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CUMBERLAND â The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasnât 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 Burrillvilleâs 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.
BOSTON â Gary DiSarcina and Rich Sauveur thought they were positioned well out of harmâs way. Perched in a far corner inside the champagne-soaked, music-blaring, jolly-good-time party scene that was the Red Soxâ clubhouse following last Fridayâs 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.
Even on the phone, the unbridled enthusiasm in Tyrone Naredâs 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.
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PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy is fielding a young football team this season that needs to minimize mistakes to reach its full potential.
âWe only return three starters on each side of the ball from last yearâs team,â 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.
PROVIDENCE â 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 Brownâs 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.
CUMBERLAND â Approximately 10 months ago, on a cold night at East Greenwich Highâs 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 Clippersâ head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello decided beforehand to remind her upperclassmen of that defeat.
Tolman High head coach Dave Caito calls it the start of a new season. In many ways, this weekendâs 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 â and final â ânewâ â season, a.k.a. the playoffs.
PAWTUCKET â 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.
CUMBERLAND â The same olâ affliction keeps raring itâs ugly head for Cumberland High.
Thatâs 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 todayâs practice session would be creating more offense.
âI thought we played well overall,â he sighed following the bittersweet tie, one that left the Clippers at 1-2-1 overall and in league action. âWeâve been lacking offense, and â sometimes â thatâs just the way the game of soccer goes.
BOSTON â The Boston Red Soxâ âHats off to Heroes Programâ honored Technical Sergeant Joshua Lemois during Sunday nightâs 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.
SMITHFIELD â 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.
PAWTUCKET â Not very long ago, before the Boston Red Sox bullpen became seemingly overrun with young, hard-throwing arms, there was Alex Wilson.
Wilsonâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â After suffering a disgruntling 2-0, 14-inning loss to Durham in Game No. 3 of this Governorsâ Cup best-of-five championship final â the two runs both unearned due to a three-base error, throwing miscue and two grounders â 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 franchiseâs second straight Cup title and fourth in club history.
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 didnât 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.
Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson believes it, and so does Shea mentor Dino Campopiano.
Both understand that those teams that make up the stateâs 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 Campopianoâs Raiders will have the task of battling defending league champion Cumberland, St. Raphael, North Kingstown, Central and Rogers in II-B.
WOONSOCKET â âIâm doing this for the betterment of these two kids,â 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 â for identity purposes, they are referred to as a boysâ soccer player and a baseball player â do not meet the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs basic eligibility principles.
DURHAM, N.C. â 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 Governorsâ 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.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â 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 Tigersâ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
âThey listened; theyâre a very coachable group,â Tow said.
PROVIDENCE â 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.
PAWTUCKET â Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ Cup championship, it doesnât 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.