August 29th, 2013
The season that will stretch into November is not yet two weeks old for the East Greenwich High School boys soccer team. They are still a week away from the official start to 2013 with their season opener against Cranston West. It is early.
That is a good thing for a young, developing Avengers squad that needs all the time it can get. For East, it is not going to be about how the team starts this fall, but how they finish.
Last fall was a year beset with injuries for the East Greenwich High School girls soccer team. In the five proceeding years, they customarily finished the regular season in second and made deep runs into the playoffs each year, but as a number of starters went down with a variety of injuries throughout the season, the Avengers took a step back in 2012, finishing the regular season tied for eighth place at 6-4-4, managing just one win in their final five games and losing in the preliminary round of the playoffs.
A highly competitive team in a highly competitive division, the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team faired well in their first regular season playing in Division II last fall. They posted a 15-3 record, lost fewer games than any other team in the division (16) and ended in a five-way tie for the divisionâs best record.
Seeded third headed into the playoffs, the Avengers made a run to the semifinals, where the magic of 2012 ran out and they were swept by eventual state champion Exeter-West Greenwich. A disappointing end to an otherwise brilliant season.
The Chariho boys soccer team hasnât had a winning season since capturing the Division I Championship in 2009 and the past two years have been tough ones for the Chargers.
On the heels of a 3-13-2 season in 2011 the Chargers didnât fare any better last fall, turning in a 3-11-0 record at seasonâs end.
Charihoâs struggles could very well be coming to an end though as this yearâs team features 14 seniors and slew of other talented, veteran players.
Last season was a giant leap forward for the Chariho girls soccer program.
After making an improbable run for Division II Championship in 2000 â with a .500 regular season record no less â the Chargers returned to the playoffs with a sub .500 record the following year.
From there Chariho spent the next decade toiling at the bottom of the division through three and four-win seasons until moving down to Division III in 2012.
Last season was an investment in the future for the South Kingstown field hockey team.
This fall, the Rebels are hoping to start collecting on that investment.
After back-to-back appearances in the Division II Championship South Kingstown made the jump to Division I in 2012, but unfortunately for the Rebels it came in a year in which the majority of their starters from the year before had graduated.
The preseason may be just a weeks old but so far South Kingstown High boys soccer coach Scott Rollins likes what heâs seen.
âThis team has some young kids on it so theyâre really fighting each other for playing time,â Rollins says. âThis year itâs an open competition so the energy level is really high.â
Rollins is not about to predict just how good team his team will be this year â or any year for that matter â but at least making the playoffs has become the expectation at SK.