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October 23rd, 2011

Tolman gridders find a way to win

October 23, 2011

FOSTER — 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.

Shea booters stand up to La Salle

October 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There was an epic little war of a soccer game played on Saturday at La Salle Academy. Pawtucket’s 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.

October 21st

St. Raphael runs away from Toll Gate, 40-14

October 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Toll Gate High marched into Pariseau Field on Friday determined to spoil St. Raphael Academy’s ‘Homecoming Night’ 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.

Lions rounding into playoff form

October 21, 2011

LINCOLN — On paper, there’s not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North – Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didn’t 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 Lincoln’s 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.

October 20th

Will Dan Wheeler be back with Red Sox in '12?

October 20, 2011

Dan Wheeler won’t have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Sox’s 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 “within three to five days” upon completion of the World Series.
“They will have to notify me whether they’re picking it up or not,” said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.

Lincoln couple competes in Wife Carrying event

October 20, 2011

When Bruce and Sheri Foster said “I do” 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 Resort’s 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.

Burrillville girls win Div. III showdown with SRA, 4-0

October 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, there’s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncos’ 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 hasn’t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.

October 19th

Gerry Philbin resting after big night with Jets

October 19, 2011

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 Jets’ Ring of Honor on Monday night.

Tolman, EP face tough foes this weekend

October 19, 2011

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 Valley’s 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 Hawks’ 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).

October 18th

Lincoln sticks it to Cumberland

October 18, 2011

LINCOLN – 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.

Rod Correia proves there is life after baseball

October 18, 2011

What direction does an athlete head in upon retiring? What’s next once the cheers stop?
Figuring out the next chapter isn’t always easy. Professional athletes often devote much of their adult life to on-field athletic development – sometimes at the expense of developing proper off-field skills and healthy coping mechanisms that can help with retirement.
That’s why it’s important to remember the following: life does not cease just because the games do. The ability to contribute to society still exists, even if it’s no longer through sports.

October 17th

Saints' Kytresa Ivey-Jones nears milestone

October 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academy’s 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.

October 16th

Well-played game results in tie for Shea, C.F.

October 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer – when played correctly -- as “the beautiful game.”
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchand’s 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.

Tigers bring out their worst in loss to Thunderbolts

October 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Of the handful of non-league games this weekend that pitted Division I teams against Division II teams, this should have been the Division II’s best chance to grab a victory -- undefeated II-B leader Tolman vs. winless Cranston East at Pariseau Field.
The Tigers, who entered Saturday night’s 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 couldn’t take advantage of it.

October 14th

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.

 

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