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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 The ST. RAPHAEL ACADEMY CHEERLEADING TEAM took first place in the "Celebrate Spirit" RIIL Game Day Cheer Competition that took place on Sunday, Oct. 27, at CCRI-Warwick. The cheerleaders on the team are, in front from left, Kyllei Shelton, Victoria Biagetti, Ava Librizzi, Nicole Pajaro, and Sophia Bianchi; in middle row, Kiannaley Pererya, Leah Dos Santos, Mary Nicole Hunsberger, Chloe Porcelli, Alyza Monroy, and Aliyah Gonsalves; in back, Juliet Laurens, Diana Lopes, Theresa Valencia, Abigail Medeiros, Kyla D'Eletto, Tanya Almeida, and Makenzie Godin. Angelyna Martinez is also a cheerleader on the team, and the coaches are Barbara LaBree and Kalyn Messier. SRA's Kipyego, Mongeau land All-N.E. cross country honors MANCHESTER, Conn. – St. Raphael Academy juniors Darius Kipyego and Rachael Mongeau added another accolade to their remarkable cross country seasons last Saturday by earning All-New England honors for placing 16th in their respective races at the 85th annual New England Championships at Wickham Park's 3.1-mile course. A week after placing sixth at the state championship meet at Ponaganset High, Kipyego took 16th place in the boys' race in a time of 16:14 that was just seven seconds shy of a top-10 finish. Kipyego is the first SRA male to land All-New England honors in 18 years. Senior Nasavell Medeiros also fin- ished 29th in 16:25 for the Saints, who placed 21st out of 30 teams (and fourth among the Rhode Island teams at the meet) in the standings. Mongeau, who took third place at the state meet to earn her second straight First-Team All-State honor, crossed the finish line in the girls' race in 19 minutes. That allowed the two- time Class C champion to become the Saints' first female to receive All-New England recognition in 25 years. Junior All-Staters capture 16th places at New England meet in Manchester, Conn. Ex-SRA runner Johnston wins NE-10's Rookie of the Year honor at Stonehill EASTON, Mass. – Former St. Raphael Academy cross country and track and field standout Reilly Johnston, who graduated from high school this past spring and is a fresh- man on the Stonehill College men's cross country team, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year last Thursday afternoon. Johnston recently helped the Skyhawks place second at the Northeast-10 Championships by placing ninth out of 149 competitors in a time of 27:38.4 on Jamesville Beach State Park's 4.97-mile course in Onondaga County, N.Y. That per- formance helped Johnston earn All- Conference Second-Team honors. Last weekend, Stonehill earned its 17th straight trip to the NCAA Division II Championships, which is scheduled for Nov. 23 in Sacramento, Calif., by finishing third out of 26 teams at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championships in Philadelphia. Johnston took 31st place in the 6.2-mile race in a time of 33:03.3. SRA cheerleaders win 'Celebrate Spirit' RIIL Game Day Competition other year. For us to be here means a lot. I don't think that was taken into account." The Tigers had a perfect opportu- nity to tie things up in the second half, as Juan Barrios beat Figueira, but his shot was blocked. The net was still wide open as Salim Chakhsi took his shot, but that sailed just past the post. The Tigers got lucky on their own end when Michael Hofstetter unload- ed a shot that took Semedo out of the goal. But Semedo's defenders went back and guarded the net, kicking the ball away on another shot. After a yellow card was delivered to Hofstetter later in the half, the Rams rallied and Jaedon Costa scored their second goal off a pass from Mackin with 11:44 left. Emotions continued to escalate, as Juan Barrios and La Salle's Paul Moura received yellow cards, and with 9:49 on the clock, the Rams struck for their final goal, as Mackin took a pass from Wren Honeyghan and headed it past Semedo. With the 3-0 lead, things almost came to a head between the two teams. There was a brief tussle of shoving near La Salle's net, and in the end, Juan Barrios was red carded. After the scrum, another yellow card was handed out to La Salle. The Tigers dearly wanted to get back to the finals after their Cinderella season last year, which saw them post a 14-0-4 mark. Their chances looked bleak at the start of the season, but when Semedo got healthy and the team began to bond, things came together. "It was a great journey," Silva said. "We didn't finish it the way we would have obviously liked. We were up against history and really doing some- thing spectacular. This last two-year run with this team and these boys, they have nothing to be ashamed of. You appreciate these moments because you never know when they're going to come again. We didn't get it down this time, but we still have a trophy in our school." From preceding page Are you a Church, Scout group, spos team or School hosting a Pancake Breakfast, Cra Fair, Pasta Dinner or any other type of fund-raiser this season? You can buy an ad of this size for only $40! The ad will be in more than 8,000 papers. Deadline: Fridays at 3 p.m. Call 401-334-9555. Dial 0 for details. Prepayment is required. Adve•ise your Volunteer Organization's Fund-raiser on Calendar Pages

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