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Woonsocket Football preview | Familiar voice hopes to guide Villa Novans back to Division II playoffs

September 17, 2015


Lincoln High Football preview |After reaching Division III semifinals last season, Lions want more

September 15, 2015

LINCOLN  –  New head football coach Sean Cavanaugh doesn't know exactly how many starters Lincoln High has returned from a squad that finished fourth (5-3) in all of Division III last season – and earned a rare playoff bid.

He has two reasons for that: First, he wasn't involved with mentor Dave Waycott's staff a year ago; and, second, he's more intent on looking ahead.

Cumberland Girls' Tennis | Under new reins, Clippers continue to win

September 15, 2015

CUMBERLAND  –  It's a new era for girls' tennis at Cumberland High, with long-time head coach John Jasionowski now mentoring at Tolman and Fore Court professional/instructor Kevin Hartmann taking the reins, but the Clippers haven't missed a beat.

They continue to win, as evidenced by Cumberland's 5-2 victory over Mount Hope in a Division II/Met B showdown at the Tucker Field courts on Tuesday afternoon.

With the verdict, Hartmann's bunch raised their league mark to 4-1, and is looking forward to greater things later this fall.

North Smithfield Football preview | Northmen hopeful that heart, energy can overcome lack of numbers

September 14, 2015

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Late last November, after North Smithfield High had compiled a 5-3 record in Division IV and tied for fourth place with North Providence, head coach Wes Pennington's bunch earned a playoff spot due to a head-to-head victory over the Cougars.

As the fourth seed, however, the Northmen had to travel to top-ranked and unbeaten Burrillville, which manufactured an easy quarterfinal triumph en route to a perfect 13-0 mark and the D-IV state championship.

Mount St. Charles Baseball | Mounties' Lataille commits to URI program

September 13, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With his size, command and pitch arsenal, it’s hard to imagine many Atlantic 10 batters will be looking forward to facing Alex Lataille.

Yet as Mount St. Charles baseball coach Tom Seaver noted, Lataille’s future destination of higher learning should prove beneficial for both the individual and the in-state college his player has selected.

“We think URI is a great fit for Alex and will be a great place for the 6-foot-6 lefty pitcher to reach his potential,” said Seaver.

High school soccer | EYES ON THE BALL: Lincoln's Bacon added to watch list for National High School All-American soccer game

September 12, 2015

LINCOLN – Over the past several weeks, former Lincoln High soccer star Jack Bacon has discovered he will, in fact, attend the school of his dreams – Boston College – on a partial athletic scholarship, and is on the watch list to represent the East squad in the annual National High School All-American Soccer game on Dec. 5 in Raleigh, N.C.

As for the latter laurel, he found out about that rather by mistake.

Providence College basketball | Cooley lauds benefits of Big East’s Freshman Fundamentals Program; PC coach believes big season awaits Bullock

September 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE – There was a specific reason why Providence College’s four-person freshman basketball class did not attend Friday’s season-ticket-holders appreciation party.

With first team All-America candidate Kris Dunn and his fellow Friar returnees standing in front of the podium, Ed Cooley informed the Peterson Recreation Center crowd that the program’s newcomers were on their way to New York City. The trip had a finite purpose as the Big East Conference had scheduled a weekend orientation for first-year college players.

Lions stay undefeated with sweep of Broncos

September 10, 2015

LINCOLN — Brianna Walters and Alex Fish had done just about everything to lift the Lincoln girls volleyball team to the precipice of its third straight sweep Thursday night against Burrillville, so it was only fitting the team’s two captains combined on the final play to end the match.
Walters, the team’s talented senior setter, fired a set to the dynamic Fish, who smashed the ball past the Bronco defense for her team-high ninth kill of the evening to secure the Lions a 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 Division II-North home victory.

Minor League Baseball | WHEN THE HOME TEAM GOES AWAY: Rock Cats' exit could foreshadow PawSox' potential exodus

September 9, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The final Saturday in August brought mixed emotions as it marked the last time the New Britain Rock Cats would take the field under the home lights.

The finish line has been crossed for a franchise that is ending a 33-year-old relationship between minor-league baseball and the “Hardware City.” The process of turning over a new leaf will be complete next April when the Hartford Yard Goats start playing games in a ballpark located in Connecticut’s capital city.

Woonsocket Girls' Soccer | Roderick, Blais each score twice as Woonsocket tops Shea, 6-1

September 9, 2015

WOONSOCKET — It's rare for teams to switch divisions in a non-alignment year, but that's exactly what happened in Division III girls soccer this season where St. Raphael, which went undefeated in Division III-B last season, moved up to Division III-A, while two-win Shea went in the opposite direction.

Not only did the move give the Raiders a better chance to compete this season in III-B North, but it also provided Woonsocket with motivation after finishing third in the division last season.

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