NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” It was a simple question, and North Smithfield High head coach Jeremy Sherer responded in kind.
When asked if he was satisfied with his Northmenâ€™s 2-0 Division II victory over East Providence early Thursday evening, he stated merely, â€śNo.â€ť
He claimed he had good reason.
â€śYou know, weâ€™ve had two really good wins this year; the first one against Pilgrim, and the second against Tiverton,â€ť he elaborated. â€śTheyâ€™re both very strong teams, and when we play those types of teams, we do very well. In big games, we step it up a couple of notches.
WOONSOCKET -- Back on Friday, Sept. 14, Tolman High senior Ashley Clark registered five goals in a rather easy 9-1 thumping of Woonsocket at the McKinnon-Alves Complex.
She failed in her attempt to repeat that feat during the two teamsâ€™ Division III-A rematch at Barry Field on rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Still, head coach Bel Pereira didnâ€™t mind a bit; why would he? Clark netted four tallies and senior defender Amber Duhamel did a superb job of defending the Villa Novansâ€™ stellar senior quad-captain and striker Krislyn Godin in the Tigersâ€™ 6-2 triumph.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland High head coach John Jasionowski admitted being both surprised and impressed when a representative of the American Cancer Society attended a state interscholastic tennis meeting last spring.
â€śShe asked us if we wanted to have some kind of event for cancer awareness, and I thought it was a good idea,â€ť Jasionowski stated while his Clippers warmed up for a Division II crossover match against Classical on Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” The dual meet portion of the cross-country season is safely in the books. The early-in-the-week gatherings involving schools squaring off against their regional rivals has given way to a postseason gamut that is far more demanding and extensive due to the field expanding.
To Trevor Crawley, shifting from the sportâ€™s unofficial â€śwarm-up actâ€ť to a series of defined gatherings of harriers is not akin to a mystery wrapped in an enigma. To date, everything the Cumberland High senior has done on the trails has been geared toward what lies ahead, albeit with a slight twist.
Often times the importance of the kicking game at the high school level can go undervalued or overlooked. Blame such shortsightedness on the premium coaches and players place on strategizing offensively and defensively throughout the week, the attention paid to more crucial matters, in turn rendering the very idea of place-kicking and punting duties influencing the final outcome to mundane qualities.
Believe it or not, as far-flung as this may sound, there was a time when this corner believed Bobby Valentine would somehow be granted a stay of execution and return as manager of the Red Sox next season.
LINCOLN â€“ Dick Ryan knows what a special talent he has in Emily Bouthillette, hence why the Lincoln High softball coach isnâ€™t afraid to spread the word regarding a player that Ryan feels is flying somewhat â€śunder the radar.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In the mist and muck at Macomber Stadium on Tuesday night, Shea High desperately wanted to pull off an upset over undefeated Division I nemesis Central Falls.
Instead, head coach Pierre Ridore and his Raiders had to settle for a 2-2 stalemate against a squad that before it took to the pitch had sat in first place by a mere point over second-place Barrington.
Head coach Carl Africo points to one game in particular to define Central Falls High senior forward Cristian Rodriguezâ€™ uncanny ability to put the ball in the net.
â€śWe were playing Smithfield in a non-league match, and â€“ early on â€“ the guys really didnâ€™t know how to play him,â€ť Africo recalled late last week of what turned out to be a 6-1 pasting of the host Sentinels. â€śThey decided to give him (shots with) his right foot, and he scored two goals in the first half.
PAWTUCKET â€“ On a night that saw his team score at will against previously undefeated West Warwick, Shea head coach Dino Campopiano decided to throw a little love in the direction of the group that paved the way for the Raider skill players to glide up and down Max Read Field.