Local roundup: ECC wrestling tourney takes place today
The Eastern Connecticut Conference wrestling tournament has turned into a one-day event.
After heavy snow, ice and rain forced ECC officials to postpone the start of the scheduled two-day tournament on Friday at Fitch High School, the event was rescheduled for today.
The first round of the tournament will start at 9:30 a.m. and be followed by the championship quarterfinals and consolation first round at 11, the consolation second round at 1 p.m., the championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals at 2:30, the consolation semis at 4:45, the consolation finals at 6 and the championship finals at 7.
With the possibility of more snow today, tournament director Dave Nowakowski said Friday night that ECC officials would consider moving today's pace along quicker, if necessary, but will not make that determination until after the meet begins.
The times for a basketball doubleheader at Ledyard High School have also been altered today. The Ledyard girls will face Morgan in a non-league game at 11:30 a.m., not at 1:30 p.m. as originally scheduled, and the Ledyard boys will play Hartford Public in another non-league game at 3 p.m., not at 7 as orignally scheduled.
The Ledyard-HPHS game will also be streamed live on theday.com.
There has also been one scheduling casualty today. The CIAC State Open indoor track and field championship, which was set for noon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, was postponed until Monday at 3 p.m.
• Tara Gabelman had 21 points and 16 rebounds while converting 17 of 19 free throws as Connecticut College upset No. 15 Williams College, 75-60, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Liz Malman added 16 points for the Camels (13-10, 5-4), who went 32-for-37 from the foul line, while Carlee Smith had 14 points and five assists while going 6-for-6 from the foul line.
Williams is 19-4, 5-4.
• Matt Vadas scored 39 points to become Conn College's all-time scoring leader, but it wasn't enough as Williams beat the Camels, 98-90, in a NESCAC game. Vadas has 1,677 career points and passed Kareem Tatum (1,656) for the record. Zuri Pavlin had 17 points and nine rebounds for Conn (9-13, 2-7) and Mason Lopez had 12 assists. Michael Mayer had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Ephs (20-3, 8-1).
• New London's Malcolm Simmons had 34 points and 12 rebounds in a losing cause as Bristol CC beat Avery Point in overtime, 92-87. New London's Keith Porter had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Pointers (11-12).
H.S. boys' basketball
• Nick Sturgis had 13 points and 12 rebounds as Bacon Academy held off Waterford, 49-45. The Lancers (12-6) trailed 37-27 going into the fourth quarter but closed to within two late, 47-45, before Isaiah Stewart hit two free throws with 7.6 seconds left. Isaiah Jones and Danny Martin scored 14 points apiece for Waterford and each made four 3-pointers while Donny Craig added a pair of 3s and finished with 10 points. The Lancers made 11 3-pointers but did not attempt a free throw.
H.S. girls' basketball
• Kaitlyn Berkel scored 18 and Casey Sullivan added 14 points as St. Bernard downed Griswold, 67-21, in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Small. Brittney Walenta and Caitlyn Dittman both had 11 points for the Saints (15-4, 8-2). Kirsten Drobiak scored 12 for the Wolverines.
• Abby Willauer and Jill Reynolds scored 12 points apiece as Bacon Academy defeated Waterford, 44-42. Vanessa Kobyluck led the Lancers (10-9) with 15 points and Shea Spellman added 10.
• Margot Calmar scored 21 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to lead Stonington past Fitch, 58-32. Taty LaFrance-Boyce added 16 points for the Bears (13-7) while Jaylila Griffin scored 11 points for the Falcons (4-15).
• Bobby Melley hit his first career home run, but UConn lost its season opener to Ohio State, 8-2, at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. Max McDowell added a run-scoring single for the Huskies. Aaron Hill, a freshman from Fitch, started at shortstop for UConn and went 1-for-4 in his first collegiate game.
LeDuc, Conn College feted
• Conn College senior Michael Leduc was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Scholar Athlete of the Year, his second such national recognition having won the award during the last outdoor seaon.
LeDuc, a 2013 First Team Selection on the Capital One Academic All-America Team, is a botany major with a grade point average of 3.78. The Camels' men's cross country team was also honored with the USTFCCA's Cross Country Men's Academic Team Award. The team had a mean GPA of 3.54, fifth in all of Division III.
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