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October 25th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâ€™s tuneup against Assumption College.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s been a long, difficult year for Woonsocket High, but on Tuesday afternoon, the one-win Villa Novans nearly came away with the highlight of their season and a big upset victory over their playoff-bound, crosstown rivals.
Down by a 2-0 score after a half of action, Mount St. Charles Academy battled back with three goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half and held on for a 3-2 victory before a large gathering at the Mountiesâ€™ lower soccer field.
Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along â€¦
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, thereâ€™s some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Over-confident? Thinking too far ahead?
Walking off the field, Burrillville high coach Amy Carbone couldnâ€™t come up with a reason why her talented squad was simply overpowered by its Division III opponent.
That game was more than a month ago â€“ a 5-0 defeat to Middletown on Sept. 19.
Since that defeat and the three games before it, it has been nothing but smooth sailing for the Lady Broncos. After its latest victory, a 11-0 Senior Day rout of Davies Tech on Monday afternoon, Burrillville improved its league record to 14-1-0.
PAWTUCKET â€” Lincoln Schoolâ€™s doubles team of Hayley Lough and Jamie Pine continued their mastery of Mountâ€™s Katherine Porcaro and Emily Cardosa in Saturdayâ€™s state championship finals at Slater Park.
Mount won the first set 6-4 before the Lincoln School duo used a topspin lob technique to great advantage while winning the final two sets, 6-1 and 6-2. The Lynx team has won all three matches this season between the No. 1 doubles squads of the Division I powers.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ It was a day that Kevin Deschamps and his Burrillville teammates soon wonâ€™t forget.
Deschamps finished with 202 rushing yards on 14 attempts with four touchdowns as the Burrillville picked up its first win of the season, blowing past Scituate, 45-6, in a non-leaguer Saturday at Alumni Field.
â€śIt was great to see the kids enjoy today,â€ť said Broncos head coach Gennaro Ferraro, whose team has absorbed more than its fair share of close setbacks. â€śIt was nice to see all that hard work pay off.â€ť
FOSTER â€” Ponaganset High may have lost to division-leader Tolman High, 21-14, yet the loss hardly placed a damper on the Chieftainsâ€™ playoff outlook.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The Northmen took care of business on Friday night, outclassing the PCD Co-Op juggernaut by a 35-6 margin.
North Smithfield is now 2-2 in Division IV with three tough assignments left on its league schedule. The Northmen visit North Providence (2-2) next Friday, then host currently unbeaten Mount Pleasant (4-0) on Nov. 4 and then entertain a currently 4-1 Central Falls squad on Nov. 11.
LINCOLN â€” On paper, thereâ€™s not much that separates the top two teams in Division II-North â€“ Lincoln High and Mount St. Charles Academy.
On the field Friday afternoon, the numbers didnâ€™t lie.
The first-place Lions scored all of the offense it would need and then held off a very-determined Mount squad in the second half to post a 3-1 win at Manville Park.
With three games left on its schedule, the victory improved Lincolnâ€™s league record to 14-1-0 and all but secured it the II-North crown. The second-place Mounties dropped to 10-2-0 with still six games remaining.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Tom Kenwood gave a promise to his Cumberland High squad before competing at the annual Bronco Invitational. If four of his runners could crack 17 minutes on the eventâ€™s five-kilometer course at Burrillville Middle School, he would shave off his beard.
Kenwood didnâ€™t have to get out his razor after Thursdayâ€™s meet, but he almost did.