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November 2nd, 2010

Shea soccer team begins playoff today

November 2, 2010

Based on their records and how they’ve played against their league opponents, the Division I semifinals should include top-seed Barrington and No. 2 Shea from Division I-East and third-seeded Bishop Hendricken and No. 4 seed La Salle from Div. I-South.

November 1st

Caswell, Geiselman recall Tolman, URI grid careers

November 1, 2010

PAWTUCKET — Two great names from Tolman High football history were reunited on Monday evening for the taping of Bill Mulholland’s “Good Sports” cable access television show.
Larry Caswell and Frank Geiselman shared a stage, talking about their successful careers as quarterback and wide receiver, respectively, at both Tolman and the University of Rhode Island.

Is big-league job in Lovullo's future?

November 1, 2010

The World Series might be grabbing all of baseball’s headlines, but that hasn’t stopped the PawSox Express from churning out team-related news …

Torey Lovullo has been in baseball long enough to understand how the game is played. So when good buddy John Farrell was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays last week, the obvious was raised: would Lovullo receive an invitation to join the Jays’ coaching staff?

Lion girls top Novans, win share of division title

November 1, 2010

WOONSOCKET — For Lincoln High, Monday’s task was as straightforward as you’ll get. A win against Woonsocket High meant the Lions would clinch no worse than a share of the Division II-North crown.
Mission accomplished as Lincoln, buoyed by two goals from Jillian DeSimone, took care of business with a 4-0 win over Woonsocket at Barry Field. The Lions finish the regular season 12-1-5. The Villa Novans completed their first – and possibly last – in Division II with a 1-17 mark.

October 31st

SRA gridders cap off turnaround, secure playoff spot

October 31, 2010

WARWICK — This isn’t the same St. Raphael Academy outfit that started out the year – not by a long shot.
Gone are the lingering memories of a 2-4 beginning that featured shutout losses to Hendricken, Tolman and Woonsocket, while the wins coming at the expense of Pilgrim and West Warwick, two squads with a combined 1-11 in league play. In a frenetic two-week turnaround, SRA has seen its season go from being on the brink to one that will include a postseason appearance for the first time since winning the Division I Super Bowl three years ago.

Ponaganset coach sheds light on Tolman, Woonsocket

October 31, 2010

Ponaganset football coach Brian Gendreau has developed a good perspective on two of the toughest teams in Division II this season – unbeaten Tolman and once-beaten Woonsocket. His Chieftains have lost to both Super Bowl contenders.
“Tolman is the fastest team in the league,” Gendreau admitted on Sunday, “but I would say Woonsocket is more balanced. They can run and throw the ball. You can see why they played a 6-0 game earlier this season. Both teams have great defenses.”

October 29th

Tolman gridders race past Ponaganset

October 29, 2010

PAWTUCKET – A well-balanced Ponaganset offense put a scare into unbeaten Tolman on Friday night at Pariseau Field. The Chieftains never really took command of the game but they walked off the field with their heads held high following a 26-10 loss to the explosive Tigers.
“We just had too much speed and too many athletes for them,” Tolman coach Dave Caito said after his club stayed unbeaten in Division II-B at 6-0.
Caito understood his team had been tested in this game.

Shea keeps playoff hopes alive, tops Warwick Vets

October 29, 2010

WARWICK – Don’t count the Shea Raiders out just yet.
In a game Shea simply had to have to keep its razor-thin playoff hopes afloat, the Raiders grounded host Warwick Vets Friday night, 13-0. Defense was the calling card for head coach Dino Campopiano’s crew as Shea racked up seven sacks and two turnovers. Offensively the Raiders did just enough, scoring on their first and last possessions of the Division II-B contest.
The win allows Shea (3-3, 5-3 overall) to remain mathematically alive heading into next Friday’s critical contest at Johnston.

October 28th

Shea runs past E.P., sets sights on Div. I playoffs

October 28, 2010

PAWTUCKET — When perennial Division II contender Shea High was promoted to Division I for the 2010 season, the Raiders were immediately tabbed as state championship contenders by several rival coaches.
Shea lived up to the hype over the regular season, completing a 12-1-5 campaign in Division I-North on Thursday with a 7-0 romp over winless East Providence.
The match provided a chance for coach Pierre Ridore to play his entire roster, a deserving reward for a team that responded to the challenge of Division I soccer by working together for a common goal.

SRA '9' To Remain in Division I' Tolman staying put in Div. II

October 28, 2010

As he watched his team apply the finishing touches to consecutive Division II titles last June, Mount St. Charles head baseball coach Tom Seaver started to prepare for the impending direction the program figured to be heading in.
Based on the amount of success the Mounties had achieved during the now completed four-year alignment period, a bump up to Division I seemed certain.
The two championships stand out, but so too does the 62-10 regular season league record Seaver’s MSC squad has compiled.

October 24th

Tolman tops West Warwick, clinches spot in playoffs

October 24, 2010

WEST WARWICK — Every-one Tolman has faced, and will face, is well aware of the team’s defensive prowess. The tenacious unit entered Saturday’s Division II-B matchup against West Warwick having allowed the second fewest points (12) in league play, while posting three shutouts.

Div. II football teams scramble for playoff berths

October 24, 2010

A typical Division II playoff scramble is developing with two weeks left in the regular season schedule.
This is the lone league that features an eight-team playoff field. Division II possesses 16 teams, almost double the size of Division I. And because of those numbers, the D-II playoff situation is almost always complicated.
Right now, four D-II teams seem certain to make the Nov. 12-13 quarterfinal round: Tolman (5-0), Woonsocket (4-1), Chariho (4-1) and Johnston (4-1). The scramble for the other four spots won’t be figured out until after the dust clears on Nov. 6.

Lincoln stumbles in football loss to Narragansett

October 24, 2010

NARRAGANSETT – Two steps forward, one step back.
All of the good vibes Lincoln High gained in beating previously undefeated Moses Brown the previous week went up in smoke Saturday at Zepp Field. Turnovers and several ill-timed penalties were the major bugaboos in a 23-7 setback to Narragansett High that places the Lions squarely on the bubble of the Division III playoff scene.
“We completely beat ourselves,” was the quick-to-the-point assessment Lincoln head coach Dave Waycott offered after his club slipped to 3-3 in the league, a record now shared by the Mariners.

October 21st

PC freshmen hoopsters look to pay their dues

October 21, 2010

PROVIDENCE – Like thousands of college freshmen across the country, Gerard Coleman and Brice Kofane are adjusting to being away from home for the first time in their young lives.
While settling into the dorms and registering and selecting classes only mark the beginning of this new and eye-opening chapter, there’s also the basketball-related education that Coleman and Kofane, two of Providence College newest men’s basketball players, have been privy to.

October 20th

Must-win games are on tap for high school football teams

October 20, 2010

Must-win games? It seems like fans will have their pick of the litter when it comes to teams in the Blackstone Valley this weekend!
Friday’s action features four schools -- East Providence, Cumberland, Shea, and St. Raphael -- who sorely need to win their games over tough opponents in order to keep their respective playoff hopes alive.

Manfredo returns to R.I. for Nov. 12 fight at Twin River

October 20, 2010

PROVIDENCE -- It’s been two years since Peter Manfredo Jr. last fought in Rhode Island, but for the Manfredo’s Gym world middleweight champion, it seems like a lifetime ago.
The last time Manfredo stepped into the ring in this state, he endured one of the worst defeats of his pro career -- a third-round TKO loss to Sakio Bika for the IBO (International Boxing Organization) super middleweight title at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Gardner fights for EBA New England title on Nov. 12

October 20, 2010

PROVIDENCE -- The good news for Joe Gardner is that he’s going to fight for the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight championship on Nov. 12 at the Twin River Event Center.
The bad news is that the Woonsocket fighter is going to have to battle a very familiar boxer to him, his trainer, Bob Moreau, and his corner -- his favorite sparring partner, Keith Kozlin of West Warwick.

October 18th

PC's Brooks ready to lead hoop team by example

October 18, 2010

PROVIDENCE – Marshon Brooks isn’t sweating the details concerning his job description for Providence College this coming season. In fact, Brooks is on record as saying he’s been looking forward to the day he drops one knee to the ground Atlas-style, an act signifying that the brunt of the workload can be harnessed upon his lithe 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame.
“I just want to produce and have as good a year as possible,” Brooks said.

October 17th

Cumberland's defense paves way for grid victory

October 17, 2010

CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland High tuned up for next Friday’s showdown game against unbeaten Johnston with a 7-0 non-league victory over Toll Gate on Friday night at Tucker Field.
The Clippers got the game’s only score in the second quarter when Ben Elliott broke free on a 20-yard touchdown run. Chad Bacon booted the extra point and Cumberland took a 7-0 lead into halftime.
The Clippers’ defense stood tall throughout the game.
“Toll Gate didn’t really have a scoring threat,” Cumberland coach Chris Skurka said.

Lincoln's late touchdown sinks Moses Brown

October 17, 2010

LINCOLN --- Lincoln need this win. Badly.
Ryan O’Dell’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Brendan Reddington with 2:55 remaining in the game erased a two-point deficit and helped the Lions score their biggest win to date, a 20-14 victory over previously-unbeaten Moses Brown on Friday night at Ferguson Field.
The Lions improved to 3-2 in Division III action with the triumph, and more importantly, stayed in the five-team hunt for the four postseason berths with Rogers (4-0), Middletown and the Quakers (both 3-1), and Burrillville (2-2).

 

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