Stafford High School spring sports wrap-up

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
Marita Brothers makes the tag against East Granby. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Marita Brothers makes the tag against East Granby. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

At the start of the Stafford High School spring sports season, outdoor facilities were still blanked beneath a foot of stubborn snow. Teams jockeyed for gym time, waiting for the first thaw – anxious to get started.

Baseball coach Scott Martin and assistants Kris Young and Tony Paolini completed a 6-14 season with wins over E. Windsor (5-0), Somers (5-3), SMSA (3-1), Canton(5-0), Bolton(5-1) and Coventry(6-3). Led by seniors Everett Palozej at shortstop and Tony Bachiochi on the mound, the Bulldogs fell short of CIAC tournament qualification.

The junior varsity team, coached by Kris Young, finished with a record of 7-6-1. Players to watch for next year include pitcher Tommy Jacobsen, shortstop Austen Young and catcher Cameron Reyes.

Boys’ and girls’ track, under the leadership of 28-year coach Mark Dunn, achieved several honors. Senior Allison Bruce broke her previously held pole vault record of 8’6”, capturing a new school record of 9’. In the CIAC Class S Tournament, Jen Borque placed 28th in the women’s 300 hurdle. In both the 4x100 and 4X400, the team of Jen Bourque, Allison Bruce, Amanda Jacobsen, Lauren Shaw, Lauren Webb and Kianna Woods placed 14th. The girls’ team placed 27th overall. On the boys’ side, senior Peter Molitoris finished 11th in the pole vault.

With powerful swings, the golf team took to its home course of Quaboag Country Club in Monson, Mass. Led by junior captain Beau Weed, the team of Scott Kominsky, Stefanie Szepanski, Blake Hatch, Luke Hoss, Tyler Blanchard and Chase Stuart finished at 3-16.

Softball was Stafford’s shining star this season. At the junior varsity level, coach Kim Soucy and her team achieved a 9-3 record. Standout players were pitcher Emily Bradway, second baseman Suzhaunna Lerch and shortstop Kelsey Moulton.

Advancing to the semi-final round of the CIAC Class S Tournament, SHS softball coach Steve Budaj and his team of 13 broke through a long-held barrier. At the beginning of the season, Budaj stated, “Our ultimate goal for the team this year is to make it to the state tournament and advance farther than we did in 2010 [quarterfinals]. We have a great group of girls and we should do well.” Achieving their goal, the Lady Bulldogs - led by Emilie Peirolo, Tori Utter, Dani Clark and Jody Buckley - finished at 19-8, ending their season in a closely-fought semi-final loss to Hale-Ray, who went on to become tournament champions.

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