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The North Providence Breeze 02-06-2019

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plenty of work with her teams this week and next. "We're going to regroup and get ready to work for the divisions," she said. "Now it's all about fine-tuning our techniques: finessing our starts, finess- ing our turns, emphasizing our finishes. That's really what the focus will be for those two weeks." In the boys' victory over the Sentinels, the Cougars stormed out to a 49-6 lead after seven events before electing to swim the final four as exhi- bitions. Jeff Cotoia led the way by winning multiple events, the 200-meter individual medley in a time of 2:46.77 and the 500-meter freestyle in 5:28.07. Jason Kudish also highlighted the meet by capturing the 100-meter but- terfly in 1:14.23 to qualify for the state meet for his eighth different event. Cam Erickson (100-meter freestyle, 1:03.20), Jason Tiner (200-meter free- style, 2:46.19), and Tony Azevedo (50-meter freestyle, 27.14 seconds) also won events, as did the 200-meter med- ley relay squad of Dylan Castle, Juan Zapata, Henri Moise, and Azevedo in a time of 2:28.44. As for the girls' team, freshman standout Andrea Cortes was the lone NP swimmer to place first, as she won the 200-meter (2:26.99) and 500-meter (5:26.37) freestyles. The Sentinels, which won the last two D-III champi- onships, only brought 12 swimmers to the meet, but saw seven either capture an individual event or swim on a win- ning relay team. "I cannot be disappointed with the season the girls have had," added Bogigian. "To just collect the batch of wins that we got is exciting for them. In the last three or four seasons, we can't even total what we have this year, so it's been an exciting season for them." The Cougars were coming off a sweep of Mount Hope that took place at the Pods Aquatic Center in East Providence. The boys rolled to a 66-28 victory that saw them win all 11 events on the docket and Jeff Cotoia, Kudish, and Erickson each win a pair, and the girls captured nine events, two each by freshman Cassie Russo and Cortes, to down the Huskies, 54-40. The boys' and girls' teams will be back at their home pool on Thursday, hosting Burrillville in a 4 p.m. meet. Next Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., the girls will visit Toll Gate, which is also 5-2, at Warwick's McDermott Pool – the boys will not swim because Toll Gate does not have a boys' team. NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 11 Sophomore JASON KUDISH shows off the North Providence High swim teams' leg- endary "Angel" jack- et he received for being the Cougars' swimmer of the meet last Thursday afternoon. Kudish won the 100-meter butterfly in a state meet-qualifying time of 1:14.23 to help the boys' team defeat Smithfield, 49-26. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence senior MABEL HUYNH competes in the 100-meter butterfly during last Thursday's meet against Smithfield. The lone 12th-grader on the girls' team, Huynh has been one of the top point-getters during the Cougars' 5-2 start. From preceding page Comedy fundraiser for NP Wrestling Boosters is Friday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Wrestling Boosters Association is hosting a comedy show to raise funds for the North Providence High wres- tling team on Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 15 Bassett St. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. The show is for adults over the age of 18, and a cash bar will be available for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 per person, and there will also be a raffle featuring dozens of items. Appearing at the event will be Funny 4 Funds, a comedy troupe that helps local organizations raise funds by providing comedians from around New England for a night of entertainment. Typically, all the funds raised will be donated to help cover the cost of needed items, such as equipment, training aids, lunches for the wrestlers to bring with them to tournaments, transporta- tion, and other needs not included in the high school athletic budget. However, this year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the family of one of the team's wrestlers who is battling an illness. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Ken Amoriggi at or 401-722- 3777. NP Jets announce signups for new flag football league NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Jets youth football organization is hosting its inaugural spring flag football league for boys and girls ages 8-17 and to all North Providence resi- dents and surrounding towns. The season will begin in early April and wrap up at the end of June. Games will be held on Sundays for the ages 8-10 and 11-13 divisions, while the ages 14-17 division will play on either Sunday or a weeknight. Practices will also be held one night per week. Flags and equipment will be provided, and each player will receive a team jersey and flags. Registration will take place at the North Providence Library on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee is $60 per player and $50 for each additional child in the same household. Email for more information. IN BRIEF Co-op hockey team picks up big win over first-place Pats SMITHFIELD – The Johnston/ North Providence/Tiverton co-op hockey squad narrowed the gap between itself and first-place Pilgrim in the Division III standings last Friday night by picking up one of its biggest victories of the season, a 5-2 win over the Patriots at Smithfield Municipal Arena. Two Johnston players keyed the vic- tory, as junior Ryan DiLorenzo scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season and sophomore Zach Bernier also netted a pair of goals. North Providence sophomore Jeremy Gervais added the winners' other goal, as well as two assists, and Tiverton freshman goalie Ethan Arruda also turned in one of his best performances of the winter, as he stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced. Unfortunately for the co-op squad, it could not carry the momentum from that win into its game on Sunday after- noon against the Scituate/Woonsocket co-op team, which skated to a 3-1 vic- tory over the locals at Lynch Arena. Nevertheless, the co-op team's record is 6-5-1, which puts the second-place squad three points behind Pilgrim. The West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-op team is in third place, two points behind the locals with a 5-5-1 mark. NP Little League's final registration session is Saturday at library NORTH PROVIDENCE – The newly formed North Providence Little League will hold its final in-person registration session for the 2019 season on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Providence Library. Players must be ages 4-16 by Aug. 31 in order to sign up – ages 13-16 can sign up for the Junior/ Senior Division. A birth certificate and a proof of residency is required for new players. The fees to sign up are $125 for the first child, $50 for the second, $25 for the third, and $75 for T-Ball. Visit come.asp?url=npwll for more infor- mation. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! They're all at In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES

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