Top Performers of the Week: XC Teams Finish Strong

A number of local boys and girls runners finished at or near the top of the standings in the CCC and NCCC Championships, leading their team to strong finishes as a result.

At Saturday’s NCCC Championships, Ellington’s David Clavet won the boys race in 16:24. Teammates  Thomas Arbeiter (16:30) and Kyle Fitzgerald (17:15) finished second and ninth, and the trio led Ellington to its fourth consecutive NCCC title. Suffield’s Justin Walch (16:36) and Ryan Cleaves (17:15) finished fourth and tenth, and Enfield’s Connor Shannahan (17:07) earned seventh. Suffield and Somers finished third and sixth out of 13 teams.

On the girls side, Somers Ava Roche won in 19:31. Suffield won the team title and placed four runners

(Deana Pileika, Hanna Englander, Nina Begley, Katie Baker) in the top nine. Pileika (19:49) finished third, Englander (20:08) fourth, Begley 20:24) seventh and Baker (20:34) ninth. Ellington finished third led by Lia Guerette (20:11) and  Anna Chamberland (20:21), who finished fifth and sixth.

At Wednesday’s CCC Championships, Glastonbury one both of the team championships. Randy Neish won the boys  race for the Tomahawks in 16:25, with South Windsor’s Michael Stoker (16:31) was runner-up. Glastonbury’s Chris Reeves (16:54) and Alex Connery (16:54) finished fifth and sixth. Josh Bedard (16:57) of Tolland and Brian Coyle (17:00) of Manchester also performed well, finishing seventh and eighth. East Catholic, Manchester and Tolland finished in second through fourth place.

On the girls side, Tolland teammates Kat Deloreto and Hayley Collins took first and second in 19:06 and 19:38. The Glastonbury trio of Gaelyn Kattman(20:03), Kaylee Stebbins (20:05) and Allison McArdle (20:06) finished fourth, fifth and seventh. Michaela Caron (20:16) also performed well for Tolland, finishing tenth. The Tomahawks defeated Tolland when its sixth-place runner finished higher than Tolland’s.

Eddie Mesnil Leads Tolland Football to Big Win

Mesnil, a senior, ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted two passes in a 25-21 win against Northwest Catholic on Friday. Mesnil sealed the win for the Eagles (2-4) when he picked off a pass with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Three local players also had impressive performances this weekend. Jake Madnick continued to be a beast for Glastonbury, scoring three touchdowns on a catch, run and 91-yard kickoff return in a 35-7 win against Manchester. Grant Nieves and Ricky Montalvo again played well for Rocky Hill (4-2) in a 18-14 win over rival East Catholic. Nieves caught a 21-yard touchdown and ran 36 yards for a go-ahead TD in the fourth, and Montalvo made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Boys and Girls Soccer

Jared Grant led Cromwell to wins against Portland and North Branford by scoring three goals in both games. In South Windsor’s 9-0 blowout of Rockville on Thursday, Brandon Leclerc and Devon Schoenberger both scored three goals.

Payten Walters scored twice for Ellington in wins against both Classical and SMSA.

Grant Nieves

Grant Nieves

Jared Grant

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