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November 28th

Masse's big day helps Cumberland take 50th annual Thanksgiving Day showdown with Woonsocket

November 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET — With the Division II Super Bowl looming a week from Sunday, Cumberland High veteran mentor Chris Skurka took a somewhat conservative approach to the annual Thanksgiving morning clash with Woonsocket on chilly, gusty Thursday.
In an effort not to “break” any key spokes in his wheel, he chose not to start senior tailback Mike Stock; he wanted him to get some rest after he rushed for four touchdowns and 145 yards (with one catch for another paydirt) in his Clippers' 49-35 semifinal triumph over St. Raphael last Friday night.

Throw out the records when Tigers, Raiders meet on the gridiron

November 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – It doesn't matter who you talk to – Tolman High head coach Dave Caito or Shea High mentor Dino Campopiano.

The dear friends and former backfield mates at Johnston High had hoped to muster solid campaigns in their respective leagues, for the Tigers the top tier and the Raiders Division II-B; both, however, suffered from different issues en route.

November 27th

Saints pay the price for slow start, drop holiday grid tilt to Quakers

November 27, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- St. Raphael Academy head coach Mike Sassi had stated on the evening before his squad’s rather new holiday rivalry game against Moses Brown that – despite the upcoming inclement weather forecast – the two foes would play.

Evidently, the Providence private school didn’t want to go to combat on Thanksgiving Day; perhaps a primary reason being it would have slightly less rest to prepare for a Division III semifinal tilt this coming Tuesday.

November 26th

Lincoln’s Thaddeus Moss not after stardom; just fitting in and playing football

November 27, 2013

LINCOLN – The hope was to blend in as the new kid in a new high school.

But that wasn’t a luxury afforded to Thaddeus Moss, and it didn’t take this precocious young football player long to realize that he wasn’t in Kentucky or West Virginia any more.

Moss arrived at Lincoln High School in March, and the school’s lights seemingly became more luminous the moment he was spotted in the hallways. He was commanding nonstop attention, though in an entirely different fashion as what he was accustomed to on the gridiron.

November 25th

Clippers, Wizards to face off for Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium

November 25, 2013

The mystery surrounding where the Division II Super Bowl will take place is no more.

Monday saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League confirm the bowl sites and times for all four divisions. To date, the only division with a confirmed matchup is Division II, with defending champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick.

The Clippers and Wizards will meet Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cranston Stadium. The kickoff is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Division I contest, which gets underway at high noon.

November 24th

Manfredo earns 40th victory at Gingras's expense

November 24, 2013

LINCOLN — In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Pride & Power” card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was “past his prime” and dearly hoped to bring back “the Peter Manfredo Jr. of old” one more time.

Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincoln’s Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranston’s Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.

Clippers, Villa Novans prepare for 50th straight Thanksgiving meeting

November 24, 2013

There was nearly an oversight committed as Cumberland and Woonsocket looked to stay the course in the high school football playoff arms race.

Now that the postseason sabers have officially been placed in the Villa Novans’ closet and off to the side for the time being for the Clippers, it’s officially time to talk turkey – as in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest involving these two longtime Blackstone Valley rivals. The latest chapter takes place this Thursday morning with a scheduled 10:30 a.m. kickoff at Woonsocket’s Barry Field.

November 22nd

Clippers outlast Saints, secure return trip to Division II Super Bowl

November 23, 2013

CUMBERLAND -- Courtesy of a fierce and furious ground attack, Cumberland High not only claimed a thrilling 49-35 victory over St. Raphael Academy in a R.I. Division II semifinal at Tucker Field on Friday night, but also snagged its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Can another title be far behind?

If ever there was a career night posted by a Clipper, junior Mike Stock would own it. While bulling his way to 144 yards and four touchdowns on 29 handles, he added a fifth on an 11-yard scoring toss from classmate and quarterback Tyler Calabro.

November 21st

Super Bowl berth is at stake for Saints, Clippers in tonight's Division II playoff game at Tucker Field

November 22, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The saying goes that you can't look ahead without fully understanding where you've been – and why.
Both Cumberland High chief Chris Skurka and St. Raphael Academy mentor Mike Sassi are utilizing that philosophy as they prepare their clubs for a monumental R.I. Division II semifinal, slated for Tucker Field at 7 p.m., Friday.

They're hungry for victory: Manfredo battles Gingras in super middleweight showdown at Twin River

November 21, 2013

LINCOLN — Ask any professional boxer what the toughest part of their craft is and the answer is pretty much unanimous.
It’s not the fights themselves, nor is it the months of training and sparring they devote prior to those bouts.
Rather, it’s the 24-48 hours before they have to weigh in on the day before their fights, and if you needed any proof of that, all you had to do was check out Thursday afternoon’s final weigh-in and press conference at the Wicked Good Bar & Grill’s back room at Twin River.

November 20th

Total Devotion: Tom Kenwood celebrates 40 years at helm of Clippers' track & field program

November 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND – You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.

Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boys’ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged – still does – any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; he’ll talk about his athletes’ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.

In fact, during this particular “sit down” with Kenwood in the Wellness Center’s Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.

November 19th

Manfredo Jr., Gingras await Friday night's main event of CES's 'Pride and Power' boxing show at Twin River

November 19, 2013

LINCOLN — Two years ago, a main event between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Rich Gingras would have been very unlikely and one of the last pairings any matchmaker could have imagined.
Two years ago, Manfredo was one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, battling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC championship, while Gingras, who fought as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight from 2006-2009, was 26 months removed from his last fight, electing to devote the bulk of his time getting his new gym, Fight 2 Fitness in Pawtucket, off the ground and running smoothly.

November 17th

SRA looks back on win, looks ahead to Cumberland

November 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Moments after St. Raphael Academy had claimed a controversial, down-to-the-wire, stunning 15-14 triumph over Woonsocket High on Saturday afternoon, head coach Mike Sassi stood at Barry Field with his youngest daughter in his arms speaking with media types.

WEB ONLY: Saints advance to Division II semifinals with 15-14 win over Woonsocket

November 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A single image defined Woonsocket High’s incredulously disappointing 15-14 loss to St. Raphael Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Perhaps 15 minutes after the R.I. Division II quarterfinal defeat, junior running back/linebacker Jaston Robinson exited the Barry Field clubhouse doors and – after being approached by a WHS parent – fell into his arms and sobbed.

What can the past tell us about organization's search for next possible PawSox manager?

November 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — If the past is any sort of indicator, the Red Sox can go in one of a number of directions in shopping for a new PawSox manager.

Pawtucket has seen four skippers come and go dating back to Buddy Bailey’s dismissal in 2004. In Ron Johnson and Arnie Beyeler, the Red Sox elected to go the internal route – both received promotions from their managerial posts in Double-A Portland. With Torey Lovullo and most recently Gary DiSarcina, the organization chose to cast a net outside the farm system and bring in someone with already set-in-stone connections.

November 15th

Tigers maul undermanned Blue Wave for season’s first win

November 16, 2013

PAWTUCKET – After struggling through eight Division I losses, Tolman High deserved a break. And the Tigers got one on Friday night when Division IV pretender Hope High came to Pariseau Field with just 21 players in uniform.

WEB ONLY: Duarte dominates in Shea comeback win

November 16, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- Shea High exploded for 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to claim a thrilling, come-from-behind 28-18 non-league triumph over Westerly at Max Read Field on Friday night.

Yanique Duarte completed a 67-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the final stanza, good for his third score of the contest, before Andy Darius iced it with a 30-yard interception return for the paydirt. Signal caller Ty’shon Ashe added the two-point conversion as the Raiders earned not just the 10-point win, but also improved to 5-5 overall.

November 14th

Familiar playoff foes SRA, Woonsocket to meet in Division II football quarterfinals

November 14, 2013

If last November’s riveting playoff result is any indication, the “rematch” between St. Raphael and Woonsocket in a R.I. Division II quarterfinal at Barry Field on Saturday should be a wild one.

The Villa Novans had trailed the Saints, 13-0, at the break, but rallied for 21 points in the second half, including 14 in the final quarter, to knot it at 21-21 at Pariseau Field.

In the end, SRA veteran mentor Mike Sassi’s crew took a 28-21 advantage in overtime, though Woonsocket later notched a TD to pull to within one.

November 13th

McGair: Local standouts deliver on RIC men's soccer team

November 13, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

You could say there was a heavy presence of local talent on this fall’s men’s soccer program at Rhode Island College.

The roster featured three players from Pawtucket – Camilo Estrada, Anderson Monteiro and Chuck Oddih – and two from Lincoln – Emmanuel Asiedu and Alexander LaBreche. Estrada and Asiedu learned earlier this week that their efforts and contributions did not go unnoticed by their contemporaries. Both were named to the Second Team All-Little East Conference.

November 12th

McGair: Lives under scrutiny, young college athletes need steady leadership

November 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE – There’s so much notoriety surrounding major college sports today that sometimes, we lose sight that the central figures are mere babes in the woods in terms of life experience.

 

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