Top Performers of the Week: Athletes Win Individual Titles

In the final week of the high school sports season, multiple local athletes earned individual championships. Multiple seniors ended their careers with this milestone.

OUTDOOR TRACK STATE OPEN 

Local boys and girls track athletes had outstanding performances at the State Open last Monday at New Britain’s Willow Brook Park, with two girls and one boy winning events.

In the girls Open, Manchester senior Elizabeth Lodge outleaped the competition in the high jump with a mark of 5-06. Glastonbury senior Danielle Brinckman won the 300 meter hurdles by running a 43.69.

Multiple girls also finished in the top four of their events. Tolland senior Kat Deloreto was runner up in the 1600, finishing in 4:59.98. Manchester senior Chelsea Smith flew down the track in the 200 meter dash, recording a 25.09 to finish third. Lodge also finish third in the 100 hurdles with a 14.54. Fellow senior Eagles Hayley Collins and AmyErin Zadroga were fourth in the 3200 and pole vault, respectively. Collins ran a 10:58.83, while Zadroga leaped J11-00. Finally, RHAM sophomore Bridget Lalonde finished fourth in the 200 with a mark of 25.27.

In the boys Open, Manchester junior Jevin Frett was the lone winner, outracing the competition in the 400 with a finish of 48.08. Frett was runner-up in the 200 in 21.51. Tolland senior Andrew Jaworski finished second in the javelin with a throw of 174-07, while senior teammate Josh Bedard earned third in the 800 by running 1:53.96. South Windsor junior Patrick Bell was fourth in the pole vault with a leap of J15-00.

 GIRLS TENNIS

After helping lead Glastonbury to the Class L Championship, senior Alexandra DeNucci ended her career on the highest note possible, capturing the state’s individual championship on Wednesday. DeNucci, seeded fourth, defeated Stonington’s Gabriella Dellacano 6-1, 6-3. In the previous day’s semifinals, DeNucci took down top-seeded Kateri Martin of Darien 6-3, 6-2.

 BOYS GOLF

Senior Austin Rupp led Suffield to the Division III Championship on Monday. The star was feeling it on the Timberlin Golf Course in Kensington, shooting a five-under par 67 to win the individual championship. The Wildcats won the team championship decisively, earning a score of 297 overall to finish 12 strokes ahead of runner-up Killingly. Senior Tom Durkin also played great for Suffield, shooting a 74 to finish tied fourth.  East Catholic sophomore Colin Luca was runner-up with a 72 and led the Eagles to a third-place finish.

Glastonbury junior Cameron Hosick tied for fourth at Tuesday’s Division I Championships held at Fairview Farms in Harwinton. He shot a one-over par 73.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

South Windsor standouts Brandon Baker and Braden Goodale helped lead the No. 7 Bobcats to the Class M championship game, where they lost to rival Newington.  Baker, a senior, helped the team overpower No. 6 Farmington Tuesday in its 3-2 win by smacking 23 kills, while Goodale set his teammates up by earning 37 assists. In the Bobcats 3-2 loss to Newington in Thursday’s championship game, Baker ended his career with 25 kills, and Goodale again had 37 assists.

BOYS LACROSSE

Glastonbury and Ellington both received great individual performances in their semifinal losses on Wednesday. In Class L, No.5 Glastonbury lost 15-9 to top-seeded and eventual champion Darien at Fairfield Prep. Senior attackers Ronan Jacoby and Mike Hawkins ended their Tomahawk careers by scoring four and two goals, respectively. In Class S, No. 4 Ellington fell 15-8 to top-seeded and eventual champion Somers in Granby. Sophomore midfield Steven Moller scored three goals and senior attacker Zach Dougherty had a memorable final game, earning three assists.

 

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