RHAM senior Ally Hadley was named the MVP as the Raptors won a second straight state championship on Nov. 19. Hadley (left) is pictured with junior Leilani Fecho following the state championship triumph.
Here are the Rivereast Standouts for the week(s) of Nov. 7 - 20:
Ally Hadley - RHAM High School (Volleyball): Hadley was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class M state tournament as the Raptors swept Woodland in three sets to win a state championship on Nov. 19. The senior captain finished with 16 digs and a dozen kills as RHAM won their second consecutive title and ninth championship since 2009. Hadley finished as the team leader in aces this fall.
Riley Anderson - Bacon Academy High School (Swimming): Anderson wrapped up a phenomenal freshman season in the pool by winning the 50 Freestyle at the State Open, swimming a state-best time of 23.07 to edge runner-up Riley Kudlac of Glastonbury (23.50) on Nov. 20. Anderson, who earned All-American status in her first high school season in the pool, previously won the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle at the Class S meet on Nov. 15. She also teamed with Sophia Falkowski, Bella Falkowski, and Avery Anderson to make the All-State team in the 200 Freestyle Relay.
Jordan Murphy - East Hampton High School (Volleyball): Murphy was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class S state tournament after helping the Bellringers win the program’s first state championship with a five-set victory over Hale Ray on Nov. 19. East Hampton dropped the first two sets in the championship match before rallying to win the final three sets. Murphy was the Bellringers leader in kills this season, averaging over three per set, including a season-high 21 kills in a five-set victory over Griswold in the state semifinals on Nov. 15 to reach the championship match.
Alex Hair - Portland High School (Football): Hair, who missed the team’s first seven games while recovering from an injury, has returned with consecutive standout performances. In a Nov. 10 game against Rockville, the senior running back had over 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown, and had a sack on defense. Hair was the team’s leading rusher during the Panthers championship season last fall and is now back to full health as the team attempts to repeat.
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