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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-05-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPT. 5-11, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Blackstone-Millville senior quarterback JARED DUCHARME warms up his arm before last Thursday's workouts. put us at .500, and that allowed us to make the playoffs, which was nice." "And then we had that big (come- from-behind 23-22) win over Maynard in the first round of the (Central Mass.) playoffs, knocking off the number one seed, which was huge," Euglow continued. "That was another fun moment for our kids, and making it to the district finals was awesome." The Chargers had five players graduate last year, with four of them starting on both sides of the ball, but Euglow said he has nine seniors back, as well as seven two-way start- ers, whose goals are to help the Chargers succeed in the Dual Valley Conference again and return to the Division VI playoffs. The Chargers' nine seniors make up a quarter of the squad's small roster, which contains five players from near- by Hopedale. When camp started, they had 40 players, but now they are down to 36, with about 32 who can suit up and a few who are currently out with injuries. "It's a little lower than what we'd like to start with," Euglow said. "We might pick up a handful of kids now that we're back in school." Senior Jared Ducharme, who saw some snaps at quarterback last year, looks to be the starter this season. Robbie Siefring was the starting QB last season, but at times, he was moved around to other positions, allowing Ducharme to get some time calling the signals. Now that Siefring has graduated, Euglow said Ducharme will be their "go-to guy" this year. Senior wide receiver Dylan Ayotte also returns this year after missing nearly half of last season with an injury, and another player who is back with the team after taking last season off is senior running back Cory Pollinger. He has a lot of speed, Euglow noted, which was something the team was lacking last season. Euglow said they also have a couple of older kids returning on the offen- sive line, including two-way player Pat Clifford. At the start of the sea- son, they will mainly start junior and seniors, but as the season goes on, they could start to depend on some freshmen, as a lot of 9th-graders came out for the team this year. "Our goals and expectations are as always to make the playoffs," Euglow reported. "Looking at our schedule and the returning players and the skill set that we have, it's definitely some- thing that can happen. But with our low numbers, we have to go out and execute. If we can do that, then we can be competitive against every team we play this year." As for the schedule, the Chargers have two new teams that they will battle in Hudson and neighboring Uxbridge. Euglow said that they have done some things during the past summers with Uxbridge, including a passing league, and added that "it will be fun to play a full game against them." They will host Uxbridge on Saturday, Oct. 12, on their Homecoming Day. As for his coaching staff, Euglow said he has pretty much the same staff as last year. He said he will be helping out with special teams, and their junior varsity coach will be Mike Trudell, who was once a player and a volunteer assistant coach. The Chargers' volunteer assistant this year is Donnie Garcia. The Chargers will open up their sea- son on Friday night with a non-league contest at Bellingham, which over the years, has presented plenty of prob- lems for BMR. "We never seem to get things click- ing when we play them," Euglow said. "It's the most frustrating thing in the world. (Bellingham is) a team that we should be able to compete with in a tight game, if not win, and in the past two or three seasons, we haven't shown up. Hopefully, it's a little differ- ent (on Friday night)." CHARGERS From Page 15 mature team. Hopefully, it pans out, but every season is different." Among the teams to look out for in the division this season, Pennington said, are Tiverton, which has quar- terback (and Super Bowl MVP) Matt Gacioch back behind center, and Ponaganset, which he said has a lot of size. There's also Exeter/West Greenwich to watch out for, and Pennington doesn't know what to expect from Davies, a first-year foot- ball program. Pennington also returns his coach- ing staff that has been together for the last four seasons. Pennington runs the offense, while the defensive coor- dinator is Jeff Paiva. Colin Carufel runs the special teams. Paul Garneau is the receivers and defensive ends coach, and Justin Tessier does the offensive and defensive lines. Pennington also has Jason Dubois, Mike Sircella and Willy Casey on his staff. N.S./Mount will kick off its season on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Johnston by playing a two-quarter Injury Fund game against Ponaganset, and the following Friday night, the team will bus to North Providence to face the Cougars in their 6:30 p.m. non- league opener. The team's Division IV and home opener will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. against Toll Gate. N.S./MOUNT From Page 15 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES JACK PUCCETTI is back for his third season as the North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op football team's starting quarterback. Woonsocket L.L.'s Jim Carr Jimmy Fund golf tournament raises $12.5K PROVIDENCE – The 26th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which was held on Aug. 24 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, was again a success, as the tourney raised $12,500, bringing its all-time total to $296,585. All the proceeds again went to the Jimmy Fund, which is a major fundraising arm of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. One hundred and forty golfers com- peted in a best-ball format and were treated to a tailgate barbeque at the golf course's Rescue Pub. The tournament's winning four- some, which shared a $400 cash prize, was Jake Laverdierre, Sebastian Tonkovich, Matt Letourneau and Adam Bouley. Craig Haddad (Closest to Pin-Hole 14, $300) and Tonkovich (Men's Longest Drive, $100) were the other prize winners. The volunteers who assisted tour- nament director Gerry Forget were Beverly Forget, Bob Forget, Denise Forget, Lorraine Forget, Jeff Forget, Jeff Gaulin, Roland Hudon, Luc St. Germain, Mike O'Connell, Carl Jetty, and Kay Cunis. over two teams which are 5-5, Ronzio Pizza & Subs, which also defeated Lepine Financial Services last Friday, 11-5, and Village Haven. In Dr. Day Care's victory, Ray Kircorian and Jim Penta led the way offensively by each collecting two doubles and a base hit. Wayne Elderkins added three hits, and Steve Tucker, Todd Tucker, and Rich Provost each collected two. Louie Tomaselli was the offensive player of the game for Village Haven, as he collected a triple and three sin- gles. Ben Lapierre had three singles, and Tom Auclair, Roger Pincince, Roger Roy, and Ted Hebert each added multiple hits. Ronzio's win, which saw the win- ners jump out to a 9-2 lead after three innings, saw Dan Pion and Gary Garcia lead the way at the plate by each collecting a double and two singles. Paul Pion and Willie Barr also had a double and a base hit for Ronzio, and Dennis Auger, Jerry Smith and Ricky Wilson each added two hits. Paul Evakian and John Pantanone each had two singles to lead Lepine. From preceding page See Our Class Schedule Online at: 1280 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 401-463-8824 sewing machine center Sales & Service Since 1950 Bernina • Babylock • Elna • Janome • Necchi • Juki Free unlimited operator instruction with your sewing machine purchase Peter J. 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