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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NP baseball team sweeps Wheeler in return to D-II NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High baseball team kicked off its Division II sea- son by turning two on the Wheeler School in their "home and away" opening series last week. After rolling to a 15-5 victory over the Warriors last Wednesday in their home opener (and in a game halted in the bottom of the fifth inning by the mercy rule), the Cougars used a five-run uprising in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 7-3 win two afternoons later at the Wheeler School Farm. In the season-opening win, Matt Mandeville went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in, Tom Krikorian added two hits, and P.J. Rioles belted a two-run double. Southpaw pitcher Dom Pontarelli tossed a five-hitter to pick up the win. Last Friday's victory saw Nick Conte, NP's starting pitcher, and Rioles, the reliever (and eventual winning pitcher), team up on a four- hitter that included 15 strikeouts. Offensively, Peter Pimentel belted a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning for the Cougars, who had been trailing by a 3-0 score. In the seventh-inning rally, a base hit by Mandeville and a double by Christopher Matarese put runners in scoring position for Christian Matarese, who tied the score with a grounder that was thrown away for an error. Ben Rastelli then gave the Cougars the lead with a run-scoring single up the middle, Conte fol- lowed with an RBI double to center, and Rioles singled down the right- field line for two more runs. Mandeville and Rioles each fin- ished the game with two hits. The Cougars, who were back in action on Tuesday with a game at home against Westerly, will visit the Bulldogs on Friday at 4 p.m. do you know? valleybreeze.com has more than 500,000 page views every month? raised trout with an average weight of 1 to 1½ pounds in more than 100 waterways across the state. Popular locations include Lincoln Woods State Park's Olney Pond; Meadowbrook Pond in Richmond; Silver Spring Lake in North Kingstown; Stafford Pond in Tiverton; Shippee Sawmill Pond in Foster; and Round Top Pond in Burrillville. Highlighting the start of fishing season is the Mayor Charles A. Lombardi Fishing Derby, which is sponsored by the North Providence Recreation Department and sched- uled for Monday, April 15, from noon to 3 p.m., at Governor Notte Park's Geneva Pond off Douglas Avenue. This event is for boys and girls ages 6-14, and for North Providence resi- dents only. Attendees must bring their own equipment. Refreshments and trophies will be provided. Cass Pond in Woonsocket and Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket will also be open to young anglers only this weekend, and among the ponds that are restricted year-round to chil- dren ages 14 and younger are Silvy's Pond in Cumberland, Geneva Brook and Pond in North Providence, and Lapham Pond in Burrillville. The other designated trout waters in northern Rhode Island that will be stocked are Blackstone River in Cumberland/Lincoln; Abbotts Run Brook in Cumberland; Upper Rochambeau Pond and Memorial Park Pond in Lincoln; Harris River and Sylvester's Pond in Woonsocket; Tarkiln Pond in North Smithfield; Chepachet River; Mowry A.L. Pond and Woonasquatucket River in Smithfield; Peeptoad Brook and Spring Grove Pond in Glocester; Dexter Pond and Pawtuxet River (Hope Mill Dam) in Scituate; Dolly Cole Brook, Hopkins Mill Pond, Ponaganset River, Winsor Brook, and Foster Green Acres Pond in Foster; and Branch River, Wallum Lake, Clear River, Peck Pond, and Lapham Pond in Burrillville. A current fishing license and a Trout Conservation Stamp are required for anglers 15 years of age and older to keep or possess a trout or fish in a catch-and-release or "fly-fishing only" area. Visit www.dem.ri.gov to purchase a license, for a complete list of stocked waters, or for more information. age groups. "For example, if we had a U9 foot- ball team, we were forced to make it (with players ages) 7, 8, and 9 years old in order to field a team," he con- tinued. "The teams we were playing against were mostly 9-year-olds with some 10-year-olds mixed in because of the league's age cutoff. Before we even showed up for games, our opponents already had an advantage. It wasn't fair to our players from the start." Johnson began harboring thoughts of switching leagues last season after he watched a few Preteen games and recognized that the league was a bet- ter fit for the Jets. "They had some great selling points that I was able to pitch to the rest of the board members," he noted. "And another (selling point) was that our last games on Sundays will start at 2:30 p.m., so we will be off the field from cleaning up home games while it's still light out." As for the new opponents his teams will face, "there's some good competi- tion," said Johnson, who reported that some of the longtime organizations are the Tri-Town Titans, Burrillville Patriots, Chariho Cowboys, North Smithfield Xpress, Cumberland Junior Clippers, North Kingstown Jaguars, Oakwood Raiders, and West Warwick Steelers, and Providence may be add- ing a new team as well. The league has already got a head start on beginning its registrations for the upcoming season, which is expect- ed to begin workouts on Aug. 1, and Johnson said that all the signups will be done online. "The league is completely digi- talized," he said. "It's something new for us. All the players' documents will be uploaded by parents, and this will save our board members a great amount of time to put elsewhere in the league." Players and their families can visit www.npjets.squadfusion.com to sign up or email him at npjets2014@gmail. com for more information. But before the Jets take out their shoulder pads and helmets, they will be hosting its inaugural spring flag football league for boys and girls ages 8-17 at the Greystone Elementary School complex. "We have about 150-160 kids," added Johnson. "That's excellent. It's way beyond our expectations. They're all North Providence kids, and the mix of kids just blows my mind. Believe it or not, our high school divi- sion has a lot of kids who play soccer and baseball, as well as some kids who played for the Jets, but aren't on the high school team." The league plans to have a six-team division for players ages 8-10, a five- team division for players ages 11-13, and a four-team division in the high school level. Games will be held on Sundays for the ages 8-10 and 11-13 divisions, while the ages 14-17 divi- sion will play on either Sunday or a weeknight. Practices will also be held once per week. Flags and equipment will be provided, and each player will receive a team jersey and flags. Johnson is hoping to begin playing games in a couple of weeks, "but due to the amount of kids we have, I'm shopping around, trying to find adults to coach and supervise. We should be on schedule for next week to get prac- tices rolling." U.S. High School Challenge Cup Championships at Alpine Country Club by topping a field of 97 golfers and overcoming wet and windy con- ditions to shoot a 73 and capture the title by a stroke. Petracca also captured the R.I. Golf Association's 97th Junior Amateur Championship that took place from July 30 to Aug. 2 at East Providence's Metacomet Country Club. He won four straight matches to win the pres- tigious title, and in the finals, he came back from a 2-up deficit after eight holes to grab a 2 and 1 triumph. Petracca also has five New England Junior PGA Tour victories among his credentials, and he was also a New England Junior Ryder Cup selection and the R.I. Junior Player of the Year in 2017. This year, he has a full exemption into the Rhode Island Men's Amateur Championships and will represent the state at the New England Men's Amateur Championships. But for the moment, he's focused on helping his high school team get ready for their season opener on April 22 against the Wheeler School at the Agawam Hunt Club in Rumford. "Everything's going well," he said. "Personally, I'm feeling good about my swing and where I want to be this year. And our team as a whole is get- ting there. We have seven (golfers), which is a big number for us here, so we're optimistic. And Mr. Isabella works hard to get us where we need to be for our matches, so I'm looking forward to this season." PETRACCA From Page 11 JETS From Page 13 FISHING From Page 13 REPLACING LOST TEETH The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 30 percent of adults aged 65 years and older have no remaining teeth, as tooth decay and damaging habits such as tooth-grinding (bruxism) take their toll. Not only does this loss adversely affect seniors' ability to chew, speak, and hold their jaws in alignment, but tooth loss among older individuals has also been linked with mental and physical decline. Consequently, seniors have good reasons to replace missing teeth, and fortunately there are a variety of options. The most affordable of these include complete and partial dentures, which consist of replacement teeth embedded in a gum-colored resin base that is supported by the jawbones or fitted to remaining teeth. 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