Weekly College Notebook: Trio of Local Players Lead Eastern Men’s Basketball to Title

The trio of Trachone Preston, Tarchee Brown and Hugh Lindo have wrecked havoc against Eastern Connecticut’s opponents erly in the regular season. The group led the Warriors to  victory in the Hamilton College Invitational over the weekend with great performances against Hartwick and Hamilton.

In Saturday’s game 93-87 win over Hartwick, Preston (Enfield High) led the way with a career-high 31 points, sinking 11 of 16 field goals. Brown (Rockville High) scored 19 points and added five assists, and Lindo (Enfield) led the team with 12 rebounds and seven assists. Eastern then captured the event’s title the next day by defeating Hamilton 77-69. Brown led the Warriors in points and rebounds with 22 and eight, while Preston recorded 20 points and five assists and Lindo 16 and seven rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

Former Suffield High star Brianna Bishop is well on her way to having another great year for the 5-0 Yellow Jackets. The senior guard is averaging 15.2 points through five games, tops on the team, and has averaged just under 14 the past three games. Bishop scored a season-high 23 points last Tuesday at Southern Connecticut, and then scored 7 and 11 points on Monday and Wednesday against Bridgeport and Pace, respectively. She dished out six assists against Bridgeport and made three steals against Pace.

Western New England junior forward Emily Anderson, who played at Rocky Hill High, is second on the Golden Bears in points per game with 13. Anderson had an outstanding game at Lasell last Tuesday in a loss, scoring a career-high 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. She then helped the team to a blowout win at Gordon on Wednesday by scoring 12 points.


Springfield Colllege senior Tyler Keane won the 133 pound individual title at the Doug Parker Invitational. The Glastonbury native won a 9-4 decision over Austin Sico from Western New England in the title match.

Western New England’s Brian Donovan also performed well at the Invitational. The junior and former Manchester High star went 3-2 in five bouts at 197 pounds.


Enfield native Stephen Picard had a strong week for Assumption, scoring three goals in two games. The junior forward scored once in Saturday’s win against Becker and twice in the next day’s loss to Nichols. Picard is now third on the Greyhounds in goals.

Enfield native Mike Cherpak has scored five points in eight games for Suffolk University. The senior scored in a win against Stonehill on November 19th and recorded an assist two days later in a loss to Johnson & Wales. Cherpak is tied for fourth on the team in points.


Former Glastonbury High teammates Matthew Ahlberg and Chris Bariss performed very well for Keene State in a tri-meet with Wheaton and Springfield on November 21st. Ahlberg won the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:11.60, while Bariss won the 100 yard backstroke in 52.69 and was runner-up in the 200 back in 2:01.34.  .



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