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October 23rd, 2011
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.
PROVIDENCE â 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 âfour or five times.â
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providenceâs style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Letâs just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.
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.