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Notebook: Bodington honored in NK homecoming
William Geoghegan Sports Editor, The Independent
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Narragansett head coach Kyle Bodington (front) watches the action during Saturday’s game at North Kingstown.

Photo: Michael Derr
Saturday’s basketball game between North Kingstown and Narragansett doubled as a homecoming for Kyle Bodington. The Narragansett head coach is a former Skipper and he’ll be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame this spring. Athletic director Dick Fossa announced the honor in a brief halftime ceremony Saturday night.

“These guys treated me like gold,” Bodington said. “They made it a special night for me.”

Bodington was a 1,000-point scorer for the Skippers and a member of the 1990 Class B championship squad, which remains the boys basketball program’s last title. Several of Bodington’s teammates from that squad were in the stands Saturday.

Fossa, who was Bodington’s athletic director before heading to North Kingstown this year, made sure to commemorate the hall of fame honor while Bodington was in the gym, running through a list of accomplishments before the coach received one of the loudest ovations of the night.

Bodington will be inducted into the hall of fame April 28.

“It’s pretty special,” Bodington said. “There are a lot of great athletes that came through North Kingstown. I had a lot of fun when I was here. We were the last team to win a state championship, and some of my old teammates were here today. It was a cool feeling.”

Salute to Service

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Salute to Service program is making its way to the basketball court and to North Kingstown.

Organized in conjunction with the Rhode Island Army National Guard, the program made its debut with a series of football games in 2014 and has continued on the gridiron since. The first of eight Salute to Service girls basketball games was held Wednesday at Ponaganset High School. North Kingstown and South Kingstown will get in on the act Monday when the Skippers host the second game in the series against the Rebels.

The game will feature military-themed uniforms and members of the National Guard will be in attendance.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Mariners hosting twin bill

It’ll be a big night for basketball in Narragansett Monday. The girls team will host East Providence at 5:30 p.m. The boys welcome in neighboring Prout for a 7:30 p.m. game in the doubleheader nightcap.

Author: William Geoghegan