LINCOLN â€” On paper, thereâ€™s not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North â€“ Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didnâ€™t lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincolnâ€™s league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.
Dan Wheeler wonâ€™t have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Soxâ€™s plans for the 2012 season. The veteran relief pitcher and Warwick native has a club option worth $3 million that Boston must render a decision on â€świthin three to five daysâ€ť upon completion of the World Series.
â€śThey will have to notify me whether theyâ€™re picking it up or not,â€ť said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said â€śI doâ€ť eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâ€™s 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâ€™s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ€™ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnâ€™t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ€™ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
What direction does an athlete head in upon retiring? Whatâ€™s next once the cheers stop?
Figuring out the next chapter isnâ€™t always easy. Professional athletes often devote much of their adult life to on-field athletic development â€“ sometimes at the expense of developing proper off-field skills and healthy coping mechanisms that can help with retirement.
Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to remember the following: life does not cease just because the games do. The ability to contribute to society still exists, even if itâ€™s no longer through sports.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâ€™s home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
PAWTUCKET â€” Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer â€“ when played correctly -- as â€śthe beautiful game.â€ť
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchandâ€™s old team, now coached by long-time Marchand assistant Carl Africo, played to a 1-1 stalemate with Shea High in a battle of Division I state title contenders. Both Shea and Central Falls play a similar game that emphasizes passing and playmaking at its core.