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September 20th, 2013
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.
NASCAR fan Colin Godfrin, 13, of Woonsocket is happy to meet Martin Truex Jr. and get his autograph during a kickoff event celebrating the opening of a new NAPA Auto Parts store on Cumberland Hill Road in Woonsocket Thursday evening.
(For more photos, pick up Friday's edition of the Woonsocket Call)
CUMBERLAND â The same olâ affliction keeps raring itâs ugly head for Cumberland High.
Thatâs why head coach Anthony Silva promised moments after a 0-0 Division I stalemate with Barrington on the Tucker Field Annex turf on Tuesday afternoon that his primary focus at todayâs practice session would be creating more offense.
âI thought we played well overall,â he sighed following the bittersweet tie, one that left the Clippers at 1-2-1 overall and in league action. âWeâve been lacking offense, and â sometimes â thatâs just the way the game of soccer goes.
BOSTON â The Boston Red Soxâ âHats off to Heroes Programâ honored Technical Sergeant Joshua Lemois during Sunday nightâs contest at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees. The ceremony took place at the end of the fourth inning.
TSgt Lemois is a member of the United States Air Force where he has served for the last 13 years. A Cumberland native, TSgt Lemois served in Saudi Arabia and volunteered for deployment in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty.
BURRILLVILLE -- Prior to the season-opening Northern Division tri-meet on Monday afternoon, Lincoln High head coach Sue Carlson stood at the mile mark of the middle schoolâs 3.1-mile course and offered her thoughts as to who would reign individually.
SMITHFIELD â The score could've been so much worse at halftime, and Cumberland High head coach Chris Skurka knew it.
That's why, after the horn signifying intermission had sounded, Skurka clapped his hands (although not with pleasure but more for self-healing), spoke with a few assistants and shuffled his squad back to its team room underneath Bryant University's Bulldog Stadium.
BURRILLVILLE â In his estimation, the mistakes that Burrillville head coach Gennaro Ferraro saw his football squad make during Saturdayâs 32-0 non-league thrashing of Scituate are easily fixable.
Honestly, when a team romps in the fashion that the Broncos did at sun-splashed Alumni Field, thereâs very little to quibble about.
âWe havenât won a football game where weâve played four solid quarters in almost a year. There were a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to correct as usual, said Ferraro. âI think the work that the kids have put in, it was very evident.â
PAWTUCKET â After suffering a disgruntling 2-0, 14-inning loss to Durham in Game No. 3 of this Governorsâ Cup best-of-five championship final â the two runs both unearned due to a three-base error, throwing miscue and two grounders â the Pawtucket Red Sox hoped to put the ugly, immediate past behind them and look ahead.
They wanted desperately to post a Game 4 win on Saturday night and force a deciding contest today, the lone desire the chance to claim the franchiseâs second straight Cup title and fourth in club history.
PAWTUCKET -- Shea committed 16 penalties for 126 yards, turned the ball over three times, and did a few other things that drew the ire of head coach Dino Campopiano in its regular-season opener against Lincoln on Friday night.
But all that didnât prevent the Raiders from walking out of Max Read Field with a three-touchdown victory, as special teams and defense played a large role in their 28-8 triumph over their longtime foes.