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Cumberland rolls to 32-0 victory over Woonsocket

November 22, 2012

CUMBERLAND — A Big Blue tidal wave washed ashore Thanksgiving morning, a powerful force that proved to swallow Woonsocket High whole.
Cumberland High put on a holiday clinic in how to lick the plate clean, as the Clippers took it to the Novans, 32-0, in the 49th installment of this Turkey Day series. The two teams will now look toward next Tuesday and the Division II semifinals. Cumberland returns to Tucker Field against West Warwick while Woonsocket welcomes Central to Barry Field.

Central Falls wins Jackson's finale, tops Lincoln

November 22, 2012

LINCOLN — In the third chapter of the budding Thanksgiving rivalry between neighboring municipalities, Central Falls High snagged a 27-22 non-league victory over Lincoln before 300 fans at Ferguson Field on Wednesday night.
Following this most entertaining game, Warriors' coach Mo Jackson – in his grid coaching finale – addressed the players from both squads at midfield, and awarded a new tradition, the Game MVP trophy in the shape of a mini-Heisman, to Lions' junior running back Cory Gaskell.

Samb leads Tolman to 12-7 holiday win over Shea

November 22, 2012

PAWTUCKET — For Tolman running back Mamour Samb, it was the most satisfying six-yard run of his high school career.
With the Tigers looking at a potential game-clinching third-and-five at their own 15-yard line – opponent Shea had burned its final timeout with 2:57 flashing on the Max Read Field scoreboard – the cunning Samb burst through the fray and covered the necessary yardage, and then some. Samb’s timely jaunt wound up being the final play of consequence as Tolman secured a 12-7 “Thanksgiving Eve” verdict against crosstown rival Shea.

Boston Red Sox name Beyeler first base coach

November 20, 2012

PAWTUCKET – There really is something to managing the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Taking a page out of the playbook that treated predecessors Ron Johnson and Torey Lovullo quite well, Tuesday saw Arnie Beyeler parlay his successful two-year run as Pawtucket’s skipper into a big-league coaching gig. More good news as Beyeler will jump from Pawtucket to Boston, where the 48-year-old will serve as the first-base coach on new manager John Farrell’s staff.

Charest overcomes cancer, becomes marathoner

November 20, 2012

On May 6, 2012, Norma Charest stood at the start line of the Cox Rhode Races’ Marathon, near the State House in Providence, and trembled with fear, her stomach doing triple somersaults.
Charest, then 45, worried if she was too old, too unaccomplished, to attempt to complete a 26.2-mile trek around the city and its suburbs. She had finished more than a few half marathons, but this was twice the length.
“Will I cramp?” she thought. “Can I last?”
When the gun sounded, the Pawtucket resident took off, but doesn’t recall much about what was for her not a race but a quest.

Clippers-Novans duel highlights Thanksgiving slate

November 20, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Labeling the Thanksgiving game between Division II playoff participants Woonsocket and Cumberland as meaningless is utter blasphemy – at least in the eyes of the two head coaches.
Yes, there is the bigger picture to consider, stemming mainly from what awaits each squad upon the conclusion of Thursday’s contest at Tucker Field. Come the following Tuesday, the Villa Novans and Clippers will engage in a game of high importance – a semifinal-round clash that will take place at the respective home fields and determine the field for the Division II Super Bowl.

RILL bumps Tolman to Div. I softball ranks

November 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Changes in membership and divisional alignment are in store for Division I softball come the next two seasons.
At Monday’s Principals' Committee on Athletics meeting, the R.I. Interscholastic League’s governing body approved unanimously (10-0) to form one Division I softball league featuring 17 teams. Two of those 17 teams include newcomers Tolman and Woonsocket, both of whom have competed in Division II in recent seasons.

D'Angelo's website pays tribute to R.I. high school sports

November 18, 2012

If the end game was to create a specific website that shines light on Rhode Island high school athletics, then Tommy D’Angelo succeeded.
Wish to know which school has captured the most championships in R.I. Interscholastic League history? D’Angelo’s vision and ultimate creation – www.rihssports.com – contains the answer along with the exact amount. The tally extends to every school that’s ever won a title.

Manfredo Jr. comes out of retirement, fights Nov. 29

November 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In a perfect world, Peter Manfredo Jr.’s No. 1 reasons for returning to boxing after a full year’s retirement would be to satisfy his longing to win another world championship or to simply rekindle his love for the sport, which he has spent roughly four-fifths of his life competing on the amateur and professional levels.
Instead, Manfredo’s No. 1 reason for returning to boxing is simple and to the point. It’s the reason why he wants to keep putting food on the table and providing a roof over his family’s heads.

McGair: 'Tuesday Night Lights' returns Woonsocket; changes to Donaldson Tournament

November 16, 2012

A little of this, a little of that …

In the eyes of George Nasuti and Carnell Henderson, the Woonsocket High football team has earned the right to compete under the lights at Barry Field.
The Novans’ designation as prime-time players is twofold. By virtue of last weekend’s heart stopping 29-28 overtime quarterfinal triumph against St. Raphael coupled with Central upsetting Johnston, Woonsocket qualified to host a Division II semifinal-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

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