Sports Roundup: Newington boys volleyball sweeps East Hartford in opening round of CCC Tournament

Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:34
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NEWINGTON - Newington’s quest for a conference title couldn’t have gotten off to much better start.

The Indians’ boys volleyball team swept East Hartford at home on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the CCC Tournament by set scores of 25-20, 25-21, 25-21.

“It was important that we closed it in three [sets],” Newington head coach Curt Burns said. “Especially since we now play in the semifinals tomorrow.”

It was the second time this season the Indians topped the Hornets. The two teams met back on April 16 with Newington coming out with a 3-1 victory.

As usual, the Indians got plenty of contributions from a number of different players. Leonel Caceres (38 assists), Mason Romano (13 kills), Jacob Baclawski (13 kills) and Louis Egbuna (7 digs) led the team on Tuesday.

Newington will play in the semifinals tonight.


New Britain 3, Wethersfield 1: It was a historic evening for the Hurricanes, as senior Danniel Rivera set the program’s runs scored record in an upset win for New Britain.

Rivera went 2-for-3 with a double and his 68th career run, more than anyone else in team history. Rufino Santiago added a complete game gem to hold off the Eagles.

Sophomores Chris Gibbs and Nigel Crundwell shined for the Hurricanes, as Gibbs went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Crundwell went 3-for-3 with a trio of singles.

Lewis Mills 11, Berlin 4: The Redcoats dropped their regular season finale in lopsided fashion on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after clinching the top spot in the Class L state tournament.

Lewis Mills pushed across six runs in the sixth inning after going scoreless through three. Berlin held a lead heading into the fourth before the Spartans pulled away.

Gianni Fanelli went 2-for-4 with a double, representing the lone extra base hit for Berlin.

Southington 14, Conard 1 (5): The Blue Knights closed the book on their regular season on a four-game winning streak, thanks to a 14-1 blowout of Conard on Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Neuman earned the win for Southington, allowing just a run in the top of the third in a three-hit effort. Meanwhile, the Blue Knights broke out the big bats behind Kyle Eifert and Andrew Paradis, who each blasted a home run.

Eifert went 2-for-3 with five RBI to lead the offensive outburst, while Jake Romano went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored.


Berlin 152, Avon, 155, Wethersfield 177, Newington 191: The Redcoats faced three opponents in Tuesday’s match at Wethersfield Country Club and conquered them all, thanks to a balanced effort that saw three golfers finish less than four strokes over par.

“We’re playing better,” Berlin coach John Line said. “We were playing well in the start of the season and found our early-season form. These things move in cycles and we’re playing well. I’m proud of them.”

Jacob Lindsay, Paul Calafiore and John Downes finished right behind each other for the Redcoats, logging scores of 36, 37 and 38, respectively. Newington was led by Kevin Russell, who finished with a 43 on the day.


Berlin 210, Avon 232, Newington 234: The Redcoats continued their strong stretch of golf on Tuesday thanks to a pair of sparkling performances from Rachel Varley and Jessica Nappi, who shared the match medal with scores of 50 each.

Sydney Duke and Jessica Nappi both came in under 60 for Berlin with scores of 54 and 56, respectively. Maddie Massaro-Cook led the way for the Indians with a score of 52. Leah Tofeldt and Tori Tolisano finished behind Cook with scores of 52 and 57 in the losing effort.


New Britain 7, Wilcox Tech 0; Rocky Hill 7, New Britain 0: It was a spit day for the Hurricanes, although there some highlights.

Nick Paradise got his first varsity doubles win in the victory over Wilcox Tech, while Austin Silva won his singles match.

Southington 7, Rocky Hill 0: The Blue Knights swept Rocky Hill on Thursday in abbreviated action, as the Terriers were scheduled for two varsity matches on the afternoon.

Matt Balaoing set the tone for the match with an 8-0 win in first singles, and teammates Andrew Kudla and Kade Huang-Savino won third and fourth singles by identical shutout scores.

The second doubles team of Adam Kosko and Mike Kwok also earned a convincing 8-0 victory, as did the third doubles tandem of Tyler Heidgerd and Jacob Sutton.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Newington, Southington on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:34. Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2019 21:37.