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October 14th, 2011

Under Cooley, Friars hit the ground running

October 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — To get a better feel of the Providence College players he was inheriting, Ed Cooley made it a point to watch every Friar game from last season “four or five times.”
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providence’s style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Let’s just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.

October 13th

Jets to honor Gerry Philbin at Monday night game

October 13, 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.
“It was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor,” Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. “The ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Dolphins.”
“I was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,” Philbin added. “He was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.”

McGair: Red Sox brass enjoy attention

October 13, 2011

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 club’s sad regular-season finish.

Kalish feeling no pain

October 13, 2011

Four weeks have elapsed since Ryan Kalish underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck.
“At this point honestly, I can’t really tell that anything was done to my neck,” said Kalish via phone from San Francisco, where the Red Sox outfield prospect is conducting his rehab. “You have post-surgery pain and all that, but that’s totally gone. It just feels like a normal neck.

October 12th

Warriors clip Eagles; Raiders upset by Knights

October 12, 2011

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.

Non-leaguers, league games on tap on gridiron this weekend

October 12, 2011

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 ‘ho-hum’ 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 that’s sure to attract many East Bay fans.

Cumberland tennis struggling in Div. I

October 12, 2011

CUMBERLAND — 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 haven’t 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 state’s toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.

October 11th

SRA's Correa finds his way on gridiron

October 11, 2011

The book on Charles Correa is that he’s 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.

October 9th

‘D’ spurs a ‘W’ for Saints

October 9, 2011

WEST WARWICK — If St. Raphael’s 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 SRA’s 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.

Local couple conquering marathon before wedding

October 9, 2011

She’ll be wearing a white tennis skirt with a veil on her head and he’ll 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 aren’t planning on getting too dressed up for their big day.
After all, running a race wearing a full tuxedo or a wedding gown isn’t exactly comfortable. Neither is dress shoes or heels.

October 5th

Raiders belt Clippers

October 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET –— 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.

Big weekend in Division II-B

October 5, 2011

Weekends don’t 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 division’s other 3-0 team, West Warwick, hosts St. Raphael (2-1) in a 1:30 p.m. affair.

Will realigment result in major shakeup in ’12?

October 5, 2011

Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the state’s 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.

October 4th

Tolman, Moses Brown battle to 2-2 soccer title

October 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Following his team’s 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.
“It was a good tie considering the way we played. Moses Brown scored seven minutes into the game, so we weren’t ready,” Couto said. “We still get the point and we're still undefeated, but they aren’t playing great right now. We need to pick it up.”

St. Ray's plans to name AD by end of month

October 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – If everything goes according to plan, St. Raphael Academy will have a new athletic director in place by month’s 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 boys remain unbeaten, win division title

October 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — 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.

October 3rd

Parker powers SRA to City X-C crown; Tolman girls win

October 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Monday’s city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girls’ six-year run as champions.
Tolman’s 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. Raphael’s Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolman’s depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.

October 2nd

St. Raphael's offense defined by explosive and dynamic players

October 2, 2011

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 year’s 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.

September 30th

Tolman shows no mercy for Pilgrim

September 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET – This is what contending teams are supposed to do when facing a weaker sister – 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.

Mount Pleasant holds off C.F., 14-12

September 30, 2011

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.

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