Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
Due to the football schedule our weekly high school picks for Tuesday night's Division I, III and IV semifinals will not appear in print as the games will be played before our papers go to print, yet the matchups were not available last week as our papers were published prior to the Thanksgiving contests. As a result, our picks for the semifinal rounds will be published online and our Superbowl selections will appear in print this week.
(4) Cranston East at (1) Barrington
(3) Portsmouth at (2) Hendricken
(4) Narragansett at (1) Mount Pleasant
Ocean State Waves general manager Matt Finlayson is going back to his roots for his new manager.
A baseball player in his own right at Salve Regina University, Finlayson has tabbed Seahawks skipper Eric Cirella to take over head coaching duties of the Waves.
Finlayson played for Cirellaâ€™s father, Steve, at Salve and also coached with Eric under Jim Foster at the University of Rhode Island.
WAKEFIELD â€“ As 2013 draws to an end for the South Kingstown football team, the casual observers will never get the full story for the Rebelâ€™s season just by looking at the raw numbers.
On the surface, the Rebels are 2-6 in Division I (3-6 overall) and on the wrong end of the standings. A handful of plays, however, can swing the fate of a football team. To come so close, yet end on the wrong side has been Southâ€™s plight this fall and Friday nightâ€™s 40-19 loss to Cranston East was no different than many of the others the Rebels have suffered through this season.
Joe Trainerâ€™s five-year run as the head football coach at the University of Rhode Island came to an end Monday morning when the 43-year-old was released from his contract with one year remaining.
Trainer, who led the Rams to a 3-9 season after they didnâ€™t win a game in 2012, saw his URI career come to an end following a 41-0 defeat to Maine. The Rams were outscored 191-27 in the last four games of the season.
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As the 2013 opener approached, South Kingstown boys soccer coach Scott Rollins was leery about putting any preconceived expectations on the season.
Yes, Rebel soccer has a long-standing tradition of being amongst the best in Rhode Island and Rollins felt like the playoffs were once again in the cards, but every year brings a new team and new circumstances. Other than getting back to the postseason, Southâ€™s coach was mum on any set expectations.
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PROVIDENCEâ€”There is still hope for the Narragansett football team.
Needing a win to keep their chances of making the Division III playoff alive the Mariners turned in an impressive defensive performance in a 28-11 win at Classical Saturday afternoon.
â€śPlaying on the road against Classical theyâ€™re always very athletic,â€ť Narragansett coach Dick Fossa said after the win. â€śThey have the ability to run it and throw the ball but we needed to stick to our game plan and play with the intensity we had with Mount Pleasant. We felt if we did that weâ€™d have a very good chance of winning.â€ť
When the history books are written about the great philosophers of this era rapper Juelz Santana is not likely going to be one of the first names listed.
Yet there was a lyric from one of Santanaâ€™s songs on the back of Narragansett cross country coach Robert Shieldsâ€™ sweatshirt as he checked in on Marissa McPhillips after the sophomore Mariner had literally given it everything she had at Sundayâ€™s RI Girls State Championship.
â€śHard work pays off, you get what you put in.â€ť
If anyone knows how true that is, itâ€™s McPhillips.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Just two steps remain in the road to perfection for the Narragansett girls volleyball team.
The upset was threatened briefly, but the top seeded Mariners overcame a slow start and eventually trounced the Central Falls Warriors 18-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 in the Division II quarterfinals Tuesday night at the Narragansett Pier School.
CRANSTON â€” The No. 2 Coventry soccer team hadnâ€™t allowed more than two goals in any game this season.
In 18 destructive minutes Tuesday evening in the Division II semifinals at Cranston Stadium No. 3 Toll Gate hammered three goals past Coventry goalie Domenic Aguiar.
The Oakers finally settled the game down and found a lifeline in a goal from freshman Matt Buglio in the 36th minute, but the rampant Titans added a fourth goal just before halftime to advance to their first division final since 1990 with a 4-1 victory.
NORTH SCITUATE â€” Throughout the 2013 season the Coventry girls cross country team has battled adversity.
Down two of their top five runners in Jess Bellow and Courtney Grant, the Oakers didnâ€™t make excuses when it came to race day and each time put their best foot forward.
â€śItâ€™s definitely been tough mentally,â€ť junior Allison Bellows said. â€śTraining this season our team has had a lot of injured girls go out but we also have a lot of girls that have stepped up this season and thatâ€™s been pretty exciting to watch.â€ť