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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-08-2020

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 8-14, 2020 PAWTUCKET – The city's two public high schools recently paid trib- ute to their top student-athletes from the past school year during virtual ceremonies, with graduating seniors Jaylen Smith, Erickson Bans, Yasmine Santos, Isai Prince, and Nia DaCruz receiving the biggest honors when they were named their respective schools' Athletes of the Year. Shea High had to make a difficult call in naming its Winston Dodge Male Athlete of the Year, so the school decided to make Smith and Bans, who were both three-time All- State selections that will continue their athletic careers at the Division I level, co-winners of the award. Smith, who will continue his foot- ball career at URI in the fall, ran for 1,900 yards and 23 touchdowns on just 212 carries last season in helping the Raiders reach the state playoffs. He also reeled in three TD passes, picked off four passes on defense, and returned an interception for another TD. He graduates with 4,748 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns, as well as a state championship in the 100-meter dash that he won as a junior during the outdoor track and field season. Bans, meanwhile, graduates as the state all-time leading scorer in basketball with 2,605 career points. Last winter's Gatorade R.I. Boys' Basketball Player of the Year, Bans, who will join the Bryant University men's team this winter, averaged 30.3 points per game, led the state in free throws made (173) and attempted (211), and was second in the state in three-pointers (78). He helped Shea make its fourth appearance in the Division II semifinals in the last five years. Santos, who was a three-sport athlete for the Raiders, received her school's Carolyn Nactrieb Female Athlete of the Year. A standout on the soccer pitch and the softball field, Santos' best sport was basketball, where she was a three-year starter, the fifth girl in school history to join the 1,000-point club, and a three-time All- Division pick. She also earned Third- Team All-State honors last winter by averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. Among Shea's other award win- ners were Brian Bericochea (Athletic Director's Award and Marines' Scholastic Excellence Award), Brianna Andrade (Stephen Paul Schaffer Student-Athlete Award), Mishayla Culhane (Athletic Director's Award), Jacob Lopes (Neil Shacket Pride & Desire Award), Brandon Ribeiro ( Jason Beaulieu Award), Ezekiel Velazquez (Brian Hayward Award), Sophia Panzo and Igaliah Makor (Principal's Award), and Jazmin Torres and Christopher Whitfield (Marines' Distinguished Athlete Award). At Tolman, Prince received three awards, the Tigers' Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, the Anthony "Gig" Pariseau Memorial Scholarship, and recognition for earning nine varsity letters (four in football, three in basketball, and two in volleyball). Nia DaCruz, who was a member of the Tigers' cross country and outdoor track and field program who took third place at the indoor state meet in a school-record time of 9.0 seconds, was the recipient of the Outstanding Female Athlete. Another athlete who won multiple awards was Victoria Chmielinski, who received the James W. Donaldson Memorial Scholarship and was also recognized for earning nine varsity letters (four in tennis, three in outdoor track, and one in swimming). Also receiving scholarships were Hannah Coken (Edward "Ted" McConnon Memorial Scholarship), Tiago DaCosta (Ronald Araujo Memorial Scholarship), Jakub Lakoma (Anthony "Gig" Pariseau Memorial Scholarship), and Minelle Pagan (Lori Ann Poulin Memorial Scholarship), and Alexis Mercedes, who earned four letters in swimming, three in cross country, and two in vol- leyball, was also honored for earning nine varsity letters. Shea, Tolman award top athletes Raiders' Smith, Bans, Santos, Tigers' Prince, DaCruz highlight winners by receiving schools' highest honors By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Recently graduated JAYLEN SMITH, who was an All-State running back and sprinter during his athletic career at Shea High, shared his school's Winston Dodge Male Athlete of the Year honor with Erickson Bans. Smith, who will join the University of Rhode Island football team this fall, departed the Raiders' gridiron program with 4,748 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. Blackstone Valley Heritage golf tourney takes place Aug. 31 at Crystal Lake G.C. 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. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The dinner, silent auction, and awards ceremony are expected to start at 6 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the tourism-based environmental pro- grams that protect and promote the Blackstone Valley. Visit www.golfblackstone.com for details on the tournament, registra- tion, sponsorship information, prizes, and course information, or call the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at 401-724-2200. ACROSS 1. Cyprinids 6. 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