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August 29th, 2013
COVENTRY â€” Motivation was never an issue for last yearâ€™s Coventry girls volleyball.
Coming into the season the Oakers were motivated to prove they were good enough to wear the same uniform as the 2011 state champions. And they became even more motivated to win a title after tough defeats to East Providence and Prout late in the regular season.
Sam Higgins, Jill Ward and the Oakers carried that motivation all the way to a state-title sweep of East Providence.
So, what is motivating a group of girls who have been to the mountain top to do it all again this year?
Replacing a player like Maddie Damm is never easy.
If a team was ever prepared to absorb such a hit though, it might this seasonâ€™s North Kingstown girls soccer team.
Damm â€“ who is entering her freshman year playing soccer at Syracuse University â€“ was invaluable for the Skippers in the midfield last fall but with 10 seniors and five juniors suiting up for NK this season North should have enough collectively to remain very competitive in Division I.
The beauty and cruelty of high school sports lays in its cyclical nature.
Last seasonâ€™s Division III Championship was four years in the making for the Exeter-West Greenwich boys soccer team as the Knights finally sealed the deal after two straight losses in the finals.
Now, a new chapter has undoubtedly begun as EWG moves on without the 14 seniors that helped lead the team to D-III title.
The Exeter-West Greenwich girls soccer teamâ€™s rĂ©sumĂ© over the past three seasons speaks for itself.
The Knights havenâ€™t lost a game since 2010 and have won the last three Division II Championships in convincing fashion.
You have to go back even further to find the teamâ€™s last losing season as a 6-10-0 record in 2005 marked the last time the club finished below .500.
This season, however, nothing is guaranteed, for the Knights are moving up to Division I to try and prove they belong playing amongst the stateâ€™s best.
After a reasonably successful 2012 campaign where they finished the regular season tied for fifth in Division I, the North Kingstown boys soccer team has returned to the pitch for 2013 with the goal in mind that, as good as last year may have been, this year will be better.
â€śWe were decent last year, playing on all cylinders and then we ran into Hendricken,â€ť said Skippers coach Kyle Froberg. â€śThatâ€™s how it goes.
The season that will stretch into November is not yet two weeks old for the East Greenwich High School boys soccer team. They are still a week away from the official start to 2013 with their season opener against Cranston West. It is early.
That is a good thing for a young, developing Avengers squad that needs all the time it can get. For East, it is not going to be about how the team starts this fall, but how they finish.
Last fall was a year beset with injuries for the East Greenwich High School girls soccer team. In the five proceeding years, they customarily finished the regular season in second and made deep runs into the playoffs each year, but as a number of starters went down with a variety of injuries throughout the season, the Avengers took a step back in 2012, finishing the regular season tied for eighth place at 6-4-4, managing just one win in their final five games and losing in the preliminary round of the playoffs.
A highly competitive team in a highly competitive division, the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team faired well in their first regular season playing in Division II last fall. They posted a 15-3 record, lost fewer games than any other team in the division (16) and ended in a five-way tie for the divisionâ€™s best record.
Seeded third headed into the playoffs, the Avengers made a run to the semifinals, where the magic of 2012 ran out and they were swept by eventual state champion Exeter-West Greenwich. A disappointing end to an otherwise brilliant season.
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.