Spotlight on Sports
EP Sports Icon Harry Mutter Honored:
On Saturday September 22nd at 10:00 a.m., the City of East Providence formally dedicated the Harry C. Mutter. Jr. Athletic Complex at the Agawam Field site on Pawtucket Avenue. The late Harry Mutter, EPHS 1962 graduate, is the retired Director of Facilities for the East Providence School Dept. Inducted into the EPHS Hall of Fame in 2015, Mutter was a tireless volunteer for the community, especially youth athletics. "If he wasn’t at home he was at an athletic event announcing games, selling tickets and supporting Townies everywhere he went," said EPHS Hall of Fame Chairman Bob Rodericks.
Harry was a long time member of the East Providence Community & Teacher’s Credit Union Board of Directors and has served annually as treasurer and volunteer for the East Providence Heritage Days Committee. Mutter was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Harry was a scorer for men’s basketball and football at Brown University. He was also a scorer for men’s basketball at Johnson & Wales University. Harry was an official and referee for CYO basketball. He was also a longtime school basketball referee in R.I.
Harry was a standout athlete at East Providence High School and a member of the school's 1961-1962 Rhode Island State Championship basketball team. He was also a 2nd team all-state selection for Townie baseball. For more than 30 years, Harry was one of the region's best softball players. He played on several state and New England championship teams, most notably Conti Brothers, Taylor Brothers, The Hustlers and Bovi’s Tavern. One of the nation's most prolific homerun hitters in men's softball, he hit over 1,200 homeruns and was also an outstanding fielder.
Harry was named to the All World Softball Team. In 1997, Mutter was inducted into the U.S.S.S.A. New England Hall of Fame. On most evenings Harry could be found in the gymnasium at East Providence High School or at Pierce Stadium watching or scoring athletic events. "Harry was a tireless volunteer for our community," said EPHS Athletic Director Gregg Amore. "Harry personified Townie Pride just about every day of his life," added Amore. Harry was the husband of Patricia A. (Cabral) McKinnon.
The Townies defeated Mt. Hope 20-6 earlier last month with Juan Diaz running for two touchdowns. Diaz scored on runs of 26 and 13 yards. Quarterback Justin Pena hit Zach Fanara with a 75 yard touchdown pass for the other East Providence score.
The Townies also defeated St. Raphael last month 15-7. The game was close and went into overtime. With the Townies trailing in the first half, Justin Pena rambled in for a touchdown on a 7 yard play for the score. The game remained tied through regulation and once again Pena came through. The Townie QB scampered in for a 5 yard touchdown run and then hit Dion Hazard for a two point conversion. EP held off the Saints for the OT win.
On Friday September 21st the Townies were shut out by Cumberland High School 14-0. The Clippers scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters and neither team scored the rest of the game. Cumberland scored on runs of 3 and 41 yards.
Before the game, the 1967 East Providence High state champion football team was honored. The Townie champs were on the field for the coin toss and received a big reception from the Townie crowd at Pierce Stadium.
RI High School Football Standings to Date:
Bishop Hendricken High School2 - 0
Cranston High School West1 - 1
East Providence High School1 - 1
Portsmouth High School1 - 1
South Kingstown High School0 - 2
St. Raphael Academy0 - 2
La Salle Academy2 - 0
Cranston High School East1 - 1
Barrington High School1 - 1
Central High School1 - 11 - 2
Cumberland High School1 - 1
Moses Brown School0 - 20 - 3
EPHS Boys Soccer:
The 2-1-2 Townies soccer team had wins over Barrington and Smithfield last month. EP's Paolo Schlts Lyra scored three goals in the Townies 3-1 win over Barrington. Townies goalie Nikolai Zakrzewski turned aside 8 Barrington scoring attempts.
Colin Capelo, Paulo Schlts Lyra, Gabriel Ferreira and Brad Teixeira scored goals for East Providence's 4-0 win over Smithfield. Townies net-minder Andrew Mongeon had 7 saves in goal.
East Providence lost in a 2-0 game with Central High. East Providence tied with Central Falls and Coventry.
RI High School Boys Soccer Standings to Date:
Bishop Hendricken High School5 - 0- 1
Cumberland High School4 - 1- 1
Portsmouth High School4 - 1
La Salle Academy3 - 0- 2
Tolman High School3 - 0- 2
North Kingstown High School3 - 1- 1
Moses Brown School3 - 1- 0
Central High School3 - 1- 0
East Providence High School2 - 1- 2
Classical High School2 - 3- 0
Barrington High School1 - 3- 2
South Kingstown High School1 - 2- 1
Central Falls High School0 - 4- 1
Coventry High School0 - 5- 1
Shea High School0 - 5
Smithfield High School 0-6
EPHS Girls Soccer:
The Townies girls soccer team is 0-3-0 in early season play. East Providence lost to Johnston, Middletown and Chariho. Olivia Williams and Alyssa DeOliveira each scored for the Townies in the Johnston game. East Providence's Mia Jackson did turn away 11 Johnston shots on goal.
RI High School Girls Soccer Standings to Date:
Pilgrim High School5 - 0- 0- 15
Westerly High School4 - 0- 2- 14
Chariho High School4 - 0- 2- 14
Ponaganset High4 - 1- 0- 12
Exeter/West Green.3 - 0- 2- 11
Middletown High3 - 2- 2- 11
Wheeler School3 - 3- 0- 9
West Warwick 2 - 1- 2- 8
Moses Brown School2 - 2- 2- 8
Mount St. Charles2 - 3- 0- 6
North Smithfield1 - 2- 2- 5
Johnston High School1 - 2- 1- 4
St. Raphael Academy1 - 3- 1- 4
Toll Gate High1 - 5- 0- 3
East Providence0 - 3- 3- 3
Lincoln School0 - 4- 1- 1
North Providence0 - 5- 0- 0
EPHS Girls Tennis:
In singles action, Jessica Normile, Raissa Luu, Meg Amore and Skyla DaSilva had impressive wins for East Providence. Townie doubles winners were Riley Mello-Christina-Marie Capobianco and the Townies came away with the 5-2 win over Scituate High.
In a 4-3 Townies win over Cranston East, East Providence singles winners were Jessica Normile, Meg Amore and Skyla DaSilva. Doubles winners for EP were Riley Mello-Christina-Marie Capobianco.
East Providence played well but had close one-point losses to Lincoln and Classical high schools. Middletown defeated EP 6-1.
Rhode Island Girls Tennis Standings - Division II
Narragansett High School4 - 0
North Smithfield High 4 - 0
Middletown High Schooll3 - 1
Classical High School3 - 1
Mt. Hope High School3 - 2
South Kingstown High 2 - 2
Portsmouth High School1 - 1
Chariho High School1 - 1
Lincoln School2 - 3
East Providence High 2 - 3
Scituate High School0 - 2
Lincoln High Schoo0 - 2
Ponaganset High School0 - 3
Cranston High School East0 - 4
EPHS Girls Volleyball:
The Division I Townies have a 3-2 win over Cranston West. Emma DaSilva had 8 kills at the net and 12 digs. Paige Messier had a good game with 20 assists for EP. The Townies played well but lost to Cranston East, Mt. Saint Charles and North Kingstown.
Rhode Island Girls Volleyball Standings - Division II
North Kingstown High 4 - 0
Mount St. Charles Academy4 - 0
South Kingstown High3 - 1
East Providence High1 - 3
Ponaganset High School0 - 4
Cranston High School West0 - 4