Top Performers of the Week: Track Athletes Excel at Greater Hartford Invitational

A large collection of track athletes excelled at the Greater Hartford Invitational, with the top Tolland girls and Ellington boys performers helping their squads to first place finishes.

Tolland was the top finisher in the Small Schools Division with a score of 190.50. Senior Julia Sprout won the 800 meters race with a time of 2:21.27, while junior Hayley Collins took first in the 3200 meters in 11:13.21. The Eagles also won the 4×800 relay with the team of Sprout, freshman Kaitlyn Bedard, junior Michaela Caron and junior Brooke Bonadies, who finished in 9:55.17. In addition, junior AmyErin Zadroga won the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet, 6 inches. For Glastonbury, which finished second in the Large Schools Division, senior Anne Culliton won the javelin with a throw of 118-9.

Both these girls and others had strong days for multiple teams. Other Tolland runners who performed well includes senior Caitlin Swanson, who finished second in the 1600 with a time of 5:08.98 and juniors Kat Deloreto and Sydney Perryman, who finished fourth in the 800 and 1600 with times of 2:25.22 and 11:44.89, respectively. Junior Amanda Kaufman of Somers finished fourth in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 with times of 16.10 and 47.50, while Ellington sophomore Savanna Macaluso was third in the 100 hurdles in 15.70. In the long jump, junior teammate Megan Knowling was second with a leap of 17-0. She was also the runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet. Tolland senior Taylor Hall was second in the shot put with a throw of  36-3.5, while junior teammate Jess Barry was third in the javelin at 102-3. In addition, Zadroga was fourth in the event with a throw of 100-9.

On the boys side, Ellington finished first in the Small Schools Division, earning 94 points. Junior David Clavet was the lone individual winner for the Knights, running a 9:46.42 to win the 3200. Glastonbury’s 4×800 relay team of junior Spencer LeClaire, senior Wallis Boyd, junior Chris Reeves and senior Casey Farrell won the competition with of a time 8:12.93.

Juniors Wellington Silva and Tom Arbeiter also performed well for Ellington. Silva finished fourth in the 100 and third in the 200 with times of 11.27 and 23.21, while Arbeiter was fourth in the 3200 in 9:54.11. For Tolland, which finished fifth in the Small Schools Division, junior Devin Shelton was fifth in both the 200 and long jump with marks of 23.39 and 21-1, while fellow junior Josh Bedard was fourth in the 800 in 2:00.99. Farrell was fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.63.


The Tolland trio of seniors Nick Paasch and Tom Slane and junior Matt Curtis had monster games at the plate in Tuesday’s win against Hartford Public. Slane and Curtis both drive in five runs, with Slane going 3-4 and Curtis 3-6, while Paasch went 3-5 with 3 RBI and scored five runs.   

There were a number of impressive pitching performances on the week, led by Rockville juniors George Janssen and Shane Bogli. Janssen threw a complete game in Wednesday’s win against Fermi, striking out nine while allowing two runs and four hits. The next day, Bogli earned a complete game win at Fermi, also striking out nine giving up two runs on just two hits. On Monday, Ellington junior Dakota Aldrich threw a complete game shutout against East Granby, Windsor Locks sophomore Tim Pfaffenbickler hit a walk-off single and was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 win against Somers, and East Catholic senior Jimmy Titus hit a three run homer and a go-ahead RBI single in extra innings at Glastonbury while also earning the victory. The next day, Suffield junior Nate Roy threw a complete game shutout at East Windsor, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits.

Fermi senior Tyler Murello went 3-3 with 6 RBI in Tuesday’s win against E.O. Smith. The next day, Suffield freshman Daria Decosmo hit three doubles and drove in four runs in a win against Enfield.


Kristi VanMeter, Claire Russo and Maggie Cream  each had exceptional days for RHAM in the Sachems win against Glastonbury on Monday. VanMeter (junior) struck out 17, while Cream (junior) hit two home runs and had 4 RBI and Russo (senior) hit two homers as well. Two days later, VanMeter struck out 15 batters in a win against E.O. Smith.

Windsor Locks senior Sam Zance and freshman Hannah Farr led the Raiders to a win at Canton on Wednesday, with Zance going 4-4 with 4 RBI and Farr stealing four bases while going 3-4. Somers freshman Kendall McNamee and Katryna Dukehard drove in four runs in consecutive wins, with McNamee doing so on Monday against Windsor Locks and Dukehart the next day against HMTCA.

South Windsor senior Peyton Silverman had 11 strikeouts in Tuesday’s win at East Hartford. The next day, Tolland sophomore Kacie Shea punched out 11 batters in a win against Bloomfield.

Girls Lacrosse

The East Catholic trio of sophomore Alexa Weber, senior Marissa Bazzano and freshman Jillian Mountford dominated competition last week. Weber scored a combined 22 goals in blowout wins against Valley Regional, Newington and St. Joseph, while Bazzano five goals on Wednesday against Valley and six on Saturday against St. Joseph. Mountford had two of her best games of the season against Valley and then Newington on Friday, scoring four and six goals.

Ellington senior Allysa Powers had a great trio of games against Tolland, Canton and Morgan, scoring a combined 14 goals. Powers led the Knight to wins against Tolland and Canton on Monday and Saturday, scoring and six and then four goals, and also scored four times in Tuesday’s loss at Canton. Powers had impressive help from juniors Abby Magnuson and Abby Wylie in the two wins, as Magnuson scored four goals in the first and Wylie four in the second.

Glastonbury seniors Maddie Norman and Catherine Guanci scored five and four goals, respectively in Monday’s win against Cheshire. Somers seniors Maddie Renaud and Danielle Hollister put in five and four goals in Monday’s win against Valley. Rockville freshman Samantha Peters scored five goals in Monday’s loss at Montville. .

Boys Lacrosse

Somers junior Christian Paley had a monster week, scoring 10 goals in Tuesday’s win at Avon and four goals at Ellington and against East Catholic in Thursday’s win and Friday’s loss. Junior teammate Dom Gianchello was also great at Ellington, scoring five times.

South Windsor received four goals each from senior Tyler Osit and freshman Connor Smith in Tuesday’s win at Bristol Eastern and four from junior Matt Greer on Saturday in the Bobcats loss at Ellington. In the same game, Knights seniors Andrew Moller and Anthony Bocchino scored five and four goals, respectively to lead them to a win.

RHAM midfielders Sam Gilmour (junior) and Eric Ezerins (sophomore) each scored four goals in Wednesday’s win against Bristol Central.


South Windsor senior libero Ben Gousse and junior outside hitter Brandon Baker had strong matches against East Hartford and Southington, respectively. Gousse dove for 27 digs in Wednesday’s loss against East Hartford, while Baker smashed 19 kills in Friday’s win against SHS. Also on Wednesday, Glastonbury senior setter Ryan Leahy recorded 24 assists in a win against Bulkeley. On Friday, Leahy’s senior teammate Erich Roman (outside hitter) earned 15 kills in a loss at East Hartford.

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