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Another week, another big test for St. Raphael football team

October 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- St. Raphael Academy veteran chief Mike Sassi, his assistants and his gridders have spent hours in front of game films this week in preparation of what could be their most difficult foe thus far in North Kingstown.

When the Saints meet the Skippers in a critical Division II-B bash at 2 p.m., Saturday at Pariseau Field, Sassi’s defense will be trying to halt an uptempo, no-huddle offense that has registered 245 points while compiling a 6-1 overall record and 202 while going 4-1 mark in league action.

Sassi’s crew will enter at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in II-B.

October 30th

Ex-PawSox skipper Beyeler is a repeat champ

October 31, 2013

BOSTON – Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.

One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governors’ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the team’s first-base coach.

Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.

New champs are ‘in good shape’ moving forward

October 30, 2013

BOSTON – Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.

‘Big Hurt’ impressed by Big Papi’s success

October 30, 2013

BOSTON – In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didn’t become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.

“To have success at that position, you’ve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people don’t see,” explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. “You’ve got to stay mentally focused and you’ve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like you’re 100 percent ready to go.”

Sentinels’ late strike ousts Clippers from Div. II semis

October 30, 2013

EAST GREENWICH — When one of her players asked Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello how her baby was surviving the early moments of a battle between the Clippers and Smithfield on Wednesday night, the elder replied, “Pretty good, I think.”
Immediately after the second-ranked Sentinels had roared to an incredible 3-2 victory in this R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Nick Carcieri Field, Capone-Bello kept the same sense of humor, though looked sad doing so.

October 29th

'Own goal' allows Central Falls to bounce Tolman from Division I boys' soccer playoffs

October 29, 2013

Sports editor emeritus

CENTRAL FALLS – The Tolman-Central Falls playoff game appeared headed to a shootout for the longest time on Tuesday night. The favored Warriors were having a hard time scoring against Tolman keeper Adam Ghazal, arguably the best goalie in the state.

October 27th

McGair: Born-again Big East still contains plenty of coaching starpower

October 27, 2013

For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.

Nothing is certain but death and taxes – along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.

October 25th

For PC's Cooley, there’s a method to ‘Late Night Madness’

October 26, 2013

PROVIDENCE – On a campus where the men’s basketball program serves as a valuable gateway for public attention, nights like the one that took place at Providence College Friday are held in high esteem, not only by students, but the community at large.

With much fanfare, head coach Ed Cooley, his assistants and players rolled out the Black & White carpet for “Late Night Madness” festivities at Alumni Hall.

SRA speed pays off in 21-13 win over Shea

October 25, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- In an evenly-matched game that stood tied at 13 late in the third quarter, St. Raphael Academy’s speedy James Kelly made the decisive play of the night, an 80-yard touchdown run through the middle of Shea’s defense that sparked the Saints to a crucial 21-13 triumph over the Raiders.

October 24th

SRA-Shea football game could mean playoff berth

October 24, 2013

In terms of playoff ramifications, the significance of Friday’s 7 p.m. Division II-B contest pitting St. Raphael at Shea cannot be underscored.

The stakes are pretty high when you consider the 2-2 Saints and the 2-2 Raiders presently share the subdivision’s fourth and final playoff spot. Sprinkle in a West Warwick squad that’s also two up and two down in league play and it makes perfect sense to label tonight’s Pawtucket-centric matchup as one of critical significance.

Lincoln downs Bay View in regular-season finale

October 24, 2013

LINCOLN — Head coach Brenda Sylvester really couldn't recall what she told her Lincoln High troops prior to facing Bay View in both teams' Division I-North season finale on Thursday afternoon.
“I guess I just told them to go out and play as well as they know they can,” stated Sylvester, who attended the contest despite being on maternity leave, giving assistant Lea Miguel the opportunity to serve as interim chief. “I just said, 'Go out and play your game.'”

No. 3 batter Pedroia draws attention at World Series

October 24, 2013

BOSTON – For much of his tenure with the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has been a mainstay at the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

What used to serve as a foregone conclusion for Boston received a noticeable jolt this season. On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Pedroia found himself hitting in front of cleanup “banger” David Ortiz while newcomer Shane Victorino assumed the spot in the lineup that used to have the second baseman’s name written all over it.

October 23rd

Lincoln students learn importance of syncing both body and mind

October 23, 2013

LINCOLN – As a former high school and college athlete, Mike Bedrossian knows what it takes to prepare for games, especially those critical to his teams' success.

He did time and again at Seekonk High, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he starred in basketball and baseball.

October 22nd

East Providence native, Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes weighs in on Fall Classic

October 22, 2013

This is one of those times when getting it straight from the horse’s mouth just seems right. In Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, you have someone who meets the criteria of gleaning insight into what exactly makes the Red Sox and Cardinals tick.

Lopes’ credentials are unparalleled when it comes to weighing in/opining on the two World Series combatants. The East Providence native and La Salle Academy alumnus was part of a Los Angeles organization that recently got pushed aside by St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.

Lincoln remains unbeaten in Div, II girls' soccer, grabs hard-fought 1-0 victory over Warwick Vets

October 22, 2013

LINCOLN – If you missed the first 30 seconds of Tuesday night’s Division II girls’ soccer clash between Lincoln and Warwick Vets, you missed a lot.
Electing to establish tempo on the game’s initial touch, the Lions quickly penetrated deep into the Hurricanes’ zone before one of their scoring stars took over. Senior Hailee Jarry succeeded in turning the corner and getting past a Warwick Vets defender before rifling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that goalie Katelen Pick had little chance of stopping.

October 20th

Shea gridders claim non-league matchup with N.P.

October 20, 2013

NORTH PROVIDENCE — Throughout practice sessions last week, North Providence High head coach Glenn Williams quietly worried about how facing a Division II-B squad such as Shea could hurt it.
Not emotionally, of course, but physically. After all, the competition – not to mention the overall size, strength and speed of a D-II club – is better two leagues up, as many coaches out there would heartily agree.
“We came into this with the attitude 'Let's get through this without any injuries, and let's learn something from it,'” stated Williams, also the school's athletic director.

October 18th

Hope tops C.F. gridders in defensive Div. 4 battle

October 18, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
CENTRAL FALLS — Defense ruled the night as Hope High held on for a 14-6 victory over Central Falls on Friday evening at the Higginson Avenue gridiron.
The visitors led 8-0 at halftime, only to see Central Falls climb to within two points when Carlos Hernandez picked up a botched snap from center by Hope on an attempted punt and returned the ball 45 yards for a touchdown.
It was the only time Central Falls would score all night.

'Own goal' helps Lincoln soccer team nip MSC, 1-0

October 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Minutes following Mount St. Charles’ 1-0 loss to fellow Division II stalwart Lincoln High on Friday afternoon, head coach Paul Jacques worried not so much about the verdict but the health of junior keeper Ben Weiss.
With 17:30 remaining in the opening half, Lions’ senior tri-captain Alex D’Aloisio fired a pass from the deep left corner toward Weiss as he guarded the net. The liner got through the defense, and Weiss deflected the ball away, but went down in a heap.

October 17th

Big football games await C.F., Cumberland, Shea

October 17, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but the midway point of the high school season is this weekend.
And in this state, the third weekend of October usually means two things -- a heavy dose of non-league games for Division II teams, and some interesting matchups in the other three divisions.
Two teams holding onto their playoff hopes are included in these divisional matchups, North Smithfield and Central Falls, and there will be plenty of interest in their respective “must-win” contests.

October 16th

Cumberland spikers hold off Tiverton’s upset bid

October 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Visiting Tiverton tried to pull off a magical comeback and an upset victory over Cumberland on Wednesday night at the Clippers’ Wellness Center, but the Clippers were able to win a 3-2 thriller that raised their Division II-North record to 12-2.
The Clippers cruised to 25-9 and 25-15 victories in the first two games, but the Tigers (6-8) came back to win the next two games, 25-20 and 25-16, and take the Clippers the distance in the fifth set before falling 16-14.

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