Islander Athletes Win Some, Lose Some

Fall sports squads at Middletown High had some ups and downs last week, with its boys' soccer, boys' football, girls' soccer and girls' tennis teams posting positive results.

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' 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 . 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.


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