Local roundup: New London girls finish sixth in final state poll
The New London High School girls' basketball team can add another first to its list of memorable accomplishments this season - a spot in the final New Haven Register Top 10 poll.
The newly crowned Class M champion Whalers (24-4) finished sixth in the Register poll which was released on Monday. Sixteen coaches and media members vote in the poll.
Class L champion Hartford Capital, the state's only unbeaten team, was the unanimous No. 1 pick. Class L champion Lauralton Hall was second, followed by Weaver (Class L runnerup), Mercy (Class LL quarterfinalist) and South Windsor (Class LL runnerup).
New London beat Morgan on Sunday 57-52 to win the program's first state title. The title was the culmination of the Whalers' astonishing turnaround. They hadn't had a winning season since 2005 and had a combined record of 25-116 from 2006-12.
New London finished 10-10 during the regular season last year in its first season under head coach Kerrianne Dugan. It won the ECC Medium Division title this season and played for its first conference title since 1998.
• Connecticut College junior attackman Tyler Hegarty was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's lacrosse. Hegarty had six goals and an assist in two wins for the Camels (5-2), including four goals in a win over Plattsburgh State. He leads Conn with 15 goals.
• Mitchell College freshman pitcher Brittany Fiederlein was named New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Week in softball. Fiederlein was 3-0 and pitched three complete games (all one-run wins) with a 2.00 earned run average. Her best performance of the week was five-hit effort in the Mariners' 2-1 win over Lyndon State.
• Mitchell freshman Ashley Murtha was named NECC Rookie of the Week in women's lacrosse. Murtha had 11 goals and two assists in her collegiate debut, a 17-13 win over Bay Path. She scored six of Mitchell's seven goals in the first half and scored five more in the second half as the first-year program won its varsity debut.
• Eastern Connecticut State University's Alyssa Hancock, a sophomore from Waterford High School, was named Little East Conference Player of the Week in softball. Hancock hit safely in nine of 12 games for Eastern (4-8), including five multi- hit games, batting .378 with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI. On March 20, she drove in seven runs in a doubleheader sweep against Western New England and Hamilton, including a three-run home run against Western New England.
• Southern Connecticut State University's Christian Berg, a freshman from Groton and Fitch High School, was recently named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year. Berg set NE-10 and pool records in the 200-yard backstroke during the conference meet in February, broke both records during the preliminaries and the again in winning the final in 1:47.48.
• Post University of Waterbury's Aubrey Latham, a senior from Mystic and Fitch, was recently named to the All-East Division II region first team, the first player in the history of the school to earn the honor. Latham finished sixth in the nation in scoring (22.9 ppg.) while finishing among the top five in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in field goal percentage (53.3), 3-point percentage (39.3) and free throw percentage (92.8), which was also second nationally in Division II. She finished her career as Post's all-time leading scorer with 1,790 points and became the first player in school history to earn All-CACC honors three times.
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