Archive - Sports Article
September 20th, 2011
Four local teams are in the most recent Rhode Island Sports Media High School Football Top 20.
West Warwick leads the way ranked No. 7, just eight points behind No. 6 Barrington; South Kingstown is tied for ninth with Westerly; Chariho and Exeter-West Greenwich are tied for 18th. It is the Knights' first appearance in the Top 20 this season.
After last week's win over Hendricken, La Salle moves into No. 1 with 10 of the 12 first-place votes; East Providence received the other two and the Townies are in second, followed by Cranston West.
WESTERLY â The Chariho football team's league opener was a tough one under the lights at Westerly High School as the Bulldogs, in front of a raucous crowd, took down the Chargers, 16-0, on Friday.
Chariho was held to just 50 total rushing yards on the night against a very physical, very experienced Westerly front seven all game long.
The Chargers also had a pair of fumbles - one in each half - that halted potential scoring drives and turned the momentum over to the rival Bulldogs.
By ERIC RUEB
CRANSTON â All the West Warwick football team needed Friday night was four good quarters; the result on the scoreboard meant less than how the team played in their season-opening, non-league game against Division Iâs Cranston East.
The Wizards got both.
After going 3-7 last season, West Warwick was out to prove it is a much improved team; Friday against Cranston East, the Wizards were clearly the better team as their defense took the Thunderboltsâ running game completely out of the books and the offense played smart football in a 33-14 win.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â The Chariho football team got off to a strong start to the season by earning a 37-21 win over Narragansett in a non-league contest under the lights at Chariho High School on Friday night.
Colton Place led the offensive attack for the Chargers in scoring two touchdowns and rushed for 56 yards on eight carries in the first half. Jordan Cassidy added in 51 yards on the ground of his own and also found pay dirt twice. Jansen Williamson had the biggest rush of the game, scampering 65 yards on the first play in the third quarter for a touchdown.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â While friends and classmates are still in the process of figuring out where they want to spend their college academic careers, South Kingstownâs Olivia Mattyasovszky enters the 2011-12 school year without having to worry about her selection.
Sometimes, even when you're staring at the bottom of a pool, a change of scenery still makes waves. For Saunderstown-born Elizabeth Beisel, 18, a member of the US Women's Swimming and Diving Team, such change has meant an up-shift of gears.
Indeed Beisel, a 2010 graduate of North Kingston High School who is currently competing at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai through July 31, recently completed her first year of school as a Gator at the University of Florida, where the already-energetic Rhode Islander injected even more life into her swimming career.
WARWICK â A Coventry little league team will be meeting a team from Cranston in the opening game of a state tournament in Warwick.
One week after Central Coventryâs Major Division All-Stars played Cranston Western in the opening game of the state tournament, Coventry Little leagueâs 11-Year-Old All-Stars will play the leagueâs first state tournament game when they meet Westernâs 11s at 1:00 p.m. at Warwick Continental.
By ERIC RUEB
WARWICK â Joe Hassett is usually the most famous player in the field when he takes part in a Rhode Island Golf Association event. After an eight-year NBA career that including a title with the Seattle Supersonics in 1979, Hassett â the radio color man for Providence College basketball â has earned the honor.
At this weekâs 28th Rhode Island Stroke Play Championship, however, Hassett knew where he stood in the pecking order.
âIâm a distant No. 2,â he said. âMike Schmidt, he was a Hall-of-Fame player and was a great player to watch.â
COVENTRY â Coventry Little League 11-year Old All-Star Cam Reid had had a brilliant offensive performance against Narragansett in Friday nightâs District 3 final.
Reid had already delivered a two-run home run, a two-run double, eight RBIs and three runs scored through six-and-half inning.