2013-03-07 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

The North Kingstown High School boys’ basketball team easily beat Barrington in the quarterfinal game, with help from islander Owen Heath who had four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. The Skippers move on to their semifinal game against Hope tomorrow night at the Ryan Center.

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Couch-to-5K training for Payton’s Pace begins on Saturday, March 23, at Mackerel Cove. This group will be led by Lydia Sylvia Hurteau and will meet every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the race on May 19. The program is for people of all abilities – those who have never run and those who want to improve their time. Dig through your closet and dust off those running shoes. Actually, you should buy new ones.

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Attention NKHS Seniors: Cap and gown orders are due tomorrow. Game on! *** Last call for Girl Scout cookies! A booth containing thin mints and other favorites will be set up Saturday, March 9, from noon to 3 p.m. outside of Ace’s Pizza.

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The North Kingstown High School Fine Arts Department presents “Guys and Dolls” this weekend only. Performances are on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at Baker’s Pharmacy for $10. The door price is $15 for general admission, $10 for students. Jamestowners in the show include Natalie Toland, Marcy Abong, Catherine Caswell, Charlie Keen and Dana Larkin, among others. Sam Hollister will be in the orchestra.

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Mark Swistak Jr’s 40th birthday is today. Wish him a happy birthday!

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CYO basketball season is winding down. The boys’ ninth- and 10th-grade team made it to the tournament semifinals before losing by one point in double overtime to Saints Rose and Clement Parish from Warwick. According to coach Chris Varrecchione, the boys played hard and had opportunities to win at the end of regulation and at the end of both overtimes. But the ball just would not fall in for them. He gave credit to the Warwick team for its tenacious defense. Solid effort was contributed by all, including Dimitri Varrecchione, Antonio Varrecchione,

Giancarlo Varrecchione, Ryan Smith, Teddy Roberts, Jay Patel, Lucas Barth, Alec Bedard, Riley MacDonald and Conner Ferguson.

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St. Mark’s midget division basketball team finished in second place with a record of 10-2. They are the No. 2 seed out of the East division in the state playoff tournament, and won in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday by defeating St. Augustine at La Salle Academy, 26-20. They play undefeated St. Peter at Mount St. Charles Saturday at 1:45 p.m. in the semifinals. A win would put them in the championship game on Sunday at Prout at 1:15 p.m.

The team includes Caleb Wagner, Nolan Bush, Jake Froberg, Greg Violet, Daniel Smith, West Limoges, Brody Parris, Ethan Roach, and Callum Magarian. Dean Wagner is the coach, and Kyle Froberg is the assistant coach. According to the coaches, it has been a great season and the kids have all improved significantly.

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Congratulations to NKHS junior Samuel Hollister who qualified for the final round of the American Mathematics Competitions. Each year several NKHS students take part in the preliminary round of the competition and many will score well and earn accolades. Students selected for the final round of this competition represent the top 5 percent of all students nationally who took the exam.

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Support the Lawn Avenue School yearbook by running an ad for your business or putting in a message congratulating a student. Email Sally Schott at s.f.schott@cox.net for details.

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Don’t forget to spring ahead on Saturday night – this is really happening!

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Email your stuff to me at islandchatter@jamestownpress.com.

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