Top Performers of the Week: Players Lead Teams to State Titles

Eight teams The Sports Department covers competed in Saturday’s slate of state championship finals, with four winning. Each of these victorious squads has one or more players it can thank for their success in the semifinals and finals.

Glastonbury girls soccer: In the Class LL semifinals against New Milford, Caroline Bogue and Maddie Seymour each scored twice in a 4-0 win. Then in the finals against Ridgefield, Mara Cosentino led the top-seeded Tomahawks to a 5-3 win with two goals.  Seymour also scored  again in the game.  

Glastonbury boys soccer: Nick Kapelewski scored once in both the top-seeded Tomahawks 2-1 semifinals win against Hall and their 4-0 final triumph against Darien. In the finals, Sebby Sanzaro also scored and added an assist.

Somers boys soccer: Corey Brown was the star for the Spartans in both the Class S semis and finals. Brown scored three goals against Litchfield in the semifinals and led Somers to a 3-2 win over rival Coventry in the finals. He helped send the game to overtime by tying it with 3:32 remaining in regulation, and then scored the eventual game-winner in the first overtime on a penalty shot.

Tolland boys soccer: Mike Zimmerman helped the Eagles capture the Class M title by scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph against Bacon Academy. The senior scored midway through the second half.

The teams that lost in their finals still received memorable performances as well. Enfield goalie Cat Fonseca made 11 saves in the Raiders 2-1 semifinals win against Woodland and eight in the their championship loss to Northwest Catholic. Ellington girls volleyball defeated East Haven 3-1 in the Class M semifinals before being swept by Waterford in the finals. Against East Haven, Cassie Holmes recorded 22 kills and nine digs, while Erin Wardrop had 17 kills and Bethany Bahler 25 digs.  In the finals, Holmes had eight kills and six digs and Wardrop recorded six kills, while Bri DeLand gained 17 digs. Finally, RHAM girls volleyball defeated Farmington 3-2 to reach the Class L finals before losing to Platt. In the four-set finals loss, Alana Hruska and Katie Shea had 13 and 12 kills respectively, McKenzie Maneggia dished 34 assists and Anna Barry smacked nine kills.

Football

It was a quiet week in local football, as a number of teams were taking a break before their Thanksgiving games. Of course, a number of players still had standout performances. Ellington quarterback Christian Rider threw two touchdowns and rushed for win in a win against Enfield, while Riders star Nick Serignese caught two TDs and returned a kickoff for a score in the same game. Nate Lajoie and Jacob Berry both had strong nights for Stafford/East Windsor/Somers in their loss to Lewis Mills. Lajoie threw for 179 yards and tossed a touchdown to Barry while also running for a score, while Barry ultimately had seven grabs for 100 yards. Finally, Fermi’s Ian Grabowski threw a 40-yard TD pass and ran for two touchdowns in a loss to Bloomfield.

Swimming Championships

The girls swimming class championships and State Open were held this past week. In Tuesday’s Class S Championship, Rocky Hill’s Brooke Chao finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races and Suffield’s Alyssa Pacewitz  was sixth in the 50 free. Shannon Leary and Maddie Crowley both represented East Catholic well, with Leary finishing fourth in the 100 breastroke and sixth in the 500 free and Crowley fifth in the 200 free. In Wednesday’s Class M Championship, Jessica Miller of Windsor Lock/Ellington won the 100 butterfly with a time of 58:91. Sydney Ruschmeir of Rockville also finished sixth in the same race. In the Class L Championships held the same day, South Windsor’s Elizabeth Savidge was sixth in the 100 backstroke.

 

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