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BURRILLVILLE â€“ Last fall saw the Coventry High School girls cross country team start its return to the dominant form the program became accustomed to in the mid-2000â€™s.
In 2012, the then young, somewhat inexperienced Oakers were a perfect 11-0 in the regular season to win a Suburban Division title. They placed third in both the Class A championship and state championship meets behind eventual New England champion Barrington High School and LaSalle Academy.
As the team embarks on the 2013 season, however, the Oakers are primed to take another step forward this fall.
COVENTRY â€” In its opening game of the season last week, the Coventry girls soccer team played very well against three-time Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich but ended up losing by two goals.
The Oakers didn't play nearly as well Monday afternoon against visiting Cumberland, but the Oakers found a way to overcome the Clippers for the second straight season.
CRANSTON â€” Itâ€™s hard to glean much from the Saturdayâ€™s Injury Fund football round robin at Cranston Stadium.
After all, itâ€™s the first game of the season, only last two quarters and teams donâ€™t spend the week preparing for the contests because they donâ€™t count in the standings.
Yet two things became clear following Coventryâ€™s contest with potential state champion Cranston East and West Warwickâ€™s tussle with Cranston West:
The Oakers are going to be entertaining and the Wizards have the potential to win the programâ€™s first Super Bowl since 2002.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The tradition of excellence for North Kingstown High School cross country, both boys and girls, is long standing and well known throughout the state. It is also a tradition that is more than likely to continue through the fall of 2013.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ There are strength in numbers, as the old saying goes, and those numbers, or perhaps lack thereof, will be the most intriguing subplot of the 2013 season for the Exeter-West Greenwich girls cross country team.
Following a brief hiatus, the team that almost wasnâ€™t returns to action this fall with a fully rebuilt roster and a recently appointed coach at the helm as the Scarlet Knight girls look to reestablish themselves as part of a rebuilding program that has seen just five wins combined by either gender in the last three seasons.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€” If the Coventry volleyball team wasnâ€™t sure there was a target on its back following last yearâ€™s state title, the Oakers found out Monday night in a Division I-South showdown with long-time rival North Kingstown.
The Skippers, who were coming off a big win over Prout to start the season, used the energy of their home crowd to take the first game to the Oakers and grab leads of 21-19 and 25-24.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The North Kingstown girl tennis team has seen mixed results in recent years.
From 2008-2010, the Skippers combined for just eight wins, finishing last in their division in two of those three seasons.
In 2011, behind state individual champion Hannah Zangari, the team went 9-4, finishing second in Division I-South. Last year, they took a step back, posting a 5-7 record to finish fifth in the newly restructured Division I Met-A.
WAKEFIELDâ€”In a team sport like girls soccer, one player generally canâ€™t make the difference between winning and losing.
That being said, Prout certainly could have used the services of middle defender and senior captain Maddie Hagerty for the final 30 minutes of last Thursdayâ€™s 1-0 loss to North Kingstown.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”It was just one half of football in an Injury Fund setting.
A game that most coaches openly admit means nothing when it comes to the regular season and how good a team really is.
But man, was it impressive.
North Kingstown â€“ the same team that spent three years toiling in winless obscurity before having a slight resurgence last season â€“ physically outmatched Westerly Saturday in a 21-13 Skipper victory at Curtis Corner Middle School.
CRANSTON â€” The Injury Fund is supposed to be a building block for football teams.
The two-quarter exhibition should give coaches a better idea of whoâ€™s been practicing well for the first three weeks of training camp and who needs a little more work on their conditioning or technique with the regular season about to commence
To that end, Cranston West, Cranston East, West, Warwick and Coventry all found out a little more about themselves Saturday at Cranston Stadium. The only team to walk away from the Injury Fund not exactly sure what they have is Exeter-West Greenwich.