July 25th, 2013
CRANSTON â Coventry American Major Division all-star coach Brendon Furtado proved prophetic.
Prior to his teamâs opening round game of the state tournament against King Philip of Bristol, Furtado talked about how it was important for his team to make the simple plays because if they donât the District 3 championships would be in trouble against the other elite teams in the state.
WEST WARWICK â They didnât want to sound cocky, but the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars entered last weekâs state tournament at McCarthy Field believing they were the team to beat.
After tough wins over Cranston and Warwick PAL, it seemed Coventry would have some competition for the state title.
Thatâs when Coventry took its game to another level. After smothering North Providence/Smithfield in the winnersâ bracket final, Coventry delivered its finest performance in the tournament in Saturdayâs state final against a solid Cranston squad.
NARRAGANSETTâA little over two hours after the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Starsâ season came to an end the EWG seniors followed suit.
Exeter dropped a 9-0 decision to Riverside â its second loss to the District 2 champs in as many games â Tuesday at Sprague Park to bring its summer run to an end.
As was the case in Saturdayâs 8-2 loss to starting pitcher C.J. Woods, Exeter-West Greenwich couldnât get anything going against Riverside starter Ethan Gervais.
NARRAGANSETTâThe run for the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars finally came to an end Tuesday at Sprague Park.
After winning its first game in the state tournament Saturday EWG dropped two straight, the second of which an 11-2 loss to Glocester to officially end Exeterâs tournament.
The defeat came on the heels of a close 4-3 victory over Rumford â in a game that started late Saturday night and finished Sunday afternoon â and a 12-3 loss to Edgewood Sunday night.
WICKFORD â A baseball force is brewing in Wickford and it comes in the form of the townâs 11-Year Old All-Star Little League team.
The team dominated once again last Friday night as they defeated Warwick Continental 10-0 in five innings in the championship game of the District 3 Tournament at Wilson Park.
âTough to put into words, really. Awful proud of these guys,â said Wickford manager Joe Walsh. âJust a lot of work and they all just came together.
ââŠDistrict Championship? 10-0? Iâll take that every day of the week.â
NARRAGANSETTâIn each of the past few seasons the North Kingstown boys basketball team has lost strong players to graduation but had enough veterans return to stay amongst the stateâs elite programs.
This summer, however, has marked the beginning of a drastic change for long-time coach Aaron Thomas and his Skippers.
North graduated the top seven players from its rotation this spring and have had to rely on lesser-used reserves from last season in Grant Gillis, Jake Mansfield, Matt Madoian and Chris Lenox.
Despite his teamâs 2-5 record Chariho coach Corey Downey feels his squad is right where it needs to be in the Narragansett Summer Boys Basketball League to see success this winter.
âThis summer hasnât really been about wins, itâs been about figuring out what our strengths and weaknesses are offensively and defensively,â Downey said. âWeâre just continuing to play hard and play good defense whatever it is at that time whether it is man or zone.