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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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NORTH SCITUATE – Back in the Class C championship meet after competing in the Class B event for the past two seasons, the Smithfield High boys' and girls' cross country teams turned in excellent performances at last Saturday's meet at Ponaganset High's 3.1-mile course. The girls placed third out of 13 schools in their meet, while the boys finished fourth out of 15 teams in their race. In last year's Class B meet, the boys had placed fourth and the girls had finished fifth. In the girls' meet, seniors Ashlyn Maio and Anna Logan led the Sentinels by placing among the top five runners. as Maio placed fourth (20:49.04) and Logan took fifth place (20:51.83). Also placing among the top 40 run- ners with times under 24 minutes were senior Grace Horton (28th, 22:43.41), sophomores Audrey Turcotte (29th, 22:50.04) and Alana Urizar (34th, 23:32.74), and freshman Lillie McCormick (38th, 23:50.24). Scituate's top runner in this race was senior Amanda Nardone, who placed 32nd in 23:21.09. The Ponaganset girls' team, mean- while, competed in the Class B meet and saw senior Allie Drexler (22:32.58), sophomore Rachel Morin (22:41.83), and junior Sophie Tirrell (22:52.39) sweep the 41st through 43rd places. And in the Class A meet, Scituate resident Lily Borin, who is a sopho- more on the La Salle Academy girls' BURRILLVILLE – The ruse was an end-of-the- season Gallagher Middle School cross country din- ner, but the truth was a surprise retirement party for head coach Bruce Ewart last Thursday night at Wright's Farm Restaurant. It was five weeks in the making, as Smithfield High boys' cross country and basketball coach Joe Bennett teamed up with Smithfield parent Julie Lynch to put on this celebration. Tickets were on sale online, and overall, nearly 185 people attended the dinner. "His grandkids made it, (and so did) his kids and people he hasn't seen in 20 years, people he coached with," Lynch said. Ewart, who was last surprised when Smithfield ded- icated its running/walking trail at Deerfield Park to him, was led to believe that he was invited to a sea- son-ending pasta dinner for his Gallagher cross coun- try team. As she did for the trail dedication, Ewart's wife, Mary, drove him to Wright's for the 6 p.m. din- ner, but at 5:30 p.m., family, friends, coaches, former team members, and people in the Smithfield commu- nity began to arrive at the Carriage Room. The Ewarts parked out front and were led around inside the restaurant. The long hallway leading down to the Carriage Room was filled with excited people, and members of the girls' team stood at the bottom of the ramp, trying to keep up the ruse. When Ewart appeared, everyone yelled, "Surprise!" He smiled, turned his back, and then turned back around to point at and greet every single person. "I'm quite shocked," Ewart said about the surprise gathering. "It's an affirmation of a lot of stuff I've done. The fact that this kind of turnout happened, and (people) saying the things they've said, makes me feel very good." Before the year started, Ewart decided he would coach one more year and then hang up his whistle and become a "normal" citizen. "This is his 48th year as a coach and he's won 60 state championships," Bennett said. "Not division, not class, the whole nine yards – 60 state championships. He's just been a tremendous asset to the community, and he started the Sentinel Striders (youth program) in 1980." Bennett also noted that the runners who were a part of the Smithfield High girls' outdoor track and field team that won state championships in 2015 and '16 went through Ewart first. After Ewart spoke to the gathering and greeted some of the crowd, Bennett, Lynch, and others involved began to set up their main table at the front for with the guest of honor. Bruce and Mary were front and center, and beside him was former Smithfield High athletic director and current junior varsity tennis coach Tony Torregrossa. Also at the main table was Smithfield High girls' cross country coach John Marchand. "I was on Bruce's first championship team," Bennett said. "He won the state title in cross country in my 7th-grade year at the junior high. We won track my 7th-grade year, and my 8th-grade year, we won both track and cross country. As an athlete, he taught me a lot of lessons that I didn't know would come very handy later on in life. He taught us a lot 18 SPORTS & RECREATION OCT. 31-NOV. 6, 2019 | BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Thanks, Coach Ewart! Gallagher cross country mentor celebrates 48th and final season with Smithfield community By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Gallagher Middle School boys' and girls' cross coun- try coach BRUCE EWART gets ready to talk to the audience at last Thursday night's ceremony honor- ing the longtime mentor at Wright's Farm. Ewart plans to retire after coaching the past 48 years. 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