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September 8th, 2011
If Bruce Guindon and his high school football officiating brethren had their druthers, the installment of a fifth member to the longstanding four-man, on-field crew would have transpired years ago.
What was once a plea is now part of the Interscholastic Leagueâs pigskin fabric. Beginning this season an additional pair of eyes will be called upon to aid specifically in the judgment of pass plays and blocks downfield, two areas that in the past have been tough calls a for group colloquially called âzebrasâ to accurately decipher.
The two-a-days are history. So are the scrimmages and Injury Fund games.
This weekend, the regular season for high school football gets under way with non-league games scattered throughout the state.
Eight of the Blackstone Valleyâs 11 teams kick off tonight, and the big games of the bunch will feature two-time Division II champion Woonsocket taking on East Providence at Pierce Field and former Thanksgiving Day rivals Shea and Lincoln playing each other at Lincolnâs Ferguson Field.
PAWTUCKET â Arnie Beyeler had everything figured out â or so he believed prior to discussing his baseball career ambitions with Brad Mills a few years back during spring training.
At the time Beyeler was managing in Double-A Portland while Mills served as Terry Franconaâs bench coach in Boston. One day the pair engaged in some casual chatter when the minor-league skipper revealed what he considered the pinnacle: coaching third base for a major league club.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. â A brief period of clearing skies provided some false hope that the PawSox may be able to play the opener of their Round One Governorsâ Cup Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, the clearing skies disappeared and another heavy downpour forced the postponement of the game.
The series will now be pushed back by one day, with the opener being played Thursday night at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will keep the same pitching rotation in effect, with Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) going up against Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91) in the opener.
PAWTUCKET â As his players danced to loud music while taking swigs of beer in the other room, Arnie Beyeler stood in the managerâs office, his t-shirt completely soaked after several players cornered him near the visitors dugout and dumped beer all over him.
The fruits of victory are sweet if youâre the Pawtucket Red Sox. The locals clinched the I.L. North Saturday night after rallying for a 12-7 victory past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The division title is the franchiseâs first since 2003 and the fifth since 1991, when division play was introduced in the International League.
BURRILLVILLE --â The length of a soccer field from goal to goal is about 100 yards.
During Friday afternoonâs Division III-North opener between Burrillville and Classical, it was more like 50 yards.
Too bad for the host Broncos, it was not in their favor.
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If the Gwinnett Braves earn the International League wild-card playoff berth this weekend, they probably wonât have ace pitcher Julio Teheran available for their first-round series against Pawtucket. The Atlanta Braves reportedly will use their top minor league prospect next Thursday in a doubleheader against the New York Mets.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox will have to wait just a little bit longer to call themselves Northern Division champions.
The PawSox kept up their end of the bargain after holding on for a 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Thanks to Lehigh Valley staging a 2-1 walk-off win over Buffalo, the magic number for the PawSox to officially clinch the division stands at a lone game.
CRANSTON â Mount St. Charles Academy saw 14 seniors, most of them starters, graduate from last yearâs playoff team that finished second in Division II-North.
With a new batch of talented upperclassmen mixed in with some quality underclassmen, MSC head coach Miles Henderson was cautiously optimistic on how his squad would fare for the upcoming fall season.
After the first few weeks of practice, that confidence level increased a notch or two.
CUMBERLAND â The Blackstone Valley area will be well represented on Friday night at Tucker Field with four local squads participating in a trio of Injury Fund tilts.
The two-quarter, non-league games, which begin at 6 p.m., kicks off with Central Falls battling Shea, followed by last yearâs Division II state runner-up Tolman facing Cumberland at 7 p.m.
While tomorrow nightâs game means nothing in the standings, Cumberland coach Chris Skurka will be eager to see how his club fares against the Tigers.