Local roundup: EL's Christensen wins state coaching award
East Lyme High School's Paul Christensen, who has guided the boys' soccer program at his alma mater for the past 25 years, was honored as the 2013 Class L/LL Coach of the Year during the Connecticut Soccer Coaches' Association's annual awards banquet on Sunday night.
Montville coach Colin Delaney, who played for Christensen from 1992-95, presented Christensen with the award.
The Vikings went 14-2-5 last season, won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division championship - the 10th divisional title under Christensen - and the ECC tournament championship. East Lyme also allowed only 11 goals the entire season in qualifying for the state tournament for the 23rd time in Christensen's 25 seasons.
Christensen has an overall record of 289-131-51 and coached the Vikings to four state championship appearances, including the 2002 Class L title.
He has coached 26 all-state players, 10 All-New England players and a pair of All-Americans, as well as being named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of Year in 2006 and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coach of the Year in 2007.
• Clayton Otter won a pair of individual events and was part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team as East Lyme defeated Haddam-Killingworth 95-83 in a nonconference meet.
Otter won the 200 IM (2:11.27) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.27) while teaming up with Austin Toback, Ethan Opsahl and Christopher Naktenis in the 200 free relay (1:44.67). Ben Biondi added a win in the 50 free (23.54), Ryan Dumas won the 500 free (5:25.37) and Mitch Ryan won the diving competition (228.65) for the Vikings (7-2).
• Matt Vadas had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut College to a 68-58 victory over Fisher College.
Mason Lopez added 12 points for the Camels (8-8)
• Savannah Boyle scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds as Mitchell College beat Wheelock 62-50 in the New England Collegiate Conference, the ninth straight win for the Mariners. Kate Mulloy had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Caycee Williams had 10 rebounds for Mitchell (11-7, 11-1).
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