NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Smithfield High veteran head coach Wes Pennington expected a certain determination from his squad as it took on always-gutsy North Providence on Friday night, but what he witnessed soared past his wildest dreams.
PAWTUCKET – You can’t rush perfection – and never was that more true than on Saturday at the Slater Park Mike Kenny Courts, where North Smithfield waited through a three-hour rain delay before they got the chance to cap off a 14-0 dream season.
Once the droplets were dry and the games began, however, the Lady Northmen’s peerless talent shone through, and the team captured their first state D-III championship since 2010 with a 4-0 victory over Chariho.
WOONSOCKET – It was easy to tell there was a lot at stake when Woonsocket High “entertained” Davies Tech in a battle featuring Division III’s top two squads, considering all the jersey-tugging, sliding tackles, hard liners off defenders’ mid-sections and coaches hollering instructions throughout.
That explained the physicality and aggressiveness the two opponents displayed in their efforts to gain supremacy.
BURRILLVILLE -- Head coach Amy Cardone provided an elementary strategy before her Burrillville High troops hosted Division II-North leader Scituate in a monumental league clash on Tuesday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET – Six years, and just shy of three thousand miles separated Paula Cadavid from her sport.
To be reunited, it took a passion that wouldn’t fade and the devotion of a handful of sympathetic coaches. Her story is a reminder that sometimes, the well-worn phrase “love of the game” actually means what it says.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – The wearing of a “Hello my name is” name tag won’t be needed when Michaela Brodeur officially enrolls at the University of Rhode Island in the Fall of 2015.
WOONSOCKET -- As always after a Woonsocket High game, cheerleaders and volunteer moms set up a buffet table complete with pasta, pizza and other goodies for their players and coaches to gobble.
When the Villa Novans took a considerable amount of time – perhaps 20 minutes – to finally file out of the Barry Field locker rooms and offices, one questioned, “Where are they? The food’s getting cold.”
An instant later, a trainer walked out of the closed door and provided the answer: “They’re still being yelled at.”
Raiders start strong before holding on to top Vikings
PAWTUCKET -- Shea jumped out to a 10-0 lead after one quarter before holding on to defeat Division II-A rival Rogers, 23-21, Friday night at Max Read Field.
Anthony Almeida scored on a 12-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to provide the Raiders with the deciding. Yanique Duarte caught a 45-yard touchdown for Shea and also ran for a 3-yard score. Shea, which led 17-14 at halftime, improves to 2-1 in league play.
CUMBERLAND â€“ For the second time in a month, Cumberland High suffered a crushing defeat.
The last time during a season-opening, non-league affair with St. Raphael Academy, the Clippers recorded a touchdown in the waning seconds, but a 10-yard holding penalty negated it. In the end, they suffered a 21-14 loss to the Saints.
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Even though the match had been decided and darkness was barely being held at bay by the small lights illuminating the courts, North Smithfield head coach Laurie Puddester conveyed to her Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams that they still had work to do.