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Well-played game results in tie for Shea, C.F.

October 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Former Central Falls coach Bobby Marchand used to describe soccer – when played correctly -- as “the beautiful game.”
That description came to mind on Saturday when Marchand’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.

Tigers bring out their worst in loss to Thunderbolts

October 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Of the handful of non-league games this weekend that pitted Division I teams against Division II teams, this should have been the Division II’s best chance to grab a victory -- undefeated II-B leader Tolman vs. winless Cranston East at Pariseau Field.
The Tigers, who entered Saturday night’s game with a 10-game losing streak against Division I opponents, had a golden opportunity to halt that drought and dust off a reeling opponent that was banged up with injuries, but couldn’t take advantage of it.

Under Cooley, Friars hit the ground running

October 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE — To get a better feel of the Providence College players he was inheriting, Ed Cooley made it a point to watch every Friar game from last season “four or five times.”
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providence’s style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Let’s just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.

Jets to honor Gerry Philbin at Monday night game

October 13, 2011

Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin sat down to watch his old New York Jets team play football last month when the phone rang at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“It was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor,” Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. “The ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Dolphins.”
“I was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,” Philbin added. “He was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.”

McGair: Red Sox brass enjoy attention

October 13, 2011

Maybe in some perverse way, the Red Sox are enjoying all this attention.
Bad P.R.? Perish the thought. The bottoming out and subsequent fallout of the 2011 season has everyone still chirping even though two weeks have passed since left fielder Carl Crawford acted like a fish out of water in Baltimore, a snapshot that says it all with regards to the club’s sad regular-season finish.

Kalish feeling no pain

October 13, 2011

Four weeks have elapsed since Ryan Kalish underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck.
“At this point honestly, I can’t really tell that anything was done to my neck,” said Kalish via phone from San Francisco, where the Red Sox outfield prospect is conducting his rehab. “You have post-surgery pain and all that, but that’s totally gone. It just feels like a normal neck.

Warriors clip Eagles; Raiders upset by Knights

October 12, 2011

The Division I soccer race took on a different complexion Wednesday after Shea was upset by Central and Central Falls edged defending state champion Barrington.
Unbeaten La Salle (10-0-3) still has the most points (23) but Central Falls (7-1-4) moved into second place overall with 18 points following its 1-0 victory over Barrington.
Shea (8-2-1) is now third in the points race with 17 while still leading the East by two points over Portsmouth. The Raiders visit the Patriots for a 5 p.m. game this afternoon, then host Central Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Max Read Field.

Non-leaguers, league games on tap on gridiron this weekend

October 12, 2011

Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a ‘ho-hum’ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown that’s sure to attract many East Bay fans.

Cumberland tennis struggling in Div. I

October 12, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches haven’t been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the state’s toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.

SRA's Correa finds his way on gridiron

October 11, 2011

The book on Charles Correa is that he’s a basketball player, a pretty darn good one at that.
Basketball is his passion, his lifeblood. Hopefully basketball will help this youngster land a college scholarship.
Why play football then? Why tempt the fates and risk the future for a sport known for its cutthroat and harsh nature? All it takes is one misstep on the field, absorbing one teeth-rattling hit, one crunch administered by a big, big guy, to change everything.

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