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Jeff Bernardi hopes to inject some life into a struggling East Lyme High School boys' basketball program.
He was hired as the Vikings' new head coach on Tuesday. He can't wait to get started in his first head coaching job.
"I'm extremely excited," Bernardi said Wednesday. "East Lyme has great facilities. They have a good athletic program."
Bernardi, a former Valley Regional associate head coach, takes over an East Lyme team that went 3-17 overall last season.
"I know they've had some very good teams in past years," Bernardi said.
"They are a school that takes athletics seriously. The program has a lot of room to grow. I'm looking forward to mentoring players and building the program."
He has experience rebuilding a basketball program at Valley Regional in Deep River, helping head coach Kevin Woods turn a losing program into a winner. Valley reached the state championship game three out of the last four years, winning Class S in 2011 and Class M in 2013. Valley lost to Sacred Heart in the 2014 Class S final.
A social studies teacher at Valley, Bernardi lives in Clinton. He plans on holding a meeting with his new team sometime next week. The Vikings will play in a summer league starting in late June.
"We're going to get right into it," Bernardi said. "I have very high expectations for this program."
H.S. girls' lacrosse
• The CIAC Class S tournament final between Stonington and Granby will be played Saturday at Bunnell High School, starting at 3 p.m. The Bears (20-1) are seeded second and Granby is No. 4.
• Cooper Robinson had three runs, scored twice and drove in two runs as New London beat Danielson 10-3 in a Zone VI game. Pieter Khoury pitched a six-hitter for the victory and Tim Jackson had two hits for New London.
• East Lyme finished 10th in the CIAC Division II tournament at Fairview Farms in Harwinton. Zach Kosakowski was the Vikings' top golfer, shooting a 4-over-par 76. Other East Lyme scorers were Dinkar Ahuja (84), Drew Bradley (87), Ross Krasner (88) and Connor Callaghan (92). New Canaan won the team title at 306 (East Lyme scored 335) and Ramsey Kong of North Haven won the individual title with a 68.
SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth
• Clay McKittrick and Dylan Konakowitz combined to pitch a six-hitter as Waterford defeated Tri-County Salem 4-3 in the SEC 16-18 Babe Ruth opener Tuesday. Trey Zaharek doubled for Waterford while Sean Lane doubled for TC Salem.
• Niantic beat Tri-Town 4-1 in a Zone VI game. Casey Rivera earned the win, allowing three hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. Ryan Kane had two hits and Alex Tryon scored twice for Niantic (2-0).
• Jackson Deweese had three hits and Alex Tryon doubled in Niantic's 4-3 loss to Tri-Town in the season opener Tuesday.
• The state's lone professional tennis stop, the New Haven Open, will now be known as the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. UTC is the first presenting sponsor since Pilot Pen ended its relationship with the tournament in 2010. Tournament director told a media gathering the name change was made in order to broaden the overall appeal and reflect the state's investment. The annual event, held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University, will take place this year from Aug. 15-23.