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September 24th

Exciting cross country finish as Clippers' Laverty edges out Broncos' Dumais

September 24, 2013

CUMBERLAND – The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasn’t so much whether host Cumberland High would sweep its Northern Division tri-meet against other local foes.

They did, and then some.

Instead, it revolved around a rivalry that began last year. That is, how would Clipper sophomore Amy Laverty perform against junior Betsy Dumais, one of Burrillville’s top harriers over the past decade or more.

Laverty captured this particular outing, outhustling Dumais to the finish line with a stellar 3.1-mile clocking of 19:50. She edged the runner-up Bronco by a mere four ticks.

September 23rd

PawSox players, coaches were key in Boston's division pursuit

September 23, 2013

BOSTON – Gary DiSarcina and Rich Sauveur thought they were positioned well out of harm’s way. Perched in a far corner inside the champagne-soaked, music-blaring, jolly-good-time party scene that was the Red Sox’ clubhouse following last Friday’s division clincher, the two Pawtucket Red Sox coaches were more than content to be innocent bystanders.

But what soon followed was a moment that could very well summarize the impact that DiSarcina, Sauveur and the rest of the 2013 PawSox had on the newly minted American League East champs.

Several area hoopsters to showcase talents in Europe this season

September 23, 2013

Even on the phone, the unbridled enthusiasm in Tyrone Nared’s voice was readily apparent.

A new basketball season on foreign soil beckons for this Woonsocket native, and judging by the synopsis Nared provided mere hours before embarking on a near 15-hour flight that would take him to his roundball address for the next several months, the outlook appears bright.

September 22nd

Mistakes hinder SRA football team in loss to Rogers

September 22, 2013

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy is fielding a young football team this season that needs to minimize mistakes to reach its full potential.

“We only return three starters on each side of the ball from last year’s team,” head coach Mike Sassi was saying after the Saints lost a very winnable game against Rogers High of Newport on Saturday afternoon at Pariseau Field.

September 21st

Moses Brown proves too much for Lincoln gridders

September 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The good vibrations that have surrounded Dave Waycott and his Lincoln High squad the past few weeks came to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon.

Moses Brown’s campus was a house of horrors for the Lions, who were roughed up to the tune of 46-7 by the Quakers in the Division III opener for both teams.

September 20th

Dion deadly as Clippers win rematch of Div. II semi-final over Broncos, 3-1

September 20, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Approximately 10 months ago, on a cold night at East Greenwich High’s Carcieri Field, Cumberland High played its collective heart out before suffering a 2-1 triple-overtime semifinal loss to eventual Division II state champion Burrillville.

The two Division II-North rivals went at it again in a tilt at Tucker Field on sun-splashed Friday afternoon, and Clippers’ head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello decided beforehand to remind her upperclassmen of that defeat.

September 19th

McGair: Arrival of league play means high school football season is truly under way

September 19, 2013

Tolman High head coach Dave Caito calls it the start of a new season. In many ways, this weekend’s Rhode Island high school football schedule is just that for the local teams.

The time has come to put what has amounted to nearly five weeks of preseason camp in the rearview mirror. The 2013 campaign begins in earnest Friday night with the opening of league play, a time where teams battle it out for division championships and jockey for position in league standings, all fighting toward a common goal: to make it to that next – and final – “new” – season, a.k.a. the playoffs.

September 18th

Ivey-Jones' late goal gives SRA a 2-2 tie with Tigers

September 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High head coach Bel Pereira had hoped his squad would sew up what would've been a stellar 2-1 triumph over Division III-A rival St. Raphael Academy on Wednesday evening, but that wish fell by the wayside with one simple boot.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, and after a Tiger defender had been whistled for an infraction just outside her own zone's penalty box, officials awarded talented senior co-captain Kyanna Ivey-Jones an indirect kick from about 22 yards out.

September 17th

Cumberland girls duel Barrington to scoreless tie

September 17, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The same ol’ affliction keeps raring it’s ugly head for Cumberland High.
That’s why head coach Anthony Silva promised moments after a 0-0 Division I stalemate with Barrington on the Tucker Field Annex turf on Tuesday afternoon that his primary focus at today’s practice session would be creating more offense.
“I thought we played well overall,” he sighed following the bittersweet tie, one that left the Clippers at 1-2-1 overall and in league action. “We’ve been lacking offense, and – sometimes – that’s just the way the game of soccer goes.

Red Sox honor Cumberland soldier

September 17, 2013

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox’ “Hats off to Heroes Program” honored Technical Sergeant Joshua Lemois during Sunday night’s contest at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees. The ceremony took place at the end of the fourth inning.

TSgt Lemois is a member of the United States Air Force where he has served for the last 13 years. A Cumberland native, TSgt Lemois served in Saudi Arabia and volunteered for deployment in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty.

September 15th

Defending champion Cumberland ‘has a lot of work to do’ after season-opening loss to Cranston West

September 15, 2013

SMITHFIELD — The score could've been so much worse at halftime, and Cumberland High head coach Chris Skurka knew it.
That's why, after the horn signifying intermission had sounded, Skurka clapped his hands (although not with pleasure but more for self-healing), spoke with a few assistants and shuffled his squad back to its team room underneath Bryant University's Bulldog Stadium.

September 14th

PawSox' Wilson biding time before rejoining parent club

September 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Not very long ago, before the Boston Red Sox bullpen became seemingly overrun with young, hard-throwing arms, there was Alex Wilson.

Wilson’s current status is Triple-A reliever, while former PawSox like Brandon Workman, Drake Britton and Rubby De La Rosa are getting the call late in games for Boston. But back in July, it was Wilson who held down a major-league spot. What ensued was a thumb injury for Wilson that temporarily pushed the 26-year-old to the back burner and presented a chance for others to come forward.

PawSox' offense once again MIA as Bulls clinch Governors' Cup

September 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – After suffering a disgruntling 2-0, 14-inning loss to Durham in Game No. 3 of this Governors’ Cup best-of-five championship final – the two runs both unearned due to a three-base error, throwing miscue and two grounders – the Pawtucket Red Sox hoped to put the ugly, immediate past behind them and look ahead.

They wanted desperately to post a Game 4 win on Saturday night and force a deciding contest today, the lone desire the chance to claim the franchise’s second straight Cup title and fourth in club history.

September 13th

Dynamic Duarte powers Shea past Lincoln, 28-8

September 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET -- Shea committed 16 penalties for 126 yards, turned the ball over three times, and did a few other things that drew the ire of head coach Dino Campopiano in its regular-season opener against Lincoln on Friday night.

But all that didn’t prevent the Raiders from walking out of Max Read Field with a three-touchdown victory, as special teams and defense played a large role in their 28-8 triumph over their longtime foes.

September 12th

High school football season begins this weekend

September 12, 2013

Sports writers
Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson believes it, and so does Shea mentor Dino Campopiano.
Both understand that those teams that make up the state’s Division I is still superior in talent, but that the league in which they compete is the toughest from top to bottom.
Really, who can argue? This season, the Villa Novans will face in their II-A bracket the likes of Coventry, Chariho, Johnston and Mount Hope, while Campopiano’s Raiders will have the task of battling defending league champion Cumberland, St. Raphael, North Kingstown, Central and Rogers in II-B.

In R.I., hardship cases, landing waivers can be tough

September 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET — “I’m doing this for the betterment of these two kids,” declares George Nasuti.

It is the intent of the longtime Woonsocket High athletic director to exhaust all options in the hopes of obtaining a hardship waiver for two currently enrolled student-athletes. Due to their circumstances, these Villa Novans – for identity purposes, they are referred to as a boys’ soccer player and a baseball player – do not meet the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s basic eligibility principles.

September 11th

Durham's 2-1 win evens I.L. title series with PawSox

September 11, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Bulls capitalized on two mistakes by the Pawtucket Red Sox to post a 2-1 win over them in Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup championship series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
That win knots the best-of-five series at a game apiece as it shifts back to McCoy Stadium on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Game 4 is Saturday at 6:05 p.m., and if a Game 5 is needed, it will be held on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

September 10th

Tolman comes back to spike North Smithfield, 3-1

September 10, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigers’ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
“They listened; they’re a very coachable group,” Tow said.

Lincoln booters grab 1-0 victory from Moses Brown

September 10, 2013

Contributing writer
PROVIDENCE — The margin for error in Divi-sion II looks pretty slim so far this season.
Lincoln High, which lost in the D-II playoff semifinals last year, edged Moses Brown by a 1-0 margin on Tuesday afternoon in a contest that featured a total of two shots on goal, one for each side.

September 9th

PawSox aren’t immune to callups, even with Governors’ Cup at stake

September 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governors’ Cup championship, it doesn’t mean the roster is untouchable.

Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.


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