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In the latest episode of Ocean State Sidelines, sports writers Brendan McGair & Will Geoghegan look ahead to Friday's Division I football showdown between North Kingstown & Bishop Hendricken along with other games in the area. Discussion also centers around college football - URI still ranke…

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CUMBERLAND — As the Shea boys soccer team continued to waste good scoring opportunities in the first 30 minutes of Tuesday night’s Division I Blackstone Valley clash with Cumberland, the Raider reserves tried to reassure coach Pierre Ridore that a breakthrough was coming.

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BURRILLVILLE — In her four seasons as a starter on the Cumberland girls soccer team, All-State midfielder Emma Tziachris has nearly seen it all.

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BURRILLVILLE — Head coach Gennaro Ferraro admitted being less than enthralled with his Burrillville High’s overall team effort during the first half of its Division II season opener against Mount Hope on Saturday.

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NORTH SMITHFIELD — The result was predictable, but that was fine with both coaches.

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PROVIDENCE – Ed Cooley and the Providence Friars officially have their marching orders for the 2018-19 season, as the Big East schedule was released on Thursday. Here are a few takeaways:

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In this episode, sports writers Will Geoghegan of the Independent and Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call look back at last week's non-league high school football action and look ahead to the start of league play. Also, national ranking for URI football, first-ever nigh…

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WOONSOCKET — Issa Miller’s role with the Mount St. Charles girls volleyball program has slowly grown since she was a rarely-used freshman watching her older sister, former Mount All-State setter Alex Miller, guide the Mounties to the state semifinals.

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LINCOLN — Lincoln forward Lauren Rose is experiencing the type of firsts normally associated with a sophomore who is playing in her first varsity season.

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FOXBORO — From finding the end zone to being out there on defense for the game’s final snap, Rob Gronkowski was a man in constant motion on Sunday.

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WOONSOCKET — The final two games of the Mount St. Charles girls volleyball team’s season opener against reigning state champion North Kingstown went the way Mount coach Josh D’Abate had a feeling they would.

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PAWTUCKET – Rena Fleury wasn’t only watching out for her son, Woonsocket High senior Emmanuel Gomes, on Friday night.

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Will Geoghegan of the Independent and Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call talk high school and college football in the debut episode of Ocean State Tracks. In this episode, the discussion centers on high school football realignment and the URI and Bryant football teams …

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LINCOLN — Lincoln boys soccer coach John D’Aloisio isn’t deviating from his approach – he wants to see his Lions get the ball on the ground and take advantage of their foot skills to break opposing defenses down.

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LINCOLN – It’s a bit of a reality check upon a high school football head coach realizing the freshmen who walked through the door the same year as he did are now seniors.

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NORTH SMITHFIELD — The North Smithfield/Mount St. Charles co-op football team has made great strides since the program had to forfeit the final two games of the 2015 season because of a dearth of healthy players.

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SMITHFIELD — In Bryant’s 2017 season finale against Duquesne, Bulldog quarterback Price Wilson completed passes to just four players, as Bryant produced its fourth straight victory.

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SMITHFIELD — The final score wasn’t all that different, but the Bryant football team felt a whole lot better about beating Division II New Haven 41-31 Saturday afternoon at Beirne Stadium than they felt after outlasting D-II Merrmiack by eight points to start the James Perry era last season.

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SMITHFIELD — The Bryant football team has the facilities – from a beautiful weight room overlooking refurbished Beirne Stadium to the Conaty Indoor Athletic Center – of a Northeast Conference champion.

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SMITHFIELD — Bryant redshirt junior Jean Constant earned All-America honors as a kick returner after scoring a pair of kickoff return touchdowns during the Bulldogs’ four-game Northeast Conference winning streak to end last season.

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WARWICK — Officials from Mount St. Charles attended Monday’s meeting of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principals’ Committee on Athletics and shared their vision for a prep school hockey program that the Catholic school envisions beginning play a year from now.

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – One day in late winter 2017, Chris Strom decided he wanted to return to playing semi-pro football, and he had the unenviable task of driving home to Mendon and telling his wife of 20 years, Beverly, that it was just something he had to do.

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PROVIDENCE – Between dining on fine Italian cuisine and viewing the rich history of Rome, Milan, and Florence, there exists a prime opportunity for the Providence Friars to lay the foundation for the 2018-19 season.

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SMITHFIELD — Price Wilson had reached a point in his college football career last summer where his only goal was to find a coach who would give him a chance to run a forward-thinking, fast-paced, wide-open offense.

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – Rhode Island Wardogs chief Ruben Costa took an unusual – but interesting – approach to his New England Football League/Triple-A clash against the Connecticut Panthers on Saturday night.

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WOONSOCKET — Veteran Mount St. Charles coach Dave Belisle played a key role in the program’s 26-year state title run and decade-long stretch as the No. 1 team in the nation, but Belisle concedes “it’s time” he and his father, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer, Bill Belisle, take a step back and allo…

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WOONSOCKET – United States Hockey Hall of Famer Bill Belisle’s 44-year run as the head coach of the legendary Mount St. Charles hockey program will come to an end after this season with the Logee Street school reorganizing its hockey program.

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WOONSOCKET — Burrillville boys hockey coach David Farrell is uniquely positioned to evaluate how Mount St. Charles’ decision to bring in three coaches from South Kent (Conn.) School’s Selects Academy to run the school’s hockey program will affect the state’s Interscholastic League squads.

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WORCESTER – Sean Doris decided to use his last outing of the state tournament in West Warwick last Thursday to motivate himself for a promising start during Upper Deck Post 14’s opening tilt of the American Legion Northeast Regional Tournament at the College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday af…