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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-06-2019

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION FEBRUARY 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION the number of players signing up has already exceeded where they were at this time last year. While running his own league this year, AbiAad and his board mem- bers will work with the people of Fairlawn to set them up and keep them in the league. "The hope is to help start their own board with parents, volunteers, and coaches in the Fairlawn district," he added. "We want to introduce a president for them and help set them up, going through all the paperwork that is involved and how to do sign- ups and tryouts. We want to get them back up on their feet. If not, our dis- trict will decide what happens." That means if Fairlawn cannot get enough interested volunteers to run the league, the league will fold and there will be a discussion on where those players from the Fairlawn dis- trict can play, whether it's Darlington American or Pineview or both. "Bob Walker entrusted us to try and help them out," AbiAad said. "For new board members and vol- unteers to come out, as that is the only way a league survives. It needs volunteers. Everybody would hate to see Fairlawn fold. I want to see them thrive, and I'm glad my board took this responsibility." Pineview is also embarking on other new projects this season, including starting an in-between league between Juniors and Senior Division players, as well as a Challenger Division. Right now, Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 20. LITTLE LEAGUE From Page 13 BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Above, SRA freshman ELIZABETH MURPHY is on her way to clearing 4-foot-8 and taking fifth place in the girls' high jump during last Saturday's Small Schools champion- ship meet. Right, SRA sophomore C.J. MAGILL runs in the second leg of the boys' 4x800 relay. The Saints placed fifth in that event in a time of 9:16:18. INDOOR TRACK From Page 13 Feb.16), and if our guys perform, finishing in fifth or sixth (place) is a possibility," said Magill, whose team took eighth place in last season's meet. "We're very proud of our small school on Walcott Street battling against these big schools. We're very proud." The girls' team also competed in the Small Schools championship meet and placed sixth with 30 points. East Greenwich won the title with 77 points, and Smithfield and the Prout School tied for second place with 58 each. Sophomore Rachael Mongeau led the Saints by winning the 3,000 in 11:38.16 and placing sixth in the 1,000, and SRA also received third places from Faith Kizekai in the 55-meter dash in 7.69 seconds and the 4x200 relay team of the Kizekai sisters, Christine and Faith, Daylin Mendez, and Valeria Uribe in 1:55.06. "The girls are doing very well," Magill said. "Rachael won the 3,000 meters, and we picked up some small points here and there. Elizabeth Murphy did well in the high jump, and the Kizekai sisters went third and fifth in the 55." Mongeau, who was a First-Team All-State runner in cross country last fall, made her victory in the 3,000 look effortless. What was her main competitor until Mongeau blew the field away was second-place fin- isher Smithfield's Ashlyn Maio, who finished with a time of 11:59.00. "She's in fantastic shape," Magill said about Mongeau. "We were hoping she would be pushed a little bit more today, but she wasn't. And to be a class champion as a sophomore is outstanding. She was also seventh in the state in cross country. The future is very bright for her." Also finishing in the top 10 of its meet was the Shea High boys' team, which took 10th place in the Class B meet that was held earlier in the day. Jaylen Smith led the Raiders by taking second in the 55 dash in 6.72 seconds, just 0.01 of a second behind the win- ner, and running on the 4x200 relay team of Chris Whitfield, Rinaldo Gomes, and Davontay Vaz that also placed fifth. Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are.

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