August 29th, 2013
A potent offense and a strong defense propelled the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team to the state and New England titles.
The team reached Thursdayâs World Series semifinal against Lawrenceburg, Tenn. using the same formula, but Coventryâs offense and defense struggled in the most important game of the summer.
COVENTRY â Motivation was never an issue for last yearâs Coventry girls volleyball.
Coming into the season the Oakers were motivated to prove they were good enough to wear the same uniform as the 2011 state champions. And they became even more motivated to win a title after tough defeats to East Providence and Prout late in the regular season.
Sam Higgins, Jill Ward and the Oakers carried that motivation all the way to a state-title sweep of East Providence.
So, what is motivating a group of girls who have been to the mountain top to do it all again this year?
Replacing a player like Maddie Damm is never easy.
If a team was ever prepared to absorb such a hit though, it might this seasonâs North Kingstown girls soccer team.
Damm â who is entering her freshman year playing soccer at Syracuse University â was invaluable for the Skippers in the midfield last fall but with 10 seniors and five juniors suiting up for NK this season North should have enough collectively to remain very competitive in Division I.
The beauty and cruelty of high school sports lays in its cyclical nature.
Last seasonâs Division III Championship was four years in the making for the Exeter-West Greenwich boys soccer team as the Knights finally sealed the deal after two straight losses in the finals.
Now, a new chapter has undoubtedly begun as EWG moves on without the 14 seniors that helped lead the team to D-III title.
The Exeter-West Greenwich girls soccer teamâs rĂ©sumĂ© over the past three seasons speaks for itself.
The Knights havenât lost a game since 2010 and have won the last three Division II Championships in convincing fashion.
You have to go back even further to find the teamâs last losing season as a 6-10-0 record in 2005 marked the last time the club finished below .500.
This season, however, nothing is guaranteed, for the Knights are moving up to Division I to try and prove they belong playing amongst the stateâs best.
After a reasonably successful 2012 campaign where they finished the regular season tied for fifth in Division I, the North Kingstown boys soccer team has returned to the pitch for 2013 with the goal in mind that, as good as last year may have been, this year will be better.
âWe were decent last year, playing on all cylinders and then we ran into Hendricken,â said Skippers coach Kyle Froberg. âThatâs how it goes.
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.