by Alex Gendron
The Fall Sports season here at East Greenwich High School is sadly coming to an end. Although it is coming to an end, there were still many memorable moments from this season. First, let’s start with the teams that were able to bring home the gold.
This year’s girl’s field hockey season can be described by one word. Magical. The team worked so hard throughout the season and they ended up showing that by winning the state championship against Moses Brown, 1-0. The only goal was scored by Northeastern field hockey commit, Alex Mega. Their defense shined all season and it was especially prevalent in their win. The seniors also got to end their high school careers with a three-peat. The team’s legacy in East Greenwich sports will certainly be remembered for years and years to come.
As well as field hockey, Unified Volleyball also had quite an amazing season and put their skills on display as they faced Hendricken in the 2021 state finals. The Avengers had lost the first set, but came back and won the next two to win the title for East Greenwich. Amazing performances from Joseph Gendron and Cabot Shore helped give the team energy and helped them push past the Hawks. The coach of the unified volleyball team, Patty Carosotto, has always expressed her gratitude for being able to coach this amazing team and it was certainly shown in their win.
Next, some teams that had some really successful seasons despite not winning it all:
The girls tennis team was also extremely successful in their season. They made it all the way to the championship before losing to La Salle in the championship match. The girls put in effort and dedication, leaving everything they had on the court. They had excellent play the whole season and all through the playoffs.
The cross country team, boys and girls, both also had positive moments throughout the season. The girls cross country team was headlined in the finals by Reese Fahys and Rylee Shunney who both finished 1st and 3rd in the XC state championship. The boys, were led by captains Nick Martin and Jacob Connolly, who both finished towards the top of the leaderboard for almost every race they were in. Overall, it was a very successful season for the cross country teams.
The girls soccer team is one of the more interesting teams of the fall season. Led by their three seniors, Ava Lanfredi, Sofia Barnes, and Siena Potorski, the girls soccer team made it deep in the playoffs before losing to Cumberland, 1-0. They played as a team the whole season and were able to persevere through all the deficits and challenges they faced.
The boys soccer team was one of the toughest teams in terms of East Greenwich sports. They had never backed down from a game and were competitive in almost every game they played this season. Led by senior captains Griffin Gee, Stephen Timberly, and Carson Paul, the boys soccer team played very competitively in Division I. Sadly they did not make the playoffs but played very well in the regular season against two former championship teams, La Salle and North Kingstown. Overall, it was a very promising season for the boys soccer team.
This season of sports was mostly occupied with talk of the teams listed above, but girls volleyball silently had a very good season. Despite the loss of one of their players earlier in the year, they still were able to perform very well. They made it to the playoffs and fought hard before losing in the first round to Coventry. Though their playoff season was short lived, the girls volleyball team still had a very successful run.
It is safe to say that football was probably the most popular sport this season at East Greenwich High School. Although their win percentage did not match the record of other teams, they worked extremely hard in Division I. Even though they were plagued by an injury to one of their crucial players, they were still led by their other senior captains, Timmy Votta, Michael Balsamo, Parke Hardesky, Chad Coppola, and Jack Farrelly Despite only winning 2 games, the football team played their hearts out all season and demonstrated what it meant to be an Avenger.
As the fall sports season comes to an end, we should not look at it in the sadness of it being over, but more for the legacy and incredible seasons that these teams had. We can also look forward to the winter sports season to come. The future and talent in East Greenwich High School sports look promising and the excitement for the next fall sports season has already begun.