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September 26th, 2013
BURRILLVILLE â Thereâs a unique buzz around this tight-knit community this week, and with good reason. Rare is the occasion when Alumni Field is transformed into a nighttime operation.
With an intriguing early-season Division III matchup serving as the centerpiece of what figures to be a unique and special day in the long, rich history of the Burrillville High football program, it seems appropriate to at long last proclaim the following: âFriday Night Lightsâ has come to the campus located just down the road from the Route 102 and East Avenue intersection.
WOONSOCKET --- In a season where wins have been difficult to come by, Woonsocket had its share of highlights in its Division I crossover affair against South Kingstown at Barry Field.
Topping that list was the fact that the Villa Novans, after getting shut out in their first six games of the season, finally found the back of the net â not once, but twice.
The Villa Novans also kept play in the Rebelsâ end of the field through the better part of the end of the second half, and they played hard right to the final whistle as if they were competing in a one-goal game.
CUMBERLAND â The story Tuesday afternoon at the Monastery wasnât so much whether host Cumberland High would sweep its Northern Division tri-meet against other local foes.
They did, and then some.
Instead, it revolved around a rivalry that began last year. That is, how would Clipper sophomore Amy Laverty perform against junior Betsy Dumais, one of Burrillvilleâs top harriers over the past decade or more.
Laverty captured this particular outing, outhustling Dumais to the finish line with a stellar 3.1-mile clocking of 19:50. She edged the runner-up Bronco by a mere four ticks.
BOSTON â Gary DiSarcina and Rich Sauveur thought they were positioned well out of harmâs way. Perched in a far corner inside the champagne-soaked, music-blaring, jolly-good-time party scene that was the Red Soxâ clubhouse following last Fridayâs division clincher, the two Pawtucket Red Sox coaches were more than content to be innocent bystanders.
But what soon followed was a moment that could very well summarize the impact that DiSarcina, Sauveur and the rest of the 2013 PawSox had on the newly minted American League East champs.
Even on the phone, the unbridled enthusiasm in Tyrone Naredâs voice was readily apparent.
A new basketball season on foreign soil beckons for this Woonsocket native, and judging by the synopsis Nared provided mere hours before embarking on a near 15-hour flight that would take him to his roundball address for the next several months, the outlook appears bright.
WOONSOCKET â If you hadnât heard of Roland Lavallee or seen him in action, youâd have a difficult time believing that the former Mount St. Charles standout was competing in his first race in nearly a year and a half, or was 13 months removed from microfracture surgery to his knee, during Sunday morningâs Novans Pride 5K.
BURRILLVILLE â About a year ago under the Gaudet Middle School football stadium's lights, host Middletown High didn't just whup Burrillville in a Division III contest, but embarrassed it with a 58-7 pasting.
Broncos' mentor Gennaro Ferraro reminded his current troops of that bushwhacking last September during practice sessions this past week.
WOONSOCKET â The Woonsocket High coaching staff prides itself on instilling in its players a good, sound understanding of fundamental football.
That is, avoid silly mistakes that result in penalties, don't turn the ball over, don't âdanceâ with the pigskin but push it ânorth-south,â et cetera.
Another definition: take advantage of your opportunities.
CUMBERLAND â Approximately 10 months ago, on a cold night at East Greenwich Highâs Carcieri Field, Cumberland High played its collective heart out before suffering a 2-1 triple-overtime semifinal loss to eventual Division II state champion Burrillville.
The two Division II-North rivals went at it again in a tilt at Tucker Field on sun-splashed Friday afternoon, and Clippersâ head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello decided beforehand to remind her upperclassmen of that defeat.
Tolman High head coach Dave Caito calls it the start of a new season. In many ways, this weekendâs Rhode Island high school football schedule is just that for the local teams.
The time has come to put what has amounted to nearly five weeks of preseason camp in the rearview mirror. The 2013 campaign begins in earnest Friday night with the opening of league play, a time where teams battle it out for division championships and jockey for position in league standings, all fighting toward a common goal: to make it to that next â and final â ânewâ â season, a.k.a. the playoffs.