Chorus of Boos
The NFL replacement officials are at least making the NFL pretty amusing right now (until they screw the Jets out of a win, at least). The whole thing is a joke but I was more interested in this week’s Monday Night Football than I have been in a really long time. To make it even better, Vince McMahon and the XFL (remember that?!) were both trending on Twitter after the game. Frankly, that’s quite awesome. Screw these billionaire clowns running these teams.
On the Air, On the Web
Naugatuck football vs. St. Paul: The Greyhounds have their home opener Friday against St. Paul. There’s no reason for you not to go, but if you can’t make it you can listen to Steve Gesseck, Bob Sagendorf and me broadcast it live on WATR 1320 AM and watr.com starting at 6:50 p.m.
The Naugy girls suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout at the hands of Watertown in a matchup of two of the NVL’s top teams. Fitore Kllobcishta scored both goals for the Indians while Cailah Baranowski made eight saves. Last week, the Greyhounds squeaked out a pair of one-goal wins over Wolcott and Torrington. They beat the Eagles 2-1 last Wednesday as Steph Lima scored both Naugy goals, and they held off Torrington 4-3 last Friday on the strength of two goals from Alexya Alves, one by Lima and one by Jessica Case. Naugatuck hosts its next three games against Holy Cross on Friday, Seymour on Wednesday and Weston next Saturday.
The ‘Hounds have rebounded from an 0-2 start to even up their record at 3-3 on the season. Naugy won two of its three matches over the last week, including a shutout of Crosby last Wednesday and a 3-1 win over Ansonia on Tuesday. Sarah Chandler led the Greyhounds’ effort against the Chargers with 11 kills, 10 digs and six assists while Melissa Ascencao and Stef Barry combined to make 33 assists. Ashley Whitney had 10 kills and three blocks and Raquel Loustaunau chipped in with nine digs and five kills. The Greyhounds host St. Paul on Friday and defending NVL champion Wolcott on Tuesday before two road matches to conclude next week.
The Greyhounds boys and girls are still undefeated after Tuesday’s tri-meet at Torrington. The boys beat Torrington 25-32 and Holy Cross 20-36 to move to 5-0 on the season. The Greyhounds’ Dan Schumacher won the race in 16:41 while Mike Uva finished third in 17:15. John Caruso was sixth in 17:51 and Brady Hale gave Naugy a fourth runner in the top 10 with his eighth-place finish in 18:20. The girls had similar success, beating Holy Cross 24-33 and Torrington 23-37. Jordyn Allen won the meet for the ‘Hounds, finishing in 20:35. Samantha Hilse was fourth in 21:19, Lindsey Thoren placed sixth in 22:08, Courtney Morin was seventh in 22:11 and Madison Beasley was eighth in 23:09. The Greyhounds will compete in a quad-meet Tuesday at St. Paul that will also include Woodland and Sacred Heart.
Word from the Woods
The Hawks lost their first regular-season match since 2010 last Wednesday against Torrington before tying Derby on Tuesday. Derby managed a 3-3 tie against the Hawks. Sam Merriman led Woodland with two goals while Vigan Pacuku netted a penalty-kick goal and added an assist. Last week, the Hawks gave up a 3-1 halftime lead and lost to Torrington 4-3. Merriman, Costa and Nick LaPerriere scored Woodland’s goals. The Hawks are on the road Friday against Wolcott before returning home for tough games Monday against Watertown and Wednesday against Holy Cross.
Woodland kept its regular-season undefeated streak alive over the last week with three more victories to improve to 6-0 on the season and stretching the streak to 24 matches in a row. The Hawks beat Ansonia 3-1 last Thursday and St. Paul 3-0 last Friday before knocking off Crosby 3-1 on Tuesday. Abbey Rosato and Brianna Pacileo each had 10 kills against the Bulldogs while Samantha Lee had 29 assists and 11 digs. In Woodland’s 3-1 win over Ansonia last Thursday, Pacileo racked up 17 kills, six digs, four aces and two blocks, while Boncal had nine kills and six digs and Lee contributed 31 assists. The Hawks beat Northwestern on Wednesday and return to league competition at Wilby on Friday and Kennedy on Tuesday.
The Hawks, replenished with their fullest rosters in years, are off to strong, 4-2 starts this season. The boys swept all three opponents, beating Seymour 26-29, Wolcott 20-37 and Wilby 22-37. Woodland had four runners in the top 10, including Ian Chamenko (third, 18:48), Joe Reynolds (fifth, 19:11), Kyle Beynor (eighth, 19:32) and Dave Terni (10th, 19:59). The girls beat two of three teams at the meet. The Hawks knocked off Seymour 25-36 and Wilby 15-50 but fell to Wolcott 19-37. Steph Kiley was Woodland’s top finisher, placing sixth in 22:16, while Clara Drozdowski was right behind in seventh, finishing in 22:23. The Hawks hit the road again Tuesday for a quad-meet at St. Paul that will also include Naugatuck and Sacred Heart.