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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ PAWTUCKET – The Smithfield High girls' tennis team's nearly decade-long wait to win a championship is over. Back in Division II for the first time since 2011, and adjusting to the shortened COVID-19 season and its challenges, the Sentinels were the last ones standing on Slater Park's courts last Saturday afternoon, as they netted a 5-1 victory over Narragansett in a title match that featured the bottom two seeds. The championship was the Sentinels' first since that 2011 season, which saw them win their third title in a row and post their second straight undefeated campaign before getting promoted to D-I. The title was also the seventh in the program's history, and it marked the first time Smithfield won a championship seeded as low as fifth. "I told these girls from the moment they started this year, 'You have a shot to go all the way, but you have to fight,'" Smithfield head coach Sam Perry said. "'We had some obstacles, but when you fight, the sky's the limit. They played awesome and I'm so proud of them." Perry added that it was an extremely hard season, and like most teams in the state, Smithfield had some COVID-19 issues as well, but Perry kept telling his players to fight because he knew they could go all the NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU The members of the SMITHFIELD HIGH GIRLS' TENNIS TEAM, shown posing for a picture with their Division II championship plaque after last Saturday afternoon's 5-1 victory over Narragansett High at Slater Park, are, in front from left, seniors Elena Caliri, Caitlyn Cacador, Tori Richard, Amara Devine, and Talia Lombardo; in back, head coach Sam Perry, Ashley Gagner, Caitlin Kelley, Olivia Lancellotta, Madison Bettencourt, Erica Botelho, Olivia Bilotti, and assistant coaches Tony Torregrossa and Meghan Kiernan. Smithfield returns to glory, wins D-II title Sentinels stun top-seeded Patriots in semis, sink Mariners in championship match By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Borin repeats as Second-Team All-Stater at RIIL cross country meet Smithfield boys' team places seventh for best showing in a decade; Maione, Bettez, Belvin grab top-25 finishes GLOCESTER – Scituate resident and La Salle Academy junior Lily Borin became a two-time Second- Team All-State cross country runner at last Saturday afternoon's state championship meet at Ponaganset High, as she placed 10th out of 142 runners in a time of 19:23.44. Borin was 10.61 seconds better in last weekend's 3.1-mile race that she was in last season's meet, which saw her take ninth place. But this year's field was faster, with the top two runners, East Greenwich High sophomore Reese Fahys (17:43.51) and La Salle senior Kaylie Armitage (17:58.53) shattering 18 minutes, and five more runners breaking 19. Two local freshmen who also run for private schools also placed in the top 25. Scituate native Mia Bettez landed Third-Team All-State honors by finishing 16th in 19:35.41 to help La Salle win the state team title, and Glocester native and Mount Saint By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See SENTINELS, Page 12 See BORIN, Page 12 Glow Oil heat your home for less www.GlowOil.com 401-475-9955 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price IS CHARCOAL A NO GO? Charcoal is a trend that seems to be hitting every category of beauty, from face masks to foot scrubs. But does it really make a difference in your toothpaste? Activated charcoal is made from substances like wood and coconut shells, and although it can be found in almost every brand of toothpaste, there is no reliable evidence that it can remove stains beneath the enamel of your teeth. Its rough texture does help remove surface stains, but it is aggressively abrasive for a product that is supposed to be used twice a day. It may actually wear down your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to stains and causing them to appear yellow. Whether dealing with home oral care techniques, cosmetic dentistry, wisdom teeth, restorations, or dental implants, a good experience with dentistry is based on two things—choosing the right dentist whom you trust and who is up to date on the latest in dentistry, and taking the necessary steps to keep dental problems at bay through self-care at home between professional visits. At DENTAL ARTS GROUP, we will work with you to maximize your oral health. Located at 1136 Hartford Ave., Johnston, Call 401-521-3661 for an appointment Monday-Thursday 8a.m. to 4p.m.; Friday 8a.m. to 12p.m. P.S. When looking for a whitening toothpaste, be sure it has the ADA seal of approval and contains blue covarine and hydrogen peroxide.

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