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November 20th, 2013
Joe Trainerâs five-year run as the head football coach at the University of Rhode Island came to an end Monday morning when the 43-year-old was released from his contract with one year remaining.
Trainer, who led the Rams to a 3-9 season after they didnât win a game in 2012, saw his URI career come to an end following a 41-0 defeat to Maine. The Rams were outscored 191-27 in the last four games of the season.
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As the 2013 opener approached, South Kingstown boys soccer coach Scott Rollins was leery about putting any preconceived expectations on the season.
Yes, Rebel soccer has a long-standing tradition of being amongst the best in Rhode Island and Rollins felt like the playoffs were once again in the cards, but every year brings a new team and new circumstances. Other than getting back to the postseason, Southâs coach was mum on any set expectations.
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PROVIDENCEâThere is still hope for the Narragansett football team.
Needing a win to keep their chances of making the Division III playoff alive the Mariners turned in an impressive defensive performance in a 28-11 win at Classical Saturday afternoon.
âPlaying on the road against Classical theyâre always very athletic,â Narragansett coach Dick Fossa said after the win. âThey have the ability to run it and throw the ball but we needed to stick to our game plan and play with the intensity we had with Mount Pleasant. We felt if we did that weâd have a very good chance of winning.â
When the history books are written about the great philosophers of this era rapper Juelz Santana is not likely going to be one of the first names listed.
Yet there was a lyric from one of Santanaâs songs on the back of Narragansett cross country coach Robert Shieldsâ sweatshirt as he checked in on Marissa McPhillips after the sophomore Mariner had literally given it everything she had at Sundayâs RI Girls State Championship.
âHard work pays off, you get what you put in.â
If anyone knows how true that is, itâs McPhillips.
NARRAGANSETT â Just two steps remain in the road to perfection for the Narragansett girls volleyball team.
The upset was threatened briefly, but the top seeded Mariners overcame a slow start and eventually trounced the Central Falls Warriors 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 in the Division II quarterfinals Tuesday night at the Narragansett Pier School.
CRANSTON â The No. 2 Coventry soccer team hadnât allowed more than two goals in any game this season.
In 18 destructive minutes Tuesday evening in the Division II semifinals at Cranston Stadium No. 3 Toll Gate hammered three goals past Coventry goalie Domenic Aguiar.
The Oakers finally settled the game down and found a lifeline in a goal from freshman Matt Buglio in the 36th minute, but the rampant Titans added a fourth goal just before halftime to advance to their first division final since 1990 with a 4-1 victory.
NORTH SCITUATE â Throughout the 2013 season the Coventry girls cross country team has battled adversity.
Down two of their top five runners in Jess Bellow and Courtney Grant, the Oakers didnât make excuses when it came to race day and each time put their best foot forward.
âItâs definitely been tough mentally,â junior Allison Bellows said. âTraining this season our team has had a lot of injured girls go out but we also have a lot of girls that have stepped up this season and thatâs been pretty exciting to watch.â
CRANSTON â On paper it was though they were two teams that could not have been more evenly matched.
Just one point separated the East Greenwich High School field hockey team from Moses Brown in the standings, the only difference EGâs loss to Barrington to MBâs tie. The Avs had the best offense in Division I and the second ranked defense, the Quakers third and first, respectively. Both of their games during the regular season ended as 1-1 draws.
NORTH SCITUATEâMake them earn it.
It was the mantra for the East Greenwich boys cross country team Sunday for the RI State Championships as the Avengers were fully aware of the depth and talent of both Hendricken and La Salle.
Just because the Hawks and Rams were heavily favored to duke it out for the state title Sunday didnât mean EG was going to roll out the red carpet for the two teams though as the Avs put up a strong fight at Ponaganset High Schoolâs Covered Bridge Trail.
EAST GREENWICHâThe playoff window for the East Greenwich football team hasnât shut but the number of options for getting into the playoffs was limited by Friday nightâs 24-20 loss to Classical.
A win wouldnât have guaranteed the Avengers a spot but from here on out with gameâs against three teams â Middletown, Burrillville and Narragansett â each in playoff contention, victories are all but necessary.
âWe canât afford to lose again,â East Greenwich coach John George said, âor weâll be out.â