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The North Providence Breeze 03-31-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2021 @ NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High football team was hard at work last Thursday after- noon, getting ready for that Saturday morning's Division IV opener against Scituate High, when head coach Glenn Williams received a phone call around 5 p.m. that dramatically changed the Cougars' weekend plans. Because of COVID issues within the Spartans' program, as well as that school's girls' volleyball squad, their game was called off, forcing the Cougars to scrap their game plans for the weekend and settle for an unex- pected bye week. For the Cougars, it was tough news to take, especially since their only competition during this unusual preseason was a scrimmage the pre- vious weekend against the North Smithfield/Mount Saint Charles co-op team, but they reacted to the news in a positive way. "They were disappointed, but even after knowing that we didn't have a game, they came to practice on Friday with no problem and stayed posi- tive," said Williams. "We had great attendance, which is what we've had (during the preseason), and I'm very pleased with that." With Scituate in the rearview mirror, the focus this week in the Cougars' camp has been on tradition- al Thanksgiving Day rival Smithfield High, which the Cougars will host on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Sentinels, who along with North Providence and Narragansett, dropped from D-III to D-IV during the RIIL's offseason realignment, have lost their last four meetings to the Cougars, including the last two Thanksgiving Day games and last sea- son's memorable 39-0 loss to NP on the Cougars' Homecoming Day. But the Sentinels head into this spring with a 40-man roster that one of the D-IV's biggest turnouts, an experienced senior class that has First- Team All-Division quarterback Corey Conlin back for his third season behind center, and a new head coach in Glenn Castiglia. Williams attended the Sentinels' season opener against Toll Gate High last Friday night, watching it outside the Boyle Athletic Complex, and even though the Sentinels suffered a 19-11 loss, "what I saw was a much improved Smithfield team," said Williams. "We should have a good game with them on Friday." After Friday's showdown, the sched- ule doesn't lighten up for the Cougars. Next Friday at 6 p.m., they will host Narragansett, which received three touchdown passes from junior quar- terback Philip Thereux in last Friday's season-opening 51-0 thrashing of Hope, and in two weeks, NP will travel to Ponaganset and take on one of the division's preseason favorites. The Chieftains kicked off their sea- son by pulling out an 18-12 double- overtime victory over the EWG/ Prout co-op squad on Sunday night at Johnston High's Polisena Stadium. Cougars prepare for Friday's duel vs. Sentinels After season-opening game against Scituate is called off, football team turns focus to longtime rival By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence-Smithfield Babe Ruth League will conduct its tryouts for the upcoming season for new players from North Providence, Smithfield, and Lincoln on Saturday at North Providence High's field. Players are encouraged to regis- ter in advance by contacting league president Lou Zammarelli at lou@ or 401-572-6347 to receive a registration form or for more information. All 13-year-old candidates should report to the field at 10:45 a.m., and 14- and 15-year-old candidates should report at 12:45 p.m. The league began taking online registrations earlier this year for all returning players, and they can visit to register. The Babe Ruth season is expected to begin at the end of April and wrap up in August. NP-Smithfield Babe Ruth League schedules tryouts for new players on Saturday

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