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Villa Novans squashed by Saints

October 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET — This year’s Woonsocket High football team bears little resemblance to the Villa Novan squads that captured Division II Super Bowl victories at the end of the previous two seasons. Graduation took its toll, along with injuries to two or three key players expected to lead the 2011 squad.

Ribeiro paces Clippers to upset victory

September 30, 2011

CUMBERLAND – For opposing Division I schools, there’s no secret strategy to beat Cumberland High.
While the Clippers possess a talented squad this fall, if the opposition can keep multiple all-stater Stephanie Ribeiro away from the ball the odds are favorable that a victory will come its way.
East Greenwich witnessed that on Friday.
Despite blanket coverage all afternoon, Ribeiro managed to still score three goals in their crossover match. And that was all that was needed to upset the previously-unbeaten Avengers, 3-1, at the Tucker Field complex.

Smithfield battles Tolman to 2-2 soccer tie

September 29, 2011

PAWTUCKET — If Thursday’s Division II-North showdown between unbeaten Tolman and once-tied Smithfield is any indication, the postseason playoffs are going to be fun to watch.
Defending D-II champion Smithfield dominated the first half of this matchup with Tolman, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Mark Marino and Tim Cabral. The Sentinels’ defense held the high-powered Tigers’ offense to one shot in the first half.

McGair: Buchholz's loss was a lot for Red Sox to overcome

September 29, 2011

The baseball season provides each team with 162 opportunities to either right wrongs or sink further into the abyss. Each day yields a fresh set of results in need of analysis and dissection, hence why it’s sometimes difficult to locate a specific turning point – the one game or one injury that led to the dynamic being altered.

Northmen looking to build off last season's success

September 28, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Jen Brodeur had one of those seasons that doesn’t come around too often for a first-year coach.
Inheriting a strong nucleus of players from previous years, the North Smithfield coach watched her Northmen lose just one league match en route to capturing the Division III state championship.
Eight senior starters have since graduated from that squad. While she wouldn’t label it a rebuilding year, Brodeur wasn’t expecting a similar scenario this season.

Local grid squads aim to turn beat around

September 28, 2011

Blame it on the rain? Tough early-season matchups? Injuries? Turnovers?
Whatever the reason, 70 percent of the Blackstone Valley’s teams that played last weekend lost, and four of those seven losing teams were badly beaten by 27 or more points.
But while the negatives outweighed the positives last weekend, this is a new week. And while not a lot of matchups stand out, there are a pair to highlight, but you will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see these duels featuring Blackstone Valley opponents.

A 27-year drought ends: Bronco girls top Clippers

September 27, 2011

BURRILLVILLE – There were a few goals that head coach Marty Crowley and his resurging Burrillville High girls’ program made at the beginning of the season.
The first was to possibly claim the Northern Division title, an attainable dream that may have been washed away after a loss to unbeaten Smithfield two weeks ago. Besides earning a slot for the state meet in November, another high focus for the Lady Broncos was to take down league rival Cumberland.
That’s something that hasn’t been done since 1984.

Rogers gridders too fast for Lincoln

September 26, 2011

LINCOLN --- Lincoln controlled the clock, but Rogers ruled the scoreboard.
The Vikings only had the ball on offense for approximately 10½ of the first 31½ minutes of Monday night’s Division III game at Ferguson Field, but that didn’t prevent them from producing 35 points and 228 yards of real estate and cruising to a 41-6 victory.

Novans give Tolman a strong fight

September 26, 2011

WOONSOCKET – The offense of Tolman High, spearheaded by high-scoring sophomore Manny Wongen, has been a major contributor to its undefeated record so far.
But you got to give credit to the Tigers’ defense, too.
Just like its previous seven tilts in Division II-North, the ‘D’ was at the top of its game on Monday afternoon as the Tigers held off upset-minded Woonsocket, 2-1, at Barry Field.

Tolman erupts for 35-6 victory over Woonsocket

September 24, 2011

WOONSOCKET — After winning consecutive Division II Super Bowls, head coach Carnell Henderson and Woonsocket are in the midst of a transition period.
The young and inexperienced Villa Novans are receiving a baptism by fire, while at the same time, trying to uphold the proud tradition that goes with being defending champs. It’s a club that has plenty of room to grow after absorbing a 35-6 hurting from Tolman High Saturday afternoon at Barry Field. It was a rematch of last December’s Div. II title game, won by the Novans, 28-14.

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