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Junior Rasmey Kong added another achievement to his already long list by earning medalist honors as the low scorer at the SCC Golf Championship at Racebrook Country Club in Orange on May 27.
Kong posted a one-under-par 70 in his 18-hole conquest at the conference meet to best runner-up Andrew Sciaretto of Fairfield Prep, who shot a 74. Hand won the meet as a team.
Kong's SCC victory comes one year after he won the Division II state crown last spring with a five-under-par 67, the lowest mark in the history of Connecticut high golf state meets. Kong will defend that title when the Indians compete at the Division II State Championship at Fairview Farms Golf Course on Wednesday, June 11.
"This was my first step to my goal of winning at states again," said Kong, who additionally earned All-SCC honors for the third straight year. "I was very happy with my score. The conditions were tough that day. I'd played that course before, but it was tougher because they made the greens quicker. I just kept the ball in play, had some magical up-and-downs on holes eight and nine, and got a lot of confidence from that moment on."
With a shotgun start, Kong began the morning on hole 13, birdied it to get going, and fared well on some of the course's more manageable holes. Kong then took two straight bogeys on the front nine, but bounced back on the eighth and ninth holes to own a multiple-stroke lead heading into the home stretch.
"Rasmey is a great player who plays better in important events," Coach Stephen Feuring said.
Feuring also saw Matt Bogart take to the links at Racebrook and the senior turned in a scorecard of 94.
The Indians had a busy week in which they edged Shelton 4-3 in the SCC Division I quarterfinals, lost to Amity 5-2 in the semis, and then rebounded to notch a 6-1 home win against Newington in the qualifying round of the Class L State Tournament. North Haven (13-6) faced No. 3 seed Darien in the first round earlier this week with hopes of playing all the way to the state final at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.
Hosting Shelton in the SCC quarters on May 27, the Indians saw Emily Migliorini defeat Rigel Mahmood 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles; Alexia Petruzziello beat Ashley Varrone 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2; Allie Carrol post a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3; and Olivia Hoyt beat Laura Ferris 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot. Carroll rallied down 4-1 to win the third set of her match with Hoyt posting an impressive win in her singles debut.
For doubles, Meredith Whitcomb and Regan Fitzgerald lost 6-1, 6-2 to Alex Gumbs and Emily Rogalin at No. 1; Hillary Hoyt and Margi Patel took a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 defeat against Vicki Dortenzio and Kristen Ferris in the No. 2 bout; and Jenny Cheung and Emma Dzialo lost 2-6, 6-3, 11-3 to Sam Rubio and Alexis Zhitomi at No. 3.
Then facing Amity at Yale two days later, Migliorini thwarted Daphne Kreiger 7-5, 6-2; Petruzziello lost to Victoria Li 6-0, 6-0; Carroll took a 6-0, 6-1 loss against Claire Foster; and Julia Gill lost to Becky Lettick 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles match. For Migliorini, this was the rubber match of the spring against Kreiger as the SCC's Player of the Year took the season series.
In doubles matches, Whitcomb and Fitzgerald dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision versus Jamie Thimineur and Rachel Einbinder; Olivia Hoyt and Hillary Hoyt lost 6-0, 6-4 to Lauren Zorena and Rebecca Bullers at No. 2; and Dzialo and Cheung defated Alex Petrucci and Jamie Hashem 0-6, 6-6 (injury default).
Then at home for Newington in the first round of states, Migliorini bested Riya Abraham 6-2, 6-0; Petruzziello was victorious versus Wiktoria Bis by a 6-1, 6-4 margin; Carroll blanked Victoria Usmanova 6-0, 6-0; and Gill took a 6-2, 7-6 defeat.
In doubles action, Whitcomb and Fitzgerald upended Lauren Planas and Natalie Rozio 2-6, 6-0, 7-5; the Hoyt sisters defeated Tiffany Ratajczak and Ada Goloweijko 7-6, 6-1; and Cheung and Dzialo beat Shivani Patel and Mrunayi Kulkarni 6-2, 6-2.
After dropping a 5-2 contest to Hamden in the SCC Division II Tournament quarterfinals, North Haven competed at the Class L State Championship last weekend.
In singles play, Janos Kanyo won his opening round contest against Platt's Kemar Cambell 8-1 before taking a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Eyad Nagori of Fairfield Warde. Johannes Eisenberg lost 8-1 to Tyler Schmidt of South Windsor in the opening round. Also in the first round, Zach Tabak took a 6-0, 6-0 defeat versus Tom Buckley of RHAM and Patrick LeGates lost 6-2, 6-3 to E.O. Smith's Nicholas Porebski.
In the doubles bracket, Rees Kamp and Liam Sorge lost by a 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 count to Hall's Connor Dalton and Josh Becker in the first round; Nick McInnis and Matt Siwek lost 6-0, 6-1 versus Fairfield Warde's Daniel Pavoni and Eric Segerberg; and Mike Iovanne and Evan Manemeit received a first round bye and then lost 6-1, 6-0 to Fairfield Ludlowe's Alex Barker and Jeffrey Person in the second round.
North Haven gave Guilford a great battle in the SCC Tournament semifinals in Madison on May 28, yet came up just short of the victory by dropping a 4-3 decision. The Indians (13-4) began play in the Class M State Tournament this week and could possibly face Guilford in the quarterfinals on Saturday, June 7.
North Haven held a 1-0 lead after the first quarter on Jake Kastenhuber's goal. Guilford then scored the contest's next four goals to lead 4-1 in the final frame. Although the Indians rallied to get within one on tallies by Chris Broadbent and Conner Suraci, they were unable to net the equalizer and lost 4-3. Colin Uyeki had two assists for North Haven. Guilford went on to lose to Fairfield Prep in the SCC final.
Boys' Outdoor Track
Pat Vanacore claimed third in the shot put with a launch of 47 feet and Nick Sbabo placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.23) and eighth in the 110 hurdles (16.59) to guide the Indians at the SCC Championship at Sheehan last week. North Haven posted 22 points to finish 11th out of 18 teams with Amity winning the meet.
Additionally scoring points by placing in the top eight were Omar Gebril in the 400 (5th, 52.07), Christian Black in the discus (6th, 119-0), Tyler Smith in the javelin (7th, 145-9), and Mike Milliard in the shot put (8th, 42-10¾).
Girls' Outdoor Track
Sonia Atluru placed third in the high jump with a height of 4 feet-10 inches and Kristina Klemenz took fourth in the shot put (33-10½) and sixth in the discus (91-10) to lead the Indians at the SCC Championship. North Haven scored 25.5 points to finish 14th out of 18 teams at Sheehan High School. Amity won the meet.
Also scoring points with their top-eight finishes were Alexandra Ford in the 800 (7th, 2:30.60), Gabbie Gontarek in the pole vault (8th, 8-0), and Maria Chiaia in the shot put (8th, 31-11¼).
For relay events, the 4x400 of Ford, Elizabeth Stern, Christina Sanzari, and Abby Tantorski took sixth place at 4:21.02 with the 4x800 of Stern, Maily Ran, Elise Symon, and Ford running to seventh (7th, 10:11.38).
North Haven finished the regular season at 7-13 after beating Shelton 7-4.
Mia Martinez went 2-for-2, Nicole Dunlop went 2-for-3, Brianne Melillo returned to the lineup from an injury and had a hit with an RBI, and Haley Arnaoutis settled in after giving up a grand slam in the first inning to strike out 10 and throw a four-hitter.