Mackenzie Hillman – Newington High School (Field Hockey): Hillman scored a pair of goals in Newington's season opener, a 4-0 shutout of E.O. Smith, and then netted a hat trick with three goals in a 5-3 win over Lewis Mills on Sept. 19. The senior leads a deep, experienced team that features nine total seniors. The Nor’easters next home game is scheduled for today (Sept. 22) against Stafford at Clem Lemire Field Turf in Newington, starting at 3:45 p.m.
Olivia Krout – Wethersfield High School (Swimming): Krout won both the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle as the Eagles swimming and diving team defeated Middletown 99-76 at Middletown High School on Sept. 13. The senior was also part of a pair of relays teams that won — teaming with Anabella Cartiera, Milena Brodowicz, Sabrina Schuster, and Jilian Pitchell to win the 200 medley relay and Madison Tracy, Sofia Cirinna, and Carolena Parker to win the 200 freestyle relay.
MJ Torres - Rocky Hill High School (Football): Torres ran for 131 yards and a touchdown of offense and tied for a team-high with eight tackles on defense as Rocky Hill defeated Northwest Catholic 27-6 on Sept. 17. The senior captain powered an offense that took to both the air and ground as fellow senior captain Frankie Guerrera had 140 yards from scrimmage (72 rush, 70 receiving), catching a touchdown from sophomore quarterback Joey Moats, who threw two — the second going to Amare Barboza. The Terriers (1-1) next travel to Waterford (1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 24 for a 6 p.m. kick.
Colin Skene – Middletown High School (Football): Skene threw for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Blue Dragons won their first game under head coach Josh Rosek, defeating Enfield 25-6 on Sept. 16. The junior quarterback engineered an offense that amassed over 350 total yards. Middletown (1-1) next will celebrated Homecoming by welcoming Hillhouse to MHS for a game on Friday, Sept. 23. It will be the first time that Middletown and Hillhouse play a football game in nearly four decades. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.
Alyssa Dugas – Newington High School (Volleyball): Dugas earned the Player of the Match after serving up 33 assists, averaging a season-high 11 assists per set, as the Nor’easter swept New Britain in three sets on Sept. 16. The junior setter has tallied 30 or more assists in three of the team’s five matches this season, as Newington has won three of their first five games this fall. Newington’s next home game is Thursday, Sept. 29 against Watertown, starting at 5:45 p.m.
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