April 14, 2021

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EPHS Girls & Boys Swimming Excel – Boys Take D3 Championship
The Townie girls and boys swim teams had a great season, even for a school without a pool as once was the case.  Both squads made playoffs and the boys ended up undefeated and won it all.  “It was a thrilling end to a fun filled season. Kris (Rose) and I did our best to make practices entertaining and enjoyable as we knew it was a difficult year for them,” said co-head coach Kathy Dias.  “We had a wonderful group of swimmers who came together and worked hard under the leadership of Captains Ashley Dias , Raissa Luu , David Capobianco and Andrew  Langille.

The boys did an exceptional job swimming against their competitors, you could feel the excitement in the air! They have every reason to be proud of themselves.  Both David and Andrew will be missed but the team will still be competitive with the underclassmen,” added Dias.  Dias and Rose anticipate a promising future for Nicholas Capobianco, Jacob Langille, Ryan Heatherton and Cameron  Evora.

Winning times and events:
200 yard medley with a 2nd place time of 2:02 consisted of David and Nick Capobianco, Ryan Heatherton and Andrew Langille.  Cameron Evora 200 free 2:23 in second place with Jacob Langille third with a time of 2:35.  In the 200 IM 1st place went to Nick Capobianco with a time of 2:27.  The 50 free swim had Ryan Heatherton finish 2nd place at 26:91 and Ryan Branch in  3rd 29:75.  The 100 fly 1st place went to Andrew Langille at 1:10 and Jacob Langille 2nd due to a DQ.  In the 100 free David Capobianco was 1st at 55:37 and Ryan Branch 2nd at 1:08.  The 500 free was Andrew Langille 6:55 and the 209 free relay 1:49 Andrew, Cameron Evora , Ryan Heatherton and David  Capobianco.  The 100 back was Nick Capobianco 1:06 and Cameron Evora 1:18 taking first and second.  Also the 100 breast 2nd place went to David and the 400 free relay 2nd place at 4:39 was Ryan Branch, Jacob Langille, Cameron Evora and nick Capobianco to finish the D3 state championship for the Townies. 

 Long - McDonald Athletic Field is Named by Council
The East Providence City Council voted unanimously last month to name the Glenlyon ballfield in Rumford for longtime Rumford little league volunteers Bob Long and Steve McDonald. “Bob and Steve have been Rumford Little league volunteers for more than 25 years and have been instrumental to the growth of the league,” said East Providence council president and Ward One councilman Bob Britto.  “Both have been mentors to countless boys and girls in Rumford Little League and beyond,” said resolution co-sponsor Bob Rodericks.  “Bob Long has been instrumental in the growth of RLL and with the effort to soon bring lights to the Kim Rock Sports Complex.  Steve has been the sports voice for URI for over 30 years.  He has also coached middle school teams and has been a volunteer master of ceremonies for many organizations in East Providence and elsewhere.” added Rodericks.

“This is appreciated by all of our families and is a tribute to two great volunteers.  What they have done for the community and the impact they had on so many is just phenomenal,” said Rumford Little league President, Eddie Wencis.

“This honor is well deserved,” said East Providence Athletic Director and State Representative Gregg Amore.  “Steve is always there when we ask him for assistance and Bob Long has been a tireless volunteer for youth sports,” added Amore.  McDonald was also an early volunteer with the one-time Townie Sports Network, which would broadcast Townie Sports on cable access television. 

Reached after the meeting, both Long and McDonald were surprised and grateful. “I don’t know what to say.  It’s humbling to hear this,” said Bob Long.  Steve McDonald offered similar feelings.  “I congratulate Bob Long.  He has done so much for the league and youth sports,” said McDonald.

The resolution was sponsored by Ward One Councilman Bob Britto and City at-large Councilman Bob Rodericks.  The resolution received enthusiastic support from all council members and Mayor Bob DaSilva.  The field will be officially at a time to be announced by the Rumford Little League.

 EPHS football starts with shutout loss to LaSalle
New Townie head coach Jon Stringfellow finally got the chance to field a team after a long Covid caused absence from regular play.  Although the team had no practice field due to the new school construction, the team prepared by working across the street at the senior center open field.  The season normally takes place in the fall but was delayed to the spring season with a limited schedule.  The team’s opener was played at LaSalle on March 27th in an afternoon game.  While the weather was beautiful the score was not from an East Providence vantage.  The Townies were spanked 42-0.  The game opened with a Mike Grenier to Dimitri Iafrate 81 yard pass play for a score.  Jacob Gibbons scored on a 42 yard run play in one of his three rushing touchdowns (42, 64, 44).  LaSalle never looked back to take the shutout win over former rival East Providence.

 EP Team Roster. Jersey number followed by name and grade:

1   Torres, Ilyas 12; 2   Fiore, Justin 11; 3   Nocella, Santi 12; 4   Whiting, Maxwell 10; 5   Babbitt, Corde 12; 6   Jamal-Aldine, Rami 11; 7   Patrone, Matthew 10; 8   Arias, Joel 11; 9   Hazard, Xavier 9; 10 Suazo, Denzy 11; 11 Gonsalves, Jayveeon 10; 12 Abdullah, Yusef 10; 13 Estrella, Steven 9; 14 DaCruz, Jayden 12; 15 Resendes, Trey 9; 16 Smith, Takoda 9; 17 Gouveia, Tyler 10; 18 Perkins, Yusuf 12; 19 Valles, Diondre 10; 20 Colacone, James 9; 21 Babbitt, Colby 12; 22 Lima, Jovani 12; 23 Nguyen, Duy 10; 24 Garedo, Marcus 11; 26 Mensah, Noah 9; 28 Heady, Nicholas 10; 30 Coleman-McQueen, Darshan 10; 35 Simpson, Xavier 12;   35 Haynes, Shane 12;41 Owens, Elijah 12; 50 Camper, Zamie l9; 52 Amaral, Robbie 10; 54 Pompei, Brady 10; 55 Peoples, Grant 9; 56 Amaral, Timothy 12; 58 Kanger, Emmanuel 10; 62 Arredondo, Ashton 9; 65 Andino, Isaiah 11; 67 Izquierdo, Anjai 9; 71 Travassos, Ryan 9; 72 Vanderhost, Barnett 10; 73 Grilo, Jonah 12; 74 Ivy, Donavin 11; 75 Espada, Andrew 9 and 80  Pereira, Thomas 12.

Head Coach: Jon Stringfellow.  Coaches: Jon Flamand, Damian Ramos, Rondie Almeida, Nick Salois, Eric Stringfellow, Peter Stringfellow, Jed Smith, Antonio deSimas Jr.

Team Captains: Elijah Owens, Jonah Grilo, Justin Fiore

Athletic Trainer: Amanda Moran

EPHS Girls Volleyball loses to Mt. St. Charles & LSA
The EPHS girls volleyball also got off to a Covid shortened season with an opening game loss to Mt. St. Charles in a 3-0 sweep.  The Townies next lost to LaSalle also 3 games to 0.  The Townies are coming off a losing season before Covid and hoping to get back in a winning groove.

Team Roster. Jersey number followed by name and grade:

1 Feola, Brookelyn 11; 2 Hepburn, Kianna 12; 3 Fernandes, Desiree 11; 4 Nordquist, Emma 10; 5 Charron, Aileen 12; 6 Lonergan, Hayley 11; 7 Chakouian, Skylah 12; 8 Caldeira, Abigail 12; 9 Grant, Ryleigh 10; 10 Martins, Hailey 12; 11 Patterson, Sophia 11; 12 Whitaker, Katherine 11; 13 Jones, Elke 11; 14 Quadros, Keira 10; 16 Cox, Haylee 11 and 24 Riel, Bree 11.

Head Coach, Alex Butler.  Assistant Coach: Dan Cabral.  Athletic Trainer: Amanda Moran.

EPHS’s Alex Butler gets RIIL March Shout Out
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League and Bank RI have teamed up to shine a spotlight on meritorious Rhode Island educators.  Their March selection was Alex Butler of East Providence High School.  Butler is a Dean of Students at EPHS and before that has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  The RIIL points out that Butler has been a three-time state Coach of the Year in both girls volleyball and boys basketball.  In over 19 years of coaching, his teams have made numerous appearances in championship playoff contests.

“I grew up in East Providence and being a Townie was ingrained in me as a child,” Butler told the RIIL in an interview.  “I strive to be a positive role model and serve as an example of what the East Providence school system can produce.  “I get the greatest satisfaction when I hear back from my students who have gone on to excel in their field,” added Butler.  Alex Butler was a standout student athlete while attending EPHS.

RIBCA Inducts the late Cliff Good of EPHS
The RI Basketball Hall of Fame inducted the late Clifford Good, a long time head coach of East Providence High, for its 2021 class.  Coach Good led the Townies to two state titles, one Class A division championship and five league titles during his tenure. He was also athletic director at East Providence for a number of years.  His teams were in the playoffs 13 of his 28 years coaching.  Good coached EP from 1929 to 1957.

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