Enfield and Fermi teams finish post-season play

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Jun. 10, 2011
Kyle Casey comes off the blocks to start the 4x100m relay. Photo by Jennifer Holloway.
Kyle Casey comes off the blocks to start the 4x100m relay. Photo by Jennifer Holloway.

Both the Enfield High School Raiders and the Fermi High School Falcons had several teams qualify for post-season play this season.

On the Raiders’ side, the baseball team beat Weston in the first round and Bethel in the second round before losing to Montville in the Class M quarterfinals, 5-3. Enfield was seeded fifth in this year’s tournament, a testament to the work they put in during regular season play, with a regular season record of 14-5 and a second-place finish in the league.

“We’ve had a very successful year,” coach Jay Gaucher said. “And great pitching,” he added.

Fermi’s baseball team made it to the Class L tournament, beating Woodstock Academy 8-6 in the first round. Their season ended in the second round, on June 1, when North Haven defeated the Falcons 10-4.

Both Enfield and Fermi had successful boys’ volleyball teams. Early in the season, Enfield High’s coach, Judith Joslin, said the team would need to win eight of their 18 games to make the tournament. The boys more than secured their right to the tourney, finishing the regular season with a 13-5 record. The Raiders faced Farmington at home in the first round, but did not advance further in the bracket, losing 3-0.

By mid-May, the Fermi Falcons boys’ volleyball team knew they were headed for the state tourney, and they were deep in preparation for it. On May 19, before the game against Rockville, coach Alex Pyznar said her team had been to state the last three years and received a bye, then lost in their first game. She said they were hoping for a bye and a home game for the quarterfinal.

Fermi succeeded in obtaining a first-round bye, but traveled to Bloomfield to play the Warhawks for the quarterfinals. This year the Falcons broke their streak, beating Bloomfield 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 25-18). They advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to Darien, 3-0.

The Fermi girls’ track and field team had several notable finishes in the Class MM tournament. Senior Rachel Van Gilder ran a 12.98 preliminary for the 100-meter dash and finished fifth in the finals with a time of 12.99 seconds. Senior Jaime Giaccone competed in the 100-meter hurdles for Fermi. She ran a 17.38 in the prelims and finished sixth in the finals at 16.86 seconds. The Falcons’ 4x100-meter relay team finished in fifth place, with a time of 52.17 seconds.

According to Enfield High School’s boys’ outdoor track coach, Todd Cunha, sprinting has been the team’s strength for the last eight years or so. The Raiders certainly had the speed to do well in the Class M state tournament, and they pulled off two top finishes. Senior Andrew Buanno ran 11.44 in the 100-meter dash finals, finishing in second place. Buanno also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team that was looking to defend their 2010 state title. Though the 2011 title went to Bloomfield, the Raiders finished in second place, with a time of 44.54 seconds.

Going into next year, Cunha will continue to look to develop runners for the middle and long distance races. “I’d like to see more kids try or develop [in those distances],” he said.

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