By Amanda Dronzek
*Records include league and non-league games
Fall sports gave their final curtain call on Friday, October 29. With the regular season concluding, East Greenwich sends a handful of Avengers to playoffs.
How did they do it? Here’s a recap:
Wednesday, October 19th, star Alex Mega scored her 100th goal of her high school career. The Northeastern commit and her team are 14-2 on the season. The Avengers seek a four-peat as playoffs unfold.
Serving up an 11-6 record, girls volleyball has turned a full 180 in 2022. Entering playoffs, the Avengers are a new team, with new goals.
Approaching the state championship, the unified volleyball team remains undefeated.
“We are definitely holding each other accountable but maintaining a positive environment,” senior and partner Mia Schenenga says.
Unified embodies improving and connecting as one, contributing to team culture on and off the court. The state championship will be just that: “making every play a “bump, set, hit” with both athletes and partners,” giving each player an opportunity.
The girls soccer team is headed to playoffs for the third year in a row, clinching their spot in the first round during Monday’s senior night. Junior Paige Flynn scored the single goal against South Kingstown, putting the Avengers up 1-0. Standing at 8-7-4, East Greenwich has a testing trip ahead.
Boys soccer is headed to the postseason, with a record of 8-5-1. Although last year’s squad struggled in Division I, the 2022 team has found success in Division II.
Girls tennis competed in the singles and doubles state championship the weekend of October 15. From the Avengers, junior Anna Deng and sophomore Alexis Besio were runner’s up against La Salle in the doubles bracket. Nerves failed to best the two, as Deng and Besio took the match “point by point.” Although Deng and Besio hadn’t previously played together, they put up a respective final score of 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
The Avengers hosted Mt. Hope on Thursday, October 27 in the quarter finals. East Greenwich posted a 4-0 win as they head into the finals.
To states we go! A glimpse into the cross country team’s successful season, and their future endeavors:
Cross country ran under the stars in Falmouth’s Bob Glennon Twilight Invitational through October 15-16. Over the weekend, senior Nick Martin broke EG’s high school record for the 5k, with a time of 15:24:4.
“The weather was perfect, the energy was high, and I felt good,” Martin remarks.
Following the mile 2 mark, Martin picked up the pace, and took the lead.
“There were lots of fast guys there and I wanted to win, so I just kept pushing myself to stay with them,” he says.
Aside from Martin’s explosive finish, cross country saw success across the board. To kick off the night, the freshman girls placed third overall, complimented by Lindsey Rowe’s top 20 finish. The freshman boys followed with a PR frenzy, led by Max Heller. The JV girls team won first place, dominated by senior Morgan Walsh and junior Ava Bradshaw. Leading the way for the JV boys were freshman James Marcaccio, junior Tim Lynch, and senior Griffin Meacham, with a third place finish. On varsity, senior Rylee Shunney, senior Helena Dunwoody, junior Ava Peters, junior Ella Maybaum, junior Alicia Chen, junior Cece Caliri, and sophomore Emily Clarke each ran their race in under 21 minutes. On the boys end, senior Justin DiStefano, senior Andrew Valentine, and sophomore Brody Fayhs ran their 5ks in 17 minutes or less. Following a successful meet, EGXC remains a force in 2022.
On Monday, October 24, Brea Wood led the girls team to a fourth place finish at freshman states. In sixth place came the boys team, led by David Hayes.
JV states, class, and varsity states are forthcoming. Shoutout to Rylee Shunney for her verbal commitment to run the next four years with the Minute Men at UMass Amherst.
In a look to the future, we present Avengers with a vengeance:
Despite a challenging season, the Avengers football team put a smile on their classmates faces with a homecoming victory over Mount Pleasant in early October. As for school spirit, the East Greenwich student section brought the heat to every home game. Their final regular season record, 1-9.
Congratulations on a great season, East Greenwich. Until next month!