Thanks for subscribing! Please check your email for further instructions.
By John Cardullo, sportswriter
The High School Fall season is in the books. For the
seniors it marks the end of their high school careers, some will go on to
college and continue, but for many they will focus on studying and making a
living in their chosen profession. The underclassmen will be stepping up into
their moment in the sun, but their stories haven’t been written yet. So, let us
reflect back on the season that just ended and salute those teams and individuals
who made the most out of the 2019 Fall season.
Let’s kick-off (pardon the pun) with football and once
again the Bishop Hendricken Hawks won the State Championship by beating the
Portsmouth Patriots. In the Division 1 Superbowl the emerging powerhouse, the
North Kingstown Skippers defeated the Cranston West Falcons 28-19, while in
Division 2 the Villa Novans of Woonsocket routed the Mt. Pleasant Kilties 28-0.
Division 3 saw a rematch of the 1975 State Championship game, the Patriots of
Pilgrim beat Tolman 22-14 to claim the title, and in the Division 4 Super Bowl
North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles Co-op nipped the Tiverton Tigers 22-21 in
a heart stopping game.
Moving over to Field Hockey, the East Greenwich
Avengers topped North Kingstown 2-1 to claim the Division 1 title. The D2
Championship went to The Lincoln School who beat Wheeler 3-0. In Division 3 championship
the Ladies of Pilgrim took the title in an exciting shoot out 1-0 over Tiverton.
This gave the Patriots two state titles in the Fall season and put them in the
spotlight as an emerging school to watch in the future.
Staying with the ladies, the girls’ volleyball season
is played in the Fall while the boys’ season is played in the spring, so here
are the results for the girls State championships. Division 1 had the Lady
Skippers sweep LaSalle 3 games to 0 to take the title. Division 2 watched the East
Greenwich Lady Avengers nip the girls from West Warwick 3 games to 2. St. Raphael
swept the team from Block Island 3-0 for the Division 3 title.
The Boys soccer Division 1 Championship went to soccer powerhouse LaSalle Rams with their 3-0 shut out of the Tolman Tigers. In Division 2 the Lincoln Lions also shut out their opponent North Smithfield 1-0 in an edge of your seat contest, and in an equally exciting game, St. Raphael nudged the Tollgate Titans also by a score of 1-0. On the ladies’ side of the state soccer championships, the South Kingstown Rebels downed Cumberland 2-0 to claim the D1 crown, while the Quakers of Moses Brown took Chariho down 3-0 to take the D2 crown. However, in what was the most exciting game of the girls soccer championship happened in D3 when the Tiverton Tigers and Cranston East Lady Bolts ended in regulation tied at 1-1, so it went down to the tie breaking system where each team gets a chance to shoot on goal until a winner is crowned. It took 7 rounds before Tiverton broke the tie and edged out Cranston East 7-6, walking away with the D3 title.
On the tennis court, the ladies of LaSalle Rams swept the Barrington Eagles 4-0 to claim the D1 crown. In the D2 finals Mt. Hope edged out Ponaganset 4-3 to take home the title and in Division 3 the North Providence Cougars beat Rogers 4-1. In the individual and doubles championships, East Greenwich’s Maddie Omicioli was the 2019 RIIL State singles champion and the dynamic duo from Barrington, Lauren Jay and Soyna Pareek took home the RIIL Doubles State crown.
The game day Cheerleading state competition crowned 3
divisions as these ladies displayed their school spirit for all to see. The “Large”
Division winner was the LaSalle Academy Rams, which the West Warwick Wizards
took home the “Medium” division crown and St. Raphael Academy won the “Small”
E-sports have been an upcoming team competition for
several years and teams from all over the state have competed for the right to
play for the state crown. The final four teams were the Hextech Hawks from
Bishop Hendricken, the BHS Blue team from Barrington, the V1or Mt. St. Charles Academy
and the Aspects from Davies Technical. The Hextech Hawks of Bishop Hendricken defeated
the V1- of Mt. Saint Charles 2-1 to take home the championship.
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League and Special
Olympics Rhode Island had partnered up a few years ago to offer competitive
sports for every student, they created the Unified sports program. This year in
the 6 divisions of competition the winners of Unified Volleyball were: Division
1- The North Kingstown Skippers, Division 2 – The Mount Pleasant Kilties, Division
3 – The Portsmouth Patriots, Division 4 – The Coventry Oakers, Division 5 – The
Chariho Chargers and in Division 6 – The Pilgrim Patriots.
Finally, Cross Country wraps up the Fall sports season,
LaSalle Academy won the boys State Championship and the East Greenwich Avengers
took the State Girls title.
The Fall sports season now complete and thousands of
high school athletes now move onto their next challenge, whether they jump into
the fast-coming winter sports season or focusing on the spring season. For most
athletes the conclusion of whatever fall sports they participated in was the end
of their high school career. To the athlete it is as important that they competed
as it was to win, and most will look forward in competing once again at the
next level, what they will discover when time goes on is that they played on a
team, representing their high school and the memories of being part of the team
will be lasting even after the results fade as time goes on.