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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-09-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 9-15, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 Ex-CHS standout Drezek captures steeplechase title at UMass-Lowell ALBANY, N.Y. – Cumberland's Ben Drezek, who is a sophomore on the UMass-Lowell men's outdoor track and field team, easily captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase cham- pionship at last Saturday's America East Conference championship meet at the University at Albany. Drezek, who graduated from Cumberland High in 2017 as the state's record holder in the 2,000- and 3,000-meter steeplechases, won the event in a time of 8:53.77 that outdistanced the runner-up finisher by 10.44 seconds. Not only did Drezek break the school record of 8:59.98 that he set earlier in the season in North Carolina, but his time also qualified him for the NCAA East Regionals. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Cumberland junior NATHAN COURTEMANCHE has helped his team win eight of its first 10 matches by putting together an exceptional season at number two singles. CUMBERLAND From Page 19 surely draw a lot of local attention are Friday's 3:30 p.m. match against Mount and next Tuesday's 3:30 p.m. show- down at home against Lincoln. "This will be my first time playing Mount," said Kuncz. "I know what to expect record-wise – that they're going to be a strong team. And I know that (Lincoln) is hungry to play us. At least that's what I hear, but I know that we're hungry to play them, so I'm really looking forward to that match. We were both hoping to play each other in the finals last year, but obviously that didn't happen." Kuncz, who is a chemistry teacher at Cumberland High, took over as the head coach last spring and inherited a team that had just 13 players, yet posted a 10-3 record that marked the first time they won 10 or more matches since 2012. But four players graduated from that team, and "my fear last year as the season ended was if we were going to have enough players to field a team (in 2019)," Kuncz admit- ted. "I didn't know if anybody was coming up, and then in our first meeting of the year, 25 kids showed up, so it was awesome. It was such a pleasant surprise to have that many kids interested in the program." Only three seniors are on the roster, including the team's captain, Jason Diedrich, who is quietly having a See TENNIS, Page 23 ASPHALT & CONCRETE SERVICES RI Reg. #382815 31 Dexter Rock Road, Lincoln, RI "Great Course, Great Value, Great People" Discover the Best Value in Private Golf 30% OFF Dues for New Members * *Restrictions apply. See website for details • Well maintained, challenging 9 hole design • Award winning golf professional,Bruce MacDonald • Well stocked, competitively priced Pro Shop • Great Restaurant in Tomaselli's at Lincoln Country Club BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

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