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Short-handed Friars top Assumption in exhibition contest

October 25, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his team’s tuneup against Assumption College.

Tolman battles Smithfield tonight for first place in Div. II-North

October 25, 2011

PAWTUCKET – There are two unbeaten varsity boys sports teams at Tolman High this month – football and soccer.
The football team (5-0 in Division II) gets most of the hype but the soccer squad is carving out an amazing season of its own, one that will reach a feverish pitch tonight when the Tigers visit Smithfield with the Division II-North regular season title on the line.
“I don’t want to overhype this game to the kids,” Tolman coach Jack Couto. “We’ve already clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. This game is for the regular season title, that’s all.”

McGair empties out his notebook

October 24, 2011

Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along …
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, there’s some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.

Tolman gridders find a way to win

October 23, 2011

FOSTER — It was the type of game that allowed Dave Caito and his coaching staff to stretch beyond the normal extremities and learn a little bit more about the 2011 Tolman Tigers.

Shea booters stand up to La Salle

October 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE – There was an epic little war of a soccer game played on Saturday at La Salle Academy. Pawtucket’s Shea High, a totally ethnic squad of skilled players from several countries, took on an equally skilled La Salle squad, coached by one of the giants, Mario Pereira, in a match witnessed by perhaps 300 soccer aficionados.

St. Raphael runs away from Toll Gate, 40-14

October 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Toll Gate High marched into Pariseau Field on Friday determined to spoil St. Raphael Academy’s ‘Homecoming Night’ and bus home with an upset win that would have lifted them off the schneid in the Division II-B standings.
And for an entire quarter, the Titans appeared to be on the verge of stunning their hosts, as they controlled the clock for all but 1:19 of the period, held a 6-0 lead, and appeared to be headed for another score at the start of the second quarter.

Lions rounding into playoff form

October 21, 2011

LINCOLN — On paper, there’s not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North – Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didn’t lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincoln’s league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.

Will Dan Wheeler be back with Red Sox in '12?

October 20, 2011

Dan Wheeler won’t have long to wait regarding whether or not he fits into the Red Sox’s plans for the 2012 season. The veteran relief pitcher and Warwick native has a club option worth $3 million that Boston must render a decision on “within three to five days” upon completion of the World Series.
“They will have to notify me whether they’re picking it up or not,” said Wheeler earlier this week from his Florida homestead.

Lincoln couple competes in Wife Carrying event

October 20, 2011

When Bruce and Sheri Foster said “I do” eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resort’s 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.

Burrillville girls win Div. III showdown with SRA, 4-0

October 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, there’s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncos’ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasn’t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.

 

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