Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
For the past 26 years Joel Tuoni has spent his time coaching girls basketball and softball at various high schools throughout the state.
He has been in charge of both programs at South Kingstown High School â his alma mater as a graduate of the class of 1982 â for the last decade but as Tuoni said by phone Tuesday morning, âlifeâs about changes.â
Tuoni will not be returning to coach the Rebels this season as he is planning to move to Florida to finish up his bachelorâs degree.
MANCHESTER, N.H. â The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars won the state title with its deep pitching staff.
Coventry won the New England title with its potent lineup.
After scoring only 33 runs in their four games at McCarthy Field to win the state title, Coventry scored 36 runs in its two games Thursday night to defeat Plymouth, Mass. and claim the state title. Couple that performance with Coventryâs 14 runs in an elimination game against Westfield, Mass. the day before and it becomes clear whey Coventry is headed to Williston, N.D. for the Babe Ruth World Series.
MANCHESTER, N.H. â It took a year long than theyâd hope it would take, but the all-stars from Coventry can finally call themselves New England champions.
After falling short of their goal of going to Williamsport, Penn. for last yearâs Little League World Series, Coventryâs top baseball players grew a year old and a year wiser and added a little more talent and won another state title.
Coventryâs New England title dream was derailed by Plymouth, Mass. in the winnersâ bracket final, but the Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars came back with a vengeance Thursday night at Gill Stadium.
It is not possible to imagine a surfing contest running off as perfectly as the 2013 Ozone Classic.
There was great organization, cloudless sunny skies, warm air and water temperatures, and excellent surf.
GALILEE â It has become a mainstay at southern Rhode Island beaches for more than 30 years.
Every year in early August, teams of lifeguards from beaches such as Narragansett, Scarborough, Westerly and East Matunuck come together for the annual Rhode Island Lifeguard Tournament, a weeklong competition in a series of events that test and showcase the lifeguarding skills.
GROTON, CONNâThe Ocean State Wavesâ players proved this season that those who make the biggest difference are the ones on the field.
Ignoring the uncertainty that emerged with the unexpected termination of manager Phil Davidson 30 games into the season would be like ignoring the elephant in the room.
Rian McCarthy â who managed the team for the remainder of the season â and his staff did an admirable job afterwards but to suddenly lose the leader of a team midway through your first season of existence could understandably be unnerving for 19 to 22-year old adults.
RUMFORDâSome days you just donât have it and unfortunately for South Kingstown senior Mia Bartolotta Wednesday was one of those days.
âI know I could have played a lot better today and it just wasnât my day,â she said. â[Ashley Roggero] had phenomenal day and Iâm really proud of her.â
After taking the top seed heading into the match play portion of the inaugural Girls Junior Amateur Championship Monday at Agawam Hunt, Bartolotta was decidedly upset by Roggero 8 and 7.
BRISTOL â The ride finally came to an end for the Wickford 11-Year Old All-Stars at Veterans Park in Bristol last Thursday evening.
While Cumberland American may have hoisted the state championship banner at the end of the night, one thing was clear; no matter what, baseball was still in the future for the Wickford 11-Year Old All-Stars.
âFirst thing Nick Sacchetti said [after the game] was âWiffleball tomorrow?ââ said Wickford manager Joe Walsh. âThatâs all we care about. As long as weâre doing something baseball oriented, weâre having fun.â
EAST PROVIDENCEâFollowing this springâs RIIL Girls Golf Championship South Kingstownâs Mia Bartolotta was devastated.
Then a junior, Bartolotta was tied for the lead at the turn at Point Judith Country Club before a tough back nine forced her to settle for sixth.
âJust thinking about it I want to cry because I know I had a chance but then I just lost it,â Bartolotta said of states. âIt was definitely like a head game for me out there.â
EAST PROVIDENCEâAll Corey Zegarzewski could do is wait.
Hours earlier the soon-to-be junior at Chariho High School had turned in his scorecard at the opening round of the 92nd Junior Amateur Championship at Agawam Hunt and he knew his seven-over par 77 put him squarely on the bubble.
âItâs definitely nerve wracking,â he said of waiting to see if heâd make the cut Monday. âI really want to make the championship flight.â
Last summer he had come close to making the top division but fell just shy.