All-State Athletes: Here are the best fall high school athletes in RI – The Providence Journal

All-State Athletes: Here are the best fall high school athletes in RI  The Providence Journal

The Providence Journal has been honoring the best high school athletes across Rhode Island for more than 80 years, and that tradition continues this week as the Fall 2022 All-State teams, first and second, are revealed.

The daunting task of selecting the players on these teams falls to Journal sports writers Eric Rueb and Bill Koch, who have covered games and meets across the state, spoken with athletes and coaches, and researched countless stats to help determine the top athletes in each sport. The first-team athletes are all nominees for the Player of the Year award in their respective sport, which will be announced at the annual All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards show, which will be back with an exciting live event again in June.

The athletes were invited to The Journal’s offices on Fountain Street in Providence for a photo shoot, and the turnout for the fall season was the highest in recent memory, with more than 80 high school athletes attending one of the four photo sessions.

Providence Journal photographer Kris Craig holds a mirror up for St. Raphael football star Ethan McCann-Carter as part of a Journal All-States photo shoot in the Fountain Street studio.

The All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, which is the largest high school sports recognition program in the country. Last year’s show in Providence featured former Classical High School and Providence College basketball star David Duke, who now plays for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Past featured guests included former Red Sox stars Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, former Celtic Paul Pierce and former Patriot Rob Gronkowski.

Fall 2022 Providence Journal All-State teams

Then-Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the 2016 All-State awards banquet in Providence.

Rhode Island Girls Tennis Team

On Monday, the Girls Tennis teams were announced, and each day this week, another team will be published online, at, and in the pages of The Providence Journal. This year’s Girls Tennis first team features a slew of new faces — such as South Kingstown’s freshman phenom Alexa Clark, the top player in Division II; Moses Brown’s Frances Aebker, who was an anchor in the No. 2 spot for the Quakers; and Mt. Hope’s Elsa White, who faced the best players in the state every match in D-I, among others.

Alexa Clark, South Kingstown girls tennis

More:Presenting the 2022 Providence Journal All-State Girls Tennis first- and second-team selections

Rhode Island Boys and Girls Cross Country teams

On Tuesday, the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams were unveiled, and two of the best distance runners Rhode Island has ever produced are featured on those squads — Moses Brown’s Sophia Gorriaran and St. Raphael’s Devan Kipyego, who both put together yet another standout season. But there are plenty of other top-notch athletes who made the cut.

More:Meet the top RI high school Boys Cross Country runners

Jackson Borge, North Kingstown cross country Andrew Frezza, Hendricken cross country

On the girls’ side, there is Caroline Cummings, the Class A champion and who was just this week named the Gatorade RI Girls Cross Country runner of the year. Next fall, she will run at Georgetown University. On the boys’ side, Jackson Borge of North Kingstown ran to a second-place finish in the Class A Championships with a time of 16:02.5 and was even better at the state meet, running a 16:01.9.

More:Meet the top RI high school Girls Cross Country runners

Rhode Island Girls Soccer Team

On Wednesday, the Journal’s All-State Girls Soccer team was announced, and the state champion North Kingstown skippers had healthy representation on the first team. NK’s Ellie Bishop, Bella Cambio and Abigail Tober all found spots in the All-State lineup after their championship season. So did the state’s top goalie from the fall, Cranston West sophomore Oceanna Orlandi. And Pilgrim, which suffered the fewest regular-season losses in Division I, boasts two players on the first team — forward Amaya Coffie and defender Dasani Stewart.

Pilgrim's Amaya Coffie slides in on South Kingstown Rebel Lauren Fewlass trying to steal the ball in a match last fall.

More:Meet the top RI high school Girls Soccer players

Rhode Island Boys Soccer Team

The Boys Soccer All-State team was announced on Thursday, and it boasts players from across Rhode Island. Lincoln’s Oskar Caldarone was the best keeper in the state and he backstops this team of stars; South Kingstown’s Daniel Banks helped his Rebels win the Division I state title, beating rival North Kingstown — which features three Skippers. Tolman’s Darius Davis may be the top returning offensive threat in the state next season and Mount St. Charles’ Ian Goulet was an All-New England selection. 

Lincoln Lions goalie Oskar Caldarone dives but misses the stop for the only score against the Lions in their 4-1 win over the Thunderbolts. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

More:Meet the top RI high school Boys Soccer players

Rhode Island Girls Volleyball Team

On Friday, volleyball took its turn in the spotlight. North Kingstown claimed another championship last fall, and the Skippers boast three members of the All-State First Team — with Annie Draper, Mackenzie Lonergan and Ella Maack, who is expected to be back for another run at the top with NK next season. The team also features Gatorade Player of the Year Morgan Casey, of Portsmouth.

More:Meet the 2022 Providence Journal All State Girls Volleyball teams

Rhode Island Field Hockey Team

Friday was also the release of the Field Hockey All-State teams. The fall season was chock full of great matchups, and in the end two of the sport’s powerhouses wound up in the championship match — with Moses Brown beating East Greenwich for the state title. Both the Quakers and Avengers have strong representation on our All-States team, with Moses Brown sending a total of seven players (incudling five freshmen and sophomores) — Kathryn Gauvin, Lily Procaccianti and Lila Stilley are on the first team, and four more Quakers made the second team.

More:Meet the 2022 Providence Journal All-State Field Hockey teams

Lily Procaccianti, Moses Brown field hockey Ava Gershon, Moses Brown field hockey Ava Giardino, Moses Brown field hockey

Rhode Island football teams

The Journal’s All-State Football Teams – Offense, Defense and Special Teams – were unveiled Sunday morning, 30 players in all. So who was the top quarterback in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League? Or the best linebacker, or the best kicker? Take a look at the selections on our website – – or in the pages of The Providence Sunday Journal. And congratulations to all The Providence Journal Fall All-State athletes!

North Kingstown HS Skipper QB Eddie Buehler in front of a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules with the 143rd Airlift Wing, a unit of the RI Air National Guard, stationed at Quonset Point Air National Guard Station in North Kingstown, RI. Photographed Sept 13, 2022.