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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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12 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Above, Scituate natives and La Salle Academy runners MIA BETTEZ, #125, and LILY BORIN, #126, and Glocester native and Mount Saint Charles Academy runner EMMY BELVIN, #157, run with the lead pack at the start of last Saturday afternoon's girls' race at Ponaganset High. The three runners placed in the top 25, with Borin, a junior, earning Second-Team All-State honors with her 10th-place finish. Right, Smithfield senior ETHAN MAIONE gets ready to exit the woods and head toward the finish line during last Saturday's boys' race. Maione took 24th place in a time of 16:40.96. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Charles Academy student Emmy Belvin placed 24th in a personal- best time of 20:00.91. Sharing the spotlight with those runners was the Smithfield High boys' team, which finished seventh out of 17 schools in its race with 189 points. It was the Sentinels' best showing in this meet since they placed sixth in 2010. Leading the Sentinels, who won the Class C crown a weekend earlier at Deerfield Park, was senior Ethan Maione, who shined in his final high school cross country race by claiming 24th place out of 134 runners in 16:40:96. Maione had placed 50th in last year's meet. Freshman Jason Padula (17:06.26) and sophomore Elijah Saddlemire (17:08.59) took the 38th and 39th places. Sophomore Reilly Bennett also cracked the top 50 by finishing 49th in 17:29.67, and senior Aidan Sayles placed 55th in 17:38.88. In the girls' meet, Smithfield, which boasted the youngest team at the meet, with five freshmen among its seven runners, placed 16th and was led by freshman Caroline Bosco's 82nd-place finish of 22:09.03. Senior Liana Nerbonne was Ponaganset's top runner, placing 89th in 22:39.56. BORIN From Page 10 In 2019, Venturini posted a 14-1 record on the mound, striking out 235 batters while only walking 12 in 90 innings of work. The owner of 569 career strikeouts, she also posted an 0.16 ERA and pitched six no-hitters, including a perfect game. Not only was Venturini a force in the circle, but she was outstanding offensively as well, as she batted .431 with four home runs and a .708 slugging percentage. Venturini helped lead the Spartans to the best-of-three Division II title series against South Kingstown that season, but they came up short and suffered back-to-back 4-2 defeats. She didn't have many official plate appearances in that series, as S.K. continued to intentionally walk her. Before Venturini graduates from high school next spring, she sorely wants to play one final season with the Spartans, and she does have a clear goal that she wants to accomplish. "I want to win the state championship game," she admitted. "We got there my sophomore year. I just want to get the team there and leave them with some good foundation." VENTURINI From Page 11 way. And Smithfield showed plenty of fight in playing sixth-seeded Narragansett. Normally, play is suspended in a postseason match once a team captures four matches, but Smithfield's first and third doubles teams wrapped up their victories almost seconds apart from each other. As the third doubles team of Caitlin Kelley and Olivia Lancellotta began to celebrate its close 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) victory over Calla Reardon and Marissa Lefoley, the first doubles squad of Victoria Richard and Elena Caliri wrapped up its 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Shelby Lefoley and Emma Murphy, and that prompted the Sentinels watching nearby to rush the court and celebrate. "I'm really happy we were able to come back," added Richard, who along with Amara Devine and Caitlyn Cacador, are the team's senior captains. "We were down pretty hard in the first set, but we came back in the second set and kind of took that momentum into the third." Talia Lombardo won the first match of the day for Smithfield in third singles by posting a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Olivia Lonkart, and the second doubles squad of Madison Bettencourt and Ashley Gagner doubled the Sentinels' lead by taking its match, 6-0, 7-5. "I love my doubles teams this year," Perry said. "My one, two, and three (teams) are so strong. One and two are equally skilled; I have them play each other in matches in practice and they are even." The Mariners picked up their lone victory at first singles when Leah Hart defeated Erica Botelho, 7-5, 6-1, but Cacador got that win back in fourth singles by defeating Phoebe Hodnett, 6-4, 7-6 (3). SENTINELS From Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Smithfield senior tri-captain CAITLYN CACADOR serves the ball to her opponent during her fourth singles match at last Saturday afternoon's Division II finals at Slater Park. Cacador posted a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory to give the Sentinels a 3-1 lead and move them one win away from their championship. See CHAMPIONS, Page 14 Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. www.oscvc.com 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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