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October 10th

Cumberland faces N.K. in key Div. II football duel

October 10, 2013

In analyzing this week’s 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, it’s time to break on through.


October 9th

Tolman boys' soccer team bolsters playoff prospects

October 9, 2013

Sports editor emeritus

PAWTUCKET – 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.

“Adam is the best goalie I’ve seen so far this season,” Tolman coach Jack Couto admitted after the match ended. “If not for Adam, Hope probably would have had four goals.”

October 8th

Smithfield outduels Cumberland, but Clippers' Laverty snags individual cross country title

October 8, 2013

SMITHFIELD – 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 “Battle of Unbeatens,” and closed the season with a perfect 11-0 mark after edging the gutsy Clippers, 24-34, at Deerfield Park on Tuesday afternoon.

October 7th

Tolman harriers take a step forward

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – There’s cause for optimism regarding the boys’ and girls’ 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.

October 6th

Clippers stage dramatic fourth-quarter comeback at Saints' expense

October 6, 2013

Sports editor emeritus

PAWTUCKET – “This is one of those games you guys will remember for the rest of your lives,” 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.

Still business as usual for Red Sox' McDonald, Lavarnway

October 6, 2013

BOSTON – 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 weren’t clearly marked already, John McDonald jumped in the cage immediately after Gomes, Lavarnway and the rest of their pregame swing partners cleared out.

October 4th

Going elsewhere: Clippers will meet Saints on Saturday night at Max Read Field

October 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Saturday night’s Division II-B football contest between Cumberland and St. Raphael is still scheduled to kick off at 7 o’clock.

The location, however, has changed.

Thanks to Friday’s 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 didn’t go unanswered for long, as Pawtucket’s Max Read Field will now serve as the Clippers’ “home field” against the Saints.

Fernandes leads Shea to 5-0 blowout of Central

October 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE – 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.
“It was our first loss to Central Falls dating back to 2003; it was our Blackstone Valley Invitational (Tournament) game,” he stated. “We 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.”

October 3rd

Cumberland-SRA football game is pushed to Saturday as Tucker Field project nears completion

October 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND – One more day – at least that’s 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.

Chattelle, Soukhamthath take center stage in tonight's CES MMA show at Twin River Event Center

October 3, 2013

LINCOLN — Raise your hand if you can name the two winningest fighters in the three-year history of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ 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.

October 2nd

Pawtucket's Roussel making football waves at Sacred Heart

October 2, 2013

There’s 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 Pioneers’ 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.

October 1st

After injury-plagued freshman year, PC's Dunn enters basketball season fully healthy

October 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Ask New London High head basketball coach Craig Parker about the summertime impression made by former player Kris Dunn and you will elicit a response that figures to warm the hearts of Providence College followers.

“A few things stood out to me. He was definitely stronger and his attitude was really upbeat about the upcoming season,” Parker expressed when reached Tuesday. “I think going into this season relatively injury-free as opposed to last year, he’s washed his hands of that so he can be the point guard up at Providence.”

Cumberland squads sweep Northern Division cross country tri-meet with Lincoln, Davies, Scituate

October 1, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The chief worry wasn’t the 3.1-mile Monastery course, nor was it the competitors who lined up at the starting line.
Given the Indian Summer-like conditions that blanketed the region Tuesday, there was no question that the weather stood to register the greatest impact during this Northern Division tri-meet for both area males and females.

Central Falls booters win Div. I showdown with Shea

October 1, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — When Central Falls and Shea square off on a soccer field, goals are usually hard to come by.
“We can score goals with anyone in the state,” C.F. coach Carl Africo was saying on Tuesday afternoon, minutes after his Warriors scored a 1-0 victory over the Raiders, “but when we play Shea, I know it’s going to be a low-scoring game. They fight for every inch of the field.”

September 30th

SRA spikers drop 3-0 verdict to Div. III foe Johnston

September 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy head coach Linley Pullem's post-game synopsis of her squad's overall performance was very simply put.
The Saints had just sustained a 3-0 Division III-North loss to Johnston High at the Alumni & Wellness Center late Monday afternoon, and she admitted she saw flashes of brilliance coupled with moments of complete disarray.
“We just need to be more consistent,” she stated.
On this day, SRA squandered three-point cushions in each of the three games, but watched them evaporate due to the Panthers' superior serving.

September 29th

A long MLB journey for PC alum McDonald

September 29, 2013

Hendricken Field, the official name of the onetime campus venue for Providence College baseball, no longer has a spacious, perfectly trimmed lawn. In its stead is an outdoor track and field complex that stands on the threshold of completion.

Diamond Hill Challenge obstacle run takes place October 19, benefits Cumberland youth programs

September 29, 2013

CUMBERLAND --- Ever since organizations such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash burst onto the scene in 2010, obstacle racing has become the rage and the ‘to-do’ activity for runners and non-athletes alike in this country and overseas.

Runners would try to complete a race – from your average 5K to a marathon – on a trail course that has its share of mud, ponds, and rocks and is littered with obstacles, ranging from climbing over walls to crossing balance beams, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping over fire pits.

September 27th

Shea pitches shutout versus Central, 19-0

September 27, 2013


Sports editor emeritus

PAWTUCKET – Earning and maintaining good field position proved crucial for Shea High on Friday night during a 19-0 victory over Central High in a Division II-B matchup at Max Read Field before approximately 200 fans.

September 26th

Local coaching legends to be honored in effort to assist Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland Lincoln holiday hoops tourney

September 26, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Ed McVeigh served 18 years as a business teacher and coach at Central Falls High School, and – in that latter category – mentored his Warriors’ boys’ basketball teams to six divisional titles and one state title, that during the 1986-87 campaign, his first.

As a result, and because of his ability to teach the game and train not just athletes but young men, he unanimously became the only coach enshrined in the CFHS’ Athletic Hall of Fame last Oct. 11.

September 25th

Second-half surge helps Shea girls boot Davies, 3-1

September 25, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET – Shea High often takes its sweet old time getting into gear on offense, an early-season trait coach Danielle Bishop hopes to correct in a hurry.
“It will hurt us against the better teams,” Bishop admitted on Wednesday after her Raiders rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to dump Davies 3-1 in a Division III-B matchup.


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