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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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IN BRIEF CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 43 NCMS baseball team battles Wickford for state crown Friday CUMBERLAND – Because of Tuesday's inclement weather across Rhode Island, the North Cumberland Middle School baseball team will have to wait until Friday to play in the RIPCOA state championship at McCarthy Field in West Warwick. NCMS, which is the top seed in the state playoffs and seeking its first state title since 2015, will carry a 16-0 record into its 3:30 p.m. game against 2nd-seeded Wickford, which is 15-0. NCMS reached the finals last Thursday afternoon by posting a 5-4 victory over upset-minded Winman Junior High of Warwick. The tourney's 13th seed had stunned 4th-seeded Lincoln and 5th-seeded Cole. Wickford posted a 10-4 victory over 14th-seeded Woonsocket in its semifi- nal-round game. Late last month, North Cumberland captured the Northern Division reg- ular-season title for the third straight season, as well as for the seventh time in eight years. Balestra produces excellent freshman year with Suffolk track & field team BOSTON – Lincoln's Michael Balestra, who graduated from Lincoln High last spring after enjoying an exceptional career with the Lions' track and field program, recently wrapped up a fabulous freshman year as a thrower on the Suffolk University men's track and field team. Among Balestra's accomplishments are as fol- lows: • GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) 2019 champion (and All-GNAC selection) in the hammer throw on April 28 with a meet-record throw of 46.6 meters. • GNAC Field Rookie of the Year. • An 8th-place finish in the hammer at the NCAA Division III New England Championships on May 4 with a throw of 48.49 meters. • The first Suffolk track and field athlete to receive All-New England status. • The Suffolk University record holder in the hammer, weight, and discus throws. "I contribute my career to the guidance of my older brother, Stefan Balestra, who was a 2014 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 2018 graduate of Stonehill College," Balestra said. "Stefan had major success over his years at Stonehill, holding the hammer record for the school." In the final high school meet of Balestra's career last June, at the New Balance National Outdoor Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University, he had LHS's top showing in the hammer with his 10th-place finish of 193 feet, eight inches. Thrower makes his mark in GNAC Lincoln's MICHAEL BALESTRA, shown throwing the weight during an indoor meet for Suffolk University, recently wrapped up his fresh- man season by placing eighth in the hammer at the NCAA Division III New England Championships. by finishing 16th in the javelin with a 105-foot throw. The CHS boys' 4x800 relay squad of University of Hartford-bound senior Cole Cayer, sophomores Owen Molis and Jorge Rocha, and freshman Ethan Carpenter also claimed 17th place in a school-record time of 8:14.11. The girls' meet also saw Ducharme finish 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 34-4¼, sophomore Olivia Belt place 23rd in the 1,600 with a personal-best time of 5:15.13, and junior Shakira Depina take 24th place in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.69 seconds. At the N.E. Hammer Champion- ships, top-20 performances were turned in by Hemond (15th, 172-8) in the boys' event and Plante (17th, 124- 3) and Ducharme (18th, 121-3) in the girls' event. MOISON From Page 41 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Youth Hockey League will once again participate in the Rhode Island Junior Development League, which will start on June 22 and run until Aug. 18, and the league is looking for players entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades as of this September. Players must be Cumberland resi- dents and have birth years of 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005 if going into 8th grade. Contact the coach, Jeff Robbins, at 508-294-4989 or jjrobbins3@gmail. com for more information. Cumberland Youth Hockey League seeks players for JDL season 2295 Diamond Hill Rd. Route 114 (off Exit 11, Route 295) CUMBERLAND, RI Building Strength. Facilitating recovery. Supporting your goalS. All of our experienced therapists are licensed and extensively trained to meet your individual needs. • Physical Therapy • Sports Medicine • Advanced Manual therapy • Craniosacral Therapy • Myofascial Release 401-305-3858 VIP Car Wash & Reconditioning 740 Londsdale Avenue, Lincoln, RI Call for an appointment 401-722-8400 OPEN 24/7 EXPRESS DETAILING starting at $ 49.99 Includes Wash, Vacuum, Windows, Tire Dressing, Spray on Wax V.I.P. AUTO DETAILING GET YOUR CAR READY FOR THE SUMMER We offer full Auto Detailing starting at $200 505 Old River Road, (Rte. 126), Manville, RI, Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Annuals, Geraniums, Hanging Baskets, Perennials, Garden Accessories, Herbs, Vegetable Starters, Seeds, Garden Accessories & More. Old Orchard Farm And Greenhouse Happy Father's Day! Fresh Produce Has Arrived! EBT NATIVE STRAWBERRIES

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