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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-01-2020

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ JULY 1-7, 2020 PAWTUCKET – While the sight of ballclubs such as the Red Sox, Indians, Pirates, and Mets will be gracing Major League Baseball fields later this month, the sight of those teams in the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) Baseball League will be absent from the city's ball- parks this summer. And after reporting the cancellation of its 2020 season, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club hoped to do the next best thing for its baseball players ages 8-18 and hold a camp that will "closely follow the current CDC social dis- tancing guidelines and serve as a fun and safe alternative to league play," the league announced in a press release. But on Monday afternoon, that proposed six-week camp, which was supposed to begin next week, was officially canceled, as a low number of registrants forced the camp's direc- tors to regrettably pull the plug on their project. "It doesn't look like it's going to happen this summer," Boys & Girls Club athletic coordinator Austin Raposa said. "We're only offering a camp-based setting, and leagues are allowed to move on and play actual games. You have AAU, Legion, Pineview, and Darlington – it's just going to be tough to pull it together." While various youth leagues throughout the state were finalizing their plans to play ball earlier last month, the RBI League, which had fielded a Junior Division for players ages 13-15 since 1995 and a Senior Division for players ages 15-18 since 2016, played the waiting game and kept its fingers crossed in its hopes to schedule a productive season. "We were really waiting to see how the regulations were going to play out," said Raposa, who noted that the league will return to action next year. "We were waiting for Phase 1, and then after we saw Phase 1, we said, 'Let's wait for Phase 2.' But by Phase 2, you're starting to look at the calendar, and it's flipping on you and it's going and going, and eventually, we said, 'We don't think (a season) is feasible.'" Kipyego receives R.I. Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of Year award PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy senior-to-be Darius Kipyego received one of the most prestigious honors of his young athletic career on Monday morning, as he was selected as the state's 2019-20 Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. The award, which has been in existence for the past 35 years, "rec- ognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field," Gatorade reported in a press release. Kipyego, who is the second ath- lete in SRA's track and field history to receive this award, joining 1989 graduate Neil Butler, repeated as the state indoor champion in the 600 last February and won the New England title two weekends later. He also established state records in the 600 and 800 meters during his indoor season, as his time of 1:19.65 in the 600 at last December's Boston Holiday Challenge was the country's third-best time, and his 1:52.55 time in the 800 was ranked fifth nationally. While running in the 800 last out- door season, Kipyego captured the RIIL championship, set another R.I. record at last summer's Pan-Am Under-20 Championships with a U.S.-best time of 1:49.46, and took second at the USATF Under-20 Championships. Off the track, Kipyego has volun- teered at the New England Cross Country Junior Olympics and donat- ed his time to multiple community service initiatives through his church youth group. He has also maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. "Darius is someone who is extreme- ly motivated to do well and thrives on the competition," Mount Saint Charles Academy outdoor track and field coach Amy Noecker said in a press release. "He is one of the most exciting competitors to watch on the track." On June 13, Kipyego battled some of the nation's top high school runners in the 800 at the Desert Dream Last Hurrah Invitational in Arizona and placed third in a time of 1:51.59. St. Raphael Academy middle distance standout DARIUS KIPYEGO was named the R.I. Gatorade Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Monday morning. SRA runner won state championships, broke R.I. records in 600, 800 meters Boys & Girls Club cancels RBI League season, baseball camp By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor PAWTUCKET – The 15th annual Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament, which was scheduled for this month, but postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 31, at the Crystal Lake Golf Club on Broncos Highway. The fee to play is $135 per person (or $500 for a foursome) and includes lunch, dinner, the golf tournament (an 18-hole scramble format), and the use of a golf cart. 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