Archive - Sep 2013
After four straight season finishing at or below .500, the East Greenwich High School football team took a giant leap in 2012. They posted a 7-1 record during the regular season, finishing second in Division III, before advancing to the championship game where they came up just short against undefeated Middletown, losing the Super Bowl 33-21.
Not just practice, but perfect practice. Not just a culture, but a culture that strives for excellence. These are the foundations of an athletic program with a long-standing tradition of success.
They are also the ideals that have transformed the East Greenwich High School girls tennis team into one of the best teams in the state in recent years.
Replacing players like Marielle Kraft and Kerri Pallister is never easy.
The duo were the East Greenwich field hockey teamâ€™s senior captains a season ago and easily two of the better players the Avengers have had in recent memory.
If there ever was a year for East Greenwich to absorb losing such talents though, it might be this one.
â€śEverythingâ€™s going great,â€ť EG coach Deb McMullen says. â€śWe have a pretty experienced team we have a couple of players that have been on varsity for four years.â€ť
After last season, Chariho football coach Mike Kelly isnâ€™t taking any chances when it comes to resting players.
Last fall the Chargers â€“ by no fault of their coach â€“ were decimated by injuries so at this point in the season Kelly is making sure his team gets the rest they need to be ready for the season.
â€śWeâ€™re making some progress,â€ť Kelly says. â€śThe biggest battle weâ€™re going through is we have some bumps and bruises. Weâ€™re trying to be smart.â€ť
Itâ€™s been a double-edged sword for Kelly and the Chargers though.
Year two of a three-year rebuilding process is underway for the Chariho girls tennis team.
Last season the Chargers easily had one of the youngest teams in Division II with a singles ladder entirely made up of underclassmen and a few more freshmen and sophomores playing in doubles.
As expected, it was a tough season for Chariho as it finished the regular season 2-10 in Division II-Suburban A.
The bright side of last yearâ€™s struggles of course is now the majority of the team is back from last season and so far is showing signs of improvement.
What the Chariho field hockey team lacks in seasoning theyâ€™re going to try and make up for in aggressiveness this fall.
â€śI think that we will compete. Iâ€™m really hoping that the second half of the season these girls will really come together,â€ť Chariho coach Johannah LaFountain says. â€śThe biggest thing I keep telling them and telling them and telling them every practice is that weâ€™re going to have to make up for our inexperience with speed and aggressiveness.
No Skye Hart.
No Sydney Scott.
No Vicky Ferraro but Chariho girls volleyball coach Doug Bliven is saying no problem when it comes to replacing his three graduated star players.
â€śWe look pretty good,â€ť Bliven says. â€śPeople talk about how we lost some players from last year and they were good players but I think over the past couple years weâ€™ve been able to develop the team to the point where thereâ€™s someone behind them to take their spots.â€ť
It was a case of new season, same results for the University of Rhode Island football team in its season opener at Fordham University Thursday.
The Rhody Rams managed just two field goals in the first half as Fordham struck early and often en route to 51-26 victory.
The game started well enough for URI Thursday as it forced a punt on Fordhamâ€™s first possession and got excellent field position on its own 41-yard line.
The Rhody Rams proceeded to pick up a first down and march into Fordham terriroty before the drive stalled at the Fordham Ramsâ€™ 43-yard line.
When you graduate five seniors off a two-loss squad â€“ like the Narragansett girls tennis team did last fall â€“ the obvious thought is the biggest hit must have come in singles.
No. 1 Heather Dorich and No. 3 Gabby Smith were certainly solid for the Mariners last season but where graduation hit hardest was in doubles play.
Victoria McGreen, Eliza DeCubellis and Ali Castrovillari each played doubles last fall and were a big reason why the Mariners went 10-2 during the regular season before falling to Classical in the Division II Semifinals.
It was a struggle last fall for the South Kingstown girls tennis team as the Rebels made their return to Division I.
After two successful campaigns in Division II in 2010 and 2011 â€“ where they posted a combined 20-8 regular season record â€“ wins were hard to come by last season as the Rebels finished near the bottom of the standings.
As the team prepares to open their 2013 schedule, while they may face their share of challenges, it is shaping up to be a much-improved Rebels squad this fall.