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October 30th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â It is said there is a first time for everything.
For the Narragansett girls tennis team, it earned its first ever shot at a state title when it beat Westerly 4-2 last Thursday to advance to the RIIL Division II Championship match Saturday at Slater Park and the Mariners didnât waste the opportunity.
PAWTUCKET â After an 11-1 season in 2012, the East Greenwich High School girls tennis team was on track to reach the finals in their first year in Division I. Despite their superiority on paper, however, the Avengers were caught sleeping in the semis and upset by a Mount St. Charles team they had beaten earlier in the season.
PAWTUCKET â Mission complete.
It was a moment months, if not years, in the making. Slowly, methodically, the East Greenwich High School girls tennis team churned their way through their 2013 schedule, laying waste to all who stood in their path. Along the way, the Avengers did what they could to stay focused and grounded, despite their success, all the while building to this one, final crescendo.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â Thereâs a strange and intangible collective that often reveals itself in instances like senior night.
Though Chariho and North Kingstown tied 1-1, it was clear to both coaches who had played the better soccer game and an unfamiliar observer may have been hard-pressed to distinguish between the team coming in 9-2 in D-I and the team coming in 2-7-2.
WEST GREENWICHâExeter-West Greenwich girls soccer coach Kevin Fraser has seen 19 senior days come and go during his tenure coaching the Knights, each one special in their own way.
Few â if any â have had the track record of this seasonâs senior class though, a group that has gone from winning three Division II Championships in a row to this season thriving amongst the stateâs best in Division I.
EAST GREENWICH â Non-league game or not, there was still much to be gained by both squads as the East Greenwich and North Kingstown football teams met at EGâs Carcieri Field Friday night. The Avengers had been routed on their home turf just one week prior â a 34-0 loss to Moses Brown â while the Skippers themselves were regaining their game.
Two weeks ago North suffered its first defeat of the season â a lopsided 34-8 loss to Rogers â but last week got back on track by handing Cumberland its first defeat 36-14.
WEST GREENWICHâIt all started with a phone call 24 years ago.
âIâll never forget that phone call I got in 1989,â Steve McGrane says. âIt changed my life.â
McGrane was just 26-years old when he took that call â a job proposition to coach the Exeter-West Greenwich junior high girls basketball team â from superintendent Jim Erinakes and the fledgling Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District.
âEWG didnât even have a high school yet,â McGrane says. âI said, âjunior high girls basketball? Iâll give it a shot,â and I fell in love with it.â
PAWTUCKET â For the North Kingstown girls tennis team, 2013 had been called a âdream seasonâ by some. Somewhat unexpectedly, the Skippers ran to a 9-3 regular season, finishing third in Division I-Met A behind East Greenwich and LaSalle.
The Skipper awoke from their dream, however, when their season came to an end last Thursday in the RIIL Division I semifinals with a 4-1 loss to LaSalle at Slater Park.
âTerrific team, LaSalle,â said North coach Tim OâNeill. âMore power to them. A lot of depth a lot of talent.
PAWTUCKETâWhen people remember the Narragansett girls tennis team winning the 2013 Division II Championship theyâll remember Eily Sullivan erasing a 4-1, third-set deficit to clinch the title five games later against Toll Gate.
Theyâll remember Brooke McGreen and Ashley Kennedy surviving a slew of match points to close out their match 11-9 in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles or Olivia Scalora dominating her match at No. 1 singles after falling to the same opponent in three sets just nine days earlier.
COVENTRY â The Coventry and East Greenwich girls soccer teams walked off the field Thursday afternoon with a share of the points, but the reaction to the preceding 80 minutes couldnât have been more different.