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November 25th

Thanksgiving Football | Teams without Bowl slots look for defining moment in rivalry matchups

November 25, 2014


CENTRAL FALLS  –  During preseason workouts in August, some high school football coaches already know that their teams – based on numbers, talent, seasons played together, knowledge of their systems, etc. – will earn a playoff berth.
 
In fact, there are a few who figure their clubs, barring massive injuries, will claim a spot in their divisional Super Bowl.
 

November 24th

High school hockey | Lincoln solves 'Riel' coaching issue with familiar face

November 24, 2014

LINCOLN – Newborn Colin Joseph Riel doesn't know it yet, but he will down the road: The same month he came into this world, his grandfather – Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the R.I. National Guard – replaced his dad as the Lincoln High boys' ice hockey head coach.

It's a long story, but the eldest Riel decided to keep the role in the family a few weeks ago, and his sons, Jim and Garrett – not to mention the entire LHS community – couldn't be happier. The Lions will maintain familiarity with their mentors.

High school football | Will Thanksgiving games go off as scheduled?

November 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For Shea High grid coach Dino Campopiano and his area brethren, it was business as usual Monday afternoon and evening.

He and his team conducted a practice under the dark, cloudy skies at the Max Read Field athletic complex in preparation of hosting archrival Tolman in a Division II crossover showdown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, despite the fact several meteorologists have forecast miserably wet and/or snowy weather through the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 23rd

Shea High Football | For these Raiders, football is a family affair

November 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET –  As impressionable six- to nine-year-olds, brothers Chris and Yanique Duarte, along with cousin Anthony Almeida, raced down to Max Read Field on game day to watch their family members represent the Shea High School football team.
 
The trio remembers cousin Jermaine Cabagno quarterbacking the Raiders to the 2006 R.I. Division II Super Bowl crown with a 46-8 victory over Chariho at Bryant University.

November 21st

High school football | Raiders blast Oakers to gain berth in Division II Super Bowl

November 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Shea High relied on three explosive touchdown plays and a withering defense to breeze into the Division II Super Bowl on Friday night.

The Raiders shrugged off a second-quarter challenge from Coventry en route to a 41-14 triumph. Momodou Mbye and Leandro DeBrito made the big plays for Shea. Mbye scored on runs of 60 and 92 yards while DeBrito ran a short kickoff back 57 yards for a score and also booted two field goals.

Girls basketball | Waleska Kelly will return to the court for Davies Tech

November 21, 2014

LINCOLN – Davies Tech girls' hoop head coach Joe Handy never expected to get the news so quickly, but it was well worth the wait.

“Waleska's back, and I'm so happy for her!” he laughed seconds after walking through the front doors to a favorite coffee shop on Wednesday night.

November 20th

High school football | Raiders hope to maintain stingy ways in Div. II semifinals

November 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In these sudden-death Division II playoffs, Shea High has written a life insurance policy funded by its defensive unit, an aggressive group of athletes who follow their assignments on each play and eschew individualistic efforts.


The Raiders were the only team in last weekend’s quarterfinals who held their opponent under 20 points. Unbeaten North Kingstown yielded 49 points in a loss to Coventry. Unbeaten St. Raphael gave up 33 to Johnston in its stunning upset.

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November 20, 2014

November 19th

College basketball | Friars' Dunn working his way back into form

November 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Kris Dunn believes he has unburdened himself from the fear of injury in a basketball setting. That’s no small admittance when you consider how much time the Providence College sophomore has missed in each of the last two seasons.

“I don’t think about my shoulder or anything. I don’t have jitters,” Dunn said. “I’m just excited to play once again because it’s been a while. I want to play well for everybody. I’ve just got to let everything come.”

November 18th

Girls' hockey | Game on for Lincoln/Cumberland girls' co-op hockey

November 18, 2014

There will be a Lincoln/Cumberland girls’ hockey team taking the ice for the 2014-15 season.

The news became official Tuesday night during separate special meetings of the Cumberland and Lincoln school committees. Cumberland voted to pay Lincoln the money that it owed from the last two seasons and to move forward with the same cooperative agreement in place for the upcoming campaign.

November 17th

High school sports | Changes coming to R.I. interscholastic baseball scene

November 18, 2014

•PROVIDENCE – The landscape in Rhode Island interscholastic baseball is going to look vastly different over the next two years.

At Monday’s meeting of the R.I. Principals’ Committee on Athletics, the board voted 15-1 in favor of implementing a two-year baseball realignment proposal that would feature 22 teams in Division I and the restoration of a third division for the first time since 2006. Division III would be comprised of 11 teams with local representation including Shea, Central Falls, Burillville and Davies Tech.

VIDEO: Patriots credit teamwork and toughness in win over Colts

November 17, 2014

High school sports | SIGNED, SEALED & DELIVERED: Lincoln High trio sheds light on college choice

November 17, 2014

 

LINCOLN – The common denominator among Lincoln High varsity softball teammates Stacey Mayer and Adriana Toro and baseball standout Mason Palmieri on Thursday afternoon was this: Utter relief.

For months or even years now, the trio of seniors had been sure as to where they would further their academic and athletic educations, but admitted to feeling “stressed out.” The reason: They couldn't wait to make it official.

November 14th

Shea High Football | Raiders blast Kilties 30-14, head to D-II semifinals

November 15, 2014


PAWTUCKET  –  Whatever good will had been displayed over the previous two-plus hours quickly evaporated at the end of the R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal clash between Shea-Mount Pleasant on Friday night.

St. Raphael Academy Football | STUNNED – Saints knocked out by Johnston, 33-31

November 15, 2014


PAWTUCKET – Johnston High pulled off the upset of the year on Friday night, knocking unbeaten St. Raphael Academy out of the Division II playoffs with a stunning 33-31 victory at Pariseau Field.

Johnston utilized the Wing-T offense formerly favored by the host Saints and tore holes in the SRA defense. Halfback Marc Conte ran for two touchdowns and scored another on a pick-six interception to spark the Panthers, who came into the game with a 3-4 league record. The Saints were 7-0.

November 13th

Shea Football, St. Raphael Academy Football | Raiders, Saints begin playoffs tonight

November 13, 2014

Shea relishes first playoff spot since '07

PAWTUCKET  –  The drought is over, and veteran Shea High coach Dino Campopiano is hoping his club will choose to make the most of the opportunity.
 

November 12th

High school sports | Tolman's Wilson signs LOI to play softball at Saint Anselm

November 12, 2014

Tolman senior Leiandra Wilson is all smiles as she gets ready to take part in a signing ceremony at the high school Wednesday afternoon. Wilson signed her letter of intent to attend Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire on a softball scholarship.

November 11th

High school sports | National Letter of Intent day at hand for local athletes

November 11, 2014

Another national letter-of-intent signing day is upon us and several Blackstone Valley high schools have student-athletes set to perform their best signatures. For this noteworthy group, everything at last becomes official after months, if not more than a year, of honoring their verbal commitment.

November 10th

High school football | Shea, St. Raphael open Division II football playoffs Friday night at home

November 10, 2014

 

In a perfect world, Pawtucket would be the epicenter of interscholastic Division II football this week with Shea, Tolman and St. Raphael all gearing up for the postseason. Alas, the reality is that just two of the three schools are in the equation.

The Division II brackets were finalized and released Sunday with Shea and St. Raphael learning their respective quarterfinal-round opponents. High school football enthusiasts in the city have been presented with a conundrum as the Raiders and Saints each have home games Friday night at 7 p.m.

November 8th

Shea High boys soccer | Raiders beat La Salle, 2-1 in D-I semifinal, head to state championship game

November 8, 2014

CUMBERLAND – It’s hard to believe Saturday night’s Division I playoff match between unbeaten Shea High and La Salle Academy was just a semifinal round contest. All of the trappings suggested this contest meant everything to all involved. The stands and running track at Tucker Field were filled with more than 300 rabid fans who gave off as much energy as the players and coaches roaming the ersatz turf.