Take a step back and think about where we were a year ago.
This column reportedly featured one of hundreds of Interschool League athletes missing a senior season. Spring postponements and possible cancellations were among the first in such a series during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field – nothing has been spared. Seniors graduated largely without the pomp and traditional circumstances. The juniors who wondered if their time would come or not the following March waited nervously.
It will never be over for people who have lost loved ones or friends to the virus. Business owners who reopen in Rhode Island on Friday still have a financial recovery to do, and we wish them good luck. When it comes to sports in high school, it’s good to see and hear about games being played as expected.
This leads to the reason why this is written. If you follow the Journal’s website, you’ve seen recaps posted throughout this school year on football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Eric Rueb has been at the helm of these – tip of the hat for him.
We’re adding lacrosse to the roster in the final weeks of the season and into the playoffs. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and has carved out an important place here over the past two decades.
Want to see your names online? Check out a recap or two of a great game you played the night before? Don’t forget to email us, coaches – [email protected] This is how we receive the majority of our information these days after the pandemic forced our offices to close and our timeline changed 14 months ago.
Is everything in this ideal? Some of us would rather take your calls, take advantage of press time much later, and present box scores on the Internet that are easier to decipher. These are all work in progress. Like everyone else over the past year, we have had to adapt. It won’t always be for the best.
The Lincoln School and Barrington girls have played the game of the year so far on Thursday. Ella Brown scored with 1:20 left in overtime as the Lynx outlasted the Eagles, 19-18. Samantha Bennett scored seven goals for Lincoln School while Kate Robertson led Barrington with six.
Moses Brown is the five-time Division I champion and, if lore is any guide, will be in the mix for the title until June. Prout is a top threat near the top of the table at 7-1, racking up 148 goals. The Crusaders are fed by the Mayo sisters – Stella, Sarah and Sylvia.
North Kingstown and Portsmouth, two former Division I programs, are now among the Division II contenders. Toll Gate, Burrillville and Ponaganset each got off to a quick start in Division III.
The boys’ side has been controlled by the same two programs for most of the past decade – La Salle and Moses Brown. The Rams are the eight-time Division I champions and have beaten the Quakers in all but one title game. Barrington was the only other program to break through for a final appearance, falling to La Salle in 2014.
Division II is where real parity can be found so far this season. No undefeated team remains despite being still relatively early in the schedule. Westerly and Pilgrim are among the leaders in Division III, while Tiverton, Mount St. Charles and North Smithfield take center stage in Division IV.
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