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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 CUMBERLAND – When it comes to strange seasons, the Cumberland High boys' and girls' swim teams experienced quite an unusual one two seasons ago. Because their pool on campus, the Bruce Calvert Aquatic Center, was closed for renovations, the Clippers spent that winter working out and hosting their dual meets at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island's pool, which had served as the pro- gram's home during the early 1970s. But while going "back to the future" was somewhat odd, it pales in com- parison to the highly abnormal season that the Clippers have experienced these past couple of months. And their teams aren't alone. While every high school sport has had to create its share of modifications in order to compete, no sport may have had to make more changes than swimming. For example, instead of facing another opponent for a dual meet, teams are competing by themselves in virtual meets in their home pools, and in front of no fans, but only two officials and two timekeepers. Yes, masks must be worn on the deck, and no, they aren't required while competing in the water. As for the results of those meets? Coaches, who can choose to compete on any day during the week, are responsible for submitting their times to their league's officials so they can be matched up with their scheduled opponents and eventually determine who won, lost, or tied. While some squads in the state have received their results, Cumberland head coach Rod McGarry admitted during his teams' virtual meet last Thursday afternoon opposite La Salle and Portsmouth that he had yet to find out how his Clippers fared dur- ing their first two weeks of the season against Lincoln, North Kingstown, Prout, East Greenwich, the Lincoln School, and Moses Brown. "And not having another team here eliminates the ability to strategize dur- ing the meet or plan for the meet like we normally would," he admitted. "We just put the best lineup together that we think is comprehensive top-to- bottom and covers every event when we're undermanned in those events." And as for the postseason? With time ticking away at the winter sea- Chartier, Ducharme, Mongeau lead way at class meets Cumberland, Lincoln athletes await state track meet on Feb. 27 By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – Lincoln High senior Hayley Chartier and Cumberland High senior Nicolette Ducharme put on a show in the throwing events, and Cumberland's Rachael Mongeau also had a huge performance on the oval to highlight their towns' athletes at last week- end's class championship meets at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house. In the girls' Medium Schools championship meet that kicked off the weekend-long festivities, Chartier had a dominant perfor- mance that saw her claim first place in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 11 1/4 inches and the 20-pound weight throw in 46-10 1/2. Both throws were four feet better than the runner-up finishers, and Chartier's throw in the weight also put her in a tie for 20th place in that event's national rankings. No CHS athlete enjoyed a better meet than Ducharme in Sunday's girls' Large Schools meet. She claimed the shot put with a 39-foot- 2 throw and placed third in the 20-pound weight with a personal- best throw of 49-10. Clippers' swimmers make most out of virtual season By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See INDOOR TRACK, Page 17 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Cumberland senior JOE BEAUVAIS gives it his all as he competes in the 100-yard butterfly and posts a time of 1:03.22 during last Thursday's virtual meet at the Bruce Calvert Aquatic Center. The boys' team wrapped up their Rossi Division schedule on Tuesday afternoon opposite Bishop Hendricken and Barrington, and the girls concluded their regular season opposite Bay View Academy and Barrington. See SWIMMING, Page 16 INCOME TAX PREPARATION TAX PROFESSIONALS • INVESTMENT ADVISORS • IRAs 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-475-7570 Taxes@mwaragao.com WE CAN PREPARE & FILE FULLY REMOTELY, NO PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACT REQUIRED Prompt, professional tax service. Call today! Lincoln High School Student Athletes of the Month Hailey Chartier, Senior - Girls Indoor Track & Field Hailey, a senior captain of the Girls Indoor Track & Field team, was named All Class this past weekend as she claimed the Class B titles in both the weight throw and shot put. Chartier threw 46'-10.5" in the weight throw to win medalist honors and followed that up with a throw of 34'-11.5" in the shot put to claim first place in that event as well. Her throw of 34'-11.5" is good for third best in school history behind the Andrews sisters, Samantha and Jackie. Octavio Brito - Senior - Boys Basketball Octavio, a senior captain of the Boys Basketball team and returning Providence Journal All-State selection has the Lions off to a 3-1 record in Division II. Brito is averaging a double double with 23.4 ppg and 12 rpg. On Friday, February 12th Brito helped lead the Lions to a 47-46 thrilling victory over previously undefeated Burrillville High School. This week Brito leads the Lions against Tolman, Wheeler, and Johnston High School in three pivotal games as the Lions look to solidify a spot in the Division II playoffs. Hailey Chartier Octavio Brito Congratulations Hailey & Octavio

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