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October 4th, 2015

Cumberland Cross Country | Clippers hold their own at Maine Festival of Champions

October 4, 2015

BELFAST, Me. – Cumberland’s cross-country teams spent Saturday competing at the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions. The Clipper boys placed second with 162 points while the girls came in third with 141 points. The La Salle girls iced the team title at Troy Howard Middle School with 30 points.

The Clippers’ top female finisher was senior Amy Laverty in 19:04, good for ninth place. Ben Drezek was the Clippers’ top man, coming in third at 16:12.


Boston Red Sox | BoSox parting ways with former PawSox manager Beyeler

October 4, 2015

Arnie Beyeler was well aware of the risks when the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez and proclaimed that he would be taking over the left-field duties.

A former PawSox manager who guided the ball club to the 2012 Governors’ Cup, Beyeler spent the last three seasons Boston’s first-base coach. He was also responsible for coaching outfield play, meaning he had a personal and professional stake in transforming Ramirez into an adequate defender. 

October 2nd

Women's College Soccer | Cumberland's Ribeiro enjoying strong bounce-back season at UConn

October 2, 2015

Stephanie Ribeiro’s return to the UConn women’s soccer team couldn’t have been scripted any better.

Exactly one year ago, Ribeiro dealt with the likelihood that her junior season was over before it actually started. The Cumberland native pulled her hip flexor during the spring of her sophomore year. The frustrating part was that every time Ribeiro believed that she was in the clear, a setback would occur.

October 1st

NBA Basketball | Roncarati on the Rise: Cumberland native now Atlanta's director of rehabilitation

October 1, 2015

Cumberland native Mike Roncarati was in Las Vegas fulfilling his duties with Golden State’s NBA Summer League entry when he found himself standing at the crossroads of his professional career.

The opportunity to climb the Warriors’ organizational ladder was on the table, as the Bishop Feehan graduate had the opportunity to succeed good friend Keke Lyles as the team’s director of athletic performance. The past two seasons had seen Roncarati serve as the strength and conditioning coach for the defending NBA champs.

September 28th

Providence College Basketball | RIGHT ON POINT: Friars land 2016 PG Maliek White

September 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Friars are looking for a few good point guards to fill Kris Dunn’s talented shoes for the 2016-17 season and beyond.

True, PC already has one Big East-tested point man in Kyron Cartwright along with transfer Isaiah Jackson, who reportedly ran the point at times during his high school days, in the fold. There’s now a third name to add to the list after Virginia native Maliek White supplied the Friars with a verbal commitment late Sunday night.

September 27th

Central Falls Boys' Soccer | Slow start costs Warriors in 2-1 setback at Portsmouth

September 27, 2015

PORTSMOUTH — Rarely does the size of a soccer field have as big an impact on a soccer game as the size of Portsmouth’s new FIeldTurf facility had on Saturday’s Division I boys’ soccer contest between the Patriots and visiting Central Falls.

Shea Football | Raiders march on to another victory

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Each game in a football season is a stepping stone. Teams that don’t improve from week to week fall by the wayside.

And so it was no surprise that after Shea High remained unbeaten with a 21-7 victory over Mount Hope on Friday night, head coach Dino Campopiano said, “We have to get better to beat Rogers next week.”

St. Raphael Football | Saints lock down first win in lopsided fashion

September 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Given the way St. Raphael Academy dropped its Division II-A opener last week, a 21-20 heartbreaker to crosstown rival Shea High, head coach Mike Sassi wanted his club to start quickly in its home debut against Coventry on Friday night.

Exactly a week before, immediately after the Saints' had registered the late touchdown to pull within a point of the Raiders, Sassi opted for the two-point conversion – and it failed.

September 25th

High School Football | Several area teams looking to avoid 0-2 start in league play

September 25, 2015

One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2. Since the inception of the 12-team playoff format in 1990, only 23 of the 204 teams that started the season with a donut and two defeats ultimately righted the ship and made the playoffs.

September 22nd

Shea High Boys' Soccer | Raiders eye showdown with rival La Salle

September 22, 2015

PAWUCKET – It’s late September and one big question looms on the horizon for Shea High’s enigmatic soccer team: Can the Raiders run with the big dogs in Division I?

The biggest pedigree of them all belongs to La Salle Academy, which won its first five league games by a combined scoring margin of 25-2. The Rams will visit the Raiders for a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday at Max Read Field.

September 21st

Commentary | McGair: Red Sox missing out on chance to honor Orsillo

September 21, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …

Give the Red Sox credit. The A.L. East bottom dwellers are making every effort to keep the turnstiles turning during the final homestand – a seven-game stretch that kicked off Monday night.

Shea High Cross Country | FROM THE GRIDIRON TO THE TRAILS: Raiders' Gomes claims indvidual crown at Slater Park

September 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Shea High senior Helder Gomes chose to forego playing football this summer to move back to his roots – that is, represent the usually-terrific soccer team.

After talking to harrier teammate Rob Postle over the summer, he discovered he also could run cross-country, so opted to do so, and his decision paid dividends on Monday afternoon.

September 20th

Tolman High Girls' Tennis | ALL THAT 'JAZ': New head coach showing Tigers how to succeed

September 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET -- Life as a Tolman High tennis player is sort of surreal nowadays for senior co-captain Aly Alonzo.

Over the previous two seasons, Alonzo knew before she entered most matches that neither she nor her teammates would win – for a variety of reasons. Among them a carousel of girls quitting, a lack of quality depth or simply issues attracting student-athletes interested in competing.

September 17th

Shea Football preview | Raiders eye return trip to Division II Super Bowl

September 17, 2015


St. Raphael Football preview | Questions about interior lines aside, Saints should once again contend in Division II

September 17, 2015


September 15th

Lincoln High Girls' Soccer | Lions match last season's win total with 2-1 win over East Greenwich

September 15, 2015

LINCOLN — The Lincoln and East Greenwich girls soccer teams find themselves in similar positions early in the season.

Even though the Lions are only in their second season in Division I compared to the numerous campaigns the Avengers have spent in the state's highest division, both teams are relatively inexperienced in the state's elite division.

Tolman High Football preview | Whitaker, Tigers ready for Division II playof journey

September 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – As soon as Jason DeLawrence learned longtime Tolman High head coach Dave Caito had opted to take the West Warwick job several months ago, he jumped at the opportunity to apply for a return to the Tigers.

First and foremost, Caito had been the one to give him his first significant coaching opportunity; and, secondly, he thoroughly enjoyed his 10-plus years with the varsity and JV squads.

September 14th

Central Falls Football preview | Warriors seek to stay true to mottos

September 14, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — During a recent practice at the Francis Corrigan Sports Complex, Central Falls High head coach Jeff Lapierre wore a “Warrior Football” T-shirt with the back stating, “Dawn Of A New Era.”

His assistants' tees were labeled, “One Team, One Mission.” Lapierre is hoping both of those catch phrases will take hold in the hearts and minds of this year's  Warriors' contingent.

September 12th

High school soccer | EYES ON THE BALL: Lincoln's Bacon added to watch list for National High School All-American soccer game

September 12, 2015

LINCOLN – Over the past several weeks, former Lincoln High soccer star Jack Bacon has discovered he will, in fact, attend the school of his dreams – Boston College – on a partial athletic scholarship, and is on the watch list to represent the East squad in the annual National High School All-American Soccer game on Dec. 5 in Raleigh, N.C.

As for the latter laurel, he found out about that rather by mistake.

Providence College basketball | Cooley lauds benefits of Big East’s Freshman Fundamentals Program; PC coach believes big season awaits Bullock

September 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – There was a specific reason why Providence College’s four-person freshman basketball class did not attend Friday’s season-ticket-holders appreciation party.

With first team All-America candidate Kris Dunn and his fellow Friar returnees standing in front of the podium, Ed Cooley informed the Peterson Recreation Center crowd that the program’s newcomers were on their way to New York City. The trip had a finite purpose as the Big East Conference had scheduled a weekend orientation for first-year college players.