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October 13th, 2011
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin sat down to watch his old New York Jets team play football last month when the phone rang at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
âIt was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jetsâ Ring of Honor,â Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. âThe ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday nightâs game against the Dolphins.â
âI was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,â Philbin added. âHe was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.â
Maybe in some perverse way, the Red Sox are enjoying all this attention.
Bad P.R.? Perish the thought. The bottoming out and subsequent fallout of the 2011 season has everyone still chirping even though two weeks have passed since left fielder Carl Crawford acted like a fish out of water in Baltimore, a snapshot that says it all with regards to the clubâs sad regular-season finish.
Four weeks have elapsed since Ryan Kalish underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck.
âAt this point honestly, I canât really tell that anything was done to my neck,â said Kalish via phone from San Francisco, where the Red Sox outfield prospect is conducting his rehab. âYou have post-surgery pain and all that, but thatâs totally gone. It just feels like a normal neck.
The Division I soccer race took on a different complexion Wednesday after Shea was upset by Central and Central Falls edged defending state champion Barrington.
Unbeaten La Salle (10-0-3) still has the most points (23) but Central Falls (7-1-4) moved into second place overall with 18 points following its 1-0 victory over Barrington.
Shea (8-2-1) is now third in the points race with 17 while still leading the East by two points over Portsmouth. The Raiders visit the Patriots for a 5 p.m. game this afternoon, then host Central Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Max Read Field.
Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a âho-humâ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown thatâs sure to attract many East Bay fans.
CUMBERLAND â After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches havenât been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the stateâs toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.
The book on Charles Correa is that heâs a basketball player, a pretty darn good one at that.
Basketball is his passion, his lifeblood. Hopefully basketball will help this youngster land a college scholarship.
Why play football then? Why tempt the fates and risk the future for a sport known for its cutthroat and harsh nature? All it takes is one misstep on the field, absorbing one teeth-rattling hit, one crunch administered by a big, big guy, to change everything.
WEST WARWICK â If St. Raphaelâs defensive players had a vote, they would like to see their offensive mates grind out one of those keep-the-chains-moving, wind-sapping, 80-yard drives that encompass 15 plays and takes six or seven minutes off the game clock.
Dreamers can keep on dreaming because SRAâs offense is defined by big plays and quick strikes that can happen from any spot on the field. Such firepower is akin to attaching a turbo-charged engine to a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Sheâll be wearing a white tennis skirt with a veil on her head and heâll be wearing shorts and a Tuxedo T-shirt.
About 150 guests have been invited to attend their wedding next weekend, but Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady arenât planning on getting too dressed up for their big day.
After all, running a race wearing a full tuxedo or a wedding gown isnât exactly comfortable. Neither is dress shoes or heels.
PAWTUCKET ââ Shea High has slipped its sports car engine into high gear as the soccer season heads into its final three weeks of league play.
The Raiders cruised to a 5-2 victory over Cumberland on Wednesday in a match that featured some controversy and a surprising push by the Clippers that created a 2-2 stalemate early in the second half.
Weekends donât get any bigger than this one when it comes to the race for the Division II-B title and the other three playoffs spots up for grabs.
On Friday night, Tolman carries its 3-0 record into Pariseau Field for a 7 p.m. contest against Mount Hope (2-1), while on Saturday afternoon, the divisionâs other 3-0 team, West Warwick, hosts St. Raphael (2-1) in a 1:30 p.m. affair.
Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the stateâs governing body for high school athletics is not turning a deaf ear when its constituents speak up.
Sticking primarily with how these tweaks impact the football side, the idea of altering everything from how often realignment takes place to the specific formula that mathematically helps place teams in one division as opposed to another is something that will surely help to keep the overall product fresh.
PROVIDENCE â Following his teamâs 2-2 tie against Moses Brown on Tuesday afternoon at Wasserman Field, Tolman head coach Jack Couto was asked if the stalemate fell into the category of a good tie or a bad one.
âIt was a good tie considering the way we played. Moses Brown scored seven minutes into the game, so we werenât ready,â Couto said. âWe still get the point and we're still undefeated, but they arenât playing great right now. We need to pick it up.â
PAWTUCKET â If everything goes according to plan, St. Raphael Academy will have a new athletic director in place by monthâs end, says President-Principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch.
Such a finite timeline speaks to the confidence Donohue-Lynch has in the five-person search committee she herself handpicked. The committee will recommend candidates and advise school administrators about a successor to Bruce Gammell, whose departure in August created an opening.
CUMBERLAND â Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.
PAWTUCKET â Mondayâs city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girlsâ six-year run as champions.
Tolmanâs girls, coached by former Tiger star Kayla Fleming, beat the Saints 22-33 to capture the city title. Shea High finished a distant third in the meet. Tolman placed five runners among the first seven finishers.
St. Raphaelâs Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolmanâs depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.
St. Raphael Academy has enough big-play weapons on offense to stick with the more potent teams in Division II this season.
Head coach Mike Sassi is most comfortable running a Wing-T offense. This yearâs team has the personnel to make that formation work cohesively. It begins with quarterback Julian Diaz, an efficient playmaker who can throw the ball on the run and downfield when needed.
PAWTUCKET â This is what contending teams are supposed to do when facing a weaker sister â remove the drama early.
There was no debate regarding who the better team was Friday night at Pariseau Field. Tolman High scored on four of its five offensive possessions in the opening half en route to a 55-6 pasting against a Pilgrim High outfit that was left seeing stars.
Despite spending all night waltzing down Easy Street, Tolman head coach Dave Caito refused to take anything for granted. In fact, Caito had a simple message for his players as they returned to the sideline following each score.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Mount Pleasant extended its Division IV win streak to 12 games on Friday night, but Central Falls made it awfully tough for the defending champions to pick up their latest victory.
The Kilties overcame a whopping 18 penalties for 129 yards and huge games offensively from Warrior running back Josh Brandon and quarterback Brandon Canuto to pull out of Macomber Stadium with a 14-12 victory in this battle of early-season unbeatens.
CUMBERLAND â For opposing Division I schools, thereâs no secret strategy to beat Cumberland High.
While the Clippers possess a talented squad this fall, if the opposition can keep multiple all-stater Stephanie Ribeiro away from the ball the odds are favorable that a victory will come its way.
East Greenwich witnessed that on Friday.
Despite blanket coverage all afternoon, Ribeiro managed to still score three goals in their crossover match. And that was all that was needed to upset the previously-unbeaten Avengers, 3-1, at the Tucker Field complex.