Three Class S runners-up highlight fall sports season at Bolton High School

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
Bolton - posted Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Brian Dube guided the boys' soccer team to the school's second appearance in the Class S title game. Photos by Corey AmEnde.
Brian Dube guided the boys' soccer team to the school's second appearance in the Class S title game. Photos by Corey AmEnde.

Bolton High School celebrated a stellar fall sports season with the annual fall sports awards night on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“This fall was a remarkable and unbelievable sports season at BHS and in the Bolton community,” said Athletic Director David Humiston.

Brian Dube, the boys’ soccer coach and a 1995 graduate of the school, has been familiar with BHS sports since the late 1980s and said, “There’s never been a more successful high school season, I think, in this high school’s history than this fall.”

Highlighting the fall sports season are three new Class S runner-up plaques to add to the trophy case. Both the boys' and girls' cross-country teams as well as the boys’ soccer team all earned Class S runner-up honors.

Dube’s team posted a 12-2-2 regular season record, with one of the two losses to Suffield, the Class M champion.  The team made the school's second appearance in the title game, the first since BHS was co-champion with Granby Memorial in 1993.

Despite losing to Cromwell, 3-0, in the finals on Saturday, Nov. 16, Dube was extremely proud of his team’s effort.

“I don’t think for one second even a little part of me was sad that we did not win the game, because I knew that these kids have prepared themselves over the course of the year and in some cases the four years leading up to it to play as perfectly as you could play; and our best game of the year was this past Saturday against Cromwell,” said Dube.  

The boys' cross-country team kept their string of domination going.  “It was their eighth consecutive year finishing champion or runner-up,” said Humiston.

Trevor Chambers (17:11) and Evan Jaworski (17:12) paced the boys with third and fourth place finishes respectively in the Class S championship race on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Wickham Park. Capital Prep took the title with 43 points, while BHS placed second with 74.

The girls earned their first runner-up plaque in cross country on Saturday, Oct. 26, as well. Samantha Nyser (20:12) led the girls with a third place finish. Christina Langton (20:41) finished 12th overall. 

“It’s pretty hard to feel better as a coach when both of your teams finish as runners-up on the same day, so I was a very, very proud coach of all my athletes that day,” said Paul Smith who coaches both the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams.

Francisco “Paco” Ruiz, the girls’ soccer coach, was honored with a plaque during the fall sports awards to commemorate his 100th win which came in a 4-0 win over Canton. The girls’ soccer team earned a 4-seed in the Class S state tournament where they fell 1-0 in the quarterfinals to Portland, the eventual co-champion.

The following students were recognized for All-State honors: Samantha Nyser (cross country), Evan Jaworski (cross country), Trevor Chambers (cross country), Hannah Bodner (soccer), Rose Zimmerman (soccer) and Briana Kerr (volleyball). All-state honors for boys’ soccer and football haven’t been announced yet.

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