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October 4th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
BELFAST, Me. – Cumberland’s cross-country teams spent Saturday competing at the Maine...
Arnie Beyeler was well aware of the risks when the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez and proclaimed...
Stephanie Ribeiro’s return to the UConn women’s soccer team couldn’t have been...