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Last year, Woonsocket and St. Raphael staged a thrilling Division II quarterfinal-round playoff contest. A touchdown produced in the waning seconds of regulation enabled the Saints to force overtime, this after the Novans held a 21-13 advantage with just 90 seconds remaining.
PROVIDENCE â After exactly 100 minutes of regulation and overtime play, Lincoln High found itself in an eerily similar position in the R.I. Division II championship game against Toll Gate late Saturday afternoon.
Back on Nov. 2, the Lions played ninth-seeded East Greenwich to a 1-1 quarterfinal stalemate before eventually claiming a 2-1 shootout victory; that came via a 4-3 penalty-kick count.
Against third-ranked Toll Gate, Lincoln seemed to have some confidence built in following that previous third OT triumph, but one swing of the leg turned the tide.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland needed to bring out its best football against a formidable opponent on Friday night if it wanted to repeat as Division II-B champions and earn the leagueâs top seed in the upcoming playoffs.
But instead of bringing out their best, the Clippers did the complete opposite against West Warwick and paid the price.
PROVIDENCE â As he watched one Providence player after another foul out, Ed Cooley took a hard and long look at the available options on the bench.
What the head coach saw was his sophomore point guard in a finely tailored suit sitting alongside a collection of reserves that suddenly found themselves in the eye of the storm. With his options at a premium, Cooley motioned in the direction of Lee Goldsbrough and Ted Bancroft, hoping beyond belief that somehow, PC could survive this overtime session against Boston College.
CUMBERLAND â Before looking ahead to what could result in an unusual five-way tie for first place in the Division II-B ranks once the regular season ends this weekend, itâs time to take a history lesson and look back to the last (and only other) time this happened in the state.
In 2008, Tolman, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Warwick Vets, and Westerly found themselves tied for first place in the Division II-A standings with 5-2 records and scratching their heads over which were going to be the four that would play in the following weekendâs opening round of the playoffs.
PROVIDENCE â In his wildest dreams, Ed Cooley could probably not have imagined that he would have to deal with several criseis regarding player personnel on the eve of a new season for the Providence College Friars.
CRANSTON â After a scoreless initial half, Lincoln High head coach John D'Aloisio assembled his troops in front of a cage at Cranston Stadium on Wednesday night and informed them he wanted to employ a simplistic switch.
Because Providence Country Day's defense would sag around the net whenever the Lions possessed the ball â that in an effort to squelch any up-close attempts at Knights' sophomore keeper Justin LaRose, he wanted one of his forwards to hold back.
PAWTUCKET â In the eyes of Gary DiSarcinaâs now-former baseball employer, thereâs no question that his deft and guiding hand that was omnipresent during his first and what turned out his only season managing the Pawtucket Red Sox played a crucial role in the parent clubâs march to a World Series championship.
WEST GREENWICH â A little bit more of this, a little bit less of that, and the situation could've been vastly different inside the Exeter/West Greenwich High gymnasium on Tuesday night.
So said Cumberland High head coach Ruth Plante after she watched the Scarlet Knights capture a not-as-easy-as-it-seemed 3-0 triumph over her Clippers in a R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolman High coach Roger Tow didnât want to hear about how poorly his team played Tuesday night during a 3-0 loss to East Greenwich in the Division II quarterfinals.
âEast Greenwich made us play poorly,â he told his athletic director, John Scanlan, following the 69-minute contest. âThey had a good game plan coming in and they executed it. Our offense was missing. I think our team lost some confidence, too, as the match went along.â
PAWTUCKET â Less than 72 hours removed from Shea High's most impressive win of the season, head coach Pierre Ridore and his boys were back at work at Max Read Field on Tuesday afternoon, re-polishing their skills.
The seventh-seeded Raiders had manufactured perhaps the upset of the R.I. Interscholastic League's Division I tourney on Saturday night, outlasting No. 2 Barrington, 1-0, in a quarterfinal shootout at Victory Field.
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PAWTUCKET â The wide-open Division II-B playoff race got a bit more interesting on Saturday afternoon when St. Raphael Academy beat high-scoring North Kingstown at its own game.
The Saints raced to a 54-34 victory over the Skippers, who came in averaging 30 points per league game with their hurry-up offense. This was a football game that turned into a track meet in the third quarter when the two teams combined for 48 points.
FOSTER â All season long, Amy Laverty carried Cumberland High on her slender shoulders. Sunday at the Rhode Island High School Cross Country Championships that took place at Ponaganset High, the sophomore was the recipient of a little help from her Clipper teammates.
The Cumberland girls ended up placing five runners inside the top 50, such a strong showing resulting in a fourth-place finish in the team standings and a coveted spot in next weekendâs New England Championships in Manchester, N.H. As usual, Laverty was the Clippersâ top point getter, finishing eighth with a time of 19:05.
LINCOLN â Like most coaches, Lincoln High chief John DâAloisio admitted being more relieved than thrilled after his club celebrated an incredibly well-played, physical but nonetheless thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over East Greenwich in a R.I. Division Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night.
âYou really canât enjoy it until the whole thing is finished,â he confessed with a smile, referring to the fact his Lions still need to furnish two triumphs to capture the state title in which theyâve all been longing.
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PAWTUCKET â Cumberland High took advantage of a crucial pass interference call with three minutes left in Friday nightâs game and scored the winning touchdown with 79 seconds left in what became a perilous 14-7 victory over a gallant Shea team that deserved a better fate.
PROVIDENCE â Earlier this week, Bob Walsh took in a Providence College practice at Alumni Hall.
What did the Rhode Island College head coach glean in advance of Saturdayâs 5:30 p.m. exhibition tilt between the Friars and the Anchormen at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center?
âTheyâre much deeper as far as talent goes, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,â said Walsh when reached Friday. âThe guys that the Friars have added â Brandon Austin, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris â theyâre all long.
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, Sassiâs 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.
Sassiâs crew will enter at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in II-B.
BOSTON â Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.
One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governorsâ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the teamâs 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.
BOSTON â Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.
BOSTON â In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didnât become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.
âTo have success at that position, youâve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people donât see,â explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. âYouâve got to stay mentally focused and youâve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like youâre 100 percent ready to go.â