Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
WOONSOCKET â Minutes following Mount St. Charlesâ 1-0 loss to fellow Division II stalwart Lincoln High on Friday afternoon, head coach Paul Jacques worried not so much about the verdict but the health of junior keeper Ben Weiss.
With 17:30 remaining in the opening half, Lionsâ senior tri-captain Alex DâAloisio fired a pass from the deep left corner toward Weiss as he guarded the net. The liner got through the defense, and Weiss deflected the ball away, but went down in a heap.
Itâs hard to believe, but the midway point of the high school season is this weekend.
And in this state, the third weekend of October usually means two things -- a heavy dose of non-league games for Division II teams, and some interesting matchups in the other three divisions.
Two teams holding onto their playoff hopes are included in these divisional matchups, North Smithfield and Central Falls, and there will be plenty of interest in their respective âmust-winâ contests.
BURRILLVILLE â As Burrillville High junior Betsy Dumais tried to hustle up the hill yards before the two-mile mark, and with a few harriers still within sight, her mind drifted to a former coach who always was there for her.
âJust as I got to âCarterâs Passâ (a half-mile stretch that begins about a tenth of a mile later), I thought, âThose girls are pulling away,â and I knew Coach wouldnât stand for that. Heâd be there cheering me on, trying to get me going,ââ Dumais stated. âI knew I had to start moving.â
CUMBERLAND â Visiting Tiverton tried to pull off a magical comeback and an upset victory over Cumberland on Wednesday night at the Clippersâ Wellness Center, but the Clippers were able to win a 3-2 thriller that raised their Division II-North record to 12-2.
The Clippers cruised to 25-9 and 25-15 victories in the first two games, but the Tigers (6-8) came back to win the next two games, 25-20 and 25-16, and take the Clippers the distance in the fifth set before falling 16-14.
PROVIDENCE â Right from the onset, Bob Driscoll expressed a strong desire to inject new life into the athletic facilities utilized by Providence College coaches and student-athletes.
âI remember speaking with a reporter in one of my first interviews for an article about what was possible,â said Driscoll, now less than a month away from the 12th anniversary of his hiring date as the schoolâs athletic director. âIâm a pretty big dreamer, but even for my dreams, itâs exceeded that.â
PROVIDENCE â Burrillville High head coach Gennaro Ferraro had just spent perhaps 15 minutes offering his post-game thoughts to his troops before walking to a pair of assistants, shaking his head.
In the background, the public address announcer at the Al Morro Athletic Complex had Prince's hit âPurple Rainâ blaring from the system.
It was a rather apt way for the Broncos to trudge toward their team bus. On this Saturday afternoon, where there wasn't an iota of precipitation, Classical High's offense indeed poured on their foe during an unexpected 33-12 Division III blowout.
WOONSOCKET â He may be a few years into his retirement as the head coach of Mount St. Charles Academyâs boysâ and girlsâ tennis teams, but Richard Lawrence still believes in âpreaching the gospel of tennisâ and attends practices to help teach the sport he loves dearly.
Now that the school boasts its sparkling two-month-old, six-court tennis complex across Logee Street, the athletic director has had an extra hop in his step this fall in taking the short walk across Logee Street to work with the girlsâ squad.
BRISTOL â In a sea of big plays, there was one in particular on this Friday night that captured what this Woonsocket High football team is all about.
With host Mount Hope looking to gain any sort of traction against a Woonsocket defense that continues to be the definition of stingy, the Huskies opted for a little trickery. Down six points in the third quarter, one of Mount Hopeâs key cogs in the running game, Aidan Silva, took the exchange from center.
In analyzing this weekâs slate of high school football games, we thought it would be appropriate to categorize them via the following tiers:
-- Let the good times continue to roll.
-- Time to circle the wagons and bounce back.
-- Borrowing from The Doors, itâs time to break on through.
WOONSOCKET â Cumberland took a sharp turn for the better.
Less than 48 hours removed from their worst performance of the season, the Clippers returned to their winning ways in dominant fashion on Thursday by sweeping Woonsocket, 3-0, in a rare afternoon match at the Villa Novansâ Savaria Gymnasium.
In a match that offered little drama and took just 55 minutes to complete, the playoff-bound Clippers bumped their Division II-North mark to 11-2 by disposing of the Novans by scores of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-18.