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September 27th, 2012
Jarrod Saltalamacchia can look at Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s quest to become a fulltime catcher and say that not much time has elapsed since the former was in the latterâ€™s shoes.
A coordinatorâ€™s duties seem to be the attention grabber on a rĂ©sumĂ©, the kind that allows a deserving candidate to push to the top of the list whenever head coaching opportunities surface.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Mere seconds after Burrillville High had sailed to a 4-0 Division II-North victory over Cranston East on Thursday afternoon, players â€“ as is standard fare â€“ walked the sideline closest to the team benches and issued other high-fives while stating over and over â€śGood game.â€ť
When it got to the head coaches, the Broncosâ€™ Susan Burgess looked at the Thunderboltâ€™s Sarah Knowlton and offered something undecipherable.
Burgess then placed her arm around her and grinned, and Knowlton responded with a smile before the two embraced right at the midfield stripe.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Central Falls High head coach Carl Africo doesn't ask former mentor Bobby Marchand to help him out with scouting, but â€“ if he's going to offer â€“ the former isn't about to argue.
Prior to the Warriors' Division I tilt against Cumberland on Wednesday night, Marchand told Africo he had seen the Clippers play at Barrington earlier in the week, and told him that junior striker Kyle Courtney had the speed and ball skills to be a thorn in CF's defensive side.
CUMBERLAND â€” Head coach Tom Kenwood had an outstanding reason as to why he kept his top four Cumberland High harriers, including probable All-State junior Trevor Crawley and classmate Kevin Seaver, from competing in a Northern Division meet featuring four other Valley squads.
â€śIâ€™m trying to minimize the number of races they run in the season to keep them fresh; I want them to be ready when the bigger meets come up,â€ť Kenwood stated simply.
BURRILLVILLE â€” If ever thereâ€™s a team thatâ€™s in need of a bye week, itâ€™s Burrillville.
The Broncos donâ€™t play again until Saturday, Oct. 6 â€“ exactly two weeks from Saturdayâ€™s tough-to-swallow 14-6 setback to Division III rival Narragansett. Burrillville heads into its long respite at 0-2 in league play while Narragansett was able to pull even at 1-1 on the young campaign.
WOONSOCKET â€” Carnell Henderson admitted his Woonsocket High players were more than down-in-the-mouth about suffering a 43-6 pasting to powerhouse Johnston in its Division II opener last week, but claimed they seemed ready to move on during workouts this past week.
He called the quintet of practice sessions â€śvery goodâ€ť for a variety of reasons, but one kept coming to the fore.
PAWTUCKET â€” The time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a â€śjob well doneâ€ť seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston remains alive and well. The only difference is that this time, skipper Arnie Beyeler will be joined by a valued member of his coaching staff.
One of the more fascinating stat lines stems from how many NFL teams end up qualifying for the playoffs after starting out 0-2.
A blog entry that appeared on the New York Timesâ€™ website earlier this week noted that, since 1990, â€śonly 22 of the 184 teams that started the season 0-2 ultimately made the playoffs.â€ť Referencing back to when the league last expanded in 2002, just 10.1 percent of the 79 teams saddled with a donut and exactly two â€śLâ€™sâ€ť were able to right the ship and achieve postseason status.
CUMBERLAND â€” Looks like this new Division II thing is suiting Cumberland just fine.
After years of struggling in the Division I ranks and winning no more than five games in each of the last eight seasons, the Clippers are thriving in the stateâ€™s second division and off to their best start in recent memory.