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April 25th, 2013
WEST WARWICK â€” The regular season is about finding an identity which will carry you through the playoffs.
Monday afternoon the West Warwick baseball team took a big step toward finding an identity, while defending Division II-South champion Prout is still trying to find its footing with a young group of players.
WAKEFIELDâ€”After a disappointing loss in their season opener the Prout baseball team bounced back with an 11-1 victory over Tiverton in five innings Saturday.
â€śItâ€™s a good day for Prout,â€ť said Crusaders coach Mike LaBarbera. â€śWeâ€™re going to hit, itâ€™s no secretâ€¦ Certainly, a couple things didnâ€™t go Tivertonâ€™s way. Weâ€™re not as good as the result today and they certainly arenâ€™t as bad.â€ť
By the end of the game they were clicking but it was a sloppy start for the Prout bats.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”If the Prout girls lacrosse team is going to secure its first winning season in Division I junior Abby Lyons is going to be a big part of it.
Through three league games Lyons has 10 goals but Saturday against neighboring South Kingstown she had her best scoring outburst of the season.
The junior center netted five goals â€“ four of which came in the first half â€“ as the Crusaders (3-2, 2-1 Division I-South) downed the Rebels (1-2, 1-2 D-I South) 11-7 Saturday.
WAKEFIELDâ€”The softball season may be just over three weeks old but the contenders in Division II-South are beginning to make themselves apparent.
As expected, everyone is chasing East Greenwich (5-1, 5-0 D-II South) so far but Monday afternoon West Warwick (3-1, 3-1 D-II South) made a statement that itâ€™s at the top of that next tier along with Pilgrim (4-1, 3-1 D-II South).
â€śItâ€™s looking like itâ€™s going to pan out that way,â€ť West Warwick coach Brian Palazzo said. â€śItâ€™s looking like itâ€™s going to be one of the three of us; either East Greenwich, Pilgrim or us.â€ť
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Six games into the season the Narragansett softball team has yet to be tested in Division III and at this point itâ€™s questionable whether or not that challenge will ever come.
Having faced every team in D-III so far â€“ except Block Island and Shea â€“ the Mariners have rolled over their opposition by a combined 73-14 this season.
The games may not have been competitive so far but after the season the Mariners had last year, theyâ€™ll take it.
WARWICK â€“ In the face of playing three matches in three days, the Narragansett High School boys tennis team had a nearly flawless start to their week as they traveled north to face Warwick Veterans.
The Mariners wasted no time as they swept the Hurricanes, 7-0, in a match that lasted less than an hour.
More impressive than how quickly Narragansett dispatched their opponents was the fact they completed their shutout losing just three games in the process.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Last spring the Narragansett girls lacrosse team had a tremendous season â€“ going 12-2 in the regular season â€“ but fell just short of making the Division II Championship after a semifinal loss to Tiverton.
Now in Division III, the Mariners are looking like they have what it takes to make it to the championship.
â€śWeâ€™re going pretty strong,â€ť senior captain Chandler Lemay said. â€śItâ€™s a little fallback from last year being in D-II but weâ€™re still trying our hardest this year.â€ť
Stonehill College has one of the top womenâ€™s tennis teams in Division II and freshman Kirsti Toegemann is a key performer for the Skyhawks, who are ranked ninth in the East by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
COVENTRY â€” In its first year of varsity competition this Coventry lacrosse team was just happy to win a playoff game and reach the Division III semifinals.
This season, simply making the playoffs isnâ€™t the goal for a team with plenty of lacrosse experience. The Oakers, behind the attack play of Ethan Tryhubczak and Alex Izzi, the middie play of Zach Allen and Jake Harrington and the goalkeeping of Kyle Marquis have bigger goals in 2013.
WEST GREENWICH â€” The result was predictable. The road to the result wasnâ€™t.
The undefeated Coventry volleyball team traveled just a few miles down Route 3 to face winless Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday night. The Oakers had lost just three games this season, while the very inexperienced Scarlet Knights had won just two games.
Coventry returned home with its perfect record still intact after a sweep, but the Oakers were forced to work a little harder than they wanted to in a 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 victory over the Knights.