by Amanda Dronzek
*All records are based off of the RIIL website, listing league games only.
A month into the 2021 fall sports season at EGHS, the Avengers look to defend 3 State Championships and hopefully add a few more to the mix. As a result of last year’s success, girls soccer and football have been moved up to Division I, training all summer to prepare for the competition.
Beginning with cross country, junior captain Rylee Shunney names the boys and girls XC teams a “force to be reckoned with.” Starting the season off at 5-0, the varsity girls group has brought their best efforts to the table, led by Shunney and senior captain Esme Ginsburg. Reigning state champion Reese Fahys has aniahalted the competition thus far, searching for a two-peat by the end of the season. The varsity boys are 2-3 after four weeks of races, led by junior captain Nick Martin and senior captain Jacob Connolly. Shunney remarks on the boys’ journey since August noting, “They look better than they have in a long time.” The JV girls have also made their mark this September, becoming strong contenders for a state title. Coming up, The XC team will make their way to the Ocean State Invitational and the Great American race from North Carolina to Vermont as they look to extend their impressive year.
Following a state championship in 2020, the EGHS field hockey team has come out with a 8-1-1 record, defeating Wheeler School 8-0, and extending their winning streak to five straight since September 17th. Senior captains Lola Balkom and Hope Gee recall the beginning of their season, losing their first game in 2 years. “We have trained all summer, and starting off with an L definitely lit a fire beneath our butts. But I know that for the rest of the season we are gonna do what we do best: play our hearts out,” Gee commented. The pressure is on for the field hockey squad, as they shoot for a 3-peat in 2021. “Our season definitely won’t be as perfect as last year but it’s the outcome that matters most,” adds Balkom.
Due to COVID-19, the EGHS girls volleyball season took place in the spring of 2020, which also happened to be the team’s first year in Division I. Captain Ellen Warburton explained the significance of the 2021 year, and their mindset jumping into the season. “We have been working hard this season to keep up with the more challenging teams.” Next to Warbutron are captains Kayelee Welles, Allie Fay, and Melis Kocak. In less than a month, the varsity group lost a key starting player to an injury, forcing the team to make unexpected adjustments. Standing at 1-5, Warburton remarks on the hardships the girls have faced with a new lineup, and applauds their strength for overcoming the challenges thrown their way. Despite an unanticipated beginning to the season, the Avengers are keen on taking home a state championship for East Greenwich.
As October rolls around, the standings for the remainder of the EGHS fall sports teams are as follows. The girls Varsity soccer team has come off a championship season and was moved up to Division I. Their most recent match against Barrington resulted in a tie, placing the defending D2 winners with a record of 3-4-1. With a month left in the season, Coaches Karen Lockhart and Zach Ward along with senior captains Sofia Barnes and Siena Potorski look to take their team to states for the second year in a row.
The Varsity boys soccer team, led by seniors Griffin Gee, Carson Paull, and Stephen Timperley have gotten off to a challenging start with a record of 1-4-1. Fortunately, the season is still young and the Avengers have ample time to make a comeback.
With a current record of 6-1, the varsity tennis team has dominated the competition thus far. The JV tennis team has also gone 3-0 since the third week of September. Captains Maddie Omicioli, Caroline Shea, and Georgia Wood are pleased with how the program has been performing in the 2021 season, as they look to keep working towards playoffs. “We are excited to see how the rest of the season goes!” Wood exclaims.
Friday night lights are back for the EGHS football team, looking to make a strong showing in their Division I debut. Captains Timmy Votta, Mikey Balsamo, Chad Coppola, and Parke Hardesky are focused on turning around an 0-2 start to the season, after falling to the Hendricken Hawks last Friday. Hardesky names this year’s group of players a “team to be reckoned with.” After losing a key wide receiver and defensive back last week to an injury, the Avengers are piecing together new strategies for upcoming games. Hardesky, the starting quarterback, praises his team and notes, “We have younger players stepping up and filling in and we look to turn the table the rest of the way. We are a very competitive team with great spirit and very well coached.” Although the Avengers have a newer lineup and other injuries affecting the team’s performance to kickoff the season, Hardesky is confident that his teammates can get the job done, starting this Friday against Woonsocket on Carcieri Field.
To wrap up a month of EGHS sports is an interview with unified volleyball star, Matt Carosotto. After playing volleyball for the past three seasons as an Avenger and participating in unified basketball during the winter, Carosotto prides his team and their success as a whole this fall. Coached by his mother and biggest fan, Patty Carosotto, Matt looks forward to what the remainder of this season brings to the table. Carosotto describes the season as going very well, and finds playing side by side with his best friend, Charlie Kolb, a fond memory of his high school career thus far. As a junior, Carosotto hopes to continue playing both volleyball and basketball until he graduates.