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Cumberland boys remain unbeaten, win division title

October 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.

Parker powers SRA to City X-C crown; Tolman girls win

October 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Monday’s city championship meet at Slater Park featured an expected victory by the St. Raphael Academy boys and an end to the SRA girls’ six-year run as champions.
Tolman’s girls, coached by former Tiger star Kayla Fleming, beat the Saints 22-33 to capture the city title. Shea High finished a distant third in the meet. Tolman placed five runners among the first seven finishers.
St. Raphael’s Catherine Piper won the race in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds but Tolman’s depth and pack-running technique proved difficult to beat.

St. Raphael's offense defined by explosive and dynamic players

October 2, 2011

St. Raphael Academy has enough big-play weapons on offense to stick with the more potent teams in Division II this season.
Head coach Mike Sassi is most comfortable running a Wing-T offense. This year’s team has the personnel to make that formation work cohesively. It begins with quarterback Julian Diaz, an efficient playmaker who can throw the ball on the run and downfield when needed.

Tolman shows no mercy for Pilgrim

September 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET – This is what contending teams are supposed to do when facing a weaker sister – remove the drama early.
There was no debate regarding who the better team was Friday night at Pariseau Field. Tolman High scored on four of its five offensive possessions in the opening half en route to a 55-6 pasting against a Pilgrim High outfit that was left seeing stars.
Despite spending all night waltzing down Easy Street, Tolman head coach Dave Caito refused to take anything for granted. In fact, Caito had a simple message for his players as they returned to the sideline following each score.

Mount Pleasant holds off C.F., 14-12

September 30, 2011

CENTRAL FALLS --- Mount Pleasant extended its Division IV win streak to 12 games on Friday night, but Central Falls made it awfully tough for the defending champions to pick up their latest victory.
The Kilties overcame a whopping 18 penalties for 129 yards and huge games offensively from Warrior running back Josh Brandon and quarterback Brandon Canuto to pull out of Macomber Stadium with a 14-12 victory in this battle of early-season unbeatens.

Clippers boot unbeaten East Greenwich

September 30, 2011

CUMBERLAND – For opposing Division I schools, there’s no secret strategy to beat Cumberland High.
While the Clippers possess a talented squad this fall, if the opposition can keep multiple all-stater Stephanie Ribeiro away from the ball the odds are favorable that a victory will come its way.
East Greenwich witnessed that on Friday.
Despite blanket coverage all afternoon, Ribeiro managed to still score three goals in their crossover match. And that was all that was needed to upset the previously-unbeaten Avengers, 3-1, at the Tucker Field complex.

Tolman battles Smithfield to 2-2 soccer tie

September 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If Thursday’s Division II-North showdown between unbeaten Tolman and once-tied Smithfield is any indication, the postseason playoffs are going to be fun to watch.
Defending D-II champion Smithfield dominated the first half of this matchup with Tolman, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Mark Marino and Tim Cabral. The Sentinels’ defense held the high-powered Tigers’ offense to one shot in the first half.

McGair: Buchholz's loss was a lot for Red Sox to overcome

September 29, 2011

The baseball season provides each team with 162 opportunities to either right wrongs or sink further into the abyss. Each day yields a fresh set of results in need of analysis and dissection, hence why it’s sometimes difficult to locate a specific turning point – the one game or one injury that led to the dynamic being altered.

Finally! Shea booters get the better of Barrington

September 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Playing at Max Read Field before a boisterous crowd, Shea High lived up to the high expectations surrounding this club with a decisive 3-0 victory over 2010 Division I champion Barrington on Wednesday afternoon.
Emerson Barros figured in all three scoring plays for the Raiders, setting up forward Joao Cardoso for the first two goals and then scoring the final one with a brilliant run from the left side of the goal.

Local grid squads aim to turn beat around

September 28, 2011

Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valley’s teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.

 

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