South Windsor High School fall sports wrap-up

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
Stephanie Pelikan practicing her butterfly. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Stephanie Pelikan practicing her butterfly. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The early winter storm has delayed most of the post-season games for South Windsor High School's fall sports teams.

Both the girls' and the boys' soccer teams will continue in the LL division post-season. Coach Ed Duclos led the girls in an 11-1-2 season, ending the regular season ranked second in the state and earning a bye in the first round of the tournament. The boys' team, coached by Dave St. Jean, is ranked fourth, with a regular season record of 11-1-2. The boys have the first round game in the state tournament against 29th-ranked Xavier.

The girls' volleyball team will also continue into the post-season. Coach Tina Holt will lead the team to a regular season record of 15-3, with the team ranked ninth in the state heading into post-season competition. The team got a bye in the first round of the state tournament.

The second year for the girls' swimming and diving team looks promising for the post-season. Coach Heather Lodge led the girls to a 6-1 regular season record. The team will compete in the 200-meter medley, and the 200- and 400-meter freestyle relays. Jennifer Belanger and Michelle Robidoux will swim in the 200-meter individual medley. Four swimmers will compete in the 50-yard freestyle race – Lauren Branscombe, Allie Romanowski, Kelly Wentworth and Stephanie Pelikan. Michelle Robidoux and Stephanie Pelikan will also compete in the 100-yard butterfly race. Lauren Branscombe will race in the 100-meter freestyle competition, and both Christine Lenkeit and Jennifer Belanger will swim in the 500-meter freestyle race. Christine Lenkeit will also race in the 100-meter backstroke event, and Kelly Wentworth will swim in the 100-meter breaststroke race.

Both the girls' and the boys' cross-country teams had five regular season meets, of which the girls won one and the boys won four. Melissa Jakaj, Kaitlyn Labonte, Jennifer Gilligan, Whitney Beber, Saerey Chau and Emma McAndrew represented SWHS for the girls at the Oct. 29 LL tournament, placing 22nd. The boys placed 18th, with Ethan Gasta, Cooper Goslin, Kevin Morse, Connor Grothe, Joe Banazelli, Ryan Karzar and Ken Erickson running.

The girls' field hockey team ended the regular season 6-7 with first-year coach Jennifer Bolduc. The team was ranked 17th in the L division. In order to continue in the state tournament, the team must first take on Fairfield Ludlowe in a qualifying round. The winner of that game will go against top-seeded Cheshire.

Bobcats football continues with a home game vs. Glastonbury on Nov. 17, with a 2 p.m. kickoff. The final home game will take place on Nov. 24 vs. Rockville, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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