EPHS Girls Soccer Team:
The EPHS girls soccer team received the 2016 Max Preps/National Guard Tour of Champions Award on February 1, 2017. The Townie girls were 1 of the 10 Tour of Champions Award recipients of the 16,000 varsity girls soccer teams nationwide. The Townies girls soccer team was ranked number 1 in Rhode Island and number 79 nationwide. The soccer team has brought home the first ever State girls soccer title in the history of East Providence High School.
EPHS Girls Basketball:
At press time the EPHS girls basketball team will play in a Quarterfinal Playoff Berth at home. Updates will be posted at ReporterToday.com. "After picking up a win on senior night against visiting Classical High, the team traveled to Westerly for a chance to win the Southern Division. With 20 ticks to go and the score knotted, Westerly guard Victoria Carreiro hit a game winning three point shot in what resulted in a 52-48 loss for our team," said head coach Mike Solitro. The Townies earned the 3rd seed in the upcoming playoffs. The team also earned a spot in the upcoming state playoffs. "This is a first for the girl's program in the 3 year existence of this tournament."
Other Notes: The team was able to raise $2,114 dollars in their Pink Zone game on Senior Night. "This puts their nine year total over $50K towards cancer initiatives. Kudos to Rebecca Belasco for being presented with the game ball after winning her battle with cancer, and continuing her great work throughout our community," said Coach Solitro.
EPHS Boys Basketball:
The Townies finish 12-6 for the 2016-17 season. East Providence won the Central division and will be heading to the Division 1 playoffs and should be the #5 seed. "It was a great year for a brand new team. We can't wait to see how the playoffs go," states Head Coach Joe Andrade. "We should also be in the state open tournament. Our win on senior night vs Coventry 65-52, was led by Kyerstan Casey's career high 24 points and Deyshawn Tengbeh 20." Our 69-62 win over Cranston West in the final regular season game saw two huge dunks by Clinton and David. Again we were led by senior Kyerstan Casey's 17points," said Andrade.
The Townies earned their 9th league win vs a tough MT. Pleasant team who was 10-3 to start the night. The Townies were up 40-30 at half and built a lead as high as 15 in the second half. To Mounts' credit they fought back to actually take the lead late in the second half. The young Townies were able to regain the lead and win 68-62. Casey led the Townies with 16 points.
The Townies played LaSalle on super bowl Sunday to take on one of the hottest teams in the state and came out with a 38-35 win. "It was not a great offensive game for both teams with LaSalle up 19-14 at halftime. But we out scored LaSalle 24-16 in the second half to come out with a hard fought victory. Deyshawn Tengbeh had 12, Dion Hazard had 10, and Kyerstan Casey had 9 points for us," stated Coach Andrade.
The BayView basketball team had impressive February wins over Chariho, Coventry, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, St. Ray's and Portsmouth to head into state playoff action with a 14-4 record.
The young EP wrestlers finished in 8th place in the state wide wrestling tournament held in late February. Several Townies placed well in the tourney including Dave Sheldon, Cam Bailey, Zach Amaral, Nathan Vincent and Christian Hussey.
The Townies finished 8th in a 35 school tourney. The first 10 teams finishing were:
1, Cumberland, 205; 2, Ponaganset, 187.5; 3, Bishop Hendricken, 145.5; 4, Coventry, 125; 5, Pilgrim, 124.5; 6, Chariho, 120; 7, La Salle, 116; 8, East Providence, 97; 9, North Kingstown, 96; 10 and South Kingstown, 90.
Middle School Wrestling:
Martin is State Runner-up in bid to win Three-peat. Two Individual State Champs:
The Martin Middle School wrestling team was hoping for its third consecutive state championship when they competed last month at Cumberland High. Thirty six schools were in the mix. The Martin Wildcats outdistanced all opponents the last two years and were favored to at least finish in the top five again this year. "I knew it would be hard to repeat as champs three years in a row as we promoted several wrestlers to the high school level. I knew Kickemuit (Bristol-Warren) was great this year, but our kids have worked hard," said Martin coach Bobby Rodericks.
The Martin coach was right as Kickemuit finished 1st with Martin in 2nd place. "We did well," said Rodericks, "I'm proud that we had two individual state champs and other high bracket finishes," he added.
Martin's Colby Babbit won first place wrestling at 133 lbs. Other top finishers for Martin were 8th graders DÁnte Silva, a two-time runner up; Damien Miller 4th place at 205 lbs and Efrin Garcia, 4th place at 112 lbs. 7th grader Mike Foster took the other 1st place at 75 lbs. with Heavyweight Donovan Ivy taking a 4th place and 6th grader Robert Amaral grabbing a 7th place finish.
Riverside Middle School also did very well in the 36 school field finishing a strong 19th place. The Vikings featured 3rd place finisher Jovanni Hussey and Chase Kennedy with a 5th place finish. Hussey is a three time 3rd place finisher at RMS. C.J. Hess also did well making it to the level of final 8 from a field of 21 in his weight class. First year RMS coach and former Townie wrestler, Pete Farnsworth was pleased with the Vikings performance. "We have a good team, the kids listen and like to learn. We'll keep getting better," said Farnsworth.
2017 Little League® Challenger Division Exhibition Game to feature Riverside Little League:
Little League, Inc. has officially announced that Riverside, RI Little League will play Freehold Township Little League, NJ in Challenger Division action this summer. These two teams will participate for the 2017 Little League Challenger Division® Exhibition Game, which will be held during the 2017 Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa., on August 26.
“The Challenger Division Exhibition Game is one of the highlight events held each year during Championship Weekend at the Little League Baseball World Series and we are excited to welcome these two programs to participate this year,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to share this exciting day with all of the coaches, players, buddies, parents, and volunteers of each of the programs and hope they have a chance to enjoy their Little League World Series experience.”
Riverside Little League Challenger Division:
Established in 2008, the Riverside Little League Challenger Division has served as a program for youth with intellectual and physical challenges to enjoy the full benefits of participating in an athletic environment, structured to their abilities. During the course of the program’s nearly 10 years of existence, Riverside Little League Challenger Division has offered therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, athletic interaction with the children’s peers, the strengthening of the participants self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play, and the opportunity to enable players to maximize their potential and abilities.
“I am very proud to announce that the Riverside Little League Challenger Division Team has been invited to play in the annual challenger division exhibition game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. It is an honor for the Riverside Little League to be selected to participate in this game,” said Tim Conley, Riverside Little League Challenger Division Vice President.
“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our players to participate in this exhibition game in Williamsport, PA - home of the Little League World Series. Riverside Little League is very proud of its support of the Challenger Division and to have the opportunity to participate in this event is a landmark event for our league, Board of Directors, players, volunteers, and parents," said Conley.
The Riverside Little League Challenger Division was originally started by Mr. Conley so that his son, Ethan, who was born with a very rare condition known as prune belly syndrome, would have the opportunity to participate in Little League Baseball. The program now offers a variety of children with a wide spectrum of physical and developmental challenges this unique opportunity and four of Ethan’s classmates now play on the same team with him.
The exhibition game will showcase the opportunities that the Little League Challenger Division provides to more than 30,000 children with physical and intellectual challenges at more than 900 leagues worldwide.
The Little League Challenger Division Exhibition Game has been a part of the Little League Baseball World Series schedule since 2001. Little League International supports the participating leagues with a $15,000 grant to help offset the costs for the teams to participate in the Exhibition Game.