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November 5th, 2013
WEST GREENWICH â A little bit more of this, a little bit less of that, and the situation could've been vastly different inside the Exeter/West Greenwich High gymnasium on Tuesday night.
So said Cumberland High head coach Ruth Plante after she watched the Scarlet Knights capture a not-as-easy-as-it-seemed 3-0 triumph over her Clippers in a R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal.
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PAWTUCKET â Tolman High coach Roger Tow didnât want to hear about how poorly his team played Tuesday night during a 3-0 loss to East Greenwich in the Division II quarterfinals.
âEast Greenwich made us play poorly,â he told his athletic director, John Scanlan, following the 69-minute contest. âThey had a good game plan coming in and they executed it. Our offense was missing. I think our team lost some confidence, too, as the match went along.â
PAWTUCKET â Less than 72 hours removed from Shea High's most impressive win of the season, head coach Pierre Ridore and his boys were back at work at Max Read Field on Tuesday afternoon, re-polishing their skills.
The seventh-seeded Raiders had manufactured perhaps the upset of the R.I. Interscholastic League's Division I tourney on Saturday night, outlasting No. 2 Barrington, 1-0, in a quarterfinal shootout at Victory Field.
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PAWTUCKET â The wide-open Division II-B playoff race got a bit more interesting on Saturday afternoon when St. Raphael Academy beat high-scoring North Kingstown at its own game.
The Saints raced to a 54-34 victory over the Skippers, who came in averaging 30 points per league game with their hurry-up offense. This was a football game that turned into a track meet in the third quarter when the two teams combined for 48 points.
FOSTER â All season long, Amy Laverty carried Cumberland High on her slender shoulders. Sunday at the Rhode Island High School Cross Country Championships that took place at Ponaganset High, the sophomore was the recipient of a little help from her Clipper teammates.
The Cumberland girls ended up placing five runners inside the top 50, such a strong showing resulting in a fourth-place finish in the team standings and a coveted spot in next weekendâs New England Championships in Manchester, N.H. As usual, Laverty was the Clippersâ top point getter, finishing eighth with a time of 19:05.
LINCOLN â Like most coaches, Lincoln High chief John DâAloisio admitted being more relieved than thrilled after his club celebrated an incredibly well-played, physical but nonetheless thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over East Greenwich in a R.I. Division Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night.
âYou really canât enjoy it until the whole thing is finished,â he confessed with a smile, referring to the fact his Lions still need to furnish two triumphs to capture the state title in which theyâve all been longing.
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PAWTUCKET â Cumberland High took advantage of a crucial pass interference call with three minutes left in Friday nightâs game and scored the winning touchdown with 79 seconds left in what became a perilous 14-7 victory over a gallant Shea team that deserved a better fate.
PROVIDENCE â Earlier this week, Bob Walsh took in a Providence College practice at Alumni Hall.
What did the Rhode Island College head coach glean in advance of Saturdayâs 5:30 p.m. exhibition tilt between the Friars and the Anchormen at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center?
âTheyâre much deeper as far as talent goes, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,â said Walsh when reached Friday. âThe guys that the Friars have added â Brandon Austin, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris â theyâre all long.
PAWTUCKET -- St. Raphael Academy veteran chief Mike Sassi, his assistants and his gridders have spent hours in front of game films this week in preparation of what could be their most difficult foe thus far in North Kingstown.
When the Saints meet the Skippers in a critical Division II-B bash at 2 p.m., Saturday at Pariseau Field, Sassiâs defense will be trying to halt an uptempo, no-huddle offense that has registered 245 points while compiling a 6-1 overall record and 202 while going 4-1 mark in league action.
Sassiâs crew will enter at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in II-B.
BOSTON â Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.
One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governorsâ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the teamâs first-base coach.
Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.
BOSTON â Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.
BOSTON â In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didnât become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.
âTo have success at that position, youâve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people donât see,â explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. âYouâve got to stay mentally focused and youâve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like youâre 100 percent ready to go.â
EAST GREENWICH â When one of her players asked Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello how her baby was surviving the early moments of a battle between the Clippers and Smithfield on Wednesday night, the elder replied, âPretty good, I think.â
Immediately after the second-ranked Sentinels had roared to an incredible 3-2 victory in this R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Nick Carcieri Field, Capone-Bello kept the same sense of humor, though looked sad doing so.
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CENTRAL FALLS â The Tolman-Central Falls playoff game appeared headed to a shootout for the longest time on Tuesday night. The favored Warriors were having a hard time scoring against Tolman keeper Adam Ghazal, arguably the best goalie in the state.
For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes â along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.
PROVIDENCE â On a campus where the menâs basketball program serves as a valuable gateway for public attention, nights like the one that took place at Providence College Friday are held in high esteem, not only by students, but the community at large.
With much fanfare, head coach Ed Cooley, his assistants and players rolled out the Black & White carpet for âLate Night Madnessâ festivities at Alumni Hall.
PAWTUCKET -- In an evenly-matched game that stood tied at 13 late in the third quarter, St. Raphael Academyâs speedy James Kelly made the decisive play of the night, an 80-yard touchdown run through the middle of Sheaâs defense that sparked the Saints to a crucial 21-13 triumph over the Raiders.
In terms of playoff ramifications, the significance of Fridayâs 7 p.m. Division II-B contest pitting St. Raphael at Shea cannot be underscored.
The stakes are pretty high when you consider the 2-2 Saints and the 2-2 Raiders presently share the subdivisionâs fourth and final playoff spot. Sprinkle in a West Warwick squad thatâs also two up and two down in league play and it makes perfect sense to label tonightâs Pawtucket-centric matchup as one of critical significance.
LINCOLN â Head coach Brenda Sylvester really couldn't recall what she told her Lincoln High troops prior to facing Bay View in both teams' Division I-North season finale on Thursday afternoon.
âI guess I just told them to go out and play as well as they know they can,â stated Sylvester, who attended the contest despite being on maternity leave, giving assistant Lea Miguel the opportunity to serve as interim chief. âI just said, 'Go out and play your game.'â
BOSTON â For much of his tenure with the Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia has been a mainstay at the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
What used to serve as a foregone conclusion for Boston received a noticeable jolt this season. On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Pedroia found himself hitting in front of cleanup âbangerâ David Ortiz while newcomer Shane Victorino assumed the spot in the lineup that used to have the second basemanâs name written all over it.