May 25, 2019
by Bob Rodericks

Spotlight on Sports


Townies-Rams Thanksgiving Day Football
The 90th playing of Rhode Island's longest standing Thanksgiving Day football game was played on Friday, November 23 - one day after its traditional Thanksgiving Day scheduled game. The game, played at LaSalle, was postponed due to the expected colder than normal weather. Friday night's game was not much warmer although there were less winds. The Rams won in a come from behind thriller.

The game, lacking its usual overflow Thanksgiving Day crowd, was an entertaining game with East Providence pretty much stopping the LaSalle running game. The Townie defense was aided by a good offense and was leading in the game with under a minute to play.

The Townies led 18-14 with time running out but a LaSalle fumble return and a 25 yard pass from Mike Grenier to Tyriq Lowe-Torres gave the Rams a 21-18 win over the disappointed East Providence club.

The Townies scored on a 35 yard run from Exondus Barnes, a 7 yard run from Dion Hazard and a crowd-pleasing 70 yard interception run back by Dion Hazard. A couple of point after conversions failed.

LaSalle finished with a 6-1 division record and East Providence was 4-3. The Thanksgiving Day game is no longer a "league" contest and is now considered an optional exhibition game to the consternation of many fans of the once mighty tradition.

Rumford Little League Seeks to Install Lights at Kim Rock Field
Rumford Little League, a non-profit organization, has been a fixture of the Rumford Community for over 50 years now. The league provides baseball and T-Ball leagues, as well as tournament and on-going instructional opportunities, for 250+ boys and girls on a yearly basis. "None of this would be possible without the unselfishness of our 70+ volunteers and the generous support of the many sponsors in our community. We continue to make ongoing improvements to our fields, facilities, and programs as we strive to be one of the premier Little League programs in the state and region," said league officials.

"For the 2019 season, we have committed to adding lights to our showcase field (Linberg) at the Kimberly Rock complex. As one can imagine, there are many costs involved in this project. The lights and poles have been donated but we still have many other expenses; primarily labors costs; involved in making this project a success. To help fund this project, the league has been fundraising, including a Silent Auction Fundraiser “Lights For Linberg” last month at The Hot Club in Providence, RI

Much money is needed for this project to happen. Residents can make donations by contacting Rumford Little League officials. or contact league press agent: Bill Keough (401) 323-1670 / Any league volunteer can be contacted to arrange for a donation.

This will benefit all of East Providence as many all-star and tournament games are held at the Kim Rock LL complex.

Resident Makes Castleton Basketball Roster:
Castleton, VT - Christopher O'Brien (East Providence, RI) was recently named to the Castleton men's basketball roster. To view the full roster, schedule, results and more, visit A school press release said: "Castleton University is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers more than 75 programs of study for undergraduate and graduate students, 28 varsity sports, and over 50 clubs and organizations. The university stresses experiential learning through internships, community service and research opportunities provided by more than 400 community partnerships."

38th East Providence Turkey Trot "Mixed" 5K Pierce Stadium Run
(Supporting "Hope & Faith" Food Pantry)
Leonardo Top EP Finisher

The East Providence Recreation Department held its 38th Annual Turkey Trot 5K last month at Pierce Stadium. Anthony Leonardo was the first place East Providence finisher in the sixty-six runner race. Leonardo was presented the Edward Cronan Sr. Memorial trophy as the first place East Providence runner. Leonardo was fourth place overall. Results and times of East Providence finishers, as provided by "Cool Running and Wilbur Race Systems," are:

Finish EP Residents Time
4 Leonardo, Anthony 18:32.94
7 Yabroudy, Bill 19:50.50
8 Jervis, David 20:28.74
11 Thomas, John 20:43.33
15 Alzaga, Lucia 23:03.49
17 Tavares, Chassity 23:10.56
19 Thomas, Charley 23:37.81
22 Blain, Ron 24:24.50
29 Mowry, Cindy 26:06.55
30 Leonardo, George 26:23.23
34 Marchetti, David 28:11.18
35 Tavares, Spencer 28:21.47
37 Costa, Mary 29:45.21
39 Andrade, Julia 29:55.39
45 Scarpetti, Natalia 30:55.27
47 Reid, Tyler 31:43.50
49 Schoenfelder, Lili 32:40.99
50 Whittet, Mike 33:14.43
51 Basler, John 33:53.06
52 Kurzynski, Patricia 34:02.65
53 Pare, Paul 34:49.88
54 Andrade, Melissa 35:55.56
59 Levesque, Rachel 40:17.03
61 Goodwin, Leah 41:02.32
62 Goodwin, Devom 41:09.21
65 Hines, Deborah 43:59.00
66 Levesque, Kathline 45:47.00

Interscholastic Winter Sports Gearing Up:
Boys Swimming
Girls Swimming
Boys Indoor Track & Field
Girls Indoor Track & Field
Boys Ice Hockey
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Competition Cheerleading


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