Round of Applause
Woodland and Naugatuck indoor track is a synonym for perennial dominance. Tuesday’s Naugatuck Valley League championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven were heavily highlighted by Hawks and ‘Hounds. Fourteen Woodland and six Naugatuck athletes earned All-NVL honors by winning events and those performances showed in the final team standings. The Woodland girls repeated their league championship while the Naugatuck boys stole back the boys title in what has become a great track rivalry. We’ve got less than four months before they do it all again outdoors.
Your weekly Quinnipiac men’s hockey update doesn’t include a ton of new information, other than the fact that the Bobcats have stretched their unbeaten streak to a national-best 17 games in a row and were just a few votes shy of becoming the No. 1-ranked team in the country this week. They’re still sitting at No. 2 and have a pair of huge road games this weekend, including a trip to No. 8 Yale on Saturday night that will be televised on CPTV Sports. Catch the fever, folks. Catch the fever.
The Greyhounds split a pair of games last week to move within one game of a state tournament berth. Naugy fell to St. Paul, 63-50, last Wednesday. Brandon Kuczenski continued to play well, scoring a team-high 25 points, and Husani Foote scored 17 but they were the only two ‘Hounds in double figures. The Falcons outscored Naugy 36-24 in the second half to pull away with the win. Naugatuck rebounded Friday to knock off Derby, 69-44, and even its record at 7-7. A balanced offense saw four players hit double figures and 10 players in total score. Mick Pernell led the way with 19 points while Jerome Love had 11. Kuczenski and Matthew Bradley each added 10. The Greyhounds will try to get back over the .500 mark and qualify for the postseason Friday at home against Holy Cross. They’ll be on the road Tuesday against Sacred Heart.
Naugatuck split a pair of meets last week to move its Naugatuck Valley League record to 3-2. Last Friday the Greyhounds fell to Sacred Heart, 98-88. Event winners for Naugy included Scott Sill (100-yard freestyle) and the 400 free relay team (George Vygoder, Mitchell Santos, Vincent Thoren, Sill). The ‘Hounds rebounded Tuesday to beat Wilby, 87-84. Event winners for Naugatuck included Dan Cacchillo (200 IM), Ryan Lewis (diving), Mike Lauer (500 free), the 200 free relay team (Rob Douglas, John Dean, Matt Hall, Eric Hanley) and Sullivan Sounthanam (100 back). Naugy heads back out of league Friday to visit Cheshire.
Word from the Woods
Woodland fell league power Watertown on Tuesday, 93-84. Event winners for Woodland were the 200 medley relay team (Andy O’Dell, Alan Katrenya, Aidan Music and Patrick Dietz); O’Dell (200 free); Music (200 IM); O’Dell (100 fly); Music (100 free); Dietz (100 breast); the 400 free relay team (O’Dell, Katrenya, Music and James Jensen) The Hawks finished their homestand with a 88-72 loss Wednesday against Torrington. Event winners for Woodland were Steve McCusker (Diving); O’Dell (100 free) 200 free relay team (O’Dell, Music, Jensen and J.D. Dyckman); Katrenya (100 breaststroke); 400 freestyle relay team (Jensen, Dyckman, Katrenya and Dietz). The Hawks are set to visit Holy Cross on Friday before returning home Tuesday to face Seymour.