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PAWTUCKET â Cumberland High took advantage of a crucial pass interference call with three minutes left in Friday nightâs game and scored the winning touchdown with 79 seconds left in what became a perilous 14-7 victory over a gallant Shea team that deserved a better fate.
PROVIDENCE â Earlier this week, Bob Walsh took in a Providence College practice at Alumni Hall.
What did the Rhode Island College head coach glean in advance of Saturdayâs 5:30 p.m. exhibition tilt between the Friars and the Anchormen at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center?
âTheyâre much deeper as far as talent goes, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,â said Walsh when reached Friday. âThe guys that the Friars have added â Brandon Austin, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris â theyâre all long.
BOSTON â Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.
One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governorsâ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the teamâs first-base coach.
Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.
BOSTON â Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.
BOSTON â In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didnât become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.
âTo have success at that position, youâve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people donât see,â explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. âYouâve got to stay mentally focused and youâve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like youâre 100 percent ready to go.â
EAST GREENWICH â When one of her players asked Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello how her baby was surviving the early moments of a battle between the Clippers and Smithfield on Wednesday night, the elder replied, âPretty good, I think.â
Immediately after the second-ranked Sentinels had roared to an incredible 3-2 victory in this R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Nick Carcieri Field, Capone-Bello kept the same sense of humor, though looked sad doing so.
WOONSOCKET -- It was hard to tell if Mount St. Charlesâ head coach Marek Wolnyâs post-game words to his girls did the trick or not.
The seventh-seeded Mounties had just suffered a disappointing 1-0 double-overtime loss to No. 10 Tiverton at the lower campus field on Tuesday afternoon, but â after congratulating the Tigers and the officials with hand slaps and/or fist bumps for a job well done â Wolny huddled his troops and attempted some calming devices.
For years, the names rolled off your tongue so effortlessly that it felt like you were on a first-name basis with them. Everything felt so warm and reassuring when discussing certain Big East coaches that mentioning them in the same breath as death and taxes was perfectly acceptable.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes â along with Jim Boeheim coaching at Syracuse. Ditto Jim Calhoun at Connecticut, Rick Pitino at Louisville and Mike Brey at Notre Dame.
BURRILLVILLE â Last Saturday night, after Burrillville High had posted a solid 34-8 victory over Exeter/West Greenwich, head coach Gennaro Ferraro explained that â following three previous dismal blowout losses â he felt his squad was ârounding the corner.
âI thought the kids got bumped off their orbit a little bit âŠ we needed this win, and we got it,â he noted. âI think we're back on track.â
If Saturday afternoon is any indication, the Broncos' thundering herd has âŠ well, been heard, and who knows what to expect from them as November draws near.
WOONSOCKET â Saturday afternoon marked âSenior Dayâ for the Woonsocket High football team, and a pre-game celebration â one in which the dozen soon-to-be graduates issued flowers to their parents and/or guardians â must have had them feeling rather satisfied.
The inner peace didn't quite show itself during the 48 minutes of battling against Division II-A foe Toll Gate, but the gritty Villa Novans nevertheless left Barry Field with a 20-8 triumph.