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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition Sports & Recreation @ AUGUST 8-14, 2019 McNamara joins Bryant women's hoop team BLACKSTONE – For someone who can't get enough basketball, this fall is sure to bring a smile to Taylor McNamara's face as she starts her freshman year at Bryant University. A 2018 graduate of Blackstone- Millville Regional High School, McNamara will become the first alumnus from her school to play a sport at a Division I college this winter when she takes the court for Bryant's women's basketball team. "I chose Bryant because it was the best of the offers and the best aca- demic fit for me, and I love (head) coach (Mary) Burke," she said. "They have a new assistant coach, and I just love what they're doing." Chris McNamara, Taylor's father and a former baseball and girls' bas- ketball coach at BMR, said that they had gone through BMR's history, and only one other student went on to play D-I basketball at Harvard. That was Marty Healey, but he never grad- uated from BMR – he transferred to North Smithfield High and graduated there. Chris said that as a sophomore in high school, Taylor did all her own research for her future. She played softball and soccer, but basketball was her first love. He said that through Taylor he found out that there were different levels of AAU basketball, and she ended up playing for the New England Crusaders. "She looked at colleges, (which tournaments) they were recruit- ing from, and which AAU teams played in those tournaments," Chris said. "We went to a tryout in New Hampshire two hours away and she made the team. We traveled up there for Saturday mornings for 7 a.m., and we would leave at like 4 a.m." Then adversity struck. Taylor, who plays basketball almost seven days a week, no matter the season, had suf- fered a concussion while playing. The effects from it lasted about two years, reported Chris, who said that for about three months, Taylor could do nothing but stay in bed. "We had around 250 medical visits with doctors and therapists," Chris said. "Boston Children's Hospital diagnosed it. She then went to therapy at Gillette Stadium and got on track, but we thought she was not quite ready for college." Taylor was able to play through the concussion in her senior year of high school, but wasn't a regular sight throughout the games. Her father was her head coach, and he said she would let him know if she couldn't go or if she had to come out for a while. By that time, there was no longer a risk of suffering another concussion, but she had to listen to her symp- toms. "It was really hard," she said. "I was undiagnosed and still playing. I was super determined to play and be healthy." By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer TAYLOR MCNAMARA, shown in action with the Blackstone-Millville Regional girls' basketball team, will be continuing her career this winter with the Bryant University women's basketball team. Former BMR point guard makes history, lands scholarship after prep season at Marianapolis Continues on next page Cook's Valley Farm 2200 West Street, Wrentham, MA 02093 OPEN DAILY 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit our website for a complete harvest list; farmer's markets and directions Our Own SWEET CORN, BLUEBERRIES, MELONS, PEACHES, BEANS, CUCUMBERS, TOMATOES & FRESH FARM SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PICK YOUR OWN BLUEBERRIES Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS

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