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October 9th, 2012

Clippers take pride in aiding breast cancer awareness

October 9, 2012

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.
“She asked us if we wanted to have some kind of event for cancer awareness, and I thought it was a good idea,” Jasionowski stated while his Clippers warmed up for a Division II crossover match against Classical on Tuesday afternoon.

October 8th

Cumberland's Crawley eyes superb finish to cross country season

October 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The dual meet portion of the cross-country season is safely in the books. The early-in-the-week gatherings involving schools squaring off against their regional rivals has given way to a postseason gamut that is far more demanding and extensive due to the field expanding.
To Trevor Crawley, shifting from the sport’s unofficial “warm-up act” to a series of defined gatherings of harriers is not akin to a mystery wrapped in an enigma. To date, everything the Cumberland High senior has done on the trails has been geared toward what lies ahead, albeit with a slight twist.

October 4th

Stressing the importance of the kicking game

October 4, 2012

Often times the importance of the kicking game at the high school level can go undervalued or overlooked. Blame such shortsightedness on the premium coaches and players place on strategizing offensively and defensively throughout the week, the attention paid to more crucial matters, in turn rendering the very idea of place-kicking and punting duties influencing the final outcome to mundane qualities.

McGair: Bobby V had a chance to return, but he couldn’t help himself

October 4, 2012

A little of this, a little of that …

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.

October 3rd

Lincoln's Bouthillette will continue softball career at Bryant

October 3, 2012

LINCOLN – Dick Ryan knows what a special talent he has in Emily Bouthillette, hence why the Lincoln High softball coach isn’t afraid to spread the word regarding a player that Ryan feels is flying somewhat “under the radar.”

October 2nd

C.F., Shea battle elements en route to draw

October 2, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — 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.

October 1st

Soccer star: C.F.'s Rodriguez leads state in goals

October 1, 2012

Head coach Carl Africo points to one game in particular to define Central Falls High senior forward Cristian Rodriguez’ uncanny ability to put the ball in the net.
“We were playing Smithfield in a non-league match, and – early on – the guys really didn’t know how to play him,” Africo recalled late last week of what turned out to be a 6-1 pasting of the host Sentinels. “They decided to give him (shots with) his right foot, and he scored two goals in the first half.

September 30th

Run Raiders, run: Shea hands West Warwick first loss

September 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET – 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.

September 28th

PawSox plan Governors' Cup trophy tour; team to feature new hitting coach in 2013

September 28, 2012

PAWTUCKET – In the eyes of team president Mike Tamburro, the PawSox’ 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 Governors’ 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.

September 27th

Lending a helping hand: Saltalamacchia can relate to Lavarnway

September 27, 2012

Jarrod Saltalamacchia can look at Ryan Lavarnway’s quest to become a fulltime catcher and say that not much time has elapsed since the former was in the latter’s shoes.

Cumberland head coach looks back at days as St. Raphael coordinator

September 27, 2012

A coordinator’s duties seem to be the attention grabber on a résumé, the kind that allows a deserving candidate to push to the top of the list whenever head coaching opportunities surface.

September 26th

C.F. booters defeat Cumberland, remain unbeaten

September 26, 2012

CUMBERLAND – Central Falls High head coach Carl Africo doesn't ask former mentor Bobby Marchand to help him out with scouting, but – if he's going to offer – 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.

Saints grab first III-A victory at Villa Novans' expense

September 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET — In a game featuring two of the Division III-A’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.

September 25th

Tolman booters net 2-1 upset victory over Shea

September 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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.
“I told them I've been here five years now, and we've never beaten them,” Couto stated. “I 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.

Chattelle, Jeffrey await Oct. 6 MMA show at Dunk

September 25, 2012

PAWTUCKET — 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 state’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.

Central gridders strike late for 12-6 win over Shea

September 25, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The penalties and turnovers hurt. So did an off-night by the offense.
But if there was one thing that really hindered Shea’s hopes of beating Central on Friday night, it was two long plays in the final quarter by the Knights that resulted in the game’s touchdowns and the hosts’ first Division II-B victory of the season.

September 23rd

Cast under a spell: Wizards hold Correa, Saints at bay, 36-14

September 23, 2012

WEST WARWICK — Football is looked upon as the ultimate team sport. You can’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 team’s vitality, their influence so great, that you start recalibrating expectations – if Player X isn’t his usual spectacular self, chances are the team will find itself running in quicksand. After all, there’s a reason why he’s viewed as the straw that stirs the drink.

September 21st

Tolman gridders hang tough, but La Salle ends up being mightier

September 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The final score may suggest otherwise, but there was a time Friday night when this was Tolman’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.

September 20th

Reaping the rewards: Beyeler, Sauveur to join Red Sox’ staff for rest of season

September 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a “job well done” 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.

Local high football teams hope to avoid 0-2 league start

September 20, 2012

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 Times’ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, “only 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.” 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 “L’s” were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.

 

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