Archive - Jul 2013 - Sports Article
NARRAGANSETTâ€”In 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 stateâ€™s 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 teamâ€™s 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.
â€śThis summer hasnâ€™t really been about wins, itâ€™s been about figuring out what our strengths and weaknesses are offensively and defensively,â€ť Downey said. â€śWeâ€™re just continuing to play hard and play good defense whatever it is at that time whether it is man or zone.
WEST WARWICK â€” The West Warwick Post Two American Legion baseball team desperately needed to win Tuesdayâ€™s regular-season finale against Gordon Greene to avoid playing in the single-elimination round of the upcoming Legion playoffs.
Of course, they didnâ€™t expect to win the game in the manner they did.
WEST WARWICK â€“ It is one of the oldest clichĂ©s in the game of baseball; â€śItâ€™s not a sprint, itâ€™s a marathon.â€ť
It is also a clichĂ© that may end up defining the summer of 2013 for the South Kingstown Post 39 baseball team.
After struggling early in the season â€“ opening up with a 3-9 record â€“ Post 39 turned it on over the final eight days of the regular season to roll into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.
SK went 6-3 in that span, which culminated with their 6-5 win over West Warwick Post Two on Monday night at McCarthy Field.
Narragansettâ€™s Fred Bartlett proved beyond a doubt that is he one of the greatest athletes to come out of South County this past weekend.
He accomplished a rare feat in the highly competitive world of triathlons, winning the menâ€™s overall title in back to back contests that featured world-class athletes.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”When the streak of state championships finally ended for the South Kingstown boys tennis team this spring initially there was shock.
Of course, how could there not be?
The Rebels entered the 2013 season having won 14 Division I Championships in a row only to see their run end with a late May loss to LaSalle in the semifinals.
Saturday â€“ nearly two months after the end of the streak â€“ former SK players from nearly the past two decades gathered at the tennis courts at Broad Middle School for the inaugural Alumni Doubles Tournament.
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.