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Tolman-Shea holiday series ‘natural fit’

November 22, 2010

PAWTUCKET -– It’s just a natural fit, having Tolman and Shea as Thanksgiving rivals. The holiday series may still be in its early stages — Wednesday night at Max Read Field marks the ninth installment, with each side winning four — but the way the two sides appreciate what the game truly means, it’s as if the Tigers and Raiders have been doing this for many moons.
For that, the credit belongs to the two men responsible for shepherding the programs: Tolman’s Dave Caito and Dino Campopiano of Shea.

Playoff-bound SRA refused to throw in towel

November 21, 2010

PAWTUCKET — It’s a long journey from early September to late November for most football teams. Very few have covered as much distance as the 2010 St. Raphael Academy football team.
The Saints, who dropped down from Division I this year, opened their Division II-B season with a 37-0 loss to Tolman that had been a long time in the making for the Tigers, who were on a mission that night. Two weeks later, the Saints dropped a 16-0 decision to Woonsocket and seemed dead in the water.

Lions prepare for holiday game, playoff opener

November 21, 2010

LINCOLN — Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
“Do you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?” the Lincoln head coach asked. “I’ve been going back and forth with this. I haven’t really decided what we’re going to do when we play them.”

Tough task ahead for C.F. gridders

November 20, 2010

CENTRAL FALLS — Mo Jackson has endured only a few rebuilding years during a decade-plus tenure as the head coach of Central Falls, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of those seasons as difficult as this one.
With just four returnees and a wealth of first-year players and junior varsity call-ups at his disposal, Jackson saw his inexperienced squad battle through a lot of growing pains and wrap up its Division IV season with a 2-6 record.

Friars improve to 3-0, defeat Morgan State

November 19, 2010

PROVIDENCE – Marshon Brooks had his fill of Morgan State by the time he reported to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Thursday afternoon. That’s why the Providence College senior wanted to make sure that the rest of the Friars knew that the Bears were no slouch.
“We hear it from the fans, from Facebook, that Morgan State is no joke and that they’ve been to the NCAA Tournament the last two years,” said Brooks. “It was a different atmosphere.”

Red-hot Clippers prepare for Thanksgiving Day clash

November 18, 2010

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland High was officially eliminated from postseason play in Division II back on Oct. 29 when it lost to Central High at Conley Stadium.
Since that 19-6 defeat to the Knights, the Clippers have reeled off two straight victories – a narrow 9-0 shutout of Coventry High and a 31-6 rout of Ponaganset High in a consolation game last Friday.

Arboleda helps P.C. win soccer playoff opener

November 18, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Wilder Arboleda demonstrated the proper way of turning the page Thursday afternoon as Providence College routed St. Peter’s of New Jersey, 6-2, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.
Arboleda, a Pawtucket native and Tolman High graduate, tallied two goals as the Friars travel to face No. 16 Ohio State this Sunday afternoon in the second round.

Lopes weighs in on Crawford, Werth

November 18, 2010

There’s a lot to like about Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, two of the most desired names currently dangling on the free-agent market. If you are a general manager like Theo Epstein, which all-star outfielder do you break the bank for?
It’s a question Davey Lopes is glad he doesn’t have to answer. Reached earlier this week, Lopes, the East Providence native with 38 years of baseball experience at his fingertips, was asked to debate and dissect the merits of Werth and Crawford.

Never look past the next game ... right?

November 18, 2010

Coaches can’t look past their next opponent. Sports writers shouldn’t, either. But sometimes the temptation to look down the road is just too enticing.
When it comes to local high school football, what’s next is a two-day slate of Thanksgiving contests, which are “rivalry” games with not much at stake … except for East Providence’s game against La Salle on Thanksgiving morning. E.P. is already in the Division I playoff field. La Salle needs a win to gain the fourth and final playoff berth over Barrington.

Tolman-Saints game moved to Max Read Field

November 18, 2010

PAWTUCKET – The Division II semifinal playoff game between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy will be played at Max Read Field, Tigers’ athletic director John Scanlon revealed on Wednesday.
“Pariseau Field is pretty chewed up,” Scanlon said, talking about the original site of the Nov. 30 contest. Pariseau is the home field for both Tolman and St. Raphael during the regular season. The Darlington Braves’ youth football program also uses the facility.

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