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September 13th, 2013
BURRILLVILLE â€“ It is the inescapable fate of any good high school team.
There is inevitable roster turnover that comes at the end of each season with the loss of the graduating class. The boys and girls cross country teams at Chariho, however, did not lose just key pieces after last fall.
With the graduation of two of the best runners the school has ever seen in Jake Kilcoyne and Bryce Kelley â€“ not to mention standouts on the girls side in Liz Hansen and Abby Dandurand â€“ the Chargers come into 2013 with some major shoes to fill.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”As far as first rehearsals go, things went about as well as could be expected for the Chariho and East Greenwich football teams in their Injury Fund scrimmage at Curtis Corner Middle School Saturday.
Both squads left the 24-minute game â€“ a 21-14 Avenger victory â€“ feeling similarly, with plenty of room for improvement yet satisfied with the positives.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”For the South Kingstown football team Saturdayâ€™s Injury Fund contest with neighboring Narragansett was an opportunity to get back to the basics.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working hard all summer on the basics and we came out here and didnâ€™t do anything too flashy, just ran our basic stuff and we need to harp on the things that can hurt you,â€ť SK coach Eric Anderson said.
â€śBlown coverage, missing blocks, missing assignments, not being where youâ€™re supposed to be, not being lined up correctly. Those are the things weâ€™ll harp on Monday in film session.â€ť
WOOD RIVER JCT.â€”Good luck to the six girls volleyball teams stuck competing in Division I-South this season because theyâ€™re going to need it.
As expected, Coventry appears to again be the team to beat after getting off to a hot start with two straight three-set victories over South and North Kingstown, but the Oakers donâ€™t look like the same team that flat out blew everyone out of the water at seasonâ€™s end last fall.
Prout looks to have taken a step back but is still very competitive, Chariho will once again be tough and NK and SK have greatly improved from last season.
KINGSTONâ€”Generally speaking, thereâ€™s never much to feel good about after suffering a 24-0 loss.
Good wasnâ€™t the word University of Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer used to describe how he felt after his Ramsâ€™ loss to Stony Brook Saturday by that score, but the fifth-year URI coach did seem optimistic after watching his team play.
â€śThat was a difficult loss against a very good football team,â€ť Trainer said. â€śThey beat our champion last year pretty good, they kicked their butts in the first round of the playoffs [in] Villanova and we knew we were going to have our hands full.
CRANSTON â€“ It was a good start to the season for the Narragansett girls soccer team when they opened their 2013 schedule Friday at Cranston Stadium with a 5-3 win over Cranston East.
In the end, however, it may have been the lesson learned throughout the course of those 80 minutes, more so than victory, that proves to be the best building block for the Mariners to start on.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”Aside from maybe Moses Brown, youâ€™d be hard pressed to find a tougher opponent to play in your Division I-South opener than the East Greenwich field hockey team.
The Avengers graduated just five seniors from last seasonâ€™s D-I semifinalist squad and brought back two and three-year starters throughout the field.
That was the task charged to South Kingstown â€“ a team still finding its way in its second year in D-I â€“ Wednesday afternoon and the Rebels struggled against the more seasoned Avs in a 9-0 loss.