Round of Applause
The next five-plus weeks in Beacon Falls are going to be a whole lot of fun. This weekend, we’ve got the annual RiverFest and Duck Race behind Beacon Hose. On May 31, we’ve got the Inaugural Valley Dodgeball Classic. From June 5-7, we’ve got the Beacon Hose Firemen’s Carnival. Pardon me for being excited. It’s a good time not only to be a Beacon Falls resident, but a resident of the Valley — come join me at all three events!
Beacon Hose Softball
We had no game Monday due to a scheduling conflict, so we’ve got a busy weekend in store for Beacon Hose softball. Sunday we’ll be on the road in Derby before we return home Monday night at 8 to face Monroe. I hit approximately 500 fly balls at a practice last Sunday to try to alleviate our issues in that area. We will continue to practice and eventually we will do things right in games. Come support your local fire department Monday night!
Word from the Woods
The Hawks are mired in a tough stretch, going 1-4 in their last five games to drop to 5-5 on the season. Last Friday, Woodland narrowly fell short of handing Seymour its first loss in a 1-0 game. The Wildcats’ lone run in that game was unearned, wasting a three-hitter by Everett Miner. The Hawks rebounded Monday in a 9-3 win over Wilby, thanks to Anthony D’Agnone’s three-hitter. Kevin Gabianelli notched three hits and three runs, while Mike Kenney had two hits and two runs. Woodland suffered another hard-luck loss Tuesday in a 4-3 defeat to Derby, which scored the winning run in the sixth inning. Tanner Kingsley had two hits and two runs for the Hawks. Woodland will host St. Paul on Friday before visiting Kennedy on Monday.
After starting the season 0-6, the Hawks have reeled off wins in three of their last four meets to improve to 3-7. The victories have all come by 5-4 margins, coming last Thursday at Watertown, Monday at Wilby and Tuesday against Kennedy. Mike Roulanaitis, Jack Walsh and Alex Tulk earned singles wins in both matches against Wilby and Kennedy, while Dan Johnson earned a victory against Kennedy. Roulanaitis and Walsh both gained a pair of doubles wins, while Pat Mulholland and Tulk each chalked up a doubles victory. Woodland will visit Sacred Heart on Friday before hosting Wilby on Tuesday and Torrington on Wednesday.
The Hawks stayed perfect at 9-0 by earning wins over Watertown, Seymour, Wilby and Holy Cross over the last week. Rachel Mariano and Ally Mayne both earned two wins over the city schools, while Salma Shitia gained a singles win over Cross and Hope Gavigan notched a singles win over Wilby. The duo of Lauren Tompkins and Erica Boccuzzi won doubles matches in both meets against the city squads, while Ayah Galal and Katie Rioux gained a win against Wilby. Woodland will visit St. Paul on Friday before returning home Monday to face Kennedy.
Track and Field
The Woodland boys and girls track squads stayed undefeated Tuesday with crucial victories over Watertown and Wolcott. Event winners for the boys included the 4-by-800-meter relay squad (Zack Noreika, Jeff Giusto, Dean Conway, Jack Pinho), the 4-by-100 relay team (Tyler Collodel, Taylor Tucciarone, Jason Rodrigues, Sean McAllen), Tucciarone (100), Pinho (1,600), Conway (400), Shane Classey (pole vault), Levi Fancher (shot put, javelin), Alik Bures (discus) and Mike Lang (triple jump, long jump, high jump). Event winners for the girls included Audra Blewiss (triple jump, long jump, 300 hurdles), Abbey Rosato (discus), the 4-by-800 relay squad (Ava Capuano, Val Vinca, Clara Drozdowski, Bianca Poehailos), the 4-by-100 relay team (Haleigh Resnick, Jazmyn Menzies, Marisa Macek, Ashley Michie), Michie (100, 200), Resnick (400), Drozdowski (800, 3,200) and the 4-by-400 relay squad (Lisa Thrasher, Menzies, Capuano, Menzies). The Hawks will host a quad-meet against Torrington, Crosby and Sacred Heart on Tuesday.
Naugy cruised to a pair of victories over the last week, including a 20-5 win over Sacred Heart last Thursday and an 11-3 victory over St. Paul on Monday. Against the Hearts, Gillian Fortier crushed two homers as part of her four hits and seven RBI. Kara Klimaszewski also had four hits, including a homer, with three RBI and two runs, while Sandra Dinis and Jackie Aronin also racked up four hits each. Laura Burns and Jenna Miller had three hits apiece. Naugatuck ran its winning streak to three with Monday’s win over the Falcons, as Fortier clocked another homer with two triples and six RBI. Shannon Searles had three hits and two RBI, while Dinis notched two hits and a run. The Greyhounds (6-2) game against Holy Cross on Thursday was postponed. Naugy will host Crosby on Monday before a pair of tough road games: Tuesday at Torrington and Wednesday at Seymour.
Naugatuck fell to 6-2 on Monday after a 7-2 loss to perennial powerhouse Wolcott. Yun Yue Chen and Nick Hernandez earned wins at the final two singles positions for the Greyhounds’ only victories of the day. Naugy will visit Holy Cross on Friday before returning home Monday and Tuesday for meets against Crosby and Torrington.
The ‘Hounds improved to 6-1 on Monday with a victory over Naugatuck Valley League title contender St. Paul. Even though Naugy lost the top three singles matches, the Greyhounds swept doubles and earned a win at the last singles spot to steal the victory. Sarah Cook gained a singles win, while the doubles squads of Kayla Rotatori-Liz Perez, Ashley Burkman-Tathianna Serrano and Chelsea Iglesias-Crystal Wooster all earned victories. Naugy will host Holy Cross on Friday before hitting the road Monday and Tuesday for meets at Crosby and Torrington.
Track and Field
The Greyhounds rebounded Tuesday with easy victories over St. Paul and Sacred Heart. Event winners for the Naugy boys included the 4-by-800 relay squad (Tyler Hayward, Graden Beasley, Brody Hale, Mark Zamani), the 4-by-100 relay team (CJ Wall, Ricky DeJesus, Brian Reilly, Adam Branco), Reilly (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), DeJesus (100), Dan Schumacher (1,600, 3,200), Branco (200, 400), the 4-by-400 relay team (Mark Zamani, Mike Zamani, Kevin Okifo, Hale), James Dorosh (pole vault), Wall (high jump), Chris Quarles (long jump), Shane Harrison (triple jump), Benjamin Reinhard (javelin) and James SanAngelo (shot put, discus). Event winners for the Naugy girls included the 4-by-800 relay team (Melissa Goja, Sara Marques, Mercedes DeSousa, Elizabeth Trumbley), the 4-by-100 relay squad (Heyi Cheng, Jasmine Grey, Carla Soares, Michaela Rossamondo), Madison Beasley (1,600), Harmony Sturdivant (400, 800), Grey (200), Lauren Stankiewicz (3,200), the 4-by-400 relay squad (Cheng, Jendaya Bell, Brittany Burkman, Hannah Lauer), Katarina Gullotta (pole vault) and Alyssa SanAngelo (discus). The Naugy boys (3-3) and girls (4-2) will host a quad-meet Tuesday against Seymour, Wolcott and Holy Cross.