Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Jan. 23-29:
Luke Randazzo - RHAM High School (Swimming & Diving): Randazzo is the ultimate dual threat in the pool, starring as both a swimmer and a driver for the local co-op team that features student athletes from RHAM, Manchester High School, and Coventry High School. Randazzo, a junior, has had first place finishes in both swimming and diving event this winter despite only picking up the sport two years ago. He is on track to be selected to the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) All-Academic team.
Morganne Pineda - Portland High School (Basketball): Pineda scored a career-high 31 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists as Portland notched a solid victory, 56-36, over conference rival Lyme-Old Lyme. The Wildcats from Old Lyme had defeated the Highlanders in the first meeting on Dec. 16 at Portland High School, but the Highlanders got sweet revenge in the second meeting by winning by 20 points on the road. The Highlanders next home game will be Tuesday, Feb. 7 against Hale Ray at 7 p.m.
Jake Martino - Bacon Academy High School (Track and Field): Martino won the shot put at both the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Developmental Meet on Jan. 20 and at the Jack Long ECC Select Meet on Jan. 29. During the ECC Developmental competition at …, Martino threw a personal-best 47’4.5”. Next up is the ECC Championship this Saturday, Feb. 4 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.
Austin Cuthbertson – East Hampton High School (Basketball): Cuthbertson was impactful on both ends of the court as the Bellringers defeated 60-45 on Jan. 27. Cuthbertson, a sophomore, had 12 points and head coach John Antolini credited him for his work on the defensive end, registering five steals. It was a compete team win for East Hampton, who also got 22 points and nine rebounds from Brady Lynch and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Nate Ireland. The Bellringers are in the middle of a three-game road trip before returning to East Hampton High School for a home conference game against Morgan on Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
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Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin