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In this week's Ocean State Sidelines podcast, sports writers size up this week's RIIL high school football slate, why URI is playing Virginia Tech in college football, reaction from Big East Media Day, and Matt Campanelli moving on from Cumberland High athletic director to become general man…

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NEW YORK — In many ways, Luwane Pipkins is exactly what the Providence Friars need – a feisty, take-charge guard who isn’t afraid to use his voice.

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Sports writers Brendan McGair & Will Geoghegan are back at it with discussions about this week's La Salle-Hendricken football matchup, plus other games of note. Early returns on college basketball practices for PC and URI, plus wishing R.I. native Rocco Baldelli good luck in the MLB playoffs.

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PROVIDENCE – Imagine you’re forced to sit and watch as the show goes on without you. Your patience is being tested to the max, the role of anxious spectator proving to be most tough to digest.

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PAWTUCKET – When freshman Devan Kipyego decided to try out for the St. Raphael Academy club back in August, he told first-year head coach Miguel Sagastume and his assistants he had been a goalkeeper for years and desperately wanted to play that position.

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PAWTUCKET – It’s always been easy to spot talent at McCoy Stadium. This time, we’re taking the spotlight and shining it away from the playing surface. Instead, let’s point it toward the press box.

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A social media post made after Tuesday night’s girls’ volleyball game between Central Falls and Burrillville accused fans at Burrillville High School of “racist, intimidating” behavior toward the Central Falls players.

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In the latest "Ocean State Sidelines" podcast featuring sports writers Will Geoghegan and Brendan McGair, the guys recap the week that was in R.I. high school football and look ahead to this weekend's key matchups. Plus, the URI football team still seeks its first win of 2019 while Bryant fo…

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CUMBERLAND — There were periods of play during the first half of Monday night’s Division I clash with Valley neighbor Cumberland where the Central Falls boys soccer team showed it can be a true contender for the state title.

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CUMBERLAND — Should a conflict that involves soccer and cross-country ever arise, Lucy Noris isn’t going to sweat the details. The sophomore from Blackstone Valley Prep will always choose soccer, a decision that doesn’t bother BVP cross-country head coach Emily Drywa in the slightest bit.

“I trust Lucy that she’s going to hold herself to a higher level than I could even imagine,” said Drywa. “She pushes herself more than anyone I know.”

In just her second meet of the season and the first since winning her Injury Fund race on Labor Day weekend, Noris pushed herself plenty on Monday afternoon as she glided her way around the Cumberland Monastery course en route to posting a first-place time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds.

“I was hoping to finish under 20 minutes but didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” said Noris.

Strategy-wise, Noris pulled away from the pack early on before maintaining a solid tempo. She finished 38 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Olivia Belt, the junior from Cumberland High.

“Generally, I was placed with my pace,” said Noris.

For BVP soccer, Noris plays center midfield where she contributes both offensively and defensively. When she’s not playing games, she’s practicing with her soccer teammates for roughly two hours after school.

It begs the question: how does Noris find the time to squeeze in a run?

“She practices on her own time,” said Drywa. “It’s amazing what she’s able to do and she’s the same exact way in the classroom. To be able to maintain everything is wildly impressive. She does two sports and she excels at both.”

“It’s not too bad,” said Noris when asked about the balancing act that comes with participating in two sports during the same season.

After Noris, blue streaks were everywhere. Starting with Belt, the Clippers grabbed places 2-7 on their way to defeating Burrillville, North Smithfield, Blackstone Valley Prep and Woonsocket. Cumberland’s cause was aided by Adah Anderson (third, 21:13), Bailee Brown (fourth, 21:25), Grace Carr (fifth, 21:41), Chloe Jacinto (sixth, 22:11) and Lizzie Pickering (seventh, 22:15).

The Clippers were only two days removed from competing at the inaugural Highland Park Invitational, hence coach Vanessa Molloy wanted her runners to pace themselves for the first two miles before making a judgment.

“The last mile, we wanted them to see what they had within reason. We didn’t want to leave it all here, but Saturday’s meet took a lot out of us,” said Molloy. “They had to make sure they were within reach and had enough to hold on in case someone from another school was close by.”

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Team scores

Cumberland 15, Burrillville 47

Cumberland 15, North Smithfield 45

Cumberland 20, Blackstone Valley Prep 43

Cumberland 15, Woonsocket 49

Burrillville 28, North Smithfield 44

Burrillville 17, Woonsocket 47

North Smithfield 23, Woonsocket 38

North Smithfield 15, Blackstone Valley Prep 50

Woonsocket 15, Blackstone Valley Prep 50

Burrillville 15, Blackstone Valley Prep 50

Local placements

1. Lucy Noris (BVP) 19:35; 2. Olivia Belt (CUMB) 20:23; 3. Adah Anderson (CUMB) 21:13; 4. Bailee Brown (CUMB) 21:25; 5. Grace Carr (CUMB) 21:41; 6. Chloe Jacinto (CUMB) 22:11; 7. Lizzie Pickering (CUMB) 22:15; 8. Haley Allen (BURR) 22:26; 9. Maddy Tiner (NS) 22:35; 10. Isabel Costa (BURR) 22:43; 11. Katie Potter (BURR) 22:45; 12. Emily Allard (BURR) 22:52; 13. Nicole Dioh (WOON) 22:59; 14. Shakira Depina (CUMB) 23:01; 15. Emma Gaudreau (CUMB) 23:06; 16. Brianlys Simono (WOON) 23:10; 17. Sarah O’Connell (CUMB) 23:20; 18. Emma Peterson (CUMB) 23:31; 19. Ellie Gaudreau (CUMB) 23:33; 20. Madison Ludovici (BURR) 24:22.

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PAWTUCKET – Athletic directors often complain during the winter months about having to rearrange the start times and dates of their sporting events due to heavy snowstorms.

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In the debut episode of Season 2 of Ocean State Sidelines, sports writers Will Geoghegan and Brendan McGair take a look at the college and high school football scene in Rhode Island. Also highlighted are the St. Raphael cross-country program and the North Kingstown girls' volleyball team.

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PROVIDENCE – Standing before a group of wide-eyed youngsters who couldn’t shake the fact they were in the presence of an actual player from the New England Patriots, Lawrence Guy let the students from Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School in on a secret.

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FOXBORO – It’s only one NFL regular season game with many more chapters still to be written, yet it would appear Josh Gordon is in a good spot both mentally and physically.

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WARWICK —The Central Falls boys soccer team went to Bishop Hendricken High School on Saturday afternoon and defeated the Hawks, 3-1.

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LINCOLN – The William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School has existed since the early 1970s, and – in all that time – hundreds of students, their parents, teachers and administrators – have clamored to field a football program.

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PAWTUCKET – Tolman High assembled a terrific Division III season last autumn with quarterback Justin Klemanchuck under center, receiver Nate Pona one of his primary targets and tackle Calvin Contreras a premier run and pass blocker, but head coach Jason DeLawrence won’t have it that easy thi…

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The plan was for St. Raphael junior Darius Kipyego to ease his way into the cross country campaign.

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PAWTUCKET – In Alex Speier’s new book, “Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up,” the Boston Globe sports reporter detailed the time in 2014 when Mookie Betts endured a less-than-smooth transition upon getting up from the PawSox.