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NORTH PROVIDENCE â 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 â not to mention the overall size, strength and speed of a D-II club â is better two leagues up, as many coaches out there would heartily agree.
âWe came into this with the attitude 'Let's get through this without any injuries, and let's learn something from it,'â stated Williams, also the school's athletic director.
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CENTRAL FALLS â 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.
WOONSOCKET â Minutes following Mount St. Charlesâ 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, Lionsâ senior tri-captain Alex DâAloisio 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.
Itâs 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 âmust-winâ contests.
CUMBERLAND â Visiting Tiverton tried to pull off a magical comeback and an upset victory over Cumberland on Wednesday night at the Clippersâ 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.
PROVIDENCE â Right from the onset, Bob Driscoll expressed a strong desire to inject new life into the athletic facilities utilized by Providence College coaches and student-athletes.
âI remember speaking with a reporter in one of my first interviews for an article about what was possible,â said Driscoll, now less than a month away from the 12th anniversary of his hiring date as the schoolâs athletic director. âIâm a pretty big dreamer, but even for my dreams, itâs exceeded that.â
LINCOLN â First the simple facts:
So far this season, the Lincoln High girls' soccer squad has racked up a stellar 8-0-2 record (9-0-2 overall) against its Division II counterparts, and remains the only unbeaten team in that league, even though Burrillville â with its 9-2-0 mark â sits atop D-II with 27 points.
Still, the Lions (as of Monday) have played one less tilt and are a mere point back in second.
CENTRAL FALLS -- Despite all the things that went wrong for Central Falls on Friday night â from its high number of penalties to its turnovers and poor tackling â the Warriors still had their share of opportunities to defeat a vastly-improved Scituate team.
And while the Spartans endured their share of struggles as well, they were able to pull out of Perez Field with a 20-18 victory and raise their young Division IV record to 2-0.
PROVIDENCE â St. Raphael Academy had trouble protecting leads and finishing games in its two league losses this season.
On Friday night at City Stadium, the Saints corrected those problems, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and rolling to a 33-0 victory over Central that evened SRAâs Division II-B record at 2-2.
In analyzing this weekâs slate of high school football games, we thought it would be appropriate to categorize them via the following tiers:
-- Let the good times continue to roll.
-- Time to circle the wagons and bounce back.
-- Borrowing from The Doors, itâs time to break on through.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolman High enhanced its playoff hopes on Wednesday with a solid 2-0 upset victory over Hope High on Wednesday evening at McKinnon-Alves Field.
Ibrahima Male and Sebastian Estrada netted first-half goals for the Tigers and goalie Adam Ghazal took care of the rest, making 16 saves, several of the spectacular variety, to keep Hope (now 5-3-1) off the scoreboard.
âAdam is the best goalie Iâve seen so far this season,â Tolman coach Jack Couto admitted after the match ended. âIf not for Adam, Hope probably would have had four goals.â
SMITHFIELD â More than anything, Cumberland High sophomore Amy Laverty wanted to team with her harrier friends and upset fellow powerhouse Smithfield to claim a most elusive Northern Division championship.
The Sentinels, however, provided too much depth in this âBattle of Unbeatens,â and closed the season with a perfect 11-0 mark after edging the gutsy Clippers, 24-34, at Deerfield Park on Tuesday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs cause for optimism regarding the boysâ and girlsâ cross-country programs at Tolman High.
With both squads fielding extremely young squads this fall, meets like the one on Monday afternoon at Slater Park will serve as stepping stones for future seasons. The Tolman boys posted a 22-32 victory over Moses Brown, though dropped a 22-33 decision to East Providence.
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PAWTUCKET â âThis is one of those games you guys will remember for the rest of your lives,â Cumberland High coach Chris Skurka told his players after they rallied for a stunning 24-17 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Saturday night before approximately 400 fans at Max Read Field.
BOSTON â The sight of Jonny Gomes taking swings in the same batting-practice group as Ryan Lavarnway before Game Two of the American League Division Series provided some easy dots to connect.
As if the lines of symmetry werenât clearly marked already, John McDonald jumped in the cage immediately after Gomes, Lavarnway and the rest of their pregame swing partners cleared out.
CUMBERLAND â Saturday nightâs Division II-B football contest between Cumberland and St. Raphael is still scheduled to kick off at 7 oâclock.
The location, however, has changed.
Thanks to Fridayâs rainstorm shutting down operations on the track surface at Tucker Field, Cumberland officials found themselves in a precarious position, that of scrambling to find a last-minute venue that would still allow the game to take place on its rescheduled night. Their wishes didnât go unanswered for long, as Pawtucketâs Max Read Field will now serve as the Clippersâ âhome fieldâ against the Saints.
PROVIDENCE â Shea High veteran mentor Pierre Ridore explained how irritated he had been back on Tuesday afternoon after his squad, playing with little emotion or care, had surrendered a 1-0 defeat to struggling Central Falls.
âIt was our first loss to Central Falls dating back to 2003; it was our Blackstone Valley Invitational (Tournament) game,â he stated. âWe hadn't lost to them in over a decade, and I told the kids that it shouldn't have happened, that they were playing too lazy.â
CUMBERLAND â One more day â at least thatâs the hope that the Cumberland High football team will be allowed to hit its home turf for an intriguing Division II-B contest against St. Raphael Academy.
With the track portion of Tucker Field still in the final phase of completion, school officials decided to push the Cumberland-SRA matchup ahead a day, moving it from Friday night to Saturday night. Kickoff remains at 7 p.m.
LINCOLN â Raise your hand if you can name the two winningest fighters in the three-year history of Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ mixed martial arts division.
If you can name Pawtucket middleweight Todd Chattelle and Woonsocket bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath, you can go to the head to the class.
Both fighters, who train out of Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket, have won a record five times under the CES colors, and they will look to continue their winning ways tonight at the Twin River Event Center.
Thereâs no doubt that the college football gods were smiling down on Jean-Daniel Roussel this past Saturday when the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus tied a Sacred Heart record with three interceptions in one game.
The feat, coming in the Pioneersâ 16-0 non-league victory over Bucknell, helped Roussel garner plenty of recognition. He was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, with College Football Performance Awards bestowing their National Defensive Back Performer of the Week honor upon him.