WOONSOCKET â€” Two-time defending Division II champion Woonsocket High faces a loaded Tolman squad next weekend in a rematch of last yearâ€™s Super Bowl.
The preparation for the big showdown at Barry Field will be thorough for the Villa Novans. Chances are that workload will be intensified slightly more after their II-B opener against visiting Pilgrim Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonâ€™t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â€“ one of two in the contest â€“ before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâ€™s team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
NORTH PROVIDENCE --- One not-so-great half of soccer resulted in North Smithfield Highâ€™s first loss of the season on Thursday afternoon.
North Providence High received a pair of second-half goals from Alexander Mendoza to break a 1-1 tie and soar to a 3-1 triumph over the Northmen in their battle of Division III-North unbeatens at the Ricci Athletic Complex.
PROVIDENCE - Besides looking at the thousands of runners and walkers lined on Francis Street for the start of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, thereâ€™s something else that puts a smile on the face of race director Charlie Breagy.
Itâ€™s good weather.
Carnell Henderson is aware of the burden heâ€™s placed on his Woonsocket assistant coaches. The head coach, who continues to come along after undergoing surgery in early August to repair a torn tendon in quadriceps muscle of his left leg, knows that just like the players have to step up their game whenever thereâ€™s an absence, so too does his staff.
The idea is to keep things as close to the status quo as possible until Henderson returns to the sidelines, which he is optimistic will happen this season.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s been said time and time again in sports that if you want to be the best, you have the beat the best.
On Tuesday afternoon, Woonsocket played what many high school enthusiasts believe is â€˜the team to beatâ€™ in Division II, defending state champ Smithfield, and while the Novans didnâ€™t come away with a victory, they picked up the next best thing â€” a draw.
SMITHFIELD â€” The strategy was simple. Take it moderately easy the first half of the race and when the course hits the woods for the rolling hills, then go to work.
Thatâ€™s the plan that Mount St. Charles Academy and Smithfield High had entering Mondayâ€™s Northern Division opener on the tough three-mile layout at Bryant University.
Both teams carried out those strategies, though the Mounties did it just a little better.
If you blinked, chances are you missed out seeing the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2011 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs. The three-game sweep administered by Lehigh Valley was that fleeting.
In a weekâ€™s time the PawSox went from mighty division champs to postseason wallflowers. One Saturday night, theyâ€™re basking in the glow of winning the I.L. North. The next Saturday sees the clubhouse resemble that of a funeral parlor, with players quietly exchanging farewell handshakes and hugs while gathering up their personal belongings for the trip back home.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the season now over for the Pawtucket Red Sox, several players and coaches now set their sights on the winter ball addresses theyâ€™ll hold from October through New Yearâ€™s.
After spending a few weeks catching up on rest and letting the body recover from the grind of a long season, many of the PawSoxâ€™ players will depart for warmer climates, utilizing the opportunity to further augment oneâ€™s skills or put extra cash in oneâ€™s pocket.