East Hampton girls’ basketball won a third consecutive Shoreline Conference championship with a 44-28 victory over Valley Regional. Freshman Liana Salamone, who led the team with 19 points, was named a Rivereast Standout Athlete of the Week.
Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of Feb. 21-27:
Liana Salamone - East Hampton High School (Basketball): Salamone continued her phenomenal freshman year by helping the Bellringers capture a Shoreline Conference (SLC) championship on Feb. 26. She scored a game-high 26 points as East Hampton eliminated North Branford, 53-37, in the semifinal round on Feb. 22 and then added 19 points as the team knocked off Valley Regional 44-28 to win a third straight SLC title. Salamone and sophomore teammate Jackie Russell were named to the All-SLC first-team, and junior Jordan Murphy was named to the All-SLC third-team. Head coach Shaun Russell was also named the SLC Coach of the Year.
Owen Delisle - Portland High School (Indoor Track): Delisle, a senior captain, came in 3rd in the 600 meter run at the Class S Championship. His performance at the class championships qualified Delisle for the State Open where he ran a personal-best time of 126.27, shattering his previous mark and setting a new school record in the 600 meters.
Jennifer Whipple - Bacon Academy High School (Track & Field): Whipple will represent Bacon Academy at the New England Regionals in Boston on March 5 and the New Balance National Meet in New York the following week. The senior, who has committed to Lehigh University for track & field, placed 4th overall in the shot put at the State Open and 2nd at the Class M finals to qualify for the regional and national events.
Spencer Pilkington - RHAM High School (Basketball): Pilkington scored 18 points as the Raptors defeated Platt 72-54 in the opening round of the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) tournament on Feb. 24. The senior helped lead the Raptors to a 17-3 regular season and now the team will turn their attention to the Division III state tournament, which starts next week.
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