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Brooks leads Providence past Northeastern

December 2, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Marshon Brooks has never been accused of being shy with the basketball. Yet in order for him to complete player in the eyes of Keno Davis, the Providence College senior had to show a serious commitment to rebounding the basketball.
Brooks delivered another banner night scoring-wise, notching a season-best 27 points as PC held off visiting Northeastern, 77-72, Wednesday night before yet another sparse gathering of 4,828 at The Dunk. Just as important were the eight rebounds Brooks snatched, as he came close to matching his season average (8.7).

Tolman vs. Woonsocket: What a duel this will be!

December 2, 2010

Sunday’s Division II Super Bowl game between unbeaten (in league play) Tolman and defending champion Woonsocket needs no hype from the media. These two teams stand on their own merits.

Tigers rally to top Saints,advance to Super Bowl

December 1, 2010

PAWTUCKET — In the end, Tuesday night's Division II semifinal playoff game between Tolman and St. Raphael Academy came down to a few gridiron standbys – halftime adjustments, plays that just missed connecting, and which team wanted it more.
Tolman made the necessary adjustments, St. Raphael dropped a crucial touchdown pass, and the top-seeded Tigers, who trailed 12-7 at halftime, reached deep down within themselves to outlast a courageous Saints team, 25-12, before an estimated crowd of 1,200 fans at Max Read Field.

Quakers silence Lions, 21-0, in D-III semis

December 1, 2010

PROVIDENCE — During the league season last month, Lincoln High had its way with Moses Brown and handed its Division III foe its first loss of the fall.
Let’s just say the Quakers took that defeat personal.
In the more-important rematch between the two squads — a semifinal tilt on Tuesday night — Moses Brown returned the favor with a convincing 21-0 blanking of the Lions at Brown University’s Berylson Field.

Coaches discuss strategies to contain Tolman, Woonsocket

November 29, 2010

Gearing up for Tuesday’s push to the Super Bowl …

Making fundamental changes to a football team’s strategy this late in the season is a radical move. Tweaking is the preferred action of coaches, applying a new wrinkle or two depending on the next opponent. Generally what has worked up until this point is going to continue – unless something unforeseen happens.

Thanksgiving Day games offer interesting conundrum

November 27, 2010

At this time of the year, many college and high school football teams compete against traditional Thanksgiving opponents. We call them rivalry games, contests that are played for “bragging rights” and even, in rare cases, for league championships.
The advent of playoffs has diminished these games over the years. In college ball, radical reformers want to take it one step farther, creating a national championship for Division I teams that would completely dilute the meaning of bowl games while also extending the season deep into January or even into the first weekend of February.

La Salle beats E.P., gains playoff berth

November 25, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE – It’s hard to boil down four quarters of action into two calls that weren’t on the side of Sandy Gorham and his East Providence Townies. Listen to Gorham, however, and it became clear that the two judgment calls by the officiating crew played a big part in La Salle Academy waltzing out of Pierce Stadium with a 14-6 win on Thursday morning before an estimated crowd of 3,000.

Shea shocks Tolman, 14-7

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET – There was no quit in Freddy Gobewole.
On a night in which his heart was his biggest ally, Gobewole willed his way to a 16-yard score with 46.7 seconds remaining. That snapped a 7-7 game and gave Shea an eventual 14-7 triumph over semifinal-bound Tolman Wednesday night at student-dominated crowd at Max Read Field. The Raiders lead the holiday series by a 5-4 count.

Johnston pays Saints back for playoff defeat

November 25, 2010

PAWTUCKET -- This wasn’t a three-hour barnburner, nor was it as high-scoring as their memorable Division II quarterfinal-round playoff game that transpired 11 days ago.
Instead, the inaugural Thanksgiving Eve showdown between St. Raphael Academy and Johnston High turned into a letdown by the Saints, who turned in a lackluster showing in a 30-6 loss to the Panthers at McCoy Stadium.

E.P. faces hungry La Salle team on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010

EAST PROVIDENCE — Sandy Gorham has the sentiment of the holiday season down pat – from a football perspective, of course. The veteran East Providence High head coach is thankful that his Townies don’t have the playoffs-at-stake drama that’s hovering over La Salle Academy heading into Thursday’s renewal of the longest running holiday sports rivalry between any two Rhode Island high schools.

 

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