Thursday, December 31, 2015

Walter Wright ends 2015 with a bang

Former Wilby standout Walter Wright had a big game on the final day of 2015 in a 90-84 double overtime victory at Northern Arizona.
Wright tied for a game-high with 47 minutes played and tallied 19 points to go along with 10 assists and one steal. The double-double was the first of his career.
Wright was just 4-of-13 from the floor, but he connected on 3-of-4 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the foul line for the Grizzlies. He was part of an 18 3-pointer effort from Montana in the game.
The Grizzlies had to survive a rally from the Lumberjacks that eventually sent the game into overtime, tied at 68. Wright did his best to try to seal the game at the foul line, converting on all four of his attempts over the final 1:15 of regulation.
In the first overtime, Wright's assist on a Mike Oguine basket brought Montana to within 74-73 with 2:11 to play. The game went to a second overtime tied at 77.
Wright assisted on two baskets that helped the Grizzlies jump ahead 86-77 in the second overtime. With the score at 86-82 and 34 seconds to play, Wright sank two free throws, and seventh and eighth made attempts.
The win was a big one for Montana, given it was the Big Sky Conference opener. The victory also put the Grizzlies back at .500 at 6-6. Montana tries to make it two straight wins to open the conference season when it faces Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, on Saturday night.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wilby pulls off first big stunner of boys basketball season

The Crosby boys basketball team couldn't have done much better than Tuesday's 90-56 win over New London in the inaugural CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic in Meriden.
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs played their first game on the newly-renamed Augelli Court, but the Wilby Wildcats spoiled the fun. Wilby upset Crosby 79-77 on Wednesday night in a game that proves that easy nights are rare in the NVL, especially in the city.
The Wildcats were hammered by Sacred Heart, 112-81, on Dec. 21 in the season opener for both teams. Wilby had plenty of time to regroup, and apparently they did.
Big nights from Dimitri Yates (23 points), Damian Grant (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Darrien Bell (12) were key for the Wildcats in the victory. Those stats come courtesy of Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American. Here's a quick game story from Palladino. You can also find video on "The Zone" website.
Jeremiah Kendall led Crosby with 19 points.
Wilby doesn't play again until next Tuesday (Jan. 5), when they travel to Beacon Falls for a 5:15 game against Woodland.
Crosby also won't play until next Tuesday, when they host Naugatuck at 7 p.m.

Kaynor Tech girls win Goodwin holiday tournament

The Kaynor Tech girls basketball team captured the Goodwin Tech Holiday Tournament title with a 51-24 win over the host school on Wednesday. 
The Panthers were dominant during the tournament, winning by a combined score of 92-25 over Goodwin and Abbott Tech. Kaynor defeated Abbott on Monday.

The Kaynor Tech roster is as follows (from the CIAC): Zhanise Arline, jr.; Jazmin Byars, sr.; Olyvia Chapman, fr.; Cassandra Couture, jr.; Maggie DeSantis, so.; Jillian Ducham, jr.; Samantha Henson, fr.; Brianna Isaacs, so.; Roberta King, jr.; Tamira Machado, fr.; Kayla Mills, so.; Julia Mongelluzzo, fr.; Nicole Morris, so.; Vaneichaly Rivera, fr.; Haley Romaniello, so.; Egypt Santos, jr.; Jamie Strileckis, so.; Allison Terry, sr.; Kaitlyn Thomas, sr.; Nathalia Vega, sr.; Nathalie Vega, sr.; Aryana Velez, fr.; and Sarah Wisniewski, fr.

The Panthers resume play in another holiday tournament on Saturday when they take on Sacred Heart at 4:15 p.m. in the consolation game of the Hearts Holiday Tournament. That game is at Sacred Heart High School.

Crosby boys blow out New London in CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic game

The Crosby boys basketball team made a loud first impression on the statewide stage Tuesday evening with a blistering 90-56 victory over New London in the inaugural CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic at Meriden's Maloney High School.
Senior Jordan Booker led the Bulldog onslaught with 29 points, including six 3-pointers, according to team stats posted on Junior Jeremiah Kendall tallied 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds while senior Roary Jadusingh tallied 13 points and five rebounds. Booker and Jadusingh had five steals apiece while Kendall contributed four and junior Daquan Sinisterra three.
Crosby erupted for a 29-5 lead after one quarter and opened it up to 53-25 by halftime. The Bulldogs outscored the Whalers 22-16 for a 75-41 lead after three quarters. Crosby head coach Nick Augelli used 12 different players in the game, and nine of them scored.
The Bulldogs return to conference play tonight at home against Wilby at 7 p.m. It's the first home game at Crosby since the court was named after Augelli.

St. Paul girls win Rybczyk hoop title

The St. Paul girls basketball team defeated Sacred Heart Academy Tuesday evening at Plainville High School to capture the David T. Rybczyk Memorial Tournament title.
Senior Lizzy Cretella led the way with 21 points, was named to the All-Tournament team, and was chosen as Tournament MVP, according to a tweet from Greg Lederer of The Cheshire Herald. Fellow senior Lizzy Ferraro added 14 points in the victory, which made the Falcons 5-0 on the season. Ferraro was also named to the All-Tournament team, according to a report on the Waterbury Republican-American's website.
Emily Sklenka and Amelia Sanchez contributed to the balanced attack with eight points each while Brigid Johndrow chipped in six. Jillian Kilmer didn't play Tuesday after being injured in the Pomperaug game on Monday.
After a break for New Year's, St. Paul returns to the court with three straight home games beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 5 against Ansonia.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Monday's hoop tourney action, and looking ahead to today

Two local basketball teams will play for a holiday tournament title today.
First up, the St. Paul girls take on Sacred Heart Academy in the finals of the David T. Rybczyk Memorial Tournament at 6 p.m. The Falcons won 63-53 over Pomperaug on Monday behind 20 points from Lizzy Cretella. St. Paul did lose Jillian Kilmer to injury, though the coaching staff didn't think it was severe, according to a Bristol Press story.
The Holy Cross girls face a big challenge when they take on state power Mercy at 6:45 p.m. in the final of the Mercy Holiday Classic. RaShana Siders (22) and Century McCartney (21) paced the Crusader offensive attack, according to results reported to the Waterbury Republican-American.

Here's how the rest of Monday's tourney action went:
Plainville 60, Waterbury Career Academy 54: The Spartan boys suffered their first defeat of the season in the Rybczyk Memorial Tournament. Marquan Watson led WCA with 19 points while Roderick Jenkins added 17. Watson also had eight rebounds, according to results reported to the Rep-Am. WCA plays Wilcox Tech in a consolation game today at 4:15 p.m. at Plainville High School.
New Fairfield 70, Bristol Eastern 41: The Lancer girls couldn't keep up with the Rebels in the second half of their News-Times Greater Danbury Holiday Festival game. Miya Laprise led the Lancers with 10 points while Gianna D'Amato chipped in eight, according to a game story from Rich Gregory of the News-Times. The game was a rematch of last year's Holiday Festival title game, won by Eastern. The Lancers face New Milford Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the consolation game at Danbury War Memorial.

West Haven 51, Waterbury Career Academy 21: The Spartan girls were defeated by the host school in their holiday tournament. Leila Lazaro and Armani Weaver each had six points for WCA, according to results reported to the Rep-Am.
Kaynor Tech 41, Abbott Tech 1: The Panther girls picked up their first win in convincing fashion in the CSC Christmas Tournament. Cassie Couture and Sarah Wisniewski each scored eight points for Kaynor, according to results reported to the Rep-Am.

A reminder: The Crosby boys basketball team faces New London today at 6 p.m. at the inaugural CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic at Maloney High School in Meriden.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bristol Eastern wrestling third at Danbury tourney

Bristol Eastern wrestling turned in a solid effort and finished third at Danbury's Ryan Sabbagh Holiday Tournament on Monday.
The only teams ahead of the Lancers were the winner Danbury and runner-up New Milford, according to team results posted on Twitter by Danbury News-Times sports reporter Jon Chik.
Zach Marquis and Luis Rivera each took first place in their weight classes for Eastern, according to the school's athletics Twitter account. Anthony Circosta, Jordon Champagne, Josh Wilson and Mikey Barrett all put together good efforts for the Lancers.
Eastern competes in the Bristol Central Invitational on Saturday.

Bristol Central wrestling wins another tournament

Another tournament, another win for the Bristol Central wrestling team.
This time, the Rams picked up a victory at the Frank Chaves Invitational, hosted by Simsbury High School on Monday. The Chaves event usually brings together some solid competition, so this is another feather in the cap for Central.
"Frank Chaves Invitational team champions!" read a post on the team's Twitter account earlier this afternoon.
Blake Holder and Noah Cruz finished first in their individual weight classes. Nine other Central wrestlers placed in the top 3, giving the Rams a total of 11 top 3 finishers overall, a terrific total for one team.
Central hosts the Bristol Central Invitational on Saturday.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"A trip down 69": Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sacred Heart holds annual alumni swim meet
Sacred Heart put together its 11th Annual Alumni Swim Meet on Saturday evening at Kennedy High School.
Proceeds from the meet benefitted the Wounded Warrior Foundation, according to the school's athletics Twitter page. It was a great evening for a great cause.

Getting into the holiday hoop (tournament) spirit
There are plenty of area holiday basketball tournaments going on, and here are the ones area teams are involved in:
Hearts Holiday Tournament
It was a tough evening for the Kaynor Tech and Sacred Heart girls basketball teams, which both lost their games on Saturday. As a result, they will play each other on Jan. 2 at 4:15 p.m. in the third place game.
The winners, Joel Barlow and Naugatuck, play at 6 p.m. on the same day.
David T. Rybczyk Memorial Tournament
Some locals will take part in this tourney, which begins Monday at Plainville High School. 
In girls games, St. Paul plays Pomperaug at 3 p.m. The other game is Plainville against Sacred Heart Academy.
On the boys side, Waterbury Career Academy takes on Plainville at 7:45 p.m. The other game is Wilcox Tech against Haddam-Killingworth.
The championship and consolation games are scheduled for Tuesday.
News-Times Greater Danbury Holiday Festival
This 11th annual girls basketball tournament brings in defending champion Bristol Eastern. In a match up of last year's finalists, the Lancers are scheduled to play New Fairfield at about 7:30 p.m. at the Danbury War Memorial. The other game, slated for 6, is between Danbury and New Milford.
The consolation and championship games are Wednesday at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Mercy Classic
The Holy Cross girls will play Career on Monday in a tourney that also includes Mercy and Lauralton Hall. As far as a game time goes for Holy Cross-Career, your guess is as good as mine. It's listed as TBA or TBD on every CIAC and school site. Mercy-Lauralton is at 6:45 p.m. Th consolation and championship games are Tuesday.
CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic
There's one team in this inaugural competition, and it's Crosby. The Bulldogs face New London on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Maloney High School in Meriden. There are two games on Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday's tournaments
The Kaynor Tech and Waterbury Career girls are slated to play in tournaments on Wednesday. Kaynor Tech goes to the CSC Holiday Tournament while WCA will play in a tourney in West Haven. Opponents and times weren't listed on the CIAC website.
The Kaynor Tech boys will also be at a tournament on Wednesday. Opponent, time and location are not listed on the CIAC website. The Bristol Eastern boys are slated to be at a Nonnewaug holiday tournament in Woodbury.
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Hillhouse Winter Relays
Local indoor track and field athletes took part in another meet at New Haven's Floyd Little Athletic Center on Saturday.
Wilby senior Ju'wan Herring took second in the boys high jump relay, finishing behind only Wethersfield senior Julian Campbell.
In the girls high jump relay, Crosby senior Asabi Ifafore-Angoy finished in fifth place.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wrestling highlights from Tuesday

St. Paul gets its first win
The Falcons claimed a 51-24 win over Seymour for their first victory of the season, according to results posted on Connecticut Wrestling Online.
William Konikowski (126), Elliot Garcia (132), Johann Strasser (138), Chris Dionne (160), Jordan Silva (170), Atem Caron (182), Sebastian Lombardo (195), Matt Gray (220) and Adam Ward (106) all won for St. Paul.
The Falcons are back in action next Tuesday at Monument Mountain in Massachusetts.

Bristol Eastern knocks off Berlin
The Lancers rolled to a 63-13 victory to get to 2-0 on the season.
Pins by seniors Zac Thompson and Luis Rivera helped set the tone, according to a post on the Bristol Eastern athletics Twitter account. Good efforts also came from Jordon Champagne, Justin Marshall, Anthony Lozier and Zach Marquis.
Eastern heads to a holiday tournament in Danbury next Monday.

Bristol Central keeps winning
The Rams took down Platt 37-21 and improved to 2-0 on the season.
Noah Cruz was selected as "Animal" of the meet, according to the Central wrestling Twitter account. The Rams will take part in the Frank Chaves Invitational next Monday in Simsbury.

Wednesday, December 23 highlights

The St. Paul boys basketball team opened the 2015-2016 season with a 73-61 win at Oxford.
Mike Ranagan led the Falcons with 19 points, according to the team's account. Mike Palmieri scored 16 points, Jackson Hines tallied 13, Ben Mazzone had 8, and Austin Jones added 6.

St. Paul girls now 3-0
The Falcons also knocked off Oxford on Wednesday night and improved to 3-0 on the season. Next up for St. Paul is the David T. Rybczyk Memorial Tournament at Plainville High School. The Falcons play Pomperaug at 3 p.m. on Monday.

Holy Cross girls end showdown with knockout punch
The Crusaders hosted Torrington in a battle of 3-0 teams, and they made sure there was no drama in this meeting of NVL rivals.
Holy Cross blasted Torrington 75-33 at The Pit. The Crusaders jumped ahead 24-6 and flew to a 46-14 halftime lead, according to tweets from Rick Wilson of the Republican-American.

Sacred Heart boys also 3-0
The Hearts blew out Watertown 88-58 on the road to get to 3-0. 
Mustapha Heron led Sacred Heart with 28 points, according to the Waterbury Republican-American. Raheem Solomon recorded 20 points, Tyrn Flowers put in 19 and Charles Fisher added 14.

Look who is 2-0...
The Waterbury Career Academy boys basketball team is 2-0 in their first varsity season after winning their home opener 65-48 over Bullard Havens Tech.
The Spartans will join the St. Paul girls team at the Rybczyk Memorial Tournament. WCA opens play host Plainville on Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holy Cross girls host Torrington in battle of unbeatens

Is it too early to hype a high school basketball game?
Maybe it is, but who cares? Tomorrow night, the Holy Cross girls host Torrington at 7 o'clock in a battle of 3-0 NVL teams.
When looking for NVL girls basketball championship royalty, look no further than these two programs. There may also be no more spirited rivalry in NVL girls basketball than Holy Cross and Torrington. As a matter of fact, the teams have alternated NVL tourney titles over the past three years, the Lady Raiders in 2013 and 2015, and the Crusaders in 2014. Before 2013, it was Holy Cross on top for three straight seasons (2010-2012), all at Torrington's expense. The Crusaders claimed NVL titles In the past eight years (2008-2015), 2014 was the only one where the Lady Raiders weren't in the NVL final.
Back to the present.
Holy Cross is coming off a 56-41 win over Kennedy. Crusader standout RaShana Siders had 20 points in the victory. Idalis Miranda tallied 11 points while Caitlin Cipriano added 10.
For Torrington, Brie Pergola posted 24 points and 9 rebounds in a 66-28 win over Derby. Caitlyn Cornish added 10 points in the victory
In last year's only regular season meeting, Holy Cross beat Torrignton 69-66 in overtime. It was the only loss for the Lady Raiders in the regular season.
Torrington scored its revenge in the NVL Tournament championship game with a 66-65 victory at Sacred Heart. 
It may be too early to determine a NVL champion tomorrow, but two of the NVL's top programs will know where they stand after the game.

A look at what happened on the first full night of boys basketball

Monday was the first full night of boys basketball in the area, so what happened?

Sacred Heart can pile up the points
The Hearts scored 112, to be exact, in a 112-80 win over Wilby at Wilby High School. Sacred Heart is loaded with weapons. They are a team that can run, and they can break a defense down in the half court. It will be hard to stop this team.

Heron has an insane night
Sacred Heart senior standout Mustapha Heron, a recent Auburn signee, started his final high school year with a thunderous performance. Heron dropped 48 points on Wilby, including 12 field goals and a ridiculous 23 made free throws. Tyrn Flowers (20), Raheem Solomon (17) and Charles Fisher (13) also hit double figures for the Hearts. 
Look at Robert Goodrich's Twitter account for links to photos from the game.

Kennedy tops Holy Cross at the buzzer
Lorenzo Benjamin's lay-up just before the buzzer gave the visiting Eagles a stunning 80-78 win at Holy Cross. Look to the Republican-American for the video and story from Joe Palladino. 

Bristol Eastern opens with a win
The Lancers took down Rocky Hill 71-61 at home. Tyler Arbuckle tallied 24 points, Tyler Tefoe 16 and Nate Hickey drained three 3-pointers. Arbuckle, Tefoe, Hickey and Darieyn Tate all had solid games, according to Bristol Eastern's Twitter account
Look at T.J. Dowling's Twitter account for a link to photos from the game. 

Don't sleep on Bristol Central
Yes, the Rams lost another tough one on Monday, 89-87 at home in overtime to Maloney. Some see an 0-2 start as troublesome, but remember that Central has lost its two games by a total of six points. The Rams should be just fine.
Sophomore Jamil Hornesby had another big night with 33 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds.

Crosby rolls to victory
The Bulldogs hammered Watertown 99-59 at Watertown. Jordan Booker went off for 33 points and five steals while Tyairus Sands posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sands added seven assists and five steals to his ledger. Jeremiah Kendall tallied 15 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists. Daquan Sinisterra recorded 12 points and 4 steals while Daniel Jones tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and a block.
Crosby's next game is an intriguing one. The Bulldogs go to Maloney High School in Meriden for the CPTV Sports Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 29. Crosby faces New London at 6 p.m. The Tip Off Classic is an inaugural event.

Also winners
Waterbury Career Academy recorded its first victory in varsity program history, 71-62 over O'Brien Tech of Ansonia. The Spartans took a slim 22-19 lead after the first quarter, then erupted in the second quarter to go ahead 45-27 at halftime. WCA was outscored 35-26 in the second half, but was able to hang on for its first win.
Wolcott blasted Seymour 82-46 at home. The Eagles jumped out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter and led 39-17 at the half.

Still looking for first win
Kaynor Tech lost 61-44 to Career Magnet at home in the CSC Tip-Off. The Panthers dropped to 0-2 and still seek their first victory of the season. Kaynor Tech's tough schedule (they lost their season opener to Bunnell) continues with the Stratford Christmas Tournament on Dec. 29 against Trumbull at 6 p.m. at Stratford High School. 

St. Paul opens tomorrow
The Falcons play their season opener tomorrow night at 7 at Oxford. The home opener is Saturday at 7 p.m. against Watertown.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"A trip down 69": Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

Proof that hard work pays off
Bristol Central wrestling had a great day Saturday in winning the Plainville Invitational.
For head coach Matt Boissoneault and his staff, it's proof for their wrestlers that hard work does indeed pay off.
Four of Central's five Plainville Invitational champions were on the team two years ago. The combined record of those four wrestlers was 17-47 (courtesy of Bristol Central wrestling Twitter account). Fast forward to this year, and all four wrestlers won championships in their first tournament of the season.
It's a great start for Central wrestling, and one that wouldn't have happened without hard work.
Note: The Rams had good efforts from non-winners as well. Mike Guzman finished second at 220 pounds. Travis Parsons (126) and Krys Nizielski (285) both took third place. Alan Suares (138) and Connor Staubley (195) each placed fourth. Those results, and the following results, we're posted on Connecticut Wrestling Online.
Other Plainville Invitational results
St. Paul was seventh as a team while Holy Cross was ninth. Adam Ward (2nd at 113), Jordan Silva (2nd at 170), Matt Gray (3rd at 220) and Jeremy Adams (4th at 285) all finished in the Top 4 for the Falcons. Aaron Velasquez (4th at 170) and Jack Bowler (3rd at 195) had Top 4 finishes for the Crusaders.

Lancers second at C.J. McCormack Invitational
Bristol Eastern wrestling completed a good week Saturday with a second place finish at the Berlin's annual C.J. McCormack Invitational.
The only team ahead of the Lancers was Mount Anthony Union of Vermont, the top program in New England.
Zach Marquis was the lone first place finisher for Eastern. Marquis accomplished that at 182 pounds. Second place finishes came from Justin Marshall (126) and Jack Kachidurian (132) while Josh Wilson (138) and Anthony Circosta (195) each placed third. Noah Corliss (120), Greg Lozier (145), Anthony Lozier (152), Mikey Barrett (160), Luis Rivera (220) and Hydekel Mangual (285) all took fourth place.

Chase Collegiate competes at Mike O'Keefe Holiday Classic
Chase Collegiate wrestling took on some tough competition in Pomperaug's tournament Saturday and came away with a tie for ninth place with Seymour.
William Bianchi won his weight class at 113. Gabe Pietorazio was third at 145.

14th Annual Hillhouse Invitational
Several local athletes competed in the indoor track meet held Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Here are the area's top 20 individual finishers and Top 10 relays, according to
- Ashley Cummings, Bristol Central (20th in 600 meters); Hannah Jones, Bristol Central (16th in 1600); Hannah Stoveken, Kaynor Tech (10th in 3200); Girls 4x800 relay from Bristol Central (9th, team of Ashley Cummings, Christina Peabody, Paige Hinton and Hannah Jones); Asabi Ifafore-Angoy, Crosby (9th in high jump)
- Luis Medina, Bristol Central (15th in 300-meter dash); Daniel Pittman, Kennedy (20th in 600); Elijah Coleman, Kennedy (5th in 1000); Matt Varnum, Bristol Central (14th in 1600); Varnum (12th in 3200); Jevon Smith, Bristol Central (2nd in 55-meter hurdles); Jorge Hernandez, Bristol Central (4th in 55 hurdles); Boys 4x800 relay from Bristol Central (8th, team of Sean Suiter, Tyler L'Heurex, Steve Behmke and Varnum); Jermaine Coggins, Crosby (14th in long jump); Pierce Piana, St. Paul (4th in shot put); Adam Lamonico, Bristol Central (7th in shot put)

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sacred Heart boys claim another Jamboree title

Sacred Heart defeated Waterbury Career Academy and Kennedy to claim the city boys Jamboree title on Saturday at Kennedy High School.
There was no surprise when Mustapha Heron showed why he's arguably the state's best player. Heron was downright dominant at times, according to reports from the Waterbury Republican-American. 
In a fun twist to the festivities, Sacred Heart head coach Jon Carroll went up against former assistant Ronan O'Leary in the first game the Hearts played. O'Leary is the head coach of WCA.
It wasn't just Heron starring for Sacred Heart. Charles Fisher, Tyrn Flowers, Darryl Flowers and John Riddick all took their own turns for the Hearts. There were even some big-time dunks from Sacred Heart.
WCA knocked off Holy Cross in the consolation bracket final.
For a full story and tweets, check out Joe Palladino from the Republican-American.
Of course, don't read a ton into what happened inside Jack Taglia Gymnasium on Saturday. There were several players missing, according to Palladino.
All six teams involved in the Jamboree open their season officially on Monday. Here's the schedule:

Waterbury Career Academy at O'Brien Tech (Ansonia), 6 p.m.
Crosby at Watertown, 7 p.m.
Kennedy at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Wilby, 7 p.m. 

Bristol Central wrestling wins Plainville Invitational

To describe last season as frustrating for Bristol Central wrestling would be too easy.
Injuries and illnesses combined to sap the Rams of the depth they needed to compete. Central ended up 12th in the Class L state meet. The Rams dealt with a lot, too much at times.
Central got off to a running start with a 51-30 win over East Hartford in their 2015-2016 season opener Tuesday. 
How do you cap off opening week in style? By winning the tournament you compete in, of course.
Central took first place at the Plainville Invitational Saturday behind some great individual efforts. Sophomore Chris Trelli (106 pounds), senior Shane Oxton (145), senior Jacob "Kuba" Kreciglowa (152), senior Julian Galindez (160) and junior Brett Scully (182) each took first place in their respective weight classes.
Central looks to keep the momentum going on Tuesday at home against Platt at 6 p.m. It's the first CCC South Division meet of the season for the Rams.

Kaynor Tech competes in its first indoor track meet

The Kaynor Tech indoor track and field team competed in a meet for the first time in program history on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
The Panthers were there to take part in the 14th Annual Hillhouse Track & Field Invitational.
The following athletes won their individual heat during the invitational, according to Kaynor Tech's athletics Twitter account:

Zyiera Brown, 300 meters
Terrell Patterson, 1000 meters
Dominique Dildy, 300 meters
Ryan Arnold, 300 meters
4x400 relay, team of Jordan Wilkins, Patterson, Arnold, Matt Runyon 

Not a bad start for a program that just came into existence this year. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Anthony Ireland putting up respectable numbers for Arkadikos

Former Crosby and Loyola Marymount standout Anthony Ireland hasn't had a ton of playing time in Greece with the professional Arkadikos team so far this season.
When Ireland does get on the floor though (93 minutes in 6 games), he puts up some pretty good numbers.
Ireland is a respectable 16-of-35 (45.7%) from the field, including 4-of-11 on 3s, according to statistics posted on Ireland has scored 48 points, dished out 12 assists and collected three steals. He has turned the ball over seven times and is a solid 12-of-16 (75%) on foul shots.
Arkadikos is in the Greek Basketball League's top level.
Ireland played for Elan Chalon in the French Ligue Nationale de Basketball Pro A last year. That team was in France's top-tier division. Ireland has been a good player no matter where's played, so hopefully he'll get more playing time.

Walter Wright, Montana will be on ESPN3 Saturday

If you want to see former Wilby standout Walter Wright in action for Montana men's basketball, you have a chance this weekend.
Montana travels to Kansas to face an 8-1 Jayhawks squad. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET tip at the famous Phog Allen Fieldhouse and can be seen on ESPN3.
Wright is coming off of a good all-around performance in a 79-59 win over Great Falls of the NAIA on Tuesday.
Wright played 30 minutes and tallied 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (2-of-5 on 3s). Wright led the Griz in steals with three and assists with five. Wright also pulled down three rebounds.
On the season, Wright is averaging 29.1 minutes per contest for Montana (4-5), second on the team. Wright is shooting 37.9 percent from the floor and averaging 10.6 points per contest, which is second on the team. Wright leads the team in assists (26) and steals (14).

WRESTLING OPENING NIGHT: Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern post victories

Both Bristol public schools opened the 2015-16 wrestling season with wins yesterday.
Bristol Central took down East Hartford 51-30 while Bristol Eastern downed South Windsor 46-31. Both meets were at the Bristol schools' home gyms.
Ram junior Brett Scully was named "Animal" of the meet by his coaches for his efforts against the Hornets. Central makes its annual trip to Plainville Saturday for the Plainville Invitational.
For the Lancers, victories from sophomore Mikey Barrett, freshman Carson Sassu, senior Greg Lozier and sophomore Jordon Champagne were key. Eastern makes a trip to Berlin Saturday for the C.J. McCormick Invitational.
St. Paul dropped its season opener 39-30 to Derby at Derby. Wins for the Falcons came from sophomore Chris Dionne at 160, junior captain Jordan Silva at 170, junior Matt Gray at 220, junior Jeremy Adams at 285 and freshman Adam Ward at 113. St. Paul is also headed to the Plainville Invitational on Saturday.
Holy Cross opens it season tonight at home against Seymour at 6:30.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Local football players make All-State rosters

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association released its All-State teams, and not surprisingly, several local players made the grade.
GameTimeCT posted all of the teams on its website, and you can view them here.
Bristol Central (Class L) and Wolcott (Class S) had two players apiece selected in their respective classes. Crosby (Class LL) and St. Paul (Class S) each had one player chosen in their classes.
For the Rams, senior Josh Moxam made it as an offensive lineman while senior Noah Cruz appears as a linebacker. Jeff Papazian, their head coach, had this to say on Twitter.
"Big Congrats to Noah Cruz (LB) and Josh Moxam (OL) on being seleted to the 2015 CHSCA Class L All State Team."
Cruz and Moxam helped lead Central to a second straight 7-3 season under Papazian, who finished his second year as coach. Cruz and Moxam were also members of the All-CCC Division II West squad.
The two Eagles selected were seniors Cole Phelps (OL) and Nate Fillipone (DB). Phelps was part of a solid core of senior offensive linemen who led the way for Wolcott's rushing attack. Filippone spearheaded that rushing attack, but he also made his name known on defense. Phelps led the Eagles in tackles while Filippone recorded three interceptions. Both were named All-NVL at those same positions.
The lone bulldog was senior Alvin Lopes. Lopes helped lead Crosby to the NVL Brass Division, its first such championship. Lopes was an All-NVL Brass Division selection.
For the Falcons, senior Ben Pryor was the pick. Pryor was a leader on offensive, defense and served as captain. All Pryor did was run for 1,622 yards and 28 touchdowns on 139 carries, his first as a full-time running back with St. Paul. Pryor helped the Falcons achieve a .500 record for the third straight season. Pryor made the All-NVL team as a defensive back.

GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING NIGHT: St. Paul starts with solid road win

St. Paul girls basketball got off to a 16-0 start in the first quarter at Kennedy and didn't look back in a 62-35 win on Tuesday night.
Senior Jillian Kilmer led the Falcons with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, according to a story by Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American. Seniors Lizzy Ferraro and Lizzy Cretella also had solid nights with 13 and 12 points respectively (Cretella had 5 rebounds). It was a balanced effort form St. Paul, who also got contributions from juniors Amelia Sanchez and Brigid Johndrow.
The Falcons open their home schedule on Friday night against Sacred Heart at 7.
Senior Lynadia Whiting had 11 points while sophomore Destiny Prather tallied 10 for Kennedy, which looks to rebound Friday at Oxford in a 7 p.m. contest.
Wilby 60, Ansonia 36: The Wildcats got off to a great start with a road win over the Chargers in Ansonia. Senior Tchawanda Chambers led the visitors with 21 points.
It's the second straight season-opening win for Wilby over Ansonia. The Wildcats won 40-37 at home last year. 
Wilby plays its home opener on Friday against Derby at 7 p.m. The Wildcats can match their win total from last season with a victory over the Red Raiders.
Holy Cross 57, Seymour 23: Expectations are high for the Crusaders this season, and they started strong with a road win over the Wildcats in Seymour.
Holy Cross was rated 19th in the state media poll. The Crusaders open their home schedule on Friday against Ansonia at 7 p.m.
Weston 56, Waterbury Career Academy 35: The first girls basketball game didn't go as planned as the Spartans dropped their contest to the Trojans at home.
WCA tries to get back on track on Thursday in Stratford against Bunnell. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Farmington 62, Bristol Eastern 49: The Lancers showed plenty of fight but came up short against the Class L state champions.
Strong efforts were posted by senior Gianna D'Amato and sophomore Hannah Maghini.
Wolcott 68, Derby 46: The Eagles started up with a road win over the Red Raiders in Derby.
Two players hit for 20-plus points for Wolcott in the victory. Raven Cody had 23 points while Briana Japs tallied 21 for the Eagles.
Wolcott plays its home opener tonight at 7 against Ansonia. 
Crosby 52, Oxford 26: The Bulldogs played in the friendly confines of their home gym and came away with a resounding win. 
Senior Mariah Machado led Crosby with 20 points. Crosby hits the road Friday for a 7 p.m. contest at Wolcott. 
Simsbury 36, Bristol Central 13: It was a tough night for the Rams in a loss to the Trojans in Simsbury.
Central looks to get back on track Friday at home against East Catholic at 7 p.m. The game is the home opener for the Rams.   
Notre Dame-Fairfield 53, Kaynor Tech 29: The Panthers lost at home to the Lancers.
Kaynor Tech hopes to regroup Friday on the road in Danbury against Immaculate. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tre'Von Perry records double-double in WCSU win

Western Connecticut State junior forward Tre'Von Perry put together a solid effort in a 76-78 win for the Colonials against Southern Maine on Saturday.
Perry played 35 minutes and recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Six of Perry's rebounds came on the offensive end, and he also had two blocks and an assist in the contest.
WCSU improved to 6-3 with the win. For the season, Perry is averaging 28 minutes, 7.1 points, 6.0 rebounds (second on the team) and a team-high 1.6 blocks per game.
The Colonials take a long Christmas break before returning to the court with a game ion Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Lehman College in the Bronx as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Mallory makes Northeast-10 honor roll

Southern Connecticut State junior Michael Mallory (Holy Cross) once again received recognition from the Northeast-10 Conference for his efforts.
Mallory was named to the conference's honor roll after three solid games last week. The honor was announced on SCSU's website on Monday.
Mallory averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per contest. His highs for the week were 29 points and 9 assists in a 84-74 win over Pace University on Saturday. Mallory was able to overcome his team-high 7 turnovers that game.
SCSU is 8-2 and ranked No. 9 in the latest Division II National Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

Mike Ditka gives talk at Crosby High School

Students at Crosby High School were in the presence of an NFL Hall of Famer on Monday.
Former player and coach and current ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka (Hall of Fame Class of 1988) made an appearance at the school on Monday, according to the school and athletics Twitter accounts. 
A post on Crosby football's Instagram said this about Ditka:

"We were blessed today to have the legendary Coach Mike Ditka come speak at our school today. Great experience, great guy, great message."

Ditka gave a motivational speech to about 200 students at the school, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.
You can see a photo of Ditka with Crosby coaches here.

Elder earns Rookie of the Week honor

Southern New Hampshire University freshman Ashley Elder was named Northeast-10 Field Rookie of the Week for her efforts at Saturday's Plymouth State University Meet.
The honor was announced on the Southern New Hamsphire University women's indoor track and field website. 
Elder, a former Bristol Central standout athlete, had top three finishes in both of her throwing events, the shot put and weight throw. Elder tossed her shot put 10.79 meters, which gave her a second place finish. She placed third overall in the weight throw after a toss of 11.25 meters. 
SNHU won the Plymouth State meet, which also featured the host school and Colby-Sawyer. The Penmen don't compete again until Saturday, Jan. 30, when they travel to the University of Southern Maine Invite in Gorham, Maine.
Elder returns to her home state on Saturday, March 26, when SNHU competes in the Wesleyan Spring Classic at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Former Wilby star Walter Wright helps Montana almost upset Gonzaga

Former Wilby High School standout Walter Wright did his part and helped Montana almost pull an upset of No. 17/20 Gonzaga on Tuesday night at The Kennel in Spokane, Wash.
Josh Perkins put the Bulldogs ahead 59-58 on a jumper with 38 seconds remaining. Kyle Wiltjer added two free throws, and a late three-point attempt by the Grizzlies missed.
Wright, a junior who originally played for Snow College, played 36 minutes for Montana. He tallied 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers), three assists and three steals.
Wright gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the second half at 33-31 with a 3-pointer at the 16:39 mark of the second half. Wright extended Montana's lead to four points at 35-31 with a jumper at the 14:20 mark.
Later in the second half, two baskets by Wright helped trim a six-point Gonzaga lead to just two at 50-48. Wright's second straight lay-up, following his own steal, came with 3:50 to play.
Wright assisted on the tying 3-pointer by Brandon Gfeller, 56-56, at the 1:06 mark. Wright committed a foul with 59 seconds left and Montana up 58-56. Perkins made 1-of-2 free throws, but the Bulldogs got the offensive rebound (Domantas Sabonis) and Perkins buried the go-ahead jumper with 38 seconds left.
Wright is the second-leading scorer on Montana at 11.0 points per contest. He averages 30.6 minutes per game (second on the team) and has team highs in both steals (10) and assists (20).
The Grizzlies play at Washington on Saturday.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Bristol Central, Eastern athletes earn All-CCC honors

The Central Connecticut Conference announced fall all-league honors, and the teams were populated by athletes from Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern populated the teams.
Here are all the teams, going in alphabetical order (by sport):

BC: Matt Varnum (sr), Matt Roy (soph)
BC: Hannah Jones (jr), Ashley Cummings (jr), Christi Peabody (jr)
BE: Nina Pasqua (sr), Emily Baranowski (sr), Jillian LeBeau (jr)

BC: Noah Cruz (sr), Luis Medina (jr), Josh Moxam (sr), Tyler Boi (sr), Tom Nelligan (jr), J.J. Quiles (sr), Isaiah Miller (soph)
BE: Darieyn Tate (sr), Zac Thompson (sr), Edgar Hernandez (jr), Ronte Cooper (sr)

BC: Mike Lemke (jr), Andrew Marcantonio (sr), Jason Sarmiento (sr)
BE: Gian Constantiello (jr), Darin Mar (sr), Jared Rokosa (sr)
BC: Ashley MacDonald (soph), Adalia Malick (fr)
BE: Morgan Dauphinee (sr), Gianna D'Amato (sr), Miya Croze (fr)

BC: Madison Pechulis (sr), Meghan Curtis (soph)
BE: Jaime Mitchell (jr), Brianna Ogonowski (fr), Sydney Therrien (sr), Hope Johnsky (soph), Georgia Ogonowski (jr), Olivia Bart (sr), Eva Boniatis (sr)

BC: Allie Martel (sr), Cydney Martin (sr)
BE: Angela Daley (sr), Megan Gettings (sr), Bailey Wyrebek (sr)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Federowicz earns All-New England honor

Zach Federowicz had a distinguished career as a goalkeeper for the St. Paul Catholic boys soccer.
On Friday, Federowicz earned a major honor when he was named a 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Fall Boys High School All-New England Region player. Federowicz certainly earned the recognition after posting 10 shutouts this fall. He finished his career with 31 shutouts. Nine of his shutouts came in St. Paul victories (the other was a scoreless tie.)
Federowicz was Class S All-State in each of his last three seasons. He was All-NVL, and to top it off in the league, he was chosen as the NVL Player of the Year.
Quinnipiac University men's soccer will be getting one heck of a player next fall.

Friday, December 4, 2015

A terrific 25th anniversary for Sacred Heart football

The Sacred Heart football family gets to celebrate a great anniversary this weekend when it honors the 1990 Class SS state championship team.
Yes, it's been 25 years since the Hearts pulled off a wild 32-26 Kansas tiebreaker overtime win over The Morgan School on Dec. 1, 1990, at West Haven High School.
When the Hearts burst onto the field prior to the game, they set the stage for their first football state championship since 1968. (video courtesy of Jason Stien, YouTube). The Hearts were "CIAC Merit Award" winners in 1968 in Class M, along with New Canaan, Ridgefield, Simsbury and Windham. There were no CIAC playoffs at the time (info courtesy of Gerry deSimas Jr. and the state football record book). Sacred Heart had been in a championship game in 1988, but was blown out by Stratford.
The Hearts rallied from a 26-14 fourth quarter deficit to claim the title in 1990. Glen Knight scored on the first play of overtime for the winning points. Sacred Heart appeared in the SS title game again in 1991 and lost to Stonington.
Sacred Heart will celebrate that memorable 1990 championship, the first CIAC title in Waterbury history, tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the East Street Eatery in Wolcott.
Here's my recap of the game after watching Stien's video post.
Morgan came out pounding the ball downfield on Sacred Heart. The Morgan ground attack set up its first score, a touchdown pass, and a 6-0 lead.
The Heart response came quickly with a huge run on their first play from scrimmage. Three plays later, Sacred Heart's Jason Iverson punched it in for six, and the extra point put it ahead 7-6 (courtesy of an Associated Press report in The Day of New London on Dec. 2, 1990).
Morgan fumbled on its next possession, but then it blocked a Sacred Heart punt. The Huskies scored on their next play for a 12-7 lead.
Disaster struck for the Hearts when they fumbled on their next possession, on the final play of the opening quarter. Morgan picked up a touchdown on its ensuing possession on a pass, but missed the two-point conversion again, leaving its lead at 18-7.
Sacred Heart punted away on its next possession, which gave Morgan a chance to take an even bigger lead. The Huskies were forced to punt, but got the ball back on an interception. Morgan took its 18-7 lead into the half.
The teams traded punts to begin the second half, then Sacred Heart scored on a long touchdown run by Ted Buonocore. The kick was good, and the Hearts trailed 18-14.
The Hearts got the ball back after a punt, but fumbled it away to the Huskies. Big back Ron Stopkoski barreled in for a touchdown, then Morgan completed a wild two-point conversion pass (the snap was mishandled) for a 26-14 lead. The Huskies led by that same margin after three quarters.
Sacred Heart came back with a scoring pass from P.J. Buonocore to Bill D'Occhio, but missed the two-point conversion, leaving Morgan with a 26-20 advantage with 10:12 to play.
The Heart defense came up big with an interception on the next Morgan possession, but the offense gave it back with another fumble deep in Husky territory.
Sacred Heart's defense came up big again and forced a punt, giving the offense the ball right around midfield. The Hearts tied the game on a 25-yard, jump ball touchdown pass from P.J. Buonocore to Steve Pogodzienskif in the end zone. The extra point was missed, however, leaving the game tied at 26 with 1:40 to go. That set up the Kansas tiebreaker overtime, where each team gets the ball and four plays to score from the defense's 10-yard line.
Sacred Heart got the ball to start OT and scored on its first play on a 10-yard run by Glen Knight. The Hearts again missed the extra point, leaving the score at 32-26.
Sacred Heart's defense forced Morgan into an intentional grounding on third and goal, setting up a long fourth down attempt. The Hearts didn't fall for the halfback option on the last play and clinched the state championship.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Bradford named to Northeast-10 Conference Honor Roll

University of New Haven senior Briana Bradford has been named to the Northeast-10 Conference Honor Roll after a strong effort last week.
Bradford was recognized by the league today in a press release. The former Holy Cross standout averaged 21.5 points per game in two contests last week. 
Last Tuesday, Bradford connected for 23 points in a 72-63 conference loss to Adelphi University. She made 7-of-13 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Bradford made 6-of-9 from the foul line and grabbed three rebounds to go along with three assists and one steal.
Last Saturday, Bradford scored 20 points and five rebounds in a 70-53 win over Goldy-Beacom. Bradford made 7-of-13 shots from the floor, hit on 6-of-7 at the foul line, dished out three assists and came up with a steal.
Bradford leads UNH in points per game (18.3) and minutes (36.2), according to a story on the team website announcing her as a Student-Athlete of the Week.
UNH plays two games this week, starting with a 5:30 p.m. Northeast-10 matchup at home against Southern Connecticut State University.

Dejuan Rodriguez chosen for Rookie of the Week

Wheelock College freshman Dejuan "DJ" Rodriguez has been honored as New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week for his recent performance.
The honor was announced by the league today in a press release. The former St. Paul Catholic standout scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench in a 104-76 loss to Division I UMass-Lowell. Rodriguez also had a steal and a block for Wheelock, a Division III school.
The Wildcats, who haven't played since Nov. 24, return to the floor Thursday with a NECC road contest at Elms College.

DeFillippi earns Player of the Week honors

Mount Ida College sophomore Joey DeFillippi was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his recent efforts.
The announcement was made by the league today in a press release. All the former Bristol Central standout did last week was become the 15th Mount Ida player to tally 30 points. DeFillippi had 30 points and shot 10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. He was also 5-for-5 from the foul line. DeFillippi had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a stat sheet-filling night.
Mount Ida plays two games this week, starting with tomorrow's home league contest against Johnson & Wales of Rhode Island. 

Mallory named Player of the Week

Former Holy Cross standout Michael Mallory had a monster game for Southern Connecticut State men's basketball last week, and he was named Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week.
The honor was announced by the league today in a press release. Mallory, a junior guard, erupted for 43 points, including nine 3-pointers, in a 107-94 win over American International College last Tuesday. Mallory missed the school record by a mere three points in the highest point total by a SCSU player in nearly 40 years.
Mallory also pulled in six rebounds, collected two steals and blocked two shots.
SCSU plays three times this week, starting with tonight's home conference contest against LIU Post.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

High school basketball starts soon!

The CIAC still has to crown four high school state football champions, and that process begins this week with quarterfinal round games.
Don't look now, but basketball is just around the corner. For high school girls, it starts on Monday, the first official day of practice. The first day of the season is Monday, Dec. 14.
For high school boys, the first day of practice is this coming Saturday, Dec. 5. The season begins on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Here's how each team in the Sports on CT-69 area begins their 2015-2016 season (Bold means season opener):

No one starts playing until Tuesday, Dec. 15. The annual City Jamboree is on Dec. 12 at Kennedy High School.

Tuesday, Dec. 15
Wilby at Ansonia, 6 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Kaynor Tech, 6 p.m.
Farmington at Bristol Eastern, 7 p.m.
Bristol Central at Simsbury, 7 p.m.
Oxford at Crosby, 7 p.m.
Wolcott at Derby, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Seymour, 7 p.m.
Weston at Waterbury Career Academy, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18
Sacred Heart at St. Paul, 7 p.m. 


The annual City Jamboree is on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Kennedy, so Waterbury teams will be waiting until the week after to play their season openers. Kaynor Tech will host a CSC Tip Off Tournament that same day.

Saturday, Dec. 19
Bristol Central at E.O. Smith, 2 p.m.
Kaynor Tech hosts CSC Tip Off Tournament

Monday, Dec. 21
Waterbury Career Academy at O'Brien Tech, 6 p.m.
Maloney at Bristol Central, 7 p.m.
Rocky Hill at Bristol Eastern, 7 p.m.
Crosby at Watertown, 7 p.m.
Kennedy at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Seymour at Wolcott, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Wilby, 7 p.m.
Kaynor Tech hosts CSC Tip Off Tournament

Tuesday, Dec. 22
Wolcott at Ansonia, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23
Bullard Havens Tech at Waterbury Career Magnet, 6 p.m.
Wethersfield at Bristol Central, 7 p.m.
Bristol Eastern at New Britain, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Torrington, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Watertown, 7 p.m.
St. Paul at Oxford, 7 p.m.
Woodland at Kennedy, 7 p.m. 

Chase Collegiate has a strong fall

The fall sports teams at Chase Collegiate School were able to put together some strong efforts. Here's a little bit about what happened this fall at Chase:

Boys cross country claims title, girls finish 4th
The boys cross country team, coached by Kevin Grimes, secured the Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference championship on Halloween at Bucks Hill Park in Waterbury. The boys took first place as a team while the girls finished fourth. The top runner for the boys was sophomore Dwyer Grimes, who took third place. Senior Latrell Powell finished seventh, followed by eighth place finisher Harry Harwood (8th grade) and senior Tom Brayton, who took 14th. Six PR times and four medalists helped add up to a championship for Chase. Chase edged out Watkinson by four points, 55-59.
For the girls, senior Morgan Maisto was seventh while fellow senior Lauren McDonald took ninth.
The boys graduate Thomas Brayton, Rahul Kumar and Latrell Powell. 
The girls graduate Dani D'Aversa, Ally Feldman, Morgan Maisto and Lauren McDonald.

Boys soccer reaches New England semifinal
Boys soccer, coached by Joe Campos, went 9-2-2 in the regular season and earned berths in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League and New England tournaments. The HVAL tourney didn't go as planned as Chase was eliminated by The Harvey School by a score of 4-3. Still, Chase earned a trip to the New England tourney and began play in the quarterfinals against MacDuffie, where it claimed a 2-1 win. A 6-0 loss to Hoosac in the semifinals ended Chase's run, but can't take away from a successful season overall.
Boys soccer graduates Jacob Estrada, Blake Hardy, Alden Landry, Tim LeBlanc, Dan Smyth-Temple, Ethan Vance, Grant Varnum and Jason Zoldy. Zoldy was a prolific goal scorer for Chase.

Girls volleyball plays in HVAL final
Girls volleyball, coached by Stephen Behr, compiled a record of 8-7 in the regular season. Chase hosted Christian Heritage in the HVAL semifinals and won 3-0. That set up a final against Masters. Masters won the match 3-0 to take the HVAL title.
Girls volleyball graduates Maia Demirs, Clairice Drexler, Micaela Estra, Erka Kodra, Mikayla Powers and Pam Rivers-Salisbury. 

Chase girls reach HVAL semifinals
Girls soccer, coached by Gabriel Goja, went just 4-6 in the regular season. Chase turned it up in the HVAL tourney, however, with a 1-0 quarterfinal win over The Forman School. That set up a semifinal against Christian Heritage School. Chase battled but lost 2-0.
Girls soccer graduates Maggie Atkins, Maddie Jensen and Ally King.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wolcott ends season on high note against Holy Cross

The Wolcott football team was looking for a positive end to its season on Thanksgiving morning against rival Holy Cross.
The Eagles entered with a solid record of 6-3, but a Class S state playoff berth was out of reach after back-to-back losses to Seymour and Ansonia. Still, there was a chance to send Wolcott's seniors out with a victory.
The Eagles did that and more with a 42-0 victory over the Crusaders at Joe Monroe Field on the campus of Wolcott High School.
“We just said all week long that as a senior class we just wanted to go out with a win,” senior Nate Filippone said told the Republican American's Roger Cleaveland. “I couldn’t have done it without these coaches and my offensive line. They did a heck of a job today. I just did it for my team. I just wanted to leave the legacy here. That’s it.”
Filippone accounted for four touchdowns for the Eagles in his final game -- two receiving, one rushing and one passing. Senior quarterback Rocky Griffin had another efficient day, something Wolcott has come to expect from him.
After giving up 52, 61 and 49 points to St. Paul, Seymour and Ansonia over the past three games, Wolcott's defense allowing nothing to a Holy Cross offense that has struggled at times this season. As a matter of fact, junior Justin Fernandes recovered a fumble on a botched punt for a touchdown, according to Cleaveland's article.
Wolcott finished the season with a 7-3 record, the fifth straight year that the program has won at least seven games. Holy Cross ended a tough season at 2-8.
Go here for the full story from Cleaveland. There's also photos from veteran photographer Steven Valenti at that same link.
Wolcott loses the following seniors to graduation (according to CIAC roster): Jacob Ramos, Anthony Mennillo, Damon Stefko, Robert "Rocky" Griffin, Jacob Gabriel, Brad Grasso, Nate Fillipone, Matthew DeFazio, Christopher Giuggio, Alexander Tapley, Jase Trelli, Phil Olmstead, Robert Pisani, Brendan Brown, Kyle Dunn, Cole Phelps, Christopher Spring, Justin Nadeau, Ryan Pawlak, Christopher Maisto and Brandon Romano.
Holy Cross loses the following seniors to graduation (according to CIAC roster): Justin Witherspoon, Zach Mason, Ryan Pierce, Andrew Dzinski, Austin Callaway, Nick Lomando, Aaron Velasquez, Tyler Cremin, Jonathan Buscarello, Mason Wickline and Jeff Nobrega.