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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 05-23-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 23-29, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 27 LINCOLN – The Lincoln High School Athletic Department will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony next Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club. Inducted will be former boys' basketball coach Michael Sullivan, three-sport (cross country, swim- ming, track and field) standout Elizabeth (Carlson) Brennan, All- State field hockey and softball player Laura (DeMello) Latham, and girls' basketball and softball star Jackie (Daigneault) Bonavita. The Athletic Department will also honor several of its graduating student-athletes, as well as present the Charles Hien Outstanding Male Athlete Award and Katherine Tiberii Outstanding Female Athlete Award. LHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony, senior awards night is next Wednesday Senior Demitri Terrizzi, the Lions' lone senior, also dished out 21 assists. Junior middle hitter Jared Yankee contributed seven blocks and as many kills, and sophomore outside hitter Dylan Balon added eight kills and six digs. The Lions and the Saints are enjoy- ing similar seasons, as they both had subpar performances last year in Division II – Lincoln went 5-12 and SRA won just once – but have more than made up for it this year in the RIIL's new nine-team Division III. "If we meet again in (the Division III) championship, it's going to be another five-set match," he said. "(St. Raphael Academy) is a great team." Alia Nigri finished third in the triple jump (32-7¼), and Victoria DeDonato (javelin, 109 feet) and the 4x800 relay team of Liz Pickering, Emma Gaudreau, Chloe Jacinto, and Allison Raposo (10:29.2) also placed fourth. The only other local athlete to cap- ture a championship was Blackstone Valley Prep freshman Lucy Noris at the Class C meet at Exeter/West Greenwich High. She won the 3,000 in a time of 10:41.26. The Lincoln girls, meanwhile, fin- ished sixth out of 13 teams in their Class B meet with 27 points and saw Audrey Ogni (shot put, 31-3¾) lead the way with a third-place finish and Allison Plant (shot put, 30-8¾), Riley Specht (800, 2:24.36), and Jennah Saqib (discus, 94-1) each take fourth place. The Cumberland boys' team placed ninth in its Class A meet and received 10 points in the hammer via Cole Hooper's third place (188-3) and Phil Coppolino's fourth (187-3). Adding fourth places were Seth Marcotte (shot put, 44-7) and Noah Kell (110-meter hurdles, 15.88). LIONS From Page 24 From preceding page Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. but that's also been a huge help. "I'm trying to figure out how we're going to support a home-game sched- ule moving up into D-III. I have some ideas, and I think if we can get some of that help without having a field, then I'm sure we can make it worthwhile for us and have some sort of (home field) advantage." In terms of his program's numbers, the Pride will be graduating five seniors, which is a large number for a small program like BVP's. The Pride's 12th-graders are right fielder Marcus Silva, catcher Zach Murphy, right fielder Alvaro Antigua, second base- man Giovanni Alvarez, and center fielder Josian Quianes, who recently had surgery and could miss the rest of the season. "That group has been with us through middle school," remarked Laskowski. "They have been both our physical and emotional leaders. They come to play and they dedicate themselves, and they kind of keep our underclassmen in check." The Pride, who also has junior designated hitter Areed Farooqui in the middle of their lineup, are also blessed with a talented group of underclassmen, and four who should be the cornerstones of the team for the next two or three years are sopho- mores third baseman Julian Aceituno and shortstop/pitcher Jadin Cornelio and freshmen first baseman Chris Rodriguez and pitcher/infielder Aexis Catalan. Those four players made up the top four batters in Laskowski's lineup in last week's victory over Block Island. Aceituno, the leadoff batter, collected two of BVP's seven hits, Rodriguez drove in two runs, and Silva stole three bases and scored three times. Catalan, who pitched the first four innings, and Cornelio, who worked the final three, teamed up to toss a six-hitter that included seven strike- outs. The Pride, meanwhile, came back from a 3-2 deficit by scoring solo runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings and two in the sixth. The program also had a middle school team that's not in RIPCOA, but "it's playing teams that are similar in competition levels," noted Laskowski. "And who knows? Maybe someday, we'll have the numbers up here to get a junior varsity team, but right now, it's nice to have our varsity program moving up." "And I think it also says a lot to our families that we take sports really seriously and we don't want these kids going elsewhere to play sports," added Laskowski. "We're putting the effort forward to give these kids a chance to play at a very good level." PRIDE From Page 25 Blackstone Valley Prep short- stop AEXIS CATALAN, right, maneuvers around Block Island runner MATHIAS HEINZ and gets ready to fire the ball to first base to complete a double play in the top of the fifth inning of last week's Coastal Prep League game at Diamond Hill Park. The Pride posted a 6-3 vic- tory to improve their overall record to 9-2 and CPL mark to 4-0. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Robert D. 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