Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€“ You knew long before the question was posed how uncomfortable Tom Kenwood was.
Now in his 40th year as the Cumberland High boysâ€™ indoor and outdoor track & field mentor, the soft-spoken Kenwood always has dodged â€“ still does â€“ any queries about his impact on the consistent successes of his teams; heâ€™ll talk about his athletesâ€™ intense work ethic and drive, competitive nature, etc., as the reason.
In fact, during this particular â€śsit downâ€ť with Kenwood in the Wellness Centerâ€™s Room 103, surrounded by free weights, Kenwood seemed a bit fidgety.
LINCOLN â€” Two years ago, a main event between Peter Manfredo Jr. and Rich Gingras would have been very unlikely and one of the last pairings any matchmaker could have imagined.
Two years ago, Manfredo was one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, battling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC championship, while Gingras, who fought as a cruiserweight and light heavyweight from 2006-2009, was 26 months removed from his last fight, electing to devote the bulk of his time getting his new gym, Fight 2 Fitness in Pawtucket, off the ground and running smoothly.
PAWTUCKET â€” If the past is any sort of indicator, the Red Sox can go in one of a number of directions in shopping for a new PawSox manager.
Pawtucket has seen four skippers come and go dating back to Buddy Baileyâ€™s dismissal in 2004. In Ron Johnson and Arnie Beyeler, the Red Sox elected to go the internal route â€“ both received promotions from their managerial posts in Double-A Portland. With Torey Lovullo and most recently Gary DiSarcina, the organization chose to cast a net outside the farm system and bring in someone with already set-in-stone connections.
WOONSOCKET â€” A single image defined Woonsocket Highâ€™s incredulously disappointing 15-14 loss to St. Raphael Academy on Saturday afternoon.
Perhaps 15 minutes after the R.I. Division II quarterfinal defeat, junior running back/linebacker Jaston Robinson exited the Barry Field clubhouse doors and â€“ after being approached by a WHS parent â€“ fell into his arms and sobbed.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Blowouts in the postseason are few and far between, but on Friday night, Cumberland picked up a lopsided victory against a club that had given them difficult battles over the years.
Junior tailback Mike Stock ran for 168 yards on 24 carries, and the Clippersâ€™ ground game received a big helping hand from its offensive line in totaling over 300 yards, controlling the clock, and paving the way for a 42-7 triumph over Coventry in their Division II quarterfinal-round affair at Tucker Field.
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.
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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