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Tolman, SRA gridders begin playoff action

November 10, 2011

They’ve spent the past eight weeks working hard and overcoming some tough league opponents for the right to play in a meaningful game on Veteran’s Day weekend.
For neighboring schools Tolman, Cumberland, and St. Raphael, that weekend has finally arrived, and the meaningful games that they will participate in will be their quarterfinal-round games of the Division II playoffs.

Raiders and Rams: Two great teams trying to sort things out

November 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET — “This game is going to be like ‘The Thrilla In Manila,’” La Salle Academy soccer coach Mario Pereira was saying on Tuesday night. “This is going to be a classic … two great teams trying to sort things out … two teams with a lot of skilled players … and kids on both sides who share an incredible passion for the game.”
Pereira was talking about Saturday’s Division I state championship soccer game between his squad and Pawtucket’s Shea High. It is a heavyweight matchup between a private school and a public school, between the so-called rich kids and the city kids.

Clippers spike Warriors, advance to Div. II title game

November 10, 2011

KINGSTON — For the first time in its long history, Cumberland will play for a state championship.
The Clippers earned a berth in Saturday’s Division II championship match on Wednesday night by surviving a hard-fought 3-1 triumph over a Central Falls team that was determined to spring its second upset victory of the playoffs at URI’s Keaney Gymnasium.
Senior standouts Micaela Malboeuf (13 kills, 25 digs) and Michelle Malboeuf (11 kills, 20 digs) had big games for the Clippers, who defeated the Warriors by scored of 25-18, 25-19, 22-25, and 27-25 to advance.

Joe Paterno lost sight of the details

November 9, 2011

“With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I could have done more.”
– Joe Paterno
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Who would have thought it would end this way for the legendary Penn State coach of 46 years? Paterno, the man of high moral values, the guy who once vowed not to retire and “leave college football to the Barry Switzers and Jackie Sherrills” of his coaching fraternity, had failed the biggest morality test of his life.

EP knocked out by Coventry; Ponaganset upsets MSC

November 9, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – You know that Mount St. Charles-Coventry final that would have been billed as a matchup pitting one unbeaten squad versus another? Apparently Ponaganset didn’t get the memo.

East Greenwich ousts Tolman from soccer playoffs

November 7, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — There are strength in numbers for sure on the soccer pitch, to which East Greenwich High will attest.
The Avengers consistently flooded the penalty box area with defenders, forming a protective cocoon that allowed goalie Oscar Goodwin to thrive while simultaneously left Tolman High’s array of skill players singing the blues.

Shea tops Cumberland, returns to Div. I finals

November 7, 2011

CRANSTON — Shea High shook free from a determined Cumberland team on Monday night at Cranston Stadium and advanced to the Division I state finals for the second straight season with a 3-0 victory over the Clippers.
The Raiders, who lost in the 2010 finals to Barrington, will meet top-ranked La Salle in Saturday’s high noon showdown at Rhode Island College’s pitch. The two teams tied 2-2 during their only regular season meeting.

Cumberland spikes Tolman in Div. II playoffs

November 7, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After shaking off some rust in the first game, Cumberland High went into playoff mode and is now just two bigs wins from the school's first-ever state championship.
Fueled by an outstanding night from junior Sam Bertherman and a solid all-around effort from her teammates, the third-seeded Clippers swept by No. 6 seed Tolman, 3-0, in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday at the Wellness Center. Cumberland won with scores of 25-23, 25-4, 25-9.

Shea, Cumberland in soccer showdown tonight

November 6, 2011

CRANSTON – Form held true in three of the four Division I quarterfinal playoff games contested over the past three days. Top-seeded La Salle, third-seeded Shea and fourth-seeded Barrington all advanced. Only second-seed Central Falls fell by the wayside, beaten 3-2 by seventh-seeded Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.
That sets up unbeaten La Salle versus defending champion Barrington in tonight’s 5 p.m. opener at Cranston Stadium followed by Shea and Cumberland at 7 p.m.

Division II grid playoff field finalized

November 6, 2011

Throw out the regular-season records because in Division II, the playoffs beckon.
In a division known for staging “Pre-Thanksgiving Madness” due to an eight-team field, the Div. II playoffs get underway this coming weekend with four quarterfinal-round matchups. For local entries Tolman, St. Raphael and Cumberland, the mission is clear – extend the season to Nov. 30, the date set aside for the semifinals.

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