Christina DeNovellis and Kelsey LaMay- Rocky Hill High School (Basketball): DeNovellis and LaMay have given the Terriers a terrific inside-outside presence this winter. The two were instrumental in helping Rocky Hill girls’ basketball win a pair of games last week, defeating Hartford Public, 51-24, on Jan. 2 and Platt, 64-25, on Jan. 5. DeNovellis, a senior, combined for 19 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals in the wins. LaMay, a freshman, canned six threes and scored 28 points, also added five steals, in the wins, which improved the Terriers to 5-2.
Sean Millen - Wethersfield High School (Ice Hockey): Millen netted a hat trick as the Eagles dealt Newington co-op their first loss, winning 5-1 on Jan. 7. Millen, a senior, scored a pair of goals in the first period and added a third in the final frame. Brady Quinn and Anthony Ruck each added goals on what was a banner night for the Eagles, who unveiled their Division II championship banner at the Newington Ice Arena prior to the contest. Wethersfield next plays Sheehan on Saturday, Jan 14 at the Newington Ice Arena. Face-off is slated for noon.
Adela Cecunjanin - Cromwell High School (Basketball): Cecunjanin was named the Player of the Game as the Panthers edged East Hampton 38-29 in an important early-season Shoreline Conference (SLC) bout. The senior scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and blocked four shots to lead a Cromwell defense that was outstanding the second half, limiting the Bellringers to 11 total points over the final 16 minutes. Through the first six games, Cecunjanin is averaging a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) as Cromwell is off to a 4-2 start. Next up is another SLC showdown against Valley Regional on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Cromwell High School. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m.
Nasir McDaniel-Cade - Middletown High School (Basketball): McDaniel-Cade scored 17 points and was named the Most Valuable Player of The Middletown Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic as the Blue Dragons won the tourney, defeating Portland 67-52 in the championship game on Dec. 29. The senior captain has been one of many scoring threats this season for a Blue Dragons team who won their fourth straight game with a 74-68 victory over Platt on Jan. 3. McDaniel-Cade, Branden Torres, Quadir Murphy, Justice Freeman, and Tijion Johnson each scored in double figures in the win over Platt. Middletown next host Conard High School on Thursday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is 6:45 p.m.
Mike Deegan - Berlin/Newington High School (Ice Hockey): Deegan scored a career-high four goals and dished out an assist at Newington co-op ice hockey throttled Southington/Coginchaug/Westbrook 11-2 on Jan. 4. Josh Beaudoin and David Andrews each netted a pair of goals, while Evan Oliver, Mason Buckley, and Andrew Stribling also tallied a goal in the nine-point win. The Nor’easters, who stands at 6-1, next host E.O. Smith/Tolland on Saturday, Jan 14 at the Newington Ice Arena. Face-off is 7:30 p.m.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin