Stafford High School winter sports wrap-up

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Mar. 31, 2011
Senior Emily Andresen cheers on the SHS teams. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Senior Emily Andresen cheers on the SHS teams. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Winter sports at Stafford High School were full of new records and fresh talent this season. Combating snow days and cancellations, teams practiced through ever-changing schedules and came together to give SHS fans something to cheer about.

Boys’ varsity basketball, led by coach Mike Morhardt, ended regular season play with an overall record of 4-16. Several match-ups ended with the Bulldogs falling short by mere baskets, including games against Somers (51-52) and East Granby (51-56). Seniors Everett Palozej, Tony Bachiochi, Stephen Dusza and Kevin McNiff kept the team focused in a challenging season.

Erin Clark, head coach for varsity girls’ basketball, relied heavily on seniors Megan Zelz and Brianna Heald. Ending the season at 4-15, Clarklooks to returning players Lauren Shaw, Anna Janusz and Isabella Randazzo as emerging leaders for the 2011-2012 season.

New this season, SHS cheerleading took to the floor during boys’ and girls’ home basketball game. Coaches Kathy Middleton and Tammy Albert began the year with 80 percent of their squad new to cheerleading, and finished with an accomplished group able to stunt and tumble with precision.

Boys’ United ice hockey (Stafford/Manchester/Rockville) finished strong under coach Christian Stevenson, ending regular season play with a respectable 12-8 record. Representing SHS, Matt Roy, Marc Richard, John Sellew and Shawn Sellew all made valuable contributions to the team. After nail-biting wins over East Catholic (8-2) and Wethersfield (5-4), the United lost in overtime to Northwest Catholic in the first round of playoffs, 6-5.

Indoor track ended the season with 18 students qualified for NCC competition. In addition, Allison Burke qualified for the Class S State Tournament in the pole vault, having finished a jump of 8.0 feet.

Coach Shirzad Ahmadi and the SHS wrestling team finished Class S state tournament play as the 18th seed, with a combined team score of 54.5. In the 125 weight class, Roshawn Rehman finished sixth after being defeated by Andrew Smith of Portland, 6-4. In the 171 class, Tucker Fontanella placed third with a 3-1 win over Jacob Whitehead of Killingly.

Schedules for spring sports teams at SHS are available at

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