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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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move up in positions this year. Senior Matt Meinertz is still at num- ber one singles, and he and junior Colton Mousseau, who is at number three, are the co-captains. At number two is sophomore Eli Gouin, and his classmate, Tristin Williams is at four. "I think they've risen to the occasion very well," Campanella said of her singles players. The usual pairings on the doubles teams have seen Sebastian Campanella and sophomore Jake Fontaine play at number one, junior Nicholas O'Connor and freshman Nick Hooper at two, and freshman Kyle O'Connor and sophomore Isaac Roe at three. Also on the Chieftains' 13-player roster are Conrad Du, the only other senior on the squad, and freshmen Rich Buckley and Jack Ferns. Du usually plays exhibition matches, but he was on the third doubles squad last Tuesday, April 30, in the Chieftains' match against North Smithfield. Meinertz was unable to play in that match, but everyone in the Chieftains' lineup moved up one spot, and Ponaganset was still able to roll past the Northmen, 6-1. Two afternoons after the victory over N.S., Campanella returned to her old stomping grounds at Mount Saint Charles and saw her team defeat the Mounties, 5-2. Campanella said that she was excited to play Mount because she learned most of her tennis from MSC coach Richard Lawrence, who lives near Ponaganset. Two of the biggest victories from the match came from Meinertz, who extended his personal win streak to seven matches by topping his oppo- nent in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and the third doubles squad of Kyle O'Connor and Roe, which was also a three-set winner, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3. Gouin also picked up his eight straight win by posting a 6-4, 6-3 tri- umph at second singles, and winning their doubles matches were the num- ber one team of Sebastian Campanella and Fontaine, 6-2, 6-3, and the number two squad of Hooper and Nicholas O'Connor, 6-4, 6-4. "(This season) has been going very well," the Chieftain head coach said. "We've had a lot of our guys make sig- nificant improvements to their game, which is something that I really like to push for during the season. "You set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them. The by-product of that is your team gets better, and as they get better, they start to win more. And I think everyone's been doing that pretty well and supporting each other." Campanella highlighted one match in particular that came during their win streak, a 4-3 victory over North Kingstown on April 19 that saw Williams clinch the deciding point with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 triumph at fourth singles. "That one was significant because that was one of the closest matches we've played so far, and Tristin also had his first singles win of the year," she said. "It was a really close one. The second set, he lost, but in the third set, he came back and managed to pull out the win. That was a really good win for him, and we were all proud of him." The Chieftains' last loss came on April 9 when they suffered a 5-2 defeat at home to Tiverton, which came up to Division II during the RIIL's offseason realignment after winning the D-III championship last year. Campanella said that Tiverton has been very com- petitive and steady. As for East Greenwich, which came down from D-I despite posting a 9-7 record last spring, the Chieftains suf- fered a 6-1 defeat to the Avengers five days before losing to Tiverton. Campanella called East Greenwich "phenomenal, from first singles down to third doubles." There are five matches left in the Chieftains' regular season, and their biggest of the bunch was slated for Wednesday, when Ponaganset paid a visit to Lincoln in a showdown that could decide the second seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Chieftains' next match is Friday, when they host North Providence at 3:30 p.m. 14 SPORTS & RECREATION MAY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Ponaganset junior COLTON MOUSSEAU, shown returning a serve during last week's match, made the jump from third to second singles and came away with a 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory. The Chieftains defeated North Smithfield, 6-1. TENNIS From Page 12 do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at Cobain receives berth on NE-10 All-Rookie Team at Saint Anselm MANCHESTER, N.H. – Smithfield's Taylor Cobain recently concluded a remarkable freshman season on the Saint Anselm College women's lacrosse team by earn- ing a berth on the Northeast-10 Conference's All-Rookie Team. Cobain, who graduated from Smithfield High last year after becoming the SHS girls' basketball and lacrosse team's all-time leading scorers, started in all 16 games for the Hawks, which ended their regu- lar season with a 7-9 record, and was second on the team in goals with 36. A two-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week honoree, Cobain won 50 draw controls, picked up 22 ground balls, and forced 15 turnovers. Cobain also concluded the season with 11 multi- point games and hat tricks in eight of them. Ponaganset High boys' soccer coach Mike Ferns, in a time of 22:45. Ponaganset High junior David Raposa (22:54) and sophomore Otto Baumann (23:13) were the next two finishers, and Greenville's Doug Dyer, who won the men's 40-59 age division title in 23:16, rounded out the top 10 runners. CHALLENGE From Page 13 Want to turn 'likes' into business? Can't figure out how? Let us help! We can help you manage your Facebook & Instagram accounts Contact Brad to get started today! E-mail: or call: 401.334.9555, x154 We can also help create your own manageable website with really useful features: •Mobile Optimization • Lead Generation & Lead Notifications • Monthly Reporting • Including Hosting

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