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For Cumberland football team, there are no 'Tuesday Night Lights' concerns this time around

December 1, 2013

Even on the phone, Chris Skurka came across as a happy camper. Call such “merriness” not in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, but rather it is based solely on the fact that his Cumberland football outfit does not have to concern itself with a semifinal-round game on Tuesday night.

Lincoln rolls to 47-8 triumph over holiday rival C.F.

December 1, 2013

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CENTRAL FALLS — On the surface, Saturday’s Lincoln-Central Falls football game seemed like a battle between two teams finishing off losing seasons. Dig a little deeper, though, and the truth becomes evident. These two teams played with passion and love for the game that went beyond their win-loss records and to the core of why youngsters play football.

“Playing on a frozen field is never fun,” Lincoln senior Giovanni Gray said after his Lions rolled to a 47-8 victory. “But when the sun came out and the field turned to mud, now that was fun!”

Tolman stages amazing comeback, erases 18-0 halftime deficit to defeat Shea

November 29, 2013

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PAWTUCKET — Things were looking pretty bleak for Tolman High’s football squad at halftime of Friday morning’s holiday clash with Shea inside McCoy Stadium. The Tigers trailed 18-0 on the scoreboard. They were missing five starters due to injuries or academic issues, including quarterback/kicker Corey Hughes, one of the Tigers’ co-captains.

McGair: PC (7-1) continues winning ways without full complement of players

November 29, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Ed Cooley and his Providence College Friars ended up playing eight games in November. It nevertheless seemed that all took a backseat to the reoccurring storylines and hot topics that remain just as fervent as the calendar flips to the second month of the college basketball season.

Masse's big day helps Cumberland take 50th annual Thanksgiving Day showdown with Woonsocket

November 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET — With the Division II Super Bowl looming a week from Sunday, Cumberland High veteran mentor Chris Skurka took a somewhat conservative approach to the annual Thanksgiving morning clash with Woonsocket on chilly, gusty Thursday.
In an effort not to “break” any key spokes in his wheel, he chose not to start senior tailback Mike Stock; he wanted him to get some rest after he rushed for four touchdowns and 145 yards (with one catch for another paydirt) in his Clippers' 49-35 semifinal triumph over St. Raphael last Friday night.

Throw out the records when Tigers, Raiders meet on the gridiron

November 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET – It doesn't matter who you talk to – Tolman High head coach Dave Caito or Shea High mentor Dino Campopiano.

The dear friends and former backfield mates at Johnston High had hoped to muster solid campaigns in their respective leagues, for the Tigers the top tier and the Raiders Division II-B; both, however, suffered from different issues en route.

Saints pay the price for slow start, drop holiday grid tilt to Quakers

November 27, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- St. Raphael Academy head coach Mike Sassi had stated on the evening before his squad’s rather new holiday rivalry game against Moses Brown that – despite the upcoming inclement weather forecast – the two foes would play.

Evidently, the Providence private school didn’t want to go to combat on Thanksgiving Day; perhaps a primary reason being it would have slightly less rest to prepare for a Division III semifinal tilt this coming Tuesday.

Lincoln’s Thaddeus Moss not after stardom; just fitting in and playing football

November 27, 2013

LINCOLN – The hope was to blend in as the new kid in a new high school.

But that wasn’t a luxury afforded to Thaddeus Moss, and it didn’t take this precocious young football player long to realize that he wasn’t in Kentucky or West Virginia any more.

Moss arrived at Lincoln High School in March, and the school’s lights seemingly became more luminous the moment he was spotted in the hallways. He was commanding nonstop attention, though in an entirely different fashion as what he was accustomed to on the gridiron.

Clippers, Wizards to face off for Division II Super Bowl at Cranston Stadium

November 25, 2013

The mystery surrounding where the Division II Super Bowl will take place is no more.

Monday saw the Rhode Island Interscholastic League confirm the bowl sites and times for all four divisions. To date, the only division with a confirmed matchup is Division II, with defending champion Cumberland squaring off against West Warwick.

The Clippers and Wizards will meet Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cranston Stadium. The kickoff is 3 p.m. and will be preceded by the Division I contest, which gets underway at high noon.

Manfredo earns 40th victory at Gingras's expense

November 24, 2013

LINCOLN — In the days leading up to his main event fight on Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s “Pride & Power” card, Peter Manfredo Jr. referred to himself as a boxer who was “past his prime” and dearly hoped to bring back “the Peter Manfredo Jr. of old” one more time.

Not only was Manfredo facing a very tough super middleweight in Lincoln’s Rich Gingras, but he also dedicated his fight to one of his good friends, Cranston’s Gary Balletto, the former EBA and IBU lightweight champion who was paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July.

 

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