October 20th, 2013
NARRAGANSETTâThe result was worth the wait for the Narragansett girls tennis team Tuesday.
The Mariners had to wait nearly 45 minutes past their estimated 3:30 p.m. start time for their Division II Quarterfinal match with Classical but needed less than an hour to dispose of the Purple 4-0 to advance to the semifinals.
WEST GREENWICH â For the third time in as many five-game matches, it looked like the West Warwick volleyball team was going to play well enough to come up just short of a victory over a playoff-bound team.
Three-time defending Division II champion Exeter-West Greenwich scored two straight points to earn two match points. This time, the Wizards werenât going to let all their hard work go to waste.
The Wizards overcame a two-game deficit and then burnt off two match points before finally winning the match 15-25, 5-25, 25-22, 25-22, 16-14 on an EWG hitting error.
WEST GREENWICH â Neither injuries, nor penalties, nor a slow start could beset the Exeter-West Greenwich High School football team as their quest for Division IV perfection continued at home last Saturday as the Knights overcame everything stacked against them with a third quarter explosion that buried Smithfield, 35-6.
COVENTRY â The North Kingstown volleyball team pushed Coventry harder than any team has pushed the two-time defending state champions this season. But the Skippers, just like many of Coventryâs opponents, had no answer for senior middle Sam Higgins and junior outside hitter Jill Ward.
Ward went over, around and through Northâs blocks all evening to finish with a match-high 18 kills, while Higgins used her speed and skill to record 12 kills and seven blocks.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â It is a good time to be a member of the North Kingstown High School girls tennis program.
The JV squad wrapped up their league title last Friday. On Sunday, the Skippers top doubles team of Lucia Bolibruch and Grace Callahan captured the stateâs individual title. Walking away from the schoolâs tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon following the Skipper âs Division I quarterfinals match against Barrington, coach Tim OâNeill might have summed up his teamâs recent run best with one simple sentence.
âThe dream season continues.â
PAWTUCKETâNot bad for a team that by their own admission was âthrown togetherâ at the beginning of the season.
âShe was actually a singles player last year and I started playing tennis my freshman year of high school,â North Kingstown junior Grace Callahan said after she and playing partner sophomore Lucia Bolibruch captured the RIIL State Doubles Championship Sunday at Slater Park.
âWe kind of got thrown together in the mix. A lot of the partners on our team had been playing together for a few years.â
NORTH KINGSTOWNâWith the 2013 girls high school soccer regular season winding into the final third of the schedule, the October 10th Division I border-rival grudge match between East Greenwich and North Kingstown may be one that foreshadows a possible playoff matchup, as one team continues to roll and the other looks to recreate itself after a key injury.