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September 19th, 2013
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 Coventryâs aura of invincibility.
But, just like the Skippers, the Crusaders simply couldnât weather the Oakersâ onslaught. Coventry scored the final four points of the opening game and then won 50 of the matchâs 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.
ALBANY, N.Y. â If Rhode Island was going to snap its 15-game losing streak Saturday night against Albany, the Rams were going to have to take some chances. Chances like the one coach Joe Trainer took in overtime.
With the Rams clinging to a six-point lead in the extra session following a Justin Semmes touchdown and a missed extra point, Albany faced a third-and-8 at the URI 23. Instead of sitting back and allowing Albany quarterback Will Flacchi to survey the field, the Rams blitzed their linebackers and whipped Doug Johnson.
WAKEFIELDâA number of girls volleyball teams have found out so far this season that if you take a night off in Division I-South youâre not going to win.
Last Thursday the Crusadersâ didnât have their âAâ game against North Kingstown and the result was a 25-15, 25-17, 25-12 loss to the Skippers.
âThis is a very competitive division. If you take a day off you are going to lose,â Prout coach Katie Walsh said. ââŠ[Against North Kingstown] it was just one of those days where we couldnât get anything started and by the time we did it was the end of the match.â
BURRILLVILLE â With just days before the official start to their 2013 season, the South Kingstown High School boys and girls cross country teams descended upon Burrillville Middle School last Saturday to take part in the annual RIIL Cross Country Injury Fund Carnival.
The Rebels girls team enter the 2013 season coming off back-to-back Class B championships and a five year span that has seen them lose just four regular season meets. They got the Injury Fund festivities going for South looking to defend their Casewell Race title in the very first race of the day.
BURRILLVILLE â Running in the Southern Division, it can be hard for a team to get noticed competing annually against the likes of perennial powerhouses Chariho, North and South Kingstown.
While they may not yet have reached that level where they are getting the same notoriety as the Skippers, Rebels and Chargers, coaches around the division will note the Prout boys cross country program is quietly become one of the premier programs in the Southern Division.
NARRAGANSETTâHow a team views a tie is all about how it happens.
The Narragansett boys soccer team, for example, was more than happy to leave Tuesdayâs home contest against Mount Pleasant with a 1-1 decision thanks to some late heroics from senior Alec Cotroneo.
âThe good news is weâll get a point out of it,â Narragansett coach Ryan Kanaczet said. âWe donât know what the bad news is because we donât know how this teamâs going to fare.
ââŠHopefully this team is a top five team in the division and we can say that tie wasnât that bad.â
WOONSOCKET â A fitting game to be played at a field that did not have a scoreboard.
Unaware of what had already transpired, fans who arrived late to Barry Field on Wednesday as the South Kingstown High School boys soccer team travelled north to play Woonsocket, could have easily assumed a rout was on as the Rebels dominated possession. Those in the know, however, saw a stymied Rebels attack that, despite their stranglehold on their opponent, escaped the Novans with a slim 2-0 victory.
BURRILLVILLE â Last fall saw the Coventry High School girls cross country team start its return to the dominant form the program became accustomed to in the mid-2000âs.
In 2012, the then young, somewhat inexperienced Oakers were a perfect 11-0 in the regular season to win a Suburban Division title. They placed third in both the Class A championship and state championship meets behind eventual New England champion Barrington High School and LaSalle Academy.
As the team embarks on the 2013 season, however, the Oakers are primed to take another step forward this fall.
COVENTRY â In its opening game of the season last week, the Coventry girls soccer team played very well against three-time Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich but ended up losing by two goals.
The Oakers didn't play nearly as well Monday afternoon against visiting Cumberland, but the Oakers found a way to overcome the Clippers for the second straight season.