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NARRAGANSETT â€“ With the rains that plagued the start of the walkers race an hour before having subsided, the perfect backdrop had been set for the 42nd running of the Narragansett Lions Clubâ€™s Blessing of the Fleet Road Race Friday evening.
The race lived up to the perfect conditions left by the earlier weather as Sam Alexander of Waterford, Conn. commanded the race nearly the entire way, edging out Bishop Hendricken graduate Brian Doyle for the win, completing the 10-mile course in a time of 51:12.
It began as a simple road race 41 years ago.
Since then the Narragansett Lions Clubâ€™s annual Blessing of the Fleet Road Race has become not just one of the most recognized races in New England, but also one of the signature events in the state of Rhode Island. On Friday, it is a legacy that will be furthered when the Blessingâ€™s 42nd running takes place.
Sometimes things just fall into place.
This is the best way to describe what happened for the Eastern Surfing Association New England Summer Surfing Championships that ran this past Saturday at Second Beach in Middletown.
For the entire previous week, the surf was hopelessly flat and the surf zone at Second Beach was riddled with an odd form of sea life that resembled small, biting insects.
On the morning of the contest, the winds went strong onshore, kicking up a solid head high swell and blowing away all of the unwanted sea pests from the line-up.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Summer League is always a little different.
Different players. Different atmosphere. A chance to try different things.
It should not be surprising then that something considered an advantage in a normal game might turn out to be a disadvantage, as was the case Tuesday night in East Greenwichâ€™s matchup versus Prout.
More bodies means fresher legs, which generally produces better results in sports, especially later in games.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When it comes to summer league, it is not always the final score that matters. Coaches will say that the summer is more about their players developing their skills and learning to play better as a team.
Yet, even if getting the win is not the priority, the will to win usually seems to kick in, as was the case Tuesday night when South Kingstown put the hammer down on Coventry for a 31-22 win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Old Mountain field has seen its share of firework displays over the years but after the first inning of Wednesdayâ€™s Ocean State Waves game the fans on hand seemed to be in store for quite a show.
Ocean State and the visiting Mystic Schooners combined for five runs and five extra base hits in the opening frame alone.
The wind ultimately let out of the Schooners sails though, and the Waves kept rolling as Ocean State went on for a 9-4 victory Wednesday.
CRANSTON â€” Coventry American Major Division all-star coach Brendon Furtado proved prophetic.
Prior to his teamâ€™s opening round game of the state tournament against King Philip of Bristol, Furtado talked about how it was important for his team to make the simple plays because if they donâ€™t the District 3 championships would be in trouble against the other elite teams in the state.
WEST WARWICK â€” They didnâ€™t want to sound cocky, but the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars entered last weekâ€™s state tournament at McCarthy Field believing they were the team to beat.
After tough wins over Cranston and Warwick PAL, it seemed Coventry would have some competition for the state title.
Thatâ€™s when Coventry took its game to another level. After smothering North Providence/Smithfield in the winnersâ€™ bracket final, Coventry delivered its finest performance in the tournament in Saturdayâ€™s state final against a solid Cranston squad.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”A little over two hours after the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Starsâ€™ season came to an end the EWG seniors followed suit.
Exeter dropped a 9-0 decision to Riverside â€“ its second loss to the District 2 champs in as many games â€“ Tuesday at Sprague Park to bring its summer run to an end.
As was the case in Saturdayâ€™s 8-2 loss to starting pitcher C.J. Woods, Exeter-West Greenwich couldnâ€™t get anything going against Riverside starter Ethan Gervais.