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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Principal Christen Magill, new head baseball coach Paul Rizzo, and athletic director Glenn Williams praise the senior standout, Conte told everyone of his decision to attend the North Carolina college, which was not only because of its baseball program, but also its strong academics – Conte plans to pursue a career in engineer- ing. But before signing his NLI and join- ing his family and friends for some pictures while wearing his Duke cap and sweatshirt, Conte spent a couple of minutes to talk about his road to the mound and his excellence in that craft. "I started pitching my sophomore year, and that's when I started taking that more seriously," said Conte, who caught the eye of Duke head coach Chris Pollard during the early-August tournament to Durham, made his official visit to Duke a week later, and gave his commitment to the Atlantic Coast Conference school on Aug. 28. "I started to get more velocity and get more recruited as a pitcher." The Cougars' starting shortstop since his freshman year, as well as a captain since his junior year, Conte is currently ranked number one in the state by Perfect Game, an elite ama- teur baseball scouting organization, as a pitcher and an overall player. Nationally, he is also ranked 56th as a righthanded pitcher and 162nd over- all, and he also received Rawlings- Perfect Game Preseason All-American High Honorable Mention honors in late March. Once this past high school season ended, one that saw Conte help the Cougars post a 13-5 record in their return to the Division II ranks, Conte turned his attention toward playing on the U17 squad of the L&M Baseball Club, a travel baseball program based out of southern New England, and the East Coast Pro Showcase's Boston Red Sox regional team, which was man- aged by Red Sox Northeast area scout Ray Fagnant. Among his highlights this past sum- mer came with the East Coast Pro club when he pitched a no-hitter dur- ing the Future Starz Tournament. And at the end of August, in the 14-inning Summer Rivalry Classic against the New York Yankees Scouting Team, he struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings of work and hit 93 mph on the radar gun. This fall, Conte joined the Massachusetts-based North East Baseball team that played in the Perfect Game tourney that was held at the Miami Marlins' spring training complex and featured the country's top high school seniors. His fastball this time was clocked at 95 mph, and he threw 2 2/3 innings of relief on the tourney's opening day, striking out three batters, walking one, and allow- ing a pair of hits. As for the schools who were on his radar school, Conte expressed inter- est in neighboring Brown and URI, as well as North Carolina Central University in Durham and Stetson University in Florida, but Duke even- tually won him over, and while he looking forward to taking the hill for the Blue Devils, he still hopes he can see time as a middle infielder. "I'm going to try to be a two-way player as long as I can," added Conte, who in the classroom, earned a 4.025 GPA at the end of his junior year and is currently enrolled in five AP classes. "It will give me more value." CONTE From Page 13 The North Providence Little League's successful inaugural season of its spring and fall Junior/Senior Division recently came to an end when TEAM GIORGIO of North Providence won the regular-season championship and playoff title in the Johnston/ North Providence Junior/Senior Fall Ball League. There were two teams each from Johnston and North Providence, and all games were played at Engineers Field in Johnston. Team Giorgio finished the fall season with an 11-1 record and defeated both Johnston teams in the playoffs by winning its opener, 16-7, and the championship game, 14-4. The members of the team are, in front from left, Hunter Giuliano, Tobias Ritter, Brayden Shadoian, and Santino Fiore; in back, manager Ronnie Giorgio, coaches Thomas Ferri and Mike Pallotta, Ryan Pallotta, Rochelle Carter, Antonio Giorgio, Thomas Ferri, Michael Scetta, Jonathan Roman, assistant manager Michael Scetta Sr., Danial Hayward, coach/scorekeeper Jay Fiore, and special assistant Tyler Scetta. Jaiden Baglini and Christian Archibold are also members of the team. NPLL's Team Giorgio wins Johnston/NP fall ball title We want your Holiday Drawings! Send or drop off entries to: HOLIDAY DRAWINGS c/o The Valley Breeze Newspapers, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865. fill our pages with your drawings this holiday season. Please draw your best Christmas Holiday season picture and send it to us. We'll select drawings to be published in our newspapers between now and Christmas. Thousands of local people will get to see your beautiful work – with the little artist's name included, of course! Any young artist, age 4 through 12, may enter. Send us a clean drawing on a sheet of 8.5"X11" plain white paper. Make it colorful! It may be religious or non-religious. All drawings are welcome. Please include your age, name, and complete address with telephone number on the back of your drawing. PLEASE HURRY! You must send us your drawing (or drop it off to our office) by Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. All drawings become the property of The Valley Breeze Newspapers and entry grants us permission to use in our newspapers. Children from the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Woonsocket, Blackstone, Smithfield, Scituate, Foster, Glocester, North Providence and Pawtucket are eligible to enter. THANK YOU! Hey Kids...please help

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