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CRANSTON â€“ On paper it was though they were two teams that could not have been more evenly matched.
Just one point separated the East Greenwich High School field hockey team from Moses Brown in the standings, the only difference EGâ€™s loss to Barrington to MBâ€™s tie. The Avs had the best offense in Division I and the second ranked defense, the Quakers third and first, respectively. Both of their games during the regular season ended as 1-1 draws.
NORTH SCITUATEâ€”Make them earn it.
It was the mantra for the East Greenwich boys cross country team Sunday for the RI State Championships as the Avengers were fully aware of the depth and talent of both Hendricken and La Salle.
Just because the Hawks and Rams were heavily favored to duke it out for the state title Sunday didnâ€™t mean EG was going to roll out the red carpet for the two teams though as the Avs put up a strong fight at Ponaganset High Schoolâ€™s Covered Bridge Trail.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”The playoff window for the East Greenwich football team hasnâ€™t shut but the number of options for getting into the playoffs was limited by Friday nightâ€™s 24-20 loss to Classical.
A win wouldnâ€™t have guaranteed the Avengers a spot but from here on out with gameâ€™s against three teams â€“ Middletown, Burrillville and Narragansett â€“ each in playoff contention, victories are all but necessary.
â€śWe canâ€™t afford to lose again,â€ť East Greenwich coach John George said, â€śor weâ€™ll be out.â€ť
PAWTUCKETâ€”The East Greenwich girls volleyball team will be returning to the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium this fall.
After opening the Division II playoff with a convincing sweep of Tiverton, the Avengers punched their ticket to URI with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Tolman on Tuesday.
â€śThey came out strong tonight,â€ť EG coach Terri Garno said. â€śThe first two sets we were up probably eight to 10 points from the get go.â€ť
After convincingly taking the first two games, the Avengers ran into a bit of trouble in the third as the Tigers built a 16-10 lead.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”So far, itâ€™s been nearly all chalk in the Division I Girls Soccer Tournament.
Aside from No. 10 Cumberland beating No. 7 Kingstown in the opening round, every higher seed has held in D-I and Sunday No. 3 seed East Greenwich added itself as the last name to that list.
Senior Sarah Beaulieuâ€™s goal in the final 10 minutes made the difference as the Avengers held off a pesky Smithfield squad for a 2-1 win to advance to the D-I semifinals.
LINCOLNâ€”Facing a top-seeded team is never an easy task but the East Greenwich boys soccer team was smelling an upset Saturday night against Lincoln in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs.
After beating defending-champ Classical four days prior in a shootout the Avengers once again found themselves in the same sudden-death situation against the Lions but this time it did not go in EGâ€™s favor as Lincoln survived for a 2-1 victory.
â€śWe got unlucky I guess,â€ť East Greenwich senior Pat Lavan said.
NORTH SCITUATEâ€”For most teams at Sundayâ€™s RI Cross Country Championships at Ponaganset High Schoolâ€™s Covered Bridge Trail marked the last race of the season.
That was not the case for the North Kingstown boys and girls teams, however, as both Skipper squads qualified for the New England Championships by virtue of their performances.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”The grass is green, the sky is blue and every year the Exeter-West Greenwich girls volleyball team makes it to the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium.
OK, maybe the last part of that statement isnâ€™t a universal truth but it might as well be a given the way the Knights have played over the past four years.
The three-time defending Division II champs will once again take part in the final four as EWG rolled Cumberland 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 Tuesday night.
The Knights will now face Division II-North regular season champ Barrington today at 6 p.m. at Keaney.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The playoffs are not supposed to be that easy.
Once the regular season ends, the playoffs are supposed to be a long, grueling challenge that tests the mettle of every player. Unless, it seems, you are the North Kingstown girls volleyball team.
Had those in NK gym last Friday night blinked, there is a likely chance they may have missed it as the Skippers put a swift, punishing hurt on Mount St. Charles, 25-11, 25-16, 25-15, in the RIIL Division I quarterfinals.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It was with authority the North Kingstown boys soccer team started their playoff run last Friday night when they welcomed in Bishop Hendricken in the RIIL Division I quarterfinals. And with the new season, the Skippers turned over a new leaf as it was their offense, by no means the teamâ€™s forte during the regular season, that stole the show against the Hawks en route to a 3-0 victory.