Winter sports end, spring season begins

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 17, 2011
Several of the SWHS wrestlers placed in the top three for the state. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Several of the SWHS wrestlers placed in the top three for the state. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The South Windsor High School winter sports season came to an end on March 16, when the SWHS hockey team - ranked third in the state - took on second-ranked Fairfield Prep in the Division I semifinal game. Fairfield took a strong defensive stance against South Windsor’s 29 shots, letting in only one goal by senior Kyle Benson. South Windsor’s goalie, Christian Marchi, held strong, stopping 27 shots on his goal. The game ended 4-1, with Fairfield Prep moving on to the finals. South Windsor ended its regular season with a record of 17-3.

Several other SWHS teams had successful seasons, as well. The wrestling team placed fourth out of 87 teams at the state open, with five wrestlers qualifying in their weight classes. Senior Jake Odell won the state open in his weight class of 152 pounds. He had previously won the 2011 LL division tournament over the same opponent. Sophomore Casey Mitchell won the 140-pound weight class at the state open and took second place at the LL division. Senior Brandon Lopez took third place in the 125-pound weight class at the state open and took second place in the LL division. Although senior Paul Sullivan qualified to compete in the state open for the 285-pound weight class, a sprained ankle kept him from the competition. Sophomore Sam Odell qualified for the 119-pound weight class, but failed to place.

The girls’ volleyball team ended the season 14-4. Ranked 10th in the LL Division, they had a bye in the first round of the tournament, and lost 3-0 to seventh-ranked Shelton in the second round.

Major improvements were seen with the girls’ basketball team, which ended the regular season 9-11, ranked 26 in Division LL. Being a young team with 14 freshmen, next year’s team should continue building momentum. Likewise, boys’ basketball showed modest improvements, ending the season 2-18.

The athletes on the girls’ gymnastics, boys’ indoor track, girls’ indoor track and boys’ swimming and diving teams put in the effort, but did not go far as teams. Individual team members went to the state tournaments, but did not place high, except for Nicholas Purrington, who placed third in the state open for the 100-yard backstroke.

The Winter Sports Award Night will be held on Wednesday, March 30, with light refreshments preceding the 7 p.m. ceremony. Student-athletes who maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or above will be recognized.

The spring season officially begins March 21. Boys’ teams include baseball, golf, lacrosse, track, tennis and volleyball. Girls’ teams include softball, lacrosse, track and tennis. For information about the South Windsor High School teams, visit the school website at, and click on Athletics on the left sidebar. This provides a listing of the teams and contact information on the coaches. Details on the teams can also be found on the website, by clicking on CIAC (Athletics Division).

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