N.K.H.S. gears up for busy fall sports season
Talent, enthusiasm and a whole lot of energy are typical of many North Kingstown High School athletes, according to Athletic Director James Marcello, who oversees the robust athletic program that includes 43 teams.
The fall season hosts eight varsity teams in six sports. The athletes work hard and “travel for games at night and on the weekends,” he said. “I am amazed and pleased at the level of their spirit.”
Islander Dan Gorelick, a junior, “is dependable, hard working and a good teammate,” according to boys cross country coach Paul Tetreault, a 30-year coaching veteran at North Kingstown High School.
Joining Gorelick are two island freshmen – Ben Stewart, “a very good middle-school runner,” and Jonathan Carney, “a relatively new runner” and quick study, Tetreault said.
He listed the team’s goals as finishing in the top three, taking a shot at winning the championship and increasing the number of top 25 runners from three a year ago to five this year.
Island senior Katie Matley and sophomore newcomer Sydney Pazera join five Jamestown freshman girls – Sofia Greco Byrne, Rebecca Small, Peyton Wallace, Emma Vogel and Isabel Montminy Crabtree – running on the girls cross country team this fall.
Second-year coach Kaitlin Wilson, a 2002 graduate of North Kingstown High School, said that she is pleased with the turnout and talent of this year’s squad, led by top runners Aisha McAdams and Kate DelGreco. Her top goal, she said, is to return to the New England championships, finish in the top three and ultimately take the title.
N.K.H.S. runners have landed in the New England Cross Country Championships – a top six finish – in 10 of the past 11 years. That period includes two years in which Wilson was a student before she took her running shoes to Stone Hill College.
The cross country season, for both boys and girls, opens at Goddard Memorial State Park in a trimeet against Middletown High School and West Warwick High School at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.
Girls’ volleyball coach Victoria Tefft spent 30 years coaching South Kingstown volleyball, and as she put it, “was the enemy for many years.”
In her second year as a Skippers coach, Tefft said that she is “encouraged by what she sees,” including the “motion, execution and form” and the work ethic of her players.
North Kingstown’s varsity volleyball team had a very good run last year, losing in the state semifi nals.
Currently, there are no islanders on the varsity roster. The Injury Fund Tournament game will be played at home on Sept. 2 against Narragansett High School at 4 p.m.
Girls’ soccer coach Dave Murphy, now in his second year, said
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that he wants to build on last year’s winning record. His roster includes Jamestowners Kristina Bolibruch, Cara Liberati, Vickki Rosa and Dannielle Jennings.
“We are a young team and we expect to do well,” he said. His top goals for his team include playing well all season long, making the play-offs and staying injury free.
Murphy said that he brought in a yoga instructor in the pre-season to work with the girls as way to stave off injuries. They will play their first game at home on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. against the Prout School.
Jamestowner and returning boys’ soccer head coach Kyle Froberg said that two islanders, Nick Fay and Nathan Lambert, are “highly committed” players and that they can be counted on to help achieve the program’s goals.
“We are always one of the top programs,” Froberg said. This year, due to a restructuring of the division, N.K.H.S. finds itself in the same division with the other three teams from the top of last year’s state rankings.
“We want to win the division, advance in the state play-off and ultimately win a state championship,” Froberg said. He added that in order to do that, the team needs “the right mix and combination of players, and we need to stay injury free.” The opening match of the season is against East Providence High School at Pierce Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Hannah Zangari, who made All State First Team in 2009, will lead the girls’ tennis team on the court against a tough division, according to tennis head coach Jacques Faulise.
Two of the three schools against whom the Skippers notched their four wins in 2009 have “moved down to the B division.”
In spite of playing in a highly competitive division, Faulise is optimistic and is looking for his team to stay close and contend in each match.
Jamestown seniors Caia Diepenbrock and Lili Flour join sophomore Sarah Smith as the team faces St. Mary’s Academy- Bayview at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 at home.
Girls’ field hockey stand-out Samantha Leonard is a junior from Jamestown. She was high scorer last season, and will join forces with Brianna Cain, Abby Gannon and Haley Nannig, the three most experienced returning players.
Following two state championships in 2007 and 2008 and a run to the semi-finals last year, the team saw 12 seniors graduate, according to head coach Julie Maguire.
In spite of the prospect of a rebuilding year, Maguire is clear about her goals for the team: “Improve fundamentals, including field awareness, provide a learning experience on and off the field and qualify for the play-offs.”
Islanders on the team include Olivia McGowan, Holly Bobola, Kaela Kennedy, Meryl Nelson-Lee and Roma Patel. The field hockey season begins on Sept. 8 against Lincoln High School at home at 6:30 p.m.