Archive - Sep 2012 - Sports Article
WESTERLY â€” Itâ€™s a long 65-mile drive from Woonsocket to Westerlyâ€™s Augeri Field, but the Villa Novansâ€™ bus ride home from the southwestern point of the state on Saturday afternoon had to be a very enjoyable drive.
Thatâ€™s because the Villa Novans took a 19-18 overtime thriller from the previously-undefeated Bulldogs in their Division II-A clash, a hard-fought win that upped their league record to 2-1 and packed them into a congested three-way tie for second place (behind undefeated Johnston) with Westerly and Coventry.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” For North Smithfield, Saturdayâ€™s Division IV contest against North Providence was more of a mental exercise than physical.
Forced to come back on a few occasions, the Northmen dug deep to take this shootout, 38-34. North Providence enjoyed leads early â€“ 12-0 after the first quarter â€“ and late â€“ 34-31 with 8:47 remaining â€“ before N.S. delivered a series of game-changing plays on both sides of the ball that allowed the visitors to cast a pall over the Cougarsâ€™ Homecoming celebration.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the eyes of team president Mike Tamburro, the PawSoxâ€™ championship season is a feat that should be shared and celebrated with the public.
Though plans are still being finalized, Tamburro, gave the green light to announce that the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy will be making the rounds this offseason. Right now the target is to bring the silver hardware to each and every Rhode Island city and town along with neighboring Massachusetts communities.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia can look at Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s quest to become a fulltime catcher and say that not much time has elapsed since the former was in the latterâ€™s shoes.
A coordinatorâ€™s duties seem to be the attention grabber on a rĂ©sumĂ©, the kind that allows a deserving candidate to push to the top of the list whenever head coaching opportunities surface.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Mere seconds after Burrillville High had sailed to a 4-0 Division II-North victory over Cranston East on Thursday afternoon, players â€“ as is standard fare â€“ walked the sideline closest to the team benches and issued other high-fives while stating over and over â€śGood game.â€ť
When it got to the head coaches, the Broncosâ€™ Susan Burgess looked at the Thunderboltâ€™s Sarah Knowlton and offered something undecipherable.
Burgess then placed her arm around her and grinned, and Knowlton responded with a smile before the two embraced right at the midfield stripe.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Central Falls High head coach Carl Africo doesn't ask former mentor Bobby Marchand to help him out with scouting, but â€“ if he's going to offer â€“ the former isn't about to argue.
Prior to the Warriors' Division I tilt against Cumberland on Wednesday night, Marchand told Africo he had seen the Clippers play at Barrington earlier in the week, and told him that junior striker Kyle Courtney had the speed and ball skills to be a thorn in CF's defensive side.
CUMBERLAND â€” Head coach Tom Kenwood had an outstanding reason as to why he kept his top four Cumberland High harriers, including probable All-State junior Trevor Crawley and classmate Kevin Seaver, from competing in a Northern Division meet featuring four other Valley squads.
â€śIâ€™m trying to minimize the number of races they run in the season to keep them fresh; I want them to be ready when the bigger meets come up,â€ť Kenwood stated simply.
BURRILLVILLE â€” If ever thereâ€™s a team thatâ€™s in need of a bye week, itâ€™s Burrillville.
The Broncos donâ€™t play again until Saturday, Oct. 6 â€“ exactly two weeks from Saturdayâ€™s tough-to-swallow 14-6 setback to Division III rival Narragansett. Burrillville heads into its long respite at 0-2 in league play while Narragansett was able to pull even at 1-1 on the young campaign.
WOONSOCKET â€” Carnell Henderson admitted his Woonsocket High players were more than down-in-the-mouth about suffering a 43-6 pasting to powerhouse Johnston in its Division II opener last week, but claimed they seemed ready to move on during workouts this past week.
He called the quintet of practice sessions â€śvery goodâ€ť for a variety of reasons, but one kept coming to the fore.