Archive - Sep 5, 2013
EAST GREENWICHâAside from maybe Moses Brown, youâd be hard pressed to find a tougher opponent to play in your Division I-South opener than the East Greenwich field hockey team.
The Avengers graduated just five seniors from last seasonâs D-I semifinalist squad and brought back two and three-year starters throughout the field.
That was the task charged to South Kingstown â a team still finding its way in its second year in D-I â Wednesday afternoon and the Rebels struggled against the more seasoned Avs in a 9-0 loss.
NARRAGANSETT â So far, so good for the Narragansett girls tennis team.
There may not have been much for the Mariners to have gained or learned as they took on an inferior Lincoln team in their season opening match on Wednesday at Sprague Park, but the season still got itself off on the right foot as Narragansett did not drop a set en route to the 7-0 sweep of the Lions.
âItâs always good to get the first match going,â said Narragansett coach Peter Barlow. âProbably taking the long view, itâs better to have an easier one than a tough one. I always tell the girls, good first win.
WAKEFIELD â The South Kingstown girls soccer team got its 2013 season started in the right way Wednesday night, taking on Cranston West in its season opener at Curtis Corner Middle School.
The Rebels started off slow, but picked up their game in the second half and came away with a 3-1 win.
âItâs nice to get a win. Itâs always nice to get a win,â said South Kingstown coach Toby Gibbons. âHappy for the girls, we really played some good soccer in the second half. Took us a half to get comfortable, but that happens early in the season.â
WARWICKâAs it is for most teams this time of year, the Narragansett girls volleyball team is still shaking off the rust.
The Mariners â who are among a handful of preseason favorites to be contenders in Division II this season â kicked off their fall with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 victory over a less talented Pilgrim squad Tuesday.
âWe did get a little relaxed when we got a lead but I loved it,â Narragansett coach Abby Hummel said. âI loved their effort, I thought they played well next to players and I liked how theyâre looking.â
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâIf Wednesdayâs season opener proved anything to the South Kingstown and Coventry girls volleyball teams it was that both squads have a ways to go to get to where they want to be.
The Oakers entered the contest as the two-time defending Division I champs and for the most part played like it, securing a 25-14, 25-12, 25-18 victory.
Coventry coach Leo Bush knows though, if the Oakers want to defend their crown for the second straight year there is plenty of area for improvement.
PROVIDENCE â Coventry junior captain Ryan Buglio and his brother, freshman midfielder Matt, have played out what happened in the 67th minute of Tuesdayâs season open against Classical many times over the years.
The elder Buglio played a perfect out-swinging corner to the far post where Matt Buglio rose above his defender and headed the ball off the left post and into the net to give the Oakers the lead.
COVENTRY â The Coventry girls tennis team can no longer rely on the âA Teamâ to carry it to the Division III finals. After the graduation of three of the teamâs four singles players, girls whose first name donât being with an A are going to have to fill in the holes.
The only returning member of the âA-Teamâ junior Abby James is back at No. 1 singles and she is joined by a number of talented returning players who remember the sting of last yearâs D-III title loss to Mt. Hope at Slater Park.
The wait has been long, but it is finally over.
âItâs good to finally have a competitive day,â said coach Victoria Tefft on Friday night as her North Kingstown girls volleyball squad prepared for their injury fund matches against Narragansett and East Greenwich.
Fridayâs matches marked the final tune up for the NK Spikers as they prepare to make a run at their first winning season in three years.
Year two of the rebuilding process for the North Kingstown football team is underway and so far things have gone well for the Skippers.
âWeâre getting there,â says coach Joe Gilmartin, who led NK to a 1-6 record in Division II-B (4-7 overall) after three years in which the teamâs only win came in a non-league game against Division III East Greenwich.
Gilmartin knows though, if the Skippers are going to be competitive they have a long way to go with the likes of West Warwick, Cumberland, Rogers, Central, Shea, Pilgrim and St. Raphael all competing in Division II-B.
Anne Sullivan has seen a good amount of success in her four years as head coach of the Exeter-West Greenwich girls tennis team.
Playing in Division III, the Scarlet Knights have never finished lower than third or won less than eight matches while under her care, twice winning double digit matches and once bringing home a division title.
This season will be a little different for Sullivan, however. Last season marked the end of the high school careers of the class she came in with, bringing on a new collection of players to lead this yearâs Knights.