Postseason begins in earnest for East Providence High School fall sports squads

The EPHS boys' soccer team opens play in the State Tournament, Nov. 1, in Pawtucket against Tolman. The EPHS boys' soccer team opens play in the State Tournament, Nov. 1, in Pawtucket against Tolman.

EAST PROVIDENCE — The fall sports postseason begins in earnest this week for the respective East Providence High School squads, including the boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball teams who will take part in their Division I state tournaments.

The EPHS boys’ soccer team opens play in the State Tournament, Nov. 1, in Pawtucket against Tolman.

The EPHS girls’ volleyball team still has one regular season match remaining Wednesday night, Oct. 31, at Ponaganset. However, that contest, which was postponed from Monday due to Hurricane Sandy, has no affect on the Townies’ playoff chances or seeding.

(Updated, 9 p.m., Oct. 31) E.P. is locked into the No. 2 seed from the I-North ranks. The Townies were scheduled to host either North Kingstown or Chariho in the opening quarterfinal round of the state tournament Thursday night, Nov. 1. But because both the Skippers and Chargers hadn’t yet returned to school since Sandy swamped South County, the quarterfinals involving one of those two and the Townies has been moved back to Monday night, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

East Providence is in the same half of the draw as the top-seed from I-South, which is either defending state champ Coventry or Prout. Whoever survives the quarters advances to the state semis Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Keaney Gym on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston for an 8 o’clock match.

The EPHS boys’ soccer team concluded its D-I regular slate prior to the arrival of Sandy, playing North Kingstown to a 2-all draw last Friday night. The Townies secured the ninth seed in the state tournament and play in Pawtucket at the McKinnon-Alves Complex off Industrial Highway against eighth-seeded Tolman Thursday night, Nov. 1, at 6 o’clock.

The E.P.-Tolman winner enters the main portion of the state tourney draw and advances to face fourth-seeded Portsmouth in the quarterfinal round on the road Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

The EPHS boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have already began their postseasons, having participated in their Class A Championships Meets last weekend at Ponaganset’s Covered Bridge Trail, the same site where the State Meet takes place Sunday, Nov. 4.

With their ninth-place result at Class, the Townies qualified as a team to take part in the boys’ portion of the State Meet. Junior Ryan Vieira led the locals, running 38th overall in 17 minutes, 56.7 seconds. Mike Monagle was the second E.P. runner at Class, clocking an 18:23.6 to finish 48th.

The EPHS girls’ squad did not qualify as a group, though freshmen Brynne Costa and Angie Leonardo did earn the right to compete at States as individuals. Costa finished 38th overall at Class with a time of 21:4.9. Leonardo ran 49th in 22:42.6.

The 2012 State Championship Cross Country Meet takes place Sunday in North Scituate on the Ponaganset High School grounds beginning with the boys’ race at 1:15 p.m. followed by the girls’ event at 2:15 p.m.

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