Suffield High School wraps up winter sports season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Mar. 15, 2012
Suffield coach Jeremiah Brown sizes up his team's performance from the sidelines during the Cats' first-round CIAC tournament win over Stonington, 68-39. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Suffield coach Jeremiah Brown sizes up his team's performance from the sidelines during the Cats' first-round CIAC tournament win over Stonington, 68-39. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Fans of Suffield High School boys’ basketball had plenty to cheer about this season; whether a pre-season scrimmage or heated playoff battle, the Wildcats never failed to bring big excitement. Led by coach Dan Gatto, the 2012 Cats came out strong, winning key games against Somers (67-50) and Stafford (65-59), capturing a spot in the CIAC Class M tournament. Falling short in the first round to 7th seed Valley Regional, 66-55, the team finished with an overall record of 9-12.

On the girls’ bench, the Cats started fast and furious, winning 11 of their first 12 games due in large part to the shooting prowess of senior guard Brianna Bishop. Moving through the season, Bishop and fellow seniors Ashley Gleason, Rachael Tedone and Sheila Drakeley cemented the team’s seat in the CIAC Class M tournament with a record of 16-4. In the first round, Suffield (7) soundly defeated Stonington (26), 68-39, with Bishop racking up 21 points. Up against East Haven (23) in round two, the Cats once again came away with the win, 61-45. Falling in the quarterfinals to powerhouse Tolland (2), 41-60, the girls ended the season at 18-5.

Under veteran coach Joe Sinicrope, indoor track was unstoppable, taking home both the girls’ NCCC title and a second-place finish for the boys. Thirteen students were named All-Conference: Dan Moroney, D.J. LaBarre, Dalton Peck, David Biederman, Jimmy Clark, Peri Stevens, Lauren Izabel, Gaby Attanasio, Gabija Pileika, Paxton McNierney, Shelby McCormick, Nur Hamideh and Hannah Gardocki. Stevens, a senior and first-year team member, broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles. Moroney, senior co-captain, broke the school record in the 3,000 meters, and senior Gaby Attanasio broke the school record in the pole vault.

In the pool, coach Jaymeson Horanzy and the boys’ swim team finished at 7-7. After state preliminaries, Suffield qualified seven swimmers and divers to the Class S state meet, with five moving on to the finals. Representing the Cats were: Greg Cristina, 100 free, 100 backstroke; Kyle Eheander, 200 free, 500 free; Nick Karangekis, 200 IM, 500 free; Marc Murphy, 100 breaststroke; and Craig Kost, 100 fly.

On the mats, the wrestling team earned placed 19th at the Class S final on Feb. 17 and 18 at Haddam-Killinworth High School. Under coach Chris Potter, junior Matt Nardi secured third place in the 195 weight class, defeating Luis Casco of Derby.

Coach Nick Boorman and the combined Suffield/Windsor Locks/Granby hockey team wrapped up the regular season at 11-11, qualifying for the Division II tournament. After defeating Fairfield-Warde/Ludlowe in the first round, 4-3, the Cats fell in the second round to Guilford, 4-3.


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