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PAWTUCKET -- Shea committed 16 penalties for 126 yards, turned the ball over three times, and did a few other things that drew the ire of head coach Dino Campopiano in its regular-season opener against Lincoln on Friday night.
But all that didnâ€™t prevent the Raiders from walking out of Max Read Field with a three-touchdown victory, as special teams and defense played a large role in their 28-8 triumph over their longtime foes.
Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson believes it, and so does Shea mentor Dino Campopiano.
Both understand that those teams that make up the stateâ€™s Division I is still superior in talent, but that the league in which they compete is the toughest from top to bottom.
Really, who can argue? This season, the Villa Novans will face in their II-A bracket the likes of Coventry, Chariho, Johnston and Mount Hope, while Campopianoâ€™s Raiders will have the task of battling defending league champion Cumberland, St. Raphael, North Kingstown, Central and Rogers in II-B.
WOONSOCKET â€” â€śIâ€™m doing this for the betterment of these two kids,â€ť declares George Nasuti.
It is the intent of the longtime Woonsocket High athletic director to exhaust all options in the hopes of obtaining a hardship waiver for two currently enrolled student-athletes. Due to their circumstances, these Villa Novans â€“ for identity purposes, they are referred to as a boysâ€™ soccer player and a baseball player â€“ do not meet the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s basic eligibility principles.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Once again, WOON (1240 AM) has staked a claim to become the on-airwaves destination for Rhode Island high school football.
Beginning with Fridayâ€™s non-league game between Woonsocket and East Providence, WOON will feature a 10-game package. All of the games will air live and feature the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, the stationâ€™s sports director, and longtime high school and college football coach Mike Watters.
WOONSOCKET â€” Head coach Andrew Rao couldnâ€™t and wouldnâ€™t argue the point that his Woonsocket High club, as depleted as it was, exhibited rather solid play in a 2-0 loss to South Kingstown at Barry Field on Wednesday afternoon.
After all, he had to face his Division I opener without the services of junior sweeper Nathan Sengsavang, who received what Rao deemed an unwarranted red card in a recent non-league game against Mount St. Charles, and also senior captain and forward Tyler Pacheco, who suffered a knee injury just two minutes into this affair.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigersâ€™ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
â€śThey listened; theyâ€™re a very coachable group,â€ť Tow said.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ€™ Cup championship, it doesnâ€™t mean the roster is untouchable.
Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.
CUMBERLAND â€” With exactly 13:24 left in regulation, Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello called a timeout to express her dismay at her troops failing to heed her halftime advice.
â€śGirls, we just talked about this!â€ť she stated to the huddle around her. â€śWe need to improve, or weâ€™re not getting anyway. Youâ€™re still swinging at the ball instead of passing it. Now letâ€™s do a better job!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
â€śThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â€ť said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâ€™s locker.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Josh D'Abate's resume as the girls' head volleyball coach at Mount St. Charles is ridiculously impressive.
What's flabbergasting, downright astonishing, is how he became one in the first place.
He refuses to offer his age, but admits he's an â€śearly 30-somethingâ€ť who graduated from Smithfield High School in the â€śmid-1990s.â€ť He never took part in any JV or varsity sport while a Sentinel, and never picked up a volleyball, excepting perhaps in gym class, until long after his 17th birthday.
(Again, he didn't divulge when).