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November 11th, 2012

Coventry spikes E.P. to repeat as Div. I champions

November 11, 2012

KINGSTON — Ever since East Providence seized its last Division I state championship in 2005, the Townies have had an awfully difficult time climbing back to the top of the volleyball mountain.
In fact, in four of the last seven years since that wonderful unbeaten season, the Townies have appeared in the state finals, only to come up short.
The first two of those four losses were five-set thrillers, and in their last title appearance, against Prout three seasons ago, the Townies played the Crusaders tough, only to lose in three competitive games.

Saints fall in OT to Novans in Div. II quarterfinals

November 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — As is the standard after a football game, Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson walked to the midfield stripe behind his troops and shook hands with opposing players and coaches alike.
He congratulated all for a job well done, then hugged a few St. Raphael Academy assistants before speaking briefly with long-time Saints' mentor Mike Sassi.
Maybe four milliseconds later, he bolted to his squad and leaped into a few of his heftier players' arms, then – after a few choice words, naturally all positive – he led his kids in a classic Villa Novans' chant.

November 9th

Back to the Div. II semis: Clippers hammer Bulldogs

November 10, 2012

CUMBERLAND – How do you spell dominance? Try C-U-M-B-E-R-L-A-N-D on for size.
Cumberland kicked off its Division II playoff mission in emphatic fashion Friday evening, the Clippers’ 41-6 conquest of Westerly made possible by the usual cast of stellar performers. Erik Travers rushed for 112 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Brendan Guerin passed for two scores. Not to be outdone, Mitchell Baxter recorded two interceptions while teammates Joe Fine and Dan Stock also found the end zone.

Cooley hopes zone defense pays off for Friars

November 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley came to Providence College armed with the reputation of being a defensive, get-after-it coach. The five years he spent at Fairfield’s helm suggested that after a seemingly endless run of witnessing the Friars languish in the bottom tier in Big East team defense, more than lip service would finally be paid to an area that statistically speaking has been a major deficiency.

November 9th

Friars look to defy basketball critics this year

November 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There was a time last spring and summer when Providence Friar fans were salivating at the promise surrounding the 2012-13 season. A highly-touted recruiting class coupled with a group of noteworthy holdovers seemed to signal clearance for takeoff in Ed Cooley’s second year, giving off an aura that for the first time in a long while, Providence was a program on an up swing.

Tolman spikers fall to Cranston West in Div. II semis

November 9, 2012

KINGSTON -- It took Tolman 12 long seasons to get back to URI’s Keaney Gymnasium for a playoff match. It took Cranston West an hour and 45 minutes to end the Tigers’ bid for a berth in this weekend’s Division II finals.
Fueled by a dominant attack at the net, the Falcons earned their first trip to the finals since 2009 by overcoming an opening-set loss to defeat the Tigers, 3-1, and snap their impressive 10-match win streak in Thursday night’s semifinal-round match.

November 8th

Behind enemy lines: Coaches size up area Division II football playoff participants

November 8, 2012

Dino Campopiano and his Shea High gridders won’t get another crack at Cumberland or St. Raphael this season.
Conversely, if Brian Cote’s Mount Hope squad were to cross paths with Woonsocket once again, such a matchup wouldn’t take place until the Division II Super Bowl.

Raiders continue mastery of Panthers, advance to Div. III volleyball finals

November 8, 2012

JOHNSTON — Shea High head coach Chris Daily and assistant Carl McCurdy find it rather strange how their Raiders play so well on the road but are inconsistent at best at their own arena, “The Cage.”
During the course of the Division III regular season, they managed only a 4-4 mark at home, but compiled a 6-2 record in foreign gymnasiums.

WEB ONLY: Townies head to Div. I volleyball finals

November 8, 2012

KINGSTON – The match was ugly, but to East Providence, the end result was a thing of beauty.
The Townies nailed down their ninth victory in their last 10 matches on Wednesday night in one of their most important matches of the year – their Division I semifinal-round matchup with the Prout School at URI’s Keaney Gymnasium.
In a tightly-contested match that saw neither side bring out its best brand of volleyball, it was the Townies who shook off an opening-set defeat to down the Division I-South champion Crusaders, 3-1, and earn its first berth in the championship match in three years.

November 7th

PawSox release 2013 schedule

November 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The defending Governors’ Cup Champion Pawtucket Red Sox will play their 2013 home-opener at McCoy Stadium on Thursday, April 11 against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m.
The PawSox 2013 season will actually start one week earlier on April 4th when they play the inaugural game at the newly-renovated PNC Field in Moosic, PA against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

November 5th

Cumberland, SRA eye Div. II quarterfinals this week

November 5, 2012

For the eight football teams that succeeded in qualifying for the Division II postseason, the objective is crystal clear – survive to play the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Of the three local participants, only one team is guaranteed a coveted spot in the semifinals. Woonsocket and St. Raphael will lock helmets in a quarterfinal-round clash at Pariseau Field come 6 o’clock Saturday night. Meanwhile, Cumberland rolls out the welcome mat for Westerly, which ventures to Tucker Field Friday.

November 2nd

Walsh, Anchormen embrace challenge of taking on PC Friars

November 2, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The idea of framing Saturday’s first-ever hoops get-together between Providence College and Rhode Island College as merely an exhibition game doesn’t paint a complete picture.

November 1st

N.S. returns from three-week bye to face Smithfield

November 1, 2012

When last we saw Wes Pennington and his North Smithfield football troupe, the Northmen were set to embark upon an unprecedented double bye that would encompass three whole weeks between games.

Upset! Cumberland booters stun Shea, 2-0

November 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Head coach Pierre Ridore had several reasons to believe his Shea High squad would reign in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary tilt against Cumberland on Thursday afternoon.
First, his Raiders had rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Clippers just nine days before this playoff; second, Ridore's bunch entered the contest with a 6-0-1 mark at home – that is, when it played either at Max Read Field or the McKinnon-Alves Complex – and this would be played at the latter.

Tolman routs Shea, faces N.P. in Monday's quarters

November 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In the end, or more appropriately the final 15 minutes of their R.I. Division III Tournament preliminary-round contest, Tolman High players – those on the bench and, actually, a select few on the field – kept screaming, “Pass it to Morgan! C'mon, Morgan!”
Those chants were directed at freshman midfielder Morgan Clark, No. 6 on your roster.

October 31st

Patriots make quick work of Panthers in boys' soccer playoffs

October 31, 2012

LINCOLN — Davies Tech head coach Victor Oliveira usually has an inkling as to how his squad will execute prior to a contest. It’s based on collective attitude, and how they’re conducting themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, he had no doubt.
Senior tri-captain Paulo Chavez and classmate Daniel Munoz each netted a pair of goals and junior Mauricio Agudelo chipped in a tally and two assists as the sixth-seeded Patriots walloped No. 11-ranked Johnston High, 7-0, in a R.I. Division III Tournament preliminary tilt.

October 30th

Remembering Glenn Ginish Sr.

October 30, 2012

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18, Glenn Ginish, Jr., a performance analyst for a renowned bank in Boston, was taking the “T” home to Jamaica Plains when he figured he'd call his kid sister, Laura, back at her mom's apartment on Mendon Road.
He did so just so the two could catch up with each other's lives.

October 28th

Will Hurricane Sandy wreak havoc on playoff scene?

October 28, 2012

It’s less than an hour’s drive to Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University, but starting tomorrow and continuing for the next two weeks, several local high school soccer, girls’ volleyball, and field hockey teams will begin their long roads towards state championship glory.

Out with the old, in with the new: PawSox to get new playing surface in 2013

October 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The past week has featured plenty of heavy lifting at McCoy Stadium. No, this particular exercise has nothing to do with removing the Governors’ Cup trophy from its on-display perch in the team store and whisking the hardware away to the latest destination on the touring caravan.

October 27th

WEB ONLY: Broncos keep Lions' winless in Div. III

October 27, 2012

BURRILLVILLE – As he stood before a jubilant group of Burrillville players, head coach Gennaro Ferraro raised his right index finger and emphatically pointed in the direction of the Alumni Field scoreboard.
All eyes remained dead set on Ferraro as he rattled off the words the Broncos have longed to hear: “It’s a win.”


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