Voted Most Humorous by her fellow classmates, Jill Corey was a familiar face in the hallways of Ponaganset from 1985 - 1989. Besides her witty sense of humor, Jill was a well known athlete and fierce competitor on the soccer field and basketball court. Jill played for Coach Patrick Pedder on the very first Ponaganset High School girls’ soccer team; the Interscholastic League program was formed in 1985. Jill was a force to be reckoned with throughout her soccer career. Along with fellow teammate, Jean Abbatamatteo, Jill was named one of “North County’s Superlatives” by the Observer and one of the “Scoring Sensations” by the Providence Journal Bulletin. She earned the team Most Valuable Player award her sophomore year. Playing left wing, Jill was constantly in position to score for her team. Her senior year she was the team’s scoring leader, Suburban Division’s #2 scorer, and earned both All Division and All State honors. Jill steered the team to a Suburban Division Title in 1987 and a Co-Champ Suburban Division Title in 1988. Jill dominated on the basketball court for Coach Shawver playing Varsity point guard her sophomore through senior years. Jill was the first girl in the school’s history to score 1,000 points; she ended her career with 1, 069 total points, all in just three years! Jill led her team to a State Championship title her Junior year while scoring 19 points. Captaining her team her senior year, Jill scored 25 points in the state championship game but lost to West Warwick. Jill earned team Most Valuable Player honors three years in a row. In 1989, Jill was highlighted in the Sports High New England Magazine as an “Ocean State Super Star” and from National Coach Magazine “All American Honorable Mention.” Again she was recognized with All Division and All State honors. Jill received the Brian Fell Memorial Scholarship and represented Ponaganset for the Journal Bulletin Honor Roll Awards.
After graduating Ponaganset in 1989, Jill attended Rhode Island College where she played basketball for one season. Jill graduated Rhode Island College with both her undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Education. Jill continued her love for basketball while coaching the Junior Varsity and assisting the Varsity teams at Scituate High School from 1995 - 2000. She was an integral part of many victories that led the Spartans to a state championship in 2000. Jill currently teaches seventh grade English Language Arts in the Scituate school system. She is also a published author; Jill wrote This Unfamiliar Road: A Memoir, a captivating and beautifully written journey about her victorious battle with breast cancer. She now lives with her husband, Matthew, and two children, Riley and Conner in the town of Smithfield.