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November 30th, 2010

Tigers rally to top Saints,advance to Super Bowl

December 1, 2010

PAWTUCKET — In the end, Tuesday night's Division II semifinal playoff game between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy came down to a few gridiron standbys – halftime adjustments, plays that just missed connecting, and which team wanted it more.
Tolman made the necessary adjustments, St. Raphael dropped a crucial touchdown pass, and the top-seeded Tigers, who trailed 12-7 at halftime, reached deep down within themselves to outlast a courageous Saints team, 25-12, before an estimated crowd of 1,200 fans at Max Read Field.

Quakers silence Lions, 21-0, in D-III semis

December 1, 2010

PROVIDENCE — During the league season last month, Lincoln High had its way with Moses Brown and handed its Division III foe its first loss of the fall.
Let’s just say the Quakers took that defeat personal.
In the more-important rematch between the two squads — a semifinal tilt on Tuesday night — Moses Brown returned the favor with a convincing 21-0 blanking of the Lions at Brown University’s Berylson Field.

November 28th

Coaches discuss strategies to contain Tolman, Woonsocket

November 29, 2010

Gearing up for Tuesday’s push to the Super Bowl …

Making fundamental changes to a football team’s strategy this late in the season is a radical move. Tweaking is the preferred action of coaches, applying a new wrinkle or two depending on the next opponent. Generally what has worked up until this point is going to continue – unless something unforeseen happens.

November 26th

Thanksgiving Day games offer interesting conundrum

November 27, 2010

At this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for “bragging rights” and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.

November 25th

La Salle beats E.P., gains playoff berth

November 25, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE – It’s hard to boil down four quarters of action into two calls that weren’t on the side of Sandy Gorham and his East Providence Townies. Listen to Gorham, however, and it became clear that the two judgment calls by the officiating crew played a big part in La Salle Academy waltzing out of Pierce Stadium with a 14-6 win on Thursday morning before an estimated crowd of 3,000.

November 24th

Shea shocks Tolman, 14-7

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET – There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.

Johnston pays Saints back for playoff defeat

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET -- This wasn’t a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.

November 23rd

E.P. faces hungry La Salle team on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE — Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat – from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies don’t have the playoffs-at-stake drama that’s hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursday’s renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.

Iannetta needs strong start to 2011 season

November 24, 2010

There’s no need to panic over the Red Sox losing Victor Martinez to Detroit in a free agent signing on Tuesday. The Red Sox will find a catcher somewhere. It would be better if they could develop one through their farm system but their best prospect is at least two years away from competing for a big league job.

November 22nd

Tolman-Shea holiday series ‘natural fit’

November 22, 2010

PAWTUCKET -– It’s just a natural fit, having Tolman and Shea as Thanksgiving rivals. The holiday series may still be in its early stages — Wednesday night at Max Read Field marks the ninth installment, with each side winning four — but the way the two sides appreciate what the game truly means, it’s as if the Tigers and Raiders have been doing this for many moons.
For that, the credit belongs to the two men responsible for shepherding the programs: Tolman’s Dave Caito and Dino Campopiano of Shea.

November 21st

Playoff-bound SRA refused to throw in towel

November 21, 2010

PAWTUCKET — It’s a long journey from early September to late November for most football teams. Very few have covered as much distance as the 2010 St. Raphael Academy football team.
The Saints, who dropped down from Division I this year, opened their Division II-B season with a 37-0 loss to Tolman that had been a long time in the making for the Tigers, who were on a mission that night. Two weeks later, the Saints dropped a 16-0 decision to Woonsocket and seemed dead in the water.

Lions prepare for holiday game, playoff opener

November 21, 2010

LINCOLN — Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
“Do you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?” the Lincoln head coach asked. “I’ve been going back and forth with this. I haven’t really decided what we’re going to do when we play them.”

November 20th

Tough task ahead for C.F. gridders

November 20, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS — Mo Jackson has endured only a few rebuilding years during a decade-plus tenure as the head coach of Central Falls, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of those seasons as difficult as this one.
With just four returnees and a wealth of first-year players and junior varsity call-ups at his disposal, Jackson saw his inexperienced squad battle through a lot of growing pains and wrap up its Division IV season with a 2-6 record.

November 18th

Friars improve to 3-0, defeat Morgan State

November 19, 2010

PROVIDENCE – Marshon Brooks had his fill of Morgan State by the time he reported to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Thursday afternoon. That’s why the Providence College senior wanted to make sure that the rest of the Friars knew that the Bears were no slouch.
“We hear it from the fans, from Facebook, that Morgan State is no joke and that they’ve been to the NCAA Tournament the last two years,” said Brooks. “It was a different atmosphere.”

Red-hot Clippers prepare for Thanksgiving Day clash

November 18, 2010

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland High was officially eliminated from postseason play in Division II back on Oct. 29 when it lost to Central High at Conley Stadium.
Since that 19-6 defeat to the Knights, the Clippers have reeled off two straight victories – a narrow 9-0 shutout of Coventry High and a 31-6 rout of Ponaganset High in a consolation game last Friday.

Arboleda helps P.C. win soccer playoff opener

November 18, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Wilder Arboleda demonstrated the proper way of turning the page Thursday afternoon as Providence College routed St. Peter’s of New Jersey, 6-2, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Arboleda, a Pawtucket native and Tolman High graduate, tallied two goals as the Friars travel to face No. 16 Ohio State this Sunday afternoon in the second round.

Lopes weighs in on Crawford, Werth

November 18, 2010

There’s a lot to like about Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, two of the most desired names currently dangling on the free-agent market. If you are a general manager like Theo Epstein, which all-star outfielder do you break the bank for?
It’s a question Davey Lopes is glad he doesn’t have to answer. Reached earlier this week, Lopes, the East Providence native with 38 years of baseball experience at his fingertips, was asked to debate and dissect the merits of Werth and Crawford.

November 17th

Never look past the next game ... right?

November 18, 2010

Coaches can’t look past their next opponent. Sports writers shouldn’t, either. But sometimes the temptation to look down the road is just too enticing.
When it comes to local high school football, what’s next is a two-day slate of Thanksgiving contests, which are “rivalry” games with not much at stake … except for East Providence’s game against La Salle on Thanksgiving morning. E.P. is already in the Division I playoff field. La Salle needs a win to gain the fourth and final playoff berth over Barrington.

Tolman-Saints game moved to Max Read Field

November 18, 2010

PAWTUCKET – The Division II semifinal playoff game between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy will be played at Max Read Field, Tigers’ athletic director John Scanlon revealed on Wednesday.
“Pariseau Field is pretty chewed up,” Scanlon said, talking about the original site of the Nov. 30 contest. Pariseau is the home field for both Tolman and St. Raphael during the regular season. The Darlington Braves’ youth football program also uses the facility.

November 16th

McCoart, Silva sign Letters of Intent to D-I schools

November 17, 2010

Alyssa McCoart and Nicole Silva play softball in arguably the toughest division in Rhode Island – the Division I-North circuit – but after next spring, the competition’s going to get a whole lot tougher for these local senior standouts.
That’s because the Lincoln High first baseman/pitcher and Mount St. Charles Academy third baseman, who are very good friends who have known each other since the eighth grade, will be taking their talents to the Division I collegiate level, and they made that official last week by signing National Letters of Intent to their respective schools.

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