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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ MAY 9-15, 2019 GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset High boys' tennis team has been on a roll in Division II, putting together a seven-match win streak that matched its win total from a year ago, and doing so under a new head coach whose last name is a familiar one in the history of the school's tennis program. Sadie Campanella, 24, who graduated from Ponaganset in 2012 and enjoyed a superb career with the PHS girls' squad and Rhode Island College women's team, is the Chieftains' new coach. Her siblings have all gone to Ponaganset as well, and she is cur- rently coaching her brother, Sebastian, who is a junior. After graduating from RIC in 2016, Campanella served as the junior varsity coach of the Mount Saint Charles Academy boys' tennis squad, and during the past two fall seasons, she has returned to RIC to serve as the assistant women's coach under her former head coach, Adam Spring. In Campanella's first season with Ponaganset, the Chieftains have captured eight of their first 10 matches, and they entered Tuesday's D-II action in a three-way tie for third place with Cumberland and Tiverton, which have the same record. East Greenwich was undefeated at 11-0, Lincoln was in second place at 10-1, and the Mounties were a half-game out of third place at 8-3. "These guys are really having a great sea- son," Campanella said. "They put their heart and their soul into the matches, and you can tell that they really want to succeed and improve." After breaking into the playoffs last sea- son for their first time since 2012 with a 7-6 record, the Chieftains graduated a couple of seniors, forcing most of their returnees to BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Ponaganset sophomore ELI GOUIN, who moved from second to first singles for his team's Division II match against North Smithfield last week, posted a 6-1, 6-1 vic- tory to help the Chieftains roll to a 6-1 victory that was their sixth win in a row. Gouin's win was also his seventh in a row and eighth in nine matches this year. Ponaganset's making a racket in Division II Wins over N.S., MSC improve boys' tennis squad's record to 8-2 By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com See TENNIS, Page 14 Congratulations to the following Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Members honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration RHODE ISLAND & NEW ENGLAND SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURER Sennen G. Conte, Allergen Friendly Foods RHODE ISLAND & NEW ENGLAND VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS Christopher Sanford, PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION Pamela LaBreche, Navigant Credit Union RHODE ISLAND DISTRICT AWARD POSTHUMOUSLY Raymond Fogarty, The John H. Chafee Center for International Business Bryant University www.nrichamber.com We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Bldg. 3, Ste. 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 www.hearforyouri.com Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Spring into the Conversation, May is Better Hearing Month! At Home For You Hearing and Balance Center we strive for excellence in customer care. Our services include: Call today to schedule your appointment and ask about our Interest Free Financing! • Diagnostic Hearing tests ages 6 months & up • Hearing Aid Evaluations • Hearing Aid Sales & Repairs

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