October 07th, 2022
Kayla Ward - Wethersfield High School (Soccer): Ward scored an equalizer on a penalty kick with eight second remaining in regulation as the Eagles tied Glastonbury 1-1 on Sept. 30. The junior snuck the game-tying kick past goalie Marla Radikas as the home crowd at Cottone Field went wild.
Ward and Radikas play together on the same club soccer team, so the two shook hands and exchanged pleasantries prior to the penalty kick. .
“I knew she would go to the left anyways but I knew it was better not to change up my PK because I have better power on that side,” said Ward, who added she loves close games. “These ones are the most fun.”
Despite trailing 1-0 at the half, head coach Tony Leone imploded his team to keep fighting until the final whistle and was proud how his team matched Glastonbury physically. He also credited Ward for sticking to what she does best on the penalty kick.
“Kudos to her,” said Leone. “I would have been trying to play mind games and go the other way, but Kayla just stuck to what she always does and that is what you should do when you take a PK.”
Penelope Basile - Rocky Hill High School (Volleyball): Basile served up six aces to go along with five kills and multiple digs as the Terriers earned their first win of the season by beating Hartford Public in three sets. Basile is the team’s setter this season and one of a seven seniors that aim for a strong finish. Rocky Hill hosts a big conference match against Wethersfield on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.
Charlie Lechowicz - Xavier High School (Cross Country): Lechowicz had a top-ten finish, running a team-best 16:47, as Xavier finished third overall in the SCC Divisional Championships at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Sept. 29. The Falcons finished ahead of Notre Dame-Fairfield to claim the division title and earn head coach Chris Stonier his 100th win in an illustrious 12-year career, which features five state titles.
Katie Bohlke - Newington (Cross-Country): Bohlke finished 5th overall and the was first runner from the state of Connecticut to cross the finish line at the Ocean State Invitational at Goddard Memorial Stadium in East Greenwich, RI. The junior ran a time of 18:53, finishing ahead of 55 other runners at the eight-school event.
Frankie Guerrera - Rocky Hill High School (Football): Guerrera nailed a 31-yard field goal with a minute remaining as the Terriers overcame a 21-6 halftime deficit to defeat E.O. Smith 23-21 on Sept. 30. The senior captain also ran for 190 yards on 19 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Rocky Hill (2-2) welcomes Stonington (1-3) to RHHS on Friday, Oct 7 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
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