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September 19th, 2013
EAST GREENWICH â€“ In the end the score looked much like one would expect with a reigning Division III runner-up taking on team that finished below .500 a year ago in Division IV
But looks can be deceiving.
That was the case last Friday night as the teams from East Greenwich and Exeter-West Greenwich took to Carcieri Field for an inter-divisional contest to open their 2013 seasons. Through the first three quarters, the Avengers and the Scarlet Knights were locked up in a tight battle until a pair of interceptions broke the game open, propelling East Greenwich to a 34-17 win.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ There may not have been many given the number of returning players off of a successful 2012 squad, but any doubts the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team should be considered amongst the best in Division II have already been squashed, just two weeks into the season.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”Playing through adversity has become a common practice for the East Greenwich girls soccer team.
Before she had even stepped on the practice field last season the Avengers lost star defender Marissa Light to a knee injury, yet the team had enough talent that after some position shuffling made their way into the playoffs.
Now a senior captain, Light is back on the field for the Avengers this fall and couldnâ€™t be more excited to return.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ Though the season may be but two weeks old, any who thought that last yearâ€™s 7-5-2 season for the Chariho girls soccer team was a mere aberration from a decade of sub-.500 play can just about put those doubts to rest. Tuesdayâ€™s 2-1 home win over Moses Brown makes it four wins in four games in 2013 for the Chargers.
â€śThis is a first for Chariho in I donâ€™t know how many years. Itâ€™s nice. The girls are ecstatic,â€ť said Chargers coach Brittney Godbout. â€śâ€¦We have a very young spirited team and when they want it, they go get it. Itâ€™s nice to see.â€ť
WOOD RIVER JCT.â€”Last season the Chariho boys soccer team left plenty of points in the standings on the field and Monday the Chargers (1-1-2 Division I) left two after settling for a 2-2 tie with Hope (2-0-1 D-I)
â€śWe let two points slip towards the end because we had a lot of opportunities,â€ť Chariho coach Tyler Hartshorn said. â€śThe fitness factor kind of came in for us and we just didnâ€™t put them away.â€ť
Rather than a criticism though, it is more a testament to where the Chargers have come in a year as last seasonâ€™s game against the Blue Wave is a perfect example.
WOOD RIVER JCT.â€”For the first time this preseason the Narragansett football team had its full stable of talented running backs available.
Senior Reed Nelson and junior Deontae Stanley each sat out against South Kingstown in Injury Fund the previous week but Friday night against Chariho each played fairly well.
That was about where the positives ended for the Mariners though as too many penalties â€“ most of which personal fouls â€“ cost them in a 20-14 Charger victory.
WOOD RIVER JCT.â€”Talent at the top is important but in cross country depth is king.
Chariho didnâ€™t have a boy or girl finish first in the season opening races with Narragansett and Exeter-West Greenwich Monday afternoon yet each team won their dual meet by a comfortable margin.
â€śA lot of people have stepped up and a lot of people have done their work over the summer,â€ť Chariho girls coach Diane Leith-Doucett said. â€śWeâ€™ve got some good new freshmen in that mix and then people came back. Weâ€™re just deeper this year.â€ť
WEST WARWICK â€” It was hard to figure out which team was trying to snap a 12-game losing streak and which team came into the season with Super Bowl aspirations Saturday at Maznicki Field.
The South Kingstown football team, which went winless in the merciless meat grinder that is Division I last year, scored the first 28 points of its non-league contest against a very talented West Warwick squad, which reached the Division II semifinals last year.
COVENTRY â€” With every Abby Lyons kill and every Ally Thomas dig it looked like the Prout volleyball team was going to take the opening game from Coventry Monday night.
The Crusaders, just like North Kingstown the week before, had a late lead on the defending state champions and a chance to dent Coventryâ€™s aura of invincibility.
But, just like the Skippers, the Crusaders simply couldnâ€™t weather the Oakersâ€™ onslaught. Coventry scored the final four points of the opening game and then won 50 of the matchâ€™s final 75 points to earn a 25-23, 25-16, 25-9 Division I-South victory.
WARWICK â€“ It was a tough start to the week for the Narragansett boys soccer team as it dropped their second straight game when they travelled north to face Toll Gate Monday afternoon at Goff Field.
Early mistakes proved costly for the Mariners, putting them in a hole from which they could not recover as Toll Gate went on to a 3-1 victory.