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March 22nd, 2013
Throughout their coaching careers Tom Penders and Al Skinner have each heard the trumpets flourish and the wolves at the gates.
Each knows all too well what it feels like to be heralded as a programâ€™s savior and to have fans calling for their jobs.
Sabrina Nuttall had one of her best swims of the high school season at the Rhode Island Girls Swimming Championships a little over one month ago and since then the freshman from South Kingstown hasnâ€™t slowed down.
Prout goalkeeper Austin Gemma played about as well as anyone could expect a freshman to in game two of Saturdayâ€™s best-of-three Division II Boys Ice Hockey Championship series between the Crusaders and Lincoln.
Unfortunately for Gemma and his Crusader teammates hockey â€“ like most sports â€“ can be fickle.
Circumstance is an essential part of evaluation.
All one has to do to understand that is to look at the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball team this season.
The Rams finished 8-21 overall (3-13 Atlantic 10) and of their 21 losses 15 were by single digits, yet this was a pretty good year for URI.
It took the University of Rhode Island baseball team nine tries before it finally won a game this season.
If the Rams are able to do anything special this season it will be a result of those nine games.
Off the court Prout girls basketball coach Phil Quinn and his step-daughter Brittany Donovan have gotten along ever since they entered each otherâ€™s lives.
â€śWeâ€™re really close,â€ť Donovan says. â€śHe came into my life when I was in eighth grade and he was an amazing coach and itâ€™s going to be really hard next year without them. Off the court heâ€™s an amazing dad so I couldnâ€™t have asked for anything better.â€ť
As far as defensive performances in a loss go youâ€™d be hard pressed to find a better effort than that of the Prout boys hockey teamâ€™s Saturday.
The Crusaders may have fallen short â€“ dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in game two â€“ of winning the Division II Championship this winter but it wasnâ€™t a result of lack of effort.