Local high school teams wrap up fall sports season
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Nov. 28, 2011
As the fall high school sports season draws to a close, a number of area schools can take pride in their performances, which included one ECC tournament championship by the Bacon Academy girls’ soccer team and a Class L state championship in volleyball for the East Lyme Vikings.
The Bobcat girls finished the soccer season with an 11-3-3 record, including their ECC tournament victory against Waterford. The team made it to the second round of the state tournament, where they fell to Pomperaug, 1-0. In the S division, East Hampton finished the season at 7-7-5, making it to the quarterfinals of the state tourney before falling to eventual finalist Litchfield, 1-0. East Lyme finished at 8-5-3, losing in the first round of the states, while the Nathan Hale Ray girls finished the season at 3-10-3.
In boys’ soccer, the East Hampton Bellringers had a strong season, finishing 17-2, with a quarterfinal loss in the Class S state tournament. The Viking boys, after losing in the Class L second round, finished the season at 12-2-3. The Bacon Academy boys’ soccer team finished the season with a 10-6-2 record, losing a close 2-1 match to Granby in the first round of the state tournament. The Nathan Hale Ray boys finished the season at 3-11-2.
The Nathan Hale-Ray girls’ volleyball team provided a sports bright spot for the school, finishing the season at 12-8 and advancing to the second round of the state Class S tournament, where they lost to eventual champion Coventry. In the same Class S, the East Hampton girls had a tremendous season, finishing 18-4 and advancing all the way to the tournament semifinals, where they, too, lost to Coventry. In Class L, the East Lyme Viking girls carried the momentum of a great season into the state tournament, where they defeated the number-one seed RHAM High School, to claim the crown. The Viking girls finished with an overall record of 18-4. In a rebuilding year after losing a number of players to graduation, the Bacon Academy Bobcats finished the season at 3-14.
All of the area schools fielded strong cross-country teams, led by the East Lyme boys, who finished third in the Class MM championships, placing three runners - Ben Ostrowski, Scott Butler and Jonathon Combies - among the top 17. Bacon Academy (M), East Hampton (SS) and Nathan Hale-Ray High School (S) all ran to eighth-place finishes in their respective divisions, with Alex Weselcouch of NHRHS finishing eighth overall. On the girls’ side, East Hampton took fifth overall in Class SS, with both Lindsey Stoldt and McKenzie Boyce finishing in the top 20. Sophomore Katie Stevens led Bacon Academy (MM) to a 14th place finish, with NHRHS (S) finishing 12th and East Lyme (L) finishing eighth, led by sixth-place overall runner Eva Christensen.
The seasons were less successful for area high school teams on the gridiron, with none making it to the state tournaments in football. Both Bacon Academy and East Hampton/Vinal Tech finished the season with 3-7 records, while the East Lyme Vikings finished at 4-6.