NS’s Dubois named to Golden Dozen

Se­nior Line­man led NS/MSC to Div. IV ti­tle

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• To merit se­lec­tion for the Na­tional Football Foun­da­tion’s Rhode Is­land Golden Dozen honor, one must be a soon-to-be high school grad­u­ate who shines on the grid­iron as well as in the class­room.

The ré­sumé sub­mit­ted on Cole Dubois’ be­half checked off all the im­por­tant boxes. The de­fen­sive line­man from the North Smith­field/Mount St. Charles Co-op team will be hon­ored along with the other 11 Golden Dozen se­lectees at the foun­da­tion’s an­nual ban­quet on May 4 at the Crowne Plaza in War­wick.

A se­nior at North Smith­field High and a cap­tain on the 2019 NSMSC squad that went un­de­feated (12-0) and cap­tured the Divi­sion IV Su­per Bowl, Dubois was a First Team All-Divi­sion choice on de­fense. Listed at 6-foot-1, 260 pounds, Dubois is an hon­ors stu­dent who met the foun­da­tion’s cri­te­ria of av­er­ag­ing a B-plus or bet­ter.

“Cole al­ways showed up with con­fi­dence and had a sup­port­ive at­ti­tude ev­ery day to­wards his team­mates,” said NSMSC as­sis­tant coach Jeff Paiva on Dubois’ be­half. “His lead­er­ship skills were sec­ond to none.”

This year’s other Golden Dozen win­ners are Cranston West’s Cam Alves, Nar­ra­gansett’s Ed­ward Bless­ing, Portsmouth’s John Boruch, Pil­grim’s Con­nor Fallon, Mid­dle­town’s Ty­ron Fran­cis, Tiver­ton’s Matthew Ga­cioch, North Kingstown’s Shane Kenyon, Cen­tral’s Ma­lik Mon­tiero, Cranston East’s Omar Reyes, East Green­wich’s Con­rad Swan­son, and La Salle’s Liam Who­ley.

The same night when Dubois of­fi­cially ac­cepts his honor, 13 play­ers will be rec­og­nized with the Sil­ver Scholar Ath­lete Award. The list fea­tures quite a few names with lo­cal ties and in­cludes Woonsocket’s Hay­den Depault, Lin­coln’s Ran­dall Hien, Davies Tech’s Temilola Matanmi, St. Raphael’s Devin O’Mal­ley, Tol­man’s Isai Prince, Shea’s Ezekiel Ve­lasquez, and Bur­ril­lville’s Luke Wil­son.

Ad­di­tional Sil­ver Award win­ners in­clude Sc­i­t­u­ate’s Jason Burns, Mt. Hope’s Jack Char­p­en­tier, West­erly’s Ni­cholas Lau­zon, East Prov­i­dence’s Justin Pena, South Kingstown’s An­drew Sprague, and Bishop Hen­dricken’s He­lio Sousa.

• New base­ball lead­er­ship is in place at Cen­tral Falls High School with Hi­ram “Tito” San­tos com­ing on­board as head coach and Bob Bigelli join­ing the War­riors’ fold as the as­sis­tant coach. San­tos pre­vi­ously coached ju­nior var­sity base­ball at Moses Brown while Bigelli was an All-State pitcher at John­ston High dur­ing the 1990s and went on to com­pete in the pres­ti­gious Cape Cod Sum­mer Base­ball League.

San­tos takes over for Bill Volpe while Bigelli as­sumes the post pre­vi­ously held by Mike Good­son.

“I would like to thank Coach

Volpe and Coach Good­son for their ded­i­ca­tion to War­rior base­ball. Over the years, they have taught and men­tored numer­ous stu­dent-ath­letes in the game of base­ball. They will be missed … true le­gends of Cen­tral Falls base­ball,” said Cen­tral Falls ath­letic di­rec­tor An­thony Fic­o­celli. “I wish them the best of luck in their re­tire­ment from War­rior Ath­let­ics.”

• With two mem­bers of this year’s Bryant Univer­sity base­ball pitch­ing staff fea­tur­ing fa­thers who work for the Red Sox, new head coach Ryan Kol­ster­man un­der­stands he’s deal­ing with per­son­nel who have a strong foun­da­tion in place. Ju­nior righthande­r Will Treuel is the son of Red Sox mi­nor-league pitch­ing co­or­di­na­tor Ralph Treuel, while Liam LeVangie is a fresh­man righty whose dad Dana was the Red Sox pitch­ing coach over the past two sea­sons be­fore get­ting re­as­signed to the scout­ing depart­ment.

“Both dads have been to our prac­tices and have had a chance to check in with us,” said Kol­ster­man. “I love hav­ing par­ents who are in­vested and show up to see their kids de­velop. Pick­ing their brains when they’re around is some­thing that ben­e­fits me. We all want to grow as coaches and get bet­ter at our craft. Hav­ing base­ball minds around as much as we can is some­thing we’ll keep the doors open for.”

• Speak­ing of the Bull­dogs, Lin­coln na­tive Ma­son Palmieri is ex­pected to get the start on the mound Sun­day when Bryant closes out a three-game week­end series at Ge­or­gia State. Mak­ing his first col­le­giate start last Sun­day, Palmieri re­bounded af­ter a shaky first in­ning against UNC Wilm­ing­ton to al­low three runs on three hits over a ca­reer-high six in­nings.

• It sure ap­pears that now-for­mer PawSox broad­caster Mike Monaco made a strong im­pres­sion upon the NESN folks when he worked two Red Sox games late last sea­son. This week­end, Monaco will have the

NESN call for three Red Sox spring train­ing con­tests – Fri­day at 1 p.m. vs. North­east­ern, Satur­day at 1 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay, and Sun­day at 1 p.m. vs. Bal­ti­more.

As to who will suc­ceed Monaco in the Paw­tucket booth, ex­pect an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment sooner rather than later.

• With the reg­u­lar sea­son wind­ing down, let’s look back at the area’s 1,000-point bas­ket­ball scor­ers and when they reached said pin­na­cle: Yas­mine San­tos (Shea girls, Jan. 9), Dante Aviles-San­tos (Cum­ber­land boys, Feb. 14), Amaya Dowdy (St. Raphael girls, Feb. 17), and Sam Clif­ford (Bur­ril­lville boys, Feb. 17). Of course, we can’t for­get about Shea se­nior Erick­son Bans reach­ing the 2,000-point plateau back on Dec. 27.

Con­grats to you all.

• Boxing des­per­ately needs Satur­day night’s re­match be­tween Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to hit a lot of high notes.

• Red Sox prin­ci­pal owner John Henry didn’t ex­actly cover him­self in glory with his long-winded open­ing state­ment when he ad­dressed the me­dia ear­lier this week for the first time since the Mookie Betts trade. From ref­er­ences to his fa­vorite player grow­ing up (Cardinals leg­end Stan Mu­sial) and still in­sist­ing that ship­ping Betts (along with David Price) was not a salary dump, Henry con­tin­ues to in­sult ev­ery­one’s in­tel­li­gence through a series of smoke­screen tactics.

• This col­umn would have been longer, but there’s a bunch of No. 50 jer­seys and T-shirts fea­tur­ing the Red Sox logo and the name­plate “Betts” on them that sud­denly need a home. Can’t imag­ine why, but are there any tak­ers out there?

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North Smith­field se­nior line­man Cole Dubois (72) was se­lected for the Golden Dozen af­ter lead­ing NS/MSC to the Divi­sion IV Su­per Bowl.

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Lin­coln se­nior quar­ter­back Ran­dall Hien (9) is one of seven Black­stone Val­ley football play­ers who were se­lected for the Sil­ver Scholar Ath­letic Award. All the award win­ners will be hon­ored at the Crowne Plaza in War­wick on May 4.

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