Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Oct. 17-23:
Andrew Johnson - Portland High School (Soccer): Johnson, a senior captain, scored an insurance goal as the Highlanders beat Haddam-Killingworth 3-1 on Senior Night, Oct. 22. Johnson’s goal highlighted a banner night at Portland High School as the team celebrated the team’s four seniors —Johnson, Cole Bates, Ryan Clarke, and Brandon McPhee — prior to the game and then the future stars shine during the game as junior Gio Discenza netted a pair of goals and sophomore Parker Thompson dished out a pair of assists.
Aiden Palen - East Hampton High School (Cross-Country): Palen finished 5th overall, running a time of 16:50, at the Shoreline Conference Cross-Country Championship at Hammonasset State Park on Oct. 20. The junior led a strong Bellringers team that placed 5th overall as a team. Daniel Drlik (17:30) placed 14th, Gabriella McMillian (17:35) placed 16th, Alex Rivard-Lentz (17:58) placed 21st, and Evan LoPresit (18:05) placed 22nd to round out the top five East Hampton runners to cross the finish line in the conference championship.
Ally Hadley - RHAM High School (Volleyball): Hadley had team-high 24 digs and 22 kills as the Raptors rallied to win the last two sets in a five-set win over Glastonbury (18-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-16, 15-9) at Glastonbury High School on Oct. 19. The 22 kills were a season-high for Hadley, a senior, who leads the team in aces this season. RHAM ended the week with a three-set victory over E.O. Smith in the team’s “Dig Pink” game, which raised money for breast cancer research. As of Wednesday, the Raptors have a record of 16-2 and have won six straight games.
Ryan Moores - Bacon Academy High School (Cross-Country): Moores placed 5th overall, running a time of 17:16, at the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Championships at Norwich Golf Course on Oct. 20. Moores, a senior, headed a pack of Bobcats that finished sixth overall as a team and ranked third in the Division II bracket. Brendan Reas (31st), Carson Brown (37th), Aaron Fidrych (46th), and Andrew Lima (60th) also contributed to Bacon’s overall score at the championship meet.
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin