Monday, January 30, 2017

Jason Pace leaving Wolcott to become Newington head football coach

After six seasons as Wolcott's head coach, Jason Pace will take over
the same position at Newington High School.
The end of a successful era in Wolcott football came today.
Jason Pace will leave the Eagles to take over the head coaching position at Newington High School, according to a press release from Indians athletic director Chris Meyers.
"It is my pleasure to announce Jason Pace as the head football coach at Newington High School," Meyers said in the release.
While Newington gains a coach, Wolcott loses one who was very successful in the top job. The Eagles posted a 48-19 overall record in six seasons under Pace and made the state playoffs four times. Pace was a defensive coordinator and assistant coach before assuming the top job.
"Through the interview process, Coach Pace showed a clear passion for education and football, which distinguished him as the leader of our education-based football program," Meyers said. "We welcome Jason Pace into our Newington High School Athletics family and are excited to see the positive impact he will have on the football program and the athletic department as a whole."
Pace is a teacher at Wolcott High. He earned his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, then received post-graduate degrees from Quinnipiac University and the University of Bridgeport, according to the press release. Pace is pursuing another degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

DIVISION I HOOP ROUNDUP #4: Walter Wright re-enters lineup for Montana

Wright (Montana athletics)
Walter Wright, Montana senior
Snapshot
Wright started his week in street clothes, but finished it with 30+ minutes in the lineup for the Griz.
After sitting out the first game because of a coach's decision, Wright re-entered the lineup for Montana in Saturday's home game against Idaho.
What happened last week
Eastern Washington: Wright and fellow guard Ahmaad Rorie were held out of the lineup in the 72-60 home loss on Thursday.
Head coach Travis DeCuire didn't say much about Wright and Rorie after the game, calling it a coach's decision. Wright and Rorie were running the scout team in practice the previous day.
Idaho: Not only did Wright return to the lineup Saturday, he played 30 minutes in the 85-77 overtime home loss to the Vandals.
Wright was just 4-for-12 from the field, but he made 5-of-6 free throws. He finished with 14 points, three assists, five turnovers, one steal and four personal fouls. Wright made two foul shots with 3:14 to play in regulation to tie the game at 66.
The week ahead
Montana has struggled mightily on the way to a four-game losing streak. The Griz host Montana State on Saturday in their lone game of the week.
Just the stats
22 games/7 starts; 504 minutes/22.9 per game; 82-210 FG (39%); 18-73 3-PT (24.7%); 62-70 FT (88.6%); 42 rebounds/1.9 per game; 45 personal fouls/no disqualifications; 70 assists; 49 turnovers; 1 block; 10 steals; 244 points/11.1 per game

Heron (Auburn athletics)
Mustapha Heron, Auburn freshman
Snapshot
Heron has scored in double figures in 21 straight games to begin his career, adding to his program record. He still leads the team in scoring at 15.4 points per game.
Auburn was hammered on the road by South Carolina on Tuesday before claiming a win at Texas Christian University on Saturday.
What happened last week
South Carolina: Heron had a tough night shooting in the 98-69 loss and finished with 10 points.
Heron was 2-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-5 from the three-point line. He did connect on five of six free throws. Heron also had five rebounds, three assists, one turnover, two blocks and two steals in 27 minutes. 
TCU: Heron was a much more efficient 7-for-11 from the floor in the 88-80 win.
He finished with 17 points, six rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes. Heron did foul out for the first time this season. He made his lone three-point attempt and both of his free throws.
The week ahead
Auburn hosts Tennessee on Tuesday night before playing rival Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Just the stats
21 games/21 starts; 581 minutes/27.7 per game; 99-230 FG (43%); 31-72 3-PT (43.1%); 95-125 (76%); 128 rebounds/6.1 per game; 55 personal fouls/1 disqualification; 26 assists; 53 turnovers; 6 blocks; 18 steals; 324 points/15.4 per game

Flowers (UMass athletics)
Tyrn Flowers, UMass freshman
Snapshot
Flowers played just six minutes and fouled out in a loss to Saint Louis on Wednesday, but had a good effort in 16 minutes in a loss to George Mason on Saturday.
What happened last week
Saint Louis: The Minutemen traveled to St. Louis and came back home with a disappointing 74-70 loss. Flowers fouled out with three points and three rebounds. He shot 1-for-3, all three-point attempts.
George Mason: Another close loss for UMass, 76-74 to the Patriots. Flowers played just 16 minutes, but he shot the ball well and tallied 11 points. He was 4-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-7 behind the three-point line. Flowers also had three rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two personal fouls in by far his best game recently.
UMass made a run at George Mason after being down double digits in the first half, and Flowers was in the middle of it. A 3-pointer cut the Patriot lead to 61-58 with nine minutes left in regulation. Flowers then converted a dunk to put the Minutemen down 63-60. With 6:22 to go, Flowers cashed in another 3 to cut the deficit to 65-63. At 3:15, Flowers made his third trey of the half, putting UMass down just 70-68.
Flowers missed a 3 for the lead at the 2:39 mark. He did come back with a big block when UMass trailed 74-71 with just over a minute remaining.
The week ahead
UMass has one game this week, at LaSalle on Wednesday.
Just the stats
22 games/0 starts; 287 minutes/13 per game; 38-101 FG (37.6%); 27-77 3-PT (35.1); 4-6 FT (66.7%); 56 rebounds/2.5 per game; 35 personal fouls/1 disqualification; 10 assists; 12 turnovers; 9 blocks; 5 steals; 107 points/4.9 per game

Brooks (Marshall athletics)
Khadaijia Brooks, Marshall sophomore
Snapshot
The Herd split their Lone Star State road games, knocking off the University of Texas at San Antonio before falling to the University of Texas at El Paso. Brooks played 56 minutes combined and ended the week with 17 points.
What happened last week
UTSA: Marshall hit 11 3-pointers and rallied for an 88-81 victory Thursday.
Brooks knocked down three of her four three-point attempts and finished with nine points in 33 minutes of play. She had three rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a personal foul.
Brooks made all three of her treys in the third quarter. Her first one pulled Marshall within 44-40. The second 3-pointer gave the Herd a 50-49 lead. Brooks' third and final three-point shot, at the 5:32 mark, tied the game at 53.
UTEP: Brooks had eight points in 23 minutes in the 84-74 loss Saturday.
Brooks knocked down three of her four shots, including a perfect 2-for-2 from the three-point line. She also had three rebounds, two turnovers, one steal and three personal fouls.
The week ahead
Marshall returns home for games against Southern Miss on Thursday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Just the stats
20 games/20 starts; 595 minutes/29.8 per game; 62-128 FG (48.4%); 19-55 3-PT (19-55); 19-26 FT (73.1%); 132 rebounds/6.6 per game; 36 personal fouls/0 disqualifications; 28 assists; 22 turnovers; 14 blocks; 17 steals; 162 points/8.1 per game.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kennedy boys done in by one huge run from Sacred Heart

Kennedy's Chomari Joseph (32) puts up a shot in traffic during Sunday's game at Sacred Heart.
Kennedy boys basketball couldn't have asked for a better start against Sacred Heart in a rare Sunday afternoon road game at Alumni Hall.
The Eagles got points from Chomari Joseph, Tyvon Stenson and Lashawn Smith on the way to an 11-4 lead against the Hearts in the first quarter.
Then the wheels came off the bus. Not just a couple, but all of them.
Poor offense and shoddy defense helped Sacred Heart erupt for a 27-0 run. Kennedy watched its seven-point lead turn into a 20-point deficit midway through the second quarter. 
The Eagles never drew closer than 12 points the rest of the way and lost 66-51.
Kennedy head coach Ryan Sullivan voices his displeasure with a call during the game.
"Our offense just got bogged down," Kennedy head coach Ryan Sullivan said.
How bogged down? The Eagles had one basket in the second quarter and five points total.
"We spoke to them at halftime, and we said 'guys, you can't shoot any worse than you did,'" Sullivan said.
Lay-ups and foul shots failed to go in. It was a frustrating half for the road team.
Kennedy did play better in the second half, and it outscored Sacred Heart 35-33 in the final 16 minutes. 
"I thought we played much better in the second half," Sullivan said.
Senior Chomari Joseph proved to be tough to stop on the baseline for the Eagles. He scored 12 points in the second half and finished with 16, tied with junior Smith for the team high. Stenson, a senior, added 13 points.
"When they were down 20, they could've hung their heads," Sullivan said. "They battled, they stayed in there."
Sullivan appreciated his team's effort in the second half.
"I'm happy that we battled," Sullivan said. "That's the biggest thing."
While Joseph was scoring on the baseline, Smith was showing prowess both under the basket and in the mid-range game. Stenson pushed the ball to the basket and got to the foul line, where he made 7 of 10 attempts.
Kennedy's Tyairus Sands (5) sets a screen for teammate Tyvon Stenson (24).
The problem for Kennedy at the foul line was Stenson was the only consistent shooter. The Eagles finished a paltry 11-of-22 at the charity stripe. Fifty percent free throw shooting won't make any coach happy.
With the loss, Kennedy dropped to 10-2. Still, Sullivan likes what has gone on with the Eagles so far.
"I am pleasantly surprised," Sullivan said. "The guys are working hard."
What's more, Sullivan thinks his team hasn't played its best yet. The goal is to be at peak play in March, but first, there's a challenging schedule ahead.
After Seymour, Kennedy plays Holy Cross and Crosby this week. Next week brings games against Wilby and Waterbury Career Academy.
"We got a tough stretch ahead of us," Sullivan said. "We'll see what happens."

Sacred Heart boys use 27-0 burst to run away from Kennedy

Raheem Solomon (11) led Sacred Heart with 21 points, including seven straight during the deciding 27-0 run.
The Sacred Heart boys basketball team got off to another slow start during an unprecedented late Sunday afternoon game against Kennedy at Alumni Hall.
The Eagles led the Hearts 11-4 in the first quarter.
Then Sacred Heart went off.
The Hearts scored the next 27 points and turned a seven-point deficit into a 20-point lead at 31-11 a little over midway through the second quarter.
Sacred Heart cruised from there and won 66-51 to get to 11-0 on the season.
Defense was the key for Sacred Heart. Courie Stevenson (5) and Solomon (11)
were focused on that end of the floor in this photo.
So, what the heck happened?
"It was more of coach told us what to do and we did it," senior Courie Stevenson said.
Head coach Jon Carroll lit into his team during a first-quarter timeout, and the Hearts came out better.
"You don't want your coach yelling at you," Stevenson said.
Stevenson had 13 points, as did fellow senior Legend Johnson. Johnson also said it was Carroll letting the team know what needed to change.
"That's what Coach was doing," Johnson said. "He instructs you, let's you know what you're doing wrong."
Sacred Heart didn't do much wrong at all during that 27-0 run. The burst started with a Stevenson drive and lay-up to cut the deficit to 11-6. Junior Raheem Solomon scored the next seven points and the Hearts took a 13-11 lead. Solomon led Sacred Heart with 21 points.
The Hearts claimed an 18-11 advantage after one quarter, then continued to pour it on in the second quarter. During the run, Stevenson, Solomon, Johnson and junior Isaiah Gaiter (15 points) all scored. 
The Hearts take off in transition.
Sacred Heart used its defense to get its transition game flying.
"Defense," Johnson said. "That's the key."
Kennedy's Tyvon Stenson connected on two foul shots with 3:40 left in the half to end the run. By then, Sacred Heart had the game under control.
When the Eagles tried to press, the Hearts broke through it for lay-ups more often than not.
That's been a theme with this Sacred Heart team this season. Try to run with them, and they'll run you over. This team likes the game up-tempo, so an opponent is playing with fire when it tries to run.
What helps the Hearts in that transition game is their unselfishness. The willingness pass also works in the half court. 
"It's just chemistry," Johnson said. "We know where the sweet spots are. Isaiah likes the ball in the middle."
As far as the slow starts go, Sacred Heart will work on those.
"Hopefully not," Stevenson said about a possible pattern. "[Coach] will probably get on us about it tomorrow."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

WATERBURY'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP #5: Holy Cross boys rally for big home win over Crosby

The Holy Cross boys basketball team trailed Crosby 60-47 after three quarters in their NVL showdown on Friday night inside Tim McDonald Gymnasium.
Then Kerson Etienne and company went wild. The Crusaders outscored the Bulldogs 30-12 in the fourth quarter and scored a crazy 77-72 victory in The Pit. Etienne led Holy Cross with 29, but he had help scoring from Nyzair Rountree, who had 19, according to Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American. Etienne is up for CPTV Sports UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week.
The Crusaders also don't win without the contributions of Jack Potter, Marcellus Gomes and DeAndre Wallace.
Holy Cross improved to 11-1 while Crosby dropped to 8-4 after its only game of the week. Here's how the rest of the week went for the Crusaders:
Holy Cross -- The Crusaders played Kaynor Tech on the road Thursday and blew them out by a score of 72-39. Holy Cross has won seven straight games.
Sacred Heart: The Hearts were scheduled to play three games this week, but they will only end up playing two.
Sacred Heart saw its game against Kennedy pushed to Sunday at 4 p.m. at Alumni Hall. The Hearts played Waterbury Career Academy on Thursday at home and closed out the Spartans by a score of 69-58. Isaiah Gaiter went off for 27 points in the game while Raheem Solomon and Legend Johnson also hit double figures.
Sacred Heart was supposed to play Ansonia at home on Friday, but a power outage downtown forced the postponement of the game to Feb. 20.
The win over WCA raised Sacred Heart's record to 10-0.
Kennedy: Speaking of the Eagles, they are 10-1 and have won six straight games entering the showdown Sunday against Sacred Heart.
On Friday, Kennedy blasted Woodland 74-33 at home. Chomari Joseph, William Spears, Tyvon Stenson and Jeremy Acosta all hit double figures in the win over the Hawks. Twelve different Eagles scored in the game.
Waterbury Career Academy: The Spartans lost both games they played, 70-57 to Wilby and 69-58 to Sacred Heart.
In the loss to Sacred Heart, Marquan Watson, Jadan Battle and Kyren Petteway all scored in double figures. WCA is 7-5 with eight games left in the regular season. The Spartans look to get back on track against Wolcott on Monday after losing four of their last six games.
Wilby: The Wildcats won both games they played to improve to 5-6.
Wilby beat WCA 70-57 on Wednesday, thanks in part to a massive effort at the foul line, according to a story by Palladiano. On Friday, the Wildcats outran Torrington at home by a score of 86-71.
Wilby opens this week with Oxford on Monday, but then has tough matchups with Crosby on Wednesday and Sacred Heart on Friday.
Kaynor Tech: The Panthers broke an eight-game losing streak with Friday's 65-51 win over Platt Tech at home.
Kaynor Tech had lost 72-39 to Holy Cross the night before, but rebounded against its Constitution State Conference foe.
Chase Collegiate: The Highlanders played three times this past week.
Chase had two losses sandwiched around a win and sits at 2-8. The Highlanders won 58-56 over the Forman School on Friday, but lost to the Wooster School on Wednesday (76-42) and the Watkinson School on Saturday (56-31).

GIRLS BASKETBALL
When looking at girls hoop in the city, look no further than Holy Cross and Kennedy.
The Crusaders were off this week while the Eagles hosted Sacred Heart and Kaynor Tech. Here's what happened with Kennedy: The Eagles pulled away for a 60-42 win over Sacred Heart on Wednesday, then blew out Kaynor Tech 51-28 Thursday.
Kennedy is 11-3 on the season.
Sacred Heart: After a tough loss at Kennedy on Wednesday, the Hearts rocked Ansonia 67-26 Friday on the road.
Sacred Heart improved to 9-5 on the regular season. The backcourt combination of Treasure Coleman (19 points) and Aamya Rivera (16) went off for 35 points in the Ansonia win.
Crosby: The Bulldogs had a very successful week and doubled their win total for the season.
Crosby started with a 53-27 win over Terryville on the road Thursday, then squeaked past Woodland 39-38 on Friday in Beacon Falls. Tiahna Pulliam had 12 points for the Bulldogs in the Woodland game. Pulliam, Da'Ahjah Heath and Gloria Vergeli all hit double figures in the Terryville game.
The Bulldogs improved to 4-8 with the victories.
Wilby: The Wildcats lost to Torrington in their only game of the week and dropped to 0-13.
WCA: The Spartans were off this week. WCA plays its next game Monday at Wolcott.
Kaynor Tech: The Panthers split their two games and sit at 9-5 with six contests left.
Kaynor Tech lost 51-28 to Kennedy on Thursday, then rebounded with a 67-38 victory over Platt Tech on Friday.
Chase: The Highlanders lost to the Wooster and Canterbury schools.
Chase is now 3-7 on the season, 3-2 in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
None of the local teams had a meet this past week.
The NVL Indoor Track and Field Championships take place on Monday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Holy Cross: The Crusaders continued their winning ways with victories over Seymour and Naugatuck.
Holy Cross knocked off Seymour 98-83 at Kennedy High School on Wednesday, then defeated Naugatuck 94-92 on Friday.
The Crusaders have won six straight meets since losing 96-90 to Avon on Dec. 22 at Kennedy.
Sacred Heart: The Hearts won their lone meet of the week, knocking off Woodland 92-77 on the road on Thursday.
Kennedy: The Eagles lost 83-77 to Seymour on Friday at home.
Wilby beat the Crosby/WCA co-op 63-38 on Wednesday, then dropped a meet to Woodland, 95-83 on Friday.

WOLCOTT'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP #5: NVL championships up next for Eagle indoor track and field

Wolcott indoor track and field didn't have a meet this week, but there's a big one coming on Monday.
The Eagles head to the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven for the NVL Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet begins at 4 p.m.

BOYS
Wolcott 49, Woodland 45: The Eagles held off the Hawks at home for a win on Wednesday.
Pat Drewry (16 points) was the lone player in double figures for Wolcott, but three others -- Mike Tessarzik, Bob White and Jack Drewry -- all had six or more points in a balanced effort.
St. Paul 59, Wolcott 33: It was a tough night for the Eagles on the road Friday against the Falcons.
Wolcott couldn't get the offense going and was overwhelmed by St. Paul. Pat Drewry again led the Eagles in scoring, though he had just seven points.
Wolcott is 4-8 and has eight games left in the regular season. The Eagles play Waterbury Career Academy, Torrington and Watertown this week.

GIRLS
Woodland 63, Wolcott 57, OT: The Eagles took a tough loss in extra time on the road to the Hawks on Wednesday.
Raven Cody (21) and Jenna Hoban (13) reached double figures for Wolcott. Megan Doubleday and Kaily Lawlor each had seven points.
St. Paul 64, Wolcott 39: It was also a rough Friday night for the Eagle girls, who lost at home to the Falcons.
Cody led the way with 18 points. Doubleday didn't play in the game, according to the box score reported to the Waterbury Republican-American.
Wolcott is 7-7 with six games remaining in the regular season. The Eagles need one more win for a state tournament berth, and they hope to get that out of the way Monday at home against Waterbury Career Academy. Wolcott plays Torrington on Wednesday and Watertown on Friday.

BRISTOL'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP #5: Bristol Central has big day at CCC indoor meet

The Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern indoor track and field teams competed at the CCC championship meet on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
It was a banner day for the Rams, who won both the boys and girls CCC South Blue Division titles. 
The boys were led by Kaynan Conrod and their 4x400-meter relay. Conrod won the 300 meters in 36.89 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of Luis Medina, Sean Fitzgerald, Pat Kjornrattanawanich and Conrod ran a 1:37.03 to claim the top spot. In other individual boys finishes, Medina was sixth in the 300, Kenneth Knox was sixth in the 600, and the sprint medley relay was fourth. The sprint medley team was comprised of Fitzgerald, Nigel West, Kjornrattanawanich and Knox.
The girls were led by a fourth place finish from Shy-Ann Whitten (high jump) and seventh place finish from Olivia Savino (55-meter hurdles).
The Bristol Eastern boys had a seventh place finish in the 600 from Christopher LeBeau. The top finish for the girls was 10th by Kailey Laprise in the 600.
St. Paul has the NVL championship meet on Monday, also in New Haven. The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL
St. Paul: The Falcons needed overtime, but were able to knock off Derby 85-82 on the road Wednesday.
St. Paul improved to 8-4, which qualified them for the state tournament for the 10th straight season. Four players had 14 or more points for the Falcons, led by a big 30 from Tyler Arbuckle. Austin Jones and Darek Wiecki each scored 17 points while Mike Palmieri had 14.
St. Paul reached 9-4 with a 59-33 home win over Wolcott on Friday night. Arbuckle scored 14 points, Jones added 13 points and Palmieri chipped in nine points and four assists.
Bristol Central: The Rams spent the week at home, but lost two out of three games.
Bristol Central began the week with a 50-45 win over Wethersfield on Monday. On Wednesday, the Rams hung around a talented Middletown team before the Blue Dragons pulled away for a 60-45 victory. On Saturday, Central battled E.O. Smith before losing 70-63.
Bristol Eastern: The Lancers split two games, losing on the road at New Britain on Monday before taking down Plainville at home on Thursday.
Six-foot-five big Tom Gonzales was injured and missed the New Britain game, which Eastern lost 49-37. The Lancers dispatched Plainville 60-41 behind a ridiculous night from Roderick Jenkins. Jenkins had 26 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and five steals, according to Eastern stat guru and Bristol Observer writer Michael Letendre.

WRESTLING
Bristol Eastern: The Lancers began their week by blowing out Maloney 72-12 Wednesday at home.
Bristol Eastern's competition increased substantially on Saturday when it took on Ledyard and Fairfield Warde at Ledyard High School. The Lancers knocked off both the Colonels and the Mustangs, 36-31 and 39-34. Entering the meet, Eastern was ranked third in the latest Norwich Bulletin coaches poll. Warde was tied for sixth while Ledyard was ninth.
Bristol Central: The Rams lost their dual meet, 61-18 to Middletown on Wednesday.
Bristol Central traveled to Ridgefield on Saturday for the Ridgefield Challenge. Chris Trelli (106 pounds) and Damian Mahaffy (182) each finished second in the tournament, and Jashu Kreciglowa (99) claimed fourth.
St. Paul: The Falcons lost 42-36 on Wednesday against Gilbert at home.
St. Paul traveled to the St. Bernard School on Saturday for the Saints Duals, hosted by St Bernard/Norwich Tech.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Bristol Eastern: The Lancers won both games during the week, but neither were easy.
In a crazy matchup with New Britain at home Monday, Eastern had to rally before escaping with an 80-78 double overtime victory. Hannah Maghini had 29 points and hit a school record seven 3-pointers, according to Letendre.
Maybe the Lancers had a little hangover when they played Plainville on the road Thursday, but they were able to persevere and claim a 49-40 win. Diana Wnuk led Eastern with 25 points, according to Letendre.
The Lancers are 12-4 and have won six straight games. They don't play again until Friday, Feb. 3 at Newington at 6:45 p.m.
St. Paul: The Falcons waited a week to play, then took part in two games on back-to-back nights.
St. Paul went on the road to Wolcott on Friday and rocked the Eagles 64-39. Brigid Johndrow and Janessa Gonzalez each had 11 points for the Falcons.
St. Paul hosted Pomperaug on Saturday and lost 59-55. The Falcons were tied at 40 entering the fourth quarter, then trailed 50-49 with 1:08 to play. The Panthers were able to pull away, however, and claim victory.
St. Paul is 11-2 with seven games left in the regular season.
Bristol Central: The Rams lost both games they played and fell to 1-13.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Bristol tri-op claimed a 106-74 victory in its division opener at Plainville.
It's the second win of the season for the team, which features athletes from Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern and St. Paul. The tri-op had its first win of the year back on Jan. 6 against Manchester/Cheney Tech on the road.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sacred Heart girls looking to bounce back after two straight losses

Sacred Heart freshman Aamya Rivera led the team with 20 points on Wednesday night.
The Sacred Heart girls basketball team was 8-3 heading into last Friday's home game against Torrington.
The Hearts were on their way to 9-3, but a rough fourth quarter produced a disappointing 46-44 loss to the Red Raiders inside Alumni Hall.
Sacred Heart traveled to Kennedy High School on Wednesday for a city matchup, and it came away with a 60-42 loss. The Hearts dropped to 8-5 with the defeat. Sacred Heart tries to get back on the right track on Friday at Ansonia at 5 p.m.
Junior Victoria Santiago reached the 1,000th point in her career on Wednesday night.
The Hearts, who don't have a single senior on the roster, saw the veteran-laden Eagles pull away after being down just six points at halftime.
Freshman Aamya Rivera led Sacred Heart with 20 points.
"She's going to be very good," Kennedy head coach Jennifer Deeley said.
The Eagles focused on electric sophomore Treasure Coleman and held her to just five points. 
Going into the game, Hearts junior Victoria Santiago needed just four points to reach 1,000 for her career. Santiago hit two foul shots in the first quarter, then converted a lay-up with 6:52 left in the first half to reach 1,000. Thanks in part to the Kennedy defense, Santiago didn't score again.
Sophomore Hayley Tucker (12) scored 10 points and hit two 3-pointers.
Sophomore Hayley Tucker was the only other Heart in double figures with 10 points.
There were some good things from Sacred Heart on Wednesday. There was Rivera, who battled her way to 20 points, including six of seven from the foul line. Tucker drained three outside jump shots, including two 3-pointers.
Overall, the Hearts were 16 for 19 from the foul line. Coleman didn't make a field goal, but did convert five of her six free throws.
Before the losses to Torrington and Kennedy, Sacred Heart had won four straight games. The Hearts are hoping to start another winning streak Friday at Ansonia.

Defense leads the way for Kennedy girls basketball

Kennedy senior Raegon Shirling-Davis (10) drives for two of her team-high 20 points in Wednesday night's win.
The Kennedy girls basketball team's defense had a specific target entering Wednesday night's NVL game at home against Sacred Heart.
She was wearing No. 5.
That would be Treasure Coleman.
"She scored 20 points and had seven assists [against Torrington], so she accounted for 34 of their 44 points," Kennedy head coach Jennifer Deeley said. "She was our focus this week."
Coleman had just five points, and the Eagles also held Victoria Santiago to four points in a 60-42 victory over the Hearts inside Jack Taglia Gymnasium. Santiago needed four points to reach 1,000 for her career, but the Eagles allowed her nothing after that.

Kennedy improved to 10-3 with the win and has won four straight games after having a three-game losing streak.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," Deeley said.
Kennedy senior Joyce Benton (21) helped hold Sacred Heart
junior Victoria Santiago to just four points Wednesday night.
A big reason why is senior guard Joyce Benton. Benton was the third-highest scorer for Kennedy with 14 points on Wednesday, but get past the numbers to realize her importance to the team.
"She's under control, she's a floor general," Deeley said. "She really is an extension of the coaching staff on the floor."
Sometimes, Benton is too unselfish, and Deeley would even like her to have the ball more often.
 "She just plays for the high-percentage shot," Deeley said.
Oh yeah, and Benton plays defense too. She often found herself matched up with the bigger Santiago, but she did well. Benton also had help from others as Kennedy surrounded the Sacred Heart junior.

Fellow senior guard Raegon Shirling-Davis led the Eagles with 20 points, and she did it in a variety of ways. Sophomore Shyan Perez dropped in 15 points, including a 9-for-10 effort from the foul line.
Kennedy sophomore guard Shyan Perez (11) had 15 points,
including a 9-for-10 effort from the foul line.
With Kennedy, it's pick your poison. 
"Our guards are pretty quick, and they're experienced," Deeley said.
Shirling-Davis and Benton have been in the program for four years. Those two and Perez can all get to the basket.
Sacred Heart went with a zone defense to try to slow down Kennedy. Shirling-Davis made three 3-pointers while Perez knocked down two from beyond the arc.
"They can shoot the ball," Deeley said.
Deeley said she would take her guards against man-to-man matchups as well.
Junior Yakira Edwards had seven points, including a baseline runner in the final seconds to put Kennedy up 23-17 at halftime. 
"I thought our defense in the first half was spectacular," Deeley said.
Sophomore big Hannah West had four points, but impacted the game in many other ways off the bench. West clogged the middle, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds in some meaningful minutes.
"The more minutes she gets, the more confidence she's getting," Deeley said.
Kennedy extended its six-point halftime lead to 42-28 by the end of the third quarter. When Sacred Heart began fouling in the fourth quarter, the Eagles buried foul shots to put the Hearts further out of reach.
If there was something Deeley didn't like, it was the easy points Sacred Heart got at the foul line. The Hearts canned 16 of 19 foul shots.
"You can't give a team 19 extra chances," Deeley said.
Other than that, a good game from Kennedy. The Eagles host Kaynor Tech today at 7 p.m. Kennedy plays Seymour on the road next Monday before a showdown with NVL power Holy Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Kennedy High School.
 

LOCAL PROS: Ta'Quan Zimmerman named NBL Player of the Week

The NBA is the dream of many young boys who pick up a basketball.
It's also not for everyone. The competition is fierce, and teams are doing all they can to win and make money. That makes each player a commodity that can be moved at a moment's notice.
Some don't get the chance to play in the NBA, but they still impress with their performances outside of the United States.
That also applies to pros from this area.
Ta'Quan Zimmerman was a standout for Ed Generali at Holy Cross, and he's made a name for himself in the National Basketball League of Canada. Crosby's Anthony Ireland is playing well in Poland, and former Bulldog B.J. Monteiro is in France. 
Marcus James, a Wilby standout, is playing in Argentina.
Here's more on each player, starting with Zimmerman:


Zimmerman (Halifax Hurricanes)
Ta'Quan Zimmerman, Halifax Hurricanes,
National Basketball League of Canada

Zimmerman was honored by the NBL with the Atlantic Division Player of the Week for the time period ending Jan. 22.
Zimmerman averaged 17 points per game in two Halifax wins, and he has helped the Hurricanes stay on top of the Atlantic Division. Zimmerman connected for 13 points in a 113-108 win over the Moncton Miracles on Jan. 19, then tallied 21 points in a 112-108 victory over the Cape Breton Highlanders on Jan. 21. 
Zimmerman has played in all nine games for his team, averaging 22.8 minutes per contest off the bench. He is putting up 12.3 points per game and is shooting over 40 percent from the floor (46.2) and three-point line (42.6). Zimmerman has also connected on 82.6 percent of his foul shots. He also has 34 assists to just eight turnovers, a better than 4:1 ratio.


Ireland (Trefl Sopot)
Anthony Ireland, Trefl Sopot, Poland Basketball League
Ireland has been playing well again for Trefl Sopot in his home away from home in Poland.
Ireland leads his team in scoring at 17.6 points per game. He has played in all 16 games and averages just over 29 minutes per contest, which leads the team. Ireland also paces Trefl Sopot in assists (2.8), steals (1.1) and turnovers (2.1) per game.
Ireland had an uncharacteristically off night in his team's 80-79 loss to Anwil Wloclawek on Jan. 19. He had 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Why was it uncharacteristic? Well, Ireland had 20 points or more in four straight games before that, including 31 in a 96-66 win over Asseco Gdynia on Jan. 6. Ireland hit 10-of-14 shots (1-of-5 on treys) that day, and made all 10 of his free throws.
Trefl Sopot is Ireland's third pro team since he graduated Loyola Marymount. In 2014-15, he played for Elan Chalon in France. Ireland started the 2015-16 season with SEFA Arkadikos in Greece before finishing it with Trefl Sopot.


Monteiro (Duquesne athletics)
B.J. Monteiro, Caen Basketball Calvados,
Nationale Masculine 1 (France)

Monteiro is playing well in his first season in France.
Monteiro is averaging 15.17 points per game in 18 contests. That average is good enough for 13th in Nationale Masculine 1, the third tier of pro basketball in France. Monteiro is averaging over 30 minutes per game and shooting 55 percent from the floor. He's also averaging 6.33 rebounds per contest.
Monteiro's season high for points is 24, and he has done it three times in 18 games. The last time was against Angers ABC on Jan. 6, when he recorded a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 rebounds is a season high.
Monteiro also scored 24 points in games against UJAP Quimper on Nov. 26 and Basket Club Gries Oberhoffen on Nov. 12.
After graduating from Duquesne, Monteiro started his professional basketball career with Liege Basket in Belgium in 2012-13. The next stop for Monteiro was Redwell Gunners Oberwart in Austria for 2013-14. In 2014-15, Monteiro put on the uniform of the Jefes in the Liga National de Baloncesto Profesional in Mexico.
Monteiro spent the 2015-16 season with two different teams. He started the campaign with Toros of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto in Venezuela, then finished it with the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.


James (Boca Juniors)
Marcus James, Club Athletico Boca Juniors, Liga Nacional de Basquet (Argentina)
James has been all over the place, and the current leg of his basketball odyssey has him in Argentina.
James has played in all 26 games this season and averages 16.7 minutes per contest. James is a solid 51.5 percent from the field (35-of-68) and scores 4.7 points per game. He also snatches 2.8 rebounds per contest.
Before the Boca Juniors, James played in the National Basketball League of Canada for the former Mississauga Power. In 2015-16, James suited up for the Laredo Swarm of the American Basketball Association.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Merrimack's Juwan Hall earns Northeast-10 weekly honor

Juwan Hall, Merrimack indoor track and field
Hall (Merrimack athletics)

It was a great week on the track for the sophomore from Waterbury, and he earned the Northeast-10 Conference's top honor for it.
Hall, a former runner at Holy Cross, claimed Northeast-10 Conference Track Athlete of the Week for his effort at the Bowdoin Invite last Saturday. Hall, who won Rookie of the Week last year, finished first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.93 seconds. That time is the best in the Northeast-10 this season, and it was only 0.02 short of Hall's own school record.
Hall qualified for the Northeast-10 and New England championship meets with his run at Bowdoin. He was one of three Warrior track and field athletes to be honored by the conference.
Hall was also on the football team at Merrimack. He started his high school career at Wilby before transferring to Holy Cross. Hall earned All-NVL, All-City and All-State honors as a senior, and he was even ranked nationally in the 55-meter dash that year.
Hall is majoring in Criminology.

Coggins (Castleton athletics)
Jermaine Coggins, Castleton indoor track and field
He's just a freshman, but Coggins is already putting his name in the program record book.
Coggins went 11.66 meters (@38.25 feet) in the triple jump to take fifth place at last Saturday's Smith Pioneer Invitational at Smith College. That established a new program record.
It wasn't Coggins' only record effort of the day.
In the long jump, Coggins finished eighth with an effort of 5.67 meters (@18.60 feet). That established another new program record.
First indoor season, two records for Coggins. Not bad at all for the former Crosby standout.


Knox (ECSU athletics)
Haley Knox, ECSU indoor track and field
The former Bristol Central runner turned in a superb effort at last Saturday's Plymouth State University Panther Invitational.
Knox won the 800 meters with a time of 2:31.45. She earned seven points for her Warrior team, which ended up finishing second to Southern New Hampshire University. Ironically, former BC teammate Ashley Elder is on the roster at SNHU. Elder was second in the shot put and weight throw at the same meet.
Knox also competed in the 4x800-meter relay, where she helped ECSU to a second place finish. The team of Rachel Berkowsky, Knox, Maggie Dulak and Mariah McPhee finished in 10:42.59. McPhee is a former standout at Bristol Eastern.
Knox took second in the 800 at the season-opening meet, the U.S. Coast Guard Winter Invitational, held on Jan. 14.

Knox, a sophomore, is majoring in Mathematics.


Smith (AIC athletics)
Jevon Smith, AIC indoor track and field
After starring at Bristol Central, Smith is getting a chance to show what he can do as a freshman with the Yellow Jackets.
Smith earned the lone point for the AIC men in the Joe Donahue Invitational, held last Friday at Northeastern University. Smith finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles to earn that point. He was also eighth in the triple jump.
The Yellow Jackets, a NCAA Division II program, competed against a slew of Division I teams at the meet.
Smith's focus at AIC is sprints. He is majoring in Psychology.




Fannon (AIC athletics)
Jennifer Fannon, AIC indoor track and field
And speaking of Bristol Central, Fannon also competed for AIC in the Joe Donahue Invitational. 
Fannon, a junior, ran the 3000 meters and came in 13th place for the Yellow Jackets. She competed against runners from such Division I schools as Army, UMass-Amherst, Northeastern, Harvard, CCSU and Hartford.
Fannon helped her team earn a sixth place finish at the Spartan Regional Preview on Jan. 13 on Staten Island. She ran a 5:29.80 in the mile to finish fourth, right behind teammate Ivy Chepyegon. 
Fannon specializes in distance running for AIC. She is majoring in Physical Therapy with a minor in Psychology.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

DIVISION I HOOP ROUNDUP #3: Heron has big second half in win over rival Alabama

Trying a little different format with this week's post. We'll see how it goes...


Heron (Auburn athletics)
Mustapha Heron, Auburn freshman
Snapshot
The Tigers spent the week at home with two games on the familiar wood floor of Auburn Arena. Auburn came away with two wins, 78-74 over LSU on Wednesday and 84-64 over Alabama on Saturday. Heron scored in double figures both games to extend his Auburn freshman record to 19.
What happened last week
LSU: Auburn had to overcome a spirited effort by their Tiger counterparts from LSU. Heron started, played 29 minutes and scored 12 points. He shot 5-of-12 from the floor, including 1-of-3 on three-point attempts. Heron had six rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and one steal. Heron scored 11 of his points in the first half. 
Alabama: After being tied at 30 at the half, the Tigers outscored the Crimson Tide 54-34. Heron came up big for Auburn in the second half with 14 of his 15 points. He was 5-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. Heron also had two rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes in the second half. Overall, Heron played 31 minutes and scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and three turnovers. He was 1-of-2 from the foul line in both halves.
The week ahead
Auburn plays at South Carolina on Tuesday, then at TCU on Saturday.
Just the stats
19 games/19 starts; 27.8 minutes/game; 90-209 FG (43.1%); 29-66 3 PT (43.9%); 88-117 FT (75.2%); 117 rebounds/6.2 per game; 47 fouls/0 foul outs; 23 assists; 51 turnovers; 4 blocks; 16 steals; 297 points/15.6 per game


Brooks (Marshall athletics)
Khadaijia Brooks, Marshall sophomore
Snapshot
The Herd played one game last week, and it was a 73-57 road loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday. Brooks played 21 minutes in the loss.
What happened last week
Western Kentucky: Brooks was perfect from the floor (3-of-3 field goals, 1-of-1 3-pointers) and scored seven points. She had just one rebound to go along with one assist, two turnovers and two steals. Brooks has played in and started every game for Marshall.
The week ahead
Marshall faces a pair of Texas opponents on the road. First up is the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday. The Herd take on the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday.
Just the stats
18 games/18 starts; 29.9 minutes/game; 56-118 FG (47.5%); 14-49 3 PT (28.6%); 19-26 FT (73.1%); 126 rebounds/7.0 per game; 32 fouls/0 foul outs; 25 assists; 20 turnovers; 13 blocks; 14 steals; 145 points/8.1 per game


Wright (Montana athletics)
Walter Wright, Montana senior
Snapshot
The Griz lost both games they played this week, each one on the road. Montana lost 88-79 to Portland State on Thursday, then was defeated 92-83 by Sacramento State on Saturday.
What happened last week
Portland State: Wright played 20 minutes and scored eight points on a rough 2-of-10 shooting night. He made one of his two 3-pointers and three of his four foul shots. Wright also had two rebounds, five assists and four turnovers.
Sacramento State: Wright played just seven minutes, all in the second half, of the loss. Wright didn't score and had one assist in those seven minutes. He entered the game with 16:36 left to play in the second half. Head coach Travis DeCuire said this when asked about Wright:
"We looked to get him some reps in the second half, but he wasn't really clicking," said DeCuire in an article by Bob Meseroll of the Missoulian. DeCuire added that Wright would be fine, and he pointed out the play of others like Sayeed Pridgett and Mario Dunn.
The week ahead
Montana, at just 5-3 in the Big Sky Conference and 10-11 overall, needs victories. The Griz play homes Thursday against Eastern Washington and Saturday against Idaho.
Just the stats
21 games/7 starts; 474 minutes/22.6 per game; 78-198 FG (39.4%); 17-69 3 PT (24.6%); 57-64 FT (89.1%); 40 rebounds/1.9 per game; 41 fouls/0 foul outs; 67 assists; 44 turnovers; 1 block; 9 steals; 230 points/11.0 per game


Flowers (UMass athletics)
Tyrn Flowers, UMass freshman
Snapshot
The Minutemen split their two games this past week. UMass knocked off Saint Joseph's 62-57 on Wednesday, but lost 71-68 to Fordham on Saturday.
What happened last week
Saint Joseph's: Flowers played eight minutes and attempted two shots, including one 3-pointer. He had two points, one assist and one turnover.
Fordham: Flowers played 11 minutes, but didn't score. He had one personal foul in those 11 minutes and didn't attempt a shot.
The week ahead
UMass travels to Saint Louis for a game Wednesday, then returns home for George Mason on Saturday.
Just the stats
20 games/0 starts; 265 minutes/13.3 per game; 33-89 FG (37.1%); 23-67 3 PT (34.3%); 4-6 FT (66.7%); 50 rebounds/2.5 per game; 28 fouls/0 foul outs; 10 assists; 12 turnovers; 7 blocks; 4 steals; 93 points/4.7 per game

WATERBURY'S WEEKLY ROUNDUP #4: Sacred Heart boys take two from New York City teams

After dispatching Crosby 83-69 on Wednesday, the Sacred Heart boys basketball team got into the "New York City" portion of its schedule on Friday and Saturday.
First up was Benjamin N. Cardozo High School on the road in Queens. In a back-and-forth affair, the Hearts were tied until Cardozo connected on a lay-up to go ahead 69-67. Sacred Heart's undefeated season appeared doomed, but Raheem Solomon's trey from the top of the key with seven seconds to go stole a 70-69 win. Rob Maia has a great video of the final 30 seconds on Brass City Films (YouTube). Go check it out.
Next up was South Shore from Brooklyn in Alumni Hall. According to a tweet from Joe Palladino of the Rep-Am, South Shore had three 6-foot-9 players on the roster. Yikes.
South Shore had a strong combination of size and speed, but Sacred Heart turned up its defense after the first quarter. Omar Rowe put the Hearts up 47-41, but they didn't score in the final 3:50. Happily for Sacred Heart, it was able to hold on and win 47-45.
After a challenging week, the Hearts are a perfect 9-0. Sacred Heart hosts a surging Kennedy team Tuesday before closing the week with home games against Waterbury Career Academy on Thursday and Ansonia on Friday.
Kennedy: Speaking of those Eagles, they outlasted WCA in overtime on Thursday, then hammered Oxford on Friday to get to 9-1.
Kennedy beat WCA in a big-time city clash, 81-75 inside Jack Taglia Gymnasium. A monster night from Lashawn Smith was complemented by big performances from Tyvon Stenson, Tyairus Sands and Chomari Joseph. And don't forget Jeremy Acosta, who hit on both sides of a key one-and-one in overtime, according to the roundup on The Zone. 
In the Oxford game, the trio of Sands, Joseph and Smith was too much for the Wolverines to handle as the Eagles coasted to an 88-49 win.
Holy Cross: Forget the Crusaders at your own peril.
Holy Cross won two more games this week to make it five straight overall.
The Crusaders downed Wilby 61-50 and St. Paul 57-40, both victories coming on the road. Holy Cross is a solid 9-1, the only loss to undefeated Sacred Heart.
The Crusaders have been led by the trio of Nyzair Rountree, Kerson Etienne and DeAndre Wallace. Marcellus Gomes has also contributed for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders host Crosby on Tuesday before traveling to Kaynor Tech on Thursday.
Crosby: The Bulldogs bounced back from Wednesday's loss to Sacred Heart by blowing out Wolcott on the road Friday.
Crosby ran its record to 8-3 with the 82-55 win over Wolcott.
Jeremiah Kendall has been the go-to guy for the Bulldogs, but don't leave sharp-shooting Miguel Rivera open. Kerwin Prince and Ivan Craig have also been there for Crosby.
The Bulldogs play Holy Cross on Tuesday for their only game this week.
WCA: The 7-3 Spartans are certainly holding their own in the inaugural NVL season.
WCA blew out Kaynor Tech 81-54 on Wednesday before losing an 81-75 overtime game to Kennedy on Thursday. The Spartans responded to the loss by beating Woodland handily, 76-54.
Marquan Watson has been a monster for WCA, but he has plenty of company in Jadan Battle, Matthew Torres and Jalen Edwards. Balance is part of the reason why the Spartans have been so good.
WCA hosts Wilby on Tuesday before playing a big game Thursday at Sacred Heart.
Wilby: The Wildcats dropped a 61-50 decision to Holy Cross at home on Wednesday, then lost a tough 68-65 road game to Ansonia on Friday.
Wilby is 3-6 entering Tuesday's game at WCA. The Wildcats host Torrington on Friday.
Kaynor Tech: The Panthers (1-9) are still looking for their second win of the season.
Tuesday brings a road game at Bullard Havens Tech. Kaynor hosts Holy Cross on Thursday and Platt Tech on Friday.  
Chase Collegiate: The Highlanders have struggled to a 1-6 record, with the lone win against the Williams School on Jan. 11.
Chase lost its lone game of the week on Saturday at home against The Master's School. The Highlanders play Wooster School on Wednesday before taking on Forman School on Friday. Both games are away.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Holy Cross has won 10 straight games, including Friday night's 59-50 home victory over previously undefeated St. Paul. The Crusaders are 12-1 on the season and play at Crosby on Tuesday in their lone game of the week.
Kennedy: The Eagles are 9-3 on the season after two more wins this past week.
Kennedy beat WCA 48-37 on the road Thursday before dispatching Oxford 41-26 at home on Friday. Shyan Perez, Raegon Shirling-Davis and Joyce Benton all scored in double figures against WCA while Ashley Lamb also had a solid night. 
Kennedy has won three games right after a three-game losing streak. The Eagles opened the season with six straight victories. Kennedy hosts Sacred Heart on Tuesday and Kaynor Tech on Thursday.
Sacred Heart: An 11-3 fourth quarter doomed the Hearts in a 46-44 road loss to Torrington on Friday.
Sacred Heart hadn't played since beating Wilby 64-38 on Jan. 13. The Hearts are 8-4 and play Kennedy on Tuesday and Ansonia on Friday. Both games are on the road.
WCA: The Spartans are looking to regain momentum in their inaugural NVL season after four straight losses.
WCA lost to Kennedy and Woodland at home on Thursday and Friday to fall to 5-8 on the season. The Spartans face Wilby on the road Tuesday in their only game of the week.
Crosby: The Bulldogs picked up their second win, defeating the Wilby Wildcats 50-27 on Thursday at home.
Crosby closed out the week with a home loss to Wolcott. The Bulldogs are 2-8.
Wilby: The Wildcats dropped games to Holy Cross, Crosby and Ansonia, and are 0-12.
Kaynor Tech: The Panthers are 8-4 after Friday's tight 47-43 win at Warren Harding.
Kaynor Tech has won five straight games since starting the season 3-4. The Panthers play Thursday at Kennedy and Friday at Platt Tech.
Chase: The Highlanders were 3-5 entering Saturday's game at the Forman School.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Sacred Heart: The Hearts knocked off Wilby 92-82 on Thursday.
Sacred Heart finished first in seven different events (200 medley relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free, 200 free relay).
Wilby won the 50 free, diving, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 400 free relay.
The Wildcats faced Oxford on Friday and took a 93-88 loss. Wilby won diving, 100 back, 100 breast and the 400 free relay.

Holy Cross: The Crusaders downed Torrington 85-77 on Friday.
Holy Cross finished first in the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 500 free and 200 free relay
Crosby/WCA: The Bulldogs lost 92-72 to Watertown on Wednesday.
Crosby finished first in diving, 100-yard backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 400 freetsyle relay.
Kennedy: The Eagles lost 96.5-79.5 to Oxford on Thursday.
Kennedy was first in the 200 free relay, 100 breast and 400 free relay.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Kaynor Tech: The Panthers turned in three Top 10 finishes at Saturday's SCC Coaches Invitational, which was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Terrell Patterson was third in the 600 meters, Jordon Wilkins was fourth in the 55 hurdles and Hannah Stoveken claimed 10th in the 3200.
Sacred Heart: The Hearts also had three Top 10 finishes at the SCC meet.
Edward Williams was fourth in the 55 dash while Joel Guzman claimed eighth place in both the 55 dash and the 300.
Williams had a monster day at the Frosh & Soph Meet on Monday in New Haven. Williams was first in the 55 hurdles, second in the 55 dash and fourth in the 300.
Jenna French took fifth in the 600 and eighth in the 1600.
Wilby: Dwayne Blackwood took a sixth place finish in the 55 meters at the SCC meet.
Crosby: The boys 4x800-meter relay of Tolany Velez-Pastrana, Zyques Stenson, Elijah Lewis and Robert Yuja finished 10th at the SCC meet.
Kennedy: The Eagles took part in the Frosh & Soph Meet on Monday in New Haven.
Christy St. Juste won the four-kilogram shot put with a throw of 25 feet, one inch. In the 3200, Aaron Lamar finished fourth.

WRESTLING
Chase: The Highlanders were 3-8 entering Saturday's Brunswick Invite.
The Thomaston/Litchfield/Holy Cross tri-op fell to 0-8 after a 66-15 loss to St. Paul on Wednesday.