Thursday, November 2, 2017

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Diving a family affair for Gallino brothers

Peter Gallino (Marist athletics)
Peter Gallino was a terrific diver in his time at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.
After helping Marist College beat Fordham for the first time since 2014, Gallino was honored for his efforts by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Gallino, a senior captain, was chosen as MAAC Diver of the Week. The award was announced on Oct. 25. 
In the 137-100 win over Fordham, Gallino won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. In one-meter diving, he was just six points shy of the school record set by Brian Bolstad in 2010. Gallino had 332.85 points in one-meter diving.
In three-meter diving, Gallino tallied 354.82 points and qualified for the NCAA Zone Qualifier Diving Championships, which will be held March 5-7 at Rutgers University. 
David Gallino (Marist athletics)
Gallino will compete in Zone A, one of five throughout the country.
In the 2016-17 season, Gallino won the one-meter and three-meter diving events at the ECAC Championships and was named Diver of the Meet.
Before that meet, you can beat that Peter will be taking aim at a MAAC Championship, something that has eluded him. He was second in both diving events last year. The MAAC Championships are Feb. 14-17 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Gallino's brother David is on the roster at Marist. David Gallino is a sophomore diver. They are natives of Watertown. 
David Gallino, also a terrific diver at Sacred Heart, was Northeast-10 Diver of the Meet while competing for Southern Connecticut State University as a freshman in the 2016-17 season. David transferred from SCSU to Marist for the 2017-18 season.

Corona (Marist athletics)
Matt Corona, Marist swimming and diving
Speaking of former NVL standouts, there's a third one on the roster for the Red Foxes.
Corona, a sophomore and former Holy Cross star, swims in freestyle events for Marist. He competed in five events at the MAAC Championships as a freshman. Corona collected two Top 3 finishes in his heats.
Corona swam on two different relays during the Fordham meet. Both relays finished in fifth place.
Corona was part of history at Holy Cross. As a junior, the Naugatuck native helped lead the Crusaders to their first NVL title in 35 years. Holy Cross repeated in his senior season, and Gallino went on to win a pair of individual state championships in Class S. He was Team MVP as a senior.

Eli Parks, Southern Connecticut State University football
Parks (SCSU athletics)

The Northeast-10 Conference released its Week 8 report on Oct. 30, and this former St. Paul star running back made the Honor Roll.
SCSU won a wild game 45-42 over Bentley, and Parks was right in the middle of it. He carried 21 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Parks got the Owls on the board with 10:23 left in the first quarter when he scored from eight yards out. Parks also provided the first score of the second half, a 13-yard touchdown run with 10:08 left in the third quarter. His scoring run put SCSU ahead 31-21.
Parks was part of a huge rushing attack for the Owls, who had 454 on the ground. That was just 23 short of the SCSU single-game record.
Parks averaged 7.1 yards per carry in the game, and his longest run was 36 yards. After Bentley cut the SCSU lead to 45-42, the Owls recovered an onside kick with 57 seconds left in regulation. Parks was handed the ball three times, and he picked up 13 yards. His biggest rush was for six yards for a first down on a crucial 3rd and 3 that allowed SCSU to run out the clock.

Skerritt (WCSU athletics)
Jenna Skerritt, Western Connecticut State University volleyball
The Colonials saw their season come to an end in the Little East Conference Tournament quarterfinal round, and this Wolcott graduate did what she could to keep it alive.
Skerritt, a junior, started in WCSU's 3-1 loss to Plymouth State and played in all four sets. She recorded 37 assists and 16 digs in the match.
Skerritt, a junior setter, led WCSU in assists with 801 and service aces with 33. She was third in digs with 203. Her 801 assists and 8.02 assists per set were good enough for fourth place in the LEC.
Skerritt played in all 29 matches, and all 101 sets for the Colonials.

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


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