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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-13-2019

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30 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION The Gator's Pub Summer Volleyball League recently held its first Co-Ed 4's tournament of the season on Saturday, May 25, and winning the tourney title was the quartet of, from left, MADI ROYER, EMERSON BROWN, BRIAN BURNHAM, and JENN CABRAL. WOONSOCKET --- Mount Saint Charles Academy's Maddie Cataldo, who was a senior tri-captain on this past winter's Mount Saint Charles/Cumberland/Lincoln School co-op girls' hockey team, will receive the Chuck Scherza Award when the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society honors six "Unsung Heroes" from the RIIL at its 19th annual reunion at Goddard Park in Warwick on Sunday, Aug. 4. Unsung Heroes are high school hockey players who contribute to their teams in ways only their coaches and other players notice. Three awards are given to both male and female hockey players in memory of three former R.I. Reds standout players. The Chuck Scherza Award is given to forwards; the Ferny Flaman Award is presented to defense- men, and the Gil Mayer Award is awarded to goaltenders or defensive players. In a press release by the R.I. Reds, Cataldo earned Mount's Tri-Sport Scholar Award by achieving honor roll status during each mark- ing period, and she was also a member of three varsity sports. She concurrently served on at least five volunteer and community service organiza- tions, including goodwill trips to Louisiana and Costa Rica. As a two-time captain, Cataldo actively recruited and mentored new players, and she was also known for addressing the team before games, encouraging sportsmanship and representing the team, school, and self with dignity. On the ice, Cataldo was among her team's top scorers with nine goals and four assists, and she was an All-Division selection. The reunion event, which will start at noon, will feature introductions of each hockey hero on stage, the Society's annual awards presentations, a delicious buffet dinner, music, raffles, and a silent auction of valuable hockey memorabilia. The cost is $40 per adult and $15 for children. Contact Mal Goldenberg at 401-782-6623 or for more information or to make reservations for the event. The dead- line for reservations is July 15. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. MSC's Cataldo earns R.I. Reds' 'Unsung Hero' Scherza Award Heritage Society's reunion is Aug. 4 at Goddard Park CATALDO Gator's Pub Summer Volleyball League pays tribute to Memorial Day weekend's Co-Ed 4's tourney champs pens, it happens, if it doesn't, then I'll move forward.' But I'm thrilled it happened, and I'm going to make the most of this opportunity." Dandeneau enjoyed an excep- tional season with the Huskies that saw him pitch in 31 games, post a 4-2 record with a save, and end up with a 2.52 ERA that was nearly half the 4.97 ERA he recorded during an injury-plagued 2018 cam- paign. In 50 innings this season, Dandeneau struck out 68 batters, walked 22, and saw opponents hit just .228 against him. Dandeneau also graduates in a tie for second place in the program's history in appearances with 87. Dandeneau, who only made 19 appearances that totalled 25 1/3 innings for UConn in 2018, no thanks to arm woes in the middle of the season, opened plenty of eyes that summer when he pitched for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League). In 16 games, he struck out 37 batters in 22 innings, picked up six saves and two victories, and notched a 1.22 ERA. He landed on the league's South Division All-Star squad, and in the All-Star game, he recorded another save. "I had a really good summer there," said Dandeneau, who worked with pitching coach and former New Bedford High All- Stater Rudy Bulger. "The coaching staff and the players had full confi- dence in me going into the summer and I just kind of ran with it." Dandeneau also ran into the prestigious Cape Cod League at the end of its summer season and landed in the Chatham Anglers bullpen. He only pitched twice, but both his outings were scoreless ones, and in his latter outing – an 8-6 win over the Harwich Mariners in the playoffs – he picked up a save by striking out five of the nine batters he faced. "It's always been a dream come true to go to the Cape Cod League," Dandeneau said. "I went there and kind of said, 'I'm here now. What do I have to lose?' And I ended up having a couple of good outings. It just gave me a little bit more confidence going into this year." Dandeneau, who graduated from La Salle Academy in 2014 after receiving multiple First-Team All-State honors with the Rams, boarded a plane earlier this week to Bradenton, Fla., where he was going to join the other Pirates' draft picks in Pirate City, the organiza- tion's spring training complex. After a week there, the draft picks were either going to begin their professional career with the Pirates' Rookie-Advanced affiliate, the Bristol Pirates, in Bristol, Va., or in the New York-Penn League, playing for the Class A short- season West Virginia Black Bears in Granville, W.V. If Dandeneau ends up playing in the New York-Penn League, local fans should brace themselves for a bit of bad news if they want to see him pitch nearby: the Black Bears do not play the Connecticut Tigers in Norwich, Conn. "I'm just staying focused and ready to see what's next," said Dandeneau. "Again, it's a dream come true, so I have to make the most of it." 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