Top Performers of the Week: Players Star in State Playoffs

The first week of the CIAC playoffs saw numerous great performances from players on local competing teams.

In boys soccer, Tolland’s Jack Carmody and AJ Zimmerman helped launch the fourth-seeded Eagles run to the Class M semifinals by both scoring twice in their 9-1 first-round win against Wolcott Tech. Corey Brown helped eight-seeded Somers advance to the Class S semifinals by scoring three goals at top-seeded Morgan in the quarterfinals. In Class LL, Nick Heckt had a a hat trick for fourth-seeded South Windsor in its first round win against Norwalk, while 14th-seeded Cromwell’s Jared Grant also had a trick in the first round of the S tournament against HMTCA. Finally, 17th-seeded Ellington’s Will Longo scored twice in a first round win against Norwich Tech in the M tournament.

In girls soccer, Sabrina Glaser and Mara Cosentino teamed up to lead top-seeded Glastonbury to the LL semifinals by each scoring twice in a quarterfinal win over Greenwich. Meanwhile, twelfth-seeded Enfield’s Cat Fonseca was outstanding in goal against Ellington in the M quarterfinals, making 19 saves in the 1-0 win. Also in Class M, Marisa Denis and Brooke Bonadies both scored twice for fifth-seeded Tolland’s first round win against Griswold and Madison Nastri scored twice in 16th-seeded Rocky Hill’s first round win against Oxford. In Class S, Windsor Locks Shannon Flynn scored twice for the 24th-seeded Raiders in their first round win against HMTCA.

In field hockey, Glastonbury field hockey stars Yasmin Saaed and Maddie Norman helped lead the to-seeded Tomahawks to the L semifinals. Saaed scored twice in their first round win against Hamden, while Norman scored twice and Saaed dished out three assists in Glastonbury’s quarterfinals win over Greenwich.

In volleyball, RHAM and Ellington each had a trio of players lead it to the semifinals. For top-seeded RHAM, McKenzie Maneggia, Shaela Salinger and Alana Hruska each had exceptional performances in the L tournament against Branford and Guilford. Maneggia combined for 52 assists in the games and recorded 11 digs against Guilford, Salinger dove for 14 digs against Branford and Hruska smacked 17 kills against Guilford. For seventh-seeded Ellington, Erin Wardrop had 11 digs, eight kills, six aces and Bri Deland recorded 21 digs in its second round win against Foran, while Cassie Holmes earned 17 kills, five aces and four digs in the Knights quarterfinal triumph against Haddam-Killingworth.

Football

East Catholic star Andre Brackett rushed for 255 yards and five touchdowns in a win against Maloney. Cromwell/Portland teammates Jack Wilson and Nelson Carlson both had outstanding games in a win against Hyde/Career/Whitney Tech. Wilson had a fumble recovery and interception and recorded 11 tackles, while Carlson returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and ran for a 12-yard score. Rockville’s Josh Foster led the Rams to a win over Tolland by running for a TD, returning a interception 30 yards for a score and making seven tackles. Finally, in a win against Simsbury, Glastonbury’s Jake Madnick ran for 114 yards and TD, caught a 65-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 84-yard kickoff return.

Runners Perform Well at New Englands

Tolland cross country runners Kat DeLoreto and Caitlin Swanson and Glastonbury’s Randy Neish had strong days at Friday’s New England Championships in New Hampshire. DeLoreto finished third with a time of 19:01.3 and Swanson placed ninth in 19:25.3. Neish finished seventh in 16:21.8.    

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