Itâ€™s going to be a while before things are back to being normal in South County.
Today they get one small step closer.
There was still plenty of damage, not a lot of power and schools were still closed, but the areaâ€™s sports teams are returning to the field today after days of wondering when games would be played next.
Today three area teams play playoff games. In girls soccer, Narragansett plays at Westerly in the Division II preliminaries and Prout hosts Mount Hope in the D-I playoffs. The Narragansett girls volleyball team opens the Division II playoffs at Barrington.
The game at Prout is unusual. The school was closed because it had no power and the campus suffered some damage with fallen trees on its back field, but athletic director Mike Traficante said the soccer field was cleared and safe for play.
Proutâ€™s volleyball team is also in action, closing the regular season at South Kingstown. The Crusadersâ€™ first-round playoff game â€“ whose opponent depends on tonightâ€™s result â€“ is scheduled for Friday, but Traficante said the game would be pushed to Monday if the school still didnâ€™t have power.
Proutâ€™s boys soccer team earned a first-round bye; the Crusaders play in the D-III quarterfinal round Friday at 3 p.m. against Davies.
South Kingstown wasnâ€™t back in school today, but games were still on. The Rebelsâ€™ have their Senior Night volleyball game against Prout tonight and have two other teams in the postseason. The boys soccer team hosts Central Friday at Curtis Corner Middle School at 6 p.m. in the D-I preliminary round while the girls soccer team waits in the quarterfinals for the winner of tonightâ€™s match between Toll Gate and Barrington. The SK girls would host the match at Curtis Corner at 6 p.m.
Narragansettâ€™s girls soccer team plays tonight in its playoff match and if the Mariners beat Westerly, theyâ€™ll be back in action Monday at Pilgrim at 3 p.m. If the â€™Gansett volleyball team wins, it plays at Exeter-West Greenwich at 6 p.m. Monday.
The Marinersâ€™ boys soccer team earned a first-round bye and open in the Division II quarterfinals Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of todayâ€™s Mount St. Charles-Providence Country Day match.
As far as football, Narragansett is on a bye and doesnâ€™t play until next week; South Kingstownâ€™s game against Tolman at Pariseau Field was moved to Saturday at 12 p.m.