Top Performers of the Week

A trio of local football players helped lead their teams to wins on Friday with exceptional performances.

Glastonbury High quarterback Keyion Dixon ran for 203 yards and three touchdowns in a signature 41-28 win at rival New Britain. Dixon helped the Tomahawks take a big lead early before they held off a NBH rally. Kevin Hampton anchored the Stafford/East Windsor/Somers defense in a 21-6 win against Coginchaug by making 13 tackles, including eight for loss, and recording three sacks. Finally, Rocky Hill’s Grant Nieves was again a beat on the ground against Fermi, rushing for 192 yards and three scores.

Sam Pirsig also stepped up big for Glastonbury. He forced a fumble and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown with 37 seconds left, sealing the team’s win.

Tolland Runners Lead Team to State Open Title 

Seniors Kat DeLoreto and Hayley Collins propelled Tolland to a victory at Friday’s State Open by finishing second and fourth overall. DeLoreto finished in 19:01 and Collins ran a 19:19. The Eagles finished with 97 points, 34 ahead of runner-up Glastonbury.

Glastonbury boys runner Randy Neish had the highest finish of any local male, crossing third with a time of 16:05. Neish led the Tomahawks to a third-place finish.

Soccer 

Glastonbury starters Sabrina Glaser and Mara Cosentino helped lead the Tomahawks to the CCC Tournament championship with strong performances throughout. Glaser scored twice in the team’s semifinal win against Northwest Catholic and once in their finals victory over Newington, while Cosentino scored twice against Newington.

Fellow GHS player Nick Kapelewski  was the boys top performer in their run to the CCC finals. Kapelewski scored twice in the semifinals triumph against Avon and the Tomahawks lone goal in their overtime loss to Wethersfield in the finals.

VOLLEYBALL

The RHAM and Ellington teams both had a duo of players player great in their respective conference tournaments. RHAM’s McKenzie Mannegia had 32 assists and 12 digs in the Sachems CCC Tournament semifinals win against Glastonbury, while Shaela Salinger dove for 25 digs in the same game. In the next day’s finals, Mannegia made 35 assists in a loss to Platt. Bri Deland and Cassie Holmes anchored the team in the NCCC Tournament semifinals and finals. Deland jumped and smashed her way to 25 digs and seven aces in the semis win against Bolton, while Holmes earned 26 kills, 12 digs and seven blocks in the finals loss to Coventry.     

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