Archive - Oct 2010 - Sports Article
WOONSOCKET --- Woonsocket High is back in the Division II playoffs, but before the defending state champions could stamp their return ticket to the postseason on Saturday afternoon, they needed to overcome their worst half of football against a tough opponent in Mount Hope High.
Quarterback Kevin Reyes threw three touchdown passes, including a 43-yarder to Jessie Charette with 2:08 to play in the third quarter that snapped a 14-14 tie, and the Novansâ defense ruled the entire second half in a 34-14 triumph before an energetic Homecoming Day crowd at Barry Field.
BURRILLVILLE -- Burrillville Highâs high-scoring offense has received plenty of credit for the teamâs strong run in the Division III ranks this season, but on Saturday morning, it was the Broncosâ defense that led the way to a very impressive Homecoming Day victory over Narragansett High.
The Broncosâ âDâ forced five turnovers and limited the Mariners to 145 yards of offense en route to a 33-0 shutout before a big gathering at Alumni Field that moved Burrillville one win away from its first playoff berth since 2006.
PAWTUCKET â Fourth-seeded Bay View repeated as Division I state champions on Saturday afternoon at Slater Park, defeating third-seeded Mount St. Charles in the finals for the second year in a row.
The Bengals won the match by a 4-1 margin. Mount led in the other two matches at the time Bay View scored its clinching point.
PAWTUCKET â North Smithfield completed its rise from a two-win team in 2009 to the Division III state champion on Friday with a 4-3 comeback victory over Rogers.
No. 4 singles player Megan Mandeville scored the decisive team point, rallying to defeat Sydney Harris in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Mandeville trailed 3-0 in the third set before winning the final six games.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â In a grinding, back-and-forth game that produced little offense, North Smithfield came up with just the kind of big plays it needed to make its Division IV Homecoming contest with visiting North Providence a successful one.
And after Friday nightâs 14-6 victory over the Cougars, the Northmen are now just a single win away from securing their first playoff berth in the schoolâs history.
Thereâs no quarterfinals. Thereâs no semifinals.
The postseason for the cross-country season begins today when runners statewide congregate at Ponaganset High School for their respective class meets. The following Sunday, Nov. 7, qualifying teams and individuals are back at the Chieftainsâ âCovered Bridge Trailâ for the state championships.
All the league meets. All the invitationals â in-state and beyond â are all geared for these final two meets.
PAWTUCKET â âIt never gets old,â stated a clearly relieved Richard Lawrence moments after Mount St. Charles secured a spot in the Division I finals for the fourth consecutive season.
By no means was Thursdayâs 4-3 semifinal triumph over La Salle a walk in the (Slater) Park. With the Mounties, seeded third, and the No. 2 Rams tied at 3-3 and the chance to advance to the championship hanging in the balance, MSCâs fourth singles, senior Lauren Porcaro, defeated her opponent in three sets, a win that solidified the all-important fourth team point.
As he watched his team apply the finishing touches to consecutive Division II titles last June, Mount St. Charles head baseball coach Tom Seaver started to prepare for the impending direction the program figured to be heading in.
Based on the amount of success the Mounties had achieved during the now completed four-year alignment period, a bump up to Division I seemed certain.
The two championships stand out, but so too does the 62-10 regular season league record Seaverâs MSC squad has compiled.
A typical Division II playoff scramble is developing with two weeks left in the regular season schedule.
This is the lone league that features an eight-team playoff field. Division II possesses 16 teams, almost double the size of Division I. And because of those numbers, the D-II playoff situation is almost always complicated.
Right now, four D-II teams seem certain to make the Nov. 12-13 quarterfinal round: Tolman (5-0), Woonsocket (4-1), Chariho (4-1) and Johnston (4-1). The scramble for the other four spots wonât be figured out until after the dust clears on Nov. 6.
WARWICK â When he took the head coaching position at Woonsocket High a few years ago, Carnell Henderson stated that one of his primary goals was to develop the Villa Novans into a Division I squad.
He may have got a glimpse of how that would look on Saturday afternoon as his talented and speedy crew certainly played like it belongs there.
An expected close affair with Div. II-B rival Toll Gate was a rout by the first quarter as the Villa Novans spoiled the Titansâ Homecoming contest in a big way, coasting to a surprisingly easy 48-0 victory.