Archive - Oct 30, 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sometimes the best things in life are those least expected.
There were few in August who would have thought it was going to be the Narragansett girls tennis team leaving Slater Park in October with the RIILâ€™s Division II state championship plaque.
Not even the Mariners themselves.
COVENTRY â€” The South Kingstown volleyball team came into Tuesdayâ€™s Division II-South contest with two-time defending state champion Coventry as the second hottest team in the state having won its nine previous contests.
The Rebels, however, ran into the hottest team in the state.
Coventry, which was playing without first-team All-State outside hitter Jill Ward, used 13 kills and three digs from senior Kelsey Ferrara and eight kills and three digs from senior Haley Dennis in a routine 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 victory.
WAKEFIELD â€“ Things had been going well for the Prout girls volleyball team. Winners of five straight and coming together as a squad with the postseason beckoning in little over a week, things were going in the right direction.
Until North Kingstown showed up in the schoolâ€™s gym on Tuesday night that is.
While the Crusaders fared better than the 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 hurt they suffered in their season opener against the Skippers, they could never distance themselves from their opponents Tuesday, while North pulled away with the 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Last Thursday the East Greenwich girls soccer team felt it left two points on the table when it settled for a 1-1 draw with Coventry.
Tuesday night at Curtis Corner Middle School, the Avengers were lucky to leave with any points at all.
East Greenwich (9-0-4 Division I) trailed by two goals late in Tuesdayâ€™s contest but a pair of goals six minutes apart salvaged a 2-2 tie with South Kingstown (4-4-5 D-I).
KINGSTON â€” The University of Rhode Island football team has produced bigger victories over ranked opponents during the Joe Trainer era, but thereâ€™s little doubt Saturdayâ€™s 12-10 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Richmond was the Rams most emotional win in the last five seasons.
With his five senior captains sitting in a make-shift media room in the bowels of the Ryan Center, Trainer entered and delivered an impassioned soliloquy highlighting his playersâ€™ commitment to playing team football after back-to-back blowout losses to Brown and New Hampshire.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ A vocal, green and white speckled crowd filled the Chariho High School gymnasium Friday night for one of the more exciting girls volleyball games of the 2013 season, as visiting Prout needed all five sets to defeat Division-I South foe Chariho 25-27, 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12.
â€śWe usually get a good crowd, thereâ€™s a lot of support from the school,â€ť Charger head coach Doug Bliven said. â€śPlus it was senior night, a lot of parents and friends in the stands.â€ť
WAKEFIELDâ€”As challenging as it was for the Narragansett girls tennis team Saturday evening against Toll Gate in the Division II Championship, getting to Slater Park was no easy task either.
Last Thursday the Mariners began their quest to repay their only two losses of the year when they edged Westerly 4-2 at Prout.
â€śI guess this is the way itâ€™s supposed to be,â€ť Narragansett coach Peter Barlow said, â€śbut itâ€™s nice to come out on the right end of a [4-2].â€ť
NARRAGANSETT â€“ As the matches rolled and the wins piled up for the Narragansett girls volleyball team, the goal for coach Abby Hummel has been to keep her team focused on the task at hand, never letting them get too far ahead.
Yet, with less than two weeks left in the regular season, the time to start looking ahead to the end is coming as that horizon started to come into focus Monday night when the Mariners crossed off the first item on their 2013 to do list.
By virtue of a 25-23, 25-13, 25-22 win over East Greenwich, â€™Gansett secured the Division II-South regular season title.
CRANSTONâ€”It was too much Hyde and not enough Jekyll for the South Kingstown football team Saturday afternoon at Cranston West.
After playing a strong 23 minutes of football things turned ugly for the Rebels (3-3, 1-3 D-I) as they watched a 14-point lead transform into 28-14 defeat at the hands of the Falcons (2-5, 1-4 D-I).
PAWTUCKET â€“ It is said there is a first time for everything.
For the Narragansett girls tennis team, it earned its first ever shot at a state title when it beat Westerly 4-2 last Thursday to advance to the RIIL Division II Championship match Saturday at Slater Park and the Mariners didnâ€™t waste the opportunity.