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    Tuesday, June 18, 2024

    Local roundup: NFA’s Amy wins two events at CIAC State Open

    Norwich Free Academy’s Chris Amy throws the shot put during the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I and II track and field championships at East Lyme High School Monday, May 20, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New Britain — Norwich Free Academy’s Chris Amy won the boys’ shot put (60 feet, 3 inches) and discus (159-9) Monday at the CIAC Outdoor Track & Field State Open at Willow Brook Park.

    Amy, a junior, also won the Eastern Connecticut Conference and Class LL championships in both events.

    Old Lyme’s Jacob Volkerts won the 100 meters in a meet record 10.45 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 10.55 set by East Hartford’s Sheldon Simpson in 1999, and Volkerts was third in the 200 (21.55).

    East Lyme’s Tommy Matlock was second in the shot put (58-6.75) and fifth in the discus (155-4), East Lyme’s Sean McCauley third in the 3,200 (9:17.49) and Bacon Academy’s Liam Sweeney third in the discus (158-7).

    Other top local boys’ finishers were Ledyard’s Luca Viviano (5th, pole vault), Fitch’s Gianni Colebut (5th, high jump), Ledyard’s Christian Wiltshire (6th, high jump), East Lyme’s Sam Leone (6th, 1,600) and Waterford’s Elliot Childs (6th, 300 hurdles).

    East Lyme’s 4x800 relay team of Jilali Benjdid, Maddox Grillo-Smith, Finian Gates and Kai Ritz was fourth in 7:52.83.

    In the girls’ competition, Old Lyme’s Chase Gilbert, the two-time defending Class S cross country champion, was second in the 1,600 in 4:50.34 and NFA’s Lily Gilbert finished third in the pole vault, one of three athletes who finished the Open with a meet-record-tying leap of 12-6.

    NFA’s Hannah Graham was third in the discus, Bacon’s Ashleen Walsh third in the javelin, Waterford’s Sarah Davidson fifth in the javelin and Old Lyme’s Zoe Eastman-Grossel fifth in the 100 hurdles.

    H.S. softball

    • No. 8 Bacon Academy lost to No. 13 Sheehan 9-2 in the Class M tournament semifinals. The Bobcats (18-6) got a pair of solo home runs. Jazlyn Small-Yu homered in the bottom of the first inning and Reagan Reid hit an inside-the-park homer in the fourth.

    H.S. girls’ tennis

    • Grace Duggan of Stonington, Sarah Hage of Waterford and Elaina Morosky of Old Lyme each won a pair of matches on Sunday at the CIAC Invitational at Conard, advancing to the third round.

    Julia Mielguj of Fitch won her first-round match and Katherine Zhang of Old Lyme and Marcella Hamm of Stonington lost in the first round.

    H.S. boys’ tennis

    • Tucker Callahan of Stonington won his first-round match at the CIAC Invitational at Conard before losing his second-round match on Sunday. Losing in the first round were Christos Matsas of Waterford, Brady O’Neil of Stonington, Andres Sardar of Fitch and Matthew Turrisi of Stonington.

    H.S. boys’ golf

    • Wheeler finished in a tie for ninth place at the CIAC Division III Championship at Tallwood Country Club in Hebron. The Lions scored 350 with East Catholic winning the title at 308. Griswold was 17th with 369.

    Three local golfers shot 85s — Wheeler’s Cameron Conway and Tyler Signor and Griswold’s Gennaro Lavado. Other Wheeler scorers were Jaxon Davis (91), Gavin Arruda (91) and Keiran Boscoe (95). Other Griswold scorers were Cooper Wilson (86), Kolby Mills (97), Josiah Wells (101) and Owen Pappas (102).

    H.S. girls’ golf

    • NFA’s Caroline Goderre finished in a tie for 18th place at the CIAC Division I Championship at Tashua Knolls in Trumbull. Goderre, a sophomore, shot an 85. Julia Paek of Cheshire won with a 66, eight shots ahead of the field. New Canaan won the team title.

    H.S. baseball

    • Connor Lane of Old Saybrook is the 2023-24 Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Player of the Year. Lane is the first player from Old Saybrook to win the award.

    The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Lane as Connecticut’s best player.

    The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior catcher and right-handed pitcher batted .509 with four home runs, 27 runs and 16 steals this past season, producing a .659 on-base percentage and a 1.553 OPS for the Rams (8-14). He also compiled a 3-3 record on the mound with one save, posting a 0.83 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched.

    A two-time all-state selection entering the season, Lane is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2024 by the New England by Prep Baseball Report. Lane has maintained an A average in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at UConn.

    College baseball

    • Reliever Jeff Lodes struck out seven over seven innings and host Oklahoma beat UConn 6-4 Sunday night to fight off elimination at the Norman Regional in the NCAA Division I tournament. The teams played again on Monday night in the title game.

    Caleb Shpur led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Paul Tammaro scored on an RBI single by Luke Broadhurst to give UConn a 2-0 lead. Maddix Dalena walked to lead off the home half of the second and scored on a two-out single by Korey Morton to put UConn up 3-1.

    UConn's Tyler Minick hit a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to cap the Huskies' scoring.

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