Archive - Sep 18, 2011
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.
â€śMan, I might end my career without an interception,â€ť Wilfork told his defensive line coach.
Wilfork then asked a fellow defensive lineman if heâ€™d ever reeled in a pick.
â€śNope, never had one,â€ť 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, heâ€™s officially off the schneid.
PROVIDENCE â€” The training has been going well, but the weekly mileage is about a third of what heâ€™s 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 wasnâ€™t looking at setting any kind of PRs at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. He was just at Sundayâ€™s race to help his teammates and test his legs on the five-kilometer course.
The results were satisfying.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local historian Elizabeth Vangel noticed the old monument one day when she was conducting a census of historic sites in the River Street area last year.
She found it outside the office of the former Woonsocket Rubber Companyâ€™s Alice Mill which, by then, had become a plant for Tech Industries.
The metal plaque was attached to a large glacial boulder and bore an inscription that she found in keeping with her studies of local residents who played a role in the nationâ€™s Civil War.
LINCOLN â€“ The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, â€śThat was outstanding.
â€śIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â€ť noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family â€śA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ€ť at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.