Archive - Jul 18, 2013 - Sports Article
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€” Recent South Kingstown High School graduate McKinley Slade is playing the kind of golf he always knew he was capable of.
Slade â€“ who finished tied for third at the RIIL State Golf Championships this spring â€“ made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the 108th Rhode Island Amateur Golf Tournament held at Quidnessett Country Club last week before finally falling to Ledgemont County Clubâ€™s Bobby Leopold.
After upsetting Ryan Pelletier 4 and 3 in the first round Thursday Slade â€“ who entered the 32-golfer bracket as the No. 27 seed â€“ knew he was in store for a good day.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It had become something of a habit for the Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars in their games leading up to last Thursdayâ€™s District 3 consolation bracket final at Tuckertown Park against South Kingstown American. They would start slow, allow their opponent to build up a big cushion and then surge back for the win.
This time around it was Narragansett jumping out to the early lead before South Kingstown fought back from a six-run deficit.
Ultimately, however, Narragansett managed to hold on for an 11-10 win.
KINGSTON â€“ It has been some time since South Kingstown Post 39 has taken the field and found themselves in the win column at gameâ€™s end.
Entering Monday nightâ€™s contest with Gershkoff Auto Body â€“ Auburn Post 20, Post 39â€™s only win in July came via forfeit.
The team, however, carried over some strong play in their recent losses and finally translated it into a win, taking down Post 20 8-3 at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Bill Beck Field.
â€śI told them forget about that,â€ť Post 39 coach Gary Lessard said of the losing streak. â€śWe had a couple days off and now weâ€™re on a roll.â€ť
WARWICKâ€”Most coaches will tell you getting off to a good start goes hand in hand with success.
Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars coach Jason Laurie is not one of those people.
Throughout the District 3 Tournament his squad has ritually started slowly but found a way to come from behind for the victory.
So when â€™Gansett took a two-run lead after the first inning of Saturdayâ€™s District 3 Championship at Warwick Continental Laurie had a bad feeling.
CHARIHO â€” The journey ended far earlier than anyone associated with the Chariho Major Division all-star team wouldâ€™ve hoped.
Chariho, which came out of the losersâ€™ bracket last year to claim the District 3 title on its way to the 11-year-old state title, entered the Major Division tournament as the favorite, but the kids from Dow Field were knocked into the losersâ€™ bracket by eventual District 3 champion Coventry American.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It was a tale of two teams for the South Kingstown National 11-Year Old All-Stars last week. After dropping their first game of the District 3 tournament in a runaway against Warwick Continental on Tuesday, the team came back on Thursday and did the same to their opponent, taking down East Greenwich by a score of 11-2 at Tuckertown Park.
EXETERâ€”After a dramatic, extra innings victory over a scrappy Chariho squad the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars are joining the senior team in the state tournament.
Tyler Lynchâ€™s run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as EWG escaped with a 4-3 victory in the District 3 Championship Monday at Wawaloam Field.
â€śThat was a terrific game,â€ť EWG coach Jack Kaveny said. â€śIf youâ€™re going to have a championship game, thatâ€™s the kind of game you want where itâ€™s in doubt and close the whole way.â€ť
After a lopsided game between the East Greenwich and Exeter-West Greenwich Senior Little League All-Stars last Thursday the two teams returned to action Friday for what turned into a back-and-forth championship battle.
The two teams alternated leads at Wawaloam Field all game but ultimately EWG emerged with a 12-8 victory and the District 3 Championship banner.
â€śIt was a very good game,â€ť East Greenwich coach Eric Barnes said by phone Wednesday. â€śA lot of offense.â€ť
COVENTRY â€” Strong pitching and solid defense were the two reasons the Wickford and Coventry American 10/11-year-old all-stars reached Sundayâ€™s District 3 winnersâ€™ bracket final.
Wickford, after an ugly first inning where two hits, a walk and an error allowed American to open the scoring, continued to pitch and defend well.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Changes are on the horizon for the Narragansett High School boys basketball program.
Come next winter, not only will the Mariners be adjusting to a new lineup after losing key contributors from last yearâ€™s playoff squad, but they will be doing so while adjusting to a new head coach as David Gee has left the program after six seasons.
It is an adjustment process, however, that is already well underway as Narragansett is now five games into their summer season, once again playing in the high school summer league at Christofaro Park.