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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation APRIL 10-16, 2019 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – The College of Saint Rose or Bryant University? Those were the two schools that weighed heavily on the mind of North Providence High senior Nick Petracca as he spent the past few months trying to decide where he wanted to spend the next four years of his golf and aca- demic career. Does he head to Albany, N.Y., the home of the Division II Golden Knights, and attend Saint Rose, which not only presented him with an excel- lent scholarship package, but also a great opportunity to receive playing time as a freshman? Or does he stay home and take a simple drive up Route 7 to neighbor- ing Bryant, which didn't match Saint Rose's financial package, but would give Petracca a chance to play on the Division I level, though it would be a lot tougher to crack the Bulldogs' lineup? "My decision came down to where I felt more comfortable, and that was Bryant," Petracca remarked last Friday afternoon during a National Letter of Intent ceremony inside North Providence High's library. "I feel like I'm at home there. I liked everybody I met, and the more I'm there, the more I want to go there." A four-year Honor Roll and Merit List student, Petracca inked his NLI in front of a large gathering that included Petracca's parents, Matt and Tina; his brother, Mike; administrators; teach- ers; NP head golf coach Jim Isabella, and close to 50 student-athletes. After posing for pictures with his Bryant jacket and cap, Petracca stepped aside and took a few minutes to talk about his decision and the number one reason why Bryant won the sweepstakes for his services – edu- cation. "I don't want to say anything bad about Saint Rose because it is a great institution," he noted. "There are a lot of great teachers and people there. But the marketing education that I can receive at Bryant was what I was looking for, and from a job placement point of view, I felt like Bryant was going to give me the best chance to be more successful after college." As for playing for Bryant, "there are going to be 20 players on Bryant's roster next year and I wanted that competition," he added. "I want to be able to get better at practice and play against kids who may be better than me in order to grow, become better, and challenge myself a little bit more." Another nearby Division I school had been in the running for Petracca's services, the University of Hartford, which had a roster that was almost as small as Saint Rose's seven-player squad, as well as business programs that appealed to him. Petracca also paid an official visit to D-I Coastal Carolina near Myrtle Beach, S.C., but like Hartford, that eventually fell off his radar. Petracca, who is the fifth North Providence High student-athlete in the last 14 years to sign a Division I Letter of Intent, will enter his final high school season with an impressive resume that got beefed up with his accomplishments from last year. Last spring, Petracca won the Petracca signs NLI with Bryant Talented NPHS golfer points to education as number one reason for choosing nearby Bulldogs By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence High senior NICK PETRACCA, center, poses for a picture with his father, MATT PETRACCA, and mother, TINA PETRACCA, after signing a National Letter of Intent to continue his golf and academic career at Bryant University. See PETRACCA, Page 14 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 OPEN CAPTION MOVIES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! Did you know CinemaWorld in Lincoln shows Open Caption Movies Daily! Go to for showtimes FREE MOVIE PASS Ask about a At your next visit at Hear for You! 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 • 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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