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October 26th, 2012
CUMBERLAND --- For the past four years, Cumberland and Shea have thrown their records out the window and hooked up in some thrilling battles that were decided by a handful of points.
For three-plus quarters of their Division II-B game on Friday night, the undefeated Clippers and the struggling Raiders were locked in another close contest, but the Clippers, thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the final 8:46 of play, were able to create some distance between themselves and their visitors and come away with a 28-9 victory.
In the throes of a tough and challenging season, there lies comfort in knowing youâre not the only one in said predicament.
For Burrillville and Lincoln, Saturdayâs Division III encounter at the Broncosâ Alumni Field has âsomethingâs got to giveâ written all over it. The setting is this: you have two squads that have combined to drop all nine of its league chances, meaning the opportunity for a team to finally break the ice and walk off the field with a win tucked in its back pocket has never been more within reach (overall the Lions are 0-6 while the Broncos are 1-5).
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles had plans of issuing Lincoln High a mild upset loss on its âSenior Day,â one in which underclassmen traditionally honor their 12th graders for four years of devotion to the program.
Unfortunately for the Mount, a Lionsâ sophomore ruined the party.
Erin Gannon notched a pair of goals in the span of four minutes not long after the opening touch, and the last proved to be crucial as Lincoln manufactured a 3-1 Division II victory on the lower-campus turf on Thursday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â Under normal circumstances, Tolman High veteran head coach Bel Pereira would be both irked and disappointed after his girls suffered a defeat, but that was hardly the case after the Tigers fell to Middletown, 4-3, in a Division III-A tilt on Wednesday night.
âIf we had tied them, that certainly would've been a moral victory,â Pereira stated later. âWe played probably the best team in all of Division III, and it was a great effort â actually, an outstanding effort â by the girls.
PAWTUCKET â Given the way the Division I contest between Central Falls and Tolman highs took shape â that is, with officials whistling players from both sides for a total of four yellow cards and one red â it's amazing how Warriors' mentor Carl Africo and Tigers' head coach Jack Couto praised to the hilt how well their opponents played.
EAST PROVIDENCE â East Providence had the spirit and emotion of Senior Night, an adrenaline rush from an energetic section of students rooting them on in the bleachers, and a six-game win streak on its side in Tuesdayâs showdown at home with Mount St. Charles.
But the Mounties were able to overcome all that and grab one of their biggest victories of the season -- a win that snapped a tie for first place in the Division I-North standings with the Townies and gave them sole possession of the top spot.
LINCOLN â Despite having a significant edge in the categories of shots on goal and corner kicks, Lincoln High suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Narragansett in a pivotal Division II clash at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
The two squads had entered the contest tied for second in the division with 20 points, and the Lions managed to produce seven more shots and a stunning 10 more corners than the Mariners. Still, senior Evan Carvalho's tally just 5:59 into the final stanza sealed Lincoln's fate.
PAWTUCKET â When St. Raphael Academy athletic director Fred Saunders approached Linley Pullem one afternoon in May and asked her if she'd be interested in taking over the reins of an inaugural girls' volleyball program, she responded â without hesitation â âAbsolutely!â
Saunders had heard that Pullem, who at the time was completing her initial year as a history teacher, had some experience playing the game on a rather high level, as she had excelled at John Jay High-Cross River in Westchester County, N.Y.'s Katona-Lewisboro School District.
LINCOLN â Pawtucketâs Thomas âThe Souljahâ Falowo and Woonsocketâs Joe Gardner did their respective hometowns proud on Thursday night and were among the big winners on Jimmy Burchfieldâs Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ âClosing Statementâ show at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo picked up his second knockout victory in three months with a fifth-round TKO of Michael Walchuk of Ontario, Canada, a bout that saw the Manfredoâs Gym middleweight dominate his opponent from start to finish and deliver one of the best efforts of his young two-year career.
PAWTUCKET â It's rare that Tolman High head coach Dave Caito seeks to heap laurels on his squad, and his rationale is understandable: No one makes the proper move or read on every play, and he wants them to learn from their mistakes and correct them â but fast.
Twice in the opening quarter of a Division I tilt against dilapidated East Providence on Saturday night, the Townies delivered gifts to the Tigers' doorstep, fumbling twice in the span of their initial three snaps, with both occurring deep in their own territory.
PAWTUCKET â Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano had insisted earlier in the week that â when his kids took Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon â they'd have to worry about Division II-B foe St. Raphael Academy having a distinct advantage.
The reason: The Saints didn't play last weekend due to a bye, so had an extra seven-plus days to prepare for what Campopiano's crew would throw at them.
PAWTUCKET â In Ray McGee, we have a lifelong and proud city native whose residence is located off Newport Avenue â more specifically, a mere stoneâs throw away from McConnon Field in Slater Park.
âIâm still a city kid,â McGee proudly stated with a smile earlier this week.
PAWTUCKET â When Shea High and St. Raphael Academy line up for the opening kickoff in a key Division II-B clash at Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon, it won't be just for bragging rights in this mill city.
It most probably will give the victor the upper hand in earning a post-season bid.
So say the Raiders' Dino Campopiano and the Saints' Mike Sassi, who not only have spent years at the helm of their respective squads but also share nearly two decades of friendship and plenty of gridiron stories.
PROVIDENCE â As one longtime newspaper scribe pointed out, âthis is something thatâs been a long time coming.â
In an effort to better coordinate with members of the working press â be their classification entail print, photo, television or the Internet â the Rhode Island Interscholastic League held a âMedia Dayâ forum Wednesday afternoon at its headquarters, located on the Rhode Island College campus.
PROVIDENCE â Shea High head coach Pierre Ridore admitted afterward he was just glad to escape the Hope High pitch with a triumph.
For most of the final stanza, his Raiders guarded a 1-0 cushion with aplomb, but it seemed it all would go for naught after officials whistled a Shea defender for a foul against senior Brayan Sucuqui in his own penalty box with only five minutes to play in regulation.
For that infraction, they awarded Sucuqui a penalty kick.
LINCOLN â The final installment of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.âs âThursday Night Fightsâ series at the Twin River Event Center is this week, and for local fight fans, this will be an excellent chance to see a good group of Blackstone Valley fighters in action before 2012 comes to a close.
The high school football season will meet its halfway point this weekend, which means a large dose of non-league games and a few league matchups on the areaâs docket.
Eight games make up this weekâs schedule, with tonightâs Division II crossover game between II-B team Cumberland and II-A squad Mount Hope in Bristol and tomorrowâs Division IV duel between Central Falls and Hope in Providence highlighting the top local games.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â It was a simple question, and North Smithfield High head coach Jeremy Sherer responded in kind.
When asked if he was satisfied with his Northmenâs 2-0 Division II victory over East Providence early Thursday evening, he stated merely, âNo.â
He claimed he had good reason.
âYou know, weâve had two really good wins this year; the first one against Pilgrim, and the second against Tiverton,â he elaborated. âTheyâre both very strong teams, and when we play those types of teams, we do very well. In big games, we step it up a couple of notches.
WOONSOCKET -- Back on Friday, Sept. 14, Tolman High senior Ashley Clark registered five goals in a rather easy 9-1 thumping of Woonsocket at the McKinnon-Alves Complex.
She failed in her attempt to repeat that feat during the two teamsâ Division III-A rematch at Barry Field on rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Still, head coach Bel Pereira didnât mind a bit; why would he? Clark netted four tallies and senior defender Amber Duhamel did a superb job of defending the Villa Novansâ stellar senior quad-captain and striker Krislyn Godin in the Tigersâ 6-2 triumph.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland High head coach John Jasionowski admitted being both surprised and impressed when a representative of the American Cancer Society attended a state interscholastic tennis meeting last spring.
âShe asked us if we wanted to have some kind of event for cancer awareness, and I thought it was a good idea,â Jasionowski stated while his Clippers warmed up for a Division II crossover match against Classical on Tuesday afternoon.