Archive - Oct 2011 - Sports Article
Just because the Red Sox declined to pick up Dan Wheelerâs $3 million option for the 2012 season doesnât automatically spell the end of the partnership between the team and relief pitcher.
As Wheeler explained when reached Monday afternoon, the opportunity to return to Boston remains on the table. Itâs just that the process in doing so has completely changed.
The Division I playoff seeding race has changed shape several times over the past week.
A fortnight ago, it appeared as though La Salle Academy and Shea High would finish 1-2 in the overall points race. Now, thanks to a strong finish by Central Falls, the Warriors will be the No. 2 seed in the eight-team playoff field that begins action on Friday.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland missed a chance to improve its playoff seeding on Monday when it played a 1-1 tie with Hope High, which brought a 1-13-2 record into the regular season finale.
âWe didnât help ourselves today,â Cumberland coach John Lopes said afterwards. âWe had a chance to move up in the seedings if we won and got some help from someone else but we played flat for all but about five minutes of todayâs game.â
FOSTER â The state meet for cross country takes place next Sunday at Ponaganset High.
For some schools, such as the Lincoln boys' team, their âstate meetâ took place on Saturday at the class championships.
The Lions were among a handful of schools that needed a quality placement in their respective class meet to earn a trip to the states because they did not get an automatic berth by finishing among the top three in their division.
FOSTER â The ultimate goal for Mount St. Charles senior Patrick Butler and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley is to finish among the elite at next weekendâs state championships on Nov. 6.
All of their races beforehand are geared toward peaking in time to compete with the big boys on cross-countryâs biggest stage.
PAWTUCKET --- Ponaganset put the exclamation point on a perfect season on Saturday morning at Slater Park, winning the Division III state title in the same determined fashion that has marked the Chieftainsâ play over the past two months.
âWeâre on Cloud Nine right now,â Ponaganset coach Jamie LaRose said after her squad blanked Scituate 4-0 in a match that took only 70 minutes to complete. âThis has absolutely been an unbelievable season.â
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- For a team that hasnât experienced many close contests this year, North Smithfield handled the pressure of Friday nightâs Division IV nailbiter on the road with North Providence quite well.
The Northmen picked up a huge victory before a large crowd, a 27-21 overtime triumph, that not only spoiled the Cougarsâ âSenior Nightâ festivities, but also saw one of N.S.âs youngest players, sophomore receiver Peter Keenan, score the game-winning touchdown on a reverse handoff.
CUMBERLAND -â The pressure is off.
Cumberland High secured its first playoff berth in three years on Friday night, shocking previously-unbeaten Central, 19-6, at Tucker Field. Senior running back Ryan Gaumond scored twice for the Clippers, who improved to 4-2 in Division II-A and fourth place in the division. The Knights dropped to 5-1.
WOONSOCKET â Perfect regular season. Three more wins and it will be the perfect ending.
Mount St. Charles Academy finished up the league portion of its Division I-North slate unbeaten on Thursday night, courtesy of a 3-1 victory over visiting La Salle Academy on Senior Night with scores of 25-20, 25-12, 21-25, 25-20.
Mount concludes it second straight 14-0 league season and now prepares for the quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed in the state tournament next weekend, tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, on its home court.
Before Tolman can set its sights on a repeat Division II-B regular-season title, the Tigers are going to have to overcome a tall order tonight -- namely one of the biggest and best defensive teams in all of Division II in West Warwick.
The Wizards, who are 4-1 and a game behind Tolman (5-0) in the standings, boast plenty of size in their front seven with veteran linemen Aaron Koehler and Cesar Jimenez and two defensive ends that clearly have the attention of Tolman head coach Dave Caito.