Wednesday, November 29, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Heron filling up stat sheet for Tigers

Heron (Auburn athletics)
Mustapha Heron has been a leader on the stat sheet for Auburn men's basketball in three of the team's five games so far this season.
The sophomore and former Sacred Heart superstar has led the Tigers in scoring in the past two games. Heron went for 22 points and three steals in an 89-78 win over Hofstra on Nov. 19. On Nov. 24, he tallied 31 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in a 119-85 victory over Winthrop. 
"I think tonight started with me rebounding the ball hard and crashing the boards," Heron said in the postgame interview. "I have to keep that up."
Heron led the team in assists with five in a season-opening 102-74 win over Norfolk State on Nov. 10.
Auburn is 4-1 heading into a non-conference game at Dayton tonight.

DeFillippi (Mount Ida athletics)
Joey DeFillippi, Mount Ida College basketball
The senior and former Bristol Central standout is the leading scorer for the Mustangs through the first four games of the season.
DeFillippi is averaging 16.5 points per game, and he was nearly perfect in an 81-71 win at Lesley on Monday. He scored 16 points and shot 5-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point land. DeFillippi was also 3-of-4 at the foul line.
Before that, DeFillippi scored a season-high 21 points in a 64-54 loss at Salve Regina on Nov. 21. He had a season-high five 3-pointers and finished with a total of eight field goals. DeFillippi was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his effort in that game.
DeFillippi scored 17 points in the season opener against Sage, then scored 13 points against Wheaton (Mass.). DeFillippi has hit 14 3-pointers in the first four games. Mount Ida hosts Wheelock on Thursday.

Maddie Sturm, Rochester Polytechnic Institute cross country
Sturm (RPI athletics)

The junior and former multi-sport St. Paul athlete earned an all-league honor with the Engineers.
Sturm ran her way to All-Liberty League Second Team accolades with a time of 23:43.4 in the championship race. She ran to a 14th place finish as RPI took third place as a team. Sturm earned All-Region honors by finishing in the Top 6 when the Engineers were also third as a team in the NCAA Division III Atlantic Regional Championships meet.
Sturm and RPI earned a trip to the 2017 NCAA Championship Meet, held in Elsah, Ill. The Engineers took 10th as a team, and Sturm scored points for her team by running a 22:31.50. It was the third NCAA appearance for RPI in the past three seasons.
Sturm now heads over to the indoor track and field season.

Lemek (USJ athletics)
Hannah Lemek, University of Saint Joseph volleyball
The senior from Bristol Central had a solid effort in a 3-0 Senior Night win against Pine Manor on Oct. 26. 
Lemek tallied a team-high nine kills, two digs, one block and one ace. Her one block was a big one, as it set up set point in the second set. University of Saint Joseph won the set 25-16 to take a 2-0 lead. 
In the third set, Lemek helped the Blue Jays build a 22-12 lead with her ninth and final kill of the match. USJ went on to win the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.
Lemek played in all 25 matches in her senior season and missed just three sets out of 88. She finished first in blocks with 27 and second in kills with 143.

Elizabeth Sears, University of Saint Joseph swimming and diving
Sears (USJ athletics)

Sears, who competed for Bristol Central, has gone off the diving board for the first time in her Blue Jay career.
The USJ junior made her collegiate diving debut on Oct. 21 in a home meet against Rhode Island College. Sears made six dives, and she also competed in two swimming events. She finished second in both of the swimming events she took part in.
Sears took to the board for the second time in her collegiate career during the Louise Goodrum Invitational on Nov. 4 at UMass-Dartmouth. She finished in the Top 5 on both the one and three-meter diving boards.
Sears tallied a career-high 115.50 points to finish fourth in one-meter diving. She competed in three-meter diving for the first time this season and placed third in three-meter diving with a total of 107.09 points.

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

THANKSGIVING ROUNDUP: Hickey rushes Central past Eastern in Bell game

Dathan Hickey (3) had a monster game for Bristol Central against Eastern.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
Bristol Central senior standout Dathan Hickey ended his high school football career in spectacular fashion in the Battle for the Bell against Bristol Eastern at Muzzy Field.
Hickey ran for 333 yards and the Rams claimed a 33-27 victory over the rival Lancers. Central (7-3) won the Bell for the third straight season. Hickey finished 20 yards shy of the single-game Bell record of 353 by former Ram great Tim Washington.
Hickey ran for four touchdowns, including a pair of 75-yarders. He also scores from 52 yards and one yard. Hickey's last score went for 75 yards and put Central ahead 33-21 with 1:29 to play in the fourth quarter. 
Eastern scored for the final time on the game's last play, a pass from Justin Marshall to Ariza Kolloverja. Marshall had another big day throwing the ball for the Lancers (2-8). Kolloverja contributed running the ball and catching it, and Elijah Gagliardo and Jaden Laprise were the top targets for Marshall.
Hickey had Central's first score for a 7-0 lead. Marshall and Kolloverja connected for a touchdown pass and a tie game at 7-7. Justus Fitzpatrick staked the Rams to a 14-7 lead with a touchdown run in the second quarter. Central led Eastern 14-7 at the half.
After a Lancer interception early in the third quarter, Steven Hopkins bulled his way into the end zone on a short run, and a John McPhee extra point tied the game at 14-14.
It took Hickey 53 seconds to respond. His 52-yard touchdown run put the Rams ahead 21-14. Eastern came back to tie the game at 21 on a Laprise touchdown run, but Hickey broke the tie again, this time for good.
The Central players of the game were Hickey on offense and Devon Dawson on defense. For Eastern, it was Kolloverja on offense and Gagliardo on defense.

Corey Fappiano played a part in all six Holy Cross touchdowns
against Wolcott. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)

The Crusaders scored four consecutive touchdowns to erase a 28-14 deficit and beat the Eagles at Joe Monroe Field.
Holy Cross finished the season at 6-4 while Wolcott ended at 5-5.
Holy Cross' run started when Corey Fappiano and DeAndre Wallace hooked up for a long completion. Wallace fumbled at the one-yard line, but Qaron Brown alertly recovered it for the touchdown. That and a Vincent Graziano kick made the score 28-21 Eagles.
The Crusaders pulled even at 28 on a pass from Fappiano to Jaiden Epps.
Fappiano and Wallace connected again to put Holy Cross ahead, and Graziano's fifth extra point without a miss made the score 35-28. Alex Ward capped the scoring with a short touchdown run, and Graziano made his sixth and final extra point kick. Graziano was 6-for-6 on extra points.
Fappiano threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 completions. He also ran for two short touchdowns. Wallace ended with 211 yards receiving and a touchdown. Ward ran for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Wolcott jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a pass from Mike Polzella to Nick Longo. Polzella had to leave with an injury in the first half, but Matt Stoeckert found Anthony Ligi for a short touchdown pass, and a Mike Ciarlo two-point run extended the early lead to 14-0.
Fappiano got the Crusaders on the board with the first of his two touchdown runs, but a Ligi scoring run and Jake Sforza conversion rush extended the Eagle lead to 22-7. Fappiano's second touchdown run made the score 22-14, but a Polzella pass to Ciarlo put Wolcott's advantage to 28-14.
The Polzella pass to Ciarlo was the first score of the second half, but Holy Cross tallied the last four to claim the victory.
Polzella had 138 yards passing while Stoeckert threw for 62. Ligi ran for 163 yards, and he led the receiving corps with 80 yards.

Kennedy held off rival Crosby for its second straight NVL Brass Division
and City championships. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)

Pretty? Nope.
A great offensive game? In your dreams.
A win, a second straight NVL Brass Division title and another City Championship for the Eagles? Yes, yes and yes!
Kennedy's lone score at Municipal Stadium's Ray Snyder Sr. Field came on a surprising long touchdown pass from Evel Pacheco to Jake Desjardins. Desjardins then followed with what turned out to be the winning extra point. The Eagles (4-6, 4-1 Brass Division) led 7-0 at the half. It was the lone pass attempt and completion for Pacheco, but it was a huge one. Desjardins' extra point was the only one Kennedy made this season.
In the third quarter, Alberim Klenja connected with Davonte Howard for Crosby's only score. The Bulldogs (5-5) went for two and the lead, but the Eagles' Angel Cruz came up with an interception on the conversion pass, leaving the score at 7-6.
The one-point lead remained because of Kennedy's ball-hawking defense. The Eagles forced four Bulldog turnovers, including three interceptions. Zy'Ron Jordan and Pacheco had the other interceptions.
The fourth turnover, a fumble recovered by Desjardins, came on Crosby's final drive, and Kennedy made sure its rival didn't get the ball back again.
Yes, the Eagles won their first Brass game because Holy Cross had to forfeit after using an ineligible player. There were three other wins that had to happen, and Kennedy earned each one, including the one against Crosby.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THANKSGIVING EVE ROUNDUP: St. Paul has three 100-yard rushers in win over Oxford

St. Paul's wishbone offense was in full gear in a 44-22 season-closing win
over Oxford on Wednesday night. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
St. Paul football closed the season in fitting fashion in its 44-22 win over Oxford at McPhee Field on Wednesday night.
The Falcons had three different rushers tally over 100 yards on the ground. Damien Rabis led the way with 131 yards. Kevin Ashworth rushed for 123 yards while teammate Connor Bogdanski had 119 yards. Chris Dionne also had a solid night with 58 yards rushing. Rabis and Dionne ran for two touchdowns while Ashworth and Bogdanski had one each.
Rabis and Dionne played in their final game for St. Paul, as did fellow seniors Eric Langland, Noah Mendoza, Darek Wiecki and Dom Aiello. Langland and Aiello were two key players on the offensive line, and Wiecki was a tight end.
You don't do what St. Paul has done in the wishbone offense without great blocking, and the Falcons had that for much of the 2017 season. That's how St. Paul finished with a 7-3 record, its best mark since the 8-3 state playoff team in 2009.

Tiron Ferris was tackled on this play, but he ran wild, totaling 197 yards
and four touchdowns in a 42-6 Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech win.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech 42, Wilby 6
Tiron Ferris ran for 197 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win by the Hearts. Sacred Heart (1-9) picked up the win in its season finale while Wilby ended at 0-10.
Trey Dawson threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns, one apiece to Sidney Asiedu and Tajeem Staley, both seniors. Ferris, also a senior, was the team's offensive MVP for the game. Senior Aaron Medina was the defensive MVP for the Hearts.
Alexandre Gonzalez threw for 106 yards and ran for another 52 for Wilby. Gonzalez was the offensive MVP for the Wildcats.
For the second time in three years, the game ended with an altercation between the rivals.

PHOTOS: Click here for images from tonight's game.

WCA football ends season with tough loss

WCA head coach Pete Flammia and his team look on during the second
half of Tuesday night's game at Ray Snyder Sr. Field. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The first half of Tuesday night's football game belonged to Waterbury Career Academy.
The second half went in favor of Gilbert/Northwestern, and so did the game by a score of 29-22 at Ray Snyder Sr. Field (Municipal Stadium). It was the season finale for both sides. WCA finished at 3-7 while GN claimed a 5-5 mark.
The Spartans gave themselves a fleeting chance at the end zone on the game's final play, but a scrambling Matt Torres was forced out of bounds by the GN defense on the visiting sideline before he could get a throw off toward the end zone. 
After stuffing GN on fourth down, WCA embarked on a final drive from its own 16. The Spartans nearly made the red zone, thanks to a great throw and catch. WCA had one final play with 0.7 seconds left, but couldn't get the ball into the end zone.
The Spartans led 14-0 at halftime, thanks to the efforts of junior quarterback Matt Torres. Torres' scrambling ability led to both scores. WCA had a touchdown erased on a penalty, and after the spot foul, GN forced them into a fourth down. Torres bought time on that fourth down, then found senior Tyler Glenn wide open near the front left pylon for a 6-0 Spartan lead with 4:39 left in the opening quarter.
Torres used his legs again for WCA's second score, but this time he kept it himself. On yet another fourth down, Torres found open space in the middle of the field and ran into the end zone for the score. His two-point conversion pass to senior Jadan Battle put the Spartans ahead 14-0 with 34.4 seconds left in the first half.
GN responded with two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game at 14, both scored by Billy Komons. A long run by E.J. Claman set up the second Komons score, with came with 1:48 to play in the third quarter. Chris Nanni, a very effective kicker, buried both extra points.
It took WCA less than two minutes to respond. Torres fired a strike to a streaking Battle, and the senior all-around standout did the rest and found the end zone on a 72-yard scoring strike with 8.2 seconds left in the third quarter. Torres easily scored on the two-point conversion to put WCA ahead 22-14 after three quarters.
It looked like the Spartans had the momentum, but Zach Horvay-McLellan scored on a 13-yard run, then followed it up with a tying conversion rush to make it 22-all with 9:40 to play in the game.
GN held WCA on its next possession, then went ahead on a two-yard touchdown run by Brad Lissy. Nanni's third extra point without a miss put the visitors ahead 29-22 with under six minutes to play.
GN got the ball back again from WCA, but the Spartans came up with a big fourth down stop, which set up the final drive.
It was a tough loss for WCA seniors like Battle, Glenn, Justin Rudel, Nedrion Payne, Christian Calle and Jessah Doctor, but remember that the Spartans were in just their second year of varsity football in 2017. Those seniors have helped build a foundation for the WCA program.

NOTE: Go to The Zone website to see my videos from last night's game.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Trai Weaver named First Team All-ECFC

Weaver (Anna Maria athletics)
Anna Maria College senior Trai Weaver capped his stellar season with a First Team All-Eastern Collegiate Football Conference honor.
The teams were announced last Thursday, and it should be absolutely no surprise that Weaver was on the First Team roster. Weaver finished with 51 receptions for 911 yards and 12 touchdowns, including one of 99 yards. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch in 10 games played. The receptions, yardage and touchdowns were all career highs.
Weaver had three monster games in a row during his senior season. On Oct. 14, he caught eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown. On Oct. 21, Weaver went for 149 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. Oct. 28 brought four catches from Weaver for an astounding 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the 99-yarder. 
Weaver was a standout for Holy Cross High School.

Cretella (ECSU athletics)
Lizzy Cretella, Eastern Connecticut State University basketball
This former St. Paul standout made her first two career starts count.
Cretella, a sophomore, had 39 points, 15 rebounds and four steals over the two games ECSU played in the Eastern Connecticut State University Tip-Off Tournament. She sank 15 of her 30 shot attempts from the field.
In a 76-73 loss to New Paltz on Sunday, Cretella put up 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals in an impressive effort.
Cretella played 34 minutes before fouling out of the season opener, a 75-67 loss to Trinity. She had 19 points, seven rebounds and a steal. Cretella has led ECSU in scoring in each of the first two games of the season.
Last season, Cretella played in 28 of 29 games, all off the bench. She averaged 12.8 minutes per game and scored 3.9 points per contest.

Idalis Miranda, Clark University basketball
Miranda (Clark athletics)

This former Holy Cross floor general had a great first game of her college career, even though it was a loss for the Cougars.
Miranda started the game, played 33 minutes and tallied 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-5 on three-point attempts. She had a impressive assist to turnover ratio of 5:1 (5 assists, 1 turnover) and also added two steals.
Miranda, a Naugatuck native, spurred an 8-0 Clark run in the third quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers.
She also started her second game, a 65-62 win over Becker College. Miranda played 34 minutes in that game and scored 11 points. She did have eight turnovers, but she filled up the stat sheet in other positive ways with four rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Collins (ECSU athletics)
Jacob Collins, Eastern Connecticut State University basketball
A former Bristol Central forward, Collins has had a pair of productive games after battling preseason injuries at the beginning of his senior year.
Collins has played in both ECSU games this season and averaged 10 minutes per contest. He is averaging 4.5 points and three rebounds per contest. Collins has made four of his eight shot attempts, including one of two 3-pointers. He also has two assists and a blocked shot.
Collins played in 23 games as a junior.

Victor Sampson, Mitchell College basketball
Sampson (Mitchell athletics)

Sampson, who played for Kennedy, saw his first action of his sophomore season on Saturday at Wesleyan University.
Sampson played 13 minutes, scored five points, pulled down two rebounds, and tallied a steal. He was an impressive 3-of-4 from the foul line in his effort.
The game didn't go well for Mitchell, which lost 107-64 to Wesleyan in the championship game of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament.
Sampson played in eight games as a freshman and averaged 1.4 points per game.

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Wolcott hopes to clinch playoff spot, Holy Cross wants to play spoiler

In past years, Thanksgiving week football has meant battles for playoff berths.
Wolcott is the lone area team with a shot at making the playoffs. The Eagles are 5-4, but that's good enough for ninth in a down Class M. Joel Barlow and Weston are seventh and eighth, but they play each other, so the loser is likely eliminated. Wolcott is one of four 5-4 teams in contention.
Wolcott hosts fellow 5-4 Holy Cross on Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m. at Joe Monroe Field. Playoff bids have been on the line in the past in this rivalry, and games have come down to the final play. The Eagles need this game, and the Crusaders want to finish the season on a high note.
Here's a quick look at the matchups, starting with Tuesday:

Gilbert/Northwestern (4-5) at Waterbury Career Academy (3-6), 6, Ray Snyder Sr. Field (Municipal Stadium): The Spartans are looking for a positive end to a tough season, and the GN co-op should provide a physical matchup. GN wants to run the ball first and run often, so WCA needs to be solid on run defense. GN has been susceptible to the big play, and that's something the Spartans can exploit.
Last year: Gilbert/Northwestern 29, Waterbury Career Academy 6

Oxford (3-6) at St. Paul (6-3), 6, McPhee Field: The Falcons will not make the playoffs, but they can end the season with the most wins since the Class MM playoff qualifying team in 2009 (8-3). St. Paul wants to run, run, run out of the wishbone formation, so solid play on the line and blocking are big keys. The Wolverines are under .500, but they are capable of generating big plays on offense. The Falcons need to limit those big plays and make their opponent go on longer drives. On offense, St. Paul needs to make sure its in manageable third down situations.
Last year: Oxford 35, St. Paul 22

Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech (0-9) at Wilby (0-9), 6, Snyder Field: Someone will finish this matchup with its first and only win of the season. It's been a major struggle for the SH/KT co-op and the Wildcats, but now they get a chance to play a competitive game. Both teams would love to get a win and carry momentum into next season.
Last year: Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech 68, Wilby 14

Holy Cross (5-4) at Wolcott (5-4), 10, Joe Monroe Field: There could be a ton of points scored in this matchup. Both teams like to go no-huddle and toss the ball around. This could be a game where the team with the ball last will win. Both offenses are led by solid quarterbacks, the Eagles by star senior Mike Polzella and the Crusaders by solid junior Corey Fappiano.
Last year: Wolcott 47, Holy Cross 28

Crosby (5-4) at Kennedy (3-6), 10, Snyder Field: The Eagles can win a second straight NVL Brass Division title by beating the rival Bulldogs. If Crosby wins, it spoils the party and gives Holy Cross the Brass Division. The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Alberim Klenja and run a spread offense. Isaac Burgos is the top target for Klenja. Kennedy looks to play a physical, run-first game. The team that imposes their will has a better chance of winning this game.
Last year: Crosby 61, Kennedy 42

Bristol Central (6-3) at Bristol Eastern (2-7), 10:30, Muzzy Field: The Rams will not make the Class L playoffs, but they can clinch their third 7-3 season in the last four years with a victory over the rival Lancers. To do so, Central needs to shut down the strong passing combination of Justin Marshall and Jaden Laprise. The Rams also need to avoid the mistakes that have hurt them in losses this season. For Eastern, it needs to limit the big-play ability of Dathan Hickey. Hickey has had a whole bunch of big gains on offense, special teams and even defense. The Lancers are in big trouble if Hickey gets loose too often.
Last year: Bristol Central 30, Bristol Eastern 12 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Crusaders battled until the end of Class S final loss, and they will be back

Holy Cross stands on the field during pregame introductions. The Crusaders battled top-seeded
Old Lyme for all 110 minutes of their overtime match, which the Wildcats won 2-1.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
The second-seeded Holy Cross girls soccer team played through pain, through exhaustion, and gave it their all.
It just wasn't enough to win the Class S state title on Saturday against top-seeded Old Lyme. The Crusaders fell to the Wildcats 2-1 in overtime at Middletown High School's Rosek-Skubel Stadium.
"Sometimes the bounces just don't go your way," senior Erin Goggin said.
One extra bounce went Old Lyme's way, and it came off of the head of junior star Mya Johnson. Her header off of Danielle McCarthy's sweet corner kick put the Wildcats (21-1) ahead 2-1 with under five minutes left in the first 15-minute overtime period. The Crusaders (16-4-3) never had a good opportunity to get an equalizer, and the top seed celebrated its second consecutive Class S state title outright and the third overall (Old Lyme shared the 2015 crown).
Old Lyme was expected to be in the state championship game. After a 1-2-1 start, Holy Cross was considered anything but a contender.
"It's definitely a great accomplishment that we got here," Goggin said.
The Crusaders picked up the pace after the slow start, and they wound up as the No. 3 seed in the NVL Tournament, No. 2 in Class S. 
"I definitely think we grew as a team," senior Kiley Harnish said.
Holy Cross reached the NVL final, where it lost to St. Paul. The Crusaders had a first round bye in Class S, then snuck past No. 18 Somers 1-0 in a second round game where they missed cashing in on several opportunities.
The quarterfinal against No. 7 Tourtellotte was much, much different. Holy Cross rolled to an 8-0 victory and went on to play No. 11 East Hampton in the semifinal round. The Crusaders jumped ahead 2-0 and only a goal with 21 seconds to play made the final 2-1.
It was on to the final, and Holy Cross had its biggest task of the season in front of it. Old Lyme beat Holy Cross 4-0 in the 2015 semifinals, then tied Notre Dame-Fairfield 2-2 to earn a co-championship. The Wildcats beat Old Saybrook 1-0 in the 2016 final, then outscored opponents 67-3 in an undefeated 2017 regular season.
Entering the 2017 Class S final, Old Lyme's only blemish was a 2-1 loss to North Branford in the Shoreline Conference championship game.
It was a tall order for Holy Cross, but it held its own through much of a scoreless first half, then took the lead on Adalisse Padilla's penalty kick 8:13 into the second half. 
The Crusaders felt like some of the Wildcats were shook by the Padilla goal. A deficit was not something Old Lyme has faced in recent seasons. Wildcat assistant coach Ally Gleason said after the game that the players needed to be encouraged after falling behind.
The Holy Cross lead lasted a little less than seven minutes. Old Lyme's Madeline Ouellette put some loose change in front of the goal into the net to tie the match at 1-1 with 24:58 to go in regulation.
The Wildcats had the vast majority of chances in the rest of regulation, but the Crusader defense and keeper Tori Schaffner kept them out.
Overtime was next, along with the possibility of co-champions. Of course, an outright title could be be claimed by one team. 
Old Lyme took a 2-1 lead with 4:47 left in the first 15-minute overtime on Johnson's header. The championship game MVP scored 33 goals on the season, and her last one was by far the biggest. 
"Mya's extremely talented, she's extremely skilled," Crusader head coach Phil Mongelluzzo said.
Holy Cross never got a real chance to tie the match, and Old Lyme picked up another title game victory. Mongelluzzo told his Crusaders not to hang their heads afterward.
"I couldn't be more proud of what we did, what we accomplished [Saturday]," Mongelluzzo said.
Goggin, Harnish, Madison Smith and Nicole Rohlman all are seniors. The scary part for the NVL and Class S is that Holy Cross is a young team. Goal scorer Padilla is a junior, keeper Schaffner a sophomore. Two players who took part in the championship game, Alyssa Hebb and Paydon Bushka, are freshmen.
Old Lyme head coach Paul Gleason believes Holy Cross is far from done on the state stage.
"Holy Cross, they're young, they're going to be here next year," Gleason said.
Next year holds plenty of promise, but the foundation was set by what was accomplished in 2017.

NOTES: Gleason had nothing but good things to say about his counterpart Mongelluzzo.
"So well-coached," Gleason said of Holy Cross. "This man is such a gentleman."
Gleason and Mongelluzzo talked together before the game for a good 15 minutes, and the topics ranged from soccer to families.
"We both didn't try to hide from each other," Gleason said.
Gleason said that the goal in a championship game is to play a team that will push your team. Holy Cross pushed Old Lyme for all 110 minutes, and Gleason did nothing but compliment the Crusaders afterward. Both coaching staffs were all class, and the same goes for Goggin and Harnish, who were gracious in their interviews after such a difficult loss.

PHOTOS: Click here to see images from Saturday's championship game.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Holy Cross girls soccer ready for top-seeded Old Lyme in Class S final

Holy Cross girls soccer hopes that Saturday's Class S state final ends
with them hoisting the trophy for the first time.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
If you went to a Holy Cross girls soccer practice, you would see a team that is both focused and loose going into Saturday's Class S state final.
"They are intensely focused currently, but they are enjoying the moment as much as any team I've coached," Crusader head coach Phil Mongelluzzo said. "I've told them we are in the midst of something very special and to savor every minute of it."
This run is indeed special. It's the fourth time Holy Cross has appeared in a state final. The Crusaders (16-3-3) have never won the championship, and Saturday's 1 p.m. match against to-seeded Old Lyme at Middletown High School's Rosek-Skuble Stadium figures to be a major challenge.
"Old Lyme is immensely talented, but very disciplined and that is a what makes them so tough to beat," Mongelluzzo said. "They won't beat themselves and they always know exactly where they are in the game and what each situation calls for."
The Wildcats won the 2016 Class S title and shared the 2015 crown. Old Lyme is 20-1, with the only loss coming by a score of 2-1 to North Branford in the Shoreline Conference final. The Wildcats have allowed eight goals all season, but two of those were scored by fourth-seeded St. Paul in the Class S semifinal. Old Lyme can be scored upon.
When facing a dominant top seed, a certain "why not us" mentality is needed. That's exactly what Holy Cross has.
"And we are confident we can play with anybody because you don't get to the final without being committed to something bigger than the individual," Mongelluzzo said. "The girls have shown great resiliency all year long and I'm incredibly proud of how they have grown both as people and as players."
How will the Crusaders try to beat the Wildcats. Here's what Mongelluzzo had to say:
"This, as you know has been incredibly tough to do. It is going to come down to a simple blueprint for us. We need to outwork them in every phase of the game. If we work harder than they do, good things will happen. We need to keep our poise and composure and we need to win every free ball."  
And what if Old Lyme gets the first goal?
"And most importantly, if they score 1st we need to breathe and remember what we've meditated to as a team: "In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you,"" Mongelluzzo said.
For seniors Erin Goggin, Madison Smith, Kiley Harnish and Nicole Rohlman, nothing would be better than leaving Holy Cross girls soccer with the program's first state championship. Old Lyme will be the biggest challenge the Crusaders have ever faced, and they'll need to work hard and continue to believe in themselves to claim the upset.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mowad leads State Open swimming and diving qualifiers; diving is tonight

Two area swimmers and two divers qualified for the State Open.
Diving is tonight at 6 o'clock at Middletown High School. Swimming will take place on Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at Kiphuth Exhibition Pool on the campus of Yale University in New Haven.
Bristol Eastern senior Zoe DiChello and Sacred Heart senior Alexa Gallino will compete in diving. DiChello is seeded 15th while Gallino is 24th.
In swimming, Holy Cross senior Madelynn Mowad is seeded sixth in the 200-yard IM and 10th in the 100 breaststroke. Bristol Eastern junior Brianna Ogonowski is 12th in the 100 breaststroke.

Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern swimming compete in class meets

Bristol Central swimming competed in the Class M state meet on Wednesday night at Southern Connecticut State University and took 13th as a team.
The 400 freestyle relay claimed ninth with the team of freshman Camille Attle, senior Meghan Curtis, freshman Ailey Driscoll and sophomore Mackenzie Pina.
The 200 medley relay finished 10th with the team of Curtis, Driscoll, Pina and Attle. 
Driscoll took 11th in the 200 freestyle while Pina was 11th in the 100 butterfly. Pina was 12th in the 50 freestyle, Driscoll was 13th in the 100 butterfly and Curtis was 14th in the 100 backstroke.
Bristol Eastern swimming competed in the Class L state meet on Wednesday night at Wesleyan University and finished 11th as a team.
The 400-yard freestyle relay finished 13th with the team of senior Hope Johnsky, junior Brianna Ogonowski, freshman Kay-lin Koh and junior Julia Michaud.
The 200 medley relay finished 14th with the team of sophomore Chelsea Demarest, Ogonowski, Michaud and Johnsky.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mowad leads local Class S swimmers with first place finish in 200-yard IM

Swimmers from Holy Cross, Sacred Heart and St. Paul took part in the Class S state meet on Tuesday at Hutchinson Natatorium on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University.
Crusader senior Madelynn Mowad was the lone winner, taking first place in the 200-yard IM. Mowad also swam the 100 breaststroke and finished fourth. Fellow senior captain Aiyana Ward swam the 50 and 100 freestyle events, finishing 17th in both.
Sacred Heart's 200 medley relay finished fifth behind the efforts of senior Elizabeth Bussey, junior Ava Longo, junior Nicole Molina and sophomore Elizabeth Brown. Brown was also 11th in the 50 freestyle and 12th in the 100 backstroke. Longo claimed 11th in the 100 breaststroke. The Hearts took 12th in the 400 freestyle relay and 18th in the 200 freestyle relay. Bussey was 21st in the 100 backstroke and sophomore Nicole DaSilva took 22nd in the 100 breaststroke.
St. Paul junior Emily Haase finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke. The Falcons claimed 17th in the 200 medley relay and 19th in 200 freestyle relay.
Sacred Heart finished 12th in the team standings. Holy Cross took 20th and St. Paul tied for 22nd.
Weston won its fifth straight championship, and the NVL's Seymour took second. Woodland claimed fifth place and Oxford was sixth.

Holy Cross girls volleyball battles in loss to top-seeded Coventry

No. 12 Holy Cross girls volleyball faced its most stern test of the season Tuesday in Hartford when it took on top-seeded Coventry at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy.
The Crusaders put up one heck of a fight against the 10-time champion Patriots, but the top seed came away with a 3-1 win. The set scores were 25-19, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-14.
Coventry goes for its 11th title on Saturday against second-seeded Lyman Memorial, which is the defending Class S champion. The match is at East Haven High School at a time to be determined.
Nicole Strielkauskas had eight kills to lead Holy Cross. Meah Austin had 10 service points, five kills and three digs while Maia Regan tallied nine service points and eight digs. All three are seniors, and it was their final match, along with Devan Eason, Meghan Mazzatto, Jessica Borduas and Alexandra Lombardo. Eason and Lombardo, both starters, were lost to injuries.
Holy Cross finished a great season at 17-7.

St. Paul girls soccer puts up fight, falls in Class S semifinal to top-seeded Old Lyme

Briana Senese (38) had a goal and Addison Davis (33) an assist in St. Paul's
4-2 Class S semifinal loss to Old Lyme. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
Fourth-seeded St. Paul faced its biggest challenge on Tuesday when it played top-seeded Old Lyme in the Class S state semifinal at Meriden's Falcon Field.
The Falcons fell behind quickly, trailing 2-0 with barely five minutes gone by. The deficit became 3-0 before Briana Senese got St. Paul on the board. A little less than four minutes later, Kendall Davis found the net off her sister Addison's assist and the Falcons trailed 3-2. There was a little less than 14 minutes to play, St. Paul was down just a single goal to the two-time defending Class S champions.
Kendall Davis.
The Falcons got no closer, and a final goal by the Wildcats put the match away. Old Lyme won 4-2 and plays second-seeded Holy Cross, a 2-1 winner over No. 11 East Hampton, on Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
St. Paul ends its best-ever season at 15-4-3. The Falcons had never seen a semifinal until this group put them there. It was the final game for seniors Kendall Davis, Mariana Cervantes, Irene Rotondo and Briana Senese. Davis and Senese were captains.

HOLY COW! Cross girls soccer headed to Class S final

Kiley Harnish and Holy Cross are headed to the Class S state final.
(Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
Second-seeded Holy Cross girls soccer needed a strong effort to take down No. 11 East Hampton in a Class S semifinal matchup at Windsor High School.
The Crusaders did just that, building a 2-0 halftime lead. The Bellringers got a goal in the second half, but with just 21 seconds left in the match. By that time, Holy Cross' spot in the final was sewn up.
Morgan Murray had the first Crusader goal, then Kiley Harnish added one with a little over three minutes to go until halftime.
Tori Schaffner and the Cross defense, with the back four of Madison Bushka, Carley DeFoe, Alyssa Milburn and Meghan Diorio, nearly made the two-goal lead hold up throughout the rest of the match. The Crusaders, who started the season at 1-2-1, are now in the state final.
Phil Mongelluzzo, the all-around good guy and jovial head coach of Holy Cross, has led the team to where he said they could go when he took over the program. The Crusaders play top-seeded Old Lyme on Saturday at a time and place to be announced. The Wildcats eliminated fellow NVL squad St. Paul, the No. 4 seed, by a score of 4-2.
Old Lyme won the 2016 Class S championship and shared one in 2015, so it will be a formidable challenge for Holy Cross. Then again, the Crusaders have reached the state final after starting the season at 1-2-1. Holy Cross is in the final for a fourth time and seeks its first championship.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Wright named AAC Special Teams POY

Wright (Temple athletics)
Isaiah Wright has always been an explosive athlete, and he earned a major weekly honor from the American Athletic Conference for his most recent efforts.
The Temple University sophomore and Waterbury native tallied 154 all-purpose yards, including a spectacular kickoff return for a touchdown in a 35-24 win over Cincinnati. That return earned him AAC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades. 
The Bearcats scored to get to within 20-14 near the midway point of the third quarter. The response from the Owls came from Wright, and it was swift. Wright fielded the kickoff at his own 2 and ran from the right side of the field toward the center. He got a key block around midfield, then another at the Cincinnati 25 to finish off the awesome kick return in 13 seconds. What was a six-point Temple lead became 26-14.
Wright wasn't done doing damage to the Bearcats. He took the pitch running left on a reverse, then pulled up and completed a pass for the two-point conversion and a 28-14 lead.
Oh yeah, and Wright had three catches for 39 yards. All in a night's work for the versatile Wright, who continues to be a multi-purpose threat for Temple.

Smith (CCSU athletics)
K.J. Smith and Cole Phelps,
Central Connecticut State University football

The road to redemption has been paved for the Blue Devils, and these two former area standouts played a part.
Phelps (CCSU athletics)
CCSU scored the final 14 points and defeated Duquesne 28-27 on the road Saturday to clinch the fifth Northeast Conference championship in program history. Even bigger news is the Blue Devils also earned a berth to the NCAA FCS Playoffs, the first in program history. The seven-game win streak Eastern is on is the longest for the program since 1967.
Smith, a junior from Bristol Eastern, started the game at tight end and finished with a reception for eight yards. Phelps, a sophomore from Wolcott, started at right guard on the offensive line.
The Blue Devils improved to 7-3 with the win and 5-0 in the NEC with one conference game against Robert Morris left.
In 10 games this season, Smith has nine catches for 94 yards. He has started nine of those 10 games.
Phelps has started on the offensive line in all 10 games.

Root (Post athletics)
Brianna Root, Post University volleyball
This former Bristol Eastern leader was named First Team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference for the third straight season.
The junior made the team for the third time in her three years at Post. For the second time in three seasons, Root led the conference in assists. She tallied 1,062 of those in the regular season, and she is second among active players in the East Region with 3,602 career assists. 
When Root passed 3,000 career assists, she became the third Eagle to attain that milestone. Root is averaging 9.32 assists per set, good for third in the conference. 
Root was also second on the team, 13th in the CACC, in digs with 331. Root had 13 double-doubles during the regular season. 
Post struggled in non-conference play but went 15-4 in the CACC to finish 17-13 overall. The Eagles open CACC Tournament play tonight against Georgian Court at 7 p.m.

Malik Petteway, Robert Morris University basketball
Petteway (Robert Morris athletics)

The transfer from Northwest Florida State bounced back from a tough debut with his first double-double as a Division I basketball player.
Petteway scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked a shot and nabbed three steals in 20 minutes of play in Robert Morris' 75-61 loss to Grand Canyon. Petteway compiled those stats coming off the bench after starting the season opener against Ohio State.
Against Grand Canyon, Petteway went 4-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the foul line. He had four offensive rebounds and seven on the defensive end for his tally of 11.
Robert Morris plays its second and final game in the Grand Canyon Classic on Wednesday against San Diego.

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Three area teams face state semifinal challenges on Tuesday

The final week of the fall state tournament begins in earnest for area athletes on Tuesday.
Two soccer teams and one volleyball squad play in semifinal games across the state.

No. 4 St. Paul girls soccer will be at Falcon Field in Meriden for a 6:30 p.m. Class S semifinal against top-seeded Old Lyme (19-1). The only loss for the Wildcats came in the Shoreline Conference championship match against North Branford. It will be a stern test for the Falcons, but they've already had a few of those.
Old Lyme is the defending Class S state champion. The Wildcats have that state title, plus two shared championships, to their credit. St. Paul is in search of its first-ever state championship appearance.

At 7 p.m., No. 12 Holy Cross girls volleyball faces top-seeded Coventry in a Class S semifinal match at Sports and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford. 
To say the Patriots are a perennial state power in Class S is one big understatement. Coventry has won 10 state championships and made 11 appearances in the final match, and that's including and since 2003.
Holy Cross has appeared in one final, a 3-0 loss to Coventry in 2012. This is the first semifinal for the Crusaders since that magical run. It will be a tall order, but Holy Cross will attempt to knock off Coventry.

At 7:15 p.m., No. 2 Holy Cross girls soccer takes on No. 11 East Hampton in a Class S semifinal at Windsor High School. The Crusaders, who blew out No. 7 Tourtellotte 8-0 in a quarterfinal matchup, seek their first state finals appearance since 2006. Holy Cross has been to three state finals and come home empty-handed each time. They need to take down the Bellringers to reach their fourth final.
East Hampton has never been to a state final.

There are also two swimming class championships on Tuesday. Class S will take place at 6 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State University, and Class LL is at 7 p.m. at Wesleyan University.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

WEEK 10 FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Polzella plays a part in eight Wolcott TDs in win

Wolcott quarterback Mike Polzella (11). (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)
There were plenty of fireworks for Wolcott football in an 88-22 win at Torrington on Thursday.
The game left Raider administrators and supporters fuming about clock management and sportsmanship. Eagle head coach Matt Hove gave his take to Mark Jaffee in a story posted on The Zone. Tim Gaffney offered his thoughts on what happened on his website Litchfield County Sports. You can read those stories and form your own opinion.
Wolcott quarterback Mike Polzella threw for six touchdowns and ran for two more scores. Nick Longo hauled in three touchdown passes while Mike Ciarlo, Anthony Ligi and Matt Olmstead had one touchdown reception apiece.
Ligi, Matt Stoeckert and Jake Sforza each had one rushing touchdown for Wolcott. The 5-4 Eagles play Holy Cross on Thanksgiving morning at Joe Monroe Field. In a Class M where four losses could mean a state playoff berth, Wolcott is still in the hunt.

St. Paul got back into the win column with a 46-8 victory over Wilby on Thursday at Municipal Stadium's Ray Snyder Sr. Field. The Falcons ran for five touchdowns and threw for one.
St. Paul led 24-0 after one quarter on a pair of runs by Connor Bogdanski (56 and 61 yards) and one by Chris Dionne from six yards out. 
The Falcons added two more scores in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at the half. Damien Rabis scored on a six-yard run, then Kevin Ashworth connected with Nick Stolfi on a 21-yard strike.
Sam Rapp added the final touchdown on a three-yard run.
Wilby's touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Alexandre Gonzalez to Alemar Blondet. 
St. Paul improved to 6-3 with Oxford remaining on its schedule. The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak. Wilby dropped to 0-9 with Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech remaining on its ledger.

Bristol Central hammered East Catholic 61-18 behind five first quarter touchdowns from Dathan Hickey. 
Hickey ended the night with six touchdowns. He had four rushing, one on a kick return and another on an interception. Hickey went over 1,000 yards for the season on a 34-yard carry. He was done on offense early in the second quarter, but the Rams weren't. Frankie Jenkins carried for a score and Central led 49-6 at halftime.
Nick Ruffino, the backup quarterback, ran for two short touchdowns in the second half as the Rams improved to 6-3 on the strength of their fourth straight win. Central has Bristol Eastern left on its schedule on Thanksgiving morning at Muzzy Field.

Speaking of Bristol Eastern, the Lancers took a tough 25-20 road loss against Manchester. 
The Lancers entered halftime with a 20-13 lead, only to see their offense disappear in the second half. Eastern fell to 2-7 with the game against Central left on the schedule.
Justin Marshall threw touchdown passes to Jaden Laprise and Elijah Gagliardo. Marshall also ran for a touchdown.

Crosby earned a 32-6 win over Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech and ran its record to 5-4. The Bulldogs play Kennedy on Thanksgiving morning at Snyder Field.
The SH/KT co-op is 0-9 with only the game against Wilby remaining in the season.

Kennedy lost 49-12 at resurgent Woodland and fell to 3-6 on the season. The Eagles can still grab the NVL Brass Division title with a win over Crosby, though Holy Cross takes it with a Kennedy loss.

Holy Cross and Waterbury Career Academy each had lopsided losses on Saturday. The Crusaders fell 50-6 to undefeated Ansonia while the Spartans were shut out 38-0 by undefeated Naugatuck. Holy Cross saw its record drop to 5-4, but can still win the Brass title outright if Crosby beats Kennedy. WCA dropped to 3-6 on the season with only Gilbert/Northwestern left on the schedule. The Spartans play that game on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at Snyder Field.

NOV. 11 TOURNEY ROUNDUP: St. Paul, Holy Cross girls reach Class S soccer semifinals

The Class S girls soccer tournament is down to the final four teams, and two of them hail from this area.
St. Paul and Holy Cross took completely different paths on Saturday to reach the Class S semifinals. The Falcons, seeded fourth, needed overtime to take down No. 12 East Granby by a score of 2-1 in their quarterfinal on McPhee Field at St. Paul. The Crusaders, seeded second, blasted No. 7 Tourtellotte 8-0 at LaMoy Field on the campus of Post University. Holy Cross had an astounding 5-0 halftime lead.
St. Paul will play top-seeded Old Lyme in one semifinal on either Tuesday or Wednesday. The site and time are to be determined.
Holy Cross gets No. 11 East Hampton in the other semifinal, also on Tuesday or Wednesday. The site and time of that match are to be determined.

NOV. 10 TOURNEY ROUNDUP: Holy Cross wins in straight sets, reaches semifinal round

No. 12 Holy Cross girls volleyball has moved on to the Class S semifinals.
The Crusaders got there with a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) over No. 4 Innovation on Friday night in New Britain. Holy Cross will play top-seeded Coventry on Tuesday at a time and place to be announced.
Maia Regan had 10 digs, 17 assists and two aces for the Crusaders. Lizzy Diorio tallied 23 digs and an ace while Meah Austin compiled nine kills, six digs and two blocks.
This is the longest tournament run for Holy Cross since it reached the Class S state final in 2012. The Crusaders lost to state power Coventry in that final, and the Patriots once again stand in their way, this time in the semifinal round.

Friday, November 10, 2017

NOV. 9 TOURNEY ROUNDUP: Kendall Davis tallies six goals in St. Paul girls soccer win

Kendall Davis was unstoppable, and the St. Paul girls soccer team moved on to the Class S quarterfinal round.
The fourth-seeded Falcons dominated the No. 20 Lyman Memorial Bulldogs in a 7-1 second round victory on Thursday night at McPhee Field. Kendall Davis scored six of those seven goals, with Catherine Ciampi netting the other. Kendall Davis is St. Paul's all-time leading goal scorer.
Addison Davis had two assists and Bella Griffin added one assist. Nina Zwolinski made five saves for the Falcons.
St. Paul (14-3-3) will host No. 12 East Granby on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Class S quarterfinal match.

Holy Cross girls soccer, seeded second in Class S, tallied just one goal, but it was enough in a 1-0 second-round victory over No. 18 Somers at Post University's LaMoy Field. 
Adelisse Padilla scored the lone goal off an assist from Alyssa Hebb 5:48 into the match. The Crusaders were none too happy with their efforts -- see Roger Cleaveland's story on The Zone -- but they did pick up the win.
Holy Cross (13-3-3) will host No. 7 Tourellotte on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Post in a Class S quarterfinal contest.

Zoe DiChello earned All-State honors in Class L Diving during the state meet held at Middletown High School. DiChello, a senior, finished third in her final class competition. DiChello finished 24 spots better than she placed as a junior.

In the Class S meet, Sacred Heart senior Alexa Gallino took seventh place. The Class S Diving meet was held at Bulkeley High School in Hartford.

Myah Croze and Bristol Eastern gave a great effort on Thursday in a 1-0
overtime loss to Joel Barlow in the second round of the Class L
girls soccer tournament. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Bristol Eastern girls soccer, seeded just 23rd in Class L, managed to get a home match when the chips fell its way.
The Lancers hammered No. 10 Bullard-Havens 6-0, and on the other side, No. 26 Joel Barlow of Redding upset No. 7 Woodstock Academy 1-0 (PK 7-6). Eastern had the better seed, thus earning a home match in the second round. Unfortunately for the home side, the season ended with a 1-0 loss in overtime.
The Lancers had their chances against the Falcons, but couldn't convert, and the teams needed more than 80 minutes of regulation play to decide a winner. In the first of the 10-minute overtime sessions, Barlow got a chance from the left side, and sophomore Caitlin Collins took advantage. Collins struck the ball with her left foot from the left side of the Eastern turf, and her shot made it just over the outstretched arms of keeper Karly Martin. The ball settled into the far right side of the goal with just under 90 seconds to play in the first overtime, and the Falcons had the goal they needed. 
Eastern couldn't muster a good opportunity in the second overtime to tie, and Barlow escaped with a second round win. The Lancers saw their season end with a record of 8-8-2.
"It was not because of lack of effort or heart," head coach Scott Redman said about the loss on the Bristol Eastern girls soccer Twitter account. "Very proud of the performance today."
The Lancers never stopped in their effort to keep their season going. They just couldn't a goal when they needed it.
PHOTOS: Click here to see images from yesterday's match.

Bristol Eastern girls volleyball came out on fire in its Class L second round volleyball match at second-seeded Killingly. 
The No. 18 Lancers won the first set handily, 25-9. Killingly posted a 25-12 win in the second set, but Eastern was back at it again by a tally of 25-22 in the third set. The Lancers were a set away from victory, but the Redgals rallied and won the final two sets 25-18 and 15-11 to claim the match and move on.
Senior Sienna White had six kills and four total blocks (one solo, three assisted) in her final match as a Lancer. Freshman Zoe Lowe had a team-high 17 kills along with 15 digs, Gabriella Nozzolillo added 12 kills, and Olivia Beaudoin contributed eight kills and two blocks. Ali Rivoira dished out 39 assists.
Eastern finished the season with a record of 15-9.

Wolcott girls soccer saw its season end in a 4-0 Class M second round loss at second-seeded Granby Memorial.
The No. 15 Eagles finished the season at 11-6-2.