Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of Nov. 15-21:
Jodie Pickel - Portland (Swimming): Pickel had a memorable and successful Class S swimming meet at Cornerstone Community Pool in West Hartford on Nov. 17. The senior placed 6th in the 500 freestyle and 7th in the 200 freestyle, missing all-state honors by only a few seconds in each endurance race. Her 6th place finish in the 500 free earned her a medal to match the one she earned two years ago, the last time state swimming championships were held. Pickel has now earned the only two medals ever for Portland High School in the sport of swimming and she will graduate as the school record-holder for both the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Avery Anderson - Bacon Academy (Swimming): Anderson had a fantastic state finals debut at the Class S swimming meet at Cornerstone Community Pool in West Hartford on Nov. 17. The freshman took on an experienced field, placing 6th in the 200 freestyle and 7th in the 500 freestyle, finishing behind only five seniors and a junior in the 500 free finals.
Chris Progano - East Hampton (Football): Progano has been the leading receiver for the Coginchaug Regional/East Hampton/Hale Ray co-op football team. Through the first six games, the EHHS senior was averaging a gaudy 18.8 yards per receptions, hauling in 20 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns, all team-highs.
Zoe Parkinson - RHAM (Volleyball): Parkinson, a senior, had team-highs in kills (8) and blocks (3) as RHAM defeated Simsbury in three sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-20) to win the Class L state championship on Nov. 20. Junior teammate Ally Hadley was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as the program won its eighth state championship since 2007.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin