Archive - Aug 2013 - Sports Article
WOOD RIVER JCT. â For some, the arrival of August comes with the dread of summer coming to an end.
For the hopefuls of the 2013 Chariho High School football team, however, August comes with the excitement of putting on the pads and getting back out on the field.
âIf youâre a football coach and for these kids as football player, this is what you wait for,â Chariho coach Mike Kelly said after the teamâs practice Tuesday morning. âAt some point in the summer, in June and July, they enjoy themselves, but when August comes, they all start to know, âLetâs get ready to go.â
KINGSTONâFor University of Rhode Island senior quarterback Bob Bentsen this is his last chance to make a positive impact before he exits the program.
Itâs the type of pressure any starting quarterback coming off a winless season would feel but for Bentsen â who grew up in Warwick â it means a little bit more being a local guy.
âWe want to play well for the state,â Bentsen says. âWeâve had a couple bad seasons and just to go out as winners and lay down the foundation [for the future] would be something special.â
WEST GREENWICHâMonday was a good day for the Exeter-West Greenwich football team as it marked the first practice of the season for the Knights.
âIt felt really good to be out there,â EWG coach Jim Alves says. âThe kids have worked hard in the offseason. Many of the kids that are coming back are seniors that are good leaders that have been with the program for the past three years.â
NORTH KINGSTOWNâFor the first time in a long time the North Kingstown football teamâs season ended on a high note with a win over rival South Kingstown on Thanksgiving Day.
While it counted for just one win in the standings, the true value of that victory was apparent Monday when the Skippers held their first practice of the fall.
âItâs a huge confidence booster,â senior Nick Chevalier said of last yearâs win over SK. âItâs made everyone work that much harder to get to that level of play every game.â
WEST WARWICK â When the dead of summer sets in, the idea of ice hockey has a tendency to be far from the mind.
For the members of the North Kingstown High hockey team, however, it is was out of the heat and back to the cool of the rink as they once again took part in the Rhode Island Summer Hockey League.
It was a season that came to a close last Thursday, as the Skippers were defeated 7-4 by East Greenwich High at Margiera Rink in West Warwick.
KINGSTONâThe University of Rhode Island football team didnât win a game last season and thereâs no guarantee theyâll win one this time around.
Regardless of how many victories the Rams finish with on the field, the boys in Keaney Blue have already clinched a winning season.
Evan Huddon has undergone nearly twice as many surgeries as he is years old.
When the 13-year-old boy from Warwick was born he was diagnosed with Spina Bifida â when the spinal cord does not full develop â and has subsequently been bound to a wheelchair.
WAKEFIELD â The time has come for Rhode Island high school football teams to begin their annual journey towards a Super Bowl championship as Monday marked day one of fall interscholastic sports practices.
At South Kingstown High School, the Rebels did not let the chaos and excitement of being back distract from getting right to work as they took to the field for the first time with just three weeks until their season opening injury fund contest.
NARRAGANSETT â For adults, the approach of Labor Day usually comes with the anticipation of a three-day weekend and possibly one last vacation before the weather turns.
For local youths, it signifies something worse; the end of summer vacation.
For the 53 students hoping to suit up for Narragansett High School this fall, the silver lining is that at least the end of summer means football is back.
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. isnât lost on the players and the coach.
âThis is vey exciting. We wanted to do it last year, but now we get to go to North Dakota,â centerfielder Nick DâAmbra said. âWeâre nervous and excited. We know all the teams are going to be good, but we also know that weâre good.â