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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 19 "I went through a lot of doc- tor visits," she continued. "Then I couldn't practice with the team as I wasn't spending an entire day in school. Those 20 minutes of drib- bling a ball at home really made me keep pushing. I really have to thank my teammates a lot. They kept me going and sane. They would text me and come over to visit." "It's really strange to go through the whole process," Chris said about his daughter's concussion. "Eighty percent of concussions are cured within one to two days, while 10 percent are within one to two weeks, and the other 10 percent takes years." While at BMR, Taylor, who was a point guard, scored 842 points, put- ting her among the top three in the all-time leading scorers of the girls' basketball program. She also added 325 rebounds and 273 assists. She was a four-year starter and a three- year captain, as well as a three-time Dual Valley Conference all-star. The therapy at Foxboro brought her back to within 80 percent, but Chris said she was brought back 100 percent after her year at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, Conn. Through an AAU coach, Taylor learned about the prep school, and she was able to take an extra senior year at Marianopolis and play basketball. Chris said that college recruiting for basketball starts a year ahead of time and Taylor originally missed that window, but with AAU coaches and being at Marianopolis, she was exposed to different colleges and eventually received a scholarship to continue her basketball and aca- demic careers at Bryant. "She wanted to go (play) D-I and had three offers," Chris said. "She chose Bryant. Coach (Mary) Burke has been there about 29 years. They have an incredible facility. But she wasn't crazy about being close to home." Through her time at BMR, she was part of the National Honor Society, and she was also on the National Honor Society at Marianapolis. Chris said Taylor's goal was to find good academics and a D-I program – she wants to major in business and pre-med, but eventually coach college basketball once her playing days are over. "I want to see how far basketball can take me," she said. "I love coaching and would like to take that to the next level. And if I can get an opportunity to play basketball after college, I'm open to all opportuni- ties." "With all the concussion stuff, biology and neuroscience was a breeze for her," Chris said. "She wants to be a doctor." Chris said she plays in a men's league with him at the Boys & Girls Club at Tupper Park in Blackstone. She has been on the 35-and-older men's league for the past four years and got the blessing of the founder of the league, Bob Bourgery, to play. "She's said I have 15 dads," Chris said with a laugh. "We play pickup on Friday nights at the Boys & Girls Club. Who can say they have 15 dads?" Despite being so close to home, Taylor is excited to start the next phase of her life. "She is really excited," Chris said. "To play at the highest level in col- lege has been her goal since the sixth grade." Dr. Day Care takes over sole possession of top spot in Field of Dreams league WOONSOCKET – Dr. Day Care scored four runs in the first inning and five in the second on its way to a 19-10 victory over Lepine Financial Services that gave the defending champions sole possession of first place in the Field of Dreams Senior Softball League last Friday at Cold Spring Park's Baldelli Field. Steve Tucker had four singles and Ray Kircorian collected a home run, double, and single to lead Dr. Day Care, which is 5-2. The winners also received a double and two singles from Todd Tucker and three hits from Wayne Elderkins. Rich Trond had four singles, Vic Fontana added a triple and two base hits, and John Pantalone and Gerry Turgeon each collected three hits for Lepine, which is 1-6. In the second game of last week's doubleheader, Ronzio Pizza & Subs rallied for three runs in the sixth to pull ahead of Village Haven and win their back-and-forth defensive battle, 8-6. Both teams are now tied for sec- ond place with 4-3 records. Only one player had more than two hits in the game, Village Haven's Tom Auclair, who had a home run and two singles. Collecting a pair of hits were Ronzino's Mike Donofrio, Jerry Smith, Ricky Wilson, Dan Pion, Gary Garcia, Dennis Auger, Joe Cassieri, Sonny Desjardin, and Lou Coulombe, and Village Haven's Roger Pincince, Jim Richards, and Louie Tomaselli. Handful of spots remain on local Autumn Baseball League high school team WOONSOCKET – A handful of spots remain on a Woonsocket- based high school baseball team that will make its debut in the popular Autumn Baseball League this fall. The league, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary, is made up mostly of ballclubs from southeast- ern New England that play games on Saturdays. Opening day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. Players who are entering grades 9-12 this fall and live in the city and its surrounding towns are welcome to join the team. The fee to sign up is $100 per player, and anyone interesting in playing should contact Tommy Brien at 401-636-7826. Local volunteers needed for RiMaConn relay race on August 24 in Lincoln LINCOLN – The non-profit Hartford Marathon Foundation, which annually produces over 30 race events throughout southern New England, is seeking local volunteers to serve as cyclists, course moni- tors, and exchange zone members for its three-state RiMaConn Relay event that will begin in Lincoln on Saturday, Aug. 24. The team relay race will span 95 miles and three states and host three- member and six-member teams. The scenic course travels through 20 towns and begins at Blackstone Valley State Park's Pratt Dam on Front Street. The course continues through Cumberland, Woonsocket, and Blackstone, and after touring several more towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the race ends in Hartford. Every volunteer will receive a custom RiMaConn shirt, food and beverage, and a $5 credit to partici- pate in any future HMF races. Email to volunteer or for more information, or visit for more details on the race. Gator's Pub volleyball league seeks teams for adult fall league NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Gator's Pub Fall Adult Volleyball League is currently seeking teams for its Any 4's and CoEd B 6's divisions, which will begin play in September. Visit or contact Deb at or 401-769-2594 to register a team or for more information. Saint Antoine's golf tourney is Aug. 19 at Kirkbrae Country Club NORTH SMITHFIELD – The Saint Antoine Community will hold its 20th annual golf tourney on Monday, Aug. 19, at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln. The tournament will again benefit the 260 residents in the Saint Antoine residence's skilled nursing facility, as well as the 80 residents in the Villa at Saint Antoine's assisted living facility. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Play will begin at 12:30 p.m., and dinner, awards, and a raffle at 6 p.m. will conclude the day's event. With the recent passing of John St. Sauveur, an advisory board member and the founder of the golf tournament, the planning committee announced that this year's event will be named in his honor. Additionally, the proceeds raised will support the development of a community walking path to pay tribute to John and his more than 20 years of service with the Saint Antoine Community. Visit to reg- ister online, and contact Mario Macera at 401-767-3500, ext. 110, or for more information. Jim Carr golf tourney takes place Aug. 24 WOONSOCKET – The 26th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tourney will return to Triggs Country Club in Providence on Saturday, Aug. 24, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and play starting at 8 a.m. The golf tournament, which is the main charity event that is sponsored by the Woonsocket Little League, was established in the memory of Jim Carr, a longtime Little League manager and volunteer who passed away after battling cancer. Over the past 25 years, the tournament has raised a total of $284,000, with all the proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund. A post-event barbecue is sched- uled to start immediately after the tournament. The cost for a four- some is $540, and the tournament is also currently in need of spon- sors and gifts that can be used as prizes or raffle items. Tee and green sponsorships, at $125 each, are also available. Gerry Forget is returning as the tourney's chairman, and any busi- ness or individual who would like to enter a foursome, donate prizes, sponsor a hole, or make a cash donation should contact Forget at 75 Larch St., Woonsocket, R.I. 02895 or via email at beach_pete@ or phone at 401-486- 5287. From preceding page Place your classified ad online at LOOKING FOR SAVINGS AROUND THE HOME! When it comes to saving money on their homeowners policies, property owners should begin by scheduling a meeting with their agents to make sure they are paying a competitive price. Beyond that, policyholders may want to consider raising the deductibles on their policies. Although this will increase their potential out-of- pocket expense in the event of a reported loss, it will lower their premium. It also pays to look at the land upon which the house sits. If homeowners are including the value of the land when calculating the amount of coverage needed, they may be purchasing more insurance than is necessary since fire and other perils do not destroy the land and foundation upon which the house sits. Median home prices hover around $200,000, which means your home is the biggest investment you'll likely make in your life. The purpose of homeowner's insurance is to protect that investment should it be damaged or destroyed. However, protecting such a big investment doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you need to insure your home, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500, or see us at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! NOTE: The only difference between "replacement cost" and "actual cash value" is a deduction for depreciation.

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