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Rakim Sanders faces Friars tonight

November 13, 2011

FAIRFIELD, Ct. – Through all the ups and downs, the good times and the hardships, the smile still comes naturally.
The widespread grin of Rakim Sanders has come to embody his innocence and easygoing temperament. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a compassionate young man, someone who possesses the necessary zeal and resolve which made sure he didn’t become symbolic of the Pawtucket housing project of his youth.

Cumberland made more plays than Tolman

November 13, 2011

PAWTUCKET – We hear the phrase “making plays” from athletes and coaches so often that sometimes the exact meaning of the phrase gets lost in its overuse.
Cumberland coach Chris Skurka used the term to describe how his underdog Clippers sneaked past favored Tolman by a 13-9 margin on Saturday night in a Division II quarterfinal playoff game.
“That’s what this team does,” Skurka said. “We make plays.”

La Salle holds off Shea rally in D-I final

November 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE – “Shea is probably the most technical (skilled) team in the state,” La Salle coach Mario Pereira was saying on Saturday afternoon, “but I told my kids I think we are the better team.”
The Rams, who had the best record in Division I during the regular season, proved their coach right by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Raiders in the Division I state title contest.
Shea won the coin toss and elected to play into the wind during the first half and quickly fell behind, 3-0.

EWG boots Lincoln in D-II finals

November 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE --- With a combined 17 goals allowed between them this season, it was clear that scoring was going to be at a minimum in the Division II state finals between second-seeded Lincoln High and unbeaten No. 1 seed Exeter/West Greenwich.
That held true on Sunday afternoon at the Rhode Island College complex. But after a tight contest for 60 minutes, the Scarlet Knights broke through with two goals in a seven-minute span to pave the way for their second straight state crown with a 3-1 victory over the Lions in a rematch of last year's championship contest.

Loss results in Tolman exiting from Division II football playoffs

November 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Cumberland High made enough big plays on Saturday night to knock Tolman out of the Division II playoffs.
The Clippers got a 75-yard touchdown run by Erik Travers in the first quarter and then pulled out a 13-9 victory with a scoring drive in the final 4-1/2 minutes that was capped by Ryan Gaumond’s game-winning one-yard plunge with 1:36 left in the contest.

Clippers push Scarlet Knights to limit before falling in Div. II volleyball final

November 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Sixteen times this season, defending state champion Exeter/West Greenwich has faced an opponent in Division II. Sixteen times, it has won handily.
No. 17 proved to be it toughest.
Seeking its first team crown in the school's history Saturday at Keaney Gymnasium, No. 3 seed Cumberland battled the top-seeded Scarlet Knights to a five-set thriller in the state finals before succumbing to scores of 22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-10.

Westerly bounces SRA from Div. II football playoffs

November 11, 2011

WESTERLY – St. Raphael Academy got off to a 15-0 lead on Friday night before Westerly rallied for a 36-22 victory in the Division II quarterfinals.
The Saints took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. After both teams punted twice to open the game, the Saints won the field position battle, setting up shop on Westerly’s 28-yard line. Diaz’s first punt had pinned Westerly back on its 17-yard line. His second punt was down on the Bulldogs’ six-yard line. Westerly then punted and could only get the ball out to the 28-yard line.

Lincoln girls earn right to play for Div. II soccer title

November 11, 2011

EAST GREENWICH – Jillian DeSimone had a feeling something good was about to happen upon sending a crossing feed toward the Mt. Hope net.
Why was DeSimone confident? Let’s just say Friday night wasn’t the first time the Lincoln senior captain shoveled off a pass with the intention of setting up one of her teammates. Turns out that teammate was junior Annie Carrol, who sacrificed her body en route to producing the only goal Lincoln would need in a 1-0 victory against Mt. Hope in the Division II semifinals. Carrol's tally came with just over six minutes remaining in second half.

Warriors drop Division IV showdown with Northmen

November 11, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield is heading back in the Division IV playoffs, and the Northmen earned their return trip the hard way – with a five-game win streak loaded with victories over the division’s top teams.
The Northmen celebrated their ‘Senior Night’ and officially stamped their ticket to the postseason on Friday by putting away the division’s top scoring team, Central Falls, by a 20-6 score.

McGair: Cooley's first PC recruiting class pretty cool

November 10, 2011

Rick Pitino, sage that he is, shared this little anecdote at last month’s Big East media day – one that illustrates the waves new Providence College head coach Ed Cooley is making on the recruiting trail.
“He’s already attracting … he beat us out on a player recruiting-wise,” said Pitino point blank, his eyes lighting up as if they were filled with fire. “I would have said, when it got to Providence and us [Louisville], he would have had no shot in getting this player, but Ed got him. So he’s already made an impact.”

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