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Sports Ress Loves Legacy At Indiana When Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog swimmer Justine Ress made a unofficial visit to the University of Indiana last August, she needed no formal introduction to the campus. Ress first came to Bloomington in sixth grade. Her father, Colin, was a former National Champion there and represented France during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Her brother Eric, a redshirt junior All-American for Indiana Head Coach Ray Looze, is a French National Champion. “I remember coming out to scout Eric at Central Connecticut State University,” recalled Looze, who started looking at Justine as an eighth grader. “I thought she was pretty talented.” He didn’t need to see any more by the time she visited Indiana, offering a scholarship on the spot. “I didn’t really look anywhere else,” said Ress, a stellar backstroker who signed her Division I scholarship last fall. “I know the coach and all the assistants.” In coming to Indiana nine years ago, Looze sought to bring back the success of the 1960s and 1970s. The women’s swim and dive team won their third straight Big-10 Conference title last season (four of last five). They had a 243-point victory margin over the University of Minnesota. Fifteen swimmers attended the NCAA Championship. “We are pretty fired up that Justine has decided to join the Indiana family,” explained Looze. “Not only are they (her family) talented people, but great to be around.” Ress, who grew up in Hebron, Connecticut, started swimming at age four. She has dual citizenship between France and the U.S. “I’ve always felt the most confidence in water,” explained Ress. “When I was younger, he (father) pushed us to be swimmers.” Ress views her brother as a role model, too. Eric Ress suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus as a sophomore. He rehabbed to become the Big-10 Swimmer of the Year last winter, setting the conference record in the 100-meter backstroke (45.11; second fastest in Indiana history). “We swim the same events,”
said Ress. “He is really mature for his age.” “She has gone a different route than her brother by staying more domestic,” added Looze. “She spent a fair amount of time in France.” Ress has made her own mark in a tradition-rich family. She blossomed in of the state’s premier swim clubs, SONOCO, qualifying for the 2008 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. “Olympic Trials was the most overwhelming meet I’ve been at,” recalled Ress. “There was a lot of pressure going into it.” Then, after switching to the Sea Dogs in late 2009, she made an impact immediately. It took her less than a year to climb atop the country. Ress, along with teammates Kim Jerome, Lauren Solernou, and Elizabeth McDonald, brought home the gold medal for the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.22) at the 2009 Short Course YMCA National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “That was my favorite because I wasn’t expecting to win it all. It was great to share it with those girls,” Ress reflected. “I remember being nervous because I wasn’t swimming backstroke. I was surprised by my butterfly (leg).” That summer’s long course meet at the University of Maryland saw her first individual title. Ress won the 200-meter backstroke (2:18.34). She also finished runner-up (1:04.22) in the 100-meter backstroke. “It was so awesome to stand on top of the (medal) platform,” explained Ress. “I didn’t expect to win that either. It just happened.” “That was great because she worked her tail off,” added Cheshire Sea Dog Coach Farrell. “You don’t know who will be there and if you will be at the top of your game. She came through for us.” Ress also finished runner-up (1:04.22) in the 100-meter backstroke, just .15 tenths of a second behind Danielle Galyer (Middle Tyger; South Carolina). “I was a little disappointed to finish second, but Danielle is a great swimmer and deserved it
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(victory).” Ress quickly transitioned to working with Farrell and her Cheshire teammates. While competing for SONOCO, Ress competed against Solernou at the top of backstroke races. Pairing them together made for a scoring luxury. Solernou, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), won seven national titles at Cheshire. Two summers ago at Long Course Nationals, she became the first Sea Dog to take the 50- (29.33), 100- (1:03.12), and 200-meter (2:16.39) backstrokes. “It was really good for my career. She helped get my speed up because I was more of a 200 (yard/meter) swimmer in the past,” reflected Ress. “We are really close.” “They learned a lot by training with each other,” Farrell added. Farrell takes pride in seeing athletes reach their potential. “He is really good at listening to his swimmers and what they want to do,” explained Ress. “Sean focuses a lot on kicking. That’s something you don’t see everywhere.” That kick is what she feels separates her from other backstrokers. Last December, she put her skills to the test at United States Nationals. Ress was excited to make the ‘B’ Final of the 200yard backstroke. “I swam my best time (1:57) by two seconds,” recalled Ress. “I was motivated to swim such strong competition.” One of her most convincing performances came in the 2011 Short Course Senior Open (March 3-6) at Wesleyan University. Ress claimed the 200-yard backstroke (1:59) by over four seconds and nearly did the same in winning the 100-yard backstroke (54.89). Her 200-yard time broke the Resident record (1:59.63, 2008) of Margaux Farrell. Not only does Farrell compete for France, but she is also heading into her senior year at Indiana. “I’m good friends with Margaux and her family,” stated Ress, who also swam on the victorious 4x100-yard medley relay (3:54.16). “When I told her about (breaking) the record, she laughed and said we’ll see what happens next year (at Indiana).” Farrell was pleased to see her take second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.83). “She can do any stroke and See FRIENDS, page 3
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Elizabeth Perry (Cheshire Kiwanis) throws the softball on June 18. Cheshire Youth Baseball/Softball celebrated championships last month. For the first time, CYS played semifinals first on June 18 and then held the finals at Bartlem Recreation Area. CYS scores: Farms: Hypack 16, Cheshire Patch 6 Minors: Dick’s Sporting Goods 11, Leever Cancer Center 4 Majors: Cheshire Kiwanis 11, Physique Plus 10
Also at Bartlem, Brucato, Inc. shut out Fox Pediatric Dentistry 1-0 in the CYB AAA Final. At McNamara Legion Fields, Family Martial Arts defeated New Britain Rock Cats 3-1 for the Majors title. Southington Athletic Shop beat Tradewinds Health Management, LLC 7-6 to clinch the Babe Ruth Division three days later. On June 25, Ramani’s Clothiers won 5-2 over the Law Office of Sean Murphy in the Minors title game.
Jeffrey Russitano (New Britain Rock Cats) pitches to Jaden Tiriolo of Family Martial Arts in the CYB Majors Final.
Maher Nabs Five Gold Medals
Five gold medals for Connor Maher paced the Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog men’s team during the Long Course Senior Open (July 14-17) at Wesleyan University. Maher captured the 50- (24.27) and 100-yard (52.47) freestyles. He joined Joe Shepley, Luke Zalewski, and Kyle Neri on the victorious 200- (1:39.6) and 400-meter (fourth, 3:37.87) freestyle relays. They also swam the 200-meter medley (second, 1:51.51) and
800-meter (8:16.29) freestyles together. Greg Han teamed with Maher, Shepley (100-meter freestyle, ninth, 54.44), and Zalewski to win the 400-meter medley relay (4:00.96). Maher, who earned the bronze medal for the 200-meter individual medley (2:10.8) was runner-up to New Canaan’s Adam Lebovitz in the 100- (59.79) and 200-meter (2:09.92) backstrokes. Han was See SWIM, page 3
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Sports Friends To Reunite In College continued from page 2 be competitive,” said Farrell. “i think you will continue to see improvement in her backstroke. she is a very good racer.” the age Group championship, beginning four days after senior Open, didn’t have her swimming backstroke. however, ress captured the 15-18 1,650-yard freestyle (17:30.39). “i was really happy to win that race because i had been working on my endurance,” explained ress. she was second to aqua bears’ swimmer Juliette lajoie in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.89) and 200-yard butterfly (2:08.49). she believes her teammates have helped improve her endurance in practice. “i made some of my best friends on this team. it is a great environment,” added ress.
the sea dogs won the age Group title for the first time. scores are accumulated through the 10-and-Under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18 age divisions. “i love being able to contribute and help cheshire win championships,” said ress. at short course Nationals, she placed in the top 10 of the 100- (fourth, 55.05) and 200-yard backstrokes (sixth, 1:59.4) from april 5-8. cheshire placed eighth (108 points). “You get a roommate and stay in a hotel,” added ress, of trips outside the state. “You get really close.” she has already qualified the 200-meter backstroke for next year’s Olympic trials. the games will take place in london, england. “i’m really excited and still hope to qualify the 100-meter
backstroke,” explained ress. “i swim for France like my father and brother. My goal is to get to the Olympics in 2012 or 2016.” Before that, ress strives to finish in the top eight of the Big-10 next year. “Justine is another example of someone that goes team first. she fits our skill set in her ability to kick under water,” said looze. “We have talked about swimming the 500-yard freestyle here. i want to get her in the weight room, so that her freestyle repertoire comes out.” indiana’s opener is Oct. 22 with host tennessee and Kentucky, reuniting her with solernou. “she got even better as a freshman,” said ress. solernou and ress will swim in the conoco Phillips National championship (aug. 2-6) in Palo alto, calif.
Swim Teams Total Third Place continued from page 2 ninth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:24.87) and 800-meter freestyle relay (erik saberski, hevin Na, connor robison; 8:38.33). he added 10th (4:50.96) in the 400-meter individual medley. saberski, Na, Joshua Bjornberg, and Justin alexander swam the 200-meter freestyle relay (ninth, 1:45.27). On the women’s side, Justine ress convincingly captured the 200-meter backstroke (2:19.03). she finished third (1:05.99) in the 100-yard event, won by her teammate lauren solernou (1:05.09; 200-yard backstroke, ninth, 2:20.97). ress, along with Brittany driscoll and danielle hellstern, took home silver for the 200- (Katie crochet; 1:53.27) and 400-meter (elizabeth Mcdonald; 4:06.66) freestyles. the team of ress, Kim Jerome, helen Park, and Mcdonald medaled in both the 200- (second; 2:03.8) and 400-meter (third, 4:32.06) medleys. ress continued her active meet by taking fourth on the 800-meter freestyle team (coo-
per Kearns, driscoll, Mcdonald; 8:49.34). Jerome placed within the 100- (fifth, 1:16.88) and 200-meter (fourth, 2:42.45) breaststrokes. Nicole hellstern recorded seventh place with her 200-meter medley (sara Barlok, holGreg lederer/cheshire herald land driscoll, crochet; Kim Jerome returned to the Sea Dogs from 2:11.68) and 200-meCornell University (Ithaca, New York). ter freestyle (Mcdonald, ally Barry, Karen Novak; 1:57.19) teams. Kearns (800-meter freestyle, eighth, 9:40.06) and Mcdonald (200-meter butterfly, 10th, 2:28.46) also scored in the top 10. cheshire earned fourth place for both the men (440 points) and women (370). they combined for third overall (810). Wilton won the championship with 1,375.5 points. Find a detailed story at www.cheshireherald.com. the long course National championship (July 25-29) has been moved this year from the University of Maryland to atlanta, Ga.
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Seniors Players Face Tough Finish
cheshire american legion senior baseball won their first Zone 3 division title last summer. they started similarly fast this year in building a 13-3 record. however, momentum slipped away during a six-game losing streak and they finished one win short (14-12; 1212 in Zone 3) of the state tournament. On July 16, cheshire lost the finale 8-4 at Westbrook. “it’s disappointing,” said head coach Bill robertson. this season did include a milestone. For the first time in the program’s 19 year history, a pitcher realized a no-hitter. ryan Fowler, a 2011 cheshire high school graduate, accomplished the feat during a 1-0 shutout of Wallingford on June 25. he extended his no-hit streak to 17 and 2/3rd innings five days later, throwing five innings in a 9-2 win over Westbrook. the starts were similar. Fowler (5-0) walked five and four batters, respectively. he struck out five during both games. since he had already thrown 80 pitches against Westbrook, Fowler was pulled from the game. Matt Jefferis and Greg leonetti gave up just two hits in relief. “he had another no-hitter go-
ing, but it wasn’t worth the risk of his arm,” said robertson. “he has a future ahead of him (at eastern connecticut state University).” cheshire relied on pitching and defense early. catcher tim Budd was successful throwing out runners. But, the staff underwent changes during the second half. Max slade overcame a back injury to go 3-1 before leaving to attend summer session at the University of connecticut. Fowler finished on a pitch count. ryan rougeot and Jordan Kubilus chewed up innings. shortstop Greg leonetti, outfielder Matt Jefferis, outfielder/first baseman Matt croteau contributed from their primary positions to pitch. dan schock was promoted from the junior team, pitching to Berlin in a 2-1 road loss on July 12. “losing Max was significant, not only off the mound, but with the bat,” added robertson. “there are no excuses. We were fortunate early and not fortunate late.” Matt Burns (leadoff) and Kubilus (cleanup) paced the batting order with .320 averages. however, robertson felt the team missed the power of 2010 graduates Brad See CHESHIRE, page 11
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Cover photos are Justine Ress (Cheshire YMCA Sea Dogs), Steve Rapillo (Basketball Camp), Kayla Hoynes (Connecticut Cyclones girls’ lacrosse), Ryan Rougeot (American Legion Senior baseball). Photos by Allen Paul, Kathleen Sansone, and Tracey Harrington. Stories by Greg Lederer.
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Sports Junior Legions Mature Fast Youth can be a deciding factor on a sports team, as it is unpredictable how quickly they adjust to a new team and level. in the case of the cheshire american legion junior baseball team, eight cheshire high school sophomores have helped them take a big step forward. after finishing .500 (12-12) in the first summer of head coach John escoto, cheshire is currently
12-5. With a win at Middletown on July 18 (past press time), they would clinch the Zone 3 crown in the regular season finale. Matt Muzyka, the third baseman, was absent due to a ice hockey commitment. “it’s been a solid group this year,” reflected escoto. the boys started 6-0 before losing 3-1 to Wallingford on June 24. the teams played to a double
forfeit on July 12 and then days later, cheshire earned a 5-3 road win. “they were our big rival this year,” added escoto. “i wish we hadn’t got that double forfeit because we would have had a chance to win the division already.” collin Jordan, Muzyka and alex augusto are all hitting over .400. augusto has split time with the senior team. Kyle hodgdon is a consistent force in the cleanup spot. Justin Klanica, Vikram lyall, and Kyle Waldron, and Jay schaff add versatility at the plate. Paul Bronke, liam Nicoll, Kevin Mirando, and Jordan have been active on the bases. “it’s been great,” stated escoto. “We haven’t been thrown out a lot this year. We pick our spots of when to run.” Kyle hodgdon has contributed in a variety of ways. he is a consistent force in the cleanup spot while rotating behind the plate with Wesley robertson. hodgdon and Murphy have also anchored the pitching staff. Nick d’annolfo has joined them. “Our pitching has been great all year,” said escoto. Murphy has been clutch in pressure situations. With first place in Zone 3 at stake on July 1, See MURPHY, page 9
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CHS Graduates Excel At SCSU a pair of 2007 cheshire high school graduates, outfielder Bryan dorsey (baseball) and second baseman robin Priest (softball), helped their respective southern connecticut state University teams win Northeast-10 confer-
ence titles. dorsey (Ne-10 First team) hit .284 as a junior, with 50 hits, 34 runs scored, 11 doubles, three home runs, 31 rBis, 24 walks, and 82 total bases. his six triples were second in the Ne-10. Under head coach tim shea, the Owls set school records for wins (45-9-1 record) and victories (22) to start the season. they defended the Ne-10 regular season crown, winning the confer-
ence tournament for the first time. scsU won the regional crown with a 2-1 win over Ne-10 rival adelphi University on May 22. the program hadn’t won a division ii college World series game until reaching the semifinals (2-2 record) in cary, North carolina. dorsey (all-tournament team) led the Owls with a .545 average, earning six hits in 11 at bats. he See OWLS, page 10
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Dom Severino has contributed heavily at the plate. the connecticut chargers (18-U) of cheshire are enjoying summer baseball. they were the runner-up team of the independence day classic, winning three games from July 2-4 in Flemington, NJ. the chargers scored six times during the third inning of their 9-5 opening win over the NJ diamond Jacks (Gold). Jeff cate (three rBis) and connor Buckley (two runs scored) both had two hits. ryan thayer supplied a tworun triple. Jimmy davitt pitched a fourhitter (one earned run), as the chargers beat the New Jersey cardinals 7-2. dom severino hit a home run and pitched two scoreless innings. Kevin hall added two hits and three rBis. the chargers clipped the NJ diamond Jacks (Black) 3-2 after adam rider caught a line drive and threw to first base for a double play. rider also singled and scored the final run on a wild pitch. Matt Buonfiglio (win) threw two scoreless innings. connecticut traveled to Myrtle Beach, sc for the 18-U Firecracker invitational (June 23-26). Jordan Kubilus fired a two-hitter with three strikeouts in game one, a 2-1 win over the North carolina Golden spikes. the chargers rallied for both runs in the sixth. Buonfiglio drew a leadoff walk and tied the score on a double steal. With two outs, severino hit the decisive rBi single.
severino brought his hot bat back to connecticut. he contributed three hits and two rBis on June 29, scoring twice in an 8-5 win over the hit club of Watertown. Ben Guisto (two hits) had four scoreless innings of relief in collecting the win. Kevin hall (triple) scored the go-ahead run. severino had another clutch two-out single, this time in eight innings (4-3) against the connecticut Owls. Xavier Parkmond (two runs scored) tripled twice and hit a single. With a scoreless eighth inning, Buonfiglio recorded the save. the chargers pulled out another victory, 5-4, over the hit club on July 6. With the bases loaded in the seventh, Ben Guisto earned a walk to break the 4-4 tie. Buonfiglio (rBi single) fired two hitless innings with three strikeouts. davitt also pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief. cate hit a two-run single during the first. a day later, logan dennin won his first start (7-2) against the shoreline hammerheads. Vinny sansone, cate, and severino held them scoreless for the final four innings. shoreline led 2-0, but the chargers scored four runs during the bottom of the first inning. hall (three rBis) doubled twice. the chargers are competing in the continental Baseball association tournament. Find recaps at www.cheshireherald.com.
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Sports Riccitelli Leaves Mark At CHS
Jim Riccitelli sought to establish stability and organization upon becoming Cheshire High School ice hockey head coach in 2005. The previous year ended with a controversial loss to Branford, a game that saw multiple ejections. “There were a few things we discussed,” recalled Riccitelli. “(Athletic Director) Steve (Trifone) supported me from day one. If we didn’t have the discipline, we wouldn’t have had the same success. I recently ran into a former player that shook my hand and said he always had fun.” Three state championships and back-to-back Southern Connecticut Conference Division-II crowns later, Riccitelli is happy to leave the program in a better position than how he found it. Riccitelli made the decision to retire in February, but it didn’t become official until June 14. The announcement ends his string of 33 years in coaching. “It’s been coming for a long time. Every year, I said this is the last season. I talked to Steve (Trifone) in the fall (of last year) and said this would probably be my last year win, lose, or draw,” explained Riccitelli, who previously coached in North Haven and New Haven. “It was a great run. Parents, kids, coaches, and administration were great. Every year was different. When I first got there six years ago, I never thought about championships or league titles. I wanted respect in the program. Most of these kids are not going to play ice hockey beyond high school. I hope they enjoyed the experience.”
“He had a great coaching career (before) coming to Cheshire,” said Matt Dupont, a 2011 CHS graduate. He captained the 201011 Rams with classmate Ryan Powers. “The program was struggling and he turned it around.” Riccitelli’s first season ended with a Cinderella run to the Division III title. Cheshire entered the tournament under .500, but didn’t let their record stop them from reaching Yale University’s Ingalls Rink. They shut out Newington 2-0 in the final. Goalkeeper Max Bigler, a sophomore at the time, gave up just four goals (two shutouts) in the tournament. He switched places with senior Adam Vaughn down the stretch. “Adam never questioned it. He was very gracious and still keeps in contact with the program,” reflected Riccitelli. “I knew we were headed in the right direction when after we won the first guy to grab Max Bigler was Adam Vaughn. I had to hold back (2006 graduate) Brandon Linke because he had a ruptured spleen earlier in the season.” Captains with Vaughn, Mike Barillaro and Logan Gibbs have since returned to assist Riccitelli. “All the tournament runs were great, but seeing those kids coming back and wanting to skate is what I place a lot of value on,” said Riccitelli. “That says a lot about the program. Wins and losses don’t compare to how you touch the kids.” He promised his first team that they would get back to the state final. After winning a title as freshmen, the Class of 2010 went out as SCC D-II and D-II state
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Jim Riccitelli (holding the Division II plaque) coached his last game with assistants (from left) Logan Gibbs, Jamie Riccitelli, Pete Simoni, and Mike Barillaro.
champions. Captains Tyler Arpin and Alan Dagesse scored the game-winning goals (3-2) of the final games against Lyman Hall (overtime) and Enfield in New Haven in 2010. “We talked to them about being committed and ready to practice,” explained Riccitelli. “We were organized. There were never any surprises.” Cheshire beat Branford 4-2 for the SCC D-II crown. A year later, they repeated by upsetting Amity 3-2. A pair of 2010 graduates, Mike Devine and captain Mike Diglio, were the respective Most Outstanding Players. “It feels great,” said Tyler Carbone, who will be a senior goalkeeper next season. “Winning championships at the high school is something I always wanted to do as a kid.” The Junior Varsity program, established in Riccitelli’s first season, is his legacy. By building experience in each class, Cheshire formed three and four lines. That depth helped the Rams out-shoot the majority of their opponents. “I knew from the get go that you needed numbers,” Riccitelli said. “I told them that this is where we have to build a foundation. Some of the kids who couldn’t play in the varsity game had a chance to get better. Kids get sick and injured in a long season, so you need young kids to be ready. You can’t create that sense of competition in practice. It is worth the extra time and effort.” Last winter’s D-II crown pleasantly surprised him. The Rams graduated seven players from the year before and a concussion caused goalkeeper Jason Bailin to miss the season, leaving them with two seniors. “I knew we had talent, but wasn’t sure about our experience,” said Riccitelli. “It came from the players, not from me. The kids refused to lose and didn’t panic. They won those last periods.” Cheshire (second seed) gelled in the state tournament. Sophomore Owen Powers scored all of the goals in 2-1 wins over Daniel Hand and Wilton. The run was capped by a 3-1 victory over topSee CHS, page 11
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CHS Boys' Volleyball had a 22-0 season, won their SCC conference & are State champions CHS Girls' Golf had their ﬁrst unbeaten season 18-0-1 CHS Girls' Lacrosse (LAX) won their SCC Tournament CHS Boys' Fencing Epee team are State champions CHS Baseball won their ﬁrst SCC Tournament Cheshire Wildcats 10-U qualiﬁed for PONY National in N.C.
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Sports Cheshire Rugby Has Following Flag rugby set a record this year. thirty-three boys and girls, ranging from first through eighth grade, are the most the Parks and recreation program has ever had. “it’s great because it’s becomColin Slavin, 7, is pictured left catching the ball in ﬂag rugby. Tucker Bartone (below) played for the state’s U-19 Select team.
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ing such a popular sport,” said Kris Bickell, who coaches with Geraint Phillips. he is encouraged by the interest at the entry level. “We started at fourth grade last year, so we got even younger,” added Bickell. Practices run thursdays and saturdays until July 30. “Most of it is passing, kicking, spacing, and a little bit of strategy,” explained Bickell. “We try to make it as fun as possible.” his son, Kyle, was among eight cheshire residents selected to represent the connecticut U-19 select team at the New england tournament in amherst, Mass. connecticut swept Massachusetts (17-10) and Vermont (417) to win the championship on June 11. Kyle Bickell, cody Nugent, tucker Bartone, and Matt Kleinberg competed for the second straight year. Mike MarcuSee BOYS, page 11
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Senior Kyle Pulek (top) readies for his kick. Classmate Sebastian Little holds the football for him. Senior captain Alyssa Hague (above, controlling ball) returns to a similarly deep field hockey team. Sophomore Kim Grove (below) made an immediate impact in cross country.
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cheshire high school starts fall physicals with football (9 a.m.) and band (12 p.m.) on aug. 11. all girls’ sports will take place aug. 24, while boys’ cross country and soccer are slated for the following day. Both dates start at 9 a.m. eighth grade girls (aug. 24) and boys (aug. 25) at dodd Middle school should report at 1 p.m. chs sophomores and seventh graders are required to be checked out by a personal physician. Physicals are done in the Nurse’s Office of both schools. Photos by allen Paul
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Softball Isn’t Just For Youth
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The Cheshire Men’s Softball League has scheduled the A(July 25) and B- (July 26) Division playoffs. Standings include: A-Division Campania Club 13-2-1
Pictured above, Rick Talbot (AJ Waste Systems) slides safely under the tag of Mike Ross (SEEC) on July 11 at Cheshire Park. Robin Priest (left) drives through a pitch on July 14 at Cheshire High School. Her teammate, Sarah Izzo, tosses the ball below at left. Vic House/ 12-5 Lana Insurance Senor Panchos 9-6 SEEC 7-9 AJ Waste Systems 5-12 Los Gatos 1-13-1 B-Division Sheps Auto 10-4 CJ Sparrow 10-4 Lane Construction 8-4 American Carpet 9-6 Royal Crown Builders 6-7
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Cheshire Parks and Recreation summer sports photos include: (above from left) Tim Krutz, Jacob Soloman, and Jason Raba compete for the ball in the Boys All-Star Lacrosse Camp, held at Bartlem Recreation Area; below on right, Alexa Purcell plays “Musical Ground Balls” during the Connecticut Choice Girls Lacrosse Camp at Bartlem; bottom, Michael Pepe shoots the basketball in the gym at Doolittle School.
Murphy Is Clutch continued from page 4 Murphy threw a two-hit shutout to beat Westbrook 4-0. Augusto had two hits and three RBIs. His two-out, two-run single ended a scoreless game in the fifth inning.
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Cheshire Youth Baseball 10-U All-Stars traveled to beat the previously unbeaten Orange team last month. Front row (from left): Coach Dave Villecco, Evan Esposito, Cameron Cortigiano, Justin Biafore. Back row (from left): Coach Matthew Strout, Stephen Piscatelli, Dan Farrell, Paul Villecco, Chris DeClemente, Sean Vatti, Paul DeClemente, Andrew DeClemente, Alex Strout. Missing: Charlie Farrell and Matt Downing.
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Sports Wildcats 10-U Ride Stellar Season To Nationals the cheshire Wildcats 10-U softball team goes into every tournament with the goal of having fun and doing their best. in each of their first five competitions, the girls were rewarded with a trophy. cheshire won two tournaments, finishing runner-up three times. they are unbeaten (4-0)
in the central Valley Fastpitch league and have qualified for the Protect Our Nation’s Youth (PONY) Nationals slated for July 23-28 in cary, North carolina. “the girls have come together as one group of sisters, so to speak,” said head coach tom denne, who is assisted by tom Juodaitis and theresa Floyd. “We
Ford Lives Out Dream
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Michael Ford, a student at Cheshire Academy and member of the Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association, spent July 11-17 at the inaugural Ryder Cup Academy, held inside the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance (Port St. Lucie, Fla.). The program was created to broaden the reach of the Ryder Cup, with former captains instructing 96 juniors. They played on premier courses. Ford and a female counterpart were the only players to receive the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Scholarship. At a July 12 dinner in the PGA Education Center, Ford (second from right) is pictured with former Ryder Cup Captains Hal Sutton (from left), Dow Finsterwald, and Billy Casper.
are anxious to see what kind of competition there is outside of the Northeast.” cheshire opened the season with consecutive second places at the Valley Fusion spring Fling (april 30-May 1; Beacon Falls) and Mother’s day classic (cromwell). they won the first five games of the first tournament before losing 5-3 against the connecticut seahawks. cheshire came up short, 9-5, to the connecticut titans in their second straight final. the girls finally celebrated inside the Pratt & Whitney aircraft club in east hartford. cheshire swept four games on June 1112, three coming over the ct. Mirage. in the first meeting, the Wildcats produced a seven-run seventh inning to win 9-8. they returned to shut out the Mirage 13-0 and then won a nail-biter 5-4 in the title game. “after coming so close, it was
almost a ‘monkey off the back’ that we could finish one off,” explained denne. “the best part was seeing the hard work pay off for the girls.” their second straight title at the Friends of softball-ray delouise Memorial day tournament in cheshire was extra special. Not only did they qualify nationally, but they also gained redemption against the seahawks. cheshire scored twice during the fourth inning of the final, breaking a 2-2 tie en route to a 4-3 win. “You could tell by the looks on their faces,” said denne, of the girls’ excitement. their rivalry with the seahawks picked up again on June 11-12. cheshire defeated the seahawks 13-3 in pool play of the Grows spring Bash tournament, but lost the rematch 5-4 in the final. the Wildcats out-scored the competition 67-22 on the way to the title game, creating a 10-run
rally to beat the shoreline sting 14-12. “We (Wildcats and seahawks) are tied 2-2 and won’t play them again,” added denne. Following trip to North carolina, cheshire ends with the cVFl tournament (July 29-31) at southington’s Panthorn Park. they have scored 41 runs to their cVFl rival’s seven in 2011. “it is an opportunity to win our league outright,” stated denne. the 12-U Wildcats are also playing in the cVFl, but the 14and 16-U teams are not playing this year. Bill Fountain coached 14-U to fifth place in the Firecracker tournament (Pennsylvania) on July 2-4. they are 4-0 within the summer elite league and 3-1 mark for the Joan Joyce league. the 16-U squad, instructed by head coach Vic d’amato, competes in 18-U college showcase tournaments.
Owls Reach NCAA Tournaments continued from page 4 scored and walked three times each and added two rBis. the Owls finished fourth in the collegiate Baseball Newspaper and lineup polls. dorsey, a member of the all-Ne-10 academic team, has a 3.67 grade
point average as a business major. Priest graduated from scsU this year. she produced a .303 batting average, 23 runs scored, 46 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs, 28 rBis, 75 total bases, and 19 walks for head coach lisa Barbaro.
scsU (35-21) won four games to defend their Ne-10 tournament title on May 8. they clinched with two victories (5-3, 9-2) over Merrimack college. But, Merrimack eliminated them 2-1 in the Ncaa regional Final on May 15.
10U Cheshire Wildcats We, the coaches and parents of the 10U Cheshire Wildcats travel softball team, would like to thank the several local businesses and families that partnered up with our daughters and the Wildcats organization to make our trip to the PONY National in Cary, NC possible. Your generosity and support will offer these girls an exciting opportunity and memories that will last a lifetime. Our girls not only play softball with great pride, enthusiasm and dedication, but will represent our community well in Cary, NC.
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our many Team Sponsors:
Gerrish Families United Ofﬁce Furniture Friends of Feral Cats of Cheshire John S. Vitka Home Inspection SVC. Craig Reardon & Family The Riordan Family The Poniatowski Family Lindsey Manders State Farm Insurance - Kevin Tabet Barker Specialty Company The Insurance Store Bloomﬁeld Police Union
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These are only a few of the many, many local companies and families that made this trip possible, without everyone’s support this incredible journey would not be possible! Thank you to everyone for your continued support and wish us well as we represent Cheshire in the PONY Nationals in Cary, NC!
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Sports CHS Ice Hockey Moving To D-I continued from page 5 seeded Guilford, a game in which they trailed 1-0 after the first period. Junior Tyler Violano scored twice, while freshman Matt Muzyka put away the eventual game-winner during the second period. “We had heard it was his last year, so we wanted him to go out on top,” added Carbone. Riccitelli’s philosophy was to build from the goal out. Carbone watched Donnarumma lead the Rams to 2009 D-II title and then he accomplished the same feat by repeatedly coming up with clutch saves two years later. “Tyler Carbone struggled at the beginning of the year and then became (like Stanley Cup Champion, Boston Bruins’) Tim Thomas down the stretch. He knew if he didn’t do the job there were guys waiting in the wings,” explained Riccitelli. “(Junior) Kyle Murgo played hard on defense and then he got hurt, so (classmate) Spencer Hackett moves back from forward to replace him. You can’t bottle that sacrifice. It was an amazing group.” There is a phrase that even good teams need a little bit of luck. Sophomore defenseman Tom Dupont accidentally knocked Carbone over during the third period against Guilford, leaving the net wide open. He instinctively dove in front of it to deflect a hard shot. The play was even highlighted on ESPN SportsCenter. “I never saw it because I’m trying to get the next guys ready for their shift,” said Riccitelli. “I thought they tied the game, but one of my assistants said Tom made a great play. No one told him to do that. He had to do it to help his team win.” Carbone recently sat down with brothers Matt and Tom Dupont to watch the game again. “We rewinded the tape five times for that play (diving save). He (Tom) saved the game,” reflected Carbone. “We will remember it for rest of our lives.” It was fitting to clinch against Guilford. The rivals played to a 3-3 draw on Dec. 23 of last year and then the Indians won 4-2 on Feb. 7. “I knew we could play with them,” said Riccitelli. “When you get to the championship, you throw out records and just go out and play. I told them somebody is going to play better tonight. Why
Aliotta Is Field Star!
Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey) thrower Rachel Aliotta, a 2011 Cheshire High School graduate, ended her freshman season at the United States Junior National Championship in Eugene, Oregon. She took 11th for shot put (42 feet, 11 inches) on June 24.
not us?” The team was a family affair, with three groups of brothers and one set of cousins. The grandfather of the Powers brothers, Ralph O’Connor, coached North Haven and gave Riccitelli the opportunity to join his staff. “To coach the Powers kids was close to my heart,” added Riccitelli. “Ralph took me on 33 years ago and showed me how to be a coach.” Riccitelli’s departure is reflective of change in the program. The new coach will lead the Rams in the promotion to D-I. Additionally, players are leaving for prep schools. Junior John Cunningham (Mark Whitlock Award; Pomfret School), Owen Powers (Greg Schena Award; Choate Rosemary Hall), and Muzyka (Rookie of the Year; Salisbury School) were honored at the annual banquet. Cunningham was the defensive leader, while Muzyka and Powers were the top scorers. “We wish them the best,” said Riccitelli. “I know we have enough talent to compete next year, no matter what the division. That was the gist of the (retirement) meeting. I told the kids they would be fine if they believe in the program and coach. One of our philosophies was ‘keep it simple.’ Hockey is pretty easy (in how) you have to rely on your instincts and tweak things.” Riccitelli hopes to retire from teaching at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven next year and then move to Rhode Island. But, he has made next year’s CHS game/practice schedule and plans to return. “I hope a few (assistants) stay on to make the transition really easy. When the new coach is hired, I’ll always be a resource,” explained Riccitelli. “I take great pride in putting the program back on the map. I can’t drop that like a hat.”
Local Soccer Mania! The Cheshire Soccer Club spends countless hours preparing for the Connecticut Quinnipiac Valley Invitational Tournament (Memorial Day weekend) and Connecticut Invitational Tournament (June 11-12) at Quinnipiac Park. Judging by the 20th year editions, Cheshire is developing a wealth of young talent. The U-11 boys’ team went 4-0 to win Cheshire’s first CIT crown in five years. The 2006 team also claimed U-11. While not taking a championship this year, the U-10 (4-0) and U-12 (2-0-2) didn’t lose either. Teams participate at 10-U without deciding places. Cheshire also entered teams at U-9 (1-2-1) and U-13-14 (1-2-1). Forty teams overall competed in CIT. Shelton (U-16) and Hamden (U-19) also won championships. CQVIT signed up 10 more girls’ squads, but like in CIT, the U-11 level excelled locally. Cheshire Red (2-1-1) shut out
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Quentin Arai (U-11 boys) dribbles the ball down the field. three teams before losing 3-0 to Danbury. All of the champions were visitors. West Haven was the champion of U-11 White and U-19,
while Shelton captured U-12 White and U-14. Meriden (U-12 Red), Plainedge (Long Island; U-13), and NECONN (U-16) also brought home crowns.
Cheshire CYB AAA Winners Ends 14-12
continued from page 3 Runowicz and Steve Howard. “We had 14 triples in 2010 and one in 2011,” reflected Robertson. “Extra base hits were down and we lacked team speed overall. Matt (Burns) gave us speed atop the lineup.” There is uncertainty concerning next year. “Right now I think they are considering changing the age limit from 19 to 18. Until we know, I’m not sure who is available for the roster,” said Robertson. “We will be younger, but we do have a good core of players.”
Boys Win Regionally
continued from page 8 cilli (game-winning try against Massachusetts), Meekail Afzal, Christian Hage, and Andrew Kaczmarek played regionally for the first time. Pete Velcofsky, a coach in the
Cheshire Rugby Club, assisted the squad. Avery Hage, Josh Hunihan, and Rob McNabb played for the inaugural U-17 team. Find more details at www.cheshireherald.com/ node/4237.
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Brucato Inc. shut out Fox Pediatric Dentistry 1-0 to claim the Cheshire Youth Baseball AAA crown on June 18. Front row (from left): Owen Fiore, Brandon Hartshorn, Lucas Riccitelli, Joshua Neff, John Brucato, Thomas Graikoski. Middle (from left): Ned McBain, Alexander Dragunoff, Jacob Acampora, Jackson Norcross, Jonathan D’Addona, Aiden Gaudet. Back (from left): Assistants Michael Graikoski, Robert Hartshorn, John A. Brucato, Manager John J. Brucato.
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The CYB AAA All-Star game was held June 25 at McNamara Legion Fields. Team Brucato won. They include front row (from left): Aiden Holroyd, Brandon Hartshorn, Ryan Feldman, Johnny Brucato, Michael Carron, Ethan Rosenthal, Ty Mann. Middle row (from left): Jackson Norcross, Jeff Shampang, Jack Clark, Tommy Graikoski, Michael Bankowski, Scott Heseltine, Tommy Murphy, Brian Bouwman. Back row (from left): Assistant Andrew Bankowski, Manager John Brucato, Assistants George Heseltine and Jeffrey Rosenthal.
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