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November 27th, 2012
Four games into the season and the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball team still doesnâ€™t have a win.
If this happened last season, people would be jumping off the roofs of the dorms on the Kingston campus and demanding the head of their coach.
This is a new era. And when Dan Hurley is calm, everyone should be calm too, even if the season hasnâ€™t gotten off to an ideal start with losses to a strong Norfolk State team, an ACC team in Virginia Tech, the No. 4 team in the country with Ohio State and Sundayâ€™s lost to Hurleyâ€™s alma mater, Seton Hall.
The Dan Hurley Era didnâ€™t get off to the best start.
Prior to the Nov. 9 game against Norfolk State at the Ryan Center, the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s first-year head coach either didnâ€™t know or couldnâ€™t remember the passcode to open the door to the locker room. He stood at the door and looked for help before wandering up and down the halls before he finally found someone who could open the door moments before he gave his first official pregame speech.
The RIIL has postponed Tuesday's football semifinal games, pushing them to Wednesday night thanks to the snowy and wet weather.
In Division II, West Warwick was scheduled to travel north to play Cumberland at 6 p.m.; they will now play Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Cumberland Tucker Field.
East Greenwich, the No. 2 seed in Division III, had its home game with Moses Brown moved to Wednesday at 6 p.m. Narrgansett, the No. 4 seed, plays No. 1 seed Middletown Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Gaudet Middle School.
EAST GREENWICH - The last time the Narragansett boys soccer team made a championship match, most of its current players' parents were in high school.
Saturday the Mariners play in their first title game since 1987 trying to win their first title since 1986 thanks to a 2-0 win over Lincoln in the Division II semifinals at East Greenwich High School Tuesday night.
Narragansett will play Classical, which went 13-1-1 this season, is the No. 1 seed and beat Westerly in the other semifinal prior to the Mariners' match with Lincoln.
Itâ€™s going to be a while before things are back to being normal in South County.
Today they get one small step closer.
There was still plenty of damage, not a lot of power and schools were still closed, but the areaâ€™s sports teams are returning to the field today after days of wondering when games would be played next.
Today three area teams play playoff games. In girls soccer, Narragansett plays at Westerly in the Division II preliminaries and Prout hosts Mount Hope in the D-I playoffs. The Narragansett girls volleyball team opens the Division II playoffs at Barrington.
The games will go on at Chariho.
When is still the looming question,
Mondayâ€™s storm couldnâ€™t have been timed worse as far as the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is concerned. The Division I volleyball regular season was supposed to conclude that night and the boys and girls soccer and field hockey playoffs were scheduled to start Tuesday.
With homes flooded, trees down, power out and schools closed, sports were put on hold with the hope they can return Thursday, especially at Chariho High School.
The playoff season was supposed to kick off today, but the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy has made a mess of the schedule.
The Division I girls volleyball season still hasn't finished and the Division II playoffs were pushed back one day.
The boys and girls soccer playoffs have been moved back, as have the field hockey postseason.
Here is what's going the rest of the week as far as the regular season:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Chariho at Coventry, 6:30 p.m.
North Kingstown at Toll Gate, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
PAWTUCKET â€“ Saturdayâ€™s RIIL Girls Tennis Singles Championship was won before East Greenwichâ€™s Aleksandra Drljaca stepped on the court.
In the past, a match like this would have been the only thing on the mind of the EG junior. She would have thought about every point and practiced as much as possible in the days leading to the match.
Chariho at Rocky Hill, 4 p.m.
East Providence at Chariho, 6:30 p.m.
Cranston East at Exeter-West Greenwich, 3:30 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Shea at McKinnon-Alves Soccer Complex, 5 p.m.
Woonsocket at South Kingstown, 6 p.m.
Scituate at Prout, 4 p.m.
West Warwick at Tiverton, 6 p.m.
Woonsocket at West Warwick, 3:45 p.m.
Ponaganset at Chariho, 4 p.m.
Barrington at East Greenwich, 3:30 p.m.
Narragansett vs. Cumberland at Tucker Field, 3:30 p.m.
Bay View at North Kingstown, 4 p.m.
Moses Brown at East Greenwich, 5 p.m.
North Kingstown at Pilgrim, 3:45 p.m.
South Kingstown at Tiverton, 4 p.m.
East Greenwich at Coventry, 3:30 p.m.
Warwick Veterans at East Greenwich, 6:30 p.m.
Burrillville at Exeter-West Greenwich, 3:30 p.m.
Cranston East at Narragansett, 4 p.m.
North Kingstown vs. Toll Gate at Bend St. Complex, 6:30 p.m.
Portsmouth vs. South Kingstown at Curtis Corner Middle School, 6 p.m.
Smithfield at Prout, 3:45 p.m.
Prout at Chariho, 6:30 p.m.
Pilgrim at West Warwick, 6 p.m.