These 15 moments made 2021 a memorable year on Newport County sports scene – newportri.com


All four area high schools — Portsmouth, Rogers, Middletown and Tiverton — had teams that captured championships in 2021.

Baseball players from three of the four schools combined to bring a state American Legion championship to the island for the first time in nearly three decades.

There also were plenty of individual championships earned, honors bestowed and moments to remember. And all these feats took place despite the presence of COVID-19. The pandemic certainly changed the way sports were played and continues to do so. Yet all continue to persevere and carry on.

Listed below are some of the memories local athletes provided in 2021.

COVID bears down on high school sports

Beginning in January, spectators were not allowed at Portsmouth and Rogers high school basketball games while Middletown and Tiverton high schools allowed minimal audiences because of COVID-19 regulations.

The Portsmouth High hockey team and the Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill co-op squad used Burrillville’s Levy Rink as their home arena because local rinks were closed for games.

High school swim meets went virtual, with opponents competing at different pools and results swapped to determine the winners. Indoor track teams competed, but there were no spectators allowed.

The pandemic caused the Commonwealth Coast Conference to cancel all winter sports on Jan. 20, so Salve Regina athletic teams sat out the season.

Portsmouth boys basketball team reigns supreme — again

Tim Chlaupek was the MVP as the Portsmouth High School boys basketball team won its second straight Division II title by defeating Burrillville in the championship game. The Patriots compiled a two-year record of 30-4 against division foes.

Kluth, Fahrney capture track titles for Patriots

Portsmouth High School’s Kaden Kluth won the 1,000-meter race and teammate Colby Fahrney captured the long jump at the Rhode Island indoor track and field state championship meet. 

Football and girls volleyball return — in the spring

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League gave the go-ahead for a Fall 2 season so local high school football and girls volleyball teams could play a shortened campaign from March to May. COVID-19 still forced cancellations of many games.

The Rogers volleyball team made the deepest playoff run among local teams, but lost to St. Raphael in the Division III championship the same day it beat Block Island in a semifinal game.

The Vikings would be heard from again later in the year. 

Morgan Casey soars onto the national stage

Portsmouth High sophomore Morgan Casey won outdoor track division, class and state high jump championships in a 22-day span despite never having participated in the event in her life. She capped off the run by placing 10th at the national competition in Oregon.

Rogers High school speedster Eliasson tops 100 meters

Rogers High School’s Franz Eliasson won the 100-meter dash in the state outdoor track and field …….

Source: https://www.newportri.com/story/sports/high-school/2021/12/29/newport-county-high-school-sports-2021-year-review-rogers-tiverton-middletown-portsmouth/9034337002/

All four area high schools — Portsmouth, Rogers, Middletown and Tiverton — had teams that captured championships in 2021.

Baseball players from three of the four schools combined to bring a state American Legion championship to the island for the first time in nearly three decades.

There also were plenty of individual championships earned, honors bestowed and moments to remember. And all these feats took place despite the presence of COVID-19. The pandemic certainly changed the way sports were played and continues to do so. Yet all continue to persevere and carry on.

Listed below are some of the memories local athletes …….

All four area high schools — Portsmouth, Rogers, Middletown and Tiverton — had teams that captured championships in 2021.

Baseball players from three of the four schools combined to bring a state American Legion championship to the island for the first time in nearly three decades.

There also were plenty of individual championships earned, honors bestowed and moments to remember. And all these feats took place despite the presence of COVID-19. The pandemic certainly changed the way sports were played and continues to do so. Yet all continue to persevere and carry on.

Listed below are some of the memories local athletes …….

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