Archive - Nov 2013 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- Given the fact that this was a much easier verdict than he ever thought possible, North Smithfield High head coach Wes Pennington replaced his starting backfield with underclassmen Jake Palmer and Devon Deragon.
For the diminutive Palmer, he had the time of his life, both during and after the Northmen celebrated a stunningly simplistic 61-8 Senior Night triumph over Central Falls on Friday night.
If last Novemberâ€™s riveting playoff result is any indication, the â€śrematchâ€ť between St. Raphael and Woonsocket in a R.I. Division II quarterfinal at Barry Field on Saturday should be a wild one.
The Villa Novans had trailed the Saints, 13-0, at the break, but rallied for 21 points in the second half, including 14 in the final quarter, to knot it at 21-21 at Pariseau Field.
In the end, SRA veteran mentor Mike Sassiâ€™s crew took a 28-21 advantage in overtime, though Woonsocket later notched a TD to pull to within one.
WOONSOCKET â€” Nolan Hayward did his homework. He talked to a number of colleges and spent some quality time researching them and their baseball programs.
But deep down, the Mount St. Charles Academy senior knew exactly what college he wanted to attend once his high school days were over. He knew the answer before he started grade school, and there really wasnâ€™t anything that was going to change his mind.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
You could say there was a heavy presence of local talent on this fallâ€™s menâ€™s soccer program at Rhode Island College.
The roster featured three players from Pawtucket â€“ Camilo Estrada, Anderson Monteiro and Chuck Oddih â€“ and two from Lincoln â€“ Emmanuel Asiedu and Alexander LaBreche. Estrada and Asiedu learned earlier this week that their efforts and contributions did not go unnoticed by their contemporaries. Both were named to the Second Team All-Little East Conference.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was Bryan Ethierâ€™s mission to take an unprecedented look at a unique and legacy-driven local sports story. Just about everyone, he came to realize, knows something about the major figures and symbolic moments that fall under the umbrella of â€śMount Pride.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€“ A few hours after Burrillville High head coach Amy Cardone awoke Monday morning, she received a text from netminder Catherine Keable, who played a pivotal role in the Broncos clinching their first state championship in 20 years, not to mention only the second in school history.
About 18 hours earlier, Cardone's crew assembled a masterful, four-goal performance over the final 40 minutes to shock top-seeded and previously-undefeated Lincoln in the R.I. Division II title tilt at Rhode Island College, but Keable's message both worried but didn't surprise her mentor.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The drama was just beginning when Burrillville High senior co-captain Tori Libby hugged junior defender Tiara Bianco near midfield and exclaimed, â€śI can't believe this! I'm so tired, but I'm so excited!â€ť
In the interim, that tandem's teammates celebrated around her with hugs, impromptu dances and the like.
That's what happens when a team wins a game it almost certainly wasn't supposed to, but found the inner strength to move forward.
Last year, Woonsocket and St. Raphael staged a thrilling Division II quarterfinal-round playoff contest. A touchdown produced in the waning seconds of regulation enabled the Saints to force overtime, this after the Novans held a 21-13 advantage with just 90 seconds remaining.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland needed to bring out its best football against a formidable opponent on Friday night if it wanted to repeat as Division II-B champions and earn the leagueâ€™s top seed in the upcoming playoffs.
But instead of bringing out their best, the Clippers did the complete opposite against West Warwick and paid the price.
CRANSTON â€“ Lincoln High Athletic Director Brian Fineberg provided the sad news as the Lions began loosening up for the next task at hand.
Because the R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Cranston Stadium had been postponed 24 hours due to Thursday afternoon's rains, head coach Chris Allen decided to conduct a preparatory indoor practice in the school's gymnasium. He wanted one more chance to ready his troops for the â€śremakeâ€ť on Friday.