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Stonehill College has one of the top women‚Äôs tennis teams in Division II and freshman Kirsti Toegemann is a key performer for the Skyhawks, who are ranked ninth in the East by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Toegemann, from Narragansett (The Lincoln School), posted a 10-2 record this spring and a 22-5 mark overall at No. 2 singles and was 10-2 this spring and 21-4 overall in No. 1 doubles to help the team post a 20-3 record with an 11-1 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Skyhawks defeated Southern New Hampshire last weekend for the league tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament May 8-11 in Surprise, AR.
‚ÄúKirsti has had a significant impact on our program in her first year,‚ÄĚ coach Pam Arpe said. ‚ÄúShe is a fierce competitor and plays with the confidence of a much more seasoned player. She is fearless and approaches every match, every practice, with focus and determination.‚ÄĚ
Toegemann earned All-Northeast-10 second team honors in both singles and doubles and was named to the league‚Äôs All-Rookie team. She was named Player of the Week twice and Rookie of the Week four times during the season.
NOTA‚ÄôS COMING ON
Freshman Matt Nota of Narragansett (Rocky Hill School) has six goals and two assists for eight points along with 12 ground balls and four caused turnovers for the Castleton men‚Äôs lacrosse team. He had three goals and an assist in a 20-1 victory over Green Mountain and has picked up goals in the team‚Äôs last two games, both victories.
‚ÄúMatt has really improved his game over the course of the season,‚ÄĚ coach Bo McDougall said. ‚ÄúWe are really fortunate to have three attackmen playing ahead of him, and all three are very good players.‚ÄĚ
The coach said that rather than allow that to discourage Nota, the freshman has taken every opportunity to learn from them.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs paid off for Matt and he‚Äôs given us some great production when he‚Äôs been on the field,‚ÄĚ McDougall said. ‚ÄúMatt will likely transition into a midfield role for us down the road and I would not be surprised to see him playing a major role for us next year.‚ÄĚ
The Spartans are 11-3 overall and 7-0 in the North Atlantic Conference and will be the No. 1 seed in this weekend‚Äôs league championship.
DORSEY READY TO GO
Rhode Island College freshman Jaimee Dorsey prepped for Saturday‚Äôs New England Alliance Outdoor Track Championships in Bridgewater, MA.
Dorsey, from East Greenwich (East Greenwich High) won three individual events and was a member of two winning relay teams at last Saturday‚Äôs Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College. The effort helped the Anchorwomen capture the team title in the 12-school event.
Dorsey won the 100 meters (13.2), the 200 meters (25.86) and the 400 meters (57.92). She also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 (43.70) and 4x400 (3:23.13) relays.
Junior Natasha Miller of Wakefield (South Kingstown High) also was a member of the two relay teams and finished second in the 400 meter hurdles (1:09.62).
MORRIS PITCHING IN
Senior Ryan Morris of Jamestown (North Kingstown High), has pitched in 12 games and has picked up a save for the Presbyterian baseball team, which is 21-20 overall and 8-7 in the Big South Conference.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander has a 4.19 earned run average. He‚Äôs worked 19.1 innings and given up 23 hits and 13 runs, nine earned, with 10 walks and 13 strikeouts. He played third base as a freshman and pitched in a total of 20 games his sophomore and junior years.
‚ÄúRyan is doing an outstanding job and has really developed into one of our most reliable relievers,‚ÄĚ coach Elton Pollock said. ‚ÄúHe has developed outstanding command of all of his pitches which makes him a ‚Äėgo-to‚Äô guy for us down the stretch.‚ÄĚ
The coach feels that Morris has really done well of late because he‚Äôs throwing more first-pitch strikes with a greater variety of pitches.
‚ÄúRyan is one of our team captains and has really provided the necessary leadership for us this season,‚ÄĚ Pollock said. ‚ÄúHe will be a huge part of our success down the stretch.‚ÄĚ
Junior Olivia Gamache is sharing starting pitching duties with the Tennessee State softball team. The right-hander from Exeter (Exeter-West Greenwich) has a 4-15 record in 25 games and 19 starts for the 14-31 Tigers. She has 13 complete games and a 3.55 earned run average. In 118.1 innings, she‚Äôs given up 159 hits and 138 runs ‚Äď only 60 earned. He has walked 74 and struck out 60.
‚ÄúOlivia has had a very good season,‚ÄĚ coach Jeff Dabney said. ‚ÄúShe is our most improved player. She pitches with a confidence that I have been waiting to see since the first time I worked with her.‚ÄĚ
Gamache has also shown solid leadership abilities with the young Tigers with just two seniors on the squad.
‚ÄúOlivia has been great in the locker room with her younger teammates,‚ÄĚ Dabney said. ‚ÄúI consider her a leader with our pitching staff and I‚Äôm happy that she is in our program.‚ÄĚ
DUO HELPS RAIDERS
Zachary Briggs and David Feole, both freshmen, are seeing action with the Rivier baseball team.
Briggs, from North Kingstown (North Kingstown High), has pitched in 10 games in relief. The 6-foot left-hander has worked 11.2 innings and given up 22 hits and 10 runs, four earned. He‚Äôs walked three and fanned 10 and has a 3.09 earned run average.
‚ÄúZachary is my left-handed specialist out of the bull pen,‚ÄĚ coach Anthony Perry said. ‚ÄúHe has done a tremendous job getting left-handers out. Of late, he‚Äôs been able to retire the last few lefties he‚Äôs faced.‚ÄĚ
Catcher Feole, from Sciutate (The Prout School), is backing up a senior behind the plate. He‚Äôs played in 16 games and is hitting .179 (5-for-28). Behind the plate, he‚Äôs made just one error on 38 chances (.974).
‚ÄúDavid has done a great job in adapting to the college game,‚ÄĚ Perry said. ‚ÄúHe knows his role as a backup and has taken steps in learning the intricacies of calling a game.‚ÄĚ
The Raiders are 8-29 on the season and 3-13 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.
SHERBURNE MOVING ON
Michael Sherburne is wrapping up his second standout season with the Community College of Rhode Island baseball team. Next season, he‚Äôll be playing for the University of Rhode Island.
Outfielder Sherburne, from North Kingstown (North Kingstown High), is currently hitting .360 (41-for-114) for the 33-11 Knights. He has eight doubles, a triple, five home runs with 22 runs scored and 29 RBI.
‚ÄúMike is one of our co-captains and provides a tremendous amount of leadership,‚ÄĚ coach Ken Hopkins said. ‚ÄúHe sets a great example for hard work and hustle.‚ÄĚ
And hitting isn‚Äôt the only thing that puts Sherburne to the forefront with the team.
‚ÄúMike is one of the best defensive right fielders in the history of our program and his speed on the base paths is second to none,‚ÄĚ Hopkins said. ‚ÄúHe can always be counted upon to deliver a big hit when we need it most.‚ÄĚ
An indication of that was the grand slam that Sherburne hit in the league championship game that sent the Knights to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.