Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
Brandon Eckles was more than grateful to be selected as one of the 48 best players in the state and compete in the Rhode Island Coaches Association All-Star games last Wednesday at Rhode Island College.
At the same time though the whole thing felt just a little bit off and itâ€™s easy to see why.
This past winter East Greenwich saw a significant amount of turnover amongst its head coaches.
Matt Records â€“ who prior to the move was the head coach of the girls basketball team â€“ took over the boys basketball team for Craig MacKenzie and Recordsâ€™ former assistant coach â€“ Tori Ahrens â€“ took his place.
Calling 2012 a good year for East Greenwich High School athletics would be an understatement.
It was a great year and now the school has the hardware to prove it.
Top-seeded Lincoln slipped past the No. 2 Prout 3-2 Thursday night at Brown Universities George V. Meehan Auditorium.
With a late flurry the Crusaders (15-5-0, 14-4-0 Division II Central) closed a 3-1 deficit, coming up just short against the Lions (19-0-1, 17-0-1 Division II North) as time ran out in game one of the Division II Boyâ€™s Ice Hockey Championship.
Throughout their coaching careers Tom Penders and Al Skinner have each heard the trumpets flourish and the wolves at the gates.
Each knows all too well what it feels like to be heralded as a programâ€™s savior and to have fans calling for their jobs.
Sabrina Nuttall had one of her best swims of the high school season at the Rhode Island Girls Swimming Championships a little over one month ago and since then the freshman from South Kingstown hasnâ€™t slowed down.
Prout goalkeeper Austin Gemma played about as well as anyone could expect a freshman to in game two of Saturdayâ€™s best-of-three Division II Boys Ice Hockey Championship series between the Crusaders and Lincoln.
Unfortunately for Gemma and his Crusader teammates hockey â€“ like most sports â€“ can be fickle.
Circumstance is an essential part of evaluation.
All one has to do to understand that is to look at the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball team this season.
The Rams finished 8-21 overall (3-13 Atlantic 10) and of their 21 losses 15 were by single digits, yet this was a pretty good year for URI.
It took the University of Rhode Island baseball team nine tries before it finally won a game this season.
If the Rams are able to do anything special this season it will be a result of those nine games.
Off the court Prout girls basketball coach Phil Quinn and his step-daughter Brittany Donovan have gotten along ever since they entered each otherâ€™s lives.
â€śWeâ€™re really close,â€ť Donovan says. â€śHe came into my life when I was in eighth grade and he was an amazing coach and itâ€™s going to be really hard next year without them. Off the court heâ€™s an amazing dad so I couldnâ€™t have asked for anything better.â€ť