Top Performers of the Week: Players Star on Offense

Three boys basketball players had outstanding weeks in which they averaged over 20 points in multiple games.

East Catholic senior forward and Kansas State recruit Mike McGuirl was on fire for the 13-1 Eagles, averaging over 24 points in blowout wins against Rockville, Manchester and Hartford Public. McGuirl opened the run last Monday by scoring 23 against Rockville, and then recorded a triple-double three days later against Manchester with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He ended the week with 24 against Hartford Public on Saturday.

Enfield sophomore guard Jaden Archer led the Eagles to a 2-1 week by averaging 23 pointws. His signature performance occurred in Thursday’s overtime win at RHAM, where Archer scored 35 points and recorded eight rebounds and six assists. Tolland senior guard Jason Clough scored a combined 45 points on the road against Aerospace and Enfield to extend the team’s winning streak to six, recording 25 points in the first triumph on Wednesday.

East Catholic sophomore guard Joe Reilly was a great sidekick to McGuirl against Rockville and Manchester, scoring 23 and then 18 points. Somers senior captain Hunter Bowers was outstanding on Monday and Thursday against Two Rivers and Windsor Locks. He led the team to a win in the first game by putting up 22 points and 12 rebounds, and scored 19 in the second. Fellow senior captain Doug Hostetler reached a great milestone on Monday, scoring 30 points to break the 1,000-career points mark. Hostetler also recorded 14 rebounds and seven assists.  Manchester seniors Kenny Jernigan and PJ Buccheri each had memorable performances on the week. Jernigan scored a career-high 21 points in Thursday’s loss to East Catholic, while Buccheri put up 24 on Monday against Bloomfield.

RHAM senior guard Kyle Hespeler had a monster game with 34 points in Thursday’s tough loss to Enfield. On Saturday, Suffield senior guard Ben Nigro helped the squad improve to 11-4 with 26 points against Classical.


Enfield continued its outstanding behind juniors Danielle Delano (guard), Mary Baskerville (forward/center) and Cat Fonseca (guard), winning three games to improve to 15-1. Delano scored 17 points in Thursday’s win against RHAM, and scored 10 while grabbing six steals on Saturday against Avon. Baskerville had a great all-around game in the win, scoring 18 and recording 12 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Fonseca was the Eagles leading scorer with 22 points.

East Catholic junior forward Anielia Piel helped the struggling Eagles earn Monday’s win by scoring 16 points. Two days later, freshman Raina Baah had a monster game in a loss to Manchester, scoring 16 and grabbing 14 rebounds. Manchester sophomore JahKaya Butler led MHS with 23 in its after mentioned win against East Catholic Wednesday. Somers sophomore guard Marianne Dalessio scored 19 points in Thursday’s tough loss to Windsor Locks.


East Catholic seniors Chris O’Conner and Joe Sitarz stepped up for the Eagles on the ice and in the net. O’Conner scored the winning goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime triumph over Notre Dame-Fairfield, with Sitarz consistently stepping up by making 33 saves. O’Conner also recorded an assist. Sitarz again was great in Saturday’s loss to Glastonbury, committing 45 saves. Also on Saturday, Bolton/Coventry/Rockville sophomore Sean Power scored twice in a loss to Enfield/East Granby/Stafford, and South Windsor sophomore goalkeeper Max Caouette made 27 saves in an overtime defeat to Conard.

The East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor pairing of senior Maddie Gervais and junior Julie Hallisey were their usual strong selves in Thursday’s win against Branford/East Haven/North Branford. Gervais scored twice, and Hallisey dished out two assists.


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