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September 5th, 2013
It was a struggle last fall for the South Kingstown girls tennis team as the Rebels made their return to Division I.
After two successful campaigns in Division II in 2010 and 2011 â€“ where they posted a combined 20-8 regular season record â€“ wins were hard to come by last season as the Rebels finished near the bottom of the standings.
As the team prepares to open their 2013 schedule, while they may face their share of challenges, it is shaping up to be a much-improved Rebels squad this fall.
The start of regular season matches this week could not come soon enough for the Prout girls tennis team.
With a large core of returning players, it is not practice, but actual play, particularly early in the season, that will be pivotal for the Crusders as they look to improve upon last seasonâ€™s 4-8 finish.
The schedule makers certainly didnâ€™t do the Narragansett football team any favors this season.
Last fall the Mariners didnâ€™t clinch a playoff spot until the second-to-last week of the season and if they wait that long this year they may be out of luck.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to definitely play well in the beginning because those games in late October and November, they could be tough,â€ť Narragansett coach Dick Fossa says. â€śYou donâ€™t want to be in must-win games against Middletown, Mount Pleasant, Classical and East Greenwich.â€ť
On paper, it can be said the 2012 season for the South Kingstown football team is one best soon forgotten. Just one season after finishing third in just their second season in Division I, the Rebels dropped to the basement, going 0-8 last fall.
In practice, however, going through such a season can be beneficial for a young athlete as a way to quickly learn nothing in sports is a given and teach the kind of fortitude needed to succeed on the field.
As the Narragansett girls volleyball team can certainly attest, the road to the Division II Championship goes through Exeter-West Greenwich.
The Knights soundly beat the Mariners 25-12, 25-11, 25-10 in the quarterfinals last season en route to their third D-II title in a row and should once again be the team to beat with one the stateâ€™s best hitters in Jennifer Donnelly back this season.
Itâ€™s a new season with a new coach for the Mariners though, and theyâ€™re hoping with the fresh start comes better results.
Where have all the Carla Porrasâ€™ gone?
The days of Jackie Iannucci, Katie Riley, Dolci Wagner and all the players that helped lead the Narragansett girls soccer team to back-to-back Division III Championships have gone and past as only a handful of players remain that had significant roles on those title teams.
Donâ€™t shed a tear for the Mariners though, because they certainly arenâ€™t.
The Prout girls soccer team returned to practice last week, coming into the 2013 season after a reasonably successful 2012.
The Crusaders finished near the top of the standings at 8-5-1, just their third season in Division I, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Though there were significant losses from the graduation of players like Shannon Mis and Ashley DiClemente, much of the same is to be expected out of Prout this season.
The end of the 2012 season did not come without its fair share of drama for the South Kingstown girls soccer team.
The Rebels finished the regular season near the top of the standings, tying rival North Kingstown for third at 8-2-4, but were unsure of what to expect come the postseason.
South Kingstown went on to post back-to-back shootout wins over Barrington in the quarterfinals and LaSalle in the semifinals to earn a berth in the RIIL Division I Championship match against Smithfield. It was another tight battle, but ultimately the Rebels fell to the Sentinels 2-1.
All it takes is one look at the South Kingstown girls volleyball team to tell that theyâ€™re in store for a better season this fall.
Last year the Rebels struggled â€“ mightily at times â€“ en route to a 3-13 record but with a team loaded with size and athleticism SK should be in store for a bounce back season.
â€śI think weâ€™re going to be pretty good,â€ť SK coach Chris Fagan says. â€śHopefully.â€ť
â€śCoventryâ€™s going to be tough again and I think we should be right in the mix just seeing from who graduated last year. Middle of the pack, hopefully the upper pack.â€ť
The success of the Prout girls volleyball team is long standing and well known throughout the stateâ€™s volleyball circuit.
Since 2005, Prout has been on an astronomic rise from Division III to Division I, never losing more than four games in a season for a combined regular season record of 117-9, including four perfect seasons, six division titles and a run of seven straight state championships that lasted from 2004 to 2010.