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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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24 SPORTS & RECREATION SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, Cumberland head football coach JOSH LIMA, left, who is beginning his sixth season at the helm, goes over a drill with his defensive lineman during Monday morning's practice behind the high school. Right, Cumberland senior safety SHANE MEERBOT, right, pushes teammate ED INSCOE to the side during a defensive drill. Meerbot led the Clippers in interceptions and was third on the team in tackles last season. ers, senior X'avier Johnson, who was one of the Clippers' top cornerbacks last year, and Meerbot, who also plays safety. Meerbot, who was third on the team in tackles and added a team-high three interceptions, was a First-Team All-Division pick last year. In the mix to play the other corner- back and safety positions are senior Leo Rodriguez, junior Joe Disalvo, Soria, Larson, and Aviles-Santos. At linebacker, Inscoe, who started in seven of the Clippers' 10 games last season, is returning, and vying for starting roles near him are juniors Aidan Faria, Davis Matos, and Isaac Fague and Powers. The defensive line has Ireland as its anchor and senior Elijah Kopacz, Barboza, Conserve, Brooks, Toure, and Aldana also in the mix. The kicker looks like it's going to be senior Ben Fogell, who is the catcher on the school's baseball team, and the newcomer has been a pleasant sur- prise in the preseason. "We really didn't have a kicker, so we had open tryouts," Lima said. "None of the guys were really doing much, and I talked to Ben last week and he wanted to try out. He kicked a little bit and we did some individual work with him last week, so it looks like he's going to be our guy." The Clippers, who have made it a habit of playing out-of-state oppo- nents for their non-league openers, will clash with Killingly, Conn., which won the Class M state champion- ship in 2017, a week from Friday at 7 p.m. at Tucker Field. Next season, the Clippers will open their season at Killingly's home field. "They're a tough, physical team," added Lima. "They've been to the semis in three of the last four years. It will definitely be nice to kind of test ourselves against those guys and see what we got." "It's always fun when you go Mass.- Rhode Island or Connecticut-Rhode Island," Lima said of the interstate matchups. "Every state has this 'our state is better than your state' kind of deal, and we tell our guys that when you play that game, you're not just playing for our school or town, you're playing for our state." The Clippers, who will play Lincoln in a two-quarter game in Friday's Injury Fund jamboree at Max Read Field, will kick off their Division I-A schedule on Friday, Sept. 20, as they travel to Warwick to face mighty Bishop Hendricken. Cumberland's home opener is the following Friday against East Providence. "We always say that Division I, as a whole, is tough," Lima said. "And (the teams in Division) I-A are returning a lot of guys, so as always, it's definitely going to be a tough league." CUMBERLAND From Page 22 B. Glad Memorial 5K Run & Walk's 5th annual event is Oct. 5 at Monastery CUMBERLAND – The 5th annual B. Glad Memorial 5K Run & Walk to benefit the Cumberland Happy Basket Program will return to the Monastery on 1464 Diamond Hill Road on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. All the proceeds from the race and race-day raffles will go directly to the Happy Basket Program, which pro- vides more than 700 food baskets dur- ing the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Medals will be awarded to the top runners in each age category. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register before Sept. 10. The fee to sign up is $20. Visit tiny. cc/g0fhaz to sign up online for the race or send an email to dgladb@veri- for more information. Live music with Gale County Band 200 BROOK ROAD HARRISVILLE, RI 02830 FOOD AND BEVERAGES RI BLOOD DRIVE DONATION ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS: Archery / Pistol and Rifle Shooting including .50 cal / Custom Laser Engraving / Raffles / Demonstrations / Axe Throwing / Beer Tent / Tons of Vendors with Arts & Crafts, Merchandise, and much more. 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