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August 22nd, 2013
KINGSTONâThe University of Rhode Island football team didnât win a game last season and thereâs no guarantee theyâll win one this time around.
Regardless of how many victories the Rams finish with on the field, the boys in Keaney Blue have already clinched a winning season.
Evan Huddon has undergone nearly twice as many surgeries as he is years old.
When the 13-year-old boy from Warwick was born he was diagnosed with Spina Bifida â when the spinal cord does not full develop â and has subsequently been bound to a wheelchair.
WAKEFIELD â The time has come for Rhode Island high school football teams to begin their annual journey towards a Super Bowl championship as Monday marked day one of fall interscholastic sports practices.
At South Kingstown High School, the Rebels did not let the chaos and excitement of being back distract from getting right to work as they took to the field for the first time with just three weeks until their season opening injury fund contest.
NARRAGANSETT â For adults, the approach of Labor Day usually comes with the anticipation of a three-day weekend and possibly one last vacation before the weather turns.
For local youths, it signifies something worse; the end of summer vacation.
For the 53 students hoping to suit up for Narragansett High School this fall, the silver lining is that at least the end of summer means football is back.
COVENTRY â Mark Barter has been coaching his 13-year-old son, Joey Barter, for over six years, but the highest point of their baseball relationship and one of the lowest points of their time together in baseball took place in the span of 48 hours.
The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars had just dropped a 13-7 decision to Plymouth, Mass. in the New England winnersâ bracket final in Manchester, N.H. Mark Barter had to drive back to Coventry to work the next day, while Joey was staying in the team hotel.
COVENTRY â The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip full of fun and sightseeing, but the main point of the trip to Williston, N.D. isnât lost on the players and the coach.
âThis is vey exciting. We wanted to do it last year, but now we get to go to North Dakota,â centerfielder Nick DâAmbra said. âWeâre nervous and excited. We know all the teams are going to be good, but we also know that weâre good.â
Local swimmers Michaela Degnan and Hannah Pariseault each competed earlier this month for the Bluefish Swim Club at the New England Swimming 13-19 Age Group Championships held at Harvard Universityâs Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
Degnan, 14, of Narragansett finished in 10th place overall for the 13 to 14-year-old girls division with 83 total points.
She recorded three victories at the August 1-4 competition, including the girls 100 meter butterfly (1:04.71), 200 fly (2:25.07) and 100 backstroke (1:06.83).
CRANSTONâFor many of the Southern Rhode Island locals competing in the 82nd Rhode Island Open this week at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Tuesdayâs opening round was unforgiving. And it had nothing to do with the weather.
âIt was perfect,â said John Rainone, who plays out of North Kingstown Golf Club. âIt wasnât like it was raining heavy or anything. It was the perfect conditions to play in as you can see from some of the scores.
âYou couldnât ask for an easier day weather-wise to play golf, so no excuses there.â
CRANSTON â When the rain came through on Tuesday morning, it made the course soft. Ideal conditions to shoot the number of low scores that adorned the top of the leader board through the opening round of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship at Alpine Country Club.
The Sun came out on Wednesday, though, and with it came the wind, which made for a much different story.
CRANSTONâIt was a tough spring for 2013 Prout graduate Matt Costaregni.
An injury during the winter set him back for the start of the season and just as he had returned to the top of his game another one dashed his hopes of an individual state golf title.
âCollar bone, I broke it skiing,â Costaregni said of the injury that plagued him to start the spring. âThen like a week before states I broke my ankle playing basketball and missed two months from that so Iâve really only been back for a month or so.
CRANSTONâAfter playing in a number of tournaments together this summer Charlie Blanchard and McKinley Slade were once again on the course at the same time Tuesday and Wednesday for the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championships.
Rest assured though, it wonât be the last time the two see each other.
In just a few short weeks Slade â a 2013 graduate of South Kingstown High â will be off to Bryant University to continue his academic and golf career, the latter under Blanchardâs tutelage.