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October 11th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” It was a simple question, and North Smithfield High head coach Jeremy Sherer responded in kind.
When asked if he was satisfied with his Northmenâ€™s 2-0 Division II victory over East Providence early Thursday evening, he stated merely, â€śNo.â€ť
He claimed he had good reason.
â€śYou know, weâ€™ve had two really good wins this year; the first one against Pilgrim, and the second against Tiverton,â€ť he elaborated. â€śTheyâ€™re both very strong teams, and when we play those types of teams, we do very well. In big games, we step it up a couple of notches.
WOONSOCKET -- Back on Friday, Sept. 14, Tolman High senior Ashley Clark registered five goals in a rather easy 9-1 thumping of Woonsocket at the McKinnon-Alves Complex.
She failed in her attempt to repeat that feat during the two teamsâ€™ Division III-A rematch at Barry Field on rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Still, head coach Bel Pereira didnâ€™t mind a bit; why would he? Clark netted four tallies and senior defender Amber Duhamel did a superb job of defending the Villa Novansâ€™ stellar senior quad-captain and striker Krislyn Godin in the Tigersâ€™ 6-2 triumph.
CUMBERLAND -- Cumberland High head coach John Jasionowski admitted being both surprised and impressed when a representative of the American Cancer Society attended a state interscholastic tennis meeting last spring.
â€śShe asked us if we wanted to have some kind of event for cancer awareness, and I thought it was a good idea,â€ť Jasionowski stated while his Clippers warmed up for a Division II crossover match against Classical on Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” The dual meet portion of the cross-country season is safely in the books. The early-in-the-week gatherings involving schools squaring off against their regional rivals has given way to a postseason gamut that is far more demanding and extensive due to the field expanding.
To Trevor Crawley, shifting from the sportâ€™s unofficial â€śwarm-up actâ€ť to a series of defined gatherings of harriers is not akin to a mystery wrapped in an enigma. To date, everything the Cumberland High senior has done on the trails has been geared toward what lies ahead, albeit with a slight twist.
PROVIDENCE â€” On this night, Andre Soukhamthath was not going to be denied.
Not in his return to Providence, where he has plenty of friends and family members and spent the first half of his life before moving to Woonsocket. And certainly not in his very first fight in the bright spotlight of the Dunkinâ€™ Donuts Center.
WOONSOCKET --- When Chris Hoard woke up on Sunday morning and decided to sign up to run in the second annual Race Against Racism 5K at World War II Memorial Park, the furthest thing from his mind was actually winning the race.
But to his surprise, thatâ€™s exactly what the 38-year-old Woonsocket native did. He topped a field of 163 runners and walkers by crossing the finish line in 21:14 -- not your average first-place time for a local 3.1-mile race, but certainly good enough on this day to cop top honors.
Often times the importance of the kicking game at the high school level can go undervalued or overlooked. Blame such shortsightedness on the premium coaches and players place on strategizing offensively and defensively throughout the week, the attention paid to more crucial matters, in turn rendering the very idea of place-kicking and punting duties influencing the final outcome to mundane qualities.
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Believe it or not, as far-flung as this may sound, there was a time when this corner believed Bobby Valentine would somehow be granted a stay of execution and return as manager of the Red Sox next season.
LINCOLN â€“ Dick Ryan knows what a special talent he has in Emily Bouthillette, hence why the Lincoln High softball coach isnâ€™t afraid to spread the word regarding a player that Ryan feels is flying somewhat â€śunder the radar.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Ever since North Smithfield lost its season-opening match to Cumberland, a five-set defeat that saw the Clippers clock the Northmen in the final game, 15-3, the Northmen have eagerly awaited their rematch with the Clippers and circled the date on their calendars.
It certainly showed on Tuesday night.