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Mariners working hard to compete

August 29, 2013

Where have all the Carla Porras’ gone?
The days of Jackie Iannucci, Katie Riley, Dolci Wagner and all the players that helped lead the Narragansett girls soccer team to back-to-back Division III Championships have gone and past as only a handful of players remain that had significant roles on those title teams.
Don’t shed a tear for the Mariners though, because they certainly aren’t.

Prout’s hope is to reload in 2013

August 29, 2013

The Prout girls soccer team returned to practice last week, coming into the 2013 season after a reasonably successful 2012.
The Crusaders finished near the top of the standings at 8-5-1, just their third season in Division I, and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Though there were significant losses from the graduation of players like Shannon Mis and Ashley DiClemente, much of the same is to be expected out of Prout this season.

Rebels fueled by loss in finals

August 29, 2013

The end of the 2012 season did not come without its fair share of drama for the South Kingstown girls soccer team.
The Rebels finished the regular season near the top of the standings, tying rival North Kingstown for third at 8-2-4, but were unsure of what to expect come the postseason.
South Kingstown went on to post back-to-back shootout wins over Barrington in the quarterfinals and LaSalle in the semifinals to earn a berth in the RIIL Division I Championship match against Smithfield. It was another tight battle, but ultimately the Rebels fell to the Sentinels 2-1.

Height a strength for SK this season

August 29, 2013

All it takes is one look at the South Kingstown girls volleyball team to tell that they’re in store for a better season this fall.
Last year the Rebels struggled – mightily at times – en route to a 3-13 record but with a team loaded with size and athleticism SK should be in store for a bounce back season.
“I think we’re going to be pretty good,” SK coach Chris Fagan says. “Hopefully.”
“Coventry’s going to be tough again and I think we should be right in the mix just seeing from who graduated last year. Middle of the pack, hopefully the upper pack.”

Crusaders hoping for similar results

August 29, 2013

The success of the Prout girls volleyball team is long standing and well known throughout the state’s volleyball circuit.
Since 2005, Prout has been on an astronomic rise from Division III to Division I, never losing more than four games in a season for a combined regular season record of 117-9, including four perfect seasons, six division titles and a run of seven straight state championships that lasted from 2004 to 2010.

Coventry’s run ends in semis

August 29, 2013

A potent offense and a strong defense propelled the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-star team to the state and New England titles.
The team reached Thursday’s World Series semifinal against Lawrenceburg, Tenn. using the same formula, but Coventry’s offense and defense struggled in the most important game of the summer.

Defending champs still motivated

August 29, 2013

COVENTRY — Motivation was never an issue for last year’s Coventry girls volleyball.
Coming into the season the Oakers were motivated to prove they were good enough to wear the same uniform as the 2011 state champions. And they became even more motivated to win a title after tough defeats to East Providence and Prout late in the regular season.
Sam Higgins, Jill Ward and the Oakers carried that motivation all the way to a state-title sweep of East Providence.
So, what is motivating a group of girls who have been to the mountain top to do it all again this year?

Skippers will be in the mix for title

August 29, 2013

Replacing a player like Maddie Damm is never easy.
If a team was ever prepared to absorb such a hit though, it might this season’s North Kingstown girls soccer team.
Damm – who is entering her freshman year playing soccer at Syracuse University – was invaluable for the Skippers in the midfield last fall but with 10 seniors and five juniors suiting up for NK this season North should have enough collectively to remain very competitive in Division I.

EWG boys graduated 14 of its players from last fall’s squad

August 29, 2013

The beauty and cruelty of high school sports lays in its cyclical nature.
Last season’s Division III Championship was four years in the making for the Exeter-West Greenwich boys soccer team as the Knights finally sealed the deal after two straight losses in the finals.
Now, a new chapter has undoubtedly begun as EWG moves on without the 14 seniors that helped lead the team to D-III title.

EWG girls making transition to playing against state’s best

August 29, 2013

The Exeter-West Greenwich girls soccer team’s résumé over the past three seasons speaks for itself.
The Knights haven’t lost a game since 2010 and have won the last three Division II Championships in convincing fashion.
You have to go back even further to find the team’s last losing season as a 6-10-0 record in 2005 marked the last time the club finished below .500.
This season, however, nothing is guaranteed, for the Knights are moving up to Division I to try and prove they belong playing amongst the state’s best.

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