Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Oct. 9-15:
Chelsea Woods - East Hampton High School (Volleyball): Woods, a senior, dished up a season-high 31 assists and added 20 digs as the Bellringers beat Valley Regional in four sets on Oct. 12. The following day, Woods tallied 19 more assists and served up seven aces as the Bellringers beat Portland in three sets. The Bellringers finished the regular season with a record of 15-1, winning the final 13 matches.
Josh Weers - RHAM High School (Football): Weers caught four touchdown passes as the Raptors finished what they started five weeks ago, downing Avon 30-16 on Oct. 13. The game originally kicked off on Sept. 9, but play was suspended due to lighting before the conference rivals finished the game this past Friday. Weers, a senior, hauled in scoring strikes from 13, 20, 9, and 46 yards as the Raptors led 27-8 prior to the postponement.
Audrey Palmer - Bacon Academy (Soccer): Palmer scored a pair of goals as the Bobcats earned a big divisional victory, defeating Fitch 4-0 in Groton on Oct. 11. Palmer led the way offensively for the Bobcats, who also received goals from Alyssa Blanchette and Mia Hageman. Palmer, a junior, posted two more goals last week in a 5-0 win over RHAM on Oct. 25.
Gio Discenza - Portland High School (Soccer): Discenza, a senior, netted a baker’s hat trick – scoring four goals – as the Highlanders blanked North Branford 5-0. The five goals were a season-high for Portland, who also got a goal from Ben Sorrell. Assisting in the scoring onslaught were Brody Quinn, Aidan Peterson, Alex Dawson, and Cooper Beck – each dishing out a helper.
Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Oct. 16-22:
Brian Collison - East Hampton High School (Soccer): Collison, a senior, scored a goal on Senior Night as the Bellringers defeated Portland 3-2 on Oct. 18. Sebby Woodson and Parker Gustine each added goals for the Bellringers, who celebrated Collison and ten other seniors prior to the match. The win improved East Hampton to 10-2.
Lilly Carroll - Portland High School (Soccer): Carroll, a senior, scored the only goal of the match on a penalty kick as the Highlanders defeated East Hampton 1-0 on Senior Night at TD Bank Oakwood Soccer Park on Oct. 20. Carroll’s goal turned out to be the difference as the team celebrated four seniors (Carroll, Ava Maselek, Camryn DiMauro, and Selena Shukis).
Troy Miller - RHAM High School (Soccer): Miller netted a hat trick, scoring three goals, and dished out an assist as the Raptors defeated East Catholic 5-0 on Oct. 16. Miller, a senior, then scored two more goals in a victory over E.O. Smith on Oct. 19. The prolific scorer finished the regular season with a team-high 18 goals.
Troy Johnson - Bacon Academy (Soccer): Johnson scored a pair of goals as the Bobcats tied Norwich Free Academy 2-2 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) divisional showdown on Oct.14. Senior captain Coby Butterfield assisted on both goals and NFA knocked in the game-tying goal on a controversial call with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game.
Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of Oct. 23-30:
Skip Coogan – Bacon Academy (Football): Coogan recovered a state-record six fumbles, including one for a touchdown, as the Bobcats blanked Montville 61-0. Coogan, a sophomore, highlighted a dominant defensive unit that also got three forced fumbled and an interception from senior Avatar Disher as Bacon Academy registered their second shutout of the season, also blanking Bethel 21-0 in the season opener.
Lillian Tabellione - Portland High School (Cross-Country): Tabellione finished sixth overall, running a 21:17, at the Class S State Championships at Wickham Park on Oct. 28. Tabellione beat out 139 other competitors and led a talented group of Highlanders that placed seventh overall as a team with Meghan McPhee (13th) and Ariana Hettrick-Rivera (17th) also having top-20 finishes.
Gabby Wiesner - East Hampton High School (Soccer): Wiesner scored a pair of goals as the Bellringers defeated Lyman Memorial 2-1 in the team’s regular season finale on Oct. 27. Wiesner, a junior, scored both of her goals on perfectly-placed corner kicks from her freshman sister Mia Wiesner as the Bellringers ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak.
Lani Fecho - RHAM High School (Volleyball): Fecho continued to stuff the stat sheets as the Raptors wrapped up a 16-3 regular season with a three set victory over Enfield on Oct. 23. Fecho, a senior, had a dozen kills, nine digs, six aces, and a block. Sophomore Meredith Weir added 11 kills and eight digs as the Raptors closed the regular season with a perfect road record (8-0).
Sports Editor for the Rare Reminder, Glastonbury Citizen, and Rivereast News Bulletin