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November 7th, 2011
CRANSTON â€” Shea High shook free from a determined Cumberland team on Monday night at Cranston Stadium and advanced to the Division I state finals for the second straight season with a 3-0 victory over the Clippers.
The Raiders, who lost in the 2010 finals to Barrington, will meet top-ranked La Salle in Saturdayâ€™s high noon showdown at Rhode Island Collegeâ€™s pitch. The two teams tied 2-2 during their only regular season meeting.
CUMBERLAND â€” After shaking off some rust in the first game, Cumberland High went into playoff mode and is now just two big wins from the school's first-ever state championship.
Fueled by an outstanding night from junior Sam Bertherman and a solid all-around effort from her teammates, the third-seeded Clippers swept by No. 6 seed Tolman, 3-0, in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday at the Wellness Center. Cumberland won with scores of 25-23, 25-4, 25-9.
FOSTER â€“ About 600 meters into his race, Trevor Crawley wasn't in the position that he was looking for at Sunday's RIIL State Championship. Boxed in at the start, the Cumberland High junior found himself hovering near 20th place.
Not exactly a prime position for one of the state's top runners.
CRANSTON â€“ Form held true in three of the four Division I quarterfinal playoff games contested over the past three days. Top-seeded La Salle, third-seeded Shea and fourth-seeded Barrington all advanced. Only second-seed Central Falls fell by the wayside, beaten 3-2 by seventh-seeded Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.
That sets up unbeaten La Salle versus defending champion Barrington in tonightâ€™s 5 p.m. opener at Cranston Stadium followed by Shea and Cumberland at 7 p.m.
FOSTER â€” Home sweet home? For Ponaganset, home has been anything but sweet this season.
In their first two games on The Reservation, the Chieftains lost heartbreakers to the Division II-Bâ€™s top two clubs, West Warwick and Tolman. The Wizards rallied for 14 fourth-quarter points to eke out a 14-12 triumph, and the Tigers used three touchdowns in the second half to grab a 21-14 victory.
On Saturday afternoon, the Chieftains suffered another agonizing loss before a big â€śSenior Dayâ€ť gathering, and this one stung a whole lot more than those other defeats.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ There are no more unbeaten teams left in Division IV. North Smithfield took care of the remaining one Friday night, handing Mt. Pleasant its first league loss in seven chances, 14-12.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The first game was a nail-biter. The next two, werenâ€™t even close.
Unbeaten Mount St. Charles Academy earned its 10th shutout of the season Friday night, defeating North Kingstown, 26-24, 25-9, 25-11, in a Division I quarterfinal match on its home court.
The victory by Mount, the top seed from the North, improves its overall record to 17-0 for the season and puts it just two more wins from its first team title in the stateâ€™s highest division.
A note to Mount St. Charles Academy hockey fans: Donâ€™t scrap those plans to watch the Mounties play at Fenway Park just yet.
In whatâ€™s been a roller coaster day that began with an online report from a Boston media outlet stating that Boston College High, not the Mounties, would play Catholic Memorial in a high school showdown on Jan. 14 at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Mount coach Dave Belisle received a bit of good news late Thursday night.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mount St. Charles brought out its best soccer on Thursday afternoon, and in the process, delivered its first playoff victory in six years.
Senior striker Tim Stein scored a pair of goals and the Mountiesâ€™ defense turned in one of its finest performances of the season to help pave the way for a 4-0 victory over Coventry in their Division II preliminary-round matchup on the Mountiesâ€™ pitch.
A not-so-funny thing happened to St. Raphael and Ponaganset on their way to sewing up the Division II-Bâ€™s final two playoff spots.
The Saints and Chieftains, who were each just one victory away from clinching berths last weekend and taking on two teams with paper-thin hopes of reaching the playoffs, were instead the victims of two mild upset losses.
Last Friday night, the Chieftains (3-3), who were visiting a Pilgrim team (3-3) that got socked in its three losses to Tolman, West Warwick, and SRA, found themselves dropping a 26-12 verdict.