Archive - 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.
WAKEFIELDâ€”In a team sport like girls soccer, one player generally canâ€™t make the difference between winning and losing.
That being said, Prout certainly could have used the services of middle defender and senior captain Maddie Hagerty for the final 30 minutes of last Thursdayâ€™s 1-0 loss to North Kingstown.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”It was just one half of football in an Injury Fund setting.
A game that most coaches openly admit means nothing when it comes to the regular season and how good a team really is.
But man, was it impressive.
North Kingstown â€“ the same team that spent three years toiling in winless obscurity before having a slight resurgence last season â€“ physically outmatched Westerly Saturday in a 21-13 Skipper victory at Curtis Corner Middle School.
CRANSTON â€” The Injury Fund is supposed to be a building block for football teams.
The two-quarter exhibition should give coaches a better idea of whoâ€™s been practicing well for the first three weeks of training camp and who needs a little more work on their conditioning or technique with the regular season about to commence
To that end, Cranston West, Cranston East, West, Warwick and Coventry all found out a little more about themselves Saturday at Cranston Stadium. The only team to walk away from the Injury Fund not exactly sure what they have is Exeter-West Greenwich.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”Could the East Greenwich field hockey team hang with defending Division I Champion Moses Brown?
That was the question the Avengers sought to answer Tuesday night as they hosted the Quakers and that answer as the Avs walked off Nick Carcieri Field was a resounding yes.
â€śTheyâ€™re the state champs so thatâ€™s how you measure yourself,â€ť EG coach Deb McMullen said. â€śIt was good to see that we were right there and have a chance to go far.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ A win is a win. They all count the same in the end of the day, so doing what must be done to get the win is important.
The wins have been there early in the season for the East Greenwich girls tennis team, who have opened their 2013 season with three straight following Mondayâ€™s 5-2 victory at North Kingstown.
When you are a team with expectations as lofty as the Avengers, however, sometimes the end result can be overshadowed in the wake of how the match was won.
COVENTRY â€” When discussing why his team struggled to reach the Division II playoffs last season, Coventry second-year boys soccer coach Jamie Cotnoir bemoaned the amount of one-goal defeats his team suffered.
Through the first two games of the new season it appears the Oakersâ€™ luck in close games has improved.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ In recent years, the East Greenwich High School boys cross country team has established themselves as one of the premier programs in a state that is becoming more well known for producing quality distance runners. It is a level of success that culminated last fall with their second straight Class C title, third in the past five years, and a finish as the top public school in Rhode Island.