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2013 Morgan Spring Sports Year in Review

Published 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/30/2013 04:46 PM

By Holly D'Addio
Harbor News

Golf Wins States, Baseball Has Standout Year

The spring season was one of success for the Huskies as the golf team won the Shoreline and state championships and the baseball squad had a landmark campaign.

Golf

Not only did the squad post a 20-4 record, but the Huskies won the Shoreline Conference Championship for the first time in 21 years and then went on to win the Division IV State Championship for the first time in school history.

Leading the squad was lone senior Frank Rivas along with junior Gabe Van Ness, both of whom captained the Huskies. Rivas was an anchor for a team that had seen little success over his tenure and Van Ness earned First Team All-Shoreline as well as All-State honors for his success on the course. Also contributing was sophomore phenom Maxx Bugg (First Team All-Shoreline, All-State) and sophomore Kevin Daley (Second Team All-Shoreline).

Baseball

According to Morgan baseball Coach John Litevich, the 2013 campaign was one of the best he's ever coached. Despite not reaching its high expectation of winning both the Shoreline and Class S Tournaments, the Huskies boasted an 11-9 regular season record (12-11 overall) and in those 11 losses, averaged losing by only about 1.8 runs a game.

Senior captains Tim Neri and Ron Buchetto were instrumental in the Huskies' success this spring. Neri pitched and played left field and he also hit .370 (second highest average on the team) and finished with an on-base percentage of .560, earning him Second Team All-Shoreline accolades. Buchetto was one of Morgan's starting pitchers, finishing with a 6-5 record and a 1.6 ERA, posting five complete-game shutouts.

Other contributing seniors included Mike Austin, Matt Chidsey, Mike Rapuano, Tyler Anglin, and Ryan Donovan. Third baseman Austin led the team in hitting with a .408 average and 17 RBI and was named First Team All-Shoreline and New Haven Register Athlete of the Week during the spring.

Softball

Morgan softball, under Coach Sal Fiorillo, had a season to remember, as the Huskies came into the Class S State Tournament ranked fourth and lost in the quarterfinal to Coventry, 1-0. Morgan finished a highly successful 18-5.

Boys' Lacrosse

After posting a 13-6 (7-1 in the Shoreline Conference) record, the Huskies can easily call this spring their most successful after advancing all the way to the Class S semifinal round in a season that also saw other great accomplishments.

Leading the pack were senior captains Nick Testoni (attack), Marc Simmons (midfield), and Dennis Forbes (long stick midfielder), along with junior captains Alex Eimutus (goalkeeper) and Jon Chann (short stick defensive midfielder). Testoni was named First Team All-State and team co-MVP; Simmons was named First Team All-State and co-MVP; and Forbes was named team co-MVP with Testoni and Simmons. Also contributing were seniors Zach Gedney (defense), Gilson Martins (defense) who was named Second Team All-State, Nick Sneider (midfield), and Sal Fiorillo (midfield).

Girls' Lacrosse

Huskies' girls' lacrosse entered the Class S State Tournament as the 15th seed and lost to 2nd-seeded Weston 24-6 in the first round. Morgan finished the campaign 7-10.

Boys' Tennis

The Morgan boys' tennis squad came within a few matches short of qualifying for the state tournament this past spring, but the Huskies' 6-14 record wasn't quite indicative of the progress the team made as a whole.

Leading the Huskies was junior captain Eli Phelps, who manned the No. 1 singles spot this spring and earned First Team All-Shoreline and Scholar Athlete honors. Also contributing this season were seniors James Votto, Lenny Paul, and Tyler Ayotte.

Zawadski named sophomore Andrew Tran as a Coaches' Award candidate.

Girls' Tennis

It became a season of perseverance and survival for the Morgan girls' tennis squad in 2013 as the Huskies had to play without two of their varsity starters, who were out due to injury. This in turn made it more of a building year for Morgan, which finished 4-14.

Morgan earned its four wins versus North Branford, Coginchaug, and East Hampton (twice) and was led by captains Paola Peralta, Jasmine Mealy, and Katie Clini. Peralta was a senior who manned No. 1 singles, Mealy played first doubles, and Clini was the team's manager after she was unable to play due to injury. Also contributing were seniors Miranda Richard (No. 2 singles), Taylor Lecza (second doubles), and JV player Kim Driscoll.

Outdoor Track

The Morgan outdoor track squad had a fine spring, with the boys finishing ninth in Class S and the girls 20th, with both squads finished sixth in Shorelines and Will Teas winning in his events.

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