More stories by J.P. Smollins

Hometown Hero: Olivia Freitas

Freitas scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, in the Rams 2-1 victory over South Kingstown.

Hometown Sports Hero: Ellie Lawler

The South Kingstown senior became only the third girl in RIIL history to take home three straight Individual Cross Country championships.

Hometown Hero: Bianca Robbins

This week’s Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses Hometown Sports Hero is Johnston’s Bianca Robbins.

Hometown Hero: Ben Cortes

A reigning All-Stater, Cortes has rewritten the school’s record books as a running back, becoming the Sentinels all-time leading rusher.

Hometown Hero: Kari Buonanno

The Moses Brown junior already has 12 goals and 4 assists on the season, helping the Quakers to a 5-1 start.

Hometown Hero: Andrew Licciardi

The All-Stater has caught 86 passes for 1,338 yards and 21 touchdowns while adding 172 tackles and 8 interceptions in his three-year Avenger…

Hometown Hero: Noah Iden

For every field goal and extra point Iden scores, pledges will go to the Kick-It Fund which helps in the battle against pediatric cancer.

Hometown Hero: Emily Kane

Kane took home gold in the 3,000 at last spring’s state track meet, earning her the latest 1st Team All-State honor in her decorated Ram car…

Hometown Hero: Elijah Matthews

The senior ran for more than 1,500 yards with 17 touchdowns last fall, while throwing for another 12 scores from the quarterback spot.

Hometown Hero: Addy Douglas

Douglas became the youngest winner of the State Women’s Amateur, knocking off veteran Kibbe Reilly at the 18th hole in their title match.

Hometown Hero: Davida Dale

A former All-Stater at LaSalle Academy and Juanita Sanchez, Dale has decided to return to her home state to play for URI.

Hometown Hero: Alexis Florio

Florio’ success on the links has earned her the opportunity to compete this week at the Girls PGA Championship.

Hometown Hero: Fredric Silverblatt

The 79-year old will be the oldest competitor at Sunday’s New York City Triathlon. It’s the fourth time he’s taken part in the event.

Hometown Hero: Rachel D’Ellena

D’Ellena is a two-time Tri-State Youth Barrel champion, who has already raced at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championships

Hometown Hero: Daniel Karlin

The Classical senior’s success in the classroom and on the field earned him a preferred walk-on spot at Duke University.

Hometown Hero: Billy Butler

Butler hit .416 with 31 RBI’s this season for the Chieftains, earning postseason MVP honors.

Hometown Hero: Nikki Merrill

The Portsmouth sophomore won three outdoor titles at the State Track Meet, giving her seven gold medals this season.

Hometown Hero: Dylan O’Donnell

A two-time All-American on the lacrosse field, O’Donnell scored more than 250 career points, helping La Salle to four straight Division I ti…

Hometown Hero: Jarod Tessier

A three-time All State selection, Tessier has led Mount Saint Charles to a 17-1 regular season mark and the top seed in the Division I playo…