Archive - Aug 22, 2013
Itâs relatively easy to measure the progress the Coventry hockey team made the during the Rhode Island Summer Hockey League season.
In their first game of the season the Oakers were beaten 5-1 by Bishop Hendricken. The two teams met again in the semifinals Sunday night in Smithfield and the young Oakers gave a better account of themselves.
COVENTRY â Every offensive play the Coventry football worked on during the preseason last year went for naught when, after the Oakers were humbled in a non-league game by North Kingstown, Coventry coach Gerry Zannella eschewed the passing game in favor of the single wing out of self perseveration.
That shouldn't be the case this year as the Oakers enter the new season with a new quarterback and a new mindset. Junior Joe Foley, who quarterbacked the Oakers' JV team last year, will be the signal caller this season.
The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars had already qualified for the single-elimination portion of the World Series, but the 13 kids didnât know that.
Coventry coach Mark Barter elected not to tell his team prior to Wednesdayâs final pool play game against Tualatin Hills, Oregon that the team had already qualified because he wanted the team to shoot for the American Divisionâs No. 2 seed, which would put Coventry on the other side of the bracket from El Segundo, Calif.
KINGSTONâUniversity of Rhode Island junior Cassie Catlow, of North Kingstown, has racked up a number of honors in her years skating for the Rams but recently she picked up by far her most prestigous.
For her play and demeanor on the ice Catlow has been named the 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association Zoe Harris Player of the Year, an award which annually reccognizes the top player among the associationsâ 48 club hockey teams.
NARRAGANSETTâFirst impressions are everything, especially for a new coach.
When Abby Hummel took the job coaching the Narragansett girls volleyball team last spring she knew sheâd need to implement her expectations from day one when the fall season rolled around.
âMy style is coming back from my high school style. I had really, really great coaches there that brought the basics back, the long hours and the hard work back and being accountable for everything you do,â says Hummel, a graduate of Toll Gate High School.
A coaching change is never easy.
Replacing a highly successful coach who has established a long tradition of winning and shaped a program into one of the stateâs elite is even more difficult.
That was the challenge for the Prout Schoolâs athletic department this summer after it was determined longtime volleyball coach Dan Greene would not be with the program this fall.
EAST GREENWICHâYouâre not likely going to find too many football players that are more polished in Division III than East Greenwich seniors Carney Crawford and Andrew Miner.
Crawford was one of the best running backs around last season and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in helping the Avengers reach the D-III Super B0owl.
Equally important along the way was Miner, a quarterback who can make all the throws and adeptly pick apart a defense.
And to think, it almost did not happen.
It was by chance that Janet Freniereâs track career started. Sure, her husband Al had been a long time track and field coach and was an avid runner, competing in a number of meets annually, but Janet was not one for athletics. She had not even given them much time or thought since her formative years, even if she was the fastest girl in her class.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â For some, the arrival of August comes with the dread of summer coming to an end.
For the hopefuls of the 2013 Chariho High School football team, however, August comes with the excitement of putting on the pads and getting back out on the field.
âIf youâre a football coach and for these kids as football player, this is what you wait for,â Chariho coach Mike Kelly said after the teamâs practice Tuesday morning. âAt some point in the summer, in June and July, they enjoy themselves, but when August comes, they all start to know, âLetâs get ready to go.â
KINGSTONâFor University of Rhode Island senior quarterback Bob Bentsen this is his last chance to make a positive impact before he exits the program.
Itâs the type of pressure any starting quarterback coming off a winless season would feel but for Bentsen â who grew up in Warwick â it means a little bit more being a local guy.
âWe want to play well for the state,â Bentsen says. âWeâve had a couple bad seasons and just to go out as winners and lay down the foundation [for the future] would be something special.â