Before Tolman can set its sights on a repeat Division II-B regular-season title, the Tigers are going to have to overcome a tall order tonight -- namely one of the biggest and best defensive teams in all of Division II in West Warwick.
The Wizards, who are 4-1 and a game behind Tolman (5-0) in the standings, boast plenty of size in their front seven with veteran linemen Aaron Koehler and Cesar Jimenez and two defensive ends that clearly have the attention of Tolman head coach Dave Caito.
WOONSOCKET â€“ What is an appropriate slogan for the 2011 Mount St. Charles girlsâ€™ volleyball teams?
â€śKeep the good times rollingâ€ť seems applicable, given that the Mounties under the careful watch and observation of head coach Josh Dâ€™Abate have blossomed into a perennial championship contender. Standing at 13-0 in Division I-North with one regular season game remaining â€“ tonight at home vs. La Salle â€“ this Mount team is following in the footsteps of its decorated predecessors (MSC has posted a whopping 65-10 regular-season record since 2007, winning the Div. II championship in 2009).
PROVIDENCE â€” Ed Cooley knew he was in store for some rough sledding the moment he signed up at Providence College last March.
The task is great, but even Cooley had shake his head in disbelief based on what went down prior to the Friars hitting the floor for their first exhibition game on Tuesday night. A thin roster was stretched even thinner as Cooley had just eight scholarship players available for his teamâ€™s tuneup against Assumption College.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s been a long, difficult year for Woonsocket High, but on Tuesday afternoon, the one-win Villa Novans nearly came away with the highlight of their season and a big upset victory over their playoff-bound, crosstown rivals.
Down by a 2-0 score after a half of action, Mount St. Charles Academy battled back with three goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half and held on for a 3-2 victory before a large gathering at the Mountiesâ€™ lower soccer field.
Some quick-hitting observations/notes to pass along â€¦
It almost never fails. Every time a major sporting event fails to reel in the viewing public, thereâ€™s some sort of announcement bemoaning how interest is down.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Over-confident? Thinking too far ahead?
Walking off the field, Burrillville high coach Amy Carbone couldnâ€™t come up with a reason why her talented squad was simply overpowered by its Division III opponent.
That game was more than a month ago â€“ a 5-0 defeat to Middletown on Sept. 19.
Since that defeat and the three games before it, it has been nothing but smooth sailing for the Lady Broncos. After its latest victory, a 11-0 Senior Day rout of Davies Tech on Monday afternoon, Burrillville improved its league record to 14-1-0.
PAWTUCKET â€” Lincoln Schoolâ€™s doubles team of Hayley Lough and Jamie Pine continued their mastery of Mountâ€™s Katherine Porcaro and Emily Cardosa in Saturdayâ€™s state championship finals at Slater Park.
Mount won the first set 6-4 before the Lincoln School duo used a topspin lob technique to great advantage while winning the final two sets, 6-1 and 6-2. The Lynx team has won all three matches this season between the No. 1 doubles squads of the Division I powers.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ It was a day that Kevin Deschamps and his Burrillville teammates soon wonâ€™t forget.
Deschamps finished with 202 rushing yards on 14 attempts with four touchdowns as the Burrillville picked up its first win of the season, blowing past Scituate, 45-6, in a non-leaguer Saturday at Alumni Field.
â€śIt was great to see the kids enjoy today,â€ť said Broncos head coach Gennaro Ferraro, whose team has absorbed more than its fair share of close setbacks. â€śIt was nice to see all that hard work pay off.â€ť