Brady Holzmiller - Rocky Hill (Baseball): Holzmiller went 3-3, including a double, and scored a pair of runs as the Terriers defeated Cheney Tech 12-1 in Manchester on April 3. Senior Tyler Carlstrom put the finishing touches on the season-opening victory with a bases-cleaning triple in the fifth. The following day, Rocky Hill shutout Vinal Tech 16-0 in the team’s home opener behind senior Brendan Whalen, who went 3-3 and drove in four runs. The Terriers improved to 3-0 with a 14-0 victory over East Hartford on April 5 thanks to pitcher Ben Centurelli, who struck out eight and walked none over five scoreless innings. Through the first three games, Rocky Hill has outscored their opponents 42-1.
Jack Wise - Cromwell (Golf): Wise finished as the co-medalist, tying with Portland’s Luke Stennett in the Panthers season opener at TPC River Highlands on April 4. Wise, a senior who is coming off consecutive first-team all-conference selections, shot a team-best 32, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon at the professional venue. Dillon Rozich (36), Ryan Rozich (41), Jacob Salafia (42), and Jay Vaughn (50) rounded out the Panthers golfers that competed.
Brianna Gadarowski - Newington (Softball): Gadarowski was 3-3 from the plate, scoring three runs and driving in three more as the Nor’easter defeated Conard 11-7 on April 4. Gadarowski, a senior who plays shortstop, scored another run in the following game, a 17-1 win over Hartford Public. Senior Jaidyn Tucker scored four runs and drove in another in the 16-run victory.
Sadie Ruiz - Wethersfield (Lacrosse): Ruiz scored five goals, dished out three assists, scooped up three ground balls as the Eagles defeated Rocky Hill 15-13 on April 3. Ruiz, a junior who is also an all-state field hockey player, helped her lacrosse team knock off the Terriers in a thriller at RHHS in the Eagles’ season opener.
Matt Lagace - Newington (Volleyball): Lagace combined for 30 kills as the Nor’easters opened the regular season with a pair of three-set victories. Lagace, a 6’3” senior, hammered home 14 kills in a win over Xavier in Middletown on April 3 and then had 16 kills, three aces, and a block in a sweep on Hall in the team’s home opener on April 4.
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