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Locals shine at indoor track championships - TheSportsDept.com

Locals shine at indoor track championships

While the Tolland indoor track team captured the Class M Championship on Saturday, they were far from the only local squad to feature event winners at this years championships. A number of athletes proved themselves champions from Thursday through Saturday, building on their already impressive reputations.

In the Class LL Championship on Thursday, the Glastonbury boys team had multiple winners in seniors Randy Neish and Keyion Dixon. Neish, who is stranger to winning big races, won both the 1,000 and 1,600 meter races with times of 2:34.59 and 4:24.40. Dixon, who recently signed with UConn to play football, won the long jump with a leap of 22-1/4, and also was runner-up in the 55 meter dash in 6.57 seconds. The duo helped Glastonbury finish third overall.

The Glastonbury girls team also had a strong day, finishing third behind Olivia Allen. The sophomore ran 3.05.30 to win the 1,000, and served on the Tomahawks winning 4×800 relay team. Allen, senior Kristen Hughes, junior Morocca Wiley and senior Allison McArdle finished in 9:43.04 to beat out Ridgefield.

Manchester junior Elizabeth Lodge jumped a meet record 5 feet, 6 inches to win the high jump competition. Lodge also set both a personal and program best in the event.

In the Class L Championship, South Windsor senior runner Michael Stoker was the lone local victor. Stoker ran a 9:37.32 in the 3,200 to win by two seconds. Fellow Bobcats senior Kaitlin Bakas also performed well, finishing third in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.99.

In the Class M Championship, Tolland junior Josh Bedard won the 1,000 in 2.36.24. The Eagles boys 1,600 sprint medley relay team finished second. Continuing in the boys championship, Ellington juniors Wellington Silva and David Clavet also performed well, with Silva finishing second in the 55 meter dash in 6.64 and Clavet earning runner-up in the 3,200 with a time of 9:38.11. East Catholic senior Nathan Procacinni was second in the shot put with a toss of 44-07.25, while Rockville senior Daniel Kupchunos was third in the high jump with a leap of 5-10.  In the 4×400 relays, the East Catholic and Tolland teams finished second and third, and Ellington’s 4×200 team finished third.

Ellington sophomore Megan Knowling won the high jump with a mark of 5-02. In the 600 meters, Suffield junior Kaitlin Girardini finished third behind a pair of Tolland runners with a time of 1:42.47.

In the Class S Championship, East Catholic senior Abby Gothers won the high jump with a mark of 5-04.

Girls Baasketball

Sophomore forward Mary Baskerville displayed her versatility in the Raiders three wins. Baskerville averaged 20 points, just under 11 rebounds, over seven blocks and five steals in the three wins. She had double-doubles against Suffield and East Granby on Tuesday and Thursday, and recorded 11 blocks and nine steals against Granby Memorial over the weekend to go with 19 points.

South Windsor seniors Molly Murphy and Alex Goslin dominated in Thursday’s win against Rockville. Murphy had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Goslin scored 21….East Catholic sophomore guard Kaylee Jeamel helped lead the Eagles to an impressive win against Fermi by dominating the paint. Jeamel scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and smacked eight blocks…..Caroline Bogue (Glastonbury) and Ally Finik (Tolland) both had double-doubles for their team in wins. Finik went for 21 points and 12 rebounds against Manchester Thursday, while Bogue had 21 and 11 against Northwest Catholic Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Somers junior Doug Hostetler averaged just under 20 points in a 2-1 week for the Spartans. The junior scored 23 on Tuesday against Coventry in a win and 24 on Friday against SMSA, shooting 5-7 from three in the loss. Senior teammate Garrett McCloskey scored 16 points against Canton on Thursday, draining the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds remaining.

Cromwell senior guard Peter Dewey was on fire from long distance against Valley Regional and Haddam-Killingworth in wins, making a combined eight three-pointers. Dewey scored a career-high 28 points on Tuesday against Valley…..Rocky Hill junior Nick Casiano averaged just under 27 points in three games, including 31 in Tuesday’s loss to Wethersfield….Enfield junior forward Kumar Brown was a beast in Saturday’s win against Bolton, scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds….Fermi senior Josh Pasini averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds in contests against Tolland East CatholicSouth Windsor junior Kewan Smoot recorded 28 points and six assists in Thursday’s win against Rockville….RHAM senior forward Sam Gagnon had a double-double with 13 points and 14 boards in Thursday’s win against Hartford Public, adding seven blocks. 


Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks easily defeated Cheshire on Saturday night behind juniors Austin Rupp and Brendan Looney. Rupp scored twice, while Loooney earned three assists.

E.O. Smith/Tolland defeated Newington 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday thanks to the goals of junior David Apger and Evan Valenti. Apger scored twice early, while Valenti secured the win by scoring with 16 seconds remaining in OT.

East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor duo Taylor Markstein and Maddie Bishop scored a combined five goals in Wednesday’s blowout of Branford/East Haven/North Branford. Markstein had a hat trick, while Bishop scored twice.

South Windsor star Scott Swan scored twice in Thursday’s win.

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