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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 valleybreeze.com @ Johnston/NP co-op squad adds Tiverton players NORTH PROVIDENCE – The name has changed. And that's not the only thing that's new with this winter's Johnston/North Providence/Tiverton co-op hockey team. After teaming up the past nine sea- sons to form a co-op squad, North Providence High and Johnston High are welcoming Tiverton High to their program, and the Tigers will be sup- plying seven players to this season's 20-player roster. The team, which is this winter prac- ticing at Pawtucket's Lynch Arena and the Smithfield Ice Rink after holding its past seasons' workouts at Route 146's Rhode Island Sports Center, also has two new head coaches at the helm. Manny DaCosta, who served as an assistant the past few years under former co-head coaches Steve Morrison and David Centraccio, is now a co-head coach, along with Carl Morin. And DaCosta is excited about this season's team, which will begin its Division III season next Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at Portsmouth Abbey's rink against Mount Hope. "We had a pretty good first week of practice," DaCosta said last Friday afternoon. "We only have two return- ing seniors and obviously a lot of new players, so we'll have to see what these kids can do. But they're all good kids and they're all getting along, which is good." Last year's team bounced back from a four-win season to post a 9-8-1 record, but it missed securing the final D-III playoff berth by a single point, no thanks to a 5-4 loss in its regular- season finale to West Warwick/Exeter West Greenwich, which sewed up third place with that win. Later that night in Portsmouth, a 3-2 victory by Mount Hope over Pilgrim allowed the Huskies to leapfrog over Johnston/NP and slide into fourth place. Nine seniors graduated from that squad, but 10 players are back, includ- ing the squad's tri-captains, North Providence junior Christian Campbell, Johnston senior Zach Morin, and Johnston junior Ryan DiLorenzo. And DaCosta noted that there are some tal- ented players coming from Tiverton, including a freshman goalie, Ethan Arruda, who may be the best of the bunch. This will be Tiverton's second appearance on the RIIL's hockey scene. In 2003, the school teamed up with Aquidneck Island neighbor Rogers of Newport to form the state's first boys' co-op team, but 11 years later, Rogers changed partners in its By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence junior CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL, shown in action during a game against Mount Hope last season at Portsmouth Abbey's rink, scored 14 goals and was second among Division III players in assists with 18. Hockey team begins D-III schedule Continues on next page WE BUY CARS Apollo Auto Sales Like New To You Since 1972 Nos Falamos Portugues Se Habla Español 625 BROAD STREET, CUMBERLAND 401-728-8998 • apolloautosales.com OVER 200 VEHICLES SOLD EACH MONTH… COME SEE WHY! FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR ALL CREDIT SITUATIONS 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 | www.hearforyouri.com Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Do you hear what I hear… Hear for the Holidays! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs Call today to schedule your appointment & ask about our Interest Free Financing! Klibanoff Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Mona Aoude Klibanoff Now accepting New Patients 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 www.klibanoffeye.com Dr. Klibanoff specializes in primary eye care including comprehensive eye exams, treatment of ocular diseases, glasses and contact lens service, and the pre and post operative management of cataract and LASIK surgery patients. Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Monday We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care.

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