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Officiating crew grows to five with back judge

September 8, 2011

If Bruce Guindon and his high school football officiating brethren had their druthers, the installment of a fifth member to the longstanding four-man, on-field crew would have transpired years ago.
What was once a plea is now part of the Interscholastic League’s pigskin fabric. Beginning this season an additional pair of eyes will be called upon to aid specifically in the judgment of pass plays and blocks downfield, two areas that in the past have been tough calls a for group colloquially called “zebras” to accurately decipher.

Non-league schedule kicks off local football season

September 8, 2011

The two-a-days are history. So are the scrimmages and Injury Fund games.
This weekend, the regular season for high school football gets under way with non-league games scattered throughout the state.
Eight of the Blackstone Valley’s 11 teams kick off tonight, and the big games of the bunch will feature two-time Division II champion Woonsocket taking on East Providence at Pierce Field and former Thanksgiving Day rivals Shea and Lincoln playing each other at Lincoln‘s Ferguson Field.

PawSox playoff opener pushed back to Thursday night

September 7, 2011

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A brief period of clearing skies provided some false hope that the PawSox may be able to play the opener of their Round One Governors’ Cup Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, the clearing skies disappeared and another heavy downpour forced the postponement of the game.
The series will now be pushed back by one day, with the opener being played Thursday night at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will keep the same pitching rotation in effect, with Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) going up against Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91) in the opener.

Warriors fight back to earn 2-2 draw

September 7, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Central Falls learned the value of playing hard for 80 minutes, no matter how bad the weather is, or how slippery the field conditions.
The Warriors trailed East Providence 2-0 after the first 66 minutes of Wednesday’s Division I contest played during intermittent rain showers at Pierce Field. But they kept pushing the ball into E.P.’s end and ultimately tied the game on Christian Rodriguez’s goal with just 30 seconds left in the match.

Tolman blanks Moses Brown

September 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The soccer fields at the McKinnon/Alves complex can handle the kind of rain that pelted its plush grass on Tuesday afternoon.
“The city really did a great job with these fields,” Tolman coach Jack Couto said after his Tigers opened their league season with a 2-0 victory over Moses Brown. “It was great we were able to get this game in today.”
The Tigers and Quakers played through a scoreless first half before Tolman’s Manny Wongen, a speedy forward, broke through for a pair of goals in the second half.

PawSox begin quest for Governors' Cup tonight

September 6, 2011

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Starting Wednesday night the Pawtucket Red Sox — what’s left of the club, that is — will dead aim at the Governors’ Cup trophy, which is presented to the top International League team following the conclusion of two best-of-five series.
Game 1 of the opening round brings the division champion PawSox to Allentown, Pa., home of fellow I.N. North foe and wild-card entry Lehigh Valley. The first two games are at Coca-Cola Park with the final three to be played at McCoy Stadium over the weekend.

PawSox finish regular season 20 games above .500

September 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Bring on the IronPigs!
The playoff-bound Pawtucket Red Sox completed their regular season quietly on Monday afternoon, finishing 20 games above .500 at 81-61 after rolling to a 7-3 win over Rochester.
The PawSox will begin a best-of-five playoff series Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley’s field in Allentown, Pa. against an IronPigs team that lost 10 of 16 games to Pawtucket during the regular season. Lehigh Valley nailed down the wild-card with a 4-1 rain-shortened win over Syracuse on Monday.

PawSox were 'thinking of Ben' during celebration

September 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — While the Pawtucket Red Sox were celebrating their International League North division championship on Saturday night, Club President Mike Tamburro found himself thinking about the franchise’s late owner, Ben Mondor.
“I was definitely thinking of Ben,” Tamburro admitted on Monday. “I know he’s somewhere up there celebrating.”

Beyeler taking job one step at a time

September 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Arnie Beyeler had everything figured out – or so he believed prior to discussing his baseball career ambitions with Brad Mills a few years back during spring training.
At the time Beyeler was managing in Double-A Portland while Mills served as Terry Francona’s bench coach in Boston. One day the pair engaged in some casual chatter when the minor-league skipper revealed what he considered the pinnacle: coaching third base for a major league club.

PawSox won North with pitching, defense

September 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Want to truly understand why the Pawtucket Red Sox are playing meaningful games in September for the first time in three years and are winners of the I.L. North for the first time since 2003? Here are several items that stand out based on the observations of this particular scribe.
1). Run prevention

 

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