Roadshow’s Night of Legends VIII is Nov. 22 at The Dugout

Roadshow’s Night of Legends VIII is Nov. 22 at The Dugout

R.I. girls’ hoop pioneers, 1969 Clippers’ football team highlight honorees

CUMBERLAND – Three pioneers of girls’ basketball in Rhode Island, two former Lincoln High boys’ basketball standouts, an outstanding swimming and tennis coach, and an undefeated high school football team celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Class B championship season will be among this year’s honorees at The Roadshow Night of Legends VIII on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at The Dugout on Cray Street.

The Night of Legends is organized annually by the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island and the Roadshow, a loyal group of Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln alumni, and all the proceeds from the event will not only go toward youth programs at the Boys & Girls Club, but also help defray the expenses for the 46th annual Roadshow Holiday Classic that will take place after Christmas.

The state’s longest running high school boys’ basketball tournament, the Roadshow Holiday Classic will again feature defending champion Woonsocket, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Tolman. The Villa Novans ended Cumberland’s bid to capture its fourth straight tourney title in last December’s title game at the Clippers’ Wellness Center by posting a 72-50 victory.

The Players of the Year at this year’s Night of Legends are former girls’ basketball stars Laurie D’Ambra, Martha (Lynch) Landry, and Debbie (D’Agostino) Beauchamp, and Carl Labranche, who served as the Providence College men’s and women’s head tennis coach and is currently the Sher-Le-Mon youth swim coach, is the Coach of the Year.

Receiving the Roadshow Rival Award will be East Providence native Mario Pereira, who was an All-State soccer and basketball player at East Providence High in the mid-1970s. The Legend of the Year is former Lincoln High and Seton Hall basketball star and current Cumberland High golf coach James Dickinson, and the Paul Bohac Teammate Award is another LHS hoop standout, as well as a baseball star, Gary Stott.

The Team of the Year is the 1969 Cumberland High football team, which posted an 8-0-1 record to capture the Class B title, the first championship in the program’s history.

Tickets for the event are $30 each and available at the Boys & Girls Club on 1 James McKee Way, online by visiting www.bgcnri.org/events or the Roadshow Publications’ Facebook page, and at The Dugout on the night of the event. A buffet dinner will be served, and tables for honorees will be reserved for family and friends attending.