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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | FEB. 18-24, 2021 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 (meet) before, so it's the best we've ever done. But I respect St. Ray's. (Head coach) Chris (Magill) is a great guy and I was praying it wasn't going to come to this." "I told (my team) that might have been the most difficult thing I've ever done as a coach," he added. "On one hand, I have to fight for my team as a coach. On the other hand, it's obvi- ously difficult and uncomfortable because I'm doing it to somebody I really respect and like in Chris. And their kids are great and they left it all out there. They had as much heart and guts as we did. But I knew what the rule was, and my job is to fight for my kids and do what I could do." "It's a tough way to win," Kurbec continued. "But I certainly don't want to take anything away from our guys either because they put up over 80 points before the relay was in ques- tion. That's an unbelievable day for us. I don't think we've ever gotten to 40 before." The Saints received a boost from the return of their talented middle dis- tance runner, Kipyego, who suffered a stress fracture in his foot 2 1/2 months ago. The Iowa State University-bound senior came back to win the 55-meter dash, help the 4x800 relay team grab another victory, and take second place in the 600. With Padula sidelined for the rest of the meet, the Sentinels depended on several other athletes for big points, and they received an excellent meet from sophomore Elijah Saddlemire, who claimed the 1,000 in a time of 2:43.87 and helped the 4x200 relay team of junior Connor Guilfoyle, Schiller, and Isble place second in 1:39.92. The Sentinels also received strong contributions from their throwers. In the shot put, senior John Golato won the event with a throw of 45 feet, 9 3/4 inches and senior Zander Semerjian took second with a 37-foot- 1 throw, and in the 25-pound weight, Golato, junior Alex Leboeuf (who also placed fifth in the shot), and Semerjian swept the fourth through sixth places. "The weight guys really stepped up and came through," Kurbec said. "That's a bunch of points there that helped." The Sentinels also picked up some points in the jumping events. In the high jump, sophomore Jeremy Knobel placed third with a 5-foot-6 leap, and in the long jump, Antunes placed fourth and Isble was sixth. Smithfield also received a second- place finish from its 4x800 relay team of juniors Unwana Okokon, Aiden Powers, Tyler Rose, and Dante DiGregorio, which posted a time of 9:16.17; a third place from Isble in the 55-meter dash (7.03 seconds), and fourth places from senior Ethan Maione in the 3,000 (9:57.13) and sophomore Eric Basile in the 55-meter hurdles (9.75 seconds). "A lot of guys in other events did great things," Kurbec noted. "I think we had 19 or 20 guys in different events today, which helped us. They stepped up, especially when we lost those maybe 14 or 15 points we would have gotten from (Padula)." In the girls' Small Schools meet, Smithfield entered the day as the defending champion, but Westerly, which took fourth place in last sea- son's Medium Schools meet, took home the title with 87 points, nine more than second-place Bay View Academy. SRA placed third with 52 points and Smithfield came in fourth with 45, but head coach John Marchand was very happy with his team's per- formance. "It was a great year," he noted. "It was one of my favorite indoor seasons since I've been coaching. The team had great attendance everyday, and they showed up, worked hard, and did everything we asked them to do all year. And we had a lot of good performances today. We have a young team, so we're excited about the future." The Sentinels scored 18 points in the long jump, as sophomore Lauren Boyd won the event with a leap of 16 7 1/2 and senior Sophia Harrison placed second in 15-5. Smithfield also saw two of its relay teams grab third places. The 4x200 team of senior Ariel Roberts and sophomores Sela Bastajian, Isabella Orybkiewicz, and Boyd posted a time of 2:00.70, and the 4x800 team of juniors Emily Rawlinson and Marissa McDonough, sophomore Sophie Owen, and freshman Julia Cavanagh had a time of 12:08.54. "It was great to see both relay teams (finish in the) top three to earn All- Class (honors)," Marchand said. Harrison also finished in a tie for third place in the high jump with a 4-foot-6 leap, and placing fourth was senior Ariel Roberts in the 55-meter dash (10.28 seconds). Marchand also highlighted his throwers, especially Shannon Holmes, a sophomore, who finished fifth in both the 20-pound weight throw and shot put. Earlier in the day, Ponaganset par- ticipated in the boys' Class B and girls' Medium Schools championship meets. The Chieftains were led by junior Rachel Morin, who placed third in the girls' high jump with a 4-foot-10 leap, and freshman Jeremy Roe, who took sixth place in the 3,000 in 9:58.01. The Sentinels and Chieftains will be back at the PCTA this weekend at the 'Last Chance' qualifier on Friday night, the junior varsity state cham- pionship meet on Saturday, and the freshman state meet on Sunday after- noon. The state championship meet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27. SMITHFIELD From Page 7 also nearly finished the night with a rare quadruple-double, as she scored 10 points and added eight rebounds and as many assists. "I can't say enough about Rachel," Kiser said. "She was filthy on defense, and we got some great leadership from our captain, which we needed." Offensively, freshman point guard Armani Rivera led the way with a game-high 22 points, as the Falcons made it a point to contain junior for- ward Julia Olson. Rivera, who also collected seven rebounds and three steals, netted eight straight points in the final three minutes of the first quarter to give the hosts a 14-4 lead. "Armani led us tonight on the offen- sive side," said Kiser, who also saw his team own a 30-16 lead at halftime and a 39-26 command at the end of three quarters. "(Cranston West) did a great job guarding Julia and didn't let her get any shots, but Armani was really aggressive getting to the basket, which we need from her." The Spartans also received some solid play in the paint from junior center Logan Bullock, who had 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, and junior center Emma LaPlante, who missed her team's last game against Juanita Sanchez with a back injury, but came off the bench to grab eight rebounds and also block two shots. "Emma's going through some injuries right now, but she wanted to play," said Kizer, who also received seven points from senior forward Talia St. Angelo. "As far as last night, she wasn't going to play, but she called me up this morning and said, 'I feel good, Coach. I want to try to play),' and she gave us some big minutes." The Spartans went into this game without the services of junior guard Maddie Geisser, who was out with an injury she suffered in practice last Friday, but Kiser had a few of his younger players step up in her absence. "(Sophomore guard) Kailey St. Pierre hit a big bucket late in the game, and (sophomore guard) Mia Clancy came off the bench and gave us some big minutes," he reported. Three nights earlier, the Spartans rolled to a 67-29 victory over Juanita Sanchez that saw Scituate receive bal- ance scoring from Geisser (13 points), Olson (11), Rivera (nine), Bullock (eight), and St. Pierre, Clancy, and St. Angelo (seven apiece), and of course, the defense turn in another superb effort. "I credit our offense carrying us early in the season, but we know that we're not going to get to where we want to go without playing defense," said Kiser. "It has to be about the defense." While a lot of teams in the state will have their hands full wrapping up their regular seasons, which is except- ed to end on Feb. 24, the Spartans only have one D-I game left on their schedule, next Monday's 6:30 p.m. contest in East Providence against Bay View Academy. Two nights later, they will play a non-league game against a prep school team, St. Andrew's School in Barrington, that should help get them prepared for the playoffs that are slated to start that weekend. "In the meantime, we're going to practice hard," Kizer added. "We'll take (Sunday) off and then we're going to have five hard practices, which should help us from a condi- tioning standpoint because we need it. We had a really small preseason with just 10 practices, and it's tough to get your conditioning during games. This short season, playing a game almost every other day, it's really tough. We're not really able to practice the way we want to because we usually have to save something for the next day." SCITUATE From Page 7 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Scituate sophomore guard MIA CLANCY, right, stares down Cranston West sophomore guard KILEY ABENDROTH as she defends her during the sec- ond quarter of last Saturday's 50-36 victory. WHEN A ROOT CANAL FAILS A root canal is often thought of as a last stage effort to prevent a complete tooth removal leaving you with a crown. However, if a root canal does not work and you start to experience pain in that tooth again, there may be one more option available before pulling the tooth. An "apicoectomy," or root end surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes the very tip of the problem tooth's root as well as any infected tissue. The tip is then sealed off with a small filling, similar to a cavity. Unlike a root canal or tooth extraction, this procedure usually requires a few small stitches to close the gum and avoid possible infection. Root canal therapy may have had a bad reputation in the past as being painful, however, as most anyone who has experienced this procedure can attest, today's techniques make root canal a virtually painless, effective treatment. If you are experiencing pain or have unusual symptoms (before or after a root canal), call your dentist. Be aware of threats to your health, and take steps to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. 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