Friday, September 30, 2016

Three local Division I college hoop players ready to go as practice begins today

NCAA college basketball practice begins today, and that means another season of Division I competition for some area hoops players.
Walter Wright (University of Montana, Wilby High School) and Khadaijia Brooks (Marshall University, Bristol Eastern High School) are set for another run. For Wright, it's his senior year. Brooks is going into her sophomore season.
For Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart High School), it will be his freshman season at Auburn University.
Trevon Seymore (Kennedy High School) transferred from Coppin State to Division II Texas A&M Commerce in the spring.
Here's some info on each player:

Walter Wright
He was named to the CSM Big Sky Conference second team in the preseason. Last year, Wright put up 13.2 points per game and was an honorable mention in the conference. Wright played in all 33 games and started each one. He was a 79.1 percent free throw shooter. 
Wright is a 5-10, 161-pound senior guard. The Griz are hoping to make a run to the NCAA Tournament after coming up short in the Big Sky Conference Tournament last year.

Khadaijia Brooks 
The former Bristol Eastern standout played in 31 of Marshall's 33 games as a freshman. Brooks averaged 1.4 points and 7.5 minutes per contest. She made 18 two-point field goals, one 3-pointer, and connected on 5-of-10 free throw attempts. Brooks tallied nine steals and 10 blocks.
Brooks is listed as a 5-10 sophomore guard/forward.

Mustapha Heron
The first five-star signee in Auburn basketball history. That tells you something about Heron right off the bat.
The 6-5, 215-pound freshman ranked in the Top 25 in three different national polls for high school seniors. Heron helped Sacred Heart to three straight state championships and a 54-game winning streak. He averaged 30 points and eight rebounds a game as a senior.
Heron has put up some huge numbers in national tournaments during the spring and summer. To say the least, head coach Bruce Pearl is excited about adding Heron. 

Trevon Seymore
Seymore spent his junior season at Division I Coppin State. He played in 24 games and made 22 starts. Seymore averaged 31.2 minutes per game and had a scoring average of 10.2 points. Seymore was first on the team in steals with 32, and he was fourth on the team in rebounding with 114.
Texas A&M Commerce is a Division II school that plays in the Lone Star Conference.
 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Another tie between Wolcott and Holy Cross in girls soccer

The first time the Holy Cross and Wolcott girls soccer teams met, the match ended in a 2-2 tie.
That was on Friday, Sept. 16 at Holy Cross High School.
The Eagles hosted the Crusaders on Thursday evening on the turf of Joe Monroe Field, and guess what happened? A tie.
Wolcott and Holy Cross both tallied first half goals, but neither side could get the winner and ended in a 1-1 tie. Both squads are still undefeated in the Naugatuck Valley League. The Eagles are 4-0-3 in the league while the Crusaders are 3-0-3.
Wolcott, led by head coach Chris Riviezzo, has a team led by five seniors -- Cynthia Dias, Sarah Begley, Kayla Mayo, Meghan Doubleday and Alexis Mulhall. Dias was the goalkeeper on Thursday, and Mayo had the Eagle goal.
Holy Cross, led by Phil Mongelluzzo, has six seniors on its roster -- Julia Sheetz, Michelina Gagliardi, Hayley Gilmore, Katherine Flaherty, Meghan Villano and Emma Gargano. Flaherty was the goalkeeper for the Crusaders, who got their goal from Adelisse Padilla off a redirection of a Gilmore direct kick.
As pointed out by Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American, Holy Cross was down three starters Thursday, and two of them are gone for the season. Down that many starters, the Crusaders showed a tremendous amount of fight on the road to salvage a tie and remain unbeaten in the league.
With the regular season matches gone, the only way Wolcott and Holy Cross can determine who is the better team head-to-head would be in the NVL Tournament. That would be the last time the teams could meet, given that the Eagles are in Class M and the Crusaders reside in Class S.
 

UPDATE: Bristol Eastern sweeps Bristol Central in soccer doubleheader at Muzzy Field

It was a good Thursday evening for Bristol Eastern soccer at Muzzy Field.
The boys claimed a 2-1 win in the opener, and then the girls did the same in the nightcap. Each time, the match-winning goal came courtesy of a Lancer freshman.
Here's more on each contest:

Girls
Bristol Eastern 2, Bristol Central 1: Freshman Leah Policarpio came up with the go-ahead goal for the Lancers in the second half.
Junior Ashley Macdonald put the Rams ahead 1-0, but Eastern junior Sara Tyminski scored the equalizer. That set the stage for Policarpio, who helped give Eastern the victory. Policarpio scored off a cross from sophomore Myah Croze, according to a tweet from Josh Kestenbaum of The Bristol Press. Sophomore Hannah Richards picked up the win in goal for the Lancers.
Bristol Eastern improved to 4-3-1 with the win. Bristol Central dropped to 4-4.

Boys
Bristol Eastern 2, Bristol Central 1: Freshman Jake Woznicki had the match winner for the Lancers.
Eastern led 1-0 at the half behind a goal from senior Gian Costantiello. The Lancers improved to 2-4-1 with the win. Junior Tom Tefoe picked up the win in goal for Eastern.
Central evened the match at 1-1 in the second half on a goal by freshman Diego Naranjo. The Rams dropped to 2-3-3 with the loss.

Quick notes 
  • Three of the six goals scored in Thursday's doubleheader were by freshmen. That bodes well for the future of city soccer.
  • The second doubleheader between the city schools is scheduled for Halloween at Muzzy Field. The girls will play the first match.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UPDATED: Wolcott soccer teams having great seasons so far

This post has been updated to reflect the Wolcott boys soccer match result from today.

There isn't a ton of success to be had for area NVL soccer teams this season.
Two exceptions to that rule reside on Boundline Road in Wolcott.
The Eagle girls soccer team is 5-0-2 heading into tomorrow evening's 6 o'clock match against Holy Cross (2-1-2). The teams have met once already this season, with the match ending in a 2-2 deadlock on Sept. 16 at Holy Cross High School.
Take that match out of the equation, and the Wolcott girls have allowed ONE goal in their other six matches. The Eagles have outscored opponents 35-3 this season.
On the boys side, Wolcott is 5-1-1 following a 3-3 tie at North Haven on Wednesday.
The Eagles opened with a win, then were blanked by the Oxford Wolverines. Since then, Wolcott hasn't lost. Three of the four Eagle wins were by two goals or less, including a pair of 2-1 results. Wolcott also won a 6-4 slugfest over Kennedy during that time.

UPDATED: First city soccer matches Thursday at Muzzy

Another year, and Muzzy Field is ready to host the first installment of the city soccer series between Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern.
The boys are scheduled to kick off Thursday's doubleheader at 5:15 p.m. The Central girls host Eastern in the nightcap, listed as a 7 o'clock start on the CIAC website.

Here's a little more on each matchup:

BC at BE boys
Records: BC 2-2-3; BE 1-4-1
Streaks: BC 1 win; BE 3 losses
BC's last match: The Rams defeated East Catholic 3-1 at home on Tuesday. The win snapped a five-match winless streak for BC.
BE's last match: The Lancers were beaten 3-0 on the road by South Windsor on Tuesday. It was the fifth straight winless match for BE.
The veteran vs. the rookie: Bill Sweet has been through many city matchups as the long-time head coach of Eastern. For Central first-year head coach Nate Jandreau, this is his first go. Jandreau was an assistant on the BC girls staff under Scott Redman.
Need to score: BE has a single goal in its last five matches.
BC not immune to droughts: The Rams tallied just four goals during their five-match winless streak before nearly matching the mark against East Catholic.

BE at BC girls
Records: BE 3-3-1; BC 4-3
Streaks: Both have lost 1
BE's last match: The Lancers were downed at home by South Windsor by a score of 2-0 on Tuesday.
BC's last match: The Rams lost 2-0 at Southington on Tuesday.
Hey, I know you!: Both coaches in this match are in their first year at their respective schools, but they know each other. Scott Redman was head coach at Central before taking over at Eastern this year. Ginny Godbout, who was a Redman assistant at Central, is now head coach of the Rams.
Streaky: BE ripped off three wins in a row to open the season, but has gone 0-3-1 in the last four. BC also had a three-match win streak, but it was snapped by Southington on Tuesday.

WEATHER UPDATE: The National Weather Service now says the rain will hold off this evening. It will be windy, so dress warm. Enjoy the games!!!

WEEK 3 FOOTBALL STATS: Trey Dawson's eye-popping night; St. Paul runs wild again

For starters...
By now, you have heard about what Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech quarterback Trey Dawson did last Friday night against Woodland Regional in Beacon Falls.
Dawson threw for 491 yards -- repeat, 491 yards -- and five touchdowns in a 67-28 victory. Tyler Rudolph caught 11 balls for 210 yards and scored three total touchdowns while Courie Stevenson hauled in four passes for 115 yards and two scores. Those stats are via Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American, and they're still just as eye-popping as they were when they appeared in Kyle's story online last week. Sacred Heart's MaxPreps site, with stats entered by Phil Dawson, credited Trey with 537 yards passing.

Another massive rushing effort by the Falcons
St. Paul stayed on the ground at Watertown, and it resulted in a 26-6 victory.
Pierce Piana amassed 195 yards on 26 carries while backfield mate Damien Rabis tallied 193 on 10 rushes with two touchdowns. Kevin Ashworth ran seven times for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Those stats come from the team's Hudl account.
The St. Paul defense was also terrific. Watertown had a single first down in the first half, four for the game. Noah Mendoza and Zach Parent had five tackles each while Connor Bogdanski and Dom Aiello both tallied four.

Iorio goes over 200 on the ground for Wolcott
Ray Iorio rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and the Eagles improved to 2-1 with a 39-28 home win over the Crosby Bulldogs. 
Quarterback Mike Polzella used his legs as well to the tune of 90 yards and a touchdown. Steve Urbanski ran a kickoff back 79 yards for a score. Justin Fernandes and Nick Longo caught touchdown passes while Anthony Ligi added a scoring run.
On defense, Wolcott had Mike Ciarlo with eight tackles, Dylan Prescott with seven and JJ Knapik with seven.
The stats are from the team's Hudl account.

Holy Cross gets first win
Led by the tandem of Corey Fappiano and Adam Razza, the Crusaders picked up their first victory.
Fappiano had nine completions, and Razza caught eight of them as Holy Cross won going away, 42-12 over Wilby at Alumni Field. Mark Jaffee of the Rep-Am had Fappiano down for 199 passing yards and Razza with 187 receiving. Razza caught four touchdowns.

First win for Bristol Central as well
The Rams needed every yard they got from Luis Medina and Isaiah Miller in claiming a 30-26 win over the Platt Panthers at Muzzy Field.
Kelly McCabe, a teacher at Bristol Central who reported for The Bristol Press, had Medina with 231 yards rushing and two touchdowns, plus a receiving touchdown. Miller rushed for 86 yards and a score, and he threw a touchdown.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Brianna Root, John Ducham, K.J. Smith, Colby Macdonald, C.J. Dabkowski

Brianna Root, Post University volleyball
Root (Post University)
The Eagles just put together a school record 10-match win streak, and the former Bristol Eastern standout was right in the middle of it.
Post set the record with a 3-0 win (25-21, 27-25, 25-18) over Bentley at home inside the Drubner Center last Thursday. Root, the team leader in assists, tallied 36 that night. Root's well-placed hit clinched the second set for the Eagles.
Post broke the previous mark of nine straight wins, which happened in 2004.
For the season, Root has 471 assists and is one of five Eagles with double digits (12) in service aces. Root is fourth in digs with 112.





John Ducham, Post University cross country
As a senior, the Kennedy High School
Ducham (Post University)
graduate
 is one of the leaders of the Eagles.
On Sunday, Ducham finished fourth out of 164 runners in the York College Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. Ducham ran the 8K race in 28:48.4. The men's team took ninth overall at the meet, led by Ducham.
Ducham placed 18th and was the top runner for Post in the Philadelphia Metro Invitational at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia on Sept. 10. 
Ducham was the second best runner in the NVL, first in his division, as a senior at Kennedy.




K.J. Smith, Central Connecticut State University football
Smith (CCSU)
The Blue Devils lost their Northeast Conference opener to Bryant, but sophomore K.J. Smith put together a good effort.
The former Bristol Eastern standout had five catches for a team-high 75 yards, and one of those grabs was a touchdown. Smith caught a three-yard pass from Jacob Dolegala early in the fourth quarter for the score.
Smith is first on CCSU in touchdown receptions (2), second in yards (162), and third in catches (13).
Smith scored his first career touchdown in a game at James Madison earlier this season.



Colby Macdonald and C.J. Dabkowski, Elms College soccer
Macdonald (Elms College)
The Bristol Central graduates have been mainstays in the Blazer starting lineup during their sophomore seasons.
Dabkowski (Elms College
Macdonald tallied his first point of the season at a key point in a 3-2 victory over Mitchell College last Saturday evening.
Macdonald, a sophomore, had an assist on the Shaquille Robinson goal that gave Elms a 2-1 lead in the second half. The Blazers went ahead 3-1 before claiming a 3-2 victory.
Both MacDonald and Dabkowski, a junior, have started the first eight matches for Elms. Macdonald plays defense while Dabkowski is in the midfield.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kevin Rivers put together good series in defeat for York Revolution

Rivers (York Revolution)
The York Revolution saw their Atlantic League baseball season come to an end with a three-game sweep by the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Former Bristol Eastern star Kevin Rivers had a big series at the plate for York. In three games, Rivers hit .357 (5-for-14) with two home runs and seven RBI. Rivers scored three runs and walked once in the series.
Rivers, who was acquired from the New Britain Bees, played in 67 games in the regular season for York. He hit .254 with eight homers and 39 RBI.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Trey Dawson up for couple Athlete of the Week honors

Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech quarterback Trey Dawson needs your vote.
Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech quarterback Trey Dawson
is up for a pair of Athlete of the Week honors.
Dawson, a 6-4 sophomore, is up for two Athlete of the Week nominations after an insane performance against Woodland Regional last Friday.
Dawson is up for CPTV Sports' UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week. You can click here to vote for Trey on the CPTV website.
Dawson is also up for WFSB Friday Night Football Athlete of the Week. You can click here to vote for Trey on the WFSB website.
Why vote for Trey? Well, all he did was throw for 491 yards and five touchdowns in his team's 67-28 win. Kyle Brennan of the Waterbury Republican-American reported that the yardage total was the third highest in Naugatuck Valley League history and 11th in state history. 
It was an amazing performance, and one worthy of making Dawson an Athlete of the Week. So, what are you waiting for? Go vote for Trey!

Waterbury fall baseball team picks up pair of exciting wins on Saturday

A collection of baseball players from in and around Waterbury got together Saturday at Municipal Stadium for a fall baseball doubleheader.
Will Morales winds up to deliver a pitch
during his no-hitter on Saturday.
(Photo courtesy of Frank Melillo)
Frank Melillo, head coach of the Waterbury Senior Legion team, said the objective of putting the fall baseball team together is to play quality teams and take part in some tournaments. On Saturday, college coaches came to Municipal Stadium to get a look at players that haven't committed yet.
"We are just trying to help players and play quality ball," Melillo wrote in an email.
The Waterbury Senior Legion squad, made up of players from the Naugatuck Valley and Berkshire leagues, won both games of their doubleheader.
The first game was against Stamford, and Waterbury trailed 5-1 at one point. Waterbury got to within 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, then Liam O'Brien hit a walkoff RBI single for a 6-5 victory. O'Brien comes from Nonnewaug High School, where Melillo is the head baseball coach during the spring.
In the nightcap, Will Morales of Sacred Heart High School tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Batter's Box of Hamden. Morales struck out 16 batters in his gem of a performance. The only blemish was a one-out walk in the top of the seventh. It was a great performance by the Sacred Heart right-hander.
Some other names on the Waterbury roster will sound familiar to area baseball fans: Fran Phalen (Holy Cross), Matt Bonvicini (Holy Cross), Peyton Stephens (Sacred Heart) and Ray Bartoli (Wolcott), just to name a few. 
It may not feel like baseball season, but it still is for these local ballplayers.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kevin Rivers drives in two more runs, but Revolution down 2-0 in series

Kevin Rivers again helped lead the York Revolution offense on Wednesday evening in Game 2 of the Freedom Division (Atlantic League) Championship Series against the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Again, it wasn't enough. Sugar Land won 10-9 at home in Texas to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
As for Rivers, the former Bristol Eastern standout went 2-for-5 with two RBI. He now has five RBI in the series. 
York plays Sugar Land at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Revolution will be trying to avoid a sweep.

Wolcott baseball to receive championship rings Friday evening

The time has come for the Wolcott baseball team's players and coaches to get their well-earned bling.
The Eagles will receive their Class M state championship rings at 6 o'clock Friday evening at Joe Monroe Field on the campus of Wolcott High School. The ring ceremony precedes the Wolcott-Crosby football game, which is slated for a 6:30 kickoff.
Wolcott won the Class M title on a walk-off home run by Ray Bartoli. It was the first baseball state championship for the Eagles.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

QUICK LOOK: Bristol Central girls soccer rallies for win

The Bristol Central girls soccer team was in danger of falling back under .500 on Wednesday afternoon at home.
Central trailed Rockville 1-0, but the home team had the answers it needed to pick up a 2-1 comeback victory. The answers Central needed came from Olivia Savino and Faith Roy, who each scored a goal.
Central improved to 3-2 on the season. Next up for first-year head coach Ginny Godbout's charges is Maloney on Friday at home at 3:45 p.m.

QUICK LOOK: St. Paul girls soccer gets first win

In two of its first three matches, the St. Paul girls soccer team came oh-so-close to picking up a victory.
The Falcons began the season with a 1-1 tie at home against Holy Cross, then lost to Watertown 4-1 on the road. St. Paul secured its second tie, 0-0, against Wolcott on Monday.
On Wednesday evening in front of the home fans, the Falcons broke through against Sacred Heart, winning by a score of 5-1.
The Sacred Heart tilt started a three-match homestand for St. Paul. The Falcons host Woodland on Friday at 4 p.m., then play Ansonia next Monday at 5 p.m.

Former Bristol Eastern standout Kevin Rivers homers in playoff game

Former Bristol Eastern standout Kevin Rivers did what he could to give the York Revolution a win in Game 1 of their Freedom Division Championship Series against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Tuesday night.
Rivers drove in three runs in a 7-5 York loss. His solo home run in the the top of the fifth inning brought the Revolution to within a run of the Skeeters at 3-2. In the sixth, Rivers rapped a two-run single to put York ahead 5-4.
York photographer Joe Doll has a terrific photo of Rivers' homer in flight. Check it out in the Game 1 recap posted on the Revolution website.
Game 2 of the best-of-five Atlantic League playoff series is this evening at Constellation Field in Texas.

QUICK LOOK: Bristol Central cross country teams undefeated; St. Paul girls off to good start

The Bristol Central boys and girls cross country teams are both 2-0 to start the season.
The boys took down Newington 21-39 in the season opener, then dispatched New Britain 15-50 on Tuesday at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain.
The girls defeated Newington 20-40, then got past New Britain 15-50 on Tuesday at Stanley Quarter Park.

St. Paul
Both cross country teams from St. Paul are off to good starts this season.
The Lady Falcons are 4-1 on the season after Tuesday's home meet against Wilby, Woodland and the Waterbury Career Academy. The Hawks were the first loss of the season for St. Paul. 
The boys are 3-2 after the same Tuesday home meet against Wilby, Woodland and WCA. St. Paul's losses to Woodland and WCA were the first of the season.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

WEEK 2 FOOTBALL STATS: Mike Polzella's big game for Wolcott; St. Paul's rushing attack

For starters...
Wolcott got the bounce-back victory that it needed last Friday when it beat up Kennedy by a score of 53-0.
Leading the offensive charge for the Eagles was quarterback Mike Polzella. Polzella was accurate, completing 14-of-18 passes. He also picked up passing yards in chunks, 252 to be exact. Polzella tossed touchdown passes of 19 and 51 yards to Steve Urbanski, along with a 12-yard scoring strike to Justin Fernandes.
Wolcott also went well over 200 yards on the ground, tallying 271 for the game. Ray Iorio led the ground game with 24 carries for 159 yards and touchdowns of 2 and 3 yards. Polzella had a 10-yard scoring run, and Anthony Ligi took one in from 11 yards. Wolcott's final score came on a 50-yard run by Mason Desaulniers. 
On defense, Bobby Stoeckert, Ethan Miner and Urbanski had six total tackles each.

St. Paul runs wild
The Falcons picked up all of their 432 total offensive yards on the ground in a 46-13 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders. 
Both Pierce Piana and Damien Rabis tallied 180 yards or more for St. Paul, which evened its record at 1-1. Piana ground out 184 yards on 22 carries, including touchdown runs of 29 and 23 yards. Rabis got his 180 yards in just seven carries, and four of those runs went for touchdowns. Rabis scored on runs of 36, 4, 80 and 47 yards.
Chris Dionne had six rushes for 26 yards while Connor Bogdanski added two attempts for three yards. Dionne and Bogdanski each ran for a pair of two-point conversions.

The good and the not-so-good
Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech sophomore quarterback Trey Dawson threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-45 attempts, according to stats compiled by Mark Jaffee of the Waterbury Republican-American.
Those are some good numbers.
On the flip side, Dawson threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Sacred Heart trailed 25-0 at the half and went on to lose 42-14 to Oxford. 

Some others to note...
  • Bristol Central quarterback Isaiah Miller put up 153 total yards of offense in a tough 20-14 loss to South Windsor. Miller was 7-of-16 passing for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also carried the ball 13 times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
  • On what was otherwise a rough night for Crosby (38-13 loss to Derby), running back Donte Detanto had a good job carrying the ball. Detanto ran 21 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. 
All other stats besides Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech were obtained through the Hudl accounts of each team.   

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Holly Willette gets first volleyball win at Bristol Central

It had been a rough start to the season for Bristol Central girls volleyball.
The Rams had lost their first three matches of the season entering Monday evening's tilt at Newington. Bristol Central hadn't won a game in those three matches.
For one night, the Rams erased their tough start with a 3-2 win over the Newington Indians.
The win is extra special for first-year head coach Holly Willette. Willette, who was previously a head coach at St. Paul, graduated from Bristol Central High School.
Willette took over for Jennifer Broderick as head coach and inherited a young team with inexperienced players needing to take on bigger roles. The Central seniors are Kallie Clark, Elizabeth Hunter, Autumn Blasi, Taya Watson and Katherine Plourde, according to the team's CIAC roster.
Central tries to make it two straight wins on Friday when it hosts Berlin at 6:30 p.m.

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Brad Grasso, Brenna Kelley, Eli Parks, Luca DiCarlo, Anna Guay

Brad Grasso, Post sprint football
Grasso (Post U. athletics)
The Eagles may have lost their season opener, but Grasso had a good collegiate debut.
Grasso, the Wolcott graduate, tallied nine tackles, recorded a sack and forced a fumble in Post's 24-6 loss to Franklin Pierce in Rindge, N.H., on Saturday night.
Grasso's sack went for an 11-yard loss. Of his nine tackles, five were solo and four were assisted.
Grasso, listed at 5-9 (no weight listed), is majoring in Sports Management. In sprint football, players must weigh 172 pounds or less.
Grasso also had a nose for the ball as a senior at Wolcott. He was sixth on the team in tackles, and he recovered two fumbles.



Brenna Kelley, Hartford soccer
Kelley (Hartford athletics)
It says something to compete in a Division I collegiate sport. Brenna Kelley has been able to say that she has been a member of the University of Hartford women's soccer program.

Kelley hasn't a lot of playing time, but she has stuck with it and remained a member of the team. 
Kelley has appeared in three games in her junior season and has played a total of 31 minutes. She played a season-high 21 minutes in Hartford's 4-0 win over Delaware State on Aug. 28.
Kelley has kept up an impressive ledger in the classroom. She was named to the America East Academic Honor Roll as a freshman and sophomore for having a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


Eli Parks, Southern Connecticut State football
Parks (SCSU athletics)
Check out #20 carrying the football on the SCSU football web page.
That would be Eli Parks, the former St. Paul Catholic standout and sophomore running back for the Owls. Parks has been seeing a good amount of playing time as SCSU tries to get its rushing attack going in the early season.
Through three games, Parks has carried the ball the second most times of anyone on the team. He leads the team in rushing yards with 83. Parks also has two catches for 16 yards.
Parks may not be putting up huge stats, but he is gaining valuable playing time that will only help him down the road.


Luca DiCarlo, Western Connecticut State soccer
DiCarlo picked up his second straight win as Colonial goalkeeper on Sunday afternoon.
DiCarlo (WCSU athletics)

The sophomore keeper and Holy Cross graduate made four saves in goal in WCSU's 2-0 victory over Keene State in the Little East Conference opener for both teams.
DiCarlo improved his record to 2-2 with the shutout. Through four matches, he has made 19 saves for a percentage of 70.4.
DiCarlo made four starts as a backup keeper in his freshman season. He made an impressive 29 saves on 31 shots, which translates to a 93.5 save percentage. DiCarlo's record was a perfect 4-0.
DiCarlo was a All-Naugatuck Valley League and All-State performer for Holy Cross during his senior season. DiCarlo was a All-NVL Copper Division choice as a junior.



Anna Guay, Connecticut College cross country
Guay (Connecticut College athletics)
The Connecticut College women's cross country team finished second at the 10-team Trinity College Invitational on Sept. 10, then placed fifth out of 42 at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational this past Saturday.
Among the top finishers for the Camels was Anna Guay at the Trinity event was senior Anna Guay. Guay, who went to Sacred Heart in Waterbury, finished third on her team and 14th overall at the Trinity meet. Guay was also the third Camel runner to finish at the UMass-Dartmouth event. She placed 51st overall in that invitational.
Guay was the team's third runner at the 2014 New England Division III championship meet. Guay is an experienced point-scorer for the Camels, according to a preview on the team site.
Guay finished 18th overall as a senior for Sacred Heart in the Class S championship meet. She was the valedictorian of her senior class at Sacred Heart.