Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of Dec. 13-19
Valerie Luizzi - Bacon Academy (Basketball): Luizzi scored a career-high 31 points, 24 coming in the first half, as Bacon Academy defeated Waterford 73-58 on Dec. 16. The senior tied a program record with six three-pointers and added eight steals, and junior teammate Marissa Nudd also scored a career-high 29 points. The Bobcats enter the week with a perfect 3-0 record after beating East Lyme 62-30 to open the season and besting Killingly 53-42 behind 28 combined points between Luizzi and Nunn.
Jackie Russell- East Hampton (Basketball): Russell scored 46 points last week as the Bellringers started the winter season with three straight wins. The sophomore scored 15 in a season-opening 71-19 victory at Fisher Island High School in New York, netted 11 in a 36-34 victory over Morgan, and then posted a season-high 20 points in a 62-13 win over Lyman Memorial.
Eli Evison - Portland (Basketball): Evison splashed during his senior season debut, scoring a game-high 20 points as the Highlanders ousted Westbrook 65-58 on Dec. 16. The 6'6" forward added seven rebounds and a pair of blocks to helped the team overcome early struggles and take control in the second half.
Liam Calhoun - RHAM (Indoor Track): Calhoun, who had previously broken the school record in the mile and 5k, broke two more records last week. On Dec. 17 he set a new school record in the 3200 meters, running a 10:03.01 at the Hillhouse Invitational at the Floyd Athletic Center in New Haven. The next day he from the set a new school mark in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:41.51 at the same venue.
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