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November 12th, 2010

Lincoln boots Mount, heads to D-II title match

November 12, 2010

CRANSTON --- Defense is the main reason why Lincoln High captured the Division II-North title this year.
And if the Lions plan to seize the Division II state championship on Sunday afternoon, they are going to need the same excellent defense they displayed throughout the season and in Thursday night’s semifinal-round game against Mount St. Charles Academy.
Junior striker Jillian DeSimone scored her team-high 16th of the season and the Lions’ defense held off a furious second-half attack by the high-scoring Mounties en route to a 1-0 victory at Cranston Stadium.

November 11th

Second season on tap for Tigers, Saints

November 11, 2010

For Tolman, Woonsocket, and St. Raphael, the Division II’s ‘second season’ begins this weekend. For Burrillville and East Providence, their pursuit at a second season continues.
Five Blackstone Valley teams will try to extend their respective seasons past Thanksgiving this week when the Division II quarterfinal round takes place and the Division I and III regular seasons ramble down the home stretch.

Raiders move to Div. I title game

November 11, 2010

CRANSTON — In its 37 years as a varsity program, Shea High has copped a Division I-B championship in 1992, Large Division titles in 2002 and ’03, and a Division II crown three years ago.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Raiders will battle for another state championship, but unlike their previous four titles, this one will be for all the marbles in the state’s top division.

November 10th

Saints survive postseason shootout with Wizards

November 10, 2010

PAWTUCKET – West Warwick almost pulled off the upset heard around Division III on Tuesday night, taking a 2-1 lead into the final two minutes of the second overtime before St. Raphael Academy’s Kytresa Ivey-Jones scored the goal of her young life, tying the contest and sending it into a shootout that the Saints won, 4-2, on a clinching goal by freshman Trina Lomba.

Lincoln girls top N.S. in Div. II quarterfinals

November 10, 2010

LINCOLN – You could say the elements helped even the playing field between Lincoln and North Smithfield. With a steady rain sweeping across Chet Nichols Field, Tuesday’s Division II quarterfinal match became a matter of survival.
Thanks to two goals in the final nine minutes, the Lions emerged from this mud bath with a 2-0 victory over the Northmen, who played the game minus the services of head coach Steve DeMeo. DeMeo was relived of his coaching duties after Monday’s arrest for allegedly transmitting inappropriate messages to a minor.

Hazen discusses PawSox managerial vacancy

November 10, 2010

Boston Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that the process to find Pawtucket’s next manager is already under way. The vacancy was created when Torey Lovullo left to become Toronto’s first base coach on Monday.
“We’ve already started to put together a list,” Hazen said via cell phone. “Certainly within the list you have to stay somewhat flexible because of (potential coaching shifts at the major league level). As a result more candidates could become available as those situations play out.”

November 9th

PawSox manager takes job with Blue Jays

November 9, 2010

PAWTUCKET -- In the end, Torey Lovullo could not say no to his mentor and close friend John Farrell.
A partnership that took flight as teammates with the California Angels in 1993 and later working side-by-side in the player development ranks with the Cleveland Indians was rekindled Monday, as Lovullo was hired to join Farrell’s coaching staff in Toronto. The former Pawtucket Red Sox manager will serve as the Blue Jays’ first base coach.

High school basketball tourney needs tweaking

November 9, 2010

Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boys’ basketball season would be perfect. The event, which calls for a 16-team bracket, is the first of its kind, meaning it should be viewed as a litmus test by administrators, coaches and players.
But that hasn’t stopped some coaches from the lower divisions in voicing concern on how everything is arranged. The field is broken down so that the first eight slots are awarded to Div. I teams, the next five belong to Div. II, and the last three spaces are set aside for entries from Div. III.

Paterno: Victories, and age, are just numbers

November 9, 2010

It was great to see Joe Paterno collect his 400th career victory at Penn State on Saturday. I was in the neighborhood for many of the first 120 back in my college days and early sports writing years. It wasn’t always easy dealing with a man who set such high standards for himself and his program. Paterno kept everyone on their toes, beginning with his players and going right down the list, all the way down to the lowest creatures on earth … the sports writing fraternity.

November 7th

Lincoln girls soccer team ready for playoffs

November 8, 2010

Eight teams will square off today-- weather permitting -- in the Division II playoffs. And perhaps six of them could actually win the state title that will be decided this coming Sunday at Rhode Island College.
“Our division is very close,” Lincoln coach John D’Aloisio admitted over the weekend. His Lions host North Smithfield at 4 p.m. today.
A day-long rain is in the forecast. Any games postponed today likely would be made up on Tuesday.

Division II football playoffs begin Friday night

November 8, 2010

Welcome to the Division II football playoffs, home of the complex algorithms.
For those who remember the unprecedented five-way tiebreaker of two years ago that tabulated Woonsocket as the odd team out, a refresher course on the wording of the tiebreaker formula was held after Central knocked off Chariho on Friday night. The 40-12 outcome created a three-way logjam atop the II-A standings with Central, Chariho and Johnston all sporting identical 5-2 records.

Saints ride 3-game winning streak into playoffs

November 8, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Mike Sassi knew his St. Raphael squad could not improve or hinder its playoff position heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Ponaganset. Though the Saints were locked in as the third seed in Division II-B, that didn’t stop the head coach from digging deep into his bag of motivational tricks.

Johnston snuffs out Shea's playoff hopes

November 7, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Friday night’s key Division II-A matchup with Johnston High pretty much mirrored the way the season has gone for the Shea High football team. The Raiders were once again their own worst enemies, fumbling the ball seven times, three of which were recovered by the visiting Panthers.
Even as something as simple as recovering an onside kick eluded Shea in the third quarter. So when Johnston smothered the live ball at the 6:58 mark, you had the feeling that whatever slim chance the Raiders had at qualifying for the postseason went up in smoke.

Lincoln takes 'must-win' duel from Middletown

November 7, 2010

LINCOLN --- Lincoln High handled the must-win pressure quite well.
Needing to claim its Division III regular-season finale with mighty Middletown High in order to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Lions rose to the challenge and put forth one of their best performances of the year in front of a large Homecoming Night crowd by posting a 29-16 triumph at Ferguson Field.
The victory gives the Lions a 5-3 mark and tiebreakers over two of the other three teams fighting for the last three playoff spots in the division – Moses Brown and the Islanders.

November 5th

Tolman takes five-set thriller from Narragansett

November 5, 2010

PAWTUCKET – Tolman High had to dig deep on Thursday night to outlast Narragansett in a preliminary round playoff matchup.
The Tigers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge the Mariners in five games, 3-2.

Townies suffer upset loss in volleyball quarterfinals

November 5, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE – North Kingstown outside hitter Annie Ragan was prepared for a long night against the East Providence girls volleyball team in Thursday night’s Division I quarterfinals.
Instead, it turned out to be the shortest postseason appearance the Townies have had in over 20 years.
Plagued by a slew of errors all over the court, East Providence struggled to find a way to win key points, and North, on the back of their all-state outside hitter, gladly took advantage, beating the Townies 25-23, 27-25, 25-20, a surprising end to the season for EP.

Cumberland volleyball team grabs playoff opener

November 5, 2010

CUMBERLAND --- It’s been seven years since Cumberland High last captured a playoff game, but on Thursday night, the Clippers ended that drought in a big way in its Division II preliminary-round match with Warwick Vets High.
Michaela Leblanc and Michelle Malboeuf had solid games at the net and Robyn Andrade and Jessica Larivee keyed a strong showing from the service line for the Clippers in their easy 3-0 triumph at the Clippers' Wellness Center.

E.P., Shea, Lincoln football teams play for survival

November 5, 2010

While the fates of politicians were decided on Election Day, the fates of five playoff-hopeful Blackstone Valley clubs could be determined as early as this weekend or as late as Thanksgiving morning.
When October ended, so did much of the drama in the Division II-B playoff race. Last weekend’s play saw the top three seeds etched in stone in Tolman (6-0), Woonsocket (5-1), and St. Raphael (4-2) and the final spot still up for grabs between Mount Hope and Toll Gate.

November 4th

Shea tops Portsmouth in soccer playoff opener

November 4, 2010

PAWTUCKET --- When Portsmouth High took a 1-0 lead just 54 seconds into Wednesday afternoon’s Division I quarterfinal-round contest with Shea High and held it into the final moments of the first half, the Raiders and their fans were quietly fearing the worst.
That’s because in last year’s Division II quarterfinals, the Raiders suffered a stunning 2-1 loss to Lincoln High that saw the Lions draw first blood, and despite being dominated for most of the game, escape Pawtucket with the upset victory.

PawSox manager has fond memories of Sparky Anderson

November 4, 2010

You never forget your first big league manager – no matter where the game of baseball takes you. That’s how Torey Lovullo is choosing to remember the wisdom and guidance former Detroit and Cincinnati manger Sparky Anderson imparted on his pro career. Anderson passed away on Thursday from complications of dementia in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 76.
“I’m saddened because he was an influential man in so many areas,” said Lovullo, Pawtucket’s manager, when reached early Thursday night.

 

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