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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-14-2019

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CUMBERLAND – Over the past decade, The Roadshow Night of Legends has paid tribute to several worthy honorees, but never has The Roadshow put together a large, for- midable group as the cast it plans to recognize next week. Three Cumberland natives who were pioneers of girls' basketball in Rhode Island, two former Lincoln High basketball standouts, an out- standing swimming and tennis coach, and an undefeated high school football team celebrating the 50th anniversary of its undefeated Class B championship season will be among the honorees at The Roadshow Night of Legends VIII on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at The Dugout on Cray Street. The Night of Legends is organized annually by the Boys & Girls Club of Northern R.I. and the Roadshow, a loyal group of Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln alumni. All the proceeds from the event will not only go toward supporting the youth pro- grams at the Boys & Girls Club, but also help defray the costs for the 46th annual Roadshow Holiday Classic that will take place after Christmas. The longest running high school boys' basketball tournament in the state, the Roadshow Holiday Classic will welcome back defending cham- pion Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Tolman. The Novans ended Cumberland's bid to capture its fourth straight tourney title in last December's title game at the Clippers' Wellness Center by posting a 72-50 victory. Speaking of basketball, the Players of the Year at this year's event are for- mer girls' hoop stars Laurie D'Ambra, who graduated from Cumberland High in 1975, and Martha (Lynch) Landry, and Debbie (D'Agostino) Beauchamp, who graduated in 1983 after receiving First-Team All-State honors. D'Ambra was a three-sport athlete at CHS who played on the school's first girls' basketball team and also shined at volleyball and track and field, but when she continued her athletic career at Springfield College, she ended up enjoying an excep- tional softball career that saw her help Springfield reach the NCAA World Series in 1977. Landry and Beauchamp, mean- while, played for the boys' hoop teams at their respective middle schools before starring for their high schools, Landry at Cumberland and Beauchamp at Bay View Academy. Landry was a 1,000-point scorer who went on to briefly play college bas- ketball, and Beauchamp played four seasons at Merrimack College. The Coach of the Year is Carl LaBranche, who boasts an impressive resume that has seen him enjoy suc- cess as a tennis and a swim coach at several levels. An aquatic director and swim coach at the Boys & Girls Club in the 1970s, LaBranche, who went to Tolman High and Central Connecticut State University, is currently serving his third different stint as the youth coach of Sher-Le-Mon's Narragansett Swim League's team. As a high school coach, LaBranche was the swim coach of Lincoln High's inaugural season in 1974, and he was the head coach of the LHS boys' ten- nis team that won the state title in 1987 by defeating Bishop Hendricken in the finals, 4-3. LaBranche also spent nearly two decades as the Providence College men's and women's head tennis coach, and in 2003, he was named P.C.'s assis- tant athletic director for facilities and game day manage- ment. A member of the R.I. Aquatic Hall of Fame, LaBranche also spent several seasons as an NCAA men's basketball referee. The Roadshow Rival of the Year comes from East Providence in Mario Pereira, who was a three-time First- Team All-State soccer player for the Townies, as well as a First-Team and Second-Team All-State basketball player in the mid-1970s. "Mario is somebody that we com- peted against since middle school," reported Roadshow member David Walsh. "We just respected him as a tremendous athlete, and his achieve- ments have been phenomenal." Pereira went on to become a two- time All-New England forward at URI and a professional player before turning his full attention to the coach- ing ranks. He's currently the head boys' coach at La Salle Academy, and on Sunday afternoon, the Rams won their 11th state title under his watch by netting a 3-0 victory over Tolman. The Legend of the Year is one of the greatest basketball players in Lincoln High history, James Dickinson, who was a 1989 graduate and a First-Team CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 19 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Among the attendees who will be honored at next week's THE ROADSHOW NIGHT OF LEGENDS VIII, and are shown with Roadshow member David Walsh, third from left, are, from left, Roger Pierce, Debbie (D'Agostino) Beauchamp, Laurie D'Ambra, David Tosti, and Gary Stott. The Night of Legends VIII will take place on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at The Dugout on Cray Street. Roadshow pays tribute to star-studded group at Night of Legends VIII Girls' hoop pioneers, 1969 CHS football team highlight honorees to be recognized Nov. 22 By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See ROADSHOW, Page 20 LABRANCHE Celebrating 47 Years Of Catholic Tradition and Academic Excellence Monsignor Gadoury Catholic Regional School 1371 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 401-767-5902 Pre K- Grade 2. Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School 1210 Mendon Road, Woonsocket, RI 401-767-5906 Grades 3- 8. Two Schools, One Community OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019 11a.m. – 1p.m. WE ARE GREATER WOONSOCKET CATHOLIC REGIONAL SCHOOL FAITH for tomorrow FAMILY for today FRIENDS forever • ACCEPTING PRE K, 3 AND 4 YEAR OLD, FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 8 • FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE (IF QUALIFIED) THROUGH PARISH, DIOCESE AND GWCRS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS • FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 401-762-1095

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