Windsor Locks High School spring sports wrap-up

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Jun. 7, 2012
Windsor Locks singles player Cristina Szepanski was named All-NCCC and All-State for 2012. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor Locks singles player Cristina Szepanski was named All-NCCC and All-State for 2012. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

The Windsor Locks High School spring sports season came to a close with new records, first-time tournament appearances and the naming of All-Conference and All-State athletes.

On the diamond, 41-year head baseball coach Dave Farr took the Raiders to a 13-7 season and a trip to the Class S state tournament. Seeded 12th, WLHS dominated the first round with a sound win over numer-21 seed Bolton (19-1), but fell in the second round to number-five seed Cromwell, 10-3. Pitcher Conor Pepin was a critical force in the Raiders’ rotation. Teammates Casey Vogt and Mike Gentile were named All-NCCC.

Kristin Smith stepped into the head coaching role for a struggling softball program, determined to improve on 2011’s record. Building fundamentals from the ground up, the Raiders wrapped up 2012 at 3-17, with increased performance, perseverance and morale generated by senior team leaders Maggie Sayers, Nikki LaPierre and Briana Hoynoski.

“The track team finished the season 3-10, and the highlight of our season was Eric Jones coming in second in the 100-meter dash in 11.49 seconds,” coach Rich Brancaleone said. “We had 14 qualifying performance for the Class S championship, which is a major improvement from the previous year.” A full listing of WLHS state track and field qualifiers can be found at

Coach Dan Copes led the boys’ golf team. “We were 3-9 in a rebuilding year,” he said. “Junior Chris Toce opened the season with a 37 and a hole in one on the third hole at Copper Hill Golf Club. We shot a season low of 178 – a win over Somers, May 16.”

Boys’ tennis, a co-op team with East Granby, ended the season at 2-14 under coach Steve Wandzy. Both victories came over Enfield, 5-3, 6-1.

A highlight in the Raiders’ season came from the girls’ tennis team. “The girls are very excited to have made team states for the first time in WLHS girls’ tennis history,” coach Jonathan LeBlanc said. At the Class S tournament qualifying round, WLHS (#17) defeated Seymour (#16) 5-2, but later fell to Westbrook (#1), 7-0. Teammates Cristina Szepanski, Kimberly Love and Carolyn Vo were named All-NCCC. Szepanski was additionally named All-State.

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