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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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North Smithfield Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition Sports & Recreation @ NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 WOONSOCKET – In a span of 24 hours late last week, three Woonsocket student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic and academic careers at the Division I level. An afternoon after Woonsocket High All-American thrower Logan Coles announced his decision to attend the University of Kentucky, Woonsocket native and Mount Saint Charles Academy softball star Callie Thibault officially declared that she will continue her academic and athletic career up Route 146 at the College of the Holy Cross. At the same time Thibault, who decided to attend Holy Cross prior to last Christmas, was signing the dotted line on her NLI, Woonsocket resident Amaya Dowdy was doing likewise at St. Raphael Academy, as she cement- ed her commitment to attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and take the court for the River Hawks' women's basketball team. Coles' decision to attend Kentucky drew plenty of interest around the region and outside it, and he kept his plans to attend the Southeastern Conference university under wraps until last Thursday. Coles sat down at a table in a corner of the WHS gymnasium with Villa Novans head coach Marc Piette in front of a small gathering of family members and school administrators, and after giving thanks to his family and Piette, Coles rose from his chair and unzipped his gray sweatshirt to reveal a black Kentucky t-shirt. Coles, who plans to major in human nutrition and minor in kine- siology or exercise science, picked the school from a Final Four group that also included South Carolina, Penn State, and Southern Illinois University. "Obviously, I didn't get to take any visits, so I couldn't really go out and see what the campus felt like," Coles said. "But just from talking to the team and the coaches on Zoom calls and FaceTime, I just felt like I would fit in best with Kentucky. I trust Coach (Keith) McBride and he's a great coach, and I think that the school environment is everything that I need to take myself to where I want to be at." "It's a great decision," added Piette. "Obviously, we talked about this for months now, and it came down to four good choices. He met on phone calls with all the teams and coaches, and he thought that Kentucky was a great fit. They have a great coach down there; I know him personally, so he's not going to get any shortage in the coaching department or any- thing like that." Coles is the 16th student-athlete from Woonsocket High since 2014 16 Left, Woonsocket High senior LOGAN COLES smiles after signing a National Letter of Intent to continue his throwing career at the University of Kentucky last Thursday afternoon inside the Novans' gymnasium. Above left, Woonsocket native CALLIE THIBAULT signs her NLI to the College of the Holy Cross during a ceremony last Friday afternoon at Mount Saint Charles Academy. Above right, Woonsocket native and St. Raphael Academy senior AMAYA DOWDY announced last Friday that she will continue her basketball career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Woonsocket athletes land D-I scholarships Coles (Kentucky), Thibault (Holy Cross), Dowdy (UMass-Lowell) sign National Letters of Intent By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor Continues on next page 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Showroom now open! WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Fri.-Sun. 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