Greyhounds and Hawks earn league, state honors 

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By Kyle Brennan, Citizen’s News

Naugatuck’s Jay Barth (8) battles with Holy Cross’ Guiseppe Mongeluzzc (10) during a game Oct. 22 at Naugatuck High School. Barth earned All-State and All-Iron Division honors for the fall season. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

It was a fall season unlike any other in the history of high school sports, and although the seasons for Naugatuck and Woodland ended without a postseason, the Naugatuck Valley League and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association still decided to recognize outstanding athletes.

The only category of awards missing from the usual list is All-NVL; since league play was restricted to division-only competition, NVL athletic directors voted to forgo all-league awards in favor of all-division teams. In addition, top seniors were only selected in cross country and swimming.

BOYS SOCCER

All-State

Preston Alessio (Woodland)

Jay Barth (Naugatuck)

Mateus Filho (Naugatuck)

Nathaniel Smith (Woodland)

All-Copper Division

Preston Alessio (Woodland)

Sean Hussey (Woodland)

Nathaniel Smith (Woodland)

All-Iron Division

Jon Almeida (Naugatuck)

Jay Barth (Naugatuck)

Mateus Filho (Naugatuck)

Woodland’s Aries Bell (7) winds up to shoot in front of Derby’s Jessica Gerkens (10) and Aaliyah Hiecks (18) during a game Oct. 19 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Bell earned All-State and All-Copper Division honors for the fall season. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

GIRLS SOCCER

All-State

Aries Bell (Woodland)

Paige Letourneau (Woodland)

Katy More (Woodland)

Lauren Sonski (Naugatuck)

All-Copper Division

Aries Bell (Woodland)

Noelle Jacobi (Naugatuck)

Paige Letourneau (Woodland)

Katy More (Woodland)

Angelina Oliveira (Naugatuck)

Lauren Sonski (Naugatuck)

Naugatuck’s Jonathan Volpe, left, and Matt Nofri sprint to the finish line in second and third place, respectively, Oct. 27 during a meet against Woodland at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Volpe earned All-State and All-Copper Division honors for the fall season. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

All-State

Colin Slavin (Woodland)

Jonathan Volpe (Naugatuck)

All-Copper Division

Sammy Ambrocio (Woodland)

Shane Hasipi (Naugatuck)

Brendan Lyles (Naugatuck)

Eric Meade (Woodland)

Matt Nofri (Naugatuck)

Colin Slavin (Woodland)

Jonathan Volpe (Naugatuck)

Chase Young (Woodland)

Copper Division Top Senior

Jonathan Volpe (Naugatuck)

Woodland’s Chloe Poulos, followed by Brooke Iannone and Jaden Young, sets the early pace during a cross country meet with Seymour Oct. 14 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Poulos and Young earned All-State and All-Copper Division honors for the fall season. -JIM SHANNON/REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

All-State

Chloe Poulos (Woodland)

Jaden Young (Woodland)

All-Copper Division

Brooke Iannone (Woodland)

Chloe Poulos (Woodland)

Kim Poulos (Woodland)

Ireland Starziski (Woodland)

Jaden Young (Woodland)

Copper Division Top Senior

Jaden Young (Woodland)

Woodland’s Kyla Behrle competes in the 100 butterfly during a meet against Seymour Oct. 27 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Behrle earned All-Copper Divison honors for the fall season. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

GIRLS SWIMMING

All-Copper Division

Kyla Behrle (Woodland)

Ella Bernegger (Woodland)

Haley Deller (Naugatuck)

Molly Kennedy (Woodland)

Emme Starzman (Woodland)

Jaqueline Uva (Naugatuck)

Meegan Martin Sportsmanship Awards

Ainsley Clark (Woodland)

Haley Deller (Naugatuck)

Woodland’s Elayna Beutel (35) goes for the kill during a match against Seymour Oct. 6 at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. Beutel earned All-State First Team and All-Copper Division honors for the fall season. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

All-State First Team

Elayna Beutel (Woodland)

All-State Second Team

Kaylee Jackson (Naugatuck)

All-Copper Division

Elayna Beutel (Woodland)

May Dawes (Woodland)

All-Iron Division

Kendall Allen (Naugatuck)

Kaylee Jackson (Naugatuck)