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Portsmouth unified team fights to the end in title loss

Portsmouth unified team fights to the end in title loss

Above: Hayden Theriault drives to the hoop against Chariho High School on Saturday. He was the high scorer for Portsmouth with 13 points. Photo by Jim McGaw. PORTSMOUTH — You don’t usually see a basketball player give praise to an opponent after she drills one from the corner, but things are different in unified sports. Here, everyone

Hayden Therault of the Portsmouth High School unified basketball team tries to break free of a Rogers defender. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth students’ senior projects boost unified sports

PORTSMOUTH — Dennis DeJesus, director of Special Olympics Rhode Island, liked what he saw inside the gym at Portsmouth High School. All around him, athletes with various disabilities and their helpers/coaches were enjoying the thrill of athletic competition on three different basketball courts. The injury fund unified basketball tournament held Wednesday, featuring six teams from around the

Portsmouth High School unified basketball team celebrates its Division IV state championship win over Chariho High School Saturday.

Portsmouth unified team wins state championship

PORTSMOUTH — For the key to the Portsmouth Patriots unified basketball team’s state championship win on Saturday, you have to go back to the previous game. “The game that got us to the playoffs was the nail-biter against Warwick Vets on Thursday in Portsmouth,” said Nancy Fitzgerald, one of the team’s coaches. “We ended up going

Martha Costa and her 10-year-old son, Nicholas, cheer on the PHS unified volleyball team during its home game against Cumberland High School Wednesday. The sign is an image of Ms. Costa's son Ryan, a member of the team. Co-coach Nancy Fitzgerald made the "big heads" for all the parents of players.

Portsmouth’s unified volleyball team undefeated

PORTSMOUTH — Ask Ryan Costa what he likes better — volleyball or basketball — and he responds like a true diplomat. “Both,” said Ryan, right after his Portsmouth High School unified volleyball team defeated Cumberland Wednesday. Ryan is also a member of the unified basketball team, which starts play in March. “I think this team’s good. We’re

Torch run

Portsmouth takes the torch for Special Olympics

PORTSMOUTH — Two of the town’s men in blue, joined by a few friendly out-of-towners, joined the East Bay leg of the 29th annual torch run for the R.I. Special Olympics Summer Games this weekend. After runners were driven over the Mt. Hope Bridge, they met up with several runners at the Mount Hope Animal Hospital

Students and teacher from Guiteras School gather on the sidewalk at Hope Street to cheer on members of the Bristol police department who ran with the Special Olympics torch on Friday.

Cops cheered on, run for Special Olympics

Members of the Bristol police department carried the Special Olympic torch through town Friday afternoon, and were met by cheering students from Rockwell, Guiteras and Colt Andrews schools as the torch, and a contingent of police running with the torch, made their way along Hope Street. The torch run is an annual event, cutting through the

Ryan Costa drives to the hoop for two points against Middletown last week.

Portsmouth basketball program unifies athletes with and without disabilities

PORTSMOUTH — Danny Marshall won’t be denied. During a basketball game against Middletown last week, he grabs a defensive rebound and runs the length of the court, deftly dribbling past defenders. Finding himself blocked from driving to the hoop, however, he stops for an 18-foot jump shot. Swish. As it turns out, Danny is just