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September 17th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â North Smithfieldâs resurgent football program took a step backwards on Saturday afternoon, turning the ball over five times during an 18-10 loss to Hope High.
âExtremely frustrating,â Northmen coach Wes Pennington said when asked to describe what he had just seen. âWe fought hard but you canât win football games turning the ball over like that.â
Fresh off a season-opening 55-26 romp over Burrillville, the Northmen entered their Division IV opener seeking to maintain the momentum built by the 2010 squad that qualified for the playoffs with a 6-2 league record.
WOONSOCKET â Two-time defending Division II champion Woonsocket High faces a loaded Tolman squad next weekend in a rematch of last yearâs Super Bowl.
The preparation for the big showdown at Barry Field will be thorough for the Villa Novans. Chances are that workload will be intensified slightly more after their II-B opener against visiting Pilgrim Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonât forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â one of two in the contest â before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
WOONSOCKET â Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâs team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- One not-so-great half of soccer resulted in North Smithfield Highâs first loss of the season on Thursday afternoon.
North Providence High received a pair of second-half goals from Alexander Mendoza to break a 1-1 tie and soar to a 3-1 triumph over the Northmen in their battle of Division III-North unbeatens at the Ricci Athletic Complex.
PROVIDENCE - Besides looking at the thousands of runners and walkers lined on Francis Street for the start of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, thereâs something else that puts a smile on the face of race director Charlie Breagy.
Itâs good weather.
Carnell Henderson is aware of the burden heâs placed on his Woonsocket assistant coaches. The head coach, who continues to come along after undergoing surgery in early August to repair a torn tendon in quadriceps muscle of his left leg, knows that just like the players have to step up their game whenever thereâs an absence, so too does his staff.
The idea is to keep things as close to the status quo as possible until Henderson returns to the sidelines, which he is optimistic will happen this season.
WOONSOCKET â Itâs been said time and time again in sports that if you want to be the best, you have the beat the best.
On Tuesday afternoon, Woonsocket played what many high school enthusiasts believe is âthe team to beatâ in Division II, defending state champ Smithfield, and while the Novans didnât come away with a victory, they picked up the next best thing â a draw.
SMITHFIELD â The strategy was simple. Take it moderately easy the first half of the race and when the course hits the woods for the rolling hills, then go to work.
Thatâs the plan that Mount St. Charles Academy and Smithfield High had entering Mondayâs Northern Division opener on the tough three-mile layout at Bryant University.
Both teams carried out those strategies, though the Mounties did it just a little better.
If you blinked, chances are you missed out seeing the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2011 Governorsâ Cup playoffs. The three-game sweep administered by Lehigh Valley was that fleeting.
In a weekâs time the PawSox went from mighty division champs to postseason wallflowers. One Saturday night, theyâre basking in the glow of winning the I.L. North. The next Saturday sees the clubhouse resemble that of a funeral parlor, with players quietly exchanging farewell handshakes and hugs while gathering up their personal belongings for the trip back home.