Archive - Oct 2011 - Sports Article
LINCOLN â€” On paper, thereâ€™s not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North â€“ Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didnâ€™t lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincolnâ€™s league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Tom Kenwood gave a promise to his Cumberland High squad before competing at the annual Bronco Invitational. If four of his runners could crack 17 minutes on the eventâ€™s five-kilometer course at Burrillville Middle School, he would shave off his beard.
Kenwood didnâ€™t have to get out his razor after Thursdayâ€™s meet, but he almost did.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said â€śI doâ€ť eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâ€™s 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâ€™s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ€™ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnâ€™t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ€™ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ€™ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâ€™s home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
WARWICK â€“ Coming three weeks prior to the state meet, the Brown University Northeast Championships provides a perfect gage for coaches and athletes to determine if all the training is paying off for a possible peak performance at the early November meet.
For runners like Trevor Crawley, who are hoping to crack the top 10 at the states, the top-notch competition at the regional championships, held on a fast five-kilometer course at Goddard State Park, can also serve as an important confidence booster with a good performance.
PROVIDENCE â€” To get a better feel of the Providence College players he was inheriting, Ed Cooley made it a point to watch every Friar game from last season â€śfour or five times.â€ť
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providenceâ€™s style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Letâ€™s just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.