Ben Dougherty

Ben Dougherty

Head coach: Paul Rodarmor (3rd season). Assistant coach: Daniel Hansen.

Last year: The Chargers finished 3-10 overall and 3-10 in Division II-Suburban A.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Josh Benros (captain), Ben Dougherty, Elliott Fowler, Natasha Huzyk, Stewart Mead, Andrew Muszynski (captain), Jack Taber (captain). Junior: Dalton Stone. Sophomores: Alexa Kieltyka, Caden Wilson.

New to varsity:

Seniors: Levi Barrington, Chris Miller, Henry Raposa. Freshmen: Cooper Beck, Everett Mitkowski, Edward Stiller, Creighton Whaley, Rex Wichert.

Outlook: The Chargers look to improve upon last year’s record and have the experience and depth to do it. They return all but one player from last year’s roster, including senior Ben Dougherty, the All-New England wrestler who’s back playing No. 1 in the singles ladder.

“It’s tough because we have a lot of new people and a lot of seniors and a hole in the middle,” Rodarmor said. “But we should be pretty competitive. The seniors have come a long way since when I started a few years ago.”

In the early singles lineup, Taber is No. 2 followed by Benros and Huzyk. All four singles players won at least three matches last season.

Currently, the top three doubles teams are, in order, Muszynski-Fowler, Wilson-Kieltyka and Stiller-Dalton. Myszynski, Fowler, Wilson, Stone and Kieltyka all played doubles last season.

“We’re training very hard and getting around to skills and tactics,” Rodarmor said.

As for potential problems, the compact schedule — Chariho plays 15 matches between April 1 and May 16 — may test Chariho’s depth, and Rodarmor is concerned about keeping his players eligible under the school’s stricter policy of promoting academics first, athletics second.

The coach expects Prout, Portsmouth, West Warwick and Lincoln to be the top teams in the league.

“We’d like to [finish] after them,” he said.

Coach’s take: “Our first goal is that everybody is much better than the first day they came on court, then to play and be a good sportsman, then, third, as a team to root for each other and stick together, and then to finish in the upper [half] of the 15 schools we play, like fifth, sixth or seventh.”

Ken Sorensen

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