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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-29-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 13 Gridiron Club plans abbreviated Awards Night ceremony tonight PROVIDENCE – The Providence Gridiron Club's annual Awards Night, which was scheduled for April, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club, but as an abbreviated ceremony and a photo op session for all the winners of this year's awards. Among the winners are former St. Raphael Academy star Trevante Jones, who is an outside linebacker at Central Connecticut State University, and ex-Shea High standout Momadou Mbye, who recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island. The "Pride of Rhode Island" Award, which is presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an out- of-state collegiate football program and "does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud," is going to Jones, and Mbye will receive the inaugural "Home State Hero" Award, which is presented to a graduate of an RIIL high school football program who plays for an in-state collegiate program and "does himself and his family, school, community, and state proud." The Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards in each RIIL division will also be presented, along with the state's Lineman, Back, and Coach of the Year Awards. Also presented will be the Gilbane Award to the R.I. Football Player of the Year, the Lawrence P. Gallogly Award, and the R.I. Football Officials Award. Recent Shea graduate and University of Rhode Island-bound tailback Jaylen Smith was named the Division I-A Back of the Year. Coaches, officials, family members, and friends of the award winners are invited to attend. There will be no dinner, but bever- ages may be purchased. For more information, contact the club's president, Bob Izzi, at robert.izzi@aol.com or 401-378-4393. second by scoring four times and in the fifth by notching four more runs. Ortiz suffered the loss on the mound, as he worked the first three innings, struck out three batters and walked none, and only gave up two earned runs in the second. In Post 25's victory over Post 14 four nights earlier, Howard Rogers ace pitcher Trey Thibeault improved his record to 3-0 with a strong complete-game outing that saw him yield eight hits, strike out three and walk one. Thibeault's best start of the season came in Post 25's season opener against Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 on July 6 at Max Read Field, as he silenced Post 29 on three hits, struck out nine batters, and walked one. Thibeault, who is one of three players on the roster who hails from Cumberland, saw one of his hometown teammates, Atticus Cardoso, score the decisive run in the home half of the fourth on Jeff LaRose's base hit up the middle. "Trey's a very good pitcher, he's going to CCRI, and I wish him the best of luck," Morel added. "He should do very well there." With a little luck, the second-year Howard Rogers squad, which mostly con- tains former and current players from Tolman High, Shea High, and St. Raphael Academy, could have entered this week with a winning record. But in Post 25's second game of the season, a 7-2 loss to South Kingstown Post 39 at Wakefield's Old Mountain Field, Howard Rogers saw a 6-2 lead evaporate when S.K. rallied for five runs in the bot- tom of the seventh. Ortiz struck out 13 bat- ters, retired 11 in a row at one point, and allowed just two earned runs in suffering the tough-luck loss, and Ian Montanez led the way offen- sively by going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Howard Rogers will host first-place Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20, which is 7-1, tonight at 5:30 p.m. and Newport's R&R Construction tomorrow at the same time at Max Read Field. Those games will kick off a 10-day stretch that will see Post 25 play seven times before turning its attention to the postseason. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Howard Rogers catcher and recent Shea High graduate BRANDON RIBEIRO will be back in action tonight at 5:30 p.m. when Post 25 hosts Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20 at Max Read Field.

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