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September 5th, 2013

East Field Hockey reloads for 2013

September 5, 2013

Replacing players like Marielle Kraft and Kerri Pallister is never easy.
The duo were the East Greenwich field hockey team’s senior captains a season ago and easily two of the better players the Avengers have had in recent memory.
If there ever was a year for East Greenwich to absorb losing such talents though, it might be this one.
“Everything’s going great,” EG coach Deb McMullen says. “We have a pretty experienced team we have a couple of players that have been on varsity for four years.”

Staying healthy will be key for Chargers

September 5, 2013

After last season, Chariho football coach Mike Kelly isn’t taking any chances when it comes to resting players.
Last fall the Chargers – by no fault of their coach – were decimated by injuries so at this point in the season Kelly is making sure his team gets the rest they need to be ready for the season.
“We’re making some progress,” Kelly says. “The biggest battle we’re going through is we have some bumps and bruises. We’re trying to be smart.”
It’s been a double-edged sword for Kelly and the Chargers though.

Chariho hoping to improve

September 5, 2013

Year two of a three-year rebuilding process is underway for the Chariho girls tennis team.
Last season the Chargers easily had one of the youngest teams in Division II with a singles ladder entirely made up of underclassmen and a few more freshmen and sophomores playing in doubles.
As expected, it was a tough season for Chariho as it finished the regular season 2-10 in Division II-Suburban A.
The bright side of last year’s struggles of course is now the majority of the team is back from last season and so far is showing signs of improvement.

Graduation hit Chargers hard

September 5, 2013

What the Chariho field hockey team lacks in seasoning they’re going to try and make up for in aggressiveness this fall.
“I think that we will compete. I’m really hoping that the second half of the season these girls will really come together,” Chariho coach Johannah LaFountain says. “The biggest thing I keep telling them and telling them and telling them every practice is that we’re going to have to make up for our inexperience with speed and aggressiveness.

Chariho expects to make playoffs

September 5, 2013

No Skye Hart.
No Sydney Scott.
No Vicky Ferraro but Chariho girls volleyball coach Doug Bliven is saying no problem when it comes to replacing his three graduated star players.
“We look pretty good,” Bliven says. “People talk about how we lost some players from last year and they were good players but I think over the past couple years we’ve been able to develop the team to the point where there’s someone behind them to take their spots.”

URI routed in season opener

September 5, 2013

It was a case of new season, same results for the University of Rhode Island football team in its season opener at Fordham University Thursday.
The Rhody Rams managed just two field goals in the first half as Fordham struck early and often en route to 51-26 victory.
The game started well enough for URI Thursday as it forced a punt on Fordham’s first possession and got excellent field position on its own 41-yard line.
The Rhody Rams proceeded to pick up a first down and march into Fordham terriroty before the drive stalled at the Fordham Rams’ 43-yard line.

Ladder taking shape for Mariners

September 5, 2013

When you graduate five seniors off a two-loss squad – like the Narragansett girls tennis team did last fall – the obvious thought is the biggest hit must have come in singles.
No. 1 Heather Dorich and No. 3 Gabby Smith were certainly solid for the Mariners last season but where graduation hit hardest was in doubles play.
Victoria McGreen, Eliza DeCubellis and Ali Castrovillari each played doubles last fall and were a big reason why the Mariners went 10-2 during the regular season before falling to Classical in the Division II Semifinals.

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