Archive - Aug 15, 2013 - Sports Article
COVENTRY â€” Mark Barter has been coaching his 13-year-old son, Joey Barter, for over six years, but the highest point of their baseball relationship and one of the lowest points of their time together in baseball took place in the span of 48 hours.
The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars had just dropped a 13-7 decision to Plymouth, Mass. in the New England winnersâ€™ bracket final in Manchester, N.H. Mark Barter had to drive back to Coventry to work the next day, while Joey was staying in the team hotel.
COVENTRY â€” The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip full of fun and sightseeing, but the main point of the trip to Williston, N.D. isnâ€™t lost on the players and the coach.
â€śThis is vey exciting. We wanted to do it last year, but now we get to go to North Dakota,â€ť centerfielder Nick Dâ€™Ambra said. â€śWeâ€™re nervous and excited. We know all the teams are going to be good, but we also know that weâ€™re good.â€ť
Local swimmers Michaela Degnan and Hannah Pariseault each competed earlier this month for the Bluefish Swim Club at the New England Swimming 13-19 Age Group Championships held at Harvard Universityâ€™s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
Degnan, 14, of Narragansett finished in 10th place overall for the 13 to 14-year-old girls division with 83 total points.
She recorded three victories at the August 1-4 competition, including the girls 100 meter butterfly (1:04.71), 200 fly (2:25.07) and 100 backstroke (1:06.83).
CRANSTONâ€”For many of the Southern Rhode Island locals competing in the 82nd Rhode Island Open this week at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Tuesdayâ€™s opening round was unforgiving. And it had nothing to do with the weather.
â€śIt was perfect,â€ť said John Rainone, who plays out of North Kingstown Golf Club. â€śIt wasnâ€™t like it was raining heavy or anything. It was the perfect conditions to play in as you can see from some of the scores.
â€śYou couldnâ€™t ask for an easier day weather-wise to play golf, so no excuses there.â€ť
CRANSTON â€“ When the rain came through on Tuesday morning, it made the course soft. Ideal conditions to shoot the number of low scores that adorned the top of the leader board through the opening round of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship at Alpine Country Club.
The Sun came out on Wednesday, though, and with it came the wind, which made for a much different story.
CRANSTONâ€”It was a tough spring for 2013 Prout graduate Matt Costaregni.
An injury during the winter set him back for the start of the season and just as he had returned to the top of his game another one dashed his hopes of an individual state golf title.
â€śCollar bone, I broke it skiing,â€ť Costaregni said of the injury that plagued him to start the spring. â€śThen like a week before states I broke my ankle playing basketball and missed two months from that so Iâ€™ve really only been back for a month or so.
CRANSTONâ€”After playing in a number of tournaments together this summer Charlie Blanchard and McKinley Slade were once again on the course at the same time Tuesday and Wednesday for the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championships.
Rest assured though, it wonâ€™t be the last time the two see each other.
In just a few short weeks Slade â€“ a 2013 graduate of South Kingstown High â€“ will be off to Bryant University to continue his academic and golf career, the latter under Blanchardâ€™s tutelage.
RUMFORDâ€”Senioritis isnâ€™t an actual medical condition but anyone who has walked the halls of a high school during the spring can tell you that it does in fact exist.
Most seniors spend their last few months of high school counting down the days until graduation and once theyâ€™re out, theyâ€™re gone.
After four years of linoleum floors, detention slips and research papers the last thing any soon-to-be college freshman wants to do is anything associated with high school.
KINGSTON â€” The beginning of Saturdayâ€™s scrimmage exhibited the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum the up-tempo Rhode Island offense faces this season.
The Rams want to run their zone-read attack at a fast pace, but they canâ€™t play fast if they arenâ€™t make plays. However, the Rams make plays when they are moving quickly and keeping the defense off-balance.
KINGSTON â€” Elijah Saintfleur has plenty of time to earn a starting spot on the Rhode Island offense, but he isnâ€™t wasting any of it.
The red-shirt freshman tight end from West Warwick was one of the stars of the off-season training program who also had a superb spring game. Saintfleur impressed coach Joe Trainer to the point that Saintfleur started Saturdayâ€™s first scrimmage of camp playing with the first unit.