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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-27-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 Jutras receives RIC women's volleyball team's MVP award PROVIDENCE – Foster's Jacqueline Jutras recently concluded her excellent collegiate career in style by being named the Most Valuable Player of the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team at the school's annual fall sports banquet at the Quonset "O" Club. Jutras, who was the Anchorwomen's setter, played in 93 sets in 25 matches and ended the year with a team-lead- ing 618 assists, as well as 186 digs, 58 kills, 49 service aces, and 19 blocks. A four-year player for the Anchorwomen, Jutras graduates with 1,682 assists, the sixth-most in the pro- gram's history, and 651 digs. She also received Second-Team All-Little East Conference honors last season. Jutras graduated from Ponaganset High in 2016 after a marvelous high school career that saw her earn First- Team All-State honors as a senior with the Chieftains. Former Ponaganset High Second- Team All-Stater JACKIE JUTRAS, shown get- ting ready to serve the ball, was recently named the Rhode Island College women's vol- leyball team's Most Valuable Player. Jutras graduates with 1,682 assists, the sixth-most in the program's history, and 651 digs. Carolina. Earlier in her high school career, Baptista had committed to the University of Tennessee, but "I real- ized that it wasn't actually what I wanted," she admitted. "The other commits to Tennessee had a group chat and we talked about it, and basi- cally all of us decommitted. A few of them are at Texas now." "When I decommited, I was a little nervous at first," she added. "It was kind of late and I asked myself, 'What if I cant find anywhere else? What if no one needs my position?' But I sent out a bunch of emails, and with (La Salle assistant coach) Elise (Fortier), I made a list of my top 10 schools." While North Carolina was high on her list, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, and Duke were also on it. Syracuse was actually the first school of the bunch to reach out to Baptista with a scholarship offer, and the Orangemen did so right after a camp on their facility that Baptista attended. "As I was driving home from the camp, they called me," said Baptista. "I don't know how they got my num- ber, but somehow they did. That was my first offer, and (receiving one) was promising." But when North Carolina came calling, Baptista instantly fell in love with the Chapel Hill school, and while she's eager to grab her glove and take the field for the Tar Heels, she plans to major in exercise and sports science with a minor in either communications, coaching, or analyt- ics.As for her time with the Thunder, Baptista, who started playing softball at the age of six, joined the organi- zation and head coach Dave Lotti when she was 13 and played in sev- eral college exposure tournaments around the country. The Thunder's fall team, which also included La Salle teammates Darien McDonough and Arianna Rodi, dominated play for the past 2 1/2 months and "we pretty much should have went undefeated the whole season," she said. "We lost games that we absolutely shoudn't have lost." From preceding page Smithfield's KAYLA BAPTISTA, shown in action with the Rhode Island Thunder, batted .688 and stole 34 bases this past spring to help La Salle Academy win its first state championship in 11 years. S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. Smithfield, Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Fully Insured Free Estimates 401-765-4677 Tree Removal Pruning Cabling Brush Mowing Stump Grinding Crane Service Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Affordable Solutions for Your Tree Problems Stump Grinding Plant Health Care Spraying/Fertilization TREE REMOVAL EXPERTS Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital Since 1983 We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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