Overtime with Ken Morse

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Mo’s Moments

Keeping his team in the game
Naugatuck junior Blake Stone did what he could on the mound to help his team win, firing five innings and striking out five in a 3-1 win over Watertown on April 16.

Throwing the distance
Woodland junior Sarah Cooley got the job done in an April 19 track and field tri-meet against Holy Cross and Watertown, claiming first place in the shot put (29-5), discus (86-5) and javelin (103-1).

Good first impression
Woodland freshman Ella VanAlstyne didn’t allow a hit and struck out 13 during a 24-0 five-inning, mercy-rule win over Derby on April 18, and at the plate she had a home run, two singles and five RBI.

Getting into the swing of things
Naugatuck sophomore Aryn Bombery belted a pair of home runs and drove in five runs to help the Greyhounds to a convincing 13-1 win over St. Paul on April 20.

Keeping things in check
Woodland senior Ryan Donnelly tossed a three-hit shutout and striking out seven in a five-inning, mercy-rule 13-0 win over Derby on April 18.

Word from the Woods:
Boys tennis – Woodland is on a roll and staking a claim at the top spot in the NVL. The Hawks defeated Wolcott, 4-1, on April 16. Andy Hopkinson (6-2, 6-2), Tyler Macdowall (6-2, 6-0) and Kayo Niebrzydowski (6-0, 6-0) swept the singles matches. In doubles, Brian O’Connell and Nick Bshara teamed up to earn a win, 6-2, 6-0. On April 18, Woodland knocked off defending NVL champion Watertown, 3-2. Hopkinson (2-6, 6-2, 10-8) and Niebrzydowski (5-7, 6-1, 10-7) battled out wins in singles play. With the match tied the No. 2 doubles team of Nate Bouffard and Diego Sargent held on for the win, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 10-1. Woodland improved to 5-0 on the season with a 5-0 victory over Kennedy on April 19.
Girls tennis – The Hawks improved to 3-2 on the season by earning a 5-2 win over Ansonia on April 18. Woodland will gear up for a neighboring rival match at Naugatuck on Friday.
Golf – Woodland, which hadn’t been on the course for a match since a loss to Naugatuck on April 13, played on back-to-back days against Watertown and Torrington. The Hawks lost to the Warriors on April 20, but beat the Raiders by a stroke at the Torrington Country Club, 216-217, on April 21. Dean Norton earned co-medalist honors with a 49.

Naugy Notes:
Boys tennis – The Greyhounds went up against the top two teams in the NVL, dropping a 5-0 decision to Woodland on April 14 and then falling to Watertown, 4-1, on April 16. The No. 2 doubles tandem of Alex Felix and Marcus Baptist scored a close 6-1, 7-5 win for the only victory of the match for the Hounds. Julio Perez, Aiden Lau and William Zheng were swept in singles play. At No. 1 doubles, Brian Barth and Manase Mutishima dropped a tough match, 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 10-2. Naugatuck is back at it with a rematch against Woodland on Friday.
Girls tennis – The Naugy girls came up on the short end of a 4-3 decision to Watertown on April 16. Mia Grella (8-4) and Tiffany Nguyen (8-2) earned wins in singles play. Shravani Daptardar (7-9) and Camryn Smith (3-8) dropped close decisions. Cassandra Cozzi and Zoe McCasland picked up the only win in doubles play (8-4) for Naugy. The Greyhounds face Woodland on Friday.
Golf – The Naugy golf team split a pair of matches, losing a decision to Watertown on April 14 before taking a 203-2011 win over Wolcott on April 18 at Farmingbury Hills. Nate Testone shot a team best 49 with brother Dan Testone right behind with a solid 50. Vin Ferrucci came in at 51 and Logan McKinney hit a 53 with Liz Nixon checking in at 61. The Greyhounds improved to 2-2 with the victory.