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August 29th, 2013
The Chariho boys soccer team hasnâ€™t had a winning season since capturing the Division I Championship in 2009 and the past two years have been tough ones for the Chargers.
On the heels of a 3-13-2 season in 2011 the Chargers didnâ€™t fare any better last fall, turning in a 3-11-0 record at seasonâ€™s end.
Charihoâ€™s struggles could very well be coming to an end though as this yearâ€™s team features 14 seniors and slew of other talented, veteran players.
Last season was a giant leap forward for the Chariho girls soccer program.
After making an improbable run for Division II Championship in 2000 â€“ with a .500 regular season record no less â€“ the Chargers returned to the playoffs with a sub .500 record the following year.
From there Chariho spent the next decade toiling at the bottom of the division through three and four-win seasons until moving down to Division III in 2012.
Last season was an investment in the future for the South Kingstown field hockey team.
This fall, the Rebels are hoping to start collecting on that investment.
After back-to-back appearances in the Division II Championship South Kingstown made the jump to Division I in 2012, but unfortunately for the Rebels it came in a year in which the majority of their starters from the year before had graduated.
The preseason may be just a weeks old but so far South Kingstown High boys soccer coach Scott Rollins likes what heâ€™s seen.
â€śThis team has some young kids on it so theyâ€™re really fighting each other for playing time,â€ť Rollins says. â€śThis year itâ€™s an open competition so the energy level is really high.â€ť
Rollins is not about to predict just how good team his team will be this year â€“ or any year for that matter â€“ but at least making the playoffs has become the expectation at SK.
After a highly successful regular season in the fall of 2012 where they finished tied for second in Division III at 10-1-3, the Prout Boys soccer team was caught sleeping in the quarterfinals and upset by sixth seeded Davies, 3-0.
It was a disappointing end for the Crusaders, one that left a bitter taste that has lingered into this fall.
With just days left before the first official match on their 2013 docket, Prout is already full bore towards making amends for the loss and improving upon those results.
Like so many of the teams at Narragansett High School did last year, the Marinersâ€™ boys soccer team enjoyed a good deal of success as they made a run all the way to the RIIL Division II Championship game.
There was a price to be paid for that success, however, as more than half the players on that 2012 squad were graduating seniors.
That is the challenge facing coaches at a small school such as Narragansett. Not just trying to figure out how to be successful and win in an individual game or season, but how to best set up their program to be consistent year after year.
KINGSTON â€” The University of Rhode Island football team isnâ€™t making any excuses for what happened during a disastrous 2012 season.
The Rams went winless in 2012 and aside from a 10-point loss in the Governorâ€™s Cup game against Brown, URI wasnâ€™t competitive. The Rams allowed at least 30 points in nine of 11 games and only crossed the 20-point mark twice as URI went winless for the first time since Harry Truman was president.
Itâ€™s relatively easy to measure the progress the Coventry hockey team made the during the Rhode Island Summer Hockey League season.
In their first game of the season the Oakers were beaten 5-1 by Bishop Hendricken. The two teams met again in the semifinals Sunday night in Smithfield and the young Oakers gave a better account of themselves.
COVENTRY â€” Every offensive play the Coventry football worked on during the preseason last year went for naught when, after the Oakers were humbled in a non-league game by North Kingstown, Coventry coach Gerry Zannella eschewed the passing game in favor of the single wing out of self perseveration.
That shouldn't be the case this year as the Oakers enter the new season with a new quarterback and a new mindset. Junior Joe Foley, who quarterbacked the Oakers' JV team last year, will be the signal caller this season.
The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars had already qualified for the single-elimination portion of the World Series, but the 13 kids didnâ€™t know that.
Coventry coach Mark Barter elected not to tell his team prior to Wednesdayâ€™s final pool play game against Tualatin Hills, Oregon that the team had already qualified because he wanted the team to shoot for the American Divisionâ€™s No. 2 seed, which would put Coventry on the other side of the bracket from El Segundo, Calif.