Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of Feb. 7-13:
Ben Fournier - RHAM High School (Wrestling): Fournier took home a Central Connecticut Conference crown in his weight division (106 lbs.), pinning Mason Arborio of Berlin in the championship match. The sophomore was one of three Raptors to take home wins, joining senior Zackary Kanaitis (145 lbs.), who pinned London Vieira of Berlin, and junior Jeremy Devine (160 lbs.), who pinned Gabriel Hernandez of Plainville. RHAM finished third overall as a team at the conference championships held at Simsbury High School on Feb. 12.
Sam Lasky - Portland High School (Basketball): Lasky had 15 points, eight rebounds, and blocked two shots as Portland defeated Old Saybrook 51-32 on Feb. 8. The senior, along with Hannah Brunk, dominated the middle for the Highlanders, who earned their third win in five games. Brunk, also a senior, finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.
Kaylee Gravel - East Hampton High School (Indoor Track): Gravel captured the title in the 1000m meters and finished third in the 1600 meters at the Class S Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 12. The senior ran a 3:11.78 to easily win the 1000m championship, besting runner-up Madelein Morjado of Old Lyme by nearly eight seconds. East Hampton’s Brylee Montanari (55 meter hurdles) also took home an individual championship and the Bellringers finished in second place overall at the competition, which was held at Floyd Athletic Center in New Haven.
Katelyn Novak - Bacon Academy High School (Basketball): Novak, a freshman, scored a career-high 14 points as the Bobcats chopped down Woodstock Academy 66-26 on Feb. 12. The game was Senior Night for the Bobcats, who honored the team’s three seniors: Valerie Luizzi, Emma Mancuso, and Ashley Lizotte. Luizzi tied for a team-high with 14 points and had nine rebounds. Mancuso chipped in six points, eight rebounds, and five blocks as the Bobcats improved to 17-2.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin