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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-04-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 4-10, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 19 THE PROVIDENCE HOCKEY CLUB '05 NORTH EMHL BANTAM MINOR HOCKEY TEAM, which consists primarily of players from Cumberland and Lincoln, captured the championship by netting a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Minuteman Flames on March 14 at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass. The team finished the season in first place with a 20-4-5 record. The members of the team are, in front from left, Chase Hall, Kyle Bates, Derrick Wood, Gansett Champagne, Nolan Costa, Carter Tillson, Matt Medeiros, and Billy Connell; in back, assistant coach Jim Champagne, head coach Jason Costa, James Sukatos, Jon L'Esperance, Colin Railey, Frankie Simonelli, Kody Fretts, Sean McDonald, Evan Riel, assistant coach Joe McDonald, Logan Whitton, and assistant coach Ken Wood. Local players help P.H.C. North EMHL Bantam Minor youth hockey team capture championship MARLBORO, Mass. – The Providence Hockey Club '05 North EMHL Bantam Minor youth hockey team, which consisted primarily of players from Cumberland and Lincoln, secured its first champion- ship by netting a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Minuteman Flames on March 14 at the New England Sports Center. Trailing by a 3-1 score with less than nine minutes to play, P.H.C. rallied with four unanswered goals. Gansett Champagne and Evan Riel each had two goals, and Derrick Wood added a goal that proved to be the game-winner. The numbers were spread around, as Frankie Simonelli, Jon L'Esperance, Carter Tillson, Colin Railey, and Chase Hall all contrib- uted assists. Though injured for the playoffs, standout winger Logan Whitton was a strong presence all season. The defense was stellar through- out the year. James Sukatos, Sean McDonald, Kyle Bates, Matt Medeiros, Billy Connell, and Kody Fretts were solid in front of goalie Nolan Costa, who finished the sea- son with the league's lowest goals- against average. Costa made 25 saves in the championship game. The team finished the season in first place with a 20-4-5 record. Benevides wins RIIAAA Sports Media Award WARWICK – Valley Breeze & Observer sports editor Eric Benevides was named the recipient of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Sports Media Award on Monday night at the RIIAAA's annual banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Benevides, who has been the newspa- per's sports editor since July 2014 and is a member of Words Unlimited, the state's organization of sportswriters, sportscast- ers, and publicists, is the first Valley Breeze & Observer sports journalist to win the award since 2013, when Peter Connell posthumously received the honor. The award is presented annually to a sports journalist in the state for their excellence in reporting on Rhode Island's high school sports. The Valley Breeze & Observer is responsible for the coverage of 14 high schools. Also honored was North Providence's Anthony Ficocelli, who is the athletic director at Central Falls High and was named the RIIAAA's Athletic Director of the Year, and Pawtucket's Ray McGee, a former coach and athletic director at Shea High who was inducted into the RIIAAA's Hall of Fame. Ponaganset High School, which saw its wrestling team and All-American ham- mer/weight thrower Gianna Rao capture New England championships, as well as its baseball team reach the Division II championship series for the third straight year in 2018, was also named the RIIAAA's School of the Year. Also recognized by the RIIAAA for 45 years of service were Mount Saint Charles Academy's Richard Lawrence and Smithfield High's Tony Torregrossa. CYBSL's Challenger Division continues signups for players, buddies CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Youth Baseball/Softball League's Challenger Division base- ball program, which provides a tra- ditional Little League experience for children ages 5-18 with physical or mental disabilities, is continuing to accept applications for the upcom- ing season for children living or attending school in Cumberland and Woonsocket. Visit www.cybsl.net to sign up. There is no fee to play. Buddies who are ages 13 and older are also needed to work one-on-one with the Challenger players on the field, and they can register on the CYBSL site as well. Games are held on Sunday after- noons, and practices usually take place once during the week. Contact Amy Lacroix at 401-257- 5223 or cybsl.challenger@gmail.com for more information. 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