NHS senior golfer Mike Hamill will continuing golfing at Eastern Connecticut State University
Last week we took and in-depth look at the senior girl golfers at Wethersfield through the words of head coach Carl Mearman.
This week we will recognize many of the other senior golfers around the area. Information provided by head coaches: Cromwell-Sarah Turner, Newington-Jayson Barbarotta and Rich Condon, Wethersfield-Brendan Hallisey
Message from coach Sarah Turner, “These three gentlemen are truly a class act. I am so proud of them in the classroom and on the course. It has been an honor to watch them grow (since Kindergarten) and have the opportunity to be their teacher and coach. They will make a difference in this world and wish them the best of luck.”
Timothy Falt is a four-year player year who was involved in matches since he was a freshman. Falt was known for his consistency and was a scoring member for the team in every 2019 match. Coach Turner praised him for his comical commentary and overall enjoyment of the game, and said he motivated both teammates and opponents.
Matthew Sbriglio was another four-year player who made tremendous progress during his tenure at CHS. Throughout his four years, Sbriglio consistently worked to improve his overall game and demonstrated to his teammates how hard work pays off. Coach Turner said he also took the initiative to work with the younger teammates, helping them learn strategies for success.
Patrick Stafstrom hit the ground running as a sophomore, picking up the game quickly. Stafstrom was always in contention and was a medalist as times, thanks to his calm, cool, and collected approach. Stafstrom was also a force on the soccer field and played basketball during his time at CHS.
Mike Hamill was a four-year varsity letter recipient and the team’s only senior this spring. Hamill was coming off a 2019 in which he finished as the team’s #1 player and won the most improved player, as well as earning all-conference after averaging 42.5 on the course. As a freshman in 2017, he won the program’s Rookie of the Year, and entering 2020 he was slated as the team captain and also the received the 2020 Leadership Award. Off the course, he was a member of chamber choir and drama club. Hamill will continue golfing as he studies Environmental Earth Sciences in college for Eastern Connecticut State University. Coach Barbarotta said he will be missed, calling his only senior, “A great all-around young man.”
Shea Devanney stayed busy during her time as NHS, playing golf, excelling at field hockey, and taking part in the chamber orchestra. Devanney will continue her academic and athletic careers at the University of St. Josephs, where she’ll be playing field hockey for the Blue Jays.
Message from coach Hallisey, “I am disappointed that these two fine young men were not able to compete in their final high school season. However, it was a pleasure to have Nick and Trevor on the team during their years at Wethersfield High School and I wish them great success in the future.”
Nick McGrath is a four-year member, earning a varsity letter the past two seasons. In 2019 he showed great promise by improving every week during the season, which is a challenge for a first-year varsity player because of the longer and harder golf courses. McGrath gained great experience last season and because of his great attitude and leadership skills, he was chosen as a captain this spring and was ready for a very successful senior season.
Trevor Piecewicz played JV as a freshman and earned a varsity letter along with CCC All-Academic honors as a sophomore. In 2019 he decided to take the golf season off and continue playing hockey in the spring, which was a decision that paid off as Piecewicz blossomed into a 2x All-State hockey player. He was primed for a great return to the links this spring and is now off to play college hockey at Central Connecticut State University.
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