Local roundup: Montville hires Fournier, Wainwright as head coaches

Montville — Montville High School filled two coaching vacancies on Wednesday, hiring Derek Wainwright as the softball coach and announcing the return of Megan Fournier as the boys' tennis coach.

Wainwright, a history teacher at the school, is the Indians' boys' basketball coach. He recently completed his 15th season as basketball coach (the first 12 as the girls' coach) at Montville.

"We are excited to have Derek Wainwright lead our softball team this season,'' said athletic director Rob Alves, the former softball coach. "Derek brings a history of commitment, player development, disciplined teams and sport knowledge to this position. Derek past experience working with females athletes will undoubtedly lead to a smooth transition into his new role. Furthermore he will infuse his energy and passion into our softball program."

Fournier, the former Megan Funk, returns after a six-year hiatus. A 2005 graduate of Montville High School, Fournier is a special education teacher in the Norwich School System. She is the only Montville player to win an Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament singles title.

"Our boys' tennis program is extremely fortunate to have acquired a truly exceptional young coach,'' said Alves. "Megan brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to this position. Megan's dedication and passion for the game of tennis will undoubtedly translate to her players."

College baseball

• Garet Griffin and Steven Pagan had three hits each as Mitchell College won its fifth straight game, beating DeSales University 7-3 at Orlando, Fla. James Rangel and Griffin drove in two runs each, Kyle Hartenstein, Peter Abate and Rangel had two hits each and Griffin and Hartenstein each scored twice for Mitchell (5-1). Bryton Ferris (2-0) went the first 5.2 inning and picked up the win.  

H.S. boys' basketball

• Ledyard's season came to an end with a 66-61 loss to No. 21 Newtown in the first round of the CIAC Division II tournament on Tuesday. Trevor Hutchins had 16 points and Omar Whitmore came off the bench to score 11 for No. 12 Ledyard (14-9), which trailed 52-33 after three quarters. 

Sun seeking practice players

• The Connecticut Sun is looking for talented male practice players who can help the team prepare for WNBA games. Tryouts will be held at the Mohegan Tribal Government Building on Saturday, April 21, beginning at noon. It will last up to 90 minutes. The $20 registration fee includes a t-shirt, lunch and ticket to a 2018 Sun home game. Upon making the squad, each member will receive apparel, tickets and more.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, and have high school and/or college basketball experience. Sun practices take place from late April through mid-September, depending on the postseason schedule. For more information and to register, visit http://sun.wnba.com/practice-squad/. Women interested in trying out are welcome, but will be competing for a spot on the Sun team.

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