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• Garrett Scahill might not have enjoyed the benefit of a traditional senior season in the pool, yet that development didn’t stand in the way of Colby-Sawyer College tabbing the Lincoln native as the Chargers’ choice for the 2021 Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award.
“The award goes more than beyond the season. It’s a collaboration for all four years from my experiences on the team,” said Scahill, a 2017 Lincoln High graduate.
In other words, the fact that COVID-19 forced Colby-Sawyer to make the difficult decision to sit out the 2020-21 winter sports season did not work against Scahill’s candidacy for the award he received on May 4.
From the moment he set foot on the New Hampshire-based campus, Scahill worked hard to distinguish himself as one of the top males on the swimming & diving team. As a freshman, Scahill earned recognition from the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA). The following year, he took home a pair of All-GNAC awards for placing in the top-three in races at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships.
It was Scahill’s junior season in 2019-20 where he truly left his mark on Colby-Sawyer swimming. He broke the school and GNAC record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.68. He also became the first person in GNAC history to the break the two-minute mark in said event.
The best part of being tabbed with the 2021 Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award meant that Scahill could finally receive his proper due for setting school and conference swimming history.
“The school didn’t really notice it at all when I first got the record,” said Scahill. “It was nice to be recognized for that.”
There was a competitive element to Scahill’s senior season that also included the designation of team captain. It’s just that the meets he participated in were virtual.
“I was happy to have actual pool time,” he said.
Scahill graduated from Colby-Sawyer last Saturday with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, he’s been on the frontlines as a willing and able healthcare aid. Last spring after the campus was closed and returned, Scahill worked at the field hospital that was set up inside the DCU Center in Worcester. He spent the summer at a nursing home and served as a COVID tester during winter break.
“Even though I was a nursing student, I could at least be an assistant which I ended up doing,” said Scahill, who was appreciative of his parents Terrence and Lisa for supporting his desire to lend a helping hand during a turbulent time.
“Plus, I thought it would look good on my resume … stepping up and stepping in,” he added.
On top of his accomplishments in the water, Scahill was part of a Colby-Sawyer group that won the college’s Nursing Capstone Award. He seeks to break into the part of nursing that focuses on critical care.
• There are a few local connections to the Johnson & Wales baseball team that last weekend captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship. St. Raphael graduate Patrick Fleming and Tolman High alum Ryan Depatie were chosen to represent the Cougars on the All-Tournament Team.
Fleming garnered five hits in nine at-bats in the two games played where J&W defeated Anna Marie College en route to the GNAC crown. On the season, Fleming is batting .333 with 12 RBI and 14 runs scored.
On the mound, Depatie has posted a 4-1 record with one save in nine appearances (six starts). He’s struck out 28 in 38.1 innings with a 3.29 ERA.
By earning the conference’s automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, Johnson & Wales will participate in the tourney for the first time in program history. The NCAA D-III Selection Show isn’t until Sunday, May 23.
• At Rhode Island College, senior Hailey Raskob pulled off a double honor in women’s tennis. The North Smithfield High alum was named First Team All-Little East Conference in both singles and doubles. Heading into Friday’s NCAA Division III first-round matchup against Farmingdale State College, Raskob is undefeated in singles play while also compiling a 7-0 mark at No. 2 doubles.
• Staying at RIC, former Lincoln High standout Anna Vygoder was selected as MVP of the women’s swimming team. Vygoder made a splash as a freshman this past season for the Anchorwomen.
• After stops at Bryant University and the University of New Haven, Woonsocket native Mekhi Henderson has elected to take his football talents to Missouri Valley College, a Division I school that competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The expectation is that Henderson will be exclusively featured on offense. He’ll have two seasons of eligibility with the Vikings.
• Woonsocket High alum Marissa Henley picked up three points in the women’s hammer throw which were counted towards Kent State’s first-place total of 102 points that proved to be good enough to capture the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championship. Listed as a sophomore on the Golden Flashes’ roster, Henley achieved a PR on Friday, May 7 with a throw of 183 feet, 11 inches to place sixth in the conference’s hammer event.
• Central Falls native Augusto “Cookie” Rojas has been hired by Major League Baseball as a regional supervisor for all matters involving the minor league ballclubs in Double-A Central and High-A Central. In a nutshell, Rojas is the de facto commissioner where he’ll oversee the day-to-day issues that crop up during the regular season and offseason.
Around these parts, Rojas is best known for his work in the PawSox front office. After departing Pawtucket, he served as the general manager of the former Triple-A franchise known as the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
• Upper Deck Post 14 American Legion Baseball registration for Senior and Junior players will be held Thursday, May 27 at Tucker Field (tennis courts) from 6-7 p.m. Tryouts will take place Sunday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for both teams at Lime Acres Park in Lincoln. Any questions, please contact Matt Allard at (401) 323-3339.
• “If this portal stays like this, I think it’s going to be hard to build programs. You’re going to be rebuilding your team year-in and year-out,” said Providence head coach Ed Cooley when asked about the short-term approach that needs to be adopted with the one-time transfer rule officially in place.
The NCAA transfer portal has become so overpopulated that coaches like Cooley need to worry about re-recruiting the kids who are already in the fold.
“Even the nine players [on your roster] who play significant minutes, even they’re going to be unhappy,” said Cooley. “I’m not in favor of the portal. I understand it, but at the same time, is there a different way we can go about it? Year-in and year-out, you’re going to have so many players in there and I think it’s going to drive the market even more on transfers.”
• Don’t be surprised if stories of late rent checks and missed mortgage payments surface now that it’s been confirmed that Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are coming to Gillette Stadium on Oct. 3. Talk about your hot (expensive) ticket.
• The article is titled “Where Could the A’s Go? Cities in Need of Major League Baseball.” Under the author’s choice for honorable mentions, Sarah Griffin cited Pawtucket as her personal pick. “Long live McCoy Stadium,” wrote Griffin. I’ll second that!
• This column would have been longer, but a close friend says I need to see a therapist based off the number of Twitter posts I’ve fired off recently about McCoy Stadium, aka the Grand Dame. Regarding a solution to get over the PawSox blues, I’m open to suggestions.