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Lincoln girls strike late for soccer victory over N.S.

September 22, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Staring at a scoreless tie after the first half of Thursday’s Division II-North matchup with North Smithfield, Jillian DeSimone wasn’t nervous. But the Lincoln senior knew something had to be done differently if the Lions were going to escape the Northmen Athletic Complex with a ‘W’.
“I think in the first half we were just too relaxed,” she said. “I think that’s one of our problems. At the beginning of the game we were just too relaxed. We just needed to pick up the intensity.”

Shea rolls past East Providence

September 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Shea High coach Pierre Ridore compares his team to a luxury car. The Raiders are fast, they look good on an open course, and they make heads turn with the beauty of their engine running at full speed.
East Providence coach Tony Vieira found other words to describe the Raiders after his team dropped a 5-0 decision to Shea on Wednesday afternoon.

Tolman-Woonsocket matchup highlights football slate

September 21, 2011

Barry Field promises to be a packed house with plenty of energetic fans on Saturday afternoon when two-time Division II champion Woonsocket High entertains Tolman High in a Division II-B clash and a spirited rematch of last season’s Super Bowl.
And while the fans from both teams hope to see a battle that’s as thrilling and competitive as last year’s 6-0 regular-season victory by the Tigers and 28-14 Super Bowl triumph by the Novans, both head coaches, Tolman’s Dave Caito and Woonsocket’s Carnell Henderson, hope to see their respective teams play a lot better than they did a week ago.

Saunders fills in as SRA's interim AD

September 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — As interim athletic director for St. Raphael Academy, Fred Saunders is being called upon to guide the department while the search to replace Bruce Gammell takes place. The void was created following Gammell’s resignation late last month.
Gammell’s decision to relocate to Florida was viewed in some corners as curious, given that fall high school sports were set to start. For his last official act before leaving, Gammell, who also taught at St. Raphael, recommended to the administration that Saunders be hired in the meantime.

Clippers sweep cross-country meet

September 20, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but that’s not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time that’s been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.

Sizing up the first weekend of league play on gridiron

September 18, 2011

The first weekend of league play in Rhode Island football provided a hint of what to expect in the season ahead from local teams.
In a most evenly-matched contest, Tolman High outlasted St. Raphael Academy 22-14 on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season in which they lost in the Division II Super Bowl to two-time champion Woonsocket.
The Villa Novans, meanwhile, laid an egg in their opener on Saturday, losing to Pilgrim, 18-7.

Patriots' Wilfork savors first interception in 35-21 win

September 18, 2011

FOXBORO — Vince Wilfork was having a playful conversation with Pepper Johnson a couple weeks ago when a most unlikely topic arose.
“Man, I might end my career without an interception,” Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if he’d ever reeled in a pick.
“Nope, never had one,” the teammate replied.
Well, in addition to the Patriots’ 35-21 victory over the Chargers at Gillette Stadium, Wilfork had extra cause to celebrate on Sunday.
When it comes to that first NFL interception, he’s officially off the schneid.

Lavallee delivers 'satisfying' outing at CVS 5K

September 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE — The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what he’s accustomed to.
Nursing a knee injury for the better part of the year, a stress fracture that has derailed his training targeted towards a possible trip to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Roland Lavallee wasn’t looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sunday’s race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.

Cumberland holds on for 14-7 win over Shea

September 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — This is a victory that Cumberland High soon won’t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond – one of two in the contest – before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.

Great game: Tolman football team tops SRA, 22-14

September 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In one of the greatest games ever played between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy during their 82-year rivalry, the Tigers rallied on Friday night for a 22-14 Division II victory over the Saints at Pariseau Field.

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