Coaches, athletes working hard together during winter sports at Martin Middle School

By Bill Black, Special to eastbayri.com
Posted 1/2/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — Our students are keeping very busy during the winter months at Martin Middle School. We know how much pride there around school sports is in our school and our city. Our …

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Coaches, athletes working hard together during winter sports at Martin Middle School

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Our students are keeping very busy during the winter months at Martin Middle School. We know how much pride there around school sports is in our school and our city. Our Martin athletes and coaches are competing in hard in practice, on the courts and wrestling mats each day. Our families are traveling around the state and carpooling and sacrificing so our students can compete. We would love to invite the entire East Providence community to a game or a match and cheer on our student athletes. Check out how our teams are doing and take a look at what they have coming up this season at Martin.
Under the direction of Coach Damien Ramos, the MMS Girls' Basketball team is working hard and showing improvement since last season. The girls are sitting on a 1-3 record with winning their last game on the road at Birchwood Middle School in North Providence. The team looks to keep it going and put together some great games in January. The Wildcats home schedule includes in-city rival Riverside MS on January 14, Western Hills on January 21, and Park View Middle School at Martin on January 28. The girls will travel to UCAP on January 9, at LaSalle on January 16, at Ricci on January 23, and finishing the regular season at Paul Cuffee School on January 30.
The Martin Middle School Wrestling team is sitting at 2-2 at the winter holiday break. With victories in the last two matches including at home versus Ferri Middle School and on the road at Ponaganset Middle School. The wrestlers are beginning to see what is takes to have success on the mat. MMS Coach Bobby Rodericks continues to work with his wrestlers to prepare them for the second half of the season. The team has been working hard and getting ready including practices during the winter break to continue to improve. The Wildcats under the helm of Coach Rodericks have a strong history of success and MMS looks forward to watching the team compete and get stronger in 2020. The next matches include a tri-tournament at Chariho with Martin competing against Kickemuit and Western Hills on January 13. Martin finishes up its final two matches before the state championship against Western Hills at Martin on January 15 then will travel to Nathaniel Greene in Providence to compete against Nathaniel Greene and Esek Hopkins Middle School.
The Wildcat Boys' Basketball team is sitting at 4-1 at the winter break. Coach Chris Kennedy and his team are in second place in the Central Division with victories over Hope Highlands, Bain MS, Deering MS, Birchwood MS and the only loss was to at Feinstein MS in Coventry. The boys’ basketball team’s away schedule will be at in-city rival Riverside MS on January 14, at Western Hills on January 21, and final regular season road game at Park View Middle School on January 28. The Wildcat Boys Basketball Team will defend their home gym with games at Martin on the following games Wiman MS on January 3, UCAP on January 9, LaSale on January 16, Ricci MS on January 23, and finishing the regular season at home against Paul Cuffee School on January 30.
Once again, we would love to invite the entire East Providence community to a game or a match and cheer on our student athletes at Martin Middle School. Go Wildcats!

Mr. Black is principal at MMS.

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