Archive - Aug 2013 - Sports Article
Like so many of the teams at Narragansett High School did last year, the Marinersâ€™ boys soccer team enjoyed a good deal of success as they made a run all the way to the RIIL Division II Championship game.
There was a price to be paid for that success, however, as more than half the players on that 2012 squad were graduating seniors.
That is the challenge facing coaches at a small school such as Narragansett. Not just trying to figure out how to be successful and win in an individual game or season, but how to best set up their program to be consistent year after year.
KINGSTON â€” The University of Rhode Island football team isnâ€™t making any excuses for what happened during a disastrous 2012 season.
The Rams went winless in 2012 and aside from a 10-point loss in the Governorâ€™s Cup game against Brown, URI wasnâ€™t competitive. The Rams allowed at least 30 points in nine of 11 games and only crossed the 20-point mark twice as URI went winless for the first time since Harry Truman was president.
Itâ€™s relatively easy to measure the progress the Coventry hockey team made the during the Rhode Island Summer Hockey League season.
In their first game of the season the Oakers were beaten 5-1 by Bishop Hendricken. The two teams met again in the semifinals Sunday night in Smithfield and the young Oakers gave a better account of themselves.
COVENTRY â€” Every offensive play the Coventry football worked on during the preseason last year went for naught when, after the Oakers were humbled in a non-league game by North Kingstown, Coventry coach Gerry Zannella eschewed the passing game in favor of the single wing out of self perseveration.
That shouldn't be the case this year as the Oakers enter the new season with a new quarterback and a new mindset. Junior Joe Foley, who quarterbacked the Oakers' JV team last year, will be the signal caller this season.
The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars had already qualified for the single-elimination portion of the World Series, but the 13 kids didnâ€™t know that.
Coventry coach Mark Barter elected not to tell his team prior to Wednesdayâ€™s final pool play game against Tualatin Hills, Oregon that the team had already qualified because he wanted the team to shoot for the American Divisionâ€™s No. 2 seed, which would put Coventry on the other side of the bracket from El Segundo, Calif.
KINGSTONâ€”University of Rhode Island junior Cassie Catlow, of North Kingstown, has racked up a number of honors in her years skating for the Rams but recently she picked up by far her most prestigous.
For her play and demeanor on the ice Catlow has been named the 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association Zoe Harris Player of the Year, an award which annually reccognizes the top player among the associationsâ€™ 48 club hockey teams.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”First impressions are everything, especially for a new coach.
When Abby Hummel took the job coaching the Narragansett girls volleyball team last spring she knew sheâ€™d need to implement her expectations from day one when the fall season rolled around.
â€śMy style is coming back from my high school style. I had really, really great coaches there that brought the basics back, the long hours and the hard work back and being accountable for everything you do,â€ť says Hummel, a graduate of Toll Gate High School.
A coaching change is never easy.
Replacing a highly successful coach who has established a long tradition of winning and shaped a program into one of the stateâ€™s elite is even more difficult.
That was the challenge for the Prout Schoolâ€™s athletic department this summer after it was determined longtime volleyball coach Dan Greene would not be with the program this fall.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”Youâ€™re not likely going to find too many football players that are more polished in Division III than East Greenwich seniors Carney Crawford and Andrew Miner.
Crawford was one of the best running backs around last season and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in helping the Avengers reach the D-III Super B0owl.
Equally important along the way was Miner, a quarterback who can make all the throws and adeptly pick apart a defense.
And to think, it almost did not happen.
It was by chance that Janet Freniereâ€™s track career started. Sure, her husband Al had been a long time track and field coach and was an avid runner, competing in a number of meets annually, but Janet was not one for athletics. She had not even given them much time or thought since her formative years, even if she was the fastest girl in her class.