East Catholic athletes wrap up successful spring season

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Jun. 24, 2011
The East Catholic boys' golf team included Drew Brennan, Kyle Cholawa, Eric Johnson, Erik ViVenzio, Dan DiFilippo and Jay Ockert, seen here with coach Tom Malin. Photo courtesy of East Catholic High School. - Contributed Photo

Spring is a busy sports season, and a short season for schools. Nonetheless, several East Catholic High School teams had very successful runs this spring.

The softball team made it through four rounds of the Class M state tournament, competing in the semi-finals against number one-ranked Seymour, ultimately losing 0-1. It was the team’s most successful year in school history. The team also took the CCC-North title. Pitcher Allyson Fournier, a senior, and catcher Kelly Robichaud, a junior, lead the team as All-State players. These two athletes, along with senior Julie Maloney at short-stop, senior Shannon Klock on third base and sophomore Laura Skoly on second base, made the All-CCC Team.

The baseball team finished second in the CCC-North division, with a record of 20-4. Seniors Tucker Panciera, John Brownell, Mike McMahon and Kelvin Sims were ranked All-CCC players. Panciera was also All-State for Class S, and both Tucker and Sims earned a place in the District IV Senior All-Star Game.

For the second year in a row, the boys’ golf team won the Division IV state championship. It was the 10th championship for the team overall. Senior Eric Johnson went on to play at the New England tournament. Johnson and senior Erik Vivenzio were named to the All-CCC Team. The championship team also included seniors Kyle Cholawa and Dan DeFilippo, and freshman Drew Brennan.

The girls’ golf team fought the rain with several key victories. With no seniors graduating, the team is looking forward to an even more successful season next year.

The girls’ lacrosse team took third place in the CCC-South division, placed sixth in the state in Division S and played one round in the state tournament. CCC All-Conference Team players were seniors Alexandrea Banks and Aly DiCiancia. DiCiancia also played on the Coaches’ All-State Team. Senior Casey Horan earned her place on the Academic All-State Team. DiCiancia and Banks will play college lacrosse at Central Connecticut State University and Wentworth College, respectively.

The boys’ lacrosse team finished the season 4-12, but with many underclassmen ready to return next year. Senior Henry Downes, a defender, earned All-Conference honors, along with freshman Patrick Hills, an attacker.

The boys’ tennis team placed second in the CCC-North division, with a divisional record of 5-1 and an overall record of 14-4. Chris Waung, co-captain Mike Scanlon, co-captain Justin Warshavsky, Sam Butler and Andrew Yoder were all selected as All-Conference players. The Eagles’ number-one singles player, Waung, went on to compete in the quarterfinals at the state open.

Juniors Cassy Waung and Lauren Bascetta led the girls’ tennis team, both All-Conference players. The team finished the season with a record 7-9.

Both the girls’ and the boys’ outdoor track and field teams were comprised mostly of underclassmen, making this a rebuilding year. Junior Jacob Shippee had a strong season, competing at all levels including the New England tournament, at which he placed sixth in the javelin. Shippee broke the school record with a throw of 182 feet, 1 inch. Senior Andrew Hastings was the discuss champion for Class S and junior Thomas Duff placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Grace Gothers also set a new school record for the 1600-meter run.

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