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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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22 SPORTS & RECREATION OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET fifths of a second behind Paige. "A lot of my family members and my next door neighbors are here," said Joe. "We all came out to support my mom for her first race." Among the top finishers was Warwick's Brad Highcove, who graduated from Woonsocket High in 1995 after a superb running career with the Villa Novans. He finished fifth in 21:51.2, and sepa- rating him and Joe Dimuccio were Boston's Shawn Fries, who placed third in 20:40.5, and Coventry's Bill Yabroudy, who finished fourth in 21:51.2. As for the top female winner, West Warwick's Rhonda Reeder, who cap- tured the women's title at the Red, White & Blue 5K two weekends ear- lier in Mansfield, Mass., tacked on another championship to her creden- tials by winning the women's crown in a time of 23:03.7 that was also good for eighth place overall. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Six-year- old ROWAN VADENAIS of Woonsocket, left, happily raises her arms in vic- tory as she and her mother, KATIE VADENAIS, get ready to finish Sunday's race in a time of 36:19.2. The youngest run- ner in the race, Vadenais was also named the winner of the girls' 19-and- under division. Warren's MADISON HANSEN was the winner of Sunday morning Rotary Runs at Autumnfest 5K, as he captured the 3.1-mile race in a time of 19:26.3 that was nearly a full minute faster than the runner-up finisher. ROAD RACE From Page 21 his role as an athletic director four months ago. With Ray Leveille becoming the school's first full-time A.D. and Lawrence serving as the senior athletic director, Lawrence, who also took over as the boys' head coach this past spring, found himself with more time to easily handle both coaching roles. "The level of responsibility I had (as an athletic director) is certainly not there," he added. "That's on Ray, and that's also allowed me to be able to do this because it's difficult to be both a head coach and an athletic director. Not many (athletic directors) in this state are coaches." Above all, Lawrence, who is in his 50th year of service at MSC and teaches AP English classes, still loves the sport and teaching it to his team, and he's truly enjoyed coaching what he believes is a special group of play- ers. "They're very easy to work with," he admitted. "I can't say enough about all the girls. We have 15 on the varsity team and they're all great. They make (coaching) pleasurable and they make it easy." Seven starters from last year's squad that returned to the state quarterfi- nals are back, including last season's first singles player, senior Isabella Coppolino, who was a Second-Team All-State selection as a junior. Junior Ally Romano and senior Maggie Kinnear, who were the Mounties' first doubles team last sea- son, are now respectively the second and fourth singles players, and senior Erin McWhinnie, who played second doubles last year, is at third singles. Kinnear currently owns a 7-2 record that includes a six-match win streak. In doubles, last year's third doubles team, junior Alex Wyatt and sopho- more Piper O'Connell, is now the number one squad. Juniors Emily Graham, who saw some time in the lineup last season, and Isabella Chiodo comprise the second doubles team, and senior Madison Cataldo and junior Shivanni Gopal make up the third team. The first and second doubles team are 6-3, and the third doubles squad is 6-2. "We have pretty good balance," said Lawrence. "I think our doubles have been very successful this year, and we're particularly successful in the middle of the singles lineup at (num- ber) three and four. They have done well." The Mounties, who were scheduled to play Smithfield and Toll Gate ear- lier in the week, will wrap up its regu- lar season next week with matches against Cumberland (on Oct. 16 at Tucker Field) and Cranston West (two days later at home). It's been six seasons since the Mounties owned a top-four seeding in the postseason, and in that magical 2012 season, Mount, which was 9-3, stunned one-loss East Greenwich in the semifinals before losing to La Salle in the finals. TENNIS From Page 20 You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at do you know? Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. ROSZKOWSKI Attorney at Law Serving the people & businesses of Northern R.I. for over 50 years. 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