Windsor Locks High School winter sports wrap-up
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Wed., Mar. 21, 2012
Mild weather and school pride had Windsor Locks sports fans turning out in droves this winter. Supporters of girls’ and boys’ basketball, ice hockey and indoor track followed the Raiders through highs and lows, each game more memorable than the one before.
Indoor track coach Richard Brancaleone relied on seniors Amanda Kulas, Heather Kaotesaria, Sharon Hernandez, Guliano Jimenez, John Ratcliffe, Eric Jones, Taylor Starbird and Alan Young to lead WLHS. In the Class S championships on Friday, Feb. 10, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, WLHS finished 29th overall. At the meet, Kulas hit a record height of 8 feet in the pole vault.
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, 3-1, the team fell in the second round to Guilford, 4-3. Seniors Mike Thompson and Anthony Munson (C) represented Windsor Locks.
At the beginning of basketball season, boys’ coach Michael Mascaro commented on his goal for 2012. “I think we have enough talent to be in the top four or five in the league if we play together as a team,” he said. Shooting high from the first practice, WLHS (16) qualified for the Class S tournament. Winning the first round over Old Saybrook (17) 56-50, the Raiders fell to number one seed and tournament champion, Immaculate, 82-32, ending with a record of 13-9. Mascaro credited much of the team’s success to seniors Taylor Gorzkowski, Brandon McIntosh, Spencer Brazalovich, Conor Pepin and Greg Weigert.
Coach Doug Knowe attributes the success of the girls’ basketball team to the early implementation of the “Ubuntu” philosophy, combined with the efforts of Mariah Brown, Nikki LaPierre, Maggie Sayers, Jessica Kuzmickas and Dominique Boyd. “I have been coaching basketball for many years, but this team worked hard in the weight room, the gym, the classroom, and that made it very enjoyable,” Knowe said. “My three seniors gave a lot to the program and have helped build it so that it has earned respect around the league and the state. They will be missed.” The girls finished a 13-8 season with a first-round loss to Bloomfield in the Class S tournament, 45-40.