EAST GREENWICH â€” Erik Travers gulped down a pre-game meal of eggs, bacon and toast on Sunday morning, he knew from the feeling in his stomach that he was about to play the most important game of his life.
â€śMy nerves were going full blast,â€ť said the Cumberland High senior running back. â€śI thought I was going to throw up. I still don't know how I kept it down.â€ť
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a great day for fathers and sons in general â€“ but specifically for fathers who coach college football and sons who were instrumental in Cumberland High capturing the Division II Super Bowl in runaway fashion.
Clippers head coach Chris Skurka gets a surprise ice bath by key players Tommy Lazarus (4) and game MVP Erik Travers, right, after defeating Woonsocket 49-0 for the Div. II Super Bowl crown at Carcieri Field Sunday.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Not quite 20 hours after Cumberland High had crushed West Warwick, 48-14, in a R.I. Division II grid semifinal, head coach Chris Skurka and his staff sat in a classroom far above the Wellness Center gym floor on Thursday afternoon planning for their next â€“ and final â€“ opponent of 2012.
That will be Woonsocket, which â€“ with a 27-0 pasting of Central, also Wednesday night â€“ earned the right to face the top-seeded Clippers in the D-II Super Bowl at East Greenwich Highâ€™s Nick Carcieri Field at noon Sunday.
TE â€“ Kyle Lizotte, junior, No. 88
LG â€“ Nick Fernandes, sophomore, No. 51
LT â€“ Brian Cahill, senior, No. 50
C â€“ Andrew Gaulin, junior, No. 74
RG â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
RT â€“ Levi Walker, senior, No. 79
WR â€“ John Poirier, senior, No. 1
QB â€“ Brett Bouchard, senior, No. 14
RB â€“ Jalen Evans, senior, No. 28
RB â€“ Will Andino, junior, No. 2
WR â€“ Kyle Mulvey, senior, No. 21
DE â€“ Brian Cahill, senior No. 50.
DT â€“ Shawn Ingram, sophomore, No. 75
DT â€“ Ryan Lagasse, senior, No. 54
DE â€“ Seydou Niang, senior, No. 55
PROVIDENCE â€” Deep down, Ed Cooley has to know that the basketball gods have not completely forsaken his Providence College Friars.
While injuries continue to decimate Cooleyâ€™s already razor-thin core, PC somehow continues to avoid getting buried under an avalanche of excuses and naysayers proclaiming itâ€™s impossible to play major college basketball with a depleted lineup. The fact that the Friars sport a 6-2 record following Saturdayâ€™s too-close-for-comfort 73-63 win over SEC foe Mississippi State reiterates the adage â€śwhat doesnâ€™t kill you makes you stronger.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A bid by Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s administration to boost the cityâ€™s sagging business climate with the rezoning of two currently vacant parcels of land will be considered by the City Council Monday night.
The two roughly six-acre parcels, one running along the entrance of Highland Industrial Park and other at the now-cleared site of the former French Worsted Complex, were both recommended for rezoning by the Planning Board.
WOONSOCKET â€” The city's historic downtown district will be awash in holiday spirit Thursday evening when the 4th Annual Woonsocket Main Street Holiday Stroll kicks off with a celebration featuring live entertainment, carriage rides, food and song, and the traditional tree-lighting ceremony next to City Hall.
Festivities take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
WOONSOCKET --- It must have been the beard. Or it must have been the bright blue camouflage shorts.
No, the real reason why Joe Gardner was impressive in winning his super middleweight bout with previously-unbeaten Alex Amparo on Thursday night was that he was a very busy fighter from start to finish and showed zero signs of slowing down.
Frank Vekeman, of East Woonsocket, secures his 12-foot Santa and Frosty Christmas decorations at his Halsey Road home Friday. Vekeman has been putting up his holiday display for the past five years.