Fall wrap-up: North Kingstown teams continue winning ways
The Skippers (9-2) won the Turkey Bowl last year and intend to repeat, the seniors said. This is their last game in the school’s first winning season under new head coach Joe Gilmartin. Although the team missed the playoffs due to an unusual five-way tie for first in Division II B, the players said the season was a success.
“It was a great fall season,” said Howie Hague, North Kingstown’s athletic director.
All the fall teams made the playoffs, except for football. “It was unfortunate,” he said.
In other sports, the boys’ varsity soccer team, the junior varsity girls’ tennis team and the crosscountry teams finished the 2013 season in the thick of the competition for the state titles.
The boys’ varsity soccer team won the state title last in 2007, and this year was its first chance in six years to win it all again. Since their title, La Salle and Barrington have taken turns winning the championship.
Head coach Kyle Froberg of Jamestown predicted unseating the two dynasties would be difficult. Earlier, he said an experienced group of 15 seniors led the North Kingstown team through the regular season, racking up a 9-2-1 record. In the Division I standings, that was good enough for third place behind the two powerhouses.
Islander Evan Gaudreau, 17, led the team in scoring. Jamestown’s Antonio Varrecchione, 17, also played on the varsity and shared goalkeeper duties.
The Skippers beat the Eagles 3-2 in the regular season but didn’t meet the Rams until the playoffs. North Kingstown High went all the way to the Division I finals but lost a heartbreaking match to La Salle, 1-0.
The boys’ JV team also earned a trip to the playoffs. Three islanders contributed to the effort: Finn Dwyer, 16, a junior, who played center midfielder, and two 15-year-old sophomores, Noah Simmons and Stephen Cirella.
The girls’ varsity soccer squad also made the playoffs but lost 3-2 in the first round against Cumberland. Islanders Jessy Primiano and Alexis Brayman, both 15 and sophomores, made the team that finished the regular season 7-6-1 and in seventh place in the Division I standings. The JV team also shone with a winning season and an 8-3-1 record.
The girls’ JV tennis squad was successful in the tournament and prevailed in the finals against East Greenwich. Jamestown’s Rebecca Small did her part and won her doubles match. The title capped a perfect season for the Skippers and marked the second time in the past three years that coach Dick Ernst’s team was undefeated.
The varsity girls’ team (9-3) finished in third place in Division I standings.
The girls’ varsity volleyball team also turned in an outstanding season. The Skippers (14-4) finished tied with the Rebels for second place behind undefeated Coventry in the Division I South standings. Jamestown’s Kristjana McCarthy, 17 and a senior, and Kaylynn Cason, 16 and a junior, contributed to the starting lineup at the middle hitter and setter positions, respectively.
In the postseason, North Kingstown High improved on last year’s playoff performance. The squad battled past Mount St. Charles, 3-0, but then had to face Division I North champs, Classical. The Purple repeated on its dominance in the regular season and knocked the Skippers out of contention with a 3-0 victory.
Both the boys’ and girls’ crosscountry teams finished the regular season undefeated and repeated their achievement of 2012. Both teams racked up identical 8-0 records and were Division I South champs. The squads competed for the state title and finished high in the team standings. The girls ended up in third in both the state championship and in the Class A meet. The Skippers came in behind Barrington and La Salle in both competitions. The Rams won both meets. Jamestowner Hannah Niebel led the girls in the Class A meet. Coach Brian McNeiece said the race was a breakthrough for her and marked the first time she had led the team.
The girls lost four top runners from last year due to graduation. Jamestown had strong representation on the team from seniors Emma Vogel, Peyton Wallace, Raeann Niebel and Sofia Greco- Byrne, who was one of the cocaptains. Alanah Gaudreau, a sophomore who recently moved to Jamestown from North Kingstown, also contributed.
In the boys’ Class A meet, the Skippers came in fourth behind Bishop Hendricken, La Salle and Cumberland. The Hawks continued its dynasty at the state championships. La Salle finished second. The Skippers came in fifth behind East Greenwich and Cumberland.
The field hockey team made the playoffs, too. The Skippers lost in the quarterfinals to East Greenwich, 5-1. The team finished the regular season (8-7-1 in conference play) with a lock on third place in Division I South. Jamestown 14-year-olds Emma Lennon, Meghann Maguire, Maddie Maguire and Camryn Wallace, as well as 17-year-olds Holly Bobola and Roma Patel, all played.