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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-17-2019

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10 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 17-23, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Tolman High boys' soccer coach DAN SILVA received one of the biggest honors of his out- standing coaching career at last Wednesday's Rhode Island Interscholastic League Awards Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick when he was presented with the RIIL's Male Coach of the Year award. Under Silva's watch, the Tigers posted a 14-0-4 record and captured the state championship. The state title was the school's first in 41 years, and the perfect record was the Tigers' first since 1994, when they won the D-II crown. Silva and his team were also honored by the Pawtucket School Committee on April 9, and also being recognized for their championship seasons were Tolman's cheerleading team, which won its third straight title; Tolman's girls' basketball team, which captured the Division III crown, and Shea High's freshman football championship team. THS's Silva lands RIIL's Male Coach of Year honor SOFTBALL From Page 9 and 13 sophomores, and the rest are freshmen," SRA head coach Ron LaBree admitted. "We still have a lot of work to do, but the season is young and we like what we see right now." LaBree and the Saints have clearly liked what they have seen from their pitching staff, which saw three pitch- ers deliver outstanding outings last week. In the Saints' season opener at home against Scituate on April 9, freshman Sami Simonds made her varsity debut against one of the state's best pitchers, Scituate sophomore Haley Venturini. While Venturini, who threw back-to-back no-hitters and totaled 40 strikeouts in her first two outings, ended up with a four-hitter that included 18 punchouts, Simonds fired a three-hit shutout and struck out 16 batters. The following afternoon in Cranston, sophomore Gia Porcelli got the start on the mound and also delivered a three-hit shutout that saw her strike out 10. And last Friday, sophomore Jillian Serra, who started the Saints' first two games at first base, stepped into the circle and tossed a two-hitter, striking out six and allowing an unearned run in the first inning. "We have plenty of pitching and they're all sophomores and fresh- men," LaBree said. "And we still have (sophomore) Maddie (Nault) that needs to throw." Sophomore Ava Whiteside was the catcher in the victories over Cranston East and East Greenwich, and her classmate, Cailene Dupras, was the catcher in SRA's season opener against Scituate. The infield consists of returning players, with senior captain Taylor Troiano at second, sophomore Tori Jacques at shortstop, sophomore Maddie Nault at third, and Serra at first. In the game against East Greenwich, Porcelli played left field, sophomore Katharine Bianchi was in Blackstone Valley Heritage's golf tourney is June 10 at Crystal Lake BURRILLVILLE – The 14th annual Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, June 10, and return to the Crystal Lake Golf Course on Bronco Highway. The fee to play is $135 per person (or $500 for a foursome) and includes lunch, dinner, the golf tournament (an 18-hole scramble format), and a goodie bag. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The dinner, auction, and awards cer- emony are expected to start at 6 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the tourism-based environmental pro- grams that protect and promote the Blackstone Valley. Visit for details on the tournament, registra- tion, sponsorship information, prizes, and course information, or call the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at 401-724-2200. Continues on next page Pawtucket Parks & Rec offers signups for tennis leagues PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Department will again host its adult tennis leagues this summer at the Mike Kenny courts in Slater Park. Adult league registrations are now being accepted online and at the Slater Park office through Thursday, May 30. To register online, visit the city's website at www.pawtuck- and click on the "Parks & Recreation" tab. Once an account is established, customers will have access to registering for programs and permitting facilities with a credit card payment option. Registrations completed at the Slater Park office can be done Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. The men's doubles league will take place on Monday nights, starting on June 3, while the men's singles league will begin on Wednesday, June 5. The women's doubles league will take place on Tuesday nights, starting June 4, with the singles league begin- ning on Thursday, June 6. The cost for each adult league is $40 for residents and $50 for non-res- idents of Pawtucket. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. For more information on the leagues, contact the Slater Park office at 401-728-0500, ext. 251, or visit the "Slater Park Tennis" Facebook page.

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