School athletic teams wrap up outstanding seasons
Advancing into the state field hockey playoffs as the No. 5 seed, North Kingstown finished the season with a dominating 3-0 win on Senior Night over Cumberland on Oct. 28. Junior standout and Jamestowner Sam Leonard scored a goal and assisted in another to bring her point total for the season to 23, second on the team to Taylor Butler’s 28 points.
Leonard’s regular season point total ranks her 13th among the 83 Rhode Island Division I players who have either goals or assists for their teams, according to the Rhode Island Field Hockey Coaches Association website.
The balance of the night’s scoring included goals by Butler and Kathryn Coleman, and two assists from freshman April Potter. NKHS had 24 shots on net while the Cumberland offense could only muster two shot on Jenna Fede, the Skipper’s senior goalie.
After the game, Leonard was optimistic about the team’s chances in the playoffs, which begin at Moses Brown. “I think that we have a good chance,” Leonard said. “We work hard and the coaches have been so great; they rebuilt this team after [graduating] so many seniors.”
Coach Julie Maguire, also a Jamestowner, called the victory “a good win,” noting that each senior got playing time and that they even did some things late in the game to “prepare for the playoffs.”
Maguire said that she learned, earlier in the day, that Moses Brown’s upset win over Barrington improved Moses Brown to the second seed and dropped NKHS to the fifth seed.
Counting on the No. 3 seed and home field advantage, Maguire said that the Skippers are now forced to play at Moses Brown on their “astrograss surface.” According to Maguire, this gives their opponent a distinct home field advantage.
When the teams last met Maguire described the Skipper’s 2-1 victory as “phenomenal, physical and intense.” She added that the two teams were “nicely matched.”
Adding to the drama of the match-up, Moses Brown coach Leslie Caito-Jones has coached several of the Skippers on an offseason club team.
North Kingstown’s boys’ soccer team finished their season with a hotly contested 2-2 tie against archrival South Kingstown on Oct. 29. Troy Crawford’s goal, the first of the night by NKHS, came on an assist from Domenic Tribelli in the 21st minute.
Jamestowner Nick Ferguson assisted Domenic Tribelli on the Skipper’s second goal of the night, which provided a shortlived lead.
Not concerned about who the Skippers will face, head coach Kyle Froberg, a resident of Jamestown, said that Bishop Hendricken will most likely be the Skipper’s opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Froberg added that his team’s opponents will “not be looking forward” to playing North Kingstown, given their recent level of their play.
When asked to explain, Froberg noted that following “two days of fitness-only training,” they came back to the field and worked very hard. “You could see it in their eyes,” he said.
The NKHS girls’ cross-country team, ranked No. 1 in the southern division and No. 3 in the state, travels to Ponaganset High School to compete in the Rhode Island Cross Country State Championships on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The freshman girls’ crosscountry team ran away with the state title. Fifteen points separated runner-up La Salle from the state champion Skippers. Jamestowners Melissa Coble, Sofia Greco-Byrne, Peyton Wallace, Emma Vogel, Rebecca Small and Isabel Crabtree comprised threequarters of the winning team. “We will have them all for the next three years, which is good,” Wilson said, with a smile on her face.
Wilson, who was pleased with the close-but-victorious varsity win over South Kingstown, is hopeful that her team will qualify for the New England Championships, which take place on Nov. 13 in Thetford, Vt.
The boys’ cross-country team, which is currently ranked second in the southern division and third in the state, tied with Coventry. Coach Paul Tetreault said that the team’s goal for the state meet is to get a little revenge on Chariho following a tough loss earlier in the season and to “hit [one of] the top three spots” in the final standings.
The boys’ freshmen team was second in the state championship and two Jamestowners finished in the top 20: Ben Stewart finished 10th and John Carney finished 16th out of 168 finishers, according to the Rhode Island Track and Field Website.
NKHS girls’ volleyball coach Victoria Tefft projects that their first opponent in the state championships will be Classical on Nov. 4. Their 8-5 record has earned them a No. 3 seed in the tournament. Turning the tables on a formidable opponent, as they did against Chariho, was a pleasant surprise according to Tefft, who said that they defeated Chariho in three games because “we controlled the match and ran our offences.”
As the girls prepare for challenging postseason play, Tefft has the girls “working on intangibles,” and is emphasizing the importance of practice preparing for the playoffs.
Lawn Avenue School
In Lawn Avenue School sports news, it was a great day for a run in the park; approximately 1,200 middle school runners converged on Goddard State Park in East Greenwich to participate in the Rhode Island Middle School Cross Country State Championships.
Jamestown was well represented by 30 runners, all members of the junior varsity and varsity teams for both boys and girls.
Lawn Avenue is seventh and eighth grade mathematics teacher and cross-country coach, Nick Alfred, said that the runners “practiced a lot and worked very hard” in preparation of the event.
Alfred, who has been a teacher at Lawn Avenue for eight years, has been the cross-country coach for seven.
The members of the boys’ varsity team are Jack Gamble, Josh Drummond, Anthony Antonucci, Jacob Stickler, Brad Gaudreau, Marco Greco-Byrne and James Lawless. The girls’ team is comprised of Meghan Maguire, Katherine Caswell, Heidi Sakovits, Josie Redggeri, Eliza Kallfelz, Abby Bratton and Leigh Ann Rogers.
You can see the complete results at www.3craceproductions. com/MainPages/RaceScheduleResults. htm.
UPDATE: The NKHS girls’ field hockey team’s postseason run ended abruptly on Monday afternoon, after losing to Moses Brown, 2-0. They finished the season 10-7.