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TIVERTONâ€”The worst thing you can give a lesser opponent is hope.
The goal for the Narragansett football team entering Saturday nightâ€™s game at a young, rebuilding Tiverton squad was to make sure it took control early on and the Mariners did just that thanks to some early fireworks from juniors Austin Butler and Deontae Stanley.
Butler returned the opening kickoff down to the Tiverton 20-yard line and Stanley punched the ball into the end zone one play later as the Mariners cruised to a 41-8 victory in their season opener.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ It was a tough draw for a team still trying to find its rhythm as the Prout girls tennis team travelled north to face East Greenwich last Thursday. The seasonâ€™s struggles continued for the banged up and undermanned Crusaders squad as they took the courts against the top-ranked Avengers and were swept, 7-0.
â€śWeâ€™re missing four players,â€ť said Prout coach Steven Matzner. â€śI told them on the bus just to compete as hard as they could knowing thatâ€™s the best team in the state.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ League play in Division I began Friday night for the South Kingstown football team â€“ 0-8 in 2012 â€“ and the Rebels jumped right into the thick of the division, kicking off 2013 at home against three-time defending D-I champion Bishop Hendricken.
Though the Rebels ended a brutal 12-game losing streak by beating Division II contender West Warwick 35-27 in a non-league matchup last weekend, Hendricken took Friday nightâ€™s contest 36-14, continuing SKâ€™s losing streak within the division.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ There has been little doubt all season that the East Greenwich girls volleyball team is amongst the best there is in Division II. As the weeks and matches roll along, however, any doubt Narragansett is the very best is quickly dissipating.
Coming into Monday nightâ€™s match when the two teams met on the Avengersâ€™ home court, the Mariners had handled every challenge thrown at their way this season.
Al Georgio had a career game for the Norwich football team last weekend.
Georgio, a junior from West Greenwich (Exeter-West Greenwich), carried the ball 27 times for 193 yards in the Cadetsâ€™ 31-14 victory over Worcester Poly. He scored on runs of 33 and 11 yards and also caught four passes for 45 yards including a 4-yard score. His effort earned him Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When North plays South, the intensity always takes a step up and with the recent struggles of late for the girls soccer teams of North and South Kingstown, it was the kind of game both needed when they met Wednesday night at NKâ€™s Perry Athletic Complex, from which North came away with a 1-0 win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Aside from the obvious proximity between South Kingstown and Prout, Wednesdayâ€™s Division I-South girls volleyball game was a critical contest given the path each squad had worn through the first third of the season.
The Rebels (1-2 D-I South) and Crusaders (2-2 D-I South) each entered the game having beaten Chariho but lost to both North Kingstown and Coventry, meaning third place â€“ and potentially playoff seeding down the line â€“ was up for grabs.
Waves have been hard to come by for the past two months.
Contest organizers kept their fingers crossed, in hopes of having surf for the 2nd Annual â€śCatch A Curlâ€ť ESA contest, held this past Saturday. ESA kids had a great time in some fun surf, with the event held at the Westerly Town Beach.
â€śWe were very fortunate to get sunny skies, warm air temperatures, and nice surf for the second straight year,â€ť contest director Mistral Dobson said. â€śThe level of surfing was up several notches this year for sure.â€ť
NARRAGANSETTâ€“The deck was certainly stacked against the Narragansett girls soccer team as it entered Tuesday afternoonâ€™s contest with a veteran Lincoln squad.
Not only were the wounds of an 8-2 loss to Burrillville fresh but the Mariners also had a littany of injuries to deal with â€“ including one to starting goalkeeper junior Ceili Oâ€™Connnell.
For 40 minutes Narragansett more than held its own as replacement keeper freshman Finnian Duncan and the Mariner defense â€“ particularly Sarah Lubic and Grace Castro â€“ kept the Lions off the board in the first half.
WAKEFIELDâ€”The Prout girlsâ€™ soccer team fell to 0-4-0 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Exeter West-Greenwich Tuesday afternoon.
Although EWG jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 3-1, Prout will look back at many missed quality chances to cut the lead and eventually equalize the match as one of the main reasons for the defeat.
â€śWe canâ€™t have certain people showing up at certain timesâ€”everyone needs to be showing up,â€ť Prout coach Ria Carroll said, â€śweâ€™re a good team, we just need to mesh togetherâ€”we need to put it all together.â€ť