Archive - Sports Article
October 12th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€” He may be a few years into his retirement as the head coach of Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ tennis teams, but Richard Lawrence still believes in â€śpreaching the gospel of tennisâ€ť and attends practices to help teach the sport he loves dearly.
Now that the school boasts its sparkling two-month-old, six-court tennis complex across Logee Street, the athletic director has had an extra hop in his step this fall in taking the short walk across Logee Street to work with the girlsâ€™ squad.
BRISTOL â€“ In a sea of big plays, there was one in particular on this Friday night that captured what this Woonsocket High football team is all about.
With host Mount Hope looking to gain any sort of traction against a Woonsocket defense that continues to be the definition of stingy, the Huskies opted for a little trickery. Down six points in the third quarter, one of Mount Hopeâ€™s key cogs in the running game, Aidan Silva, took the exchange from center.
In analyzing this weekâ€™s slate of high school football games, we thought it would be appropriate to categorize them via the following tiers:
-- Let the good times continue to roll.
-- Time to circle the wagons and bounce back.
-- Borrowing from The Doors, itâ€™s time to break on through.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland took a sharp turn for the better.
Less than 48 hours removed from their worst performance of the season, the Clippers returned to their winning ways in dominant fashion on Thursday by sweeping Woonsocket, 3-0, in a rare afternoon match at the Villa Novansâ€™ Savaria Gymnasium.
In a match that offered little drama and took just 55 minutes to complete, the playoff-bound Clippers bumped their Division II-North mark to 11-2 by disposing of the Novans by scores of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-18.
BURRILLVILLE --- After 10 games, thereâ€™s little question that Burrillvilleâ€™s defense and midfield both rank among the very finest in the Division III ranks this season.
A few goals scored here and there, and the Broncos would probably be perched near the top of the standings as well.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, who came into the day yielding the fewest goals in the entire division, they remain in eighth place in the 16-team league, courtesy of a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate with sixth-place Scituate on Wednesday afternoon at Gledhill Field.
SMITHFIELD â€“ More than anything, Cumberland High sophomore Amy Laverty wanted to team with her harrier friends and upset fellow powerhouse Smithfield to claim a most elusive Northern Division championship.
The Sentinels, however, provided too much depth in this â€śBattle of Unbeatens,â€ť and closed the season with a perfect 11-0 mark after edging the gutsy Clippers, 24-34, at Deerfield Park on Tuesday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET -- Itâ€™s been a rather dismal experience for Mount St. Charles head coach Josh Dâ€™Abate over the past two weeks.
The Mounties had suffered three straight Division I crossover losses, and they werenâ€™t pretty. After dropping a 3-1 verdict to South Kingstown, they were dealt two shutouts by Coventry and North Kingstown.
â€śI just thought it was experience,â€ť or lack of it, Dâ€™Abate stated. â€śWe graduated six starters last year, and we brought some athletics girls back, but they didnâ€™t have the amount of playing time the (seniors) did.â€ť
BOSTON â€“ The sight of Jonny Gomes taking swings in the same batting-practice group as Ryan Lavarnway before Game Two of the American League Division Series provided some easy dots to connect.
As if the lines of symmetry werenâ€™t clearly marked already, John McDonald jumped in the cage immediately after Gomes, Lavarnway and the rest of their pregame swing partners cleared out.
WOONSOCKET â€“ On a Saturday afternoon when Woonsocket High could get little going offensively â€“ excepting a pair of monumental, game-changing, first-half plays â€“ head coach Carnell Henderson pretty much knew he'd need to rely on his defense to achieve a successful outcome.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Saturday nightâ€™s Division II-B football contest between Cumberland and St. Raphael is still scheduled to kick off at 7 oâ€™clock.
The location, however, has changed.
Thanks to Fridayâ€™s rainstorm shutting down operations on the track surface at Tucker Field, Cumberland officials found themselves in a precarious position, that of scrambling to find a last-minute venue that would still allow the game to take place on its rescheduled night. Their wishes didnâ€™t go unanswered for long, as Pawtucketâ€™s Max Read Field will now serve as the Clippersâ€™ â€śhome fieldâ€ť against the Saints.