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Bri Strecker, a member of Waterford High School's state championship softball team in 2009, was recently named Player of the Year in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Strecker, a senior catcher at Bridgewater State, batted .339 with eight extra base hits and a .419 on-base percentage as the Bears (22-14 overall), won the MASCAC regular season title with an 11-3 record.
In other softball news:
• A number of former local stars helped top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University begin defense of its Little East tournament championship with a 5-1 victory over No. 6 UMass-Boston in the opening round of the double-elimination event.
Sophomore Erin Miller of Waterford allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter over 6 2/3 innings to earn her sixth straight win and send the host Warriors (27-12) into the second round today against No. 4 Keene State, which lost 1-0 to No. 3 Western Connecticut.
Waterford freshman Alyssa Hancock drove in the first run of the game with a two-out single in the second, senior Arielle Cooper of Fitch tripled in a run in the fifth and score on a sacrifice fly by Waterford junior Mattie Brett.
• Connecticut College's Chad Sawyer, a sophomore attack, was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference first team. Sawyer scored 30 goals and added nine assists during the regular season for the Camels, who play Tufts today in the NESCAC tournament semfinals. Sawyer's teammate, senior attack Andrew Freedman, made the second team.
Men's track & field
• Coast Guard Academy's Clay Kosack is in eighth place of the first day of the decathlon at the New England Division III Championship at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Kosack's first event of the day - the 100-meter dash - had to be re-run 30 minutes later following a timing error and he finished in 11.83 seconds.
He came back to go 18 feet, 8 inches in the long jump, 37-11½ in the shot put (third best in the field), 5-3¾ in the high jump and 50.85 in the 400, a personal best and the second fastest of the day.
The event concludes today with the 111 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500.