Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Feb 6 – 12:
Meghan McPhee and Lily Tabellione - Portland High School (Track & Field): McPhee and Tabellione won individual state titles at the Class S state championships that took place at the Floyd Athletic Center on Feb. 9. McPhee won the 600 meters, running a personal-best 1:42.41 to edge runner-up Kiylah Williams (1:43.41) of Bloomfield. Tabellione won the 1,000 meters, crossing the finish line with a personal-best time of 3:05.97 and easily defeating runner-up Catherine Minegan (3:09.59) of Old Saybrook. Next up for the pair is the State Open in New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at noon.
Nina Holm - RHAM High School (Ice Hockey): Holm scored the game-winning goal as the Nighthawks—a co-op team featuring players from RHAM, Avon, Southington, Wethersfield, Newington, Lewis Mills, and Coventry—dealt Darien their first loss of the season. Holm, a senior, intercepted a pass and fired a shot into the back of the net with less than a minute to play in regulation as the local ice hockey club won 7-6 and shocked a Blue Wave team in Darien that entered the contest with a record of 16-0-2.
Brian Collisson - East Hampton High School (Track & Field): Collisson cleared a personal-best height of 11’ 06” in the pole vault to finish as the runner-up at the Class S state championships in New Haven on Feb. 9. Collisson’s efforts were good enough to tie the best jump at the event, finishing behind only Kian Sirowich of Woodland, who by a tie-breaker. The junior will now compete at the State Open at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at noon.
Dante Colella - Bacon Academy High School (Wrestling): Colella finished in third place at the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) championships in Killingly on Feb 11. Colella, a junior who wrestles at 170 lbs., defeated Sebastian Rodriguez (9-6) in the quarterfinals round and then easily won the rematch with Rodriguez (6-0) in the third-place match. Carson Brown (160 lbs.) placed fourth and Gabe Mahon (145 lbs.) placed fifth to also earn podium spots for the Bobcats at the conference tournament.
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