâ€ť Falowo and Woonsocketâ€™s Joe Gardner did their respective hometowns proud on Thursday night and were among the big winners on Jimmy Burchfieldâ€™s Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ â€śClosing Statementâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo picked up his second knockout victory in three months with a fifth-round TKO of Michael Walchuk of Ontario, Canada, a bout that saw the Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight dominate his opponent from start to finish and deliver one of the best efforts of his young two-year career.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It's rare that Tolman High head coach Dave Caito seeks to heap laurels on his squad, and his rationale is understandable: No one makes the proper move or read on every play, and he wants them to learn from their mistakes and correct them â€“ but fast.
Twice in the opening quarter of a Division I tilt against dilapidated East Providence on Saturday night, the Townies delivered gifts to the Tigers' doorstep, fumbling twice in the span of their initial three snaps, with both occurring deep in their own territory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano had insisted earlier in the week that â€“ when his kids took Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon â€“ they'd have to worry about Division II-B foe St. Raphael Academy having a distinct advantage.
The reason: The Saints didn't play last weekend due to a bye, so had an extra seven-plus days to prepare for what Campopiano's crew would throw at them.
PAWTUCKET â€” In Ray McGee, we have a lifelong and proud city native whose residence is located off Newport Avenue â€“ more specifically, a mere stoneâ€™s throw away from McConnon Field in Slater Park.
â€śIâ€™m still a city kid,â€ť McGee proudly stated with a smile earlier this week.
PAWTUCKET â€” When Shea High and St. Raphael Academy line up for the opening kickoff in a key Division II-B clash at Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon, it won't be just for bragging rights in this mill city.
It most probably will give the victor the upper hand in earning a post-season bid.
So say the Raiders' Dino Campopiano and the Saints' Mike Sassi, who not only have spent years at the helm of their respective squads but also share nearly two decades of friendship and plenty of gridiron stories.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As one longtime newspaper scribe pointed out, â€śthis is something thatâ€™s been a long time coming.â€ť
In an effort to better coordinate with members of the working press â€“ be their classification entail print, photo, television or the Internet â€“ the Rhode Island Interscholastic League held a â€śMedia Dayâ€ť forum Wednesday afternoon at its headquarters, located on the Rhode Island College campus.