Another sports season enters the books

Another sports season enters the books

With the exception of high school football and all of the wonderful Thanksgiving rivalries that are yet to be played, another high school and local sports season has all but ended.

The only local league not finished is Rhode Island Pre-Teen Football, where Super Bowls will take place on Sunday at North Providence High School, ending that season.

As usual, we had our share of champions in Valley Breeze territory. The Scituate High girls tennis team put together a perfect season and won the state championship in their division.

The Smithfield High School girls field hockey team won their third state championship in four seasons, topping La Salle Academy in the final.

The Smithfield High girls cross country team took the Class C Division title, as did the Cumberland High School boys.

Gallagher Middle School of Smithfield on Monday won the state girls soccer championship, and the Gallagher boys placed second, losing in a shoot out.

Lincoln High's boys soccer team took the regular season championship in their division.

There were division champions like Lincoln and Burrillville in girls middle school soccer, who tied for first place, both undefeated at 10-0-2, after battling to ties each time they faced each other.

The Ponaganset Middle School boys soccer team won the Northern Division title and was undefeated until playing Gallagher in the state playoffs and losing 1-0.

The North Cumberland Middle School boys and girls cross country team each won the Northern Division championship and the NCMS girls Jayvee team took the state title.

There were also numerous champions crowned in local leagues.

Congratulations to all who brought home the hardware, and also to those who didn't, but got out on the field or along the trail and had fun while participating in athletics.

I'd like to thank the coaches of all those teams. In addition to working for a pittance of a stipend for the amount of time that they pour into their teams teaching their favorite sport, they almost always took time to let me know how their teams were doing, and which individuals were standouts in particular games.

With five newspapers and such a large area, without your help, the job could not have been done. Most coaches were faithful about sending in game reports after each and every game, and we did our best to get to every school and local program for photos.

Thanks for everything.

Here 'N There

* People involved in sports, either on the administrative or coaching end, know what's it like to run a program and how difficult it can be, so they tend to help each other.

This season, with the new $1 million artificial surface turf being installed at Cumberland's Tucker Field, the Cumberland Colts, a member of the Blackstone Valley American Youth Football League, had no place to play home games.

The program didn't mind traveling for its games, but took a big hit in the pocketbook because it lost all of its snack bar receipts, a principal course of income.

So earlier this season, when the Colts traveled to Lincoln, the Lions program allowed the Colts to run their snack bar at Lincoln High School, sharing the receipts. The ?áolts officials also put together a fund-raising comedy night and did well.

Then, once the field was completed, it was showcased when the BVAYF held its Super Bowls and Regional championships at the Mendon Road site, with the Colts gaining back plenty of the lost revenue in the process.

* North Cumberland Middle School boys basketball coach Jack Madden, a chef, and Woonsocket Middle School boys basketball coach Dennis Harmon, have developed a close friendship through the years of competing against each other.

One, Madden, comes from a suburban fairly affluent school, while the other comes from an urban area.

In order to have middle school sports, coaches, parents and students must raise their own money in Woonsocket. Cumberland does too, but to a lesser degree.

So Madden decided to put together a fund-raising dinner to help out his buddy. It will be a dinner on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Coffee 'N Cream where Madden works. Tickets are only $10 for the all-you-can-eat event.

Contact either coach or any member of the Woonsocket basketball program for tickets.

* Take heart New York Giants fans. Losing the first six on the schedule may not be the end because the NFC's East Division is so bad. The Giants are still in the playoff hunt.

* Congratulations to Lincoln resident Scott Leech of the Springfield College football team, who has been named CoSIDA Academic All-District I as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

An offensive lineman, Leech has recorded a 3.75 GPA to date while concentrating on his major of applied exercise science.