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November 20th, 2010
FOSTER â€” Bad timing may best describe Ponaganset Highâ€™s move up to the Division II ranks this season.
Behind a talented core of players that included a pair of all-staters in Nick Keeling and Josh Morgan, the Chieftains captured the last two of the past three Div. III crowns to convince the alignment committee that it was time for a move to the higher division.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Gennaro Ferraro looks back on his football teamâ€™s frustrating season with a mixture of realism and pragmatism.
â€śWe lost four games by a total of 11 points,â€ť the Burrillville coach was saying earlier this week. â€śWe lost Tyler Kimatian to an auto accident and two other key players left the team due to disciplinary issues. And Brendan Darigan missed 2 Â˝ games with a sprained ankle.
LINCOLN â€” Dave Waycott is currently bouncing around the same dilemma 14 other playoff-bound head coaches around the state are pondering as they prepare for their respective Thanksgiving matchups.
â€śDo you play (your players) to keep them sharp or rest them to avoid getting hurt?â€ť the Lincoln head coach asked. â€śIâ€™ve been going back and forth with this. I havenâ€™t really decided what weâ€™re going to do when we play them.â€ť
Roland Lavallee was getting a little itchy.
After an almost two-month layoff from competitive running, he was anxious to know how his 100-mile weeks of pounding the pavement had paid off.
The 32-year-old Lavallee satisfied that itch last month when he hopped into his car and made the 45-minute drive to Newport.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland High was officially eliminated from postseason play in Division II back on Oct. 29 when it lost to Central High at Conley Stadium.
Since that 19-6 defeat to the Knights, the Clippers have reeled off two straight victories â€“ a narrow 9-0 shutout of Coventry High and a 31-6 rout of Ponaganset High in a consolation game last Friday.
Coaches canâ€™t look past their next opponent. Sports writers shouldnâ€™t, either. But sometimes the temptation to look down the road is just too enticing.
When it comes to local high school football, whatâ€™s next is a two-day slate of Thanksgiving contests, which are â€śrivalryâ€ť games with not much at stake â€¦ except for East Providenceâ€™s game against La Salle on Thanksgiving morning. E.P. is already in the Division I playoff field. La Salle needs a win to gain the fourth and final playoff berth over Barrington.
Alyssa McCoart and Nicole Silva play softball in arguably the toughest division in Rhode Island â€“ the Division I-North circuit â€“ but after next spring, the competitionâ€™s going to get a whole lot tougher for these local senior standouts.
Thatâ€™s because the Lincoln High first baseman/pitcher and Mount St. Charles Academy third baseman, who are very good friends who have known each other since the eighth grade, will be taking their talents to the Division I collegiate level, and they made that official last week by signing National Letters of Intent to their respective schools.
The Division II football playoffs usually provide the most interesting competition every season when Rhode Island teams begin competing for Super Bowl berths.
D-II holds a big advantage over the other three divisions because it is the stateâ€™s largest league (16 teams). It invites eight teams to the playoffs instead of the four we find in other divisions. Its quarterfinals are held in the second week of November while the regular season is still going on elsewhere.
PROVIDENCE â€” The scoreboard doesnâ€™t always tell the true story of a soccer game.
That may have been the case on Sunday as darkness enveloped the R.I. College soccer field while Lincoln and Exeter/West Greenwich battled through a tense Division II state championship final.
When the final whistle sounded, EWG celebrated a 2-1 victory over the gallant Lions, who hung tough in a game that saw the Scarlet Knights own a 24-10 advantage in shots on goal.
Joe Gardner didnâ€™t get a ticker-tape parade down Woonsocketâ€™s Main Street this past Saturday for capturing the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight title the previous night at the Twin River Event Center.
So the Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter did the next best thing. He hopped in his car, put his championship belt in his back seat, and toured the area to show his grand prize to as many friends and family members as he possibly could.