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October 20th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€“ As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâ€™s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ€™ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnâ€™t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ€™ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ€™ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
LINCOLN â€“ The playoffs for Division I begin Oct. 29-31 and Cumberland and Lincoln are right on the cusp to be among the eight teams that earn a berth into a quarterfinal game.
The neighboring rivals battled together on Tuesday afternoon in a key Div. I-B matchup and it was the host Lions that kept up their last-season momentum en route to a 3-0 decision over the Clippers.
PROVIDENCE --- St. Raphael Academyâ€™s home field at the McKinnon-Alves Complex promises to be buzzing with fans lined up and down its sidelines tonight when the Saints host Rogers High in a 5:30 p.m. contest and senior standout Kytresa Ivey-Jones takes aim at a coveted milestone only a select few high school players ever reach.
WARWICK â€“ Coming three weeks prior to the state meet, the Brown University Northeast Championships provides a perfect gage for coaches and athletes to determine if all the training is paying off for a possible peak performance at the early November meet.
For runners like Trevor Crawley, who are hoping to crack the top 10 at the states, the top-notch competition at the regional championships, held on a fast five-kilometer course at Goddard State Park, can also serve as an important confidence booster with a good performance.
PROVIDENCE â€” To get a better feel of the Providence College players he was inheriting, Ed Cooley made it a point to watch every Friar game from last season â€śfour or five times.â€ť
What were the impressions Cooley gathered as he studied individual tendencies and Providenceâ€™s style of play under ex-head coach Keno Davis? Letâ€™s just say the new PC coach realized he has his work cut out for him.
Maybe in some perverse way, the Red Sox are enjoying all this attention.
Bad P.R.? Perish the thought. The bottoming out and subsequent fallout of the 2011 season has everyone still chirping even though two weeks have passed since left fielder Carl Crawford acted like a fish out of water in Baltimore, a snapshot that says it all with regards to the clubâ€™s sad regular-season finish.
Four weeks have elapsed since Ryan Kalish underwent surgery to repair a bulging disc in his neck.
â€śAt this point honestly, I canâ€™t really tell that anything was really done to my neck,â€ť said Kalish via phone from San Francisco, where the Red Sox outfield prospect is conducting his rehab. â€śYou have post-surgery pain and all that, but thatâ€™s totally gone. It just feels like a normal neck.
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin sat down to watch his old New York Jets team play football last month when the phone rang at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
â€śIt was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jetsâ€™ Ring of Honor,â€ť Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. â€śThe ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday nightâ€™s game against the Dolphins.â€ť
â€śI was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,â€ť Philbin added. â€śHe was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.â€ť