COVENTRY, RI — Local high school hockey and basketball teams kick off their respective seasons beginning next week — here’s a preview of what’s coming up in Coventry varsity sports, as reported by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
Co-op squad defends 2022 title
After winning the state title in a double-overtime victory over LaSalle Academy on March 18, the Smithfield/Coventry/Moses Brown co-op hockey team looks to defend its title in Division 1. Moses Brown junior Quinn Faria scored the game winner at 1:25 of the second OT period in the championship game against the Rams, who went into the contest undefeated. The Sentinels compiled a 10-2-2 record during the 2022-23 season, including a six-game win streak.
Up next: The Sentinels host Narragansett at Smithfield Ice Rink on Dec. 8.
Oakers look to improve
Coventry heads into the new season aiming to improve on it 5-11-1 record from 2022-23, finishing ninth in Division 2. The Oakers did have a few bright spots, including two wins over Mt. Hope by a combined 17-7 and a 6-4 win over St. Raphael Academy.
Next up: Coventry hosts Ponaganset on Dec. 9.
Coventry seeks return to postseason
The Coventry girls basketball team returns to the hardwood looking for a path back to the Division 2 postseason after finishing just outside the playoff picture last year. The 2021-22 squad put together a 14-10 overall record, good for the eight-seed in the championship tournament, and fell to top seed East Providence in the first round. West Warwick later knocked the Townies out in the semifinal round.
Next up: Coventry travels to Exeter-West Greenwich on Dec. 8.
Can Oakers maintain the good home record?
Although Coventry didn’t qualify for the Division 2 playoffs last year, the Oakers did compile an impressive 7-3 home record and went 2-0 in neutral site games, giving the basketball squad a clear advantage in non-road matchups.
Next up: The Oakers visit Rogers High School in Newport to face the Vikings on Dec. 14.
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