Archive - Nov 2010 - Sports Article
LINCOLN â€“ You could say the elements helped even the playing field between Lincoln and North Smithfield. With a steady rain sweeping across Chet Nichols Field, Tuesdayâ€™s Division II quarterfinal match became a matter of survival.
Thanks to two goals in the final nine minutes, the Lions emerged from this mud bath with a 2-0 victory over the Northmen, who played the game minus the services of head coach Steve DeMeo. DeMeo was relieved of his coaching duties after Mondayâ€™s arrest for allegedly transmitting inappropriate messages to a minor.
It was great to see Joe Paterno collect his 400th career victory at Penn State on Saturday. I was in the neighborhood for many of the first 120 back in my college days and early sports writing years. It wasnâ€™t always easy dealing with a man who set such high standards for himself and his program. Paterno kept everyone on their toes, beginning with his players and going right down the list, all the way down to the lowest creatures on earth â€¦ the sports writing fraternity.
Nobody said the format to crown a single champion for the 2010-11 high school boysâ€™ basketball season would be perfect. The event, which calls for a 16-team bracket, is the first of its kind, meaning it should be viewed as a litmus test by administrators, coaches and players.
But that hasnâ€™t stopped some coaches from the lower divisions in voicing concern on how everything is arranged. The field is broken down so that the first eight slots are awarded to Div. I teams, the next five belong to Div. II, and the last three spaces are set aside for entries from Div. III.
Mondayâ€™s nasty weather resulted in the postponement in tournament games in both boys and girls soccer.
The Division I boys soccer semifinals will now take place Wednesday at Cranston Stadium, with top seed Barrington facing No. 5 South Kingstown at 6 p.m. and North Kingstown, the sixth seed, meeting No. 2 Shea at 8. The winners square off in Fridayâ€™s championship game at Rhode Island College.
PAWTUCKET -- In the end, Torey Lovullo could not say no to his mentor and close friend John Farrell.
A partnership that took flight as teammates with the California Angels in 1993 and later working side-by-side in the player development ranks with the Cleveland Indians was rekindled Monday, as Lovullo was hired to join Farrellâ€™s coaching staff in Toronto. The former Pawtucket Red Sox manager will serve as the Blue Jaysâ€™ first base coach.
Eight teams will square off today-- weather permitting -- in the Division II playoffs. And perhaps six of them could actually win the state title that will be decided this coming Sunday at Rhode Island College.
â€śOur division is very close,â€ť Lincoln coach John Dâ€™Aloisio admitted over the weekend. His Lions host North Smithfield at 4 p.m. today.
A day-long rain is in the forecast. Any games postponed today likely would be made up on Tuesday.
GLOCESTER ---- Casey McGrath, a sophomore from Ponaganset High, crossed the finish line and looked up at the big digital clock.
Burrillville junior Anna Dumais did the same thing at Sundayâ€™s RIIL State Cross-Country Championships.
When you're not considered one of the contenders for an individual title or a top finish, sometimes thatâ€™s the best way to determine if your five-kilometer journey was a successful one.
For the two local harriers as well as several others, the clock showed just the kind of numbers that would put their performances in that â€śsuccessâ€ť category.
Welcome to the Division II football playoffs, home of the complex algorithms.
For those who remember the unprecedented five-way tiebreaker of two years ago that tabulated Woonsocket as the odd team out, a refresher course on the wording of the tiebreaker formula was held after Central knocked off Chariho on Friday night. The 40-12 outcome created a three-way logjam atop the II-A standings with Central, Chariho and Johnston all sporting identical 5-2 records.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The hole was just too big to climb out of.
A gutsy second half effort by North Smithfield wasnâ€™t enough to knock Mount Pleasant from the unbeaten ranks in Division IV on Saturday as the Northmen left Conley Field with a 28-22 loss.
WOONSOCKET â€” Carnell Henderson had a hunch that West Warwick wouldnâ€™t be a pushover. After watching game film of Saturdayâ€™s Division II-B opponent this week, the Woonsocket High coach felt the Wizards were a much better outfit than their 1-5 league mark indicated.
He was rightâ€¦at least for the second half.
Luckily for Hendersonâ€™s crew, it took care of nearly all of its business in the gameâ€™s first two quarters en route to a 29-0 blanking of the Wizards on Senior Day at Barry Field. For the leagueâ€™s top defensive team, the shutout is the Villa Novans fifth of the season.