Area Sports Roundup for February

 

By Danny Atkinson 

The CIAC Boys and Girls Indoor Track Championships proved to be a showcase for a number of local high school athletes this month.

On the girls side several Tolland athletes had great performances in the Class M Championships, leading the Eagles to the team title with 79 points. Individual winners for Tolland were senior Katherine DeLoreto, who won the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:58.81, fellow senior Hayley Collins, who captured the 3200 meter title in 11:13.93 and senior AmyErin Zadroga, who won the pole vault with a leap of 12 inches. Tolland also won the 1600 sprint medley relay. The team of Marissa Airoldi, Jessica Barry, Maddie Clark and Deloreto ran a 4:21.17 to beat Rocky Hill by more than two seconds.

Ellington finished sixth as a team in Class M with 24 points. Senior Savanna Macaluso won the 55 meter hurdles with a mark of 8.77.

Glastonbury finished runner-up LL Championships to Danbury, finishing with 61 points, just three behind DHS. While the Tomahawks did not have an individual winner, its 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams won their races. The 4×400 squad (senior Danielle Brinkman, junior Olivia Allen, senior Morocca Wiley and junior Erin McGill) ran a time of 4:02.43, more than three seconds ahead of Danbury’s team. The 4sx800 team (Wiley, Allen, McGill and junior Kaylen Hughes) finished in 9:32.57. Brinkman finished second in the 300 meter dash in 41.55, while Allen was runner-up in the 1000 meters in 3:06.50.

Manchester finished sixth with 25 points. Senior Elizabeth Lodge captured the high jump title with a leap of 5-04. Fellow senior Camryn Wesoloskie was runner-up in the long jump, earning a 16-05.

BOYS

Tolland finished sixth at the M Championships with 26 points, while Ellington placed eighth with 20. Eagles senior Josh Bedard won the 1000 meters in 2:35.06, while freshman teammate Killian McNamee was runner-up in the 3200 in 10:08.64. Tolland’s 1600 sprint medley relay team (juniors Jake Robertson and Aaron Johnston, sophomore Matt Supczak and Bedard) also finished second, recording a 3:45.39.

Junior Joshua Prouty was Ellington’s top performer, finishing second in the pole vault with a vault of 12-06.

At the LL Championships, Glastonbury finished seventh with 20 points. Its 4×800 relay team (senior Spencer LeClaire, sophomores Sam Wilcox and Matt Cosentino and senior Chris Reeves) placed first ahead of Staples with a time of 8:17.44.

Manchester finished 11th at the L Championships with 19 points. Indians junior Joe Pearl was runner-up in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:36.15.

At the S Championships, the East Catholic 4×800 team (junior Cooper Shifrin, sophomore Heath Olivieri, senior Peter Crowley and junior Evan Kennedy) finished first with a time of 8:26.88.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The junior duo of Mary Baskerville and Danielle Delano led Enfield to a regular season record of 19-1 and the CCC North (White) Division title. Baskerville averaged 16.3 points and 9. 2 rebounds per game, as well as 3.3 blocks, and Delano averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals. Baskerville recorded a double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds in a huge win against rival RHAM on the 2nd, and had a double-double (20 points and 10 rebounds) in a win against Bloomfield on the 13th. Against East Catholic two days earlier, Baskerville scored 18 and had both nine rebounds and blocks.  Delano scored 17 points and made five steals against RHAM, and recorded 15 points and nine assists four days later to help beat Tolland. She also had 10 steals against East Catholic to go with 11 points.

Suffield senior guards McKenzie Rusczyk and Kelly Carucci have been a lethal one-two punch in the backcourt for the Wildcats, who went 18-2 in the regular season to win the NCCC (Suffield is also currently the top seed in Class M). Rusczyk scored 23 points and Carucci had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Somers on the 26th. Against Bolton on the 6th, Rusczyk again scored 23 and Carucci broke out for 14 points and 16 rebounds to earn the triumph. This was Carucci’s seventh double-double of the season.

RHAM, which finished 15-5 and second to Enfield in the division, had several experienced players who contributed to its success. Senior forward Sydney Masna led the Sachems with 19 points in a win over Rockville on the 13TH, while junior guard Gretchen Kron led the way with 20 two days earlier to beat powerhouse Middletown. In a win over East Hartford on the 6th, junior center Anna Barry scored a career-high 21 points and fellow junior big Katie Shea put up 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The sibling duo of South Windsor senior guards Stephanie and Alyssa Karlins had outstanding regular seasons for the Bobcats, who finished 12-8 and won the CCC North (Blue) Division. Stephanie had 16 points and six steals and Alyssa 12 points, five rebounds and seven steals in the season-ending win against East Catholic. Alyssa also scored 17 against Tolland on the 7th.

Tolland senior Sam Matteo was the leading scorer for the 10-10 Eagles, averaging 12.1 points per game. She played her best basketball at the end of the regular season, averaging just over 14 points in the team’s five February games. Matteo scored 17 points and dished out seven assists in a two-point win against South Windsor on the 7th, and recorded 20 points and six assists to help beat Manchester in the regular season final on the 15th.

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Catholic, which is 16-1 as of the 15th and tied with East Hartford at the top of the North (Blue) Division, has been led by the elite pair of senior forward Mike McGuirl and sophomore guard Joe Reilly. McGuirl, who is playing at Kansas State next season, averaged 24 points the week of Jan. 30th in three games against Rockville, Manchester and Hartford Public. McGuirl’s best game came against MHS, in which he had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Reilly scored 23 and then 18 points against Rockville and Manchester, and again scored 23 on the 6th in a win against E.O. Smith. Junior guard Matt Veretto has also been a key contributor for the Eagles and dominated in a win on the 14th against Northwest Catholic, scoring 15 and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Suffield senior forward Ben Nigro has been outstanding for the 15-4 Wildcats, particularly in the regular season’s final few weeks. Nigro scored a combined 53 points in wins against Bolton and East Granby on the 6th and 8th, with 29 coming in the second contest. He also scored 26 to help beat Classical Magnet on the 4th. Fellow senior Josh Baskin has been a strong sidekick for Nigro at guard, and scored 19 against Bolton.

South Windsor senior Kewan Smoot has already established himself as a high school star for the 13-5 Bobcats this season. The guard averaged 22 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6.5 steals in wins against Tolland and Rockville on the 7th and 10th. The following week, he recorded 17 points and nine assists in a win against RHAM.

Tolland has been led to a 13-5 record by dynamic senior guard Andrew Jaworski. Jaworski scored his 1,000th-career point on the 13th in a win against Rockville, where he finished with 28. Jaworski scored 26 two days earlier against Manchester. MHS, which is currently 9-9, has received strong seasons from the senior duo of PJ Buccheri and Malik Cameron. Cameron had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds to go with five blocks in the defeat of Tolland. Buccheri scored 24 and then 20 points in wins against Bloomfield and Rockville on the 30th and 6th. While Enfield has been inconsistent with a record of 8-9, they have been able to consistently rely on sophomore guard Jordan Archer as an offensive force. Archer averaged 23 points in a three-game stretch against Hall, East Hartford and RHAM, and scored 35 points in the overtime triumph against RHAM on the 2nd, adding eight rebounds and six assists. He then had a double-double on the 11th with 17 points and 10 assists in a win against North Branford. Fellow senior and forward Kumar Brown also had a double-double with 15 and 12 rebounds. Somers senior captain Hunter Bowers has been the top player for the 8-10 Spartans, and had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a win against Two Rivers on the 30th and 19 against Windsor Locks three days later. RHAM senior guard Kyle Hespeler has been consistently excellent, and scored 34 points in a loss to Enfield on the 2nd. Rockville senior small forward Jake Cichon put up 24 points and 10 rebounds to help beat Manchester on the 6th.

HOCKEY

Ellington’s Ryan Sherba has played a key role in helping Northwest Catholic-West  Hartford to a 14-3-1 record through February 16. Sherba has scored a team leading 20 goals and 26 assists as the team has risen to No. 3 ranking in the CIAC tournament rankings. It is the highest ranking in history for Northwest which is 8-0 in the CCC and No. 5 in The Hartford Courant boys hockey poll.

Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks seniors Austin Rupp and Jake Boudreau had helped lead the Wildcats to a record of 12-4 as of the 11th. Rupp has 40 points on the season (14 goals, 26 assists), while Boudreau leads SGWL in goals with 20. Rupp, who has recorded at least one point in each game this season, scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in the Wildcats 4-3 overtime win against rival Glastonbury on the 11th, after having earned an assist earlier in the game. Rupp had two assists in another big win against Simsbury on the 4th, and three points against Woodstock on January 28th. Boudreau scored twice against Glastonbury, and scored in five consecutive games from Jan. 16th to the 4th, including wins against Simsbury and East Catholic.

Glastonbury, which is 7-7-1 as of the 11th, has gotten strong seasons from seniors Trevor Suydam and Griffin Jagel. Suydam, a winger, scored twice against SGWL, while Jagel was a rock in goal with 42 saves. Suydam also had a hat trick on the 25th against South Windsor. East Catholic, which is currently 6-9, features one of the area’s best goalies in senior Joe Sitarz. He made a combined 62 saves in games against North Branford and Xavier on the 8th and 11th. Teammate Chris O’Connor gave the Eagles their most recent win against Notre-Dame Fairfield on the 1st when he scored the decisive goal in overtime.  Bolton/Coventry/Rockville/RHAM sophomore Sean Power scored twice in a loss to Enfield/East Granby/Stafford on the 4th. EEGS senior goalie Mason Holt made 27 saves in a tie with Hall/Southington on the 11th.

On the girls side, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor senior Maddie Gervais scored twice in a win against Branford/East Haven/North Branford on the 1st, with junior Julia Hallisey providing two assists. Senior goalie Morgan Peters then stopped 26 shots six days later in a win against Conard/Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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