Local roundup: LaFrance Boyce, Brennan lead Avery Point to Region 21 title
Boston — Former Stonington standout Tatyana LaFrance Boyce scored 30 points as UConn Avery Point won the NJCAA Region 21 Division III women's basketball tournament on Sunday, beating Roxbury Community College 74-69.
Waterford's Mia Brennan had 16 points, seven steals and three assists, Egypt Santos had 10 rebounds and Megan Bianchi scored 10 for the Pointers (23-6), who are ranked fifth nationally. Avery Point advances to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament at Rockford, Ill., next weekend. It will be the Pointers' first appearance at the nationals since 2009.
LaFrance Boyce was named most valuable player and was joined on thre all-tournament team by Bianchi. Pointers head coach George Hardison was named NJCAA Div. III Coach of the Year. New London's Charee Osborne scored nine points in her final game for Roxbury.
• Mitchell College swept a doubleheader from Illinois College at the Cusic Classic at Fort Myers, Fla. The Mariners won the opener 12-6 and the second game 25-0. Jakari Pellegrini won the opener, allowing four hits and no runs over five innings and five pitcher combined to pitch a five-hitter in the second game for the Mariners (3-1). Kyle Hartenstein drove in four runs and scored five times, Markus Melendez scored five runs and Garet Griffin drove in six runs for Mitchell while teammate Steven Pagan had three hits with five RBI and three runs scored.
• Avery Point opened its season with a 9-8 win in eight innigs over Mercer Community College and the teams played to a 6-6 tie in the second game. Waterford's Collin Bakken pitched the last three innings in the opener for the win, striking out two with no walks, runs or hits allowed. Mike DeRosa and Waterford's Alex Petchark each went 3-for-4 and Petchark drove in two runs. In the second game, which was called due to darkness, Mike Savino homered and drove in three runs and Brayden Cooney had a two-run single.
• Mitchell College opened its season with an 18-7 loss to Lyndon State. Kate McCormack and Lindsey Fairbank had a goal and an assist each for Mitchell.
• Niantic's Brian Whitney won the Kelley's Pace Hare Hop 5K on Saturday in Mystic, finishing in a time of 17:52. Michelle Navarro of Rocky Hill was the top women's finisher, coming in 11th at 21:10. Also finishing in the top 10 were Ryan Poe of Groton (18:19), David Einsiedel of East Hampton (18:20), Ian Poe of Groton (18:35), Chris Merrifield of Niantic (19:42), Justin Madry of Waterford (19:47), Eric Ciocca of Northampton, Mass. (19:58), Christian Montoya of Waterford (20:06), Mike Riordan of Manchester (20:08) and Carson Riley of Mystic (20:09).
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