Calling 2012 a good year for East Greenwich High School athletics would be an understatement.
It was a great year and now the school has the hardware to prove it.
On Thursday, April 4 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel East Greenwich will be recognized as the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association School of the Year.
According to East Greenwich Athletic Director Chris Cobain the school edged out Moses Brown and Mount St. Charles for the award, which is voted on by the other athletic programs in the state.
“How it all happened was we were nominated as fellow schools mentioned us as being worthy of being nominated,” Cobain says. “I received a call about putting together a résumé so at that point I started listing.
“Once I started listing I was like, ‘Wow, we’ve got a really good résumé here. Lo and behold it went to the committee, they reviewed ours with other schools and we were one of the three schools to be nominated.”
Looking at EG’s résumé – which is based off calendar year and not academic year – it’s easy to see how they were in the mix.
In the winter of 2012 brothers Ebed and Stephen Jarrell won individual state titles in wrestling, the girls basketball team made it to the Division II Quarterfinals and Jaimee Dorsey took 12th in the 400 meters at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory Track Center in Manhattan, N.Y.
The award, however, does not just take into account achievements on the court but off the court as well as community service is also a factor.
From the 2010-12 the hockey, boys and girls basketball teams raised approximately $3,000 for various charitable foundations.
Athletically last spring was extremely successful for EG as the unified volleyball team won a national championship, while the softball and boys lacrosse teams each won Division II titles.
The baseball, golf, boys tennis and girls lacrosse teams each had strong showings in the playoffs, while David Hopkins was named the Rhode Island Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year.
Individually, Hopkins, Molly Anderson (Softball), Marielle Kraft (girls lacrosse) and Samantha Blair (girls lacrosse) were each first-team all-state selections.
On the community service side, the boys lacrosse and golf teams each engaged in various community cleanups, while Kyle Carosotto was named President of Youth Activation Committee for unified sports.
Additionally, Rachel Basso started the ‘Above the Influence’ initiative at EG encouraging student-athletes to be drug free, while the unified volleyball team was given the 2012 Special Olympics Rhode Island Inspire Greatness Award.
Finally, this past fall Aleksandra Drljaca won the first girls tennis individual state title in school history, the unified volleyball team took home the Division I title and the boys cross country team won the Class C Championship.
The football, girls tennis, girls volleyball, field hockey, girls and boys soccer were each playoff teams in their respective leagues, while Drljaca, Kraft (field hockey), Kerri Pallister (field hockey), Kyle Palmer (football) and Skylar LeBlanc (girls soccer) each earned first-team, all-state honors.
A number of teams also helped out at the ‘Summer’s End’ festival and various local fund raising efforts.
In addition to all the accolades, Cobain also feels that hosting various playoff tournaments over the past year contributed to EG garnering the award.
“Our reputation of hosting and treating schools well when they come to us is definitely a factor,” Cobain says. “…We may not necessarily play them head to head in a sport but there are people that have a high view of us in how we go about our business.”
Those wishing to purchase tickets for the event can do so by contacting Cobain at (401) 398-1562. Tickets are $35 and the deadline to purchase them by is Wednesday, March 27.