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Anne Sullivan has seen a good amount of success in her four years as head coach of the Exeter-West Greenwich girls tennis team.
Playing in Division III, the Scarlet Knights have never finished lower than third or won less than eight matches while under her care, twice winning double digit matches and once bringing home a division title.
This season will be a little different for Sullivan, however. Last season marked the end of the high school careers of the class she came in with, bringing on a new collection of players to lead this yearâ€™s Knights.
The past few seasons the North Kingstown field hockey team has managed to stay competitive despite playing with a relatively young roster.
Last fall the Skippers went 10-5-1 in Division I-South and clinched the No. 5 seed in the postseason, but dropped a first-round matchup with East Greenwich 3-0.
Fortunately for NK it only lost four seniors from that team and return this season with a veteran lineup, the majority of whom have been battle tested.
When it came time to win critical games against the likes of Smithfield and North Smithfield last season the Exeter-West Greenwich football team fell just short, subsequently missing out on the playoffs with a 3-5 record.
Nonetheless, it was another year in which the Knights were in the hunt for a playoff berth, which has become the norm for EWG over the past seven years.
This season Exeter-West Greenwich has a strong core of returners that should once again keep the team competitive.
COVENTRY â€” The three-time defending Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich girls volleyball team are doing a little rebuilding after graduating a number of talented players.
Of course, the rebuilding should go pretty smoothly with second-team All-State middle hitter Jennifer Donnelly back for her junior campaign. Donnelly and fellow middle hitter Jenna Bridges form the most menacing middle duo in II-South and give coach Josh Bednarczyk a solid platform to build this seasonâ€™s team.
Aleksandra Drljaca counts it as the â€śmost specialâ€ť moment of her short high school career.
To date, however, the now seniorâ€™s 2012 season has also gone down as the finest in East Greenwich High School girls tennis history. Last fall, Drljaca rarely lost a set during her junior campaign, winning 36-of-38, let alone a match as she went a perfect 18-0 in Interscholastic League play en route to becoming the first female in the schoolâ€™s history to capture the RIIL individual state tennis championship.
WARWICK â€“ It was a good start to the season for the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team when they opened up their 2013 schedule on Tuesday night. The team went on the road for their opener and thoroughly dismantled the Warwick Vets Hurricanes in a three-game sweep; 25-10, 25-15, 25-11.
After four straight season finishing at or below .500, the East Greenwich High School football team took a giant leap in 2012. They posted a 7-1 record during the regular season, finishing second in Division III, before advancing to the championship game where they came up just short against undefeated Middletown, losing the Super Bowl 33-21.
Not just practice, but perfect practice. Not just a culture, but a culture that strives for excellence. These are the foundations of an athletic program with a long-standing tradition of success.
They are also the ideals that have transformed the East Greenwich High School girls tennis team into one of the best teams in the state in recent years.
Replacing players like Marielle Kraft and Kerri Pallister is never easy.
The duo were the East Greenwich field hockey teamâ€™s senior captains a season ago and easily two of the better players the Avengers have had in recent memory.
If there ever was a year for East Greenwich to absorb losing such talents though, it might be this one.
â€śEverythingâ€™s going great,â€ť EG coach Deb McMullen says. â€śWe have a pretty experienced team we have a couple of players that have been on varsity for four years.â€ť
After last season, Chariho football coach Mike Kelly isnâ€™t taking any chances when it comes to resting players.
Last fall the Chargers â€“ by no fault of their coach â€“ were decimated by injuries so at this point in the season Kelly is making sure his team gets the rest they need to be ready for the season.
â€śWeâ€™re making some progress,â€ť Kelly says. â€śThe biggest battle weâ€™re going through is we have some bumps and bruises. Weâ€™re trying to be smart.â€ť
Itâ€™s been a double-edged sword for Kelly and the Chargers though.