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September 29th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â If Thursdayâs Division II-North showdown between unbeaten Tolman and once-tied Smithfield is any indication, the postseason playoffs are going to be fun to watch.
Defending D-II champion Smithfield dominated the first half of this matchup with Tolman, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Mark Marino and Tim Cabral. The Sentinelsâ defense held the high-powered Tigersâ offense to one shot in the first half.
The baseball season provides each team with 162 opportunities to either right wrongs or sink further into the abyss. Each day yields a fresh set of results in need of analysis and dissection, hence why itâs sometimes difficult to locate a specific turning point â the one game or one injury that led to the dynamic being altered.
PAWTUCKET â Playing at Max Read Field before a boisterous crowd, Shea High lived up to the high expectations surrounding this club with a decisive 3-0 victory over 2010 Division I champion Barrington on Wednesday afternoon.
Emerson Barros figured in all three scoring plays for the Raiders, setting up forward Joao Cardoso for the first two goals and then scoring the final one with a brilliant run from the left side of the goal.
Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valleyâs teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesnât come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldnât label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasnât expecting a similar scenario this season.
PAWTUCKET â Ho-hum.
Another game, another one-sided victory for St. Raphael Academy, one made entirely possible by the dominating Ivey-Jones sisters.
Tuesday afternoon saw Shea High become the latest Division III team to be brought to its collective knees by SRAâs 1-2 scoring punch, senior captain Kytresa Ivey-Jones tallying two goals with little sister Kyanna recording a hat trick while also delivering an on-target assist that directly led to another goal. Blend the stats together and itâs clear why the Saints coasted to a 7-0 verdict at Max Read Field.
WOONSOCKET â The offense of Tolman High, spearheaded by high-scoring sophomore Manny Wongen, has been a major contributor to its undefeated record so far.
But you got to give credit to the Tigersâ defense, too.
Just like its previous seven tilts in Division II-North, the âDâ was at the top of its game on Monday afternoon as the Tigers held off upset-minded Woonsocket, 2-1, at Barry Field.
LINCOLN --- Lincoln controlled the clock, but Rogers ruled the scoreboard.
The Vikings only had the ball on offense for approximately 10Âœ of the first 31Âœ minutes of Monday nightâs Division III game at Ferguson Field, but that didnât prevent them from producing 35 points and 228 yards of real estate and cruising to a 41-6 victory.
WOONSOCKET â Before officially closing the books on the 2010 football season for Tolman High, please, pass the lemons.
A half-healed wound is in need of one final squeeze.
Itâs about the lessons head coach Dave Caito and his Tigers learned from the way Woonsocket took over, and was allowed to take over, supremacy in last seasonâs Division II Super Bowl that was, by the end, not nearly as close as the 28-14 final score would have you believe.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Central Fallsâ âDâ earned an A-plus from its head coach on Friday night.
The Warriorsâ defense forced five turnovers, recorded six sacks, and limited Hope to just 12 yards of offense en route to an impressive 21-0 victory in their Division IV meeting at rain-drenched and mud-covered Macomber Stadium.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brandon Canuto tossed a pair of touchdown passes and senior running back Joshua Brandon had his first career 100-yard game on the ground by picking up 111 yards on 21 carries, but the night clearly belonged to the defense.
CRANSTON â Taking care of the ball on a rainy night proved to be too tall an order for East Providence High.
Five E.P. turnovers paved the way for three Cranston West High scores in a 19-10 triumph for the Falcons on Friday night. Trailing by three with just over two minutes remaining, East Providence quarterback Brandon Peters was picked off by Nicholas DeMarco in front of the Townie bench and ran 28 yards into the end zone for a score that iced game for the Falcons.
Despite the panic that currently grips Red Sox fans, odds remain in Bostonâs favor when it comes to securing a wild-card playoff berth. Two-game lead with six to play? Just win three of six and youâre in. The Angels and Rays arenât going to run the table. Whatâs the big deal?
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Staring at a scoreless tie after the first half of Thursdayâs Division II-North matchup with North Smithfield, Jillian DeSimone wasnât nervous. But the Lincoln senior knew something had to be done differently if the Lions were going to escape the Northmen Athletic Complex with a âWâ.
âI think in the first half we were just too relaxed,â she said. âI think thatâs one of our problems. At the beginning of the game we were just too relaxed. We just needed to pick up the intensity.â
PAWTUCKET â Shea High coach Pierre Ridore compares his team to a luxury car. The Raiders are fast, they look good on an open course, and they make heads turn with the beauty of their engine running at full speed.
East Providence coach Tony Vieira found other words to describe the Raiders after his team dropped a 5-0 decision to Shea on Wednesday afternoon.
Barry Field promises to be a packed house with plenty of energetic fans on Saturday afternoon when two-time Division II champion Woonsocket High entertains Tolman High in a Division II-B clash and a spirited rematch of last seasonâs Super Bowl.
And while the fans from both teams hope to see a battle thatâs as thrilling and competitive as last yearâs 6-0 regular-season victory by the Tigers and 28-14 Super Bowl triumph by the Novans, both head coaches, Tolmanâs Dave Caito and Woonsocketâs Carnell Henderson, hope to see their respective teams play a lot better than they did a week ago.
PAWTUCKET â As interim athletic director for St. Raphael Academy, Fred Saunders is being called upon to guide the department while the search to replace Bruce Gammell takes place. The void was created following Gammellâs resignation late last month.
Gammellâs decision to relocate to Florida was viewed in some corners as curious, given that fall high school sports were set to start. For his last official act before leaving, Gammell, who also taught at St. Raphael, recommended to the administration that Saunders be hired in the meantime.
CUMBERLAND â Winning another Northern Division title would be nice, but thatâs not the No. 1 priority for head coach Tom Kenwood and his Cumberland High squad this fall.
With a talented team with plenty of depth, the Clippers are hoping to place among the top six at the state meet in early November and earn a ticket to the New England Championship. The last time thatâs been done was the 2005-06 season when the Cumberland placed third behind team champion Bishop Hendricken.
The first weekend of league play in Rhode Island football provided a hint of what to expect in the season ahead from local teams.
In a most evenly-matched contest, Tolman High outlasted St. Raphael Academy 22-14 on Friday night. The Tigers are coming off a 2010 season in which they lost in the Division II Super Bowl to two-time champion Woonsocket.
The Villa Novans, meanwhile, laid an egg in their opener on Saturday, losing to Pilgrim, 18-7.
FOXBORO â Vince Wilfork was having a playful conversation with Pepper Johnson a couple weeks ago when a most unlikely topic arose.
âMan, I might end my career without an interception,â Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if heâd ever reeled in a pick.
âNope, never had one,â the teammate replied.
Well, in addition to the Patriotsâ 35-21 victory over the Chargers at Gillette Stadium, Wilfork had extra cause to celebrate on Sunday.
When it comes to that first NFL interception, heâs officially off the schneid.
PROVIDENCE â The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what heâs accustomed to.
Nursing a knee injury for the better part of the year, a stress fracture that has derailed his training targeted towards a possible trip to the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Roland Lavallee wasnât looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sundayâs race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.