Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the week for the week of Jan. 9-15:
Jackie Russell - East Hampton High School (Basketball): Russell, a junior, scored 19 points, knocking down three shots from beyond the arc as the Bellringers earned a convincing 51-19 road victory over Old Saybrook on Jan. 13. Sophomore Liana Salamone, the team’s leading scorer this season, did her usual damage by added 20 points. Next up for the 10-1 Bellringers is a Shoreline Conference clash against Portland at East Hampton High School (today) Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
Lily Tabellione - Portland High School (Track & Field): Tabellione won both the 1,000 meters and the 3,200 meters at the Shoreline League Meet on Jan. 12 at the Floyd Athletic Center in New Haven. Tabellione, a junior, ran a personal-best 3.12.16 to win the 1,000m by more than a second and then ran a blistering personal-best 12:00.57 in the 3,200m to easily win the distance event by over 12 seconds. The Highlanders finished 3rd overall as a team at the multi-school conference competition.
Dani Poudrier - RHAM High School (Cheerleading): Poudrier has been a great leader and role model on the Raptors cheer squad, which cheers at all the home basketball games and will compete in conference and state meets in the coming months. Poudrier, a senior, also helps out with the middle school cheer squad, mentoring the next generation of Raptors cheerleaders. Poudier and her cheer squad will next be performing when the girls’ basketball team welcomes Rocky Hill to RHAM High School (tonight) Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Skyelyn Schoen-Rene - Bacon Academy High School (Basketball): Schoen-Rene, a freshman, scored a career-high 12 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, as the Bobcats held off Killingly 48-40 on Jan. 13 to remain undefeated. The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter before Bacon’s defense clamped down, holding Killingly to a mere four points over the final eight minutes. Katelyn Novak led the four quarter charge, scoring five straight points as the Bobcats took the lead early in the final frame and never looked back. Next up for the 11-0 Bobcats is a road test at Waterford High School (tonight) Friday, Jan. 20. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin