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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCT. 15-21, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 19 junior Audrey Turcotte (27:45), Ponaganset junior Megan Rinaldi (27:45), and senior Kathryn Rizzo (28:28). With six runners in the top 15, the Chieftains were able to defeat Lincoln and Davies. Only 10 runners make up the Sentinels' roster this season, but six are freshmen and two are sopho- mores, and in that group, Marchand thinks his squad has "legitimately four or five girls that could step up and be our number one runner." "We're in a good situation," he con- tinued. "There's no pressure in terms of expecting to win any champion- ships, and it allows us to do things the right way and hopefully build a cor- nerstone and a foundation for a good future and try to be competitive in the years to come." In the boys' race, senior Ethan Maione won the race by pulling away from freshman Jason Padula down the stretch and posting a time of 17:07 than was four seconds faster than Padula's clocking. Both runners also chopped more than 50 seconds off their times from the previous week- end. Placing third in 17:35 was sopho- more Elijah Saddlemire. Senior Aidan Sayles, who had missed some time with a knee ailement, took fourth in a time of 17:54 that was nearly a full minute faster than his race in Scituate, and his classmate, Zach Isble, sealed the shutout by finishing fifth in 18:06. Grabbing the sixth and seventh places for Smithfield were junior Dante DiGregorio (18:12) and sopho- more Reilly Bennett (18:23), and sweeping the ninth through 12th places were juniors Unwana Okokon (18:38), Aiden Powers (18:40), and Tyler Rose (18:41) and sophomore Camden Maione (18:53). "I'm very pleased," said Smithfield boys' coach Joe Bennett. "The kids ran well and they're coming along. We're obviously pleased with the way Ethan ran. Jason has come a long way – he has a huge heart and a lot of talent – and Elijah's made the biggest jump on the team. We have a good group and we have some talent out here in the (junior varsity) group, so it's exciting." Ponaganset, which suffered a 19-40 loss to Lincoln, but defeated Davies, 21-40, saw freshman Jeremy Roe take 13th place in 19:03 and classmate Nicholas Olszewski place 16th in 19:51. Both the Smithfield boys and girls' teams will be back in action on Saturday at Deerfield Park for a 3:30 p.m. meet that also includes North Providence, Central Falls, and Burrillville. The following weekend, they will head to the Monastery in Cumberland to face the also-unbeaten CHS boys' and girls' teams and Mount Saint Charles, which boys are also undefeated and girls own a 5-1 record. "Cumberland and Mount have very good teams," Bennett said. "We have big aspirations (to qualify) for the states, so we'll see what happens." CROSS COUNTRY From Page 17 The BAYSIDE R.I. STRIKERS FC 2011 GIRLS' SOCCER TEAM cap- tured the Seacoast United Columbus Day Invitational championship last weekend in Pembroke, N.H. by post- ing a 3-0 record that included its victory over the R.I. Surf North Navy 2011 team in the finals. The members of the team, which ended the tournament with 19 goals and three shutouts, are, from left, assis- tant coach Meg Mechler, Rori Rossi, Marissa Baptista, Tayla Cost, Lana Bianchi, Isabella Arias, Alivia King, Madison Smith, Ellie Mechler, Ryen Connell, Laila Bamgbala, and coach Mike Smith. Sophia Lavallee and team manager Tanya Cost are also members of the team. Bayside R.I. Strikers FC girls capture New Hampshire tournament title victories from senior Amara Devine in sec- ond doubles, the first doubles team of seniors Victoria Richard and Elena Caliri, and the second doubles team of junior Madison Bettencourt and freshman Ashley Gagner. In Division III action, Scituate improved to 2-0 by grabbing a 6-1 win over West Warwick at the Wizards' courts. Senior Rachel Fians netted a 6-1, 6-0 victory in first singles to lead the Spartans, who also received a marathon 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win from senior Lily Pelletier in fourth singles. Scituate, which is back in D-III after spend- ing the past two years in D-II, also picked up straight-set victories from Maggie Collins in second singles, who took a 7-6 (4), 7-5 thriller; Talia St. Angelo in third singles, the first doubles team of Milana Belanger and Kailey St. Pierre, and the third doubles team of Mia Piccollo and Isabella Sousa. From preceding page Scituate goalkeeper EUAN WILKIE stopped nine shots in his team's Division III opener against Ponaganset last Saturday morning, but the host Chieftains scored twice in the first half and held on for a 2-0 victory. 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