Year in Review - Highlights of island sports in 2008
2008 was an exciting year for island sports and here are some of the highlights.
The North Kingstown High School boys' 4x400-meter relay team won the event at the indoor track state meet in February while breaking both the school and the state meet records. They went on to break their own school record at the New England Championship two weeks later with a time of 3:30.05. The relay team included islanders Nate Wigton and Rory Farrell as well as Kevin Alexander and Andrew Buresh of North Kingstown. Wigton was also crowned the state champion in the 600-meters with a time of 1:25.67.
The 2008 Save the Bay Swim was described as "the best Swim ever" by many veterans as the near perfect conditions gave most their personal best times. Out of 413 swimmers, 11 were from Jamestown. The top finisher from Jamestown was first time participant Andrew Kallfelz who completed the swim in 43:50 for 26th place. The top female finisher from Jamestown was Jean Lambert who finished her seventh swim with a time of 48:41. The 32nd annual 1.7-mile swim started at the Naval War College in Newport and ended at Potter's Cove in Jamestown.
Islander Harry Scott-Bennett graduated from The Prout School and received the Elizabeth Prout Award, which is given to the senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Christian service. Scott- Bennett was also awarded the The Prout School's Male Crusader Athlete of the Year and was a member of the 2008 Division IA state champion lacrosse team while being selected for the Division Senior All-Star Team.
The North Kingstown High School JV baseball team was crowned the Southern Division Champion and beat Portsmouth to be crowned the RI State Champion. Islanders Tom Abbood, Nick Baccari, Matt Baptista and Nate Vigneault were on the roster.
Twenty-four islanders were among those seniors honored for their contributions to high school athletics at the 6th Annual North Kingstown High School Senior Athlete Appreciation Night held in June. Jamestown residents included Sam Andreozzi, Leah Baines, Haley Barber, Erin Brennan, Chris Clark, Jon Michael Degidio, Mike Donnelly, Abby Durand, Rory Farrell, Sydney Ferguson, Peter Imbriale, Caitie Kelly, Cem Kurt, Drew Matley, Ben Nadeau, Dan Page, John Perrotti, Tallie Pruell, Kyra Reppe, Jordan Segal, Ashley Smith, Brett Uttley, Nate Wigton, and Kelly Wooley.
The North Kingstown High School football team ended their season on Dec. 2 with a tough loss to undefeated La Salle in the state semifinals with a score or 41-20. It was also the final game for Head Coach Keith Kenyon who has stepped down from his coaching position, but will remain the Director of Athletics/ Student Activities at the high school.
It took two overtimes for the North Kingstown High School field hockey team to win and retain the Division I state championship on Nov. 2. North defeated Bay View, 1-0, in the title game's second "sudden victory" overtime period. Islanders on the team included Megan Greene, Tory Dolce, Hannah Farrelly, Meghan Farrelly, Cate Brennan, Rory Kirby, and Danielle Perez. First year varsity player junior Hannah Farrelly was named North Kingstown's tourney MVP.
The North Kingstown High School boys' lacrosse team won the state title on June 1 against division leader La Salle with a final score of 12-5. North beat defending state champion Bishop Hendricken in the semifinals after losing both regular season contests. Islanders on the team included Ben Nadeau, Ben Schmidt, Alex Seidler, Dan Page, and Ryan McDermott.
Jamestown's first flag football season was considered a success. Jamestowner Mark Swistak, Jr. and Recreation Director Bill Piva put together the league as an introduction to football. For six weeks in February and March, 43 fifth through eighth graders braved the elements every Monday night to play flag football. The coaches wanted the kids from Jamestown who were interested in the game to have the opportunity to learn some basic rules and plays prior to attending high school.
In June, islander Scott Ferguson won the 2008 Laser Masters US Nationals held at the New Bedford Yacht Club. Ferguson dominated the nine-race series where he had seven first-place finishes as the next closest finisher had just one first place.
The Masters include all those sailors over 35 and had 58 entrants from as far as the Dominican Republic, England and Canada. Ferguson plans to head to the 2009 Worlds in Nova Scotia.