Thursday, February 22, 2018

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Patterson, LeBeau part of two Top 5 relays for SCSU

Patterson (SCSU athletics)
For the second straight season, the Southern Connecticut State University men's indoor track and field team won a Northeast-10 championship.
Two area freshmen got to play a role in that title win. Terrell Patterson, a former standout at Kaynor Tech, and Christopher LeBeau, a top runner for Bristol Eastern, each ran in the same relay.
Patterson, LeBeau, Dan Perusina and Carlos Flores teamed up for a the 4x800-meter relay, and they finished fifth in a time of 8:08.05. The quartet earned four team points for the Owls.
LeBeau (SCSU athletics)
Patterson ran the first leg of the relay in 1:59.81. After Perusina ran the second leg, LeBeau took over for the third leg and finished it in 2:03.83. Flores completed the relay with his leg in a time of 2:05.60. The crazy part about the relay was that everyone in it is a freshman.
Patterson and LeBeau also took part in the distance medley, which finished fifth. Sophomore Justin Kelly and freshman Shawn Odei-Ntiri also took part in the relay, which finished in 10:21.08.
LeBeau also took part in the mile and he finished sixth in a time of 4:20.44.
The meet was held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Smith College Track and Tennis Center in Northampton, Mass.

Elder (SNHU athletics)

Ashley Elder, Southern New Hampshire University
indoor track and field

The former Bristol Central standout also participated in the Northeast-10 championship meet.
Elder, one of the best in the league in the shot put, took second with a throw of 44-02 feet. The winning toss from SCSU's Destiney Coward traveled 44-10.25. Elder finished just .21 meter behind Coward (13.46 to 13.67).
Elder earned eight points for SNHU. It was the seventh Top 5, and sixth Top 2, finish this year for the junior. She also competed in the weight throw and finished ninth.
SNHU finished eighth out of 12 teams.

Rodriguez (Wheelock athletics)
Dejuan Rodriguez, Wheelock College basketball
The Wildcats lost their first round New England Collegiate Conference playoff game 62-54 to Lesley, but Rodriguez did what he could to alter that outcome.
Rodriguez led all scorers with 21 points, and he pulled down 11 rebounds. The junior played all 40 minutes, shot 9-of-16 from the floor, and even made a 3-pointer. Rodriguez is Wheelock's tallest player at 6-foot-5. He also had one assist and two steals.
Rodriguez started 23 of the 24 games he played in and averaged 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 29.9 minutes. He led the team in points per game and rebounds per contest. Rodriguez had games of 31, 30, 29 and 28 points. His top rebounding game was 15, followed by a pair of 13-board efforts.

Matt Finke, Mitchell College basketball
Finke (Mitchell athletics)

In another NECC playoff game, the Mariners defeated Elms College 70-49 at home, and Finke got a chance to show what he can do.
The sophomore reserve played 18 minutes and filled in many spots on the statsheet. Finke had four points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in his time on the floor. The former Wolcott standout shot 1-of-2 from the floor, missed his lone three-point attempt and knocked down both of his free throw opportunities.
Mitchell goes to Becker College for a semifinal game tonight at 7 o'clock.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.

Sacred Heart girls win first NVL title since 1976

Treasure Coleman (right) earned tournament MVP honors as Sacred Heart
won its first NVL Tournament championship, and its first league title since 1976.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2018 file)
A big first half helped fourth-seeded Sacred Heart capture its first NVL title since 1976 on Wednesday night at Kennedy's Jack Taglia Gymnasium.
The Hearts outscored the third-seeded Naugatuck Greyhounds by nine in the opening 16 minutes and held on for a 44-37 victory. Treasure Coleman had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals and was named tournament MVP. Backcourt mate Aamya Rivera added 12 points.
Sacred Heart improved to 18-5 with the win, and the girls were proud of bringing a championship to a program often overlooked because of the boys team.
The Hearts have more work ahead of them next week. The Class S state tournament begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. No. 6 Sacred Heart hosts No. 27 Ellis Tech.
Sacred Heart can celebrate its title now, but the focus will need to quickly turn to the state tournament.
Go to The Zone to get a full story on the game from Jason Levy, along with video from Joe Palladino. Some good stuff there, so enjoy it!

Mike Palmieri gets his 1,000th point in close St. Paul loss to WCA

St. Paul senior standout Mike Palmieri needed 20 points Tuesday night against WCA to reach 1,000 for his career.
Palmieri got those 20 points, plus three more, and reached the career scoring milestone. He had a game-high 23 points for the Falcons in the 68-67 loss to the Spartans.
St. Paul associate head coach Brendan Phelps had nothing but praise for Palmieri, who has trained with Phelps since elementary school.
"I love you Mike and couldn't be prouder of the person and player that you are," Phelps wrote on Facebook.
Palmieri was a All-NVL selection last season and is among the best guards in the league again this season.