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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

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PROVIDENCE – A lot of things have changed for the Scituate High boys' volley- ball team this spring, as the Spartans not only graduated a bulk of last season's start- ers, but also went down to a new-look Division III and welcomed a new head coach, Diane Short. Short has a truly impressive resume as a head volleyball coach, as she is best known for her 25 seasons as the Brown University women's coach. The Glocester resident also coached the girls' vol- leyball and middle school basketball teams at St. Mary Academy-Bay View this school year, and when Scituate was looking for a new boys' coach, Short decid- ed to go for it. "I love coaching and I love volleyball, and I do like tak- ing over programs that need help," Short said. "To me, that's a challenge. I really want to focus on improve- ment, which is a lot different than college, and I get a real joy from seeing teams get bet- ter." Last spring, the Spartans, who went 9-8 in Division II for their first winning sea- son since 2014, had a roster that was mostly made up of returning players, including eight seniors, and a few who were coming up from the junior varsity team. Twenty- four boys had tried out for that squad, but this year, the Spartans are a lot lighter, with only 10 players in the program. Seniors Logan Yena and Aidan Nolan are the cap- tains, and the Spartans' other 12th-graders are Brandon Talbot and Collin Couillard. Rounding out the squad are juniors Sam Grigelevich and Ben Fontes and sophomores Keene Yena, Jay Bragger, Xavier Parker, and Nicholas Burke. (The Spartans are not fielding a junior varsity team.) The Spartans opened their D-III season on Monday, April 1, by dropping a five- set duel at home to Lincoln by scores of 19-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 15-12, but two nights later, they evened their record by posting a 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 win on the road over RIIL newcomer Times2 Academy of Providence. "We actually played better (in the loss to Lincoln)," said Short, who received 10 kills, four digs, and three blocks in that match from Logan Yena. "Our main setter was sick and that didn't help us. But we're switching to a 5-1 soon. We're starting (the season) very basic: no switching in the back row, just switching a little bit in the front (row)." Against Times2, the Spartans dominated the first set, but the next two were a little sloppy, as the host Eagles were allowed to stay in contention. The third set was a battle, but the Spartans were able to get match point and complete the three-set sweep on an ace by Grigelevich. "We're getting better, but our ball control needs a lot of work," Short said. "We couldn't pass at first, but now we're starting to pass better. (As for our) serving, we're still 16 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Scituate boys' volleyball squad joins new D-III Former Brown women's coach Short takes over 10-player team By KAYLA PANU Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Scituate senior BRANDON TALBOT gets ready to serve the ball during last week's Division III match in Providence against RIIL new- comer Times2 Academy. The Spartans picked up their first vic- tory of the spring by sweeping Times2 by scores of 25-12, 25-18, and 25-19. Scituate will head to Lincoln tonight to take on the host Lions in a 6:30 p.m. match. Ponaganset Education Foundation's golf tournament is June 2 at Foster C.C. FOSTER – The 3rd annual Ponaganset Education Foundation Golf Tournament will take place on Sunday, June 2, at Foster Country Club, with the proceeds again sup- porting college-bound Ponaganset High students. The Ponaganset Education Foundation is an independent com- munity-based nonprofit organization administered through the Rhode Island Foundation. The mission of the organization is to foster student excel- lence, teacher creativity, and school- based initiatives at the Ponaganset schools by awarding grants for worthy projects. In addition, the foundation sup- ports and administers the First Class Scholarship Program, and to date, the foundation has awarded more than $134,000 in scholarships, as well as more than $30,000 in grants for high school and middle school education projects. The fee to play is $125 per golfer, and each golfer will receive a gift bag, a post-tournament buffet dinner, and a chance to enter a raffle and contests such as the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. For those who wish to attend only the buffet dinner, the fee is $45. Visit www.tinyurl.com/pefgolf2019 to sign up for the tournament or for sponsorship information. Continues on next page 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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