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October 4th, 2012
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Believe it or not, as far-flung as this may sound, there was a time when this corner believed Bobby Valentine would somehow be granted a stay of execution and return as manager of the Red Sox next season.
LINCOLN â€“ Dick Ryan knows what a special talent he has in Emily Bouthillette, hence why the Lincoln High softball coach isnâ€™t afraid to spread the word regarding a player that Ryan feels is flying somewhat â€śunder the radar.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In the mist and muck at Macomber Stadium on Tuesday night, Shea High desperately wanted to pull off an upset over undefeated Division I nemesis Central Falls.
Instead, head coach Pierre Ridore and his Raiders had to settle for a 2-2 stalemate against a squad that before it took to the pitch had sat in first place by a mere point over second-place Barrington.
Head coach Carl Africo points to one game in particular to define Central Falls High senior forward Cristian Rodriguezâ€™ uncanny ability to put the ball in the net.
â€śWe were playing Smithfield in a non-league match, and â€“ early on â€“ the guys really didnâ€™t know how to play him,â€ť Africo recalled late last week of what turned out to be a 6-1 pasting of the host Sentinels. â€śThey decided to give him (shots with) his right foot, and he scored two goals in the first half.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a night that saw his team score at will against previously undefeated West Warwick, Shea head coach Dino Campopiano decided to throw a little love in the direction of the group that paved the way for the Raider skill players to glide up and down Max Read Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the eyes of team president Mike Tamburro, the PawSoxâ€™ championship season is a feat that should be shared and celebrated with the public.
Though plans are still being finalized, Tamburro, gave the green light to announce that the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy will be making the rounds this offseason. Right now the target is to bring the silver hardware to each and every Rhode Island city and town along with neighboring Massachusetts communities.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia can look at Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s quest to become a fulltime catcher and say that not much time has elapsed since the former was in the latterâ€™s shoes.
A coordinatorâ€™s duties seem to be the attention grabber on a rĂ©sumĂ©, the kind that allows a deserving candidate to push to the top of the list whenever head coaching opportunities surface.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Central Falls High head coach Carl Africo doesn't ask former mentor Bobby Marchand to help him out with scouting, but â€“ if he's going to offer â€“ the former isn't about to argue.
Prior to the Warriors' Division I tilt against Cumberland on Wednesday night, Marchand told Africo he had seen the Clippers play at Barrington earlier in the week, and told him that junior striker Kyle Courtney had the speed and ball skills to be a thorn in CF's defensive side.
WOONSOCKET â€” In a game featuring two of the Division III-Aâ€™s youngest teams, it was a group of veteran players that helped St. Raphael pick up its first league victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior striker Kyanna Ivey-Jones netted a pair of goals, her fifth and sixth of the season, and senior co-captain Lauren Gaj added a goal and an assist to help the Saints post a 3-1 victory over Woonsocket at Barry Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” After practice on Monday, and before his contest against Shea High late Tuesday afternoon, Tolman High head coach Jack Couto explained to his players why they should be more than pumped up about facing their archrival, especially after the Tigers' move to Division I this past off-season.
â€śI told them I've been here five years now, and we've never beaten them,â€ť Couto stated. â€śI know we've had them in Injury Fund games, non-leaguers, even scrimmages, and they've always dominated. They were much better than we were, and that was it. Facts are facts.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aside from exclusively fighting before a few thousand fans at the Twin River Event Center during the past couple of years, Todd Chattelle and Keith Jeffrey had spent the early years of their pro careers mostly fighting in front of hundreds of spectators and sometimes in some strange locations.
They both fought on the stateâ€™s first MMA show on Oct. 31, 2010 at the R.I. Convention Center, but that show has very few quality fights on it and less than a thousand fans filled the 7,500-seat venue.
PROVIDENCE â€” The penalties and turnovers hurt. So did an off-night by the offense.
But if there was one thing that really hindered Sheaâ€™s hopes of beating Central on Friday night, it was two long plays in the final quarter by the Knights that resulted in the gameâ€™s touchdowns and the hostsâ€™ first Division II-B victory of the season.
WEST WARWICK â€” Football is looked upon as the ultimate team sport. You canâ€™t do your job correctly unless the person lined up next to you does his. Everyone must be on the same page.
Sometimes, though, there are individuals that are so crucial to a teamâ€™s vitality, their influence so great, that you start recalibrating expectations â€“ if Player X isnâ€™t his usual spectacular self, chances are the team will find itself running in quicksand. After all, thereâ€™s a reason why heâ€™s viewed as the straw that stirs the drink.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The final score may suggest otherwise, but there was a time Friday night when this was Tolmanâ€™s game. In fact, some may argue that the Division I newcomers had perennial power La Salle Academy against the ropes.
In the end, La Salle showed why it figures to remain in the thick of the Super Bowl chase. With quarterback Anthony Francis accounting for four touchdowns, the Rams soared to a 42-20 triumph before a strong gathering at Pariseau Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a â€śjob well doneâ€ť seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston remains alive and well. The only difference is that this time, skipper Arnie Beyeler will be joined by a valued member of his coaching staff.
One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2.
A blog entry that appeared on the New York Timesâ€™ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, â€śonly 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.â€ť Referencing back to when the league last expanded in 2002, just 10.1 percent of the 79 teams saddled with a donut and exactly two â€śLâ€™sâ€ť were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.
CUMBERLAND â€” Looks like this new Division II thing is suiting Cumberland just fine.
After years of struggling in the Division I ranks and winning no more than five games in each of the last eight seasons, the Clippers are thriving in the stateâ€™s second division and off to their best start in recent memory.
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ For a team that has enjoyed a champagne bath or two in recent weeks, this was not the ending the Pawtucket Red Sox had in mind.
The International League champion PawSox felt the sting of the Pacific Coast Leagueâ€™s best Tuesday night as Reno romped to the Triple-A National Championship, 10-3, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Aces jumped all over PawSox starter Nelson Figueroa as the playoff hero was knocked out after just two innings.
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ If thereâ€™s anyone who can relate to the coming-out-of-nowhere playoff run that the Pawtucket Red Sox have enjoyed, itâ€™s Rick Burleson.
A former Red Sox and PawSox shortstop, Burleson is presently the hitting coach for the Reno Aces. The 61-year-oldâ€™s presence in the Eastern Time Zone this week conjures up memories pertaining to Pawtucketâ€™s first Governorsâ€™ Cup-producing club in 1973. More than eager to take a stroll down memory lane, Burleson says the â€™73 PawSox possessed future major-league contributors by the bushel.