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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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10 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 22-28, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Playing in Division II last spring after spending the last two seasons in D-III, Davies Tech middle infielder ALAYNAH RUBIO earned All-Division honors by batting .438 (28-for-64) and collecting seven doubles, a pair of triples, 14 runs batted in, 13 runs scored, and as many stolen bases. whether I'd go or not," added Rubio, who plans to study graphic design. "And they have a very good program." Rubio, who projects to be a center fielder in college, got invited to a recruiting day in early October, and after she received a tour of the campus with some of the other prospects, she took part in a scrimmage with the invitees and some of the players on the Bobcats' cur- rent roster. "I was so nervous," she recalled, but added with a laugh. "My fielding was there, but I couldn't hit at all." Nevertheless, Bobcats head coach Steve Warner and his assistants were impressed with Rubio, and she enjoyed the time she spent with the program that week. The finan- cial aid package the school presented Rubio was "a very good one," and during Davies' Christmas break, she decided that West Virginia was indeed the place to be. A First-Team All-Division selection last year, Rubio batted .438 (28-for-64) last year with seven doubles, a pair of triples, 14 runs batted in, 13 runs scored, and as many stolen bases. Of course, the Patriots were appearing in Division II last season after reaching the D-III finals in 2018. As a sophomore in the league's lower division, Rubio batted .531 (26-for-49) with two home runs, 27 RBIs, 33 runs scored, 17 stolen bases, and a .657 on- base percentage. Facing tougher pitching in D-II "was defi- nitely a change," admitted Rubio, who during the summer, plays for the U18 club of the Massachusetts Titans program, which is based out of Somerset, Mass. "We were so used to (the pitching being) not as fast or consistent." As far as being a captain, "Alyanah is a caring, compassionate leader," offered Morris, who reported that Rubio was selected the RIIL Student-Athlete of the Month in February. "She gives everything she has and leaves it all out on the field." "She is a natural leader who puts her teammates and the team first," Morris said. "This is evident when I have had to move her (in the field) to help the team. She never complained, sighed, or sulked. She just says, 'Okay, coach, I got you,' and goes out and gives 100 percent. And players will also come up to her and ask for help, which she is more than willing to do." Off the field and in the classroom, Rubio's also been a standout, a high honor student who gets straight A's and has earned the respect and admiration of her teachers. "If I could clone Alaynah, I would," noted English teacher Cara Mathers. "She is not only a conscientious and dedicated student, but she is a fabulous human being as well. She would never hesitate to assist a struggling classmate, using her trademark humor to buf- fer any sense of uncomfortableness. She is a true gem and so deserving of happiness and success." Rubio and Morris were hoping to celebrate her NLI signing with a signing ceremony at Davies before the start of the Patriots' Division II season, but the pandemic has kept Rubio, her classmates, and the faculty and administrators off the Lincoln campus for more than a month. And while she'd like to have a signing cere- mony, she'd rather have a high school season to play, as well as a graduation ceremony, a prom, and the other events that celebrate the culmination of a successful and memorable four years of high school. "If we don't graduate in June, our school will schedule (the ceremony) on a date in August because they want us to cross the stage," she noted. "Our prom is already scheduled in August." And as for her senior season, "I talk to (Morris) frequently, and I told him, 'If we can play just one game, it will be better than noth- ing at this point," she said. "Just one game, to finish (my career) out with these girls." RUBIO From Page 9 Located at: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Phone 401-334-9555 Fax 401-334-9994 Web Outdoor Newspaper Box Locations NORTH PROVIDENCE BREEZE Edition BOX Sal Mancini Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., No. Prov. BOX Old Public Safety Complex, 1967 Mineral Spring Ave., No. Prov. PAWTUCKET Edition RED BOX 627 Armistice Blvd. RED BOX Yankee Spirits when open, 628 Washington St., S. Attleboro OBSERVER Edition BLUE BOX Greenville Post Office, 1 Austin Ave. BLUE BOX Harmony Post Office, 391 Putnam Pike, Chepachet BLUE BOX Scituate Post Office, 171 Danielson Pike, N. Scituate BLUE BOX Shady Acre's Restaurant, 164 Danielson Pike Rt. 6, Foster BLUE BOX Foster Post Office, 94 Foster Ctr. Rd. 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