Here is a double dose of the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of April 10-16:
Alex Zimmerman - East Hampton High School (Baseball): Zimmerman connected on a pair of hits, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, as he drove in six runs to carry the Bellringers to a 14-4 victory over Westbrook on April 14. Zimmerman, a junior, was one of five Bellringers to score multiple runs in the lopsided victory. Gavin Santillo, David Johnson, Jason Johnson, and Andrew Wagner also crossed home plate twice.
Chelsea Woods - East Hampton High School (Golf): Woods shot a tourney best (47) as the Bellringers opened the golf season by competing against Coginchaugh and Lyman Hall at Jones Golf Course in Middlefield. Woods, a junior, shot par on two holes (four and eight) to secure the best overall score at the multi-school competition.
Chris Lusignan - Bacon Academy (Baseball): Lusignan pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out six and allowing only one hit in a 10-0 win over Griswold on April 15. Lusignan, a junior, improved to 2-0 from the mound this season and also did damage from the plate in the win, driving in a run and scoring a run on a pair of hits.
Jake Martino - Bacon Academy (Track & Field): Martino won the javelin and finished second in the discus at the Hawks Invitational at Bloomfield High School. Martino, a senior, was one of the standout thrower among the two dozen teams that competed in the multi-school event which took place on April 14 and 15.
Hadley Marchand - RHAM High School (Softball): Marchand pitched a complete game, striking out a dozen batters, as the Raptors breezed by East Hartford 16-1 on April 12. Marchand, a senior, also smacked a home run and a double, driving in three runs as the Raptors improved to 4-0 on the season.
Joelle Goralnik - RHAM High School (Lacrosse): Goralnik scored four goals as the Raptors pulled away in the second half to defeat E.O. Smith, 8-3, at RHAM High School on April 15. Goralnik, a junior, scored half of the team’s goals and got help from sophomore Caitlin Rydel, who served up three assists and added a goal of her own.
Luke Stennett - Portland High School (Golf): Stennett continued to impress on the links, shooting a (-1) 34 to be the runaway medalist as the Highlanders defeated Coventry (152-181) in the team’s first home match of the season at Portland Golf Club. Stennett, a junior, shot birdies on the final two holes to complete his round, while teammates Quinn Lapinski (38), Ben Fecteau (39), Aiden Peterson (41), and Joseph Lamalfa (41) finished behind Stennett as the Highlanders finished in the top five spots on the leaderboard.
Natalie Przestrzelski - Portland High School (Tennis): Przestrzelski scored a pair of individual victories as the Highlanders defeated East Hampton (5-2) and North Branford (5-2). Przestrzelski, who is serving as the team’s No. 1 singles player, is one of three seniors on the roster — joining Amelia Hair and Isabelle McClelland, who are teaming up to serve as the Highlanders top doubles team.
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