Local high school teams wrap up spring season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
Among the notable performances by local high school spring sports teams was that of RHAM lacrosse. The Sachems, during only their second year as an official varsity team, produced a respectable season in Division M, competing against and defeating programs such as Farmington(8-7) and Fitch (13-7). Finishing up the regular season with a winning record of 12-4, the Sachems went into the state tournament with a number four seed. They fell during round one to number 13 seed Guilford.
Coach Kyle Bowler thinks the team will be in good shape for 2012, despite the loss of eight seniors. The team will lose their two senior goalies, but junior Ryan Peterson has been readying himself to step into the net. “I think we should have a successful season next year,” said Bowler.
Another notable performance was turned in by the Lyman Memorial varsity baseball team. Competing in Division S, the team turned in a 12-7 season and entered the state tourney with a number 11 seed. They fell during round one to number 22 seed Trinity Catholic. Providing team leadership as well as offensive power for Lyman was senior outfielder Steve Starr.
RHAM baseball, competing in a tough Division L, turned in a winning record for the 2011 season. Entering the state tourney with a number 21 seed, the Sachems brushed past number 12-seeded Watertown with a final score of 13-0 in round one. RHAM breezed past number five-seeded East Lyme for round two, with a final score of 10-0. For the quarterfinal round against number 13-seeded New Canaan, RHAM had trouble generating hits, and they ended their season with a final score of 4-0.
In track, the RHAM women put in a strong performance for 2011. At the Class MM championship on May 31 in Middletown, the team placed number six overall, with members performing particularly well in distance races. Freshman Christine Bendzinski placed first in the 800-meter run, and sophomore Olivia Mondo placed sixth in the 3200-meter. In the long jump, senior Kristen Brett took seventh place. Brett came in second in the triple jump for RHAM. Junior Emily Ezerins, who coach Tom Hammon called “the best discus thrower in New England,” took fourth place in the shot, and first place in discus.
At the opens on June 6, the RHAM women tied with Staples to take 18th overall. Notable performances included Bendzinski, who took fourth in the 800-meter, Brett, who took eighth in the triple, and Ezerins, taking third in the discus.