Archive - 2013
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Running in the Southern Division, it can be hard for a team to get noticed competing annually against the likes of perennial powerhouses Chariho, North and South Kingstown.
While they may not yet have reached that level where they are getting the same notoriety as the Skippers, Rebels and Chargers, coaches around the division will note the Prout boys cross country program is quietly become one of the premier programs in the Southern Division.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”How a team views a tie is all about how it happens.
The Narragansett boys soccer team, for example, was more than happy to leave Tuesdayâ€™s home contest against Mount Pleasant with a 1-1 decision thanks to some late heroics from senior Alec Cotroneo.
â€śThe good news is weâ€™ll get a point out of it,â€ť Narragansett coach Ryan Kanaczet said. â€śWe donâ€™t know what the bad news is because we donâ€™t know how this teamâ€™s going to fare.
â€śâ€¦Hopefully this team is a top five team in the division and we can say that tie wasnâ€™t that bad.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ A fitting game to be played at a field that did not have a scoreboard.
Unaware of what had already transpired, fans who arrived late to Barry Field on Wednesday as the South Kingstown High School boys soccer team travelled north to play Woonsocket, could have easily assumed a rout was on as the Rebels dominated possession. Those in the know, however, saw a stymied Rebels attack that, despite their stranglehold on their opponent, escaped the Novans with a slim 2-0 victory.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Last fall saw the Coventry High School girls cross country team start its return to the dominant form the program became accustomed to in the mid-2000â€™s.
In 2012, the then young, somewhat inexperienced Oakers were a perfect 11-0 in the regular season to win a Suburban Division title. They placed third in both the Class A championship and state championship meets behind eventual New England champion Barrington High School and LaSalle Academy.
As the team embarks on the 2013 season, however, the Oakers are primed to take another step forward this fall.
COVENTRY â€” In its opening game of the season last week, the Coventry girls soccer team played very well against three-time Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich but ended up losing by two goals.
The Oakers didn't play nearly as well Monday afternoon against visiting Cumberland, but the Oakers found a way to overcome the Clippers for the second straight season.
CRANSTON â€” Itâ€™s hard to glean much from the Saturdayâ€™s Injury Fund football round robin at Cranston Stadium.
After all, itâ€™s the first game of the season, only last two quarters and teams donâ€™t spend the week preparing for the contests because they donâ€™t count in the standings.
Yet two things became clear following Coventryâ€™s contest with potential state champion Cranston East and West Warwickâ€™s tussle with Cranston West:
The Oakers are going to be entertaining and the Wizards have the potential to win the programâ€™s first Super Bowl since 2002.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The tradition of excellence for North Kingstown High School cross country, both boys and girls, is long standing and well known throughout the state. It is also a tradition that is more than likely to continue through the fall of 2013.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ There are strength in numbers, as the old saying goes, and those numbers, or perhaps lack thereof, will be the most intriguing subplot of the 2013 season for the Exeter-West Greenwich girls cross country team.
Following a brief hiatus, the team that almost wasnâ€™t returns to action this fall with a fully rebuilt roster and a recently appointed coach at the helm as the Scarlet Knight girls look to reestablish themselves as part of a rebuilding program that has seen just five wins combined by either gender in the last three seasons.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€” If the Coventry volleyball team wasnâ€™t sure there was a target on its back following last yearâ€™s state title, the Oakers found out Monday night in a Division I-South showdown with long-time rival North Kingstown.
The Skippers, who were coming off a big win over Prout to start the season, used the energy of their home crowd to take the first game to the Oakers and grab leads of 21-19 and 25-24.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The North Kingstown girl tennis team has seen mixed results in recent years.
From 2008-2010, the Skippers combined for just eight wins, finishing last in their division in two of those three seasons.
In 2011, behind state individual champion Hannah Zangari, the team went 9-4, finishing second in Division I-South. Last year, they took a step back, posting a 5-7 record to finish fifth in the newly restructured Division I Met-A.