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Michelle Libby is entering her four season as head coach of the girls’ basketball team at Wethersfield. The first three seasons have not been easy, but this years’ squad has the potential to make their first postseason run since 2010.
“We are looking to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in four years. It would be very rewarding for our seniors to get to experience what it’s like to play in a state game,” Libby Said, “They have put a lot of time and effort in over the past four years, and I can't think of a better way to thank them, and to also have them continue to shape the program for the future.”
In order to make a playoff run, the team will have to deal with the departure of last seasons’ leading scorer and All-CCC North Divisional player Carrier Polomsky, who graduated. Libby said that the team hopes to fill Polomsky’s shoes with a committee of players.
They have also had to deal with injuries to two key contributors from last season. Alexis Gwynn and Brittney Dalkowski both torn their anterior cruciate ligaments, but are both hoping to return by January and February, respectively.
Libby remains confident that this group of girls is ready to end their three year postseason drought.
“Nearly all of the girls on the varsity roster saw varsity time last year, so the kids have been battle tested already,” Libby added, “Our captains, Kelly McDonald and Analissa Mandile are great leaders by example, and will set the tempo for the season.”
The lady Eagles will begin the season with three straight road games, but will return home to face the Weaver Beavers on December 23rd. The home opener will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Silas Deane Middle School.
High School Football Championship Round-Up
The Ansonia Chargers finished off their undefeated season by waxing the Woodland Regional Hawks, 51-12, in the Class S title game on Friday night at CCSU. Ansonia had defeated the Rocky Hill Terriers to advance to the championship game and the victory gives them their third-straight state title. Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome tallied five more touchdowns in the championship victory, improving his staggering season total to 70 touchdowns.
St. Joseph-Trumbull Wallops Brookfield
Mufasa Abdul-Basir ran for 166 yards and scored touchdowns on the ground and through the air to help the St. Joseph-Trumbull Cadets win the Class M championship. The Cadets easily defeated the Brookfield Bobcats 54-16 Saturday, on a snow covered Arute Field at CCSU.
New Canaan Upsets Darien
The New Canaan Rams had lost to the Darien Blue Wave on Thanksgiving, but that was a distant memory after they avenged that loss and breezed to a 44-12 Class L title victory. New Canaan quarterback Nick Cascione threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in snowy conditions on Saturday to help the Rams win their sixth state title in school history.
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