The road to the first championship for Wethersfield baseball was not paved in gold.
There were a lot of twists, turns and bumps along the way. But in the end the turbulent ride made reaching their final destination even more rewarding.
“We’ve gotten so many congratulations,” said senior pitcher Tim Blaisdell, “The whole school really feels it. It’s been awesome.”
On June 8, a 16-4 victory over Windsor at Palmer Field in Middletown etched the program’s first title in stone.
For head coach Mark Bagdasarian the title was twelve years in the making and the Eagles championship pedigree was built during a yearlong journey that began following a second-round home loss to Watertown in the 2017 Class L tournament.
“Going into the season we knew we had a talented group of kids and I think from day one they thought they needed to be perfect and that they shouldn’t lose because of the talent that we have,” recalled Bagdasarian, “For good parts at the beginning of the year I felt pressure from the community, from parents. In baseball it’s not always the talent that you have, it’s the team that plays best and we took some lumps as we were trying to figure out this puzzle.”
Expectations were high because the Eagles had a loaded lineup with 11 seniors, including Blaisdell and returning all-state slugger Jimmy Sullivan.
But after winning the first four games of the season the Eagles stumbled, losing five of their next eight and finishing the regular season 13-7.
Following a loss to Newington late in the regular season, the Eagles needed a come-from-behind victory against a one-win Maloney team to secure a home game in the tournament.
“It was our Senior Day and we were losing 2-0 in the 4th inning to Maloney and it got rained out. We came back the next day and we ended up winning 6-4,” recalled the veteran coach, “We were happy to get a first-round home game.”
Senior Tyler Fote recalled his coach’s unwavering message following the loss to Newington.
“After that game coach told us that you win some and you lose some but all that matters is that you win your last game. From that point on we bonded. Throughout the regular season we were just playing just to play. Sometimes it felt like we weren’t playing with each other but as soon the tournament started we were all in it to win it and the results showed.”
Wethersfield entered the Class L tourney as the #11-seed and opened with a 5-0 shutout of Stratford behind a dynamic pitching performance from Blaisdell, who tossed a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Thanks to first and second round upsets on their side of the bracket, the Eagles would play two more home games at WHS. First was a dramatic walk-off win over Torrington followed by a 7-3 victory over New Fairfield in the quarterfinal round.
“I think playing at home helped. Getting in our routine before the other team showed up gave us a sense of normalcy instead of getting out of school and getting on a bus and traveling halfway across the state,” stated Bagdasarian, who was assisted by coaches Jim Schiavone, Pat Dowd, and Conor Stanley.
“We wanted to get past the second round. It was something that we wanted to get off our backs and when we got to the third round we just kept playing better and better and it felt like it could happen,” added Blaisdell, “As we kept winning the tournament games we kept getting more confidence because the bats came together, the fielding came together, everything just started to come together. Our focus was better and we had each other’s backs.”
In the semifinals the Eagles traveled to Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford and eliminated Guilford 4-1 behind a superb pitching effort from senior Kyle Bukowski.
Following the triumph, the team arrived back at WHS and continued a new tradition they had started less than a month prior.
“We had a bus ticket hanging in the dugout and it had each of the rounds on it. As we kept winning we kept crossing them off. When we got home from the Dunkin Donuts game we came into the dugout and crossed it out and went crazy,” stated Blaisdell.
“We were all about that golden ticket. That gave us a lot of energy. It felt like we couldn’t lose after that, we felt unstoppable,” added Fote.
Marc Generis also accidentally created his own ritual. Before each tourney game the junior would overthrow Mark Bagdasarian Jr. in warmups. The first time was a mistake, but after the team won the errant throws became superstition.
“When we got to the Yard Goat he threw one over the road and in the title game he threw one into the woods,” a laughing Blaisdell recalled.
Whether it was meant to be or the rituals had worked, the Eagles had advanced to the championship game to play a Windsor team that had won 22 of 24 games. The Warriors had dealt the Eagles their worst loss of the season back in April, a 14-4 drubbing. They were also the #1-seed in Class L and had only allowed three runs in four tournament games leading up to the title tilt.
But all that changed when Sullivan and the boys stepped to the plate.
“We just did our thing. We were a little more aggressive than we were the first time against them,” said Sullivan, who cemented his place in championship lore with two homeruns and two triples, “That was definitely the best game of my high school career.”
“If anybody would have said before the game that we would score 16 runs I would have said ‘no way’,” added Bagdasarian, “I gathered the kids after the national anthem and told them that these guys gave us one pretty good and we own them one. We had an opportunity to do something really good. Everything just clicked, it became contagious.”
Wethersfield jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and cruised to the 12-run victory behind Sullivan’s epic night and another solid outing on the mound from Blaisdell.
“We’ve been playing together since we were ten,” said Sullivan, who is off to play collegiately at the University of Virginia, “It’s very rewarding. Going into high school our goal was to win a state title. It had never been done here before so it was great to get it done our senior year.”
“Coach just kept telling us that one time our best game is going to happen and our best games seem to happen every playoff game,” added Blaisdell, who will pitch at the University of Hartford next spring, “We knew that we could never quit, like when we were down against Torrington we just knew to keep fighting. We just kept believing.”
Fote capped off his incredible five-game tourney with another deep shot in the championship game. All told, he cranked three homeruns during the tourney and hit for the cycle in the win over New Fairfield.
“I’d say that’s by far the best five-game stretch that I’ve had. All the credit goes out to my teammates, all my coaches, and my father that worked day and night with me in the cages. It was awesome to see it come up in the biggest games of my high school career,” said the senior shortstop.
Bagdasarian credited Fote and his balanced lineup for the turnaround in the tourney.
“Tyler is a very good player, he’s played a lot of baseball over the years and he had a huge tournament all together. It wasn’t like we were throwing balls out of the park all year, but in the tournament our power numbers came about. Tyler was a big part of that.”
“Our top four, Jimmy, Mark, Tyler, and Derek Tenney were huge for us all year. We knew that people knew Jimmy Sullivan, but I think it was really important that the other three had big tournaments. We thought they’d try and pitch around Jimmy but luckily they didn’t have the opportunity to do that because of those guys. They made pitching around Jimmy very, very difficult.”
Bagdasarian’s sons, Mark Jr. and Matthew, experienced the championship season with their father. Mark Jr. earned all-conference as a junior and Matthew played an important role as a sophomore.
“I don’t want to say that I feel bad for them having their dad as a coach but it’s a tough dynamic. I’m a little bit tougher on them because the expectations. They both grew this year and it was good because they understand about getting through adversity. It was extremely special to share it with them.”
Once the celebratory dust settled at Palmer field the Eagles took the short bus ride back to Wethersfield High School, arriving at nightfall. The team took out a flashlight before going into the dugout one final time to cross out the championship round on the bus ticket.
It was a moment and a season that the coach and his players will never forget.
“It was really rewarding for many reasons. It was nice because this team had so much pressure on them and to see them rattle off five in a row when it was most important just made it really satisfying,” stated Bagdasarian.
“We wanted to be the first team to ever walk through these halls with a state championship. It means everything,” added Fote, “We’re all going to hang out ten years from this, twenty years from this and talk about it. It’s something that we’ll always have.”
2018 Rare Reminder NBA/WNBA Draft
The National Basketball Association draft is upon us and dozens of young prospects will fulfill their professional dreams. Here’s how the first 18 selections of the 2018 NBA draft would pan out if we entered The Land of Make Believe, in which professional general managers chose between the gifted players that starred at the five local schools this past winter.
Welcome to the second annual Bizzaro Basketball Draft…
1. Phoenix Suns- Michael Mozzicato (F- Wethersfield): A proven scorer with an automatic jumper and length to finish inside. Rangy athlete with an impressive wingspan and the lateral quickness to succeed on the defensive end. Great wing-complement to Devin Booker in the desert.
2. Sacramento Kings- Noah Budzik (G- Cromwell): Super smooth talent that plays with pace and an abundance of confidence. Curry-type range with ability to go on scoring barrages and can finish over bigger athletes at the rim. The next Mike Bibby in Sacramento.
3. Atlanta Hawks: DeAaron Lawrence (G- Middletown): Explosive athlete that can jump out of the gym and is a tenacious defender with quick hands. Limitless offensive arsenal with ability to create off the bounce and the stroke to light it up from beyond the arc.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: Andrew DiMatteo (F/C- Rocky Hill): Gritty, though big man with a soft touch around the rim. Strong base on defense and does not back down from any challenges. The type of player that every roster needs.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Reese Reyes (F- Cromwell): Unselfish player that will do anything the team needs. Size and strength to play multiple position and has high basketball acumen. Very few, if any, weakness in his game.
6. Orlando Magic: Jimmy Sullivan (F- Wethersfield): Modern-day big that excels inside and has versatility to space the floor. Long frame makes it nearly impossible to get shots over him and allows him to yank down rebounds.
7. Chicago Bulls: J.P. DeCastro (G- Newington): Gym rat that will not be outworked on or off the court. Effortless pull-up jumper and is fearless at finishing at the cup. Basketball IQ just went up in the Windy City.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Will White (G- Rocky Hill): Confident, hardnosed athlete who is a creator in space and can shoot from the parking lot. Energizer on both ends that plays with passion and emotion. Could lure LBJ back to ‘The Land’ for another title run.
9. New York Knicks: Gabe Charleston (C- Cromwell): Blossoming big man who has a sky-high ceiling. Has already shown glimpses of greatness with his ability to protect the rim and finish with power on the offensive end. Knicks get leaner and meaner.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Ryan Robinson (G- Rocky Hill): Floor general with the heart of a lion. Exceptional handles and sets up teammates in scoring position with his precision passes. Ideal fit with young Brotherly Love bunch.
11. Charlotte Hornets: James Holley (F- Newington): Swiss Army knife talent that plays with intelligence and pace. Arguably the best on-ball defender in the draft, making him a value on any team, especially a Hornets team that surrendered 108 points per game last season.
12. Los Angeles Clippers: Nick Arcata (G- Wethersfield): Experienced all-round point guard that does all the little things well. Great distributor but not afraid to put his head down and attack the basket. Draws comparisons to Andre Miller.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: Derek Tenney (G- Wethersfield): The ultimate team-player. Can do it all offensively and adds defensive versatility, excelling in man and playing passing lanes extremely well. Developed a knack for taking over late in games.
14. Denver Nuggets: Nick Wright (G- Cromwell): Mr. Do-It-All that can fill multiple roles. Impacts game on the defense end and can play inside and out on offense. Deceptive length and strength will be valued at the next level.
15. Washington Wizards: Jordan DelMastro (F- Rocky Hill): Fundamentally sound player that is not afraid to bang down low and will stretch a defense with perimeter skills. Great hands and smooth in transition. Will have a long career at the next level.
16. Phoenix Suns: Riley Donovan (F- Rocky Hill): The jack of all trades. Can score, pass, and rebound with efficiency and will guard any position of the floor. Length and jumping abilities are special. Only entering his prime, which is scary for opponents.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Mason Romano (C- Newington): Lengthy frame allows his to dominate around the rim. Underrated touch from outside the key and his upside is through the roof. Anthony Davis-type body with potential skills to match.
18. San Antonio Spurs: Brennen Maxfield (G- Middletown): High-energy sparkplug that hustles on both ends of the court. Deadly spot-up shooter from beyond the arc and a perfect fit in The Alamo.
Girls Basketball Bonus: The WNBA draft took place in March, but here’s a look back to how it would have panned with the local stars.
1. Las Vegas Aces: Nikki Lukens (G- Rocky Hill): The complete package. Creative off the dribble and a lockdown perimeter defender. Can score at will but is unselfish with the ball and has a team-first mentality. A can’t miss prospect who will form a terrific 1-2 punch with Kayla McBride.
2. Indiana Fever: Nicole Gwynn (G- Wethersfield): Uber-talented prospect just entering her prime. Can take over games on both ends of the floor due to her boundless energy. Great finisher at the cup and has superb lateral quickness on the defensive end. Sky is the limit.
3. Chicago Sky: Jenna Serrantino (G- Cromwell): Point producer that can fill it up from the inside and out. Efficient, fierce competitor who has thrived in big moments and will fit in well with Amber Stocks’ style on the fast-rising Sky.
4. Chicago Sky: Ashanti Frazier (G-Newington): Natural instincts on the floor and excels with the ball in her hands. A basketball junkie with excellent vision and an attacking nature. Young prospect that won’t back down from a challenge.
5. Seattle Storm: Grace Moore (F- Rocky Hill): Athletic ability is off the charts and brings instant energy. Wizard in the paint with a special ability to work her way to the bucket and finish once she’s there. Ready for the next level and could be heir apparent to Sue Bird in the Emerald City.
6. Dallas Wings: Grace Fisher (F- Rocky Hill): Solid at all phases of the game with Cheryl Ford-type skill set. Finisher with terrific mid-range jumper and willing passer from the top of the key. Tough competitor with All-Star potential.
7. Washington Mystics: Amanda Fudge (G- Middletown): Slasher with bulldog mentality that finds teammates and can step back and knock down shots. Floor general with a knack for creating and making buckets in crucial moments.
8. Indiana Fever: Vanessa Stolstajner (G/F- Cromwell): Up-and-coming prospect that took her game to another level this winter. Can score in bunches and plays with a maturity beyond her years. Star in the making.
9. Connecticut Sun: Cheyenne-Monè Smith (F- Wethersfield): Loads of skill on both ends of the court. Confident athlete that thrives against elite competition and in big moments. Connecticut retains one of its most talented prospects.
10. New York Liberty: Dominique Highsmith (F- Middletown): Instant contributor that has a rare combination of strength down low and quickness on the perimeter. All-world athlete and an all-star talent.
11. Los Angeles Sparks: Olivia St. Remy (C- Newington): Fundamentally sound team-first player that gathers rebounds in bunches. Doesn’t need the spotlight and willing to sacrifice for the team. Might be the missing piece the Sparks need to get back on top.
12. Phoenix Mercury: Kelsea Corcoran (G- Cromwell): Knock down shooter and moves extremely well without the ball. Plays with an edge and will be an ideal weapon alongside the legend Diana Taurasi in Phoenix.
13. Las Vegas Aces: Isabella Samse (G- Wethersfield): Budding prospect with a non-stop motor and endless energy. Underrated shooter that can drain threes with the best of them and is disruptive on the defense end. Exciting to watch.
14. Indian Fever: Lizzy Denardo (G- Rocky Hill): Blend of talent, toughness, and swagger. Heady defensive player with great vision and can knock down shots from distance on the offensive end. A fan favorite.
15. Atlanta Dream: Silvana Barcomb (G- Middletown): Solid on both ends of the court. Good with the rock in her hands and a steady finisher around the rim. Consistent production from night to night.
16. Atlanta Dream: MacKenzie Dunn (F- Middletown): Rising star that plays both ends of the court. Effective outside shot makes her a duel threat inside and out. A fit on any roster.
17. Minnesota Lynx: Alice Kelly (F- Wethersfield): Plays with a poise and confidence beyond her years. Always in the right spot at the right time and is going to be a force at the next level for an already loaded Lynx squad.
18. Dallas Wings: Sadie Budzik (G/F- Cromwell): Great athlete that understands the game and is only going to get better with more minutes. She’s just reaching her potential.
TWINNING AND WINNING
Seniors Carson and Madyson Fitzner took social media by storm with their creative and hilarious senior quotes in the Middletown High School yearbook. Both twins started on the soccer fields for the Blue Dragons and earned high honors during their time at MHS. Carson is off to study Digital Media and Design at the University of Connecticut and Madyson will major in Criminal Justice at Endicott College in Massachusetts. Before graduating, the twins left Middletown with a yearbook memory that will not be duplicated.
Seasons change, people change, and perspectives change.
Change is the only constant in life, but the dominance of the boys’ volleyball program at Newington High School is putting that theory to the test.
Last Thursday, the Indians defeated Joel Barlow in five sets (26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13) to capture yet another Class M championship. It was their fifth title since 2012 and the fourth in the last five seasons.
Including the postseason Newington won 23 of the 26 matches, which featured a three set victory (25-20, 25-16, 25-19) over South Windsor at Glastonbury High School to reach their sixth title game since 2011.
“South Windsor is a great team. They’re very well coached. They were champions two years ago and played us in the finals last year, so year after year they are right there,” Newington head coach Curt Burns said after the semifinal triumph, “It’s never easy with them. You saw the way they battled back in that third set. We had to really come back off the deck just to get that third set, so a lot of credit to them but credit to our guys as well.”
Burns and his boys easily took the first two sets before falling down 12-6 in the third frame.
“We have the drive to keep going. No set is over, it could be 24-5 and we’re still going to play our hearts out,” said junior Leonel Caceres, who had a team-high 12 kills in the win over South Windsor.
Fellow junior Teddy Fravel was a monster in the third set, scoring four straight points with three kills and a block.
“I knew personally that no one on that team could go up with me, there were no good matchups. Dan [Cloutier] did a great job feeding me and the rest of the team did a great job making that comeback and making that run,” stated Fravel, who finished with eight kills and four blocks.
Cloutier is one of four seniors on the team, become a full-time setter earlier this season.
“He’s a very quiet, calm individual but he’s very skilled and very tough. I can say things to him that he needs to correct and he takes whatever I say and he applies it,” Burns said of his Cloutier, “He’s a great athlete to coach, for someone that has only been playing the sport since his junior year he’s picked it up really well. He was a role player last year, as a serving sub, and now he’s a starting setter who never comes out.”
The senior setter finished with 29 assists and credited his quick development to the guidance of Burns and the coaching staff.
“He’s definitely been instrumental. He puts his trust in me and that gives me so much confidence on the floor,” said Cloutier, who has followed in a long line of successful setters at Newington, “It was tough at first, but I’ve got great players around me and I’ve been in tough games like the state championship last year and I’m able to stay calm.”
Like Cloutier, Fravel joined the team two seasons ago and came in with the right mindset and abilities from his time of the basketball court. Now his confidence is higher than ever.
“It’s been excellent, it’s much improved since last year,” said Fravel, who enjoys the team aspect, “I’m more in it for the brotherhood because I love all the guys on this team.”
“Good athletes learn sports. [Teddy] has the size and athletic ability that you look for in a volleyball player. Height, jumping ability, quickness, speed, he’s got it all,” stated Burns, “Volleyball is a technical sport so you have to learn the techniques and the skills but if you have the athletic ability as a base you can learn the technical stuff later and he’s a great example of that. Mason [Romano] as well, he’s relatively new to the game and he came in during that third set to help close it out.”
The semifinals win was the second in a matter of weeks over South Windsor, also defeating the Bobcats in five sets in the CCC tournament on May 22. The Bobcats have become a major rival, winning the state title in 2016 and taking the Indians to the limit in the 2017 championship match.
“We know who the usually suspects are. It doesn’t change too much,” Burns said, referring South Windsor and the rest of the elite competition in Class M.
“It does help us out because we know who they have. I play with some of these guys on my club team and I know how they hit and how they play and it’s good to have that in the back of your head, but even if we didn’t play them we would have come out with the same mentality,” Caceres said when asked about the rematch with South Windsor, “It doesn’t matter who the other guys have, we’re going to try our best.”
During the latest title run, Caceres was busy as a captain on the court and also helping groom the next generation of players.
“In practice they are getting the reps that they need to get. We have a freshman Jacob [Baclawski], he played a little bit today and he is going to be a phenomenal player. He comes in to practice every day working hard, harder than anybody. Jasper [Cayunda] is a sophomore and he’s all over the place with his quickness. It’s up to the younger guys to come into practice with their mind right and put in the reps they need to get better.”
Following the win over South Windsor there was only one more obstacle that stood between this current group and immortality. The team knew what was on the line and the experience from a season ago fueled their confidence.
“A lot of the guys were on the team last year and we have the confidence because we’ve been there and we want to get there again. We know when we’re playing our best volleyball there’s really no one who can beat us. We just kept reinforcing that, just play our volleyball and good things will happen,” stated Cloutier, "We know if we’re not confident than we’re not going to win, it’s as simple as that. You’ve got to think you’re the best and know you’re the best and you’ll play the best.”
“We have definitely gained confidence but we knew since the beginning of the season the end goal was to win it all,” added Fravel.
The journey was completed at Shelton High School as they put the finishing touches on another championship campaign with the win over the Redding-based Falcons.
The teams traded the first four sets before Newington took the fifth and final set, behind junior Louis Egbuna who had a championship night to remember, posting 23 kills and serving up seven aces.
Caceres added 21 kills, Fravel rejected seven shots, and Cloutier dished out 54 assists.
It was the final time that this current championship roster would play together. Next year Cloutier, Darien Rodriguez, Evan Metzger, and Al Chan will have graduated.
Luckily for Burns, he’ll have six of his seven starters returning as the team goes for the three-peat.
“I’ve got great athletes to work with so I’m very happy about that,” added the veteran coach.
I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same for Newington boys’ volleyball.
Wethersfield's Tyler Fote has been a monster from the plate in the tournament (Photo credit- Kelly Blaisdell)
Wethersfield had an up-and-down regular season, winning 13 of 20 games, but cranked it up once the postseason started. Tim Blaisdell got things cooking in the opening round, pitching a one-hit shutout into the seventh before Jimmy Sullivan closed out a 5-0 shutout of Stratford. Blaisdell And Sullivan each scored a pair of runs and Tyler Fote hammered a home run in the win. The Eagles then won in dramatic fashion in round two, scoring a pair of runs in the seventh including the walk-off winner from Sullivan to down Torrington 6-5. Wethersfield hosted a third tourney game in the quarterfinals, defeating New Fairfield 7-3 behind a fantastic game from Fote, who hit for the cycle and drove in two runs.
Rocky Hill snuck into the tournament at the #32-seed following a 6-14 regular season, but in typical Terrier toughness they made headlines on the opening day of the tourney, shocking overall #1 Haddam-Killingworth 4-1. The team fell to Northwest Catholic 8-3 in round two, but the first round win over H-K was the largest upset of any of the spring sports tournaments.
Joey Zawisza struck out five as Newington held off a solid Manchester team, 9-6, in the first round of the Class LL tourney. The senior also had a perfect day at the plate, connecting on two hits and driving in two runs. The Indians fell on the road in the second round, losing 12-5 to Amity. The second round loss was the final high school game for Zawisza and six other seniors at Newington.
Noah Valeriano tossed a complete game as Middletown downed Wilcox Tech 5-1 in the Class L first round. The #25 Blue Dragons were eliminated by #9 Watertown in round two. Valeriano will lead a strong senior class returning to the diamond next spring.
Cromwell won their third consecutive Shoreline Conference championship, besting Cogincaugh 1-0 behind a pitching gem from Noah Budzik. A solid regular season allowed the Panthers to host a Class S tourney game, but their season came to an end with a 6-5 loss to Westbrook in the opening round.
Middletown defeated East Hartford 10-0 in the opening round of Class LL. The Blue Dragons fell just short of upsetting #2-seed Trumbull in round two, losing 5-4 despite a solid pitching performance from Niya Earl. Brooke DeFrance is the team’s only departing senior and Earl will help lead a strong contingent returning next season.
Sophomore Dani Pantano struck out five and allowed only two runs but Newington couldn’t generate enough offense to upset South Windsor on the road, losing 2-1 in the opening round of Class LL. Pantano will be back on the mound next season, along with all-state shortstop Cyan Gonzalez and all-conference first baseman Rachel Thureson.
Rocky Hill and Cromwell both fell in the first round of Class M. The Terriers lost 8-3 to Wolcott and the Panthers were eliminated by Granby 6-0.
Senior Connor Brennan scored two goals and dished out two assists but it wasn’t enough to move Newington past New Milford in the qualifying round of Class L. The 13-7 tourney loss was the final game for Brennan and fellow captains Mike Ganley and Matt Barron, who helped guide the Indians to a 10-6 regular season.
Rocky Hill was eliminated by East Hartford in the opening round of the Class S tourney. The loss was the final game for seniors Ryan Pirre, Andrew Barber, Joseph Ferreira, Christopher Brescia, and Kevin Montroy.
Outdoor Track & Field
Middletown boys finished as the runner-up at the Class L finals at Middletown High School.
Senior DeAaron Lawrence won both the triple and high jumps, and freshman teammate Anthony Pappa placed second in the high jump. Lawrence also took home third place in the long jump and fellow senior Dylan Drescher took first in the javelin.
On the girls’ side, Veronica Meyers won both the discus and javelin, and placed fifth in the shot put. Nasharie Davis was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles.
At the same meet, Wethersfield’s Julia Chrostowski placed third in the high jump.
Rocky Hill girls placed fourth overall at the Class M finals at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
Sophomore Elizabeth Stockman broke the class record in the 1600 with a time of 4:55.96, besting the previous record held by Sarah Gillespie of Northwest Catholic since 2012. Stockman also easily won the 3200, finishing over 30 seconds in front of the second place finisher.
The Terriers 4x100 relay team of Victoria Bower, Audrey Nelson-Mbiah, Lilah Devine, and Lordina Orleans-Onyina finished as the runner-up, and Bower took home third place in the 200 meters.
Cromwell’s Andraya Yearwood was the runner-up in the 100 meters and finished fifth in the 200
Newington earned a first round bye to start the Class M tournament and then defeated Farmington in four sets in the second round. Leonel Caceres had 26 kills and Dan Cloutier dished up 42 assists. Junior Luis Egbuna added 11 kills and fellow junior Collin Liedke had 15 digs.
Wethersfield avenged a pair of regular season losses to Rockville and defeated the Rams in four sets on the road in the opening round of the Class M tourney. Senior setter Riley Grenier tallied 32 assists and four aces and fellow senior Kieran Senk added nine kills and four blocks. The win marked the Eagles first tournament victory since 2014.
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