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Portsmouth’s unified volleyball team undefeated

By   /  October 10, 2013  /  Sports  /  No Comments

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 — 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 […]

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Portsmouth takes the torch for Special Olympics

By   /  May 31, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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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 […]

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Cops cheered on, run for Special Olympics

By   /  May 31, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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.

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 […]

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Fun for all at Unity Ball in Portsmouth

By   /  March 29, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — For one night, Julia Kavanagh was a princess and Glen Manor House was her castle. Her “court” consisted of about 150 members of various East Bay unified basketball teams who dined, socialized and danced the night away while being treated like royalty at the “Unity Ball.” The formal ball was the dual senior […]

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Portsmouth basketball program unifies athletes with and without disabilities

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  Sports  /  No Comments

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

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 […]

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