August 15th, 2013
COVENTRY â The Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip full of fun and sightseeing, but the main point of the trip to Williston, N.D. isnât lost on the players and the coach.
âThis is vey exciting. We wanted to do it last year, but now we get to go to North Dakota,â centerfielder Nick DâAmbra said. âWeâre nervous and excited. We know all the teams are going to be good, but we also know that weâre good.â
Local swimmers Michaela Degnan and Hannah Pariseault each competed earlier this month for the Bluefish Swim Club at the New England Swimming 13-19 Age Group Championships held at Harvard Universityâs Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
Degnan, 14, of Narragansett finished in 10th place overall for the 13 to 14-year-old girls division with 83 total points.
She recorded three victories at the August 1-4 competition, including the girls 100 meter butterfly (1:04.71), 200 fly (2:25.07) and 100 backstroke (1:06.83).
CRANSTONâFor many of the Southern Rhode Island locals competing in the 82nd Rhode Island Open this week at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Tuesdayâs opening round was unforgiving. And it had nothing to do with the weather.
âIt was perfect,â said John Rainone, who plays out of North Kingstown Golf Club. âIt wasnât like it was raining heavy or anything. It was the perfect conditions to play in as you can see from some of the scores.
âYou couldnât ask for an easier day weather-wise to play golf, so no excuses there.â
CRANSTON â When the rain came through on Tuesday morning, it made the course soft. Ideal conditions to shoot the number of low scores that adorned the top of the leader board through the opening round of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship at Alpine Country Club.
The Sun came out on Wednesday, though, and with it came the wind, which made for a much different story.
CRANSTONâIt was a tough spring for 2013 Prout graduate Matt Costaregni.
An injury during the winter set him back for the start of the season and just as he had returned to the top of his game another one dashed his hopes of an individual state golf title.
âCollar bone, I broke it skiing,â Costaregni said of the injury that plagued him to start the spring. âThen like a week before states I broke my ankle playing basketball and missed two months from that so Iâve really only been back for a month or so.
CRANSTONâAfter playing in a number of tournaments together this summer Charlie Blanchard and McKinley Slade were once again on the course at the same time Tuesday and Wednesday for the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championships.
Rest assured though, it wonât be the last time the two see each other.
In just a few short weeks Slade â a 2013 graduate of South Kingstown High â will be off to Bryant University to continue his academic and golf career, the latter under Blanchardâs tutelage.
RUMFORDâSenioritis isnât an actual medical condition but anyone who has walked the halls of a high school during the spring can tell you that it does in fact exist.
Most seniors spend their last few months of high school counting down the days until graduation and once theyâre out, theyâre gone.
After four years of linoleum floors, detention slips and research papers the last thing any soon-to-be college freshman wants to do is anything associated with high school.