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October 28th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Talk about throwing a wrench in oneâs plans.
Friday night saw West Warwick become the first Division II-B team to hang a defeat on Tolman since late in the 2009 season. Of even greater consequence, the Wizardsâ 33-19 victory created a logjam atop the standings, with West Warwick, Tolman and St. Raphael, which hosts Mt. Hope Saturday afternoon, all with one league loss apiece.
Before Tolman can set its sights on a repeat Division II-B regular-season title, the Tigers are going to have to overcome a tall order tonight -- namely one of the biggest and best defensive teams in all of Division II in West Warwick.
The Wizards, who are 4-1 and a game behind Tolman (5-0) in the standings, boast plenty of size in their front seven with veteran linemen Aaron Koehler and Cesar Jimenez and two defensive ends that clearly have the attention of Tolman head coach Dave Caito.
SMITHFIELD --- The rematch was just as competitive as their first meeting, but the end result wasnât the one that Tolman had hoped for in its Division II-North regular-season finale and battle of unbeatens with Smithfield.
Joe Pateâs goal off a rebound 1:48 into the second half allowed the Sentinels to eke out a 1-0 triumph over the Tigers and repeat as II-North champions on Wednesday night before a packed house on Smithfieldâs âSenior Nightâ at the Boyle Athletic Complex.
PROVIDENCE â Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâs tuneup against Assumption College.
PAWTUCKET â There are two unbeaten varsity boys sports teams at Tolman High this month â football and soccer.
The football team (5-0 in Division II) gets most of the hype but the soccer squad is carving out an amazing season of its own, one that will reach a feverish pitch tonight when the Tigers visit Smithfield with the Division II-North regular season title on the line.
âI donât want to overhype this game to the kids,â Tolman coach Jack Couto. âWeâve already clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. This game is for the regular season title, thatâs all.â
Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along âŠ
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, thereâs some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.
FOSTER â It was the type of game that allowed Dave Caito and his coaching staff to stretch beyond the normal extremities and learn a little bit more about the 2011 Tolman Tigers.
PROVIDENCE â There was an epic little war of a soccer game played on Saturday at La Salle Academy. Pawtucketâs Shea High, a totally ethnic squad of skilled players from several countries, took on an equally skilled La Salle squad, coached by one of the giants, Mario Pereira, in a match witnessed by perhaps 300 soccer aficionados.
PAWTUCKET --- Toll Gate High marched into Pariseau Field on Friday determined to spoil St. Raphael Academyâs âHomecoming Nightâ and bus home with an upset win that would have lifted them off the schneid in the Division II-B standings.
And for an entire quarter, the Titans appeared to be on the verge of stunning their hosts, as they controlled the clock for all but 1:19 of the period, held a 6-0 lead, and appeared to be headed for another score at the start of the second quarter.
LINCOLN â On paper, thereâs not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North â Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didnât lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincolnâs league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.
Dan Wheeler wonât have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Soxâs plans for the 2012 season. The veteran relief pitcher and Warwick native has a club option worth $3 million that Boston must render a decision on âwithin three to five daysâ upon completion of the World Series.
âThey will have to notify me whether theyâre picking it up or not,â said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said âI doâ eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâs 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâs a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnât allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâs high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
LINCOLN â The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
What direction does an athlete head in upon retiring? Whatâs next once the cheers stop?
Figuring out the next chapter isnât always easy. Professional athletes often devote much of their adult life to on-field athletic development â sometimes at the expense of developing proper off-field skills and healthy coping mechanisms that can help with retirement.
Thatâs why itâs important to remember the following: life does not cease just because the games do. The ability to contribute to society still exists, even if itâs no longer through sports.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâs home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
PAWTUCKET â Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer â when played correctly -- as âthe beautiful game.â
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchandâs old team, now coached by long-time Marchand assistant Carl Africo, played to a 1-1 stalemate with Shea High in a battle of Division I state title contenders. Both Shea and Central Falls play a similar game that emphasizes passing and playmaking at its core.
PAWTUCKET â Of the handful of non-league games this weekend that pitted Division I teams against Division II teams, this should have been the Division IIâs best chance to grab a victory -- undefeated II-B leader Tolman vs. winless Cranston East at Pariseau Field.
The Tigers, who entered Saturday nightâs game with a 10-game losing streak against Division I opponents, had a golden opportunity to halt that drought and dust off a reeling opponent that was banged up with injuries, but couldnât take advantage of it.