North Providence High School honors 1,000-point scorers

North Providence High School honors 1,000-point scorers

Nancy Santapadre receives well-wishes from players and fans after being introduced during ceremonies Feb. 7 at North Providence High School honoring the school's 1,000-point career basketball scorers. (Breeze photos by Paul R. Dubois)

NORTH PROVIDENCE - North Providence High School honored its career 1,000-point basketball scorers during separate ceremonies Feb. 7 in the girls and boys gymnasiums.

Banners listing those who have achieved that plateau were hung permanently in the gymnasiums by Athletic Director Glenn Williams.

Eight young ladies and four men have earned the distinction and each present were introduced to the audience and presented citations of accomplishment by Mayor Charles Lombardi, Town Council President Kristen J. Catanzaro and state Sen. Edward O'Neill.

The Cougar male list is headed by Ernie DiGregorio, who went on to be a college All-American at Providence College and Rookie of the Year in the National Basketball Association. DiGregorio was unable to attend Friday night because of a previous commitment. The other three males making it over 1,000 are Anthony Fiocco, Austin VanBemmelen and Michael Ferrante.

There have been eight female players earning the distinction, Jo-Ann D'Alessandro, Cathy Lanni, Nancy Santapadre, Cheri Sgambato, Michele Yelland, Liz Reis, Jessica Nelson and Stephanie Coro.

On the women's side, all of the 1,000-point scorers were coached by girls basketball founder and long-time coach Paula Turcone, who attended Friday night.

North Providence High School honored its 1,000-point female basketball career scorers during ceremonies Feb. 7. A banner honoring them was hung in the girls gym. From left are Paula Turcone, founder and long-time coach of the NPHS girls basketball program, Jo-Ann D'Alessandro, Cathy Lanni, Nancy Santapadre, Cheri Sgambato, Michele Yelland and Stephanie Coro. Also in the 1,000 point club are Liz Reis and Jessica Nelson.
North Providene High School honored its career 1,000-point basketball players during ceremonies Feb. 7 in the school gym. A banner was hung in the gym with the names of those honored. From left are Anthony Fiocco, Austin VanBemmelen and Mike Ferrante. The other 1,000-point scorer is the legendary Ernie DiGregorio, who was unable to attend.