Archive - Apr 25, 2013
WAKEFIELDâThe softball season may be just over three weeks old but the contenders in Division II-South are beginning to make themselves apparent.
As expected, everyone is chasing East Greenwich (5-1, 5-0 D-II South) so far but Monday afternoon West Warwick (3-1, 3-1 D-II South) made a statement that itâs at the top of that next tier along with Pilgrim (4-1, 3-1 D-II South).
âItâs looking like itâs going to pan out that way,â West Warwick coach Brian Palazzo said. âItâs looking like itâs going to be one of the three of us; either East Greenwich, Pilgrim or us.â
NARRAGANSETTâSix games into the season the Narragansett softball team has yet to be tested in Division III and at this point itâs questionable whether or not that challenge will ever come.
Having faced every team in D-III so far â except Block Island and Shea â the Mariners have rolled over their opposition by a combined 73-14 this season.
The games may not have been competitive so far but after the season the Mariners had last year, theyâll take it.
WARWICK â In the face of playing three matches in three days, the Narragansett High School boys tennis team had a nearly flawless start to their week as they traveled north to face Warwick Veterans.
The Mariners wasted no time as they swept the Hurricanes, 7-0, in a match that lasted less than an hour.
More impressive than how quickly Narragansett dispatched their opponents was the fact they completed their shutout losing just three games in the process.
NARRAGANSETTâLast spring the Narragansett girls lacrosse team had a tremendous season â going 12-2 in the regular season â but fell just short of making the Division II Championship after a semifinal loss to Tiverton.
Now in Division III, the Mariners are looking like they have what it takes to make it to the championship.
âWeâre going pretty strong,â senior captain Chandler Lemay said. âItâs a little fallback from last year being in D-II but weâre still trying our hardest this year.â
Stonehill College has one of the top womenâs tennis teams in Division II and freshman Kirsti Toegemann is a key performer for the Skyhawks, who are ranked ninth in the East by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
COVENTRY â In its first year of varsity competition this Coventry lacrosse team was just happy to win a playoff game and reach the Division III semifinals.
This season, simply making the playoffs isnât the goal for a team with plenty of lacrosse experience. The Oakers, behind the attack play of Ethan Tryhubczak and Alex Izzi, the middie play of Zach Allen and Jake Harrington and the goalkeeping of Kyle Marquis have bigger goals in 2013.
WEST GREENWICH â The result was predictable. The road to the result wasnât.
The undefeated Coventry volleyball team traveled just a few miles down Route 3 to face winless Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday night. The Oakers had lost just three games this season, while the very inexperienced Scarlet Knights had won just two games.
Coventry returned home with its perfect record still intact after a sweep, but the Oakers were forced to work a little harder than they wanted to in a 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 victory over the Knights.
PROVIDENCE â Coventry senior third baseman Kristin Gallagher had the best game of her high-school career to lead the Coventry softball team to a 15-7 Division I road victory over La Salle Monday afternoon.
Gallagher went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, a double and a single while teammates Amanda Ritarossi, Alyssa Derrick and freshman Kaitlin Mattera added home runs in the win.
COVENTRY â From the second inning through the sixth inning of Wednesdayâs Division I-South home game against Middletown, Coventry senior pitcher Justin Jadach allowed just two hits, one walk and one unearned run.
The first inning? Thatâs something Jadach and the Oakers would like to forget about.
The Islanders took advantage of walks to lead-off hitter Justin Sellar and No. 2 hitter Justin Sullivan to explode for five runs in the opening frame. Senior Spencer Gradley punctuated the inning with a three-run home run to left field to lead the visitors to a 7-4 victory.
CRANSTON â The bar may not have been set very high for the Chariho boys lacrosse team in their inaugural season when it came to the numbers in the win-loss column, but that is not to say there is not a level of expectation put upon the players every time they step on the field.
The team may not have won a game in its first four tries this season but each time the Chargers took the field there was noticeable improvement, particularly on offense.
Chariho seemed to take a step back on Saturday afternoon, however, when they dropped a 10-3 decision to Cranston West at Cranston Stadium.