PAWTUCKET â Itâs a common assumption that you canât have both brains and brawn. Apparently Davon Robertson didnât get the memo.
Robertson fits the definition of a student-athlete to a tee. Not only is this senior a two-way football contributor for St. Raphael Academy, but heâs also a success story in the classroom. Blend the two attributes together and itâs little wonder that Robertson is being recruited by some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the area.
PAWTUCKET --- Some Thanksgiving series around this part of New England have usually been predictable, and often lopsided affairs year in and year out, while other series have been ones that you can actually throw out the records and expect competitive games.
The latter has certainly been the case with the Shea-Tolman series, which will celebrate its 10th game Wednesday when the two intracity rivals invade McCoy Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â His all-out smile that charms in an instant, affable personality and cordial âYes, sirâ response allows Paris Correia to fit in at North Smithfield High. His relentless desire to attack the opposition on the football field with impetuous abandon is also a plus, for sure.
Yet is hasnât always been that simple.
Central Falls and North Smithfield arenât Thanksgiving football rivals but the two Division IV playoff teams are inextricably linked this week.
They are linked because if North Smithfield defeats Scituate on Thursday morning, it wins No. 1 seed in next weekâs playoffs and would host No. 4 seed Central Falls in the semifinal round scheduled for next Tuesday evening.
âI donât want my guys to overlook Scituate,â North Smithfield coach Wes Pennington said on Sunday when the potential playoff matchup with Central Falls was raised.
LINCOLN â It wasnât much of a surprise for the standing-room-only crowd at the Twin River Event Center to see Pawtucketâs Todd Chattelle capture the inaugural CES Mixed Martial Arts middleweight title.
What was surprising was the manner in which he won the championship belt -- with a submission.
An established standup fighter who recorded all eight of his career knockouts with his punching ability, Chattelle picked up the biggest victory of his career with his first-ever submission by slapping an unexpecting guillotine chokeout on Brett Oteri of Dedham, Mass. 3:18 into their fight.
PROVIDENCE â During a time when school budgets are slashed and teachers are in dire need for resources and incentives for their students, National Grid Foundation scored an assist in providing a $30,000 grant to support the Providence Hoops for the Stars Program.
Hoops for the Stars is a partnership program that provides inner-city students with the opportunity to earn tickets to Providence College menâs basketball games in return for hard work in the classroom and positive behavior in the community.
WOONSOCKET â It has been said more than a few times that success in high school sports comes in cycles. Talented players sometimes come in cohesive groups of classmates who win games from middle school on up through high school. And when they graduate, sometimes the cupboard is empty.
That could be the story of Woonsocket Highâs football program, which won the last two Division II Super Bowls before falling back to earth this season, finishing 1-6 in league action.
Only in New England can you be sitting in an audience, watching a great presentation of Hamlet by the Gamm Theatre acting company of Pawtucket, when during intermission a man turns around in his seat and asks: âWhoâs going to be the next manager of the Red Sox?â
The interrogator was Bobby Fields, a former Pawtucket West student-athlete. He probably wonât recognize the rest of this but Shakespeare might.
At this time last year, fighting for a championship was the furthest thing from Todd Chattelleâs mind.
The Pawtucket fighter was a few weeks removed from the worst defeat of his pro career -- a knockout loss to undefeated Derek Brunson that saw Chattelle hit the canvas just 14 seconds into the fight. Chattelle was hoping to keep his record above .500 with a hard-fought win, but instead, he slipped to 6-6.
For Rhode Island high school football teams, playing on Thanksgiving is hailed as one of those holiday traditions you canât live without, itâs so-called importance ranking up there with the Macyâs Day Parade, awkward dinner-time conversations and endless turkey leftovers.