Local roundup: Fitch to induct 14 into Athletic Hall of Fame

Groton — Fitch High School will induct 14 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 11, athletic director Marc Romano announced Tuesday.

The 2018 induction ceremony will be held from 1-5 p.m. at St. Mary's Church Mother of the Redeemer on 69 Groton Long Point Rd. Tickets are $45.

Following a list of the Class of 2018:

• Wilfred "Hoot" Ellis (Class of 1934): Played quarterback on the football team and catcher on the baseball team and was considered one of football's last "old style drop kickers."

• Marguerite "Muggs" Luzi Ellis (1934): Was the starting guard on the first undefeated girls' basketball team in school history (1933-34) and also played club field hockey.

• Dick Neff (1949): Earned three varsity letters in football (guard) and baseball (catcher), earning All-ECC honors as a guard in football, where he served as a senior captain.

• Clarence Kowsz (1949): Earned seven varsity letters in football (fullback), basketball (forward) and baseball (first baseman) and was considered one of the best three-sport athletes of his era.

• Robert "Bob" Barron (1954): Earned letters in football, basketball, baseball and track and field, earning All-ECC honors twice in basketball. He was selected "Most Outstanding Athlete" by the Senior Class.

• Al Vescovi (1957): Was a four-year varsity football player, earning All-ECC honors twice, while also competing in the shot put in track and field, where he played third in the ECC meet.

• Art Sawyer (1968): A three-year letterman in football, basketball, and baseball, captaining all three teams as a senior. He was a three-time All-CDC pick in baseball and was starting quarterback in the Nutmeg Bowl, a state football all-star game.

• Wayne Jacob (1974): Helped the cross country team win a State Open title and set school records in the mile (outdoors) and two mile (indoors) as a senior which still stand today.

• Cheryl Turgeon (1976): Lettered in four sports, qualifying for the state track meet in the 100-yard dash and earning All-American honors in softball the following two seasons. She was also MVP of the basketball team and played tennis as a senior.

• Kristina (Macdonald) Doody (1983): A three-time letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball, and the first female to earn nine letters. Earned all-state honors in softball and captained the volleyball and basketball teams.

• Matt Maginniss (1985): Captained the football, wrestling and baseball teams, earning all-state honors in football, receiving "Coaches Award" in wrestling and earning Most Improved Player in baseball as a junior.

• Brian Hopkins (1994): Was a captain and all-state football player as a senior, a two-time captain and all-state pick in basketball, and was selected to play in baseball's CHSCA All-Star Game as a senior.

• Chris Coppolo (2003): A three-sport varsity athlete who was named captain of the wrestling team as a freshman. Owned numerous school and conference records, as well as all-state recognition. Also played football (quarterback) and baseball (second baseman).

• Taylor Doyle (2008): Taylor earned 11 varsity letters, three in volleyball, four in basketball and four outdoor track, and captained each sport as a senior. Was all-state in volleyball and All-ECC in basketball and outdoor track.

H.S. swimming

• Grace Vlaun and Nikki Hahn each won two events and were on winning relay teams as East Lyme beat NFA 96-80 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference meet. Vlaun won the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.22) and 500 freestyle (5:38.62) and Hahn won the 200 individual medley (2:22.48) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.32). Mary Kathryn Taylor, Anna Johnson, Katie Keating, Maeve Counter and Huruni Jayawickreme also won events  for East Lyme (3-0, 3-0) and teammate Grace Liu was on a winning relay team. Lane Perkins, Sophia Tung, Madisyn Kondratowicz and Gloria Ng won the 400 freestyle relay for NFA (1-4, 1-3).

• Kylie Heard and Madison Rea won two events each as Fitch/Stonington beat Lyman Memorial/Windham/Parish Hill 77-63 in an ECC meet. Heard won the 200 individual medley (2:33.47) and 100 butterfly (1:10.55) and Rea won the 50 freestyle (30:89) and 100 backstroke (1:14.76). Alyson Lowney and Rebecca Lowney also won events for Fitch/Stonington (2-1, 2-1) and Emily Tarinelli, Paulomi Sardar, Heard and Rebecca Lowney won the 200 medley relay. Ava Sullivan and Christina Clouser each won and event and were on winning relay teams for Lyman/Parish Hill/Windham (0-5, 0-4).

H.S. girls' soccer

• Montville beat St. Bernard 5-0 in an ECC Division III game. Lauren Velazquez, Sydney Winakor, Katelin Price and Olivia Meehan scored goals for Montville (4-2, 3-1), which outshot St. Bernard 17-2. Carly Potts made eight saves for St. Bernard (3-3, 1-2), which had an own goal.


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