November 7th, 2013
WEST GREENWICH â Freshman midfielder Laura Palmer sat on the bench and watched her Exeter-West Greenwich girls soccer teammates battle No. 5 Portsmouth in wet and windy conditions for 95 minutes Thursday afternoon.
And then coach Kevin Fraser summoned Palmer from the bench and replaced Lane West with the freshman in a tie game in EWGâs first ever Division I playoff game.
NORTH SCITUATEâContrary to what most high school students are likely to believe, Hall and Oates is not the generic supermarket brand of Raisin Bran.
The popular late â70s, early â80s duo, however, was responsible for the Billboard Top 100 No. 1 song in early November of 1981, âPrivate Eyes.â
At the same time the Chariho girls cross country team had its eyes set on finishing off a tremendous season; second in Class B with and 8-1 record and runner up at the state championship meet.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â It was a dark and stormy nightâŠ
A clichĂ©d prelude to many tales of terror, but not one many foresaw using last week when the Chariho girls soccer team faced Middletown in the Division III quarterfinals on Halloween night.
EAST GREENWICHâFor seniors Hollie Pryor, Elana Lamont, Emily Manning, Alexis Marsella and Haley Wilcox thereâs no way around it; last Wednesdayâs loss to La Salle stung.
After a strong regular season the Chariho field hockey teamâs run came to an end with a 2-0 loss to the Rams in the Division II semifinals, marking the final game for the Chargersâ five seniors.
NARRAGANSETT â Saturday was meant to be a big day for the Narragansett football team. Not only was it senior day for 17 Mariners, but facing a similar two-loss Middletown team, it was a contest rife with playoff implications for both sides.
The Mariners kept it tight, but a late explosion by the Islanders helped them pull ahead and run away with a 27-7 victory.
WAKEFIELD â It was a loss that sat with Prout boys soccer coach Tim Ryan all offseason, fuel for the upcoming year.
Heavily favored, his Crusaders were upset by a sixth seeded Davies team, 3-0, in the 2012 quarterfinals.
There was no looking past them this time, but history still nearly repeated itself on Saturday as the 11th seeded Patriots pushed Prout to the brink in the Division III quarterfinals, before the Crusaders pulled out the 2-1 win in penalty kicks.
EAST PROVIDENCE â It was a night of ups and downs for the South Kingstown girls volleyball team on Monday night.
It was a very bleak start to the night, but the Rebels overcame and escaped East Providence with a 11-25, 27-25, 25-23, 14-25, 15-7 win in the Division I quarterfinals over the Townies.
âScary there for a while,â said South coach Chris Fagan. âA lot of guys are sick. Theyâre just getting over it. âŠTook a couple games to warm-up with the weekend.
â[Playing on Friday] would have been better for us because of the momentum coming off Prout.â
PROVIDENCEâDown one of its top player, the Prout girls volleyball team gave Division I-North regular season champ Classical all it could handle in the opening round of the D-I playoffs Thursday.
Though not for lack of effort, the Crusaders ultimately couldnât keep pace with the Purple as Classical advanced to the D-I semifinals thanks to its 25-20, 19-25, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Prout.
âThey played the best they did all season,â Prout coach Katie Walsh said by phone Monday. âThey really wanted to win that game.â
NORTH SCITUATEâLast fall the South Kingstown girls cross country went into the RI State Championships as Class B champs and hopeful for a top six spot.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, when everything settled they found themselves on the outside looking in at a top six spot and the berth to the New England Championships that goes with it.
Sunday afternoon at Ponaganset High Schoolâs Covered Bridge Trail history repeated itself as SK finished in eighth place to once again miss out on New Englands.
WAKEFIELD â Throughout the regular season scoring had been a bane for the South Kingstown boys soccer team.
Though the Rebels were near the top of the Division I standings, that was mostly because of a defense that ranked second, giving up less than a goal a game, rather than their middle of the pack offense.
The playoffs, however, are like a new season and it was a new team that took to the pitch at Curtis Corner Middle School on Saturday night as the South Kingstown offense sparked for four goals as they ran Central Falls 4-1 in the RIIL Division I quarterfinals.