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First-year SRA girls volleyball team finds its rhythm

October 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET – When St. Raphael Academy athletic director Fred Saunders approached Linley Pullem one afternoon in May and asked her if she'd be interested in taking over the reins of an inaugural girls' volleyball program, she responded – without hesitation – “Absolutely!”
Saunders had heard that Pullem, who at the time was completing her initial year as a history teacher, had some experience playing the game on a rather high level, as she had excelled at John Jay High-Cross River in Westchester County, N.Y.'s Katona-Lewisboro School District.

Falowo impresses in fifth-round TKO at Twin River

October 22, 2012

LINCOLN – Pawtucket’s Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo and Woonsocket’s Joe Gardner did their respective hometowns proud on Thursday night and were among the big winners on Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Closing Statement” show at the Twin River Event Center.
Falowo picked up his second knockout victory in three months with a fifth-round TKO of Michael Walchuk of Ontario, Canada, a bout that saw the Manfredo’s Gym middleweight dominate his opponent from start to finish and deliver one of the best efforts of his young two-year career.

Tolman overwhelms East Providence

October 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET – It's rare that Tolman High head coach Dave Caito seeks to heap laurels on his squad, and his rationale is understandable: No one makes the proper move or read on every play, and he wants them to learn from their mistakes and correct them – but fast.
Twice in the opening quarter of a Division I tilt against dilapidated East Providence on Saturday night, the Townies delivered gifts to the Tigers' doorstep, fumbling twice in the span of their initial three snaps, with both occurring deep in their own territory.

Second-half surge carries St. Raphael past Shea

October 21, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano had insisted earlier in the week that – when his kids took Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon – they'd have to worry about Division II-B foe St. Raphael Academy having a distinct advantage.
The reason: The Saints didn't play last weekend due to a bye, so had an extra seven-plus days to prepare for what Campopiano's crew would throw at them.

McGair: Shea High athletic director has all the bases covered

October 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In Ray McGee, we have a lifelong and proud city native whose residence is located off Newport Avenue – more specifically, a mere stone’s throw away from McConnon Field in Slater Park.
“I’m still a city kid,” McGee proudly stated with a smile earlier this week.

Shea, SRA to meet in important gridiron clash

October 18, 2012

PAWTUCKET — When Shea High and St. Raphael Academy line up for the opening kickoff in a key Division II-B clash at Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon, it won't be just for bragging rights in this mill city.
It most probably will give the victor the upper hand in earning a post-season bid.
So say the Raiders' Dino Campopiano and the Saints' Mike Sassi, who not only have spent years at the helm of their respective squads but also share nearly two decades of friendship and plenty of gridiron stories.

RIIL, media seek to get on same page

October 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE – As one longtime newspaper scribe pointed out, “this is something that’s been a long time coming.”
In an effort to better coordinate with members of the working press – be their classification entail print, photo, television or the Internet – the Rhode Island Interscholastic League held a “Media Day” forum Wednesday afternoon at its headquarters, located on the Rhode Island College campus.

Shea boys' soccer team holds off Hope for 2-0 win

October 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Shea High head coach Pierre Ridore admitted afterward he was just glad to escape the Hope High pitch with a triumph.
For most of the final stanza, his Raiders guarded a 1-0 cushion with aplomb, but it seemed it all would go for naught after officials whistled a Shea defender for a foul against senior Brayan Sucuqui in his own penalty box with only five minutes to play in regulation.
For that infraction, they awarded Sucuqui a penalty kick.

Falowo, Kahn-Clary fight Thursday at Twin River

October 14, 2012

LINCOLN – The final installment of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s ‘Thursday Night Fights’ series at the Twin River Event Center is this week, and for local fight fans, this will be an excellent chance to see a good group of Blackstone Valley fighters in action before 2012 comes to a close.

Cumberland-Mount Hope matchup tops football slate

October 11, 2012

The high school football season will meet its halfway point this weekend, which means a large dose of non-league games and a few league matchups on the area’s docket.
Eight games make up this week’s schedule, with tonight’s Division II crossover game between II-B team Cumberland and II-A squad Mount Hope in Bristol and tomorrow’s Division IV duel between Central Falls and Hope in Providence highlighting the top local games.

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