Local roundup: Montville names Alfonso (girls' basketball), Buckley (indoor track) to coaching staff

Montville — Becky Alfonso was named head girls' basketball coach and Bridget Buckley head indoor boys' and girls' track coach at Montville High School this week.

Alfonso, a health and physical education teacher at Montville, was a three-sport standout at Stonington High School, earning all-league honors in field hockey, basketball and softball. She played field hockey collegiately at Eastern Connecticut State University. Alfonso was inducted in the Stonington High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

She has served as an assistant coach for the basketball and softball teams from 2010-17. Alfonso replaces Sam Cheung, who vacated the position to become the associate men's coach at UConn Avery Point. Last season, Montville finished 5-16.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Becky Alfonso to lead our girls’ basketball program," Montville athletic director Phil Orbe said in a press release. "Becky is a tremendous role model for our student-athletes. She has learned the game of basketball under some very accomplished coaches — Paula Solar, Allison (Macca) Reyes, Derek Wainwright and Sam Cheung. Our girls' program is in good hands with Becky Alfonso.”

Buckley, a member of the math department at Montville, was formerly an assistant coach for the Indians in indoor and outdoor track. She is a graduate of East Lyme High, where she played soccer and was a State Open qualifier in the hurdles and sprint medley relay for the track team.

Buckley went on to star at The College of Saint Rose where she was an all Northeast 10 performer and is the school’s record holder in several events, including the heptathlon.

“The hiring of Bridget Buckley is a significant one for our track programs," Orbe said. "Bridget’s ability to motivate our track athletes and instruct them in sprints, hurdles and relays is invaluable. In a very short period of time, Bridget has demonstrated the innate ability to relate and connect to our track athletes.”

Tigers win

• Will Savage singled home Garrett McCain with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Batavia Muckdogs 4-3 in a New York-Penn League game at Dodd Stadium. McCain doubled with one out and moved to third base on a single by Hector Martinez.

Dylan Rose was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Cameron Warner, McCain and Savage had two hits each for the Tigers (24-23).

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