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Football semifinals move to Wednesday night

November 27, 2012

On the surface, the decision to push back the entire slate of R.I. semifinal-round playoff games to Wednesday seems as simple as the quarterback receiving the snap.
Seven of the eight games on the docket were already based at venues where light fixtures are part of the ambiance. The lone exception: Woonsocket’s Barry Field.
However, thanks to Villa Novans athletic director George Nasuti obtaining portable lights, the situation was remedied.

Ryan Lavarnway to be featured at PawSox' Christmas Party

November 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will host their Annual Christmas Party at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The PawSox’ Christmas Party is a free event open to fans of all ages. Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway will make a special appearance along with two members of the PawSox Governors’ Cup championship, infielder Tony Thomas and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

High school football semifinals kick off tonight

November 27, 2012

Tonight’s the night. High school football’s version of the ‘Sweet Sixteen’. Four teams in each of the state’s four divisions battling for the right to be the eight that will play for a Super Bowl championship this weekend.
Three local teams — Cumberland, Woonsocket, and North Smithfield — are among the 16 that will suit up tonight in their respective semifinal-round games, with the Clippers and Villa Novans playing Division II games in the friendly confines of their home fields and the Northmen heading to Providence for a Division IV contest.

PC's Fortune welcomes heavy workload

November 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE — In a perfect world, Ed Cooley would have the luxury of bringing along Josh Fortune at a pace suitable for a freshman.
Instead of dipping his toe in the water and feeling his way around, Fortune has been tossed head first into the deep end of the pool. There would be no easing the 6-foot-5 guard into his new world, no spoon-feeding on a Providence College team where contributions these days are mandated, not expected.

PC comes alive in second half to rout Fairfield

November 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There’s a burden placed on Providence’s Bryce Cotton and LaDontae Henton that’s almost unrivaled in terms of their value to the team.
With point guard Vincent Council sidelined, the pressure falls squarely on Cotton and Henton to carry the load. Neither one can afford the luxury of an off night, particularly since there aren’t too many proven scoring options behind them.

To Cooley, preparing for opponents means everything

November 23, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley estimates that his coaching responsibilities account for “20 percent” of his duties at Providence College.
Ask him just how much that small slice in an otherwise demanding pie means to him and Cooley will tell you pointblank that coaching supplies a jolt that by and large remains unmatched. The time he spends on the basketball floor alongside his assistants and players or in the video room breaking down tape is pure nirvana – not to mention a prime chance to reinforce what his primary job entails.

Next up: Tuesday night's high school football semis

November 23, 2012

For the three area football squads fortunate enough to land a spot on the “Tuesday Night Lights” dance card, it was back to work on Friday in preparation for their respective semifinal-round contests.
It goes without saying that the limited window between the Thanksgiving contests and a game filled with Super Bowl aspirations represents a busy stretch where mental preparation supersedes the physical aspect.

Cumberland rolls to 32-0 victory over Woonsocket

November 22, 2012

CUMBERLAND — A Big Blue tidal wave washed ashore Thanksgiving morning, a powerful force that proved to swallow Woonsocket High whole.
Cumberland High put on a holiday clinic in how to lick the plate clean, as the Clippers took it to the Novans, 32-0, in the 49th installment of this Turkey Day series. The two teams will now look toward next Tuesday and the Division II semifinals. Cumberland returns to Tucker Field against West Warwick while Woonsocket welcomes Central to Barry Field.

Central Falls wins Jackson's finale, tops Lincoln

November 22, 2012

LINCOLN — In the third chapter of the budding Thanksgiving rivalry between neighboring municipalities, Central Falls High snagged a 27-22 non-league victory over Lincoln before 300 fans at Ferguson Field on Wednesday night.
Following this most entertaining game, Warriors' coach Mo Jackson – in his grid coaching finale – addressed the players from both squads at midfield, and awarded a new tradition, the Game MVP trophy in the shape of a mini-Heisman, to Lions' junior running back Cory Gaskell.

Samb leads Tolman to 12-7 holiday win over Shea

November 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For Tolman running back Mamour Samb, it was the most satisfying six-yard run of his high school career.
With the Tigers looking at a potential game-clinching third-and-five at their own 15-yard line – opponent Shea had burned its final timeout with 2:57 flashing on the Max Read Field scoreboard – the cunning Samb burst through the fray and covered the necessary yardage, and then some. Samb’s timely jaunt wound up being the final play of consequence as Tolman secured a 12-7 “Thanksgiving Eve” verdict against crosstown rival Shea.

 

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