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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-07-2018

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition JUNE 7-13, 2018 Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ WHS boys place sixth at state meet Novans' Iarussi, Upshur, Coles, Adeyeye grab top-three finishes; Croteau is first Northmen athlete to medal at outdoor track and field championships By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com PROVIDENCE – The bad news at last Saturday's RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown University was that no local athletes were able to bring home state titles. The good news was that several athletes, only a hand- ful of them seniors, were still able to pocket medals for placing in the top six of their respective events and show the promise that their day in the sun could come in a year or two. Team-wise, the Woonsocket High boys delivered an outstanding performance by placing sixth in the stand- ings (out of 28 teams) with 35 points, only one behind 5th-place Lincoln and six behind 4th-place La Salle. Bishop Hendricken won the championship with 107. As they did during the indoor season's championship meet, the Villa Novans racked up points in the high jump, with junior Nick Iarussi taking second place and senior Jon Upshur finishing third with 6-foot-2 leaps. Unfortunately for Upshur and Iarussi, who were 2-3 in the indoor meet, they couldn't top Central senior Augustus Karweh again, as Karweh captured the event with a 6-foot-6 jump that matched the leap that gave him the indoor championship. Upshur also earned a medal in the long jump by tak- ing fifth with a leap of 20-11½, and he added a ninth place in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 42.58 sec- onds that was just 0.22 of a second short from making a return trip to the podium. Another Woonsocket athlete who enjoyed a superb meet was also one of its youngest, freshman Logan Coles, who placed third in the hammer with a throw See TRACK & FIELD, Page 21 BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, one of the top freshmen at last week's meet was Woonsocket's LOGAN COLES, shown compet- ing in the hammer. Coles placed third in the ham- mer with a throw of 199-4 and sixth in the shot put. Right, North Smithfield junior XAVIER CROTEAU became the first athlete in the two-year history of the Northmen's outdoor track and field program to receive a medal at the RIIL Championships, as he placed fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.07 sec- onds and sixth in the 200 in 22.71. MSC spikers sew up regular-season crown, await next week's state semis WOONSOCKET – The Mount Saint Charles Academy boys' volley- ball team clinched the Division I reg- ular-season championship and the top seed in the state playoffs last Friday night by posting its seventh straight victory, a 3-0 win over Cranston West at the Mounties' gymnasium. The Mounties, who won the match by scores of 27-25, 25-21, and 25-21, conclude their regular season with a 15-1 record. This marks the fifth season in a row that the Mounties have either won or earned a share of a regular-season title, as well as the team's fourth straight year with at least 13 regular-season victories. Unfortunately for the Mounties, they will have to wait until Wednesday, June 12, to begin their quest for the state title. Mount, which earned a quarterfinal-round bye, will face the winner of Thursday's playoff opener See MOUNTIES, Page 21 Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! 30% OFF * Selected Products Local: 401-356-4770 *Ask for details. Blackstone Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Exceptional Care, In A Home-Like Setting 8 Butler Street, Blackstone, MA (508) 883-5818 www.rehabassociates.com/blackstone • 24/7 Nursing Coverage • Consistent high marks on State Health Surveys • Private & Semi Private Rooms • Meals Prepared On Site • JCAHO Accredited • Short Term Rehabilitation •-In House Physical Therapists • Respite Stays Welcome • Short & Long Term Health Care Services

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