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September 28th, 2011

Finally! Shea booters get the better of Barrington

September 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Playing at Max Read Field before a boisterous crowd, Shea High lived up to the high expectations surrounding this club with a decisive 3-0 victory over 2010 Division I champion Barrington on Wednesday afternoon.
Emerson Barros figured in all three scoring plays for the Raiders, setting up forward Joao Cardoso for the first two goals and then scoring the final one with a brilliant run from the left side of the goal.

Local grid squads aim to turn beat around

September 28, 2011

Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valley’s teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.

Raiders fall to defending champion Northmen

September 28, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesn’t come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldn’t label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasn’t expecting a similar scenario this season.

September 27th

Ivey-Jones sisters power SRA past Shea, 7-0

September 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Ho-hum.
Another game, another one-sided victory for St. Raphael Academy, one made entirely possible by the dominating Ivey-Jones sisters.
Tuesday afternoon saw Shea High become the latest Division III team to be brought to its collective knees by SRA’s 1-2 scoring punch, senior captain Kytresa Ivey-Jones tallying two goals with little sister Kyanna recording a hat trick while also delivering an on-target assist that directly led to another goal. Blend the stats together and it’s clear why the Saints coasted to a 7-0 verdict at Max Read Field.

September 26th

Unbeaten Tolman boots Woonsocket, 2-1

September 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The offense of Tolman High, spearheaded by high-scoring sophomore Manny Wongen, has been a major contributor to its undefeated record so far.
But you got to give credit to the Tigers’ defense, too.
Just like its previous seven tilts in Division II-North, the ‘D’ was at the top of its game on Monday afternoon as the Tigers held off upset-minded Woonsocket, 2-1, at Barry Field.

Rogers gridders too quick for Lincoln

September 26, 2011

LINCOLN --- Lincoln controlled the clock, but Rogers ruled the scoreboard.
The Vikings only had the ball on offense for approximately 10½ of the first 31½ minutes of Monday night’s Division III game at Ferguson Field, but that didn’t prevent them from producing 35 points and 228 yards of real estate and cruising to a 41-6 victory.

September 25th

Tolman adds passing game to arsenal

September 25, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Before officially closing the books on the 2010 football season for Tolman High, please, pass the lemons.
A half-healed wound is in need of one final squeeze.
It’s about the lessons head coach Dave Caito and his Tigers learned from the way Woonsocket took over, and was allowed to take over, supremacy in last season’s Division II Super Bowl that was, by the end, not nearly as close as the 28-14 final score would have you believe.

September 23rd

Defense carries C.F. gridders past Hope

September 23, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS --- Central Falls’ ‘D’ earned an A-plus from its head coach on Friday night.
The Warriors’ defense forced five turnovers, recorded six sacks, and limited Hope to just 12 yards of offense en route to an impressive 21-0 victory in their Division IV meeting at rain-drenched and mud-covered Macomber Stadium.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brandon Canuto tossed a pair of touchdown passes and senior running back Joshua Brandon had his first career 100-yard game on the ground by picking up 111 yards on 21 carries, but the night clearly belonged to the defense.

Turnovers doom Townies in loss to C.W.

September 23, 2011

CRANSTON – Taking care of the ball on a rainy night proved to be too tall an order for East Providence High.
Five E.P. turnovers paved the way for three Cranston West High scores in a 19-10 triumph for the Falcons on Friday night. Trailing by three with just over two minutes remaining, East Providence quarterback Brandon Peters was picked off by Nicholas DeMarco in front of the Townie bench and ran 28 yards into the end zone for a score that iced game for the Falcons.

September 22nd

Imagine this autopsy done on Red Sox

September 22, 2011

Despite the panic that currently grips Red Sox fans, odds remain in Boston’s favor when it comes to securing a wild-card playoff berth. Two-game lead with six to play? Just win three of six and you’re in. The Angels and Rays aren’t going to run the table. What’s the big deal?

Lincoln girls strike late for soccer victory over N.S.

September 22, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Staring at a scoreless tie after the first half of Thursday’s Division II-North matchup with North Smithfield, Jillian DeSimone wasn’t nervous. But the Lincoln senior knew something had to be done differently if the Lions were going to escape the Northmen Athletic Complex with a ‘W’.
“I think in the first half we were just too relaxed,” she said. “I think that’s one of our problems. At the beginning of the game we were just too relaxed. We just needed to pick up the intensity.”

September 21st

Shea rolls past East Providence

September 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Shea High coach Pierre Ridore compares his team to a luxury car. The Raiders are fast, they look good on an open course, and they make heads turn with the beauty of their engine running at full speed.
East Providence coach Tony Vieira found other words to describe the Raiders after his team dropped a 5-0 decision to Shea on Wednesday afternoon.

Tolman-Woonsocket matchup highlights football slate

September 21, 2011

Barry Field promises to be a packed house with plenty of energetic fans on Saturday afternoon when two-time Division II champion Woonsocket High entertains Tolman High in a Division II-B clash and a spirited rematch of last season’s Super Bowl.
And while the fans from both teams hope to see a battle that’s as thrilling and competitive as last year’s 6-0 regular-season victory by the Tigers and 28-14 Super Bowl triumph by the Novans, both head coaches, Tolman’s Dave Caito and Woonsocket’s Carnell Henderson, hope to see their respective teams play a lot better than they did a week ago.

September 20th

Saunders fills in as SRA's interim AD

September 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As interim athletic director for St. Raphael Academy, Fred Saunders is being called upon to guide the department while the search to replace Bruce Gammell takes place. The void was created following Gammell’s resignation late last month.
Gammell’s decision to relocate to Florida was viewed in some corners as curious, given that fall high school sports were set to start. For his last official act before leaving, Gammell, who also taught at St. Raphael, recommended to the administration that Saunders be hired in the meantime.

Clippers sweep cross-country meet

September 20, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but that’s not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time that’s been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.

September 18th

Sizing up the first weekend of league play on gridiron

September 18, 2011

The first weekend of league play in Rhode Island football provided a hint of what to expect in the season ahead from local teams.
In a most evenly-matched contest, Tolman High outlasted St. Raphael Academy 22-14 on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season in which they lost in the Division II Super Bowl to two-time champion Woonsocket.
The Villa Novans, meanwhile, laid an egg in their opener on Saturday, losing to Pilgrim, 18-7.

Patriots' Wilfork savors first interception in 35-21 win

September 18, 2011

FOXBORO — Vince Wilfork was having a playful conversation with Pepper Johnson a couple weeks ago when a most unlikely topic arose.
“Man, I might end my career without an interception,” Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if he’d ever reeled in a pick.
“Nope, never had one,” the teammate replied.
Well, in addition to the Patriots’ 35-21 victory over the Chargers at Gillette Stadium, Wilfork had extra cause to celebrate on Sunday.
When it comes to that first NFL interception, he’s officially off the schneid.

Lavallee delivers 'satisfying' outing at CVS 5K

September 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what he’s accustomed to.
Nursing a knee injury for the better part of the year, a stress fracture that has derailed his training targeted towards a possible trip to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Roland Lavallee wasn’t looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sunday’s race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.

September 16th

Cumberland holds on for 14-7 win over Shea

September 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — This is a victory that Cumberland High soon won’t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond – one of two in the contest – before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.

Great game: Tolman football team tops SRA, 22-14

September 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In one of the greatest games ever played between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy during their 82-year rivalry, the Tigers rallied on Friday night for a 22-14 Division II victory over the Saints at Pariseau Field.

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