Stafford High School spring sports season wrap-up

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Jun. 7, 2012
Emily Bradway took the mound for Stafford in the Bulldogs' second round Class S tournament win over Wamogo, 6-3. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Emily Bradway took the mound for Stafford in the Bulldogs' second round Class S tournament win over Wamogo, 6-3. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Spring 2012 was a season of improvement for Stafford High School athletics.

“We finished tied for eighth in the league,” golf coach Gary Shearer said. “This is a vast improvement over last or next to last year. We also qualified for the state tournament for the first time in the program's history.” Players of note on the links for the Bulldogs were co-captains Beau Weed and Scott Kominski, and Stafford’s scoring leader, Luke Hoss. “Senior Tucker Carlson and freshman Trevor Simpson were also instrumental in our success,” Shearer said.

On the diamond, coach Scott Martin and the varsity baseball squad met and exceeded their pre-season goal of reaching the Class S tournament. With a bye in round one, Stafford, the number-three seed, fell to Terryville, 8-1, in the second round. “I'm very proud of our team this year,” Martin said. “Though the playoff game certainly did not turn out the way that I wished it to, our players showed grit and determination throughout the year. We epitomized what a 'team' is, and each player on our roster had worthwhile contributions. We're proud about how we played, and excited for the future.”

Coach Kris Young and the JV baseball team ended at 11-4 - the success coming in large part due to the contributions of sophomore short stop Andrew Bachiochi (C) and freshman Connor Hutchins.

“The season was very good,” softball coach Steve Budaj said. “We finished fifth in the league and were ranked fifth in the Class S tournament.” Stafford’s tournament battle was laced with high-level competition from the start. With wins over Westbrook (#28) 9-1 and Wamogo (#21) 6-3, the Bulldogs fell in the quarterfinal round to St. Bernard (#20), 5-2. “This season’s group of seniors finished with three quarterfinal and one semi-final appearance in their years with the team. All of the players made the season great,” Budaj said.

Coach Kim Soucy and JV softball ended at 6-1. Captain Morgan Emmons led the team of 10 on and off the field.

On the track, the girls’ team ended at 8-5, the boys’ 0-13. “Amanda Jacobsen finished second in conference in pole vault (9' 6") and second in 400 meters (1:01.56),” coach Mark Dunn said about his stand-out athletes. “Amanda also anchored the third-place 4x100 meter relay team.” New school records were set by Jacobsen in pole vault, 9’ 6", and Kianna Woods in the triple jump, 32' 11”. Jasmine Murray set three freshman school records: 100M, 13.11; 200M, 27.52; discus, 96' 10”. “Evan Cummins qualified for state meet in the 110 and 300 hurdles and Jon Lerch in the pole vault,” Dunn said.

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