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Jets to honor Pawtucket's Gerry Philbin

October 13, 2011

Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin sat down to watch his old New York Jets team play football last month when the phone rang at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“It was the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, calling to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor,” Philbin said on Thursday afternoon. “The ceremony will be held at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Dolphins.”
“I was quite surprised to hear from the owner of the Jets,” Philbin added. “He was such a gentleman to make the call personally. I told him it was a great honor.”

Non-leaguers, league games on tap this weekend

October 12, 2011

Three competitive non-league games on Friday night and a Division IV clash for second place on Saturday afternoon highlight what appears to be a ‘ho-hum’ high school football schedule this weekend in the Blackstone Valley.
On Friday at 7 p.m., there are a handful of non-league games around Rhode Island pitting Division I teams against Division II teams, and three of the games involve schools in our backyard, East Providence, Tolman, and St. Raphael.
The Division I Townies will host nearby Division II-B foe Mount Hope at Pierce Field in a showdown that’s sure to attract many East Bay fans.

Cumberland tennis coach believes team doesn't belong in state's top division

October 12, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After a little more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Cumberland High coach John Jasionowski watched his squad suffer a quick 7-0 loss to Division I power Mount St. Charles Academy.
While most of their matches haven’t been quite as quick, the end result has been status quo for the winless Clippers this fall, owners of an 0-10 mark and last place in I-North. Last year, Cumberland had a similar record in its first season in the state’s toughest division, finishing 2-11 overall.

Local couple conquering marathon before wedding

October 9, 2011

She’ll be wearing a white tennis skirt with a veil on her head and he’ll be wearing shorts and a Tuxedo T-shirt.
About 150 guests have been invited to attend their wedding next weekend, but Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady aren’t planning on getting too dressed up for their big day.
After all, running a race wearing a full tuxedo or a wedding gown isn’t exactly comfortable. Neither is dress shoes or heels.

Ponaganset beats Woonsocket in final minute

October 8, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- Fantastic finish for Ponaganset. Heartbreaker for Woonsocket.
Connor Mathieu’s three-yard touchdown run with 37.8 seconds to play broke a 6-6 tie and lifted the Chieftains to a much-needed 13-6 triumph over the winless Villa Novans on Saturday afternoon at Barry Field.

Will realignment result in major shakeup in ’12?

October 5, 2011

Seems the Interscholastic League is revising its realignment policies, which could be interpreted as a sign that the state’s governing body for high school athletics is not turning a deaf ear when its constituents speak up.
Sticking primarily with how these tweaks impact the football side, the idea of altering everything from how often realignment takes place to the specific formula that mathematically helps place teams in one division as opposed to another is something that will surely help to keep the overall product fresh.

Big weekend in Division II-B

October 5, 2011

Weekends don’t get any bigger than this one when it comes to the race for the Division II-B title and the other three playoffs spots up for grabs.
On Friday night, Tolman carries its 3-0 record into Pariseau Field for a 7 p.m. contest against Mount Hope (2-1), while on Saturday afternoon, the division’s other 3-0 team, West Warwick, hosts St. Raphael (2-1) in a 1:30 p.m. affair.

Cumberland boys remain unbeaten, win division title

October 4, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Longtime coaches John Menna of Lincoln and Joe Bennett of Smithfield have had their share of success over the years in their respective programs and enjoy winning just as much as anyone else.
But neither coach was concerned about beating unbeaten Cumberland on Tuesday in a Northern Division dual-meet finale at the Monastery. The primary concern for Menna and Bennett was on the competition between their two teams.

Villa Novans earn hard-fought win on courts

October 3, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Woonsocket High coach Tony Ciresi and Shea mentor Kate Corry didn’t expect anything different when their Division III squads faced each other on Monday afternoon.
After two-plus hours at the Aylsworth Ave. Courts, it was the Villa Novans that earned the win, defeating the Raiders, 4-3. The last match to leave the courts proved to be the difference as the No. 3 doubles’ team of Janessa Shyabouth and Diana Inthisone breezed to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over the Raiders’ Emenzialina Moreira and Vanda DeBrito.

Lincoln holds off Burrillville

October 1, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — It was only fitting that two winless teams aiming to jump start their respective seasons — or save, depending if you’re a pessimist or an optimist — engaged in a serious tussle in which the outcome wasn’t settled until the dying seconds.
In the end, Lincoln proved to be a bit more resilient in an 18-12 win over Burrillville Saturday at Alumni Field. Kyle Jackson broke a 12-12 affair with 30.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the senior wideout hauling in a 36-yard pass that gave the Lions the lead for the first time.

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