For the eight football teams that succeeded in qualifying for the Division II postseason, the objective is crystal clear â survive to play the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
Of the three local participants, only one team is guaranteed a coveted spot in the semifinals. Woonsocket and St. Raphael will lock helmets in a quarterfinal-round clash at Pariseau Field come 6 oâclock Saturday night. Meanwhile, Cumberland rolls out the welcome mat for Westerly, which ventures to Tucker Field Friday.
PAWTUCKET â Head coach Pierre Ridore had several reasons to believe his Shea High squad would reign in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary tilt against Cumberland on Thursday afternoon.
First, his Raiders had rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Clippers just nine days before this playoff; second, Ridore's bunch entered the contest with a 6-0-1 mark at home â that is, when it played either at Max Read Field or the McKinnon-Alves Complex â and this would be played at the latter.
PAWTUCKET â In the end, or more appropriately the final 15 minutes of their R.I. Division III Tournament preliminary-round contest, Tolman High players â those on the bench and, actually, a select few on the field â kept screaming, âPass it to Morgan! C'mon, Morgan!â
Those chants were directed at freshman midfielder Morgan Clark, No. 6 on your roster.
LINCOLN â Davies Tech head coach Victor Oliveira usually has an inkling as to how his squad will execute prior to a contest. Itâs based on collective attitude, and how theyâre conducting themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, he had no doubt.
Senior tri-captain Paulo Chavez and classmate Daniel Munoz each netted a pair of goals and junior Mauricio Agudelo chipped in a tally and two assists as the sixth-seeded Patriots walloped No. 11-ranked Johnston High, 7-0, in a R.I. Division III Tournament preliminary tilt.
On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18, Glenn Ginish, Jr., a performance analyst for a renowned bank in Boston, was taking the âTâ home to Jamaica Plains when he figured he'd call his kid sister, Laura, back at her mom's apartment on Mendon Road.
He did so just so the two could catch up with each other's lives.
Itâs less than an hourâs drive to Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams University, but starting tomorrow and continuing for the next two weeks, several local high school soccer, girlsâ volleyball, and field hockey teams will begin their long roads towards state championship glory.
PAWTUCKET â The past week has featured plenty of heavy lifting at McCoy Stadium. No, this particular exercise has nothing to do with removing the Governorsâ Cup trophy from its on-display perch in the team store and whisking the hardware away to the latest destination on the touring caravan.
BURRILLVILLE â As he stood before a jubilant group of Burrillville players, head coach Gennaro Ferraro raised his right index finger and emphatically pointed in the direction of the Alumni Field scoreboard.
All eyes remained dead set on Ferraro as he rattled off the words the Broncos have longed to hear: âItâs a win.â