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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

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18 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER IN BRIEF Ex-Smithfield All-Stater Colbert breaks school record in discus at UNH DURHAM, N.H. – Smithfield's Alyssa Colbert, who is a junior thrower on the University of New Hampshire women's outdoor track and field team, broke a school record in the discus with a throw of 148 feet, four inches last Saturday in the Wildcats' home opener against Maine, Holy Cross, and Bentley at the Reggie Atkins Track & Field Facility. Colbert, who graduated from Smithfield High in 2016 after capturing state titles in the discus and javelin and helping the girls' outdoor track and field team capture back-to-back outdoor state titles, broke the Wildcats' three-year-old school record by three inches. She also delivered a personal- best throw of 143-8 in the hammer. Cobain earns another NE-10 Rookie of Week lax honor at St. Anselm MANCHESTER, N.H. – Smithfield native Taylor Cobain, who is a freshman midfielder on the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team, tacked on another accolade to her superb rookie season with the Hawks by recently capturing her sec- ond Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week honor of the season. Cobain tallied six goals and an assist to help the Hawks pick up a pair of con- ference victories, a 12-7 win over Saint Michael's and an 18-6 triumph over American International. She also won eight draws, collected five ground balls, and forced five turnovers. Cobain, who graduated from Smithfield High last spring, has scored 26 goals in helping the Hawks post a 6-4 record. who came over from La Salle. "Pete's really good with the kids, and my dad knows all about the game," he said. The Sentinels had a lot of young starters last season, and while they graduated six seniors, they have a strong group of returning players and good leadership, Connell said, starting with his four senior captains, Dante Lewis, Jesse Greene, Justin Gorgone, and Jake McDonough. "We have juniors, sophomores, and freshmen starting in our lineup as well," Connell added. "It's a little spread out this year, unlike last year. We have senior leadership and young guys." Overall, Connell and his coaching staff have 24 players in the program, and he plans to dress 20 for each varsity game. Connell wants every player to see some sort of time on varsity, whether it just be to dress and watch the game from the bench or assume a playing role. On the mound, the start- ing rotation consists of seniors Kyle Haberle, McDonough, and Gorgone, junior Zach Collins, and sophomore Matt Antunes, who Connell noted has really stepped up this season. In the field, he has some positions filled, while others are still in question. "We're pretty strong up the middle – catcher, pitching, middle infield, and center field," Connell said. "Then we have some question marks, but I think we'll iron those out as the season goes on. We have a lot of guys, a lot of utility guys, who we can move from the infield to the outfield." Connell talked about his team last Thursday after watching the Sentinels defeat the Falcons, 7-6, on its home field. Two days earlier, the Sentinels and Falcons opened their season in Cranston and Cranston West came away with a 9-3 win that saw the hosts score seven times in the bottom of the third inning. The Sentinels, who only collected four hits in the game, saw Collins drive in two runs. "There were a lot of mistakes (in the opener)," Connell said. "We can't give the other team more than three outs an inning, and we have to capitalize when they put us on base. They walked us 11 times and we didn't get any timely hitting." The lineup against the Falcons in last Thursday's win had junior Morgen Doughty leading off at catcher, while Gorgone batted sec- ond and at short. Sophomore Joe Pitrone was at first base, and fresh- man Matt Belleavoine was the des- ignated hitter, hitting for Antunes, who was playing left. Collins, who was the starting pitcher, batted fifth, while junior third baseman Tommy Sheppard was next. The final three batters were sophomore John Golato at second base, Lewis in right, and Greene in center. Belleavoine's RBI single to right in the bottom of the first gave the Sentinels a 1-0 lead, and in the sec- ond, they scored five more times. The Falcons got on the board in the fourth with two runs and added three more in the fifth, but the hosts scored what would be the eventual winning run in the bottom of the fifth on a run-scoring double by Golato. Collins, who struck out seven batters to pick up the win on the hill, teamed up with two reliev- ers, Gorgone and Haberle, on a six-hitter, and Belleavoine drove in another run later in the game. With the RIIL's realignment dividing the 20 teams in Division I into two 10-team subdivisions, the Sentinels will play on the 'A' side and also face Bishop Hendricken, Cumberland, Coventry, Cranston East, Moses Brown, East Providence, Johnston, and last spring's D-II champ, Chariho. "Our expectations this year is to get better everyday, gain con- fidence, and make the playoffs," Connell added. "Everyday is going to be competition and a good game. The boys are going to come and learn. Some days might be bad and some days might be good, but each day, they will learn something, and each week, they will need to come back better." The Sentinels, who visited Chariho on Tuesday afternoon, will host the Chargers today at 4 p.m. SENTINELS From Page 15 The BAYSIDE FC R.I. STRIKERS 2006 GIRLS' SOCCER TEAM captured the Wide World of Indoor Sports' second session championship in North Kingstown. The team played up in the U14 division and posted an undefeated record. The members of the team are, in front from left, Sienna Morris, Kaylin O'Connor, Mia Bettez, Erica Gutierrez, Amy Gladziszewski, Ashley Gagner, Taya Bagley, and Isabella Bettencourt; in back, assistant coach Jerry Gutierrez, Danielle DeSocio, Kathryn Ford, Gabrielle Navarro, Sydney Pagnozzi, Jordan Nicolace, Kate Zonin, Madison Berard, and coach Anthony Bettencourt. Olivia Venagro is also a member of the team. Smithfield Over-35 Men's Softball League seeks players, teams SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Over- 35 Men's Softball League is seeking play- ers or teams for the upcoming season. Teams play two games each Sunday morning at the Whipple Field complex from 9 a.m. to noon. 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