Sophomore Jordan Ouellette, a forward for the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team, and junior Hunter Peterson, who competes in jumping events for the Bristol Central boys indoor track team, are the “Athlete of the Week” (“AOW”) picks for area high school sports.
Ouellette, the daughter of Deena and David Ouellette, will have to help fill the losses next year of current seniors such as Hannah Maghini and Miranda Janick, each of whom earned “AOW” recognition this season, too.
Bristol Press sports reporter Dan Orencole said it all about Ouellette in a January 2018 update story of the Bristol Eastern girls basketball team.
“Ouellette has flashed the ability to score at a high level with multiple games in double -digits,” Orencole wrote.
Her coach, Tony Floyd, also had good things to say about Ouellette, who made second team all-conference for her play this winter.
“I thought she had a great year as a sophomore,” Floyd said. “She stepped it up from last year with limited minutes. She was the second leading scorer on the team and the leading rebounder. She did a good job, we took her from her guard position to forward with the loss of Diane Wnuk (due to graduation) last year and Meredith Foreman with a knee surgery.”
Ouellette looks back at the 2017-2018 season, one where the Lancers had a 7-13 record.
“We were very inconsistent because many of us got injured, so we didn’t have a deep bench and we got tired quickly,” Ouellette said. “A lot of our games were close so we ended up losing because we ran out of players from the bench. Overall, it was a pretty good season.”
Ouellette, who concentrates on basketball year-round, is now looking forward to her junior season.
“Next year, I think the season will be pretty good, because a lot of our players hurt will be back,” Ouellette said. “And, I heard we are getting a few freshmen, too, to add to that. We’re losing five seniors so our scoring will go down a bit.”
Ouellette is the second family member to play girls basketball at Bristol Eastern. Her mother, the former Deena Kuharski, played there. Jordan Ouellette was on track to do the same in taking the sport up at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club while in the second grade.
“I like playing the game, being able to be competitive,” Ouellette said. “It’s made me more of a leader and to be able to talk to different people. It gives me something to do.”
Peterson, the son of Mark and Monique Peterson, does two jumps for Bristol Central indoor coach Kevin Taylor, the long and high, and the long, high and triple jumps in the spring for outdoor track. He placed third in the Class L meet this winter in the long jump.
“Going in, I took it like any other meet day,” Hunter said. “First (place) was my goal. My second jump I hit 20-6.25 and that put me in third and I was pretty ecstatic with that. I was very pleased, that put me on the All-State team.”
He credits his indoor coach, Taylor, for a lot of his success .Taylor had been a school holder in two jumping events when he was an athlete at Bristol Central in 2002.
“He’s taken me from a kid who just wanted to do track to where I am now,” Peterson said. “He’s basically fostered me through this process. He’s taught me everything I know.”
Peterson’s personal bests are 5-8 in the high jump and that’s both indoors and outdoors, 18-9 in the long jump outdoors and 40-9 in the triple jump outdoors. He plans to extend his numbers in outdoor track this spring.
“I want to break 21-0, at least, in the long jump this season,” Peterson said. “I want to do 5-10 in the high jump and 42-0 in the triple jump. These are my goals and I’m going to make it happen.”
He also wants to break the school’s long jump record of 24.425 and triple jump of 44.9, those set by Drew Lee in recent years.
“That‘s the end goal for high school,” Peterson said.
Peterson added that he has gained much from his sports participation, which includes playing soccer in the spring as a center back.
“It’s done a lot,” Peterson said. “First, they’ve helped build friendships and a lot of memories. It’s gotten me to be a goal-oriented person. And they keep me in shape, that’s for sure.”
The Peterson family was initially represented at Bristol Central when his sister, Hailey, played the same three sports as her brother. She is now in her third year of college.
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