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The North Providence Breeze 06-24-2020

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation JUNE 24-30, 2020 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – Senior three-sport standout Raffaella Brunetti was among the big winners at the North Providence High sports awards ceremony that was recently held virtually. The ceremony, which honored the Cougars' senior athletics and each team's Most Valuable Players, saw Brunetti join senior cross country runner Chris Loranger in winning the NPHS Athletic Scholarship. This award is presented to a male and female senior who participated in the most sports seasons while in high school, maintained the highest grade point average, and will be attending a four-year college. Brunetti, who was also named the Defensive MVP of the girls' soccer team, was also a four-year member of the girls' basketball and lacrosse teams. Another senior who was honored was Ashley Siravo, who played goal- keeper for the girls' soccer team for the past four seasons. She was recog- nized with a plaque for leading the RIIL in saves with 218 in 2017, 258 in 2018, and 217 last season. She also holds the program's record for games started in net (67), saves in a season (258), and saves in a career (791). The athletes who received MVP awards for the fall season were Emma Rathburn (girls' cross coun- try), William Burke (boys' cross country), Tim Walker (football's Offensive MVP), Franklin Tseytlin (football's Defensive MVP), Yassin Joof (girls' soccer's Offensive MVP), Dylan Auslander (boys' soccer), Adrianna Gianquitti (girls' tennis' Singles MVP), and Hannah Doorley and Julia Jasper (girls' tennis' Doubles MVP). The winter's season's MVPs were Evan Gavlick (boys' basketball), Stephanie Saucier (girls' basket- ball), Christian Campbell (hockey), Cam Erickson (boys' swimming), Christopher Matarese (wrestling), Gianna Fallon (cheerleading), Isabella Bruzzese (dance). The girls' swim team, which cap- tured its program's first Division III championship this past winter, did not award an MVP, but head coach Crystal Bogizian reported that her MVPs would have been "our 400-yard freestyle relay team that won us the championship: Cassie Russo, Valentina Lopez, Christine Pietkiewicz, and Andrea Cortes." Fossa was 'upstanding individual' Narragansett coaching legend, N.K. athletic director began superb high school career as NPHS football assistant By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – When folks across the state recall Dick Fossa's remarkable career as a high school football coach, they easily identify it with the 15 seasons he spent as Narragansett High's head coach, which included four Super Bowl appearances, two Division IV championships, and four Providence Gridiron Coach of the Year honors. But what some people tend to forget is that Fossa's high school career actu- ally began at North Providence High in the 1990s and saw him spend the 1995-1998 seasons as the Cougars' head coach. Fossa, who grew up in North Providence and is a member of the North Providence Sports Hall of Fame, died on June 13 at the age of 61 from heart complications, and last week, he was well remembered for his work with Narragansett, where he also served as the school's athletic director and an assistant baseball coach, and North Kingstown High, where he spent the past three years as its athletic director. "Richard had a deep love of family and athletics," states his obituary. "He poured his heart into everything he did." North Providence High athletic director and head football coach Glenn Williams, who was also raised in this town, was two years older than Fossa, but surprisingly, he didn't get to really know him until Fossa became the Mariners' athletic director in the fall of 2014. Both Williams and Fossa went to different high schools in the mid- 1970s – Williams attending NP and Fossa going to La Salle Academy – and when Fossa left NP after the 1998 season to take over the Mariners' pro- gram, Williams joined the Cougars' coaching staff as an assistant the fol- lowing year. The Mariners, who went on to win the Division IV championship in 1999 and 2003, only played the Cougars a handful of times before Narragansett NPHS honors senior athletes, team MVPs Brunetti, Loranger, Siravo highlight award winners FOSSA See FOSSA, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Two senior standouts from last season's girls' soccer team were among the honorees at the North Providence High sports awards ceremony that was virtually held. Left, RAFFAELLA BRUNETTI, who starred on the girls' soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams, received the NPHS Athletic Scholarship and was named the Defensive MVP of the girls' soccer team. Right, ASHLEY SIRAVO, who shined as a goalkeeper for the soccer team for the past four seasons, was recognized for leading the RIIL in saves during the past three years and setting team records for games started in net (67), saves in a season (258), and saves in a career (791). 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. IMMATURE SWALLOW While most parents are certainly aware of the potential that thumb-sucking has to make their children candidates for orthodontic treatment, fewer are aware of the potential of "tongue thrusting" to disrupt tooth alignment. While a normal swallow involves placement of the tongue on the roof of the mouth, tongue thrusting is described by a swallowing mechanism that pushes the tongue forward against the front teeth. As a result of this abnormal exertion of pressure, the top front teeth are pushed forward to create a gap between them and the opposing teeth. Most children outgrow tongue thrust swallowing no later than by age six. If not, the dentist can introduce treatment that helps to break the habit. One way to keep early actions from becoming future problems is to turn to professional help. We present this column in the hopes of educating the general public about the benefits of keeping on top of your oral health. If we can help, either by answering questions or by providing quality, com - passionate dental care, call DENTAL ARTS GROUP, A Collaborative Practice Committed to Excellence. Offering all the dental services you and your family require makes 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, the ideal place to achieve optimum oral health. PH: 401-521-3661. P.S. Children exhibit a tongue-thrust pattern from birth because it is an infantile swallowing pattern, but they generally develop the mature pattern of swallowing by age four.

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