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Norfolk’s Andrew O’Leary of Pawtucket Country Club poses with the trophy in front of the clubhouse at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, R.I., after winning the 114th Rhode Island Golf Association Amateur Championship last weekend.

Following in the footsteps of another elite local amateur golfer — and a teammate on the University of Notre Dame men’s golf team — Norfolk’s Andrew O’Leary won the 114th R.I. Amateur Championship last weekend at Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, R.I.

O’Leary, a product of Catholic Memorial High and the Irish teammate of Attleboro’s Davis Chatfield, who is also a R.I. Amateur champion, won a 36-hole title match to defeat two-time tourney champion Bobby Leopold.

O’Leary topped reigning AAGA Open champion Kolby Simmons of Crestwood CC, via Tri-County Regional High, one-up in the semifinal round after overcoming a three-down deficit following the first four holes and a three-down deficit after 11 holes. Simmons beat another AAGA Open kingpin Scott Congdon of Foxboro in the first round.

North Attleboro High and URI grad Eric Marchetti, who is headed for medical school in Chicago, fell to Leopold one-up on the 19th hole in the quarterfinals. Marchetti, playing out of the Metacomet CC in East Providence, birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th holes to force a playoff. Marchetti will be playing in the Mass. Amateur and New England Amateur ...

The MIAA Division 2 South Sectional champion Norton High softball team celebrated its heritage recently with an alumni game that brought back Karissa Bettencourt-Santos (’05), Emily Archer (’06), Stephanie Brown (’06), Tiffany Marceau (’07), Alicia Parlon-Huber (’07), Lillian Parlon (’10), Christen Cavanaugh (’13), Marisa Dole (’13), Christine Tamulis (’14), Carli Arcaro (’16), Stephanie Nosky (’18) and Ally Frontino (’18) to relive memories and post a 4-2 win as well ...

At the Wheeler School in Providence, Foxboro’s Williams College-bound Meghan Keenan finished her illustrious lacrosse career with 324 points (244 goals, 80 assists). Keenan scored nearly as many goals (117) this spring for Wheeler as she did during her first three seasons (127) as an attacker. Keenan collected a career-best 34 assist in her final season as well ...

Former King Philip Regional High field hockey star Alli Meehan was among the final cuts for the U.S. National Women’s Under-19 following the festival last week in Pennsylvania. Thirty-six hours after returning to New England from Argentina with her new Northeastern University teammates, Meehan went into the trials dealing with a fever and an ear infection ...

“He’s getting a lot of looks,” Norton High baseball coach Michael Brown said of the collegiate potential for the Lancers’ 6-foot-4, hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Mike Belcher. Belcher had a 1-3 record with three saves and 38 strikeouts,as a junior, “but he faced all of our tough TVL foes,” Brown said. “We can’t wait to see what he does next year.” ...

Former Bishop Feehan High swimming and tennis captain Karly Laliberte is serving as a marketing specialist with Stoughton-based Franklin Sporting Goods. The Fairfield University and BU graduate got her foot in the door by interning with Chatham of the Cape Cod Baseball League ...

Rhode Island College baseball coach Frank Holbrook noted that former Seekonk High Warrior Josh Silva, the Anchormen’s junior outfielder, is “one of the quickest guys in the league (Little East Conference).” Silva stole a team-best 30 base in 36 tries, while being the Anchormen’s No. 3 hitter on the season with a .298 batting average (.363 on-base mark, .377 slugging mark), having 45 hits (eight doubles) in 41 games with 14 walks and 20 RBI. Silva finished the season on a five-game hitting streak as RIC advanced to the LEC Tournament title game ...

Joe McDonough, the coach of the Stonehill College men’s club lacrosse team (7-4-1), raves about another ex-Shamrock, Shamus Cochrane, as “a top contributor as a rookie” with 19 goals and eight assists. Cochrane is the Skyhawks’ second-leading scorer who took the team to the second round of the MCLA Division 2 playoffs ...

King Philip High girls’ tennis coach Bob Goldberg likes to tell the story of lefty sophomore and No. 2 singles player Katarina Schneider. “She couldn’t get much power with her service, she was pushing the ball, so I was actually thinking about having her serve ambidextrous,” Goldberg said, “but that didn’t go far.” ...

One treasure that Foxboro High girls’ tennis coach Jon Montanaro discovered this past season was sophomore doubles player Maggie McAuliffe, who compiled a 12-4 record overall, including three matches at the No. 3 singles spot for the 17-win Warriors. “Here’s a kid that comes in for her first varsity year and does an unbelievable job,” Montanaro said. ...

Former PC Friar power forward Ruben Garces ('97), now 45 years young after having spent 18 seasons playing pro basketball around the world, is the new boys’ basketball coach at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket ...

Brown University hockey coach Brendan Whittet was at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro where he latched onto Northeast Generals forward Connor Marshall from Parkland, Fla., as an incoming recruit. Marshall finished second on the team in scoring during the regular season with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 54 games. Marshall’s hockey journey began with the South Kent (Conn.) Selects, the Omaha Lancers of the USHL and the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL ...

Also heading to the East side of Providence is Foxboro’s Cooper DeVeau, by way of Xaverian High, an incoming freshman defensive back for the Bears’ football team. DeVeau, also a sprinter with the track teams, played in the Shriners Classic.

Peter Gobis may be reached at 508-236-0375

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