Middletown High School's fall sports' teams enjoyed a week of mixed results, with notable successes in football, soccer and tennis, but struggles in cross-country and volleyball.
See highlights from the Islanders' first home game on Friday night and narrow victory over Classical High School.
Middletown rallied from an early one-goal deficit to topple Toll Gate High of Warwick, 5-2, in a Division II-South match. Jeremy Frank netted 3 goals for the Islanders and teammates Mitchell Aseltine and Dennis Turano scored 1 goal apiece, while Daniel Coogan, Ryan Bertsch and Isaiah Robinson all notched 1 assist. Netminder Kyle Hassan was credited with 3 saves.
Middletown continued its high-scoring ways, pouring in three goals in each period en route to a commanding 6-1 victory over West Warwick High. Sundrene Kennedy topped the Islanders with 2 goals, while teammates Nina Traglia, Chelsea Dowler and Erin Traeger all added 1 goal (the Wizards accidentally scored 1 goal into their own net). Kenleigh Hebel and Dowler notched 1 goal apiece and keeper Kaitlyn Griffith was credited with 6 saves.
The Islanders started their regular season on the wrong foot, losing to South Kingstown High and The Prout School of Wakefield by identical 15-50 scores in South Division meets at St. George’s School. No Middletown runner finished in the top 10.
Middletown suffered season-opening South Division losses to South Kingstown (15-50) and Prout (15-49) at St. George’s School. No Islander runner concluded among the top 10.
Middletown rebounded from its first loss of the season to nip South Kingstown High, 4-3, in a Division II-South encounter. The Islanders won in singles’ matches behind No. 1 Kristin Bertsch (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Sarah Bertsch (6-2, 6-3) and No. 4 Madeleine Molenda (6-3, 6-3) and at No. 1 doubles’ with Caroline-Benson-Bridget Rinkel (6-3, 6-3).
Earlier, powerful East Greenwich High knocked Middletown from the ranks of the undefeated with a dominating 7-0 Division II-South triumph. The Avengers did not lose a set in the match.
Also earlier, the Islanders posted a solid 6-1 Division II-South victory over Coventry High by sweeping the doubles’ matches and winning three of four singles’ contests. No. 1 Kristin Bertsch (6-0, injury forfeit), No. 2 Sarah Bertsch (1-6, 6-4, 6-2) and No. 4 Molenda (6-7, 6-4, 6-3) all won in singles’ tilts as did Middletown’s doubles’ tandems of No. 1 Molenda-Caroline Benson (6-3, 5-7, 6-3), No. 2 Kelley Golden-Tara Lombardi (6-4, 6-1) and No. 3 Megan Tessier-Caitlin Cassandro (6-2, 7-6).
Middletown dropped its third successive Division II-South outing when it was blanked by Mount Hope High of Bristol, 3-0.
Earlier, the Islanders had lost their second straight Division II-South match to Narragansett High, 3-0. The Mariners triumphed by margins of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-6.