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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation JANUARY 8-14, 2020 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – The young- est high school hockey team in the RIIL's Division III ranks last year is now one of the D-III's oldest, with just four sopho- mores and two freshmen on its 19-player roster. And the team is also one of its most experienced, with 15 players back from last winter's team that posted its fourth winning record in the last five seasons and reached the D-III semifinals. That's very good news for the Johnston/ North Providence/Tiverton co-op squad, which is hoping its large number of returnees – as well as an extra season of experience with last winter's newcomer to the program, Tiverton – can help pave the way for a return to the postseason and possibly the team's first trip to the finals since its magical 2014-15 championship season. The Cats, who are guided by co-head coaches Manny DaCosta and Carl Morin, only graduated three seniors, with the most significant of that group being tri- captain Zach Morin, but the other two captains, North Providence senior forward Christian Campbell and Johnston senior forward Ryan DiLorenzo, are back to again lead the attack. Both four-year veterans of the team, DiLorenzo, who has totaled 30 goals in the last two seasons, led the Wildcats in scoring last winter, but Campbell, who was second in goals (13) and assists (8), suffered a season-ending knee injury near the end of the regular season that also pre- vented him from taking the field for the Cougars' lacrosse team last spring. As for the first month of this season? "The first couple of games, he was tired," DaCosta said of Campbell, who The North Providence High girls' swim team's 200-yard medley relay team of, from left, ANDREA CORTES, AUTUMN CARD, LINDA GUO, and CASSIE RUSSO broke a school record in Monday afternoon's 55-39 victory over Toll Gate with their win- ning time of 2:04.68. NP girls' swim team tops Toll Gate, shatters 13-year-old mark Medley relay squad of Russo, Cortes, Guo, Card rewrites record book; Pietkiewicz wins two events NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High girls' swim squad saw its oldest team record crumble on Monday afternoon, as the Cougars posted their first Brother Anthony Division victory of the sea- son with a 55-39 win over Toll Gate at the North Providence Pool & Fitness Center. The 200-yard medley relay team of sophomores Cassie Russo, Andrea Cortes, and Linda Guo and freshman Autumn Card shattered a team record in the 200-yard medley relay by win- ning the event in a time of 2:04.68. That broke the mark set in 2007 by 4.46 seconds. Also highlighting the victory was the excellent performance turned in by freshman Christine Pietkiewicz, who not only captured the 100-meter (1:14.38) and 200-meter (2:44.14) free- style events, but also helped the 400- meter freestyle relay team of Cortes, Russo, and Card win its event in a time of 4:58.77. The Cougars are back in their home pool on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. meet against Pilgrim. Next Wednesday, Jan. 15, they will join forces with the boys' team for a non-league meet at home against neighboring Lincoln. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence senior center CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL is back on the ice after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the final weeks of action last winter. Campbell, who has scored 39 goals and added 36 assists in his high school career, will help lead the Johnston/North Providence/Tiverton co-op team into their Division III games this weekend on the road against the Narragansett/Chariho co-op squad and Mount Hope. Co-op hockey team hits ice with veteran lineup NP joins forces again with Johnston, Tiverton to pursue Div. III title By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See HOCKEY, Page 10 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 OPEN CAPTION MOVIES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! Did you know CinemaWorld in Lincoln shows Open Caption Movies Daily! Go to for showtimes FREE MOVIE PASS Ask about a At your next visit at Hear for You!

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