Local high school teams wrap up spring season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
Tyler Lepage pitches for Coventry High School. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Tyler Lepage pitches for Coventry High School. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Among the notable performances by local high school sports teams for the 2011 spring season was that of the Windham Tech varsity baseball team. With just five seniors, “We were a pretty young team,” said head coach Bill O’Connor. But despite the relative inexperience, the team finished its regular season with a 12-8 record, drawing a number 18 seed for the state tournament. They breezed past number 15-seeded Vinal Tech, with a final score of 26-8, during the first round, but then fell to number 31-seeded Stratford during round two (final score 10-3).

“They didn't beat us, we beat ourselves,” said pitcher Chris Gonnelli, of the team’s season losses. Next year, “We'll give any team a run for their money,” said Gonnelli.

With younger team members gaining some experience during the season, O’Connor thinks the team will be in good shape for 2012. “I'm kind of a hard-nosed coach,” said O’Connor. “The kids call me old-school. I think it's kind of shell-shock for the younger kids at first. But they realize I'm trying to make them good baseball players.”

The Coventry High School baseball team finished its regular season with a 10-9 record, earning a number 18 seed for the state tournament in Division S. Coventry was knocked out during round one by number 15-seeded Career Magnet (final score 8-4). Coventry will lose its top pitcher, senior Ray Cohen, for 2012, but junior Reid Alosky is expected to step up and make a showing on the mound.

In softball, both E.O. Smith and Coventry had good showings in 2011. E.O. Smith ended the regular season with a 13-7 record, picking up a number 12 seed for the state tournament. They fell during round one to number 21-seeded Middletown(final score 3-0).

Coventry posted an 11-9 record for the season, picking up a number 18 seed for Division S. They won their first game of the state tourney against number 15-seeded Wamogo (final score 4-0), but then fell to number 2-seeded Hale-Ray (final score 8-2).

In track, the E.O. Smith girls picked up a fourth-place finish in the CIAC Class MM meet. Notable performances included freshman Amy Taintor, who picked up a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter and fourth place in the 400-meter. In the 1600-meter, sophomore Carli Shroyer picked up fifth place for E.O. Smith. Freshman Vanessa Lusa picked up a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. And the team of Maggie Sundberg (senior), Mary O’Neil (junior), Alyssa Coulter (freshman), Carli Shroyer (sophomore), and Bailey Shannon (sophomore) picked up a first-place finish for Smith in the 4X800-meter relay. Also contributing to Smith’s fourth-place finish at the CIAC meet were junior Danielle Cote, with second place in the high jump and seventh in the triple jump, and sophomore Melissa Highley, with a fifth-place finish in the discus.

The Coventry women picked up a fifth-place finish in track at the CIAC Class S championship. Contributing to their success was a fourth-place finish by freshman Raquel Pouliot in the 800-meter.

Senior Stephanie Oliver picked up a third-place finish for Coventry in the triple jump. Senor Kelly Myers contributed with a first-place finish in shot and a fourth-place finish in discus.

In tennis, the E.O. Smith team of Matt Kaminsky and John Mindek advanced to round three of the state Class L doubles competition. John Brevnik advanced to round three for Smith in the singles competition, where he was knocked out by Fairfield-Warde’s Ted Berkowitz.

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