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October 23rd, 2013
LINCOLN â As a former high school and college athlete, Mike Bedrossian knows what it takes to prepare for games, especially those critical to his teams' success.
He did time and again at Seekonk High, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he starred in basketball and baseball.
This is one of those times when getting it straight from the horseâs mouth just seems right. In Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes, you have someone who meets the criteria of gleaning insight into what exactly makes the Red Sox and Cardinals tick.
Lopesâ credentials are unparalleled when it comes to weighing in/opining on the two World Series combatants. The East Providence native and La Salle Academy alumnus was part of a Los Angeles organization that recently got pushed aside by St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.
LINCOLN â If you missed the first 30 seconds of Tuesday nightâs Division II girlsâ soccer clash between Lincoln and Warwick Vets, you missed a lot.
Electing to establish tempo on the gameâs initial touch, the Lions quickly penetrated deep into the Hurricanesâ zone before one of their scoring stars took over. Senior Hailee Jarry succeeded in turning the corner and getting past a Warwick Vets defender before rifling a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that goalie Katelen Pick had little chance of stopping.
BURRILLVILLE -- Monday served as Senior Day for Burrillville High, and though it only had two honorees from a R.I. Division II championship team that graduated at least a half-dozen key players, senior co-captains Mikayla Fernandes and Brianna Durand had multiple reasons to celebrate.
The first is so easy to explain: Thanks to junior standout Kasey Desrosiersâ unassisted tally only 53 ticks into overtime, the Broncos earned a thrilling 1-0 Division II-North triumph over rival Cumberland before a small but vociferous crowd of perhaps 60.
WOONSOCKET â Regardless of the outcome, Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson can take what just transpired on the gridiron and break it down in simple, easy-to-understand terms.
Following Saturdayâs 21-14 non-league loss to Division II foe Rogers â Woonsocket seemed stuck in neutral on an afternoon where Homecoming was celebrated at Barry Field â Henderson was his usual flawless self as he attempted to digest what exactly went wrong.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â For a team that hadnât played a game in 15 days, North Smithfield looked pretty sharp during Saturdayâs 41-8 romp over the co-op squad comprised of players from Providence Country Day, Wheeler and Juanita Sanchez.
The Northmen got an 88-yard touchdown run-back of the opening kickoff from Nicholas Cicerone and went on to score all of their points during the first half. Head coach Wes Pennington then played his second team for most of the second half.
WOONSOCKET â Minutes following Mount St. Charlesâ 1-0 loss to fellow Division II stalwart Lincoln High on Friday afternoon, head coach Paul Jacques worried not so much about the verdict but the health of junior keeper Ben Weiss.
With 17:30 remaining in the opening half, Lionsâ senior tri-captain Alex DâAloisio fired a pass from the deep left corner toward Weiss as he guarded the net. The liner got through the defense, and Weiss deflected the ball away, but went down in a heap.
Itâs hard to believe, but the midway point of the high school season is this weekend.
And in this state, the third weekend of October usually means two things -- a heavy dose of non-league games for Division II teams, and some interesting matchups in the other three divisions.
Two teams holding onto their playoff hopes are included in these divisional matchups, North Smithfield and Central Falls, and there will be plenty of interest in their respective âmust-winâ contests.
BURRILLVILLE â As Burrillville High junior Betsy Dumais tried to hustle up the hill yards before the two-mile mark, and with a few harriers still within sight, her mind drifted to a former coach who always was there for her.
âJust as I got to âCarterâs Passâ (a half-mile stretch that begins about a tenth of a mile later), I thought, âThose girls are pulling away,â and I knew Coach wouldnât stand for that. Heâd be there cheering me on, trying to get me going,ââ Dumais stated. âI knew I had to start moving.â
CUMBERLAND â Visiting Tiverton tried to pull off a magical comeback and an upset victory over Cumberland on Wednesday night at the Clippersâ Wellness Center, but the Clippers were able to win a 3-2 thriller that raised their Division II-North record to 12-2.
The Clippers cruised to 25-9 and 25-15 victories in the first two games, but the Tigers (6-8) came back to win the next two games, 25-20 and 25-16, and take the Clippers the distance in the fifth set before falling 16-14.