Friday, March 16, 2018

Heron gets win, is Auburn's leading scorer in first NCAA game

Heron (Auburn athletics)
It certainly wasn't easy, but fourth-seeded Auburn outlasted No. 13 College of Charleston 62-58 on Friday night in San Diego in a NCAA Tournament first round game.
It was the first NCAA game for sophomore Mustapha Heron, who was accustomed to postseason success while playing at Sacred Heart High School. Heron had a team-high 16 points, some of the spectacular variety, to go along with five rebounds and two assists. He started, played a team-high 36 minutes and shot 6-of-15 from the floor. Heron went 4-of-6 on foul shots.
Heron was able to get into the lane and draw fouls, including one he drew for a conventional three-point play. He also threw down a dunk on a defender in transition.
Auburn plays No. 5 Clemson or No. 12 New Mexico State in the second round this weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hearts survive major scare from Warriors, will play in fifth straight state final

Sacred Heart survived a major scare from Windsor on Thursday night.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
In last year's Class L state tournament, Windsor led Sacred Heart in the fourth quarter at Alumni Hall and gave the eventual state champion all it could handle in a 58-52 quarterfinal.
The Warriors went even further on Thursday night at the University of Hartford's Chase Arena and came oh so close to taking down the Hearts.
Fourth-seeded Sacred Heart showed the heart of a champion and rallied for a 59-58 victory over eighth-seeded Windsor. The Hearts have now won 107 straight games against in-state opponents. One round after taking down undefeated, top-seeded and top-ranked East Catholic, Windsor put a major scare into Sacred Heart. The Warriors played without Ty Welborn, according to reports from the game.
After Raheem Solomon hit a pair of foul shots to put Sacred Heart ahead 59-58, Windsor had a chance to win. Warrior sophomore Corey McKeithan, the hero of the East Catholic double overtime win, took a shot from the top of the key. He got a clean look, but the ball hit off the back left side of the rim and missed.
Sacred Heart will play in a fifth straight state final, and go for its fifth straight championship, on Sunday at 6 p.m. against No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The game is a rematch of last year's Class L final. It's also the third straight final between the two schools.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING: Holy Cross second again in Class S

Holy Cross boys swimming and diving again took aim at a an elusive Class S state championship on Wednesday at the Cornerstone Aquatic Center in West Hartford.
For the fourth straight season, the Crusaders came in second place. It was the second year in a row that Holy Cross was second to Brookfield. In the previous two years, it was Weston who claimed the top spot in Class S.
Holy Cross took runner-up with 575 team points. Brookfield had 630, and Sacred Heart was sixth overall with 236.
The Crusaders got off to a great start, winning the 200-yard medley relay behind the team of senior Lucas Racevicius and juniors Ben Bowler, John Tucker and Sam Mason. Racevicius had another win in the 200 IM, and senior teammate Chris Fryer was second. Mason won the 50 freestyle and Tucker captured the top spot in the 100 freestyle. Holy Cross also won the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of Fryer, Bowler, junior Alex Ford and junior Chris Ford.
The Crusaders finished the night with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The swimmers in that race were Racevicius, Mason, Tucker and Fryer.
Brookfield didn't win an event, but picked up enough points throughout the meet to overtake Holy Cross.
Sacred Heart senior Dan Walsh closed out his time competing in Class S with a third straight championship in the 200 freestyle. Walsh finished third in the 500 freestyle.
Fryer was second in the 200 IM and Lucas Racevicius took second in the 100 backstroke. Marcas Racevicius was third in diving earlier in the week, and Mason took third in the 100 freestyle. 
In Class M, Kaynor Tech junior Matheus Silva was fourth in diving. Kennedy had two relays add up to 22 team points in Class L. The Bristol Co-op and Crosby/WCA both competed in Class LL.

State Open
Holy Cross has the most top qualifiers among area teams. Mason and Lucas Racevicius are No. 5 seeds in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The 400 freestyle relay of Lucas Racevicius, Mason, Tucker and Fryer is seeded fifth. Tucker is seeded eighth in the 100 butterfly.