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July 25th, 2013
WEST WARWICK â It is one of the oldest clichĂ©s in the game of baseball; âItâs not a sprint, itâs a marathon.â
It is also a clichĂ© that may end up defining the summer of 2013 for the South Kingstown Post 39 baseball team.
After struggling early in the season â opening up with a 3-9 record â Post 39 turned it on over the final eight days of the regular season to roll into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league.
SK went 6-3 in that span, which culminated with their 6-5 win over West Warwick Post Two on Monday night at McCarthy Field.
Narragansettâs Fred Bartlett proved beyond a doubt that is he one of the greatest athletes to come out of South County this past weekend.
He accomplished a rare feat in the highly competitive world of triathlons, winning the menâs overall title in back to back contests that featured world-class athletes.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâWhen the streak of state championships finally ended for the South Kingstown boys tennis team this spring initially there was shock.
Of course, how could there not be?
The Rebels entered the 2013 season having won 14 Division I Championships in a row only to see their run end with a late May loss to LaSalle in the semifinals.
Saturday â nearly two months after the end of the streak â former SK players from nearly the past two decades gathered at the tennis courts at Broad Middle School for the inaugural Alumni Doubles Tournament.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ Recent South Kingstown High School graduate McKinley Slade is playing the kind of golf he always knew he was capable of.
Slade â who finished tied for third at the RIIL State Golf Championships this spring â made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the 108th Rhode Island Amateur Golf Tournament held at Quidnessett Country Club last week before finally falling to Ledgemont County Clubâs Bobby Leopold.
After upsetting Ryan Pelletier 4 and 3 in the first round Thursday Slade â who entered the 32-golfer bracket as the No. 27 seed â knew he was in store for a good day.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â It had become something of a habit for the Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars in their games leading up to last Thursdayâs District 3 consolation bracket final at Tuckertown Park against South Kingstown American. They would start slow, allow their opponent to build up a big cushion and then surge back for the win.
This time around it was Narragansett jumping out to the early lead before South Kingstown fought back from a six-run deficit.
Ultimately, however, Narragansett managed to hold on for an 11-10 win.
KINGSTON â It has been some time since South Kingstown Post 39 has taken the field and found themselves in the win column at gameâs end.
Entering Monday nightâs contest with Gershkoff Auto Body â Auburn Post 20, Post 39âs only win in July came via forfeit.
The team, however, carried over some strong play in their recent losses and finally translated it into a win, taking down Post 20 8-3 at the University of Rhode Islandâs Bill Beck Field.
âI told them forget about that,â Post 39 coach Gary Lessard said of the losing streak. âWe had a couple days off and now weâre on a roll.â
WARWICKâMost coaches will tell you getting off to a good start goes hand in hand with success.
Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars coach Jason Laurie is not one of those people.
Throughout the District 3 Tournament his squad has ritually started slowly but found a way to come from behind for the victory.
So when âGansett took a two-run lead after the first inning of Saturdayâs District 3 Championship at Warwick Continental Laurie had a bad feeling.
CHARIHO â The journey ended far earlier than anyone associated with the Chariho Major Division all-star team wouldâve hoped.
Chariho, which came out of the losersâ bracket last year to claim the District 3 title on its way to the 11-year-old state title, entered the Major Division tournament as the favorite, but the kids from Dow Field were knocked into the losersâ bracket by eventual District 3 champion Coventry American.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â It was a tale of two teams for the South Kingstown National 11-Year Old All-Stars last week. After dropping their first game of the District 3 tournament in a runaway against Warwick Continental on Tuesday, the team came back on Thursday and did the same to their opponent, taking down East Greenwich by a score of 11-2 at Tuckertown Park.
EXETERâAfter a dramatic, extra innings victory over a scrappy Chariho squad the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars are joining the senior team in the state tournament.
Tyler Lynchâs run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as EWG escaped with a 4-3 victory in the District 3 Championship Monday at Wawaloam Field.
âThat was a terrific game,â EWG coach Jack Kaveny said. âIf youâre going to have a championship game, thatâs the kind of game you want where itâs in doubt and close the whole way.â