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PROVIDENCE â The penalties and turnovers hurt. So did an off-night by the offense.
But if there was one thing that really hindered Sheaâs hopes of beating Central on Friday night, it was two long plays in the final quarter by the Knights that resulted in the gameâs touchdowns and the hostsâ first Division II-B victory of the season.
WEST WARWICK â Football is looked upon as the ultimate team sport. You canât do your job correctly unless the person lined up next to you does his. Everyone must be on the same page.
Sometimes, though, there are individuals that are so crucial to a teamâs vitality, their influence so great, that you start recalibrating expectations â if Player X isnât his usual spectacular self, chances are the team will find itself running in quicksand. After all, thereâs a reason why heâs viewed as the straw that stirs the drink.
PAWTUCKET â The final score may suggest otherwise, but there was a time Friday night when this was Tolmanâs game. In fact, some may argue that the Division I newcomers had perennial power La Salle Academy against the ropes.
In the end, La Salle showed why it figures to remain in the thick of the Super Bowl chase. With quarterback Anthony Francis accounting for four touchdowns, the Rams soared to a 42-20 triumph before a strong gathering at Pariseau Field.
PAWTUCKET â The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a âjob well doneâ seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston remains alive and well. The only difference is that this time, skipper Arnie Beyeler will be joined by a valued member of his coaching staff.
One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2.
A blog entry that appeared on the New York Timesâ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, âonly 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.â Referencing back to when the league last expanded in 2002, just 10.1 percent of the 79 teams saddled with a donut and exactly two âLâsâ were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.
CUMBERLAND â Looks like this new Division II thing is suiting Cumberland just fine.
After years of struggling in the Division I ranks and winning no more than five games in each of the last eight seasons, the Clippers are thriving in the stateâs second division and off to their best start in recent memory.
DURHAM, N.C. â For a team that has enjoyed a champagne bath or two in recent weeks, this was not the ending the Pawtucket Red Sox had in mind.
The International League champion PawSox felt the sting of the Pacific Coast Leagueâs best Tuesday night as Reno romped to the Triple-A National Championship, 10-3, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Aces jumped all over PawSox starter Nelson Figueroa as the playoff hero was knocked out after just two innings.
DURHAM, N.C. â If thereâs anyone who can relate to the coming-out-of-nowhere playoff run that the Pawtucket Red Sox have enjoyed, itâs Rick Burleson.
A former Red Sox and PawSox shortstop, Burleson is presently the hitting coach for the Reno Aces. The 61-year-oldâs presence in the Eastern Time Zone this week conjures up memories pertaining to Pawtucketâs first Governorsâ Cup-producing club in 1973. More than eager to take a stroll down memory lane, Burleson says the â73 PawSox possessed future major-league contributors by the bushel.
DURHAM, N.C. â When does a Game One have a Game Seven vibe to it?
The answer: When youâre participating in a single nine-inning affair that will determine the top Triple-A squad of 2012, which is whatâs happening Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, site of the Triple-A National Championship Game between International League champion Pawtucket and the Reno Aces, the top team from the Pacific Coast League.
Itâs a winner-take-all contest that will serve as the final minor-league baseball game of the season, at any level.
DURHAM, N.C. â What images do the Pawtucket Red Sox conjure? For longtime fans, the question could elicit all kinds of responses.
You think of Ben Mondor, Pawtucketâs late owner who would have been in his glory this week, enjoying every moment of the pomp and circumstance leading up to tonightâs Triple-A National Championship.
You also think of beautiful McCoy Stadium, a befitting monument to Mondorâs tireless efforts to build a first-class, fan-friendly ballpark out of the rundown facility he inherited.
DURHAM, N.C. â The sum of the phrase âthe 2012 Pawtucket Red Soxâ is much bigger than the 25-man roster at manager Arnie Beyelerâs disposal for tonightâs Triple-A National Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With injuries, call-ups, trades and other roster maneuvering, the PawSox needed a proverbial village of ballplayers to get through a challenging season, make the International League playoffs and clinch the Governorsâ Cup.
CUMBERLAND â About two weeks ago, Ed McVeigh received a letter at his Circuit Drive home that he found equal parts fascinating and disturbing.
âI was wondering, 'What's up with this?' It was on official Central Falls High School stationary, and I hadn't been there in quite a while,â he said. âMy first thought was, 'What'd I do now?!'â
PAWTUCKET â Fans are invited to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night to take a photo with the Governorsâ Cup and to watch the PawSox play for the 2012 Triple-A National Championship on the video board.
Gates at McCoy Stadium will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for shortly after 7 oâclock. Admission to this event is free.
Winners of their first Governorsâ Cup since 1984, the PawSox will now play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Playoffs, Reno or Omaha, for the Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.
CUMBERLAND --- Give Cumberlandâs âDâ an âAâ for its excellent performance against Central on Friday night.
The Clippers limited the speedy Knights to just 117 yards of offense and only two trips inside Cumberlandâs 30 en route to a well-deserved shutout and a 28-0 victory in their Division II-B meeting at Tucker Field.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brendan Guerin also earned high grades spinning the laces, completing 11 of his 18 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, but the story of this night was the Clippersâ defense.
PawSox players made sure to spray champagne on from left, manager Arnie Beyeler, Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett, Pawtucket team president Mike Tamburro and general manager Lou Schwechheimer after the Governors' Cup trophy was handed to them by International League president Randy Mobley (not pictured). The trophy presentation was the result of the PawSox' 4-1 triumph against the Charlotte Knights Thursday night. Photo by Louriann Mardo-Zayat.
FORT MILL, S.C. â When you cut right to the heart of the matter, itâs pretty fitting that the Pawtucket Red Sox completed their ascension to the top of the International League mountain in the very same stadium that served as the launching point for a two-plus week stretch of unprecedented success.
Now the games count.
The preseason scrimmages, Injury Fund contests, and last weekendâs non-league openers are all history. Now the high school football games, pitting division opponents against each other, mean something in the standings.
And they get under way tonight, with eight league games scattered throughout the state, and one, a Division IV contest between North Smithfield and Hope, taking place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler likes to point out that each playoff game has been the equivalent of a box of chocolates â you just never know whoâs going to play the role of hero on a given night.
Wednesday saw Pawtucketâs battery of pitcher Zach Stewart and catcher Dan Butler step to the forefront and take their bows. Their induction into the clubâs ever-expanding legion of primetime performers was officially cemented after PawSox silenced the Charlotte Knights, 2-0, in Game Two of the Governorsâ Cup finals before an audience of 3,525.
PAWTUCKET â Lately, much attention has been paid to the hitting exploits of Bryce Brentz â deservedly so, too.
The outfield prospect carried a .471 postseason average into Game Two of the Governorsâ Cup Championship Series, a figure buoyed by a little bit of everything from two home runs to two doubles to five runs batted in.
PAWTUCKET â Longtime Tolman High head coach Bel Pereira didn't discover until he arrived at the McKinnon-Alves Complex on Tuesday afternoon that one of his best forwards, sophomore Suzette Hernandez, wouldn't be able to play because of a stomach virus.
In fact, her mom already had picked her up to transport her to the doctor's office.
âShe's one of my top players, so I didn't know what to do,â Pereira said. âI decided to move Nicole Bedoya from defense to Suzette's position, but I also worried about holes in my defense.â