SOUTH KINGSTOWN — In most recent RIIL Southern Division golf seasons, North Kingstown has been the gold standard against which all other teams are judged.
The Skippers won the division last season with a 12-1-1 record, edging out Chariho (12-2). They have won eight straight divisions, also edging the second-place Chargers yearly from 2007 to 2009.
Therefore, any Chariho win over the Skippers is a coveted achievement. And the Chargers did one better than that in their first league meet of the season Monday, shooting 169 to sweep South Kingstown (171) and North Kingstown (172) and open 2014 with a 2-0 record and key wins over division rivals.
Corey Zegarzewski shot a 37, two-over par on Laurel Lane Golf Course’s front nine, to lead Chariho’s four scorers. Nick Chartier turned in a 42 from the No. 2 slot, while senior Sam Martel shot a 40 at No. 3. Christina Bond, in the No. 5 slot, shot 50 as did No. 6 Matt Lindenberg.
Zegarzewski double-bogeyed the last hole to miss a chance at par 35, but he finished three strokes better than the next lowest scorer for South Kingstown, whose four best scores were 40, 40, 42 and 49. North Kingstown top four golfers shot 41, 42, 42 and 47.
Zegarzewski, a first-team All-Stater (Coaches Association and Providence Journal) as a sophomore in 2013, birdied the second hole, a 486-yard, par 5.
Chariho coach Mike Nedwidek was thrilled with the wins but fell short of calling it a statement match.
“It’s a very nice start to the season, but there is a long way to go,” he said. “When Corey leads the way with such a low score, you can afford to shoot a 50 as the fourth score. North Kingstown graduated a load of scoring players as did many teams in the division. I could see half a dozen teams battling it out all season.”
Nedwidek was pleased that Bond and Lindenberg each shot 50 in their first varsity matches.
“Christina is Chariho’s first female ever to score in a varsity match,” Nedwidek said. “Matt also did a nice job as a freshman. We needed both of them to keep it together and shoot decently because our fourth player had a 57. Obviously, every stroke counted today, so by them shooting 50, it was very important.”
Chariho plays home 3 p.m. Wednesday against Westerly and Exeter-West Greenwich at Richmond Country Club.
Chargers split tri-meet
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — North Kingstown, Chariho and South Kingstown finished 1-2-3 in the 10-team Southern Division championship meet last season and that was the order of finish in an early-season tri-meet showdown of undefeated teams Monday.
North Kingstown topped Chariho 123-31, and South Kingstown 124-30, to improve to 4-0, 4-0 Southern Division. Chariho (4-1, 4-1 Southern Division) won 93-52 over South Kingstown (2-2, 2-2). Chariho finished third in the 2013 Southern Division regular season behind champion NK and SK.
James Costigan was the Chargers’ lone event winner, finishing first in the discus (117-2). He also was third in the shot put (39-5).
Cam Richard was second in the javelin (141-8) and high jump (5-8). Also posting individual second-places were Max Leatham in the 110 high hurdles (15.9), Mitch Carrier in the 1,500 (3 minutes, 22.4 seconds) and Zach Gardell in the 200 (24.4).
Gardell, Kahekee Northup, Nick LoPriore and Phil Dineen finished second in the 4x100 relay in 45.8. The 4x400 relay of Gardell, Northup, Carrier and Alden Andrea was second in 3:35.4.
Jung Kim was third in the 1,500 in 4:36.7, Dineen was third in the 200 in 24.6 and Northup third in the long jump at 19-1½.
The Chargers compete in the Class A Injury Fund meet on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Bishop Hendricken.
Chargers lose to two best
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — North Kingstown swept Monday’s Southern Division meet, defeating Chariho 138-11 and South Kingstown 105-39. NK and SK were neck-and-neck last season.
South earned a split with a 103-44 win against Chariho.
Three overall second-place finishes was the best the Chargers could do against the perennial division powers.
Isabel Baker was runner-up in 800-meter race in 2 minutes, 36.6 seconds.
Baker combined with Pam Lelli, Dakota Morehouse and Natale Keefe for second in the 4x400 (4:48.4).
Arin Demers, Jamie Dobson, Cameron Fournier and Jess NeJame took second in the 4x100 (56.7).
Demers had the only other top-three finish, taking third in the 100 hurdles (18.1).
Chariho falls to 2-3, 2-3 Southern Division, while North Kingstown goes to 4-0, 4-0, and South improves to 3-1, 3-1.
Chariho will compete in the Injury Fund meet at NK on April 22 at 10 a.m.
LINCOLN — Chariho is still in search of the program’s first win ever, but the Chargers certainly look more competitive early on than they were during their winless debut in 2013.
After a 13-10 season-opening loss to three-time defending Division III state champ Smithfield last week, Chariho played Lincoln to a 4-4 tie after two quarters Monday before falling, 10-5.
Nick Cleary led the Chargers with three goals and one assist. Mitch Renner added two goals, and Tyler Bobbin and Pat Langlois each contributed one assist.
Lincoln finished tied for third at 9-3 in the 13-team division last season and beat Chariho 17-9.
James Rooney made 21 saves for Chariho. Lincoln (3-2, 3-1 Division III) held a 31-22 edge in shots on goal.
Chariho hosts Cranston West 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.