EPHS Girls Soccer Team Holiday Spirit
The East Providence High School Soccer team has a message for their community. The team and their coach, Angelo Pizzi. The team was recognized as a media "Team of the Week" in December. Our Townies Girls Soccer Team was recognized for our on-field efforts, but more specifically our off field community service endeavors. We are very proud of all girls and our soccer family," said head coach Pizzi. The team released a holiday message for the community with an update on their recent activities:
Essay; To be a Townie Student Athlete
"Being an athlete means being dedicated and putting in the hours to benefit the team. It involves crying together, training together, running in extreme temperatures… together. It means being there to pick each other up and press forward. It means sacrifice and putting others before yourself, whether those others are your teammates or members of the community. Being an athlete means you are a role model. It means maintaining humility and grace after a win or a loss. It means representing your city and where you come from. Being an athlete means you are part of a family. These are some of the core values that we have learned and taken to heart on the East Providence girls soccer team.
Our soccer “family” has achieved and has been recognized for so much in the past three years. We were the first EPHS female soccer team to ever win a championship game. We have held one of the highest team GPAs at our school and were honored with the 2016 Max Preps Tour of Champions award. This ranked us 77th in the nation. We have been featured on WPRO radio twice as Showcase Cinemas “high school team of the week”. With hard work we have been moved up to Division II after making it to finals for two consecutive years. We took on each challenge as a family and succeeded together.
Athletically, we have much to be proud of but, our greatest achievements have happened off the field. If there is one thing to take with you after being a part of our team it is learning to put others above yourself. This fall, we donated Townie shirts and Stop and Shop gift cards to St. Brendan's food pantry. Upon arriving to the church basement we were welcomed with open arms and thanked for our deeds.
This experience moved and inspired us so much that we returned and volunteered multiple times at St. Brendan’s soup kitchen. Here, we learned the ways of the kitchen and worked with their wonderful staff to aid in preparing meals for the homeless. We helped make delicious foods like pasta and chicken parmesan, baked cinnamon apples and chicken stir fry. We helped sort through boxes of donated food and prepare for the following day of cooking. We even held a little safety demonstration after one of our freshmen accidentally cut her finger with a knife. But all jokes aside, it was definitely a bonding experience that we will remember and hope to continue in the following years.
This fall, we have also enjoyed participating in High Five Friday, which is a new Townie tradition. Every Friday we visit a different elementary school with other Townie athletes. Here, we high fives and say good morning to dozens of bright and smiling faces and answer their curious questions about high school sports.
We have also participated in the Take-a-Seat campaign, which involves inviting fellow students to sit at our table if they are alone at lunch. We take pride in attending unified sports games and cheering on our special needs athletes. We also participated in putting together care packages for our U.S. military with other teams in our school.
With every feat on and off the field, we are building character. Despite the hard work, sweat and tears, being on the team is an honor. Even in on our hardest days of being bombarded with school work and lack of sleep, quitting is never a thought in our minds. Though we come from many different backgrounds, we have developed an unconditional love for the game and for each other."
"Our soccer family has created a bond that will be cherished for years to come. With every shared laugh and moment of encouragement, I am reminded that I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to take on the season with. This is family. This is what it means to be a Townie student athlete," added coach Pizzi.
EPHS Boys Basketball
The Townies basketball squad stands at 1-2 in the young season as of this writing. In a game against Hope High last month, East Providence's Julian Andrade scored 20 point and Dion Hazard added 18 for the EP win. Mitchel Noresca scored 13 points while also pulling down 11 rebounds for EP.
The Townies lost a thrilling one point game, 69-68, to Shea High in the final seconds of opening round action in the Harry Mutter Holiday Tournament at EPHS in late December. With the Townie trailing, EP's senior forward Mitchel Noresca stole the ball and raced down court todunk the ball for the Townie lead. It looked like a Townie win was at hand but a couple of Shea defensive gems and some key foul shooting gave Shea the win with time running out.
East Providence bounced back the next night to take the consolation game in a 75-50 win over Toll Gate. Dion Hazard continued his scoring pace with a game high 19 points. Richard Pina had 13, Josh Kauffman, 12, and Julian Andrade added 10 points for the Townies balanced attack.
The Townie girls team is struggling early on with an 0-3 record while picking up 2 non-league wins however.
Hendricken High School 3 - 0
Cranston High School East 1 - 1
South Kingstown High School 1 - 1
East Providence High School 1 - 2
Hope High School 0 - 2
Bay View Basketball
The Bengals are at 1-1 in the division with a 2-1 overall record.
Martin, Riverside Middle and EPHS wrestling are all off to a good start. Martin Middle School remains undefeated to date.