Local Roundup: St. Bernard girls advance to Class S quarterfinals
Montville - Freshman Caitlyn Dittman scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds as St. Bernard School advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIAC Class S girls' basketball tournament, beating No. 12 Housatonic Regional 50-24 in a second-round game Friday.
The No. 5 Saints (19-5) play at No. 4 Bolton at 7 p.m., on Thursday. Bolton beat St. Bernard in the second round of last season's Class S tournament.
Kaitlyn Berkel had 13 points and six rebounds and Casey Sullivan had nine points and eight rebounds for the Saints.
"We played great tonight,'' said St. Bernard coach Mike Nystrom. "We played almost as well as we could. Our defense was good and we didn't have a bad quarter.''
In other games:
• Desiree Elmore scored 24-points as top-seeded Hartford Capital ousted No. 17 East Lyme 74-37 in the Class L second round. Capital (23-0), the top-ranked team in the New Haven Register state poll, led 39-18 at halftime. Colleen Durke scored 13 points for the Vikings, who finish 14-9, while Jenna Schumacher added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• Third-seeded Thomaston, which reached the Class S final a year ago, used a strong first half to oust No. 14 Old Lyme in the second round 65-45. Thomaston (19-4) led 36-18 at halftime, but the Wildcats, who finish 12-11, played the Bears on almost even terms in the second half, being outscored 29-27. Hannah O'Brien and Hannah Behringer scored 12 points apiece for Old Lyme and Mary Kate Devlin added 11.
• Ledyard's Devon MarcAurele advanced to the quarterfinals of the New England Championship with a 3-0 victory over Damon Young of Mount Anthony (Vt.) in the second round of the 170-pound weight class at the Providence Career and Technical Center. MarcAurele, the State Open runnerup, will face New Hampshire state champion Dylan Barreiro of Pinkerton Academy today at 9 a.m.
Only one other local wrestler won a match in the championship bracket - Montville's Jake Caskey (138). Caskey defeated Constantin Galanis of Georgetown Ipswich (Mass.) 7-4 in the first round before losing to Max O'Connell of Cranston West (R.I.) 7-0 in the second round. His teammate Tommy Wynosky (126) lost in the first round to Dylan Dalhbergh of Maine Central 4-2, while St. Bernard/Norwich Tech's Matt Dowler (106) lost in the second round to Jonathan Celico of Bishop Hendricken (R.I.), 8-0.
Caskey bounced back to beat Colin Sevigney of Wells (Maine) 7-0 in the consolation second round while Wynosky was eliminated by Alex D'Aloisio of Lincoln (R.I.) 5-0. Caskey will face Peter LaRiviere of Bow (N.H.) in the consolation third round today while Dowler, who received a bye in the consolation second round, will take on Matt Garcia of Springfield Central (Mass.).
• Mitch Ryan of East Lyme captured the Eastern Connecticut Conference diving championship, scoring 425.55 points at the East Lyme Aquatic Center.
The other 11 events will be contested today at UConn-Avery Point, beginning at 1 p.m. Kevin Sullivan of East Lyme was second with 364.55 points and the top five was rounded out by Windham/RHAM's Colin Farrar (333.60) and Jeremy Cruz (322.30) and Waterford's Mike McDermott (278.20).
• Mitchell College opened its season with a pair of losses at the Rebel Games in Winter Haven, Fla. The Mariners lost to Simpson 6-2 and Roger Williams 5-1.
Waterford's Samantha Ryan scored twice and former NFA standout Alexandra Blanchette drove in a run for Mitchell.
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