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Top Performers of the Week: Tolland Track and Field Wins MM Title, Athletes Star in CIAC Playoffs - TheSportsDept.com

Top Performers of the Week: Tolland Track and Field Wins MM Title, Athletes Star in CIAC Playoffs

By Danny Atkinson

The Tolland girls outdoor track team won its sixth straight state class title in dominating fashion at last Wednesday’s Class MM Championships at Willow Brook Park, The Eagles scored 100 points and won five individual events.

Tolland was led by seniors Kat DeLoretoAmyErin Zadroga and Hayley Collins. DeLoreto won the 800 and 1,600 meter runs, while Zadroga captured the pole vault and javelin. Collins outraced the competition in the 3,200.

Deloreto won the 800 and 1,600 in times of 2:19.31 and 5:06.09. Zadroga leaped 11 feet in the pole vault, tying a championship record, and tossed the javelin 121-09. It was the second consecutive year he won the javelin at a championship, as Zadroga won at last season’s Class M event. Collins captured the 3,200 while setting a personal-best time of 11:02.13.


No. 4 Ellington and No. 5 Glastonbury each won twice to advance to the semifinals of the S and L Tournaments, respectively, with both squads led by multiple players.

In Ellington’s first round win against No. 13 St. Paul Wednesday, junior midfielder Hunter Neal led the way with four goals and junior Colby Unterstein and sophomore Steven Moller threw in three goals. Senior goalie Sam Greenberg earned 11 saves. In the Knights 12-5 triumph against No. 5 Valley Regional on Saturday, attackers Zach Dougherty (sr.) and Blake Printy (fr.) scored five and three times, respectively. Ellington will battle top-seeded Somers in the semifinals Wednesday.

Glastonbury’s star duo of senior attackers Ronan Jacoby and Mike Hawkins led the Tomahawks to two impressive wins, with help from multiple teammates. Jacoby scored five and three goals in wins against No. 21 McMahon and No. 4 Ridgefield on Wednesday and Saturday. Hawkins fired in three and five scores in the two victories. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Tierney also earned three goals against McMahon. Glastonbury will play top-seeded Darien on Wednesday.

East Catholic and South Windsor also received memorable performances from players. Sophomore Jake Tellers was on fire for the No. 8 Eagles in their first-round win against No. 9 Granby in the S Tournament, scoring five goals. Sophomore goalie Austin Graves was also locked in and made 15 saves.  East Catholic lost in the second round to Somers. In their final games for No. 2 South Windsor in Class L, Matt Greer scored five goals and Kyran Blackwell saved 14 shots in an overtime loss to No. 15 New Milford.


The Class M Track and Field Championships were held Tuesday at Willow Brook Park. In the boys competition, Tolland finished third as a team and had three individual winners. Eagles senior Josh Bedard won the 800 in 1:56.87, sophomore Stephen Sutton captured the 3200 with a finish of 9:38.35, and senior Andrew Jaworski won the javelin with a throw of 175-6. East Catholic’s 4×800 relay team of seniors Peter Crowley and David Mantese, juniors Cooper Shifrin and Evan Kennedy, and sophomore Heath Olivieri won in 8:06.02.

The LL Championships were held Wednesday at Manchester High. In the girls events, Manchester and Glastonbury finished third and fifth, respectively. There were three individual winners amid the two teams. For Glastonbury, junior Erin McGill won the 1,600 in 5:09.21 and  senior Danielle Brinckman won the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.34. For Manchester, senior Camryn Wesoloskie won the long jump with a leap of 17-02. In addition, Glastonbury’s 4×800 relay team of juniors Kaylen Hughes, McGill and Alexandra Ross and sophomores Angela Braga, Grace Sparrow and Julia Wilcox out-raced the competition in 9:13.74.

In the boys LL events, Glastonbury senior Andrew Rison captured the 400 dash with a time of 50.06.

In the boys L Championships, Manchester junior Jevin Frett won both the 200 and 400 in 21.82 and 48.15.


Rockville senior pitcher Shane Bogli helped carry the No. 11 Rams to an extra-inning first round win against No. 22 Stonington Tuesday in the Class M Tournament. Bogli held Stonington to one run on five hits and smacked a single in the bottom of the eighth to give Rockville a walk-off 2-1 win.

Enfield sophomore hurler Brett Reedy helped lead the No. 18 Eagles to the quarterfinals of the LL Tournament with a strong performance against No.31 Manchester in Wednesday’s second round. Reedy allowed two runs on six hits in the 6-2 win. Enfield lost in the quarterfinals to Ridgefield.


Three girls had excellent games in Tuesday’s first rounds. Ellington sophomore pitcher Meg Beebe had a memorable all-around performance for the No. 20 Knights against No. 13 Valley Regional in the M Tournament, allowing two runs and five hits while going 3-4 with a triple. Ellington lost to Seymour in the second round. Senior Kelly Shea went 4-4 with three runs batted in for No. 17 Tolland in a loss to No. 16 Foran in the L Tournament. In LL, South Windsor sophomore star Maria Hancuk struck out 13 batters for the No. 8 Bobcats in a tough 3-0 loss to No. 25 Lyman Hall.


Glastonbury won the Class L Championship Thursday with a 4-3 win against Staples in the finals. In singles, sisters Lexi DeNucci (senior) and Maddie DeNucci (jr.) and junior Reilly Malz won for the No. 3 Tomahawks. Lexi defeated Alyssa DiMaio 6-1, 6-1, and Maddie bested Olivia Foster by the same scores. Malz beat Tess Rubin. In doubles, Glastonbury’s No. 2 team of juniors Alexa Desaulniers and Eden Baker helped earn a championship with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1win.

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