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October 6th, 2013
BOSTON â The sight of Jonny Gomes taking swings in the same batting-practice group as Ryan Lavarnway before Game Two of the American League Division Series provided some easy dots to connect.
As if the lines of symmetry werenât clearly marked already, John McDonald jumped in the cage immediately after Gomes, Lavarnway and the rest of their pregame swing partners cleared out.
CUMBERLAND â Saturday nightâs Division II-B football contest between Cumberland and St. Raphael is still scheduled to kick off at 7 oâclock.
The location, however, has changed.
Thanks to Fridayâs rainstorm shutting down operations on the track surface at Tucker Field, Cumberland officials found themselves in a precarious position, that of scrambling to find a last-minute venue that would still allow the game to take place on its rescheduled night. Their wishes didnât go unanswered for long, as Pawtucketâs Max Read Field will now serve as the Clippersâ âhome fieldâ against the Saints.
PROVIDENCE â Shea High veteran mentor Pierre Ridore explained how irritated he had been back on Tuesday afternoon after his squad, playing with little emotion or care, had surrendered a 1-0 defeat to struggling Central Falls.
âIt was our first loss to Central Falls dating back to 2003; it was our Blackstone Valley Invitational (Tournament) game,â he stated. âWe hadn't lost to them in over a decade, and I told the kids that it shouldn't have happened, that they were playing too lazy.â
CUMBERLAND â One more day â at least thatâs the hope that the Cumberland High football team will be allowed to hit its home turf for an intriguing Division II-B contest against St. Raphael Academy.
With the track portion of Tucker Field still in the final phase of completion, school officials decided to push the Cumberland-SRA matchup ahead a day, moving it from Friday night to Saturday night. Kickoff remains at 7 p.m.
LINCOLN â Raise your hand if you can name the two winningest fighters in the three-year history of Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ mixed martial arts division.
If you can name Pawtucket middleweight Todd Chattelle and Woonsocket bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath, you can go to the head to the class.
Both fighters, who train out of Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket, have won a record five times under the CES colors, and they will look to continue their winning ways tonight at the Twin River Event Center.
Thereâs no doubt that the college football gods were smiling down on Jean-Daniel Roussel this past Saturday when the Pawtucket native and St. Raphael Academy alumnus tied a Sacred Heart record with three interceptions in one game.
The feat, coming in the Pioneersâ 16-0 non-league victory over Bucknell, helped Roussel garner plenty of recognition. He was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, with College Football Performance Awards bestowing their National Defensive Back Performer of the Week honor upon him.
PROVIDENCE â Ask New London High head basketball coach Craig Parker about the summertime impression made by former player Kris Dunn and you will elicit a response that figures to warm the hearts of Providence College followers.
âA few things stood out to me. He was definitely stronger and his attitude was really upbeat about the upcoming season,â Parker expressed when reached Tuesday. âI think going into this season relatively injury-free as opposed to last year, heâs washed his hands of that so he can be the point guard up at Providence.â
CUMBERLAND â The chief worry wasnât the 3.1-mile Monastery course, nor was it the competitors who lined up at the starting line.
Given the Indian Summer-like conditions that blanketed the region Tuesday, there was no question that the weather stood to register the greatest impact during this Northern Division tri-meet for both area males and females.
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PAWTUCKET â When Central Falls and Shea square off on a soccer field, goals are usually hard to come by.
âWe can score goals with anyone in the state,â C.F. coach Carl Africo was saying on Tuesday afternoon, minutes after his Warriors scored a 1-0 victory over the Raiders, âbut when we play Shea, I know itâs going to be a low-scoring game. They fight for every inch of the field.â
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy head coach Linley Pullem's post-game synopsis of her squad's overall performance was very simply put.
The Saints had just sustained a 3-0 Division III-North loss to Johnston High at the Alumni & Wellness Center late Monday afternoon, and she admitted she saw flashes of brilliance coupled with moments of complete disarray.
âWe just need to be more consistent,â she stated.
On this day, SRA squandered three-point cushions in each of the three games, but watched them evaporate due to the Panthers' superior serving.
Hendricken Field, the official name of the onetime campus venue for Providence College baseball, no longer has a spacious, perfectly trimmed lawn. In its stead is an outdoor track and field complex that stands on the threshold of completion.
CUMBERLAND --- Ever since organizations such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash burst onto the scene in 2010, obstacle racing has become the rage and the âto-doâ activity for runners and non-athletes alike in this country and overseas.
Runners would try to complete a race â from your average 5K to a marathon â on a trail course that has its share of mud, ponds, and rocks and is littered with obstacles, ranging from climbing over walls to crossing balance beams, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping over fire pits.
By TERRY NAU
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PAWTUCKET â Earning and maintaining good field position proved crucial for Shea High on Friday night during a 19-0 victory over Central High in a Division II-B matchup at Max Read Field before approximately 200 fans.
CUMBERLAND â Ed McVeigh served 18 years as a business teacher and coach at Central Falls High School, and â in that latter category â mentored his Warriorsâ boysâ basketball teams to six divisional titles and one state title, that during the 1986-87 campaign, his first.
As a result, and because of his ability to teach the game and train not just athletes but young men, he unanimously became the only coach enshrined in the CFHSâ Athletic Hall of Fame last Oct. 11.
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PAWTUCKET â Shea High often takes its sweet old time getting into gear on offense, an early-season trait coach Danielle Bishop hopes to correct in a hurry.
âIt will hurt us against the better teams,â Bishop admitted on Wednesday after her Raiders rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to dump Davies 3-1 in a Division III-B matchup.
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.