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November 7th, 2013
When the history books are written about the great philosophers of this era rapper Juelz Santana is not likely going to be one of the first names listed.
Yet there was a lyric from one of Santanaâ€™s songs on the back of Narragansett cross country coach Robert Shieldsâ€™ sweatshirt as he checked in on Marissa McPhillips after the sophomore Mariner had literally given it everything she had at Sundayâ€™s RI Girls State Championship.
â€śHard work pays off, you get what you put in.â€ť
If anyone knows how true that is, itâ€™s McPhillips.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Just two steps remain in the road to perfection for the Narragansett girls volleyball team.
The upset was threatened briefly, but the top seeded Mariners overcame a slow start and eventually trounced the Central Falls Warriors 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 in the Division II quarterfinals Tuesday night at the Narragansett Pier School.
CRANSTON â€” The No. 2 Coventry soccer team hadnâ€™t allowed more than two goals in any game this season.
In 18 destructive minutes Tuesday evening in the Division II semifinals at Cranston Stadium No. 3 Toll Gate hammered three goals past Coventry goalie Domenic Aguiar.
The Oakers finally settled the game down and found a lifeline in a goal from freshman Matt Buglio in the 36th minute, but the rampant Titans added a fourth goal just before halftime to advance to their first division final since 1990 with a 4-1 victory.
NORTH SCITUATE â€” Throughout the 2013 season the Coventry girls cross country team has battled adversity.
Down two of their top five runners in Jess Bellow and Courtney Grant, the Oakers didnâ€™t make excuses when it came to race day and each time put their best foot forward.
â€śItâ€™s definitely been tough mentally,â€ť junior Allison Bellows said. â€śTraining this season our team has had a lot of injured girls go out but we also have a lot of girls that have stepped up this season and thatâ€™s been pretty exciting to watch.â€ť
CRANSTON â€“ On paper it was though they were two teams that could not have been more evenly matched.
Just one point separated the East Greenwich High School field hockey team from Moses Brown in the standings, the only difference EGâ€™s loss to Barrington to MBâ€™s tie. The Avs had the best offense in Division I and the second ranked defense, the Quakers third and first, respectively. Both of their games during the regular season ended as 1-1 draws.
NORTH SCITUATEâ€”Make them earn it.
It was the mantra for the East Greenwich boys cross country team Sunday for the RI State Championships as the Avengers were fully aware of the depth and talent of both Hendricken and La Salle.
Just because the Hawks and Rams were heavily favored to duke it out for the state title Sunday didnâ€™t mean EG was going to roll out the red carpet for the two teams though as the Avs put up a strong fight at Ponaganset High Schoolâ€™s Covered Bridge Trail.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”The playoff window for the East Greenwich football team hasnâ€™t shut but the number of options for getting into the playoffs was limited by Friday nightâ€™s 24-20 loss to Classical.
A win wouldnâ€™t have guaranteed the Avengers a spot but from here on out with gameâ€™s against three teams â€“ Middletown, Burrillville and Narragansett â€“ each in playoff contention, victories are all but necessary.
â€śWe canâ€™t afford to lose again,â€ť East Greenwich coach John George said, â€śor weâ€™ll be out.â€ť
PAWTUCKETâ€”The East Greenwich girls volleyball team will be returning to the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Keaney Gymnasium this fall.
After opening the Division II playoff with a convincing sweep of Tiverton, the Avengers punched their ticket to URI with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Tolman on Tuesday.
â€śThey came out strong tonight,â€ť EG coach Terri Garno said. â€śThe first two sets we were up probably eight to 10 points from the get go.â€ť
After convincingly taking the first two games, the Avengers ran into a bit of trouble in the third as the Tigers built a 16-10 lead.
EAST GREENWICHâ€”So far, itâ€™s been nearly all chalk in the Division I Girls Soccer Tournament.
Aside from No. 10 Cumberland beating No. 7 Kingstown in the opening round, every higher seed has held in D-I and Sunday No. 3 seed East Greenwich added itself as the last name to that list.
Senior Sarah Beaulieuâ€™s goal in the final 10 minutes made the difference as the Avengers held off a pesky Smithfield squad for a 2-1 win to advance to the D-I semifinals.
LINCOLNâ€”Facing a top-seeded team is never an easy task but the East Greenwich boys soccer team was smelling an upset Saturday night against Lincoln in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs.
After beating defending-champ Classical four days prior in a shootout the Avengers once again found themselves in the same sudden-death situation against the Lions but this time it did not go in EGâ€™s favor as Lincoln survived for a 2-1 victory.
â€śWe got unlucky I guess,â€ť East Greenwich senior Pat Lavan said.