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April 24th, 2014
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The true strength of a community is shown through its ability to pull through the toughest of times. For the people of South Kingstown, these dark hours were found in the struggle of a local teen and baseball player.
Eight months ago, South Kingstown High School junior Doug Barlow was diagnosed with Hodgkinâs lymphoma, and it appeared his days as a normal student athlete were over. Rather than let this young man battle alone, the people of his school, church, town and teams pulled together to give him the greatest gift they could, support.
The goal for the East Greenwich boys tennis team last year was to get acclimated at the highest level in the state, all the while maintain the dominant play on the courts that has made the Avengers one of the strongest teams in Division II for the last several years.
Now, EG has an even loftier goal in their sophomore season in Division I.
Make it back to Slater Park.
LINCOLN â The match between East Greenwich and Lincoln this past Thursday featured two tennis teams on completely different paths. The East Greenwich Avengers have cruised to a 4-1 record to begin their season, and find themselves on top of Division I-Meta A. The Lincoln Lions, however, were winless entering Thursdayâs match, and were slowly sinking to the bottom of the same division.
When the two teams met, they both continued on their respective paths, as East Greenwich easily cruised to a 7-0 victory over Lincoln. The Avengers (5-1) dominated the Lions (0-6) all afternoon in both singles and doubles play. Not only did Lincoln not win a single set, but they were only victorious in two games, both of them coming in doubles play. Clearly, East Greenwich showed why they are the âteam to beatâ in the division.
WEST WARWICK â When the ball left Dustin Jarrettâs bat, it appeared the West Warwick baseball team was about to turn a double play. And then, moments before the ball was about to disappear into the glove of West Warwick second baseman Matt Grenier, the ball struck the base umpire.
Somehow, even though the ball wasnât struck with much venom, the umpire failed to get out of the way of the ball and the break allowed Chariho to score three runs against lefty starter Tommy Doran.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â The Chariho fastpitch softball team burst out of the dugout and rushed home plate to welcome teammate Emily Hollister after she rounded the bases. The senior had just nailed a home run on a full count in the Tuesdayâs second inning to put the Chargers on the scoreboard with Woonsocket. The Chariho team was down by two after the Villa Novans scored runs off an error in the first, but as the final score would indicate, the Charger girls were just warming up.
âWe were pretty solid defensively,â said coach Dave Petrocelli after Tuesdayâs 8-2 triumph at Chariho High School. âWe got good pitching from [sophomore] Kailee Morgan and [senior] India OâNeil and thatâs something we needed. We needed a win today.â
Isnât it appropriate that the surf gods would be generous on Easter weekend, giving ESA competitors great waves to ride at the 2014 edition of the Newport Surfing Championships. The call came at 7 AM from Newportâs legendary icon, Sid Abruzzi. â First Beach was firing with perfect waist to chest high swells. It is the right call today. Second Beach is only one foot and choppy.â
âThis was the first time in several years, that we decided to run the contest at this beach,â said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. âWe randomly called the event for First Beach and scored. Everyone was surprised at the quality of the surf today.â
The Colby-Sawyer womenâs lacrosse team is just 2-11 on the season but the Chargers are getting another solid performance from senior Adrienne Bender.
Bender, from Wakefield (South Kingstown High), is a team captain and has eight goals and two assists for 10 points to go along with 22 ground balls, 17 draw controls and eight caused turnovers.
âAdrienne is the type of person anyone would want on their team,â coach Emily Rinde-Thorsen said. âShe is the prime example of a student-athlete, excelling not only on the field but in the class room as well.â
WEST GREENWICH â The Exeter-West Greenwich fastpitch softball team powered their way to a 5-2 victory at the softball complex behind Lineham School, defeating D II-South opponent Scituate with powerful bats and a power-pitching arm.
EWG came into Monday afternoonâs matchup with an even 3-3 record, which ranked the Scarlet Knights fourth out of the six teams in the solid D II-South division. Scituate came down for the contest with a 1-4 record.
WAKEFIELDâStarting pitcher Tom Kazounis took the mound Friday afternoon for the Rebels as they looked to win back to back games for the first time this season. The Rebels came into the contest alternating wins and losses for the first five league games, posting a record of 3-2 and would face a struggling Pilgrim squad who had lost two straight and compiled a 2-3 record on the young season. Kazounis got off to a slow start allowing a leadoff double to Brendan Paiva, who would later score on a two-out, RBI single to left by the cleanup hitter, Chris Ray. The Patriots would not score again until the sixth inning when the game was already well out of reach.
KINGSTON â It has not been a pretty start to The University of Rhode Islandâs baseball season. Time and time again, the Rams have fallen to opposing teams in messy games with lopsided scores. Rams coach Jim Foster has been adamant that the team doesnât lack ability or heart, but rather experience and deep understanding of game theory. At the root, it would appear that the teamâs youth is keeping Rhody low on the scoreboard, though not in spirits.