Kya Mayo- Middletown (Basketball): Mayo announced her committed to play basketball at Eastern Connecticut State University. Head coach Rob Smernoff said this about his senior captain, who averaged 10 point per game last winter, “The one thing that has always stood out with Kya, besides her clear ability, is how resilient she has been. Kya was an honorable mention all-conference player as a sophomore and then prior to her junior year missed the season due to a torn ACL. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she worked hard to come back stronger than ever and was one of the best leaders our program has had. Most players returning from that type of injury focus on themselves, but her first concern this year was her teammates and team goals (and she did make all-conference). Eastern is getting a great player, but even better person.”
Nick Aderhold- Rocky Hill (Baseball): Aderhold connected on three hits, scoring a run and driving in two others as Rocky Hill clinched a playoff spot with a 10-4 victory over Wethersfield last Wednesday. Fellow senior Dennis Machial earned the win on the mound, striking out five and also scoring a run on his two hits from the plate. Tyler Carlstrom (who picked up the save) and Matthew Gwara each had two hits and scored in the victory.
Sierra Judson- Wethersfield (Lacrosse): Judson had two goals as Wethersfield celebrated Senior Night with a 14-1 victory over E.O. Smith last Tuesday. The senior’s goals upped her season total to 28 goals and the win was the Eagles eighth straight. Head coach Nicole Silva said this of her co-captain, “She exemplifies what a true leader is. She represents Wethersfield High School, the athletic department and our lacrosse team with dignity, integrity, and selflessness. Her determination and work ethic are impressive. The team is stronger having her lead this past year, not just with her words but by her actions.” Off the field, Judson had achieved high honors all four years at WHS and starting next fall she will play Division I soccer at Merrimack College as she starts an honors program as a health sciences major before heading to chiropractic school.
Morgan Hellman- Newington (Lacrosse): Hellman scored five goals as Newington pulled off a wild win, scoring in the final minute to beat Windsor 13-12 last Monday. The junior’s efforts help seal the team’s sixth win this season.
Brian Radziewicz- Cromwell (Baseball): Radziewicz had back-to-back standout games, scoring two runs and driving in seven more in Cromwell’s final two regular season games. The senior had a run and three RBIs in an 8-1 win over Hale Ray on Monday and then followed it up with a run and four RBIs in a 11-1 victory over Portland on Wednesday.
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