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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

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GLOCESTER – In its fourth year of existence, the Ponaganset High boys' lacrosse team will be making the move from Division III to D-II. Since becoming a varsity pro- gram in 2016, the Chieftains have improved from an 8-6 team in their inaugural season to a 10-4 squad two years ago and a 13-1 club that won the Division III-North regular-season title last spring. The Chieftains also advanced to the Division III championship game last June at Brown University, but suffered a 7-4 loss to undefeated Chariho, which along with Smithfield and a few other teams, is also making the jump to D-II this spring. "We take it as a compliment and a good thing," Ponaganset head coach Tracy Howard said about the Chieftains' promotion to D-II. "It's our fourth season, and it's been quite a successful thing to make the playoffs every year. We have a great bunch of boys, and 75 percent of them are from the hockey team, which is a big help, as they just came off the ice and are conditioned." Only two seniors graduated from last year's team, but the rest return this season. Howard said that he has 14 returning starters who are all seniors, and the team also has five freshmen. Despite not having a high school team four years ago, Ponaganset still had lacrosse players. Howard said that most of the kids had been play- ing together since they were kids. This year's senior class were fresh- men when the program started and they have improved each year. Howard has not chosen captains yet, but he said he might have the team vote for them. And with a team with as much experience as Ponaganset has, there's plenty of strong candidates to choose from. Last year, they had Ray Howard, who scored a team-high 58 goals last season, Jacob Lincourt, who added 38 goals, and Ryan and Nathan Watts leading the way. As for positions, they are in the process of finalizing them, but Ray Howard and David Turbitt are at attack, while Nathan Watts, Ryan Watts, and Quint Bonin are in the midfield. Other returning seniors include Tyler Riggs and Bradyn DeMarco, and Nick Dalessio is the SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 IN BRIEF Peloquin wins ECAC balance beam title with SCSU gymnasts BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Greenville's Jordan Peloquin, who is a sophomore on the Southern Connecticut State University wom- en's gymnastics team, captured the ECAC (Eastern Conference Athletic Conference) balance beam cham- pionship last Saturday to help the Owls take third place in the team standings at the ECAC Division II Championships at the University of Bridgeport. Peloquin, who graduated from Smithfield High in 2017, tied a meet record with her personal-best score, and she became the 14th SCSU gym- nast in the program's history to win the balance beam title. Peloquin also posted a 9.775 score in the floor routine. Babe Ruth League schedules tryouts next week at NPHS NORTH PROVIDENCE – Tryouts for the North Providence-Smithfield Babe Ruth League will be held next Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. at North Providence High's baseball field, located on Smithfield Road behind the high school. Tryouts are open to all players living in Smithfield, North Providence, and Lincoln. All 13-year-old candidates are required to attend next Monday, and 14- and 15-year-old candidates are required to attend on Tuesday. Registration before tryouts is encour- aged and candidates can visit www. npsbaberuth.com to sign up. If more information is needed, or if you are unable to attend either of these dates, contact Lou Zammarelli at 401-572-6347. BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Ponaganset seniors, from left, RAY HOWARD, JACOB LINCOURT, NATHAN WATTS, and RYAN WATTS and head coach TRACY HOWARD, shown holding the Division III runner-up plaque after last year's 7-4 loss to Chariho in the D-III champion- ship game at Brown University, will com- pete in D-II this sea- son, the Chieftains' fourth as a varsity team. Chieftains welcome promotion After reaching Div. III finals in fourth season as varsity program, senior-led boys' lacrosse team looks to continue success in D-II By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See CHIEFTAINS, Page 18 SERVING SMITHFIELD, GLOCESTER & SURROUNDING TOWNS • 2-8 yards. for Commercial Service • Dumpsters, 4-30 yds. Recycling Available • Bulk Pick Up • Curbside Trash Removal Family Owned Since 1955 508-883-2980 Mention this ad and receive $ 15 OFF Roll Off Customers Only. Not valid with other offers. Expires 4/30/2019. RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL

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