Top Performers of the Week: DeLoreto and Stoker Win Class Championship Races

A number of local cross country runners had impressive performances in this past weekend’s state class championships, leading their teams to strong finishes as a result.

On the girls side, it starts with Kat DeLoreto, who won the Class M Championships with a time of 18:34. She and her teammates helped Tolland win the team race. Hayley Collins finished third (19:25), Caitlin Swanson fourth (19:34) and Michaela Caron fifth (19:38.  Glastonbury won LL behind Gaelyn Kattman and Allison McArdle, who finished third and seventh with times of 19:17 and 19:48. RHAM was runner-up  in MM, with Abby Walker finishing sixth in 20:28. Finally, Ava Roche of Somers finished fourth in S with a time of 19:58.

South Windsor’s Michael Stoker continued his exceptional season by winning the L race with a time of 16:25. Other top boys performers included Glastonbury’s Randy Neish (15:59), who was third in LL, Ellington’s David Clavet (16:44), who was fifth in M, Tolland’s Josh Bedard (17:02), who finished right behind Clavet, and East Catholic’s Evan Kennedy (17:08), who was eighth in M. Tolland finished third in M and Glastonbury and Ellington finished fourth in its races. East Catholic was fifth in M.

Keyion Dixon Reaches Milestone 

Glastonbury quarterback Keyion Dixon continued to establish himself as one of the top players in the program’s history on Saturday in a blowout of Hartford Public. The senior rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, giving him more than 1,00 rushing yards for the season and 2,000 career rushing yards. Tomahawks teammate Jake Madnick also had an outstanding game, rushing for three touchdowns.

South Windsor quarterback Connor Kapisak and Rocky Hill running back Grant Nieves helped give their teams wins on Friday with late touchdowns. Kapisak threw a game-winning 44-yard touchdown with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter to beat Bristol Eastern. For the game, Kapisak threw for 177 yards and two scores.  Nieves ran for a game-winning 13-yard touchdown against Tolland with 1:50 remaining. He also ran for a 36-yard score earlier in the game.

Rockville’s Jake Wilson and Ellington’s Iziah Castro-Vega also had strong games this weekend. Wilson caught two TDs and had eight tackles and both an interception and sack in a win against Fermi. Castro-Vega scored on runs of 65 and 48 yards and returned an interception for a touchdown in a win against Canton.


South Windsor’s Nick Heckt led local players last week by scoring a combined five goals in two games. Heckt had a hat trick in a win against East Catholic and scored twice in a win over Manchester. Tolland’s Tommy Leahy only scored once against E.O. Smith on Tuesday, but the overtime goal was a huge one, as it gave THS a win that clinched the CCC’s North-White Division.

On the girl’s side, Tolland’s Bailey Elliot scored twice in wins against both E.O. Smith and Rockville, and RHAM’s Gretchen Kron recorded a hat trick to beat Rockville.


East Catholic’s Abby Stern averaged more than 20 kills and nearly 12 digs in three games. Enfield’s Miranda Lee had 20 kills, 7 aces and 5 digs in a win against Canton and 12 kills, 9 digs and 6 aces in a loss to Classical Magnet. Suffield’s Kaylee Velasquez recorded 25 kills and 15 digs in a loss to SMSA. Ellington’s Brenna Marquis had 19 kills and 10 digs in a loss to Coventry.


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