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September 13th, 2013
BURRILLVILLE â With just days before the official start to their 2013 season, the South Kingstown High School boys and girls cross country teams descended upon Burrillville Middle School last Saturday to take part in the annual RIIL Cross Country Injury Fund Carnival.
The Rebels girls team enter the 2013 season coming off back-to-back Class B championships and a five year span that has seen them lose just four regular season meets. They got the Injury Fund festivities going for South looking to defend their Casewell Race title in the very first race of the day.
BURRILLVILLE â Running in the Southern Division, it can be hard for a team to get noticed competing annually against the likes of perennial powerhouses Chariho, North and South Kingstown.
While they may not yet have reached that level where they are getting the same notoriety as the Skippers, Rebels and Chargers, coaches around the division will note the Prout boys cross country program is quietly become one of the premier programs in the Southern Division.
NARRAGANSETTâHow a team views a tie is all about how it happens.
The Narragansett boys soccer team, for example, was more than happy to leave Tuesdayâs home contest against Mount Pleasant with a 1-1 decision thanks to some late heroics from senior Alec Cotroneo.
âThe good news is weâll get a point out of it,â Narragansett coach Ryan Kanaczet said. âWe donât know what the bad news is because we donât know how this teamâs going to fare.
ââŠHopefully this team is a top five team in the division and we can say that tie wasnât that bad.â
WOONSOCKET â A fitting game to be played at a field that did not have a scoreboard.
Unaware of what had already transpired, fans who arrived late to Barry Field on Wednesday as the South Kingstown High School boys soccer team travelled north to play Woonsocket, could have easily assumed a rout was on as the Rebels dominated possession. Those in the know, however, saw a stymied Rebels attack that, despite their stranglehold on their opponent, escaped the Novans with a slim 2-0 victory.
BURRILLVILLE â Last fall saw the Coventry High School girls cross country team start its return to the dominant form the program became accustomed to in the mid-2000âs.
In 2012, the then young, somewhat inexperienced Oakers were a perfect 11-0 in the regular season to win a Suburban Division title. They placed third in both the Class A championship and state championship meets behind eventual New England champion Barrington High School and LaSalle Academy.
As the team embarks on the 2013 season, however, the Oakers are primed to take another step forward this fall.
COVENTRY â In its opening game of the season last week, the Coventry girls soccer team played very well against three-time Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich but ended up losing by two goals.
The Oakers didn't play nearly as well Monday afternoon against visiting Cumberland, but the Oakers found a way to overcome the Clippers for the second straight season.
CRANSTON â Itâs hard to glean much from the Saturdayâs Injury Fund football round robin at Cranston Stadium.
After all, itâs the first game of the season, only last two quarters and teams donât spend the week preparing for the contests because they donât count in the standings.
Yet two things became clear following Coventryâs contest with potential state champion Cranston East and West Warwickâs tussle with Cranston West:
The Oakers are going to be entertaining and the Wizards have the potential to win the programâs first Super Bowl since 2002.