Students from Bristolâ€™s crosstown public high schools have been selected as the â€śAthlete of the Weekâ€ť honorees. They are junior center/forward Sage Scarritt of Tony Floydâ€™s Bristol Eastern girls basketball team and senior Jason Feto of Matt Biossonneaultâ€™s Bristol Central wrestling team.
Scarritt, the daughter of David and Tracy Scarritt, is generally strong on the defensive side of the court, but can also contribute in other ways, such as scoring 14 and three points, respectively, in wins over Rocky Hill and Berlin last week. Floyd was pleased with Scarritt using her height to her advantage in the Rocky Hill game.
â€śWe did a good job on the boards and thatâ€™s key,â€ť Floyd said. â€śIf we donâ€™t do a good job on the boards, we canâ€™t run the fast break, so thatâ€™s key. Sage did a good job on the boards and getting some second and third shots.â€ť
With the two wins last week, Eastern comes in today with a 12-4 record after finishing 15-8 and reaching the Class L quarterfinals last season.
â€śWe started out pretty much the same as last year,â€ť Scarritt said. â€śWe had a rough start whenÂ we lost multiple games at the beginning of the season and then we got in the groove and played together as a team. Our team goal is what it is always and thatâ€™s to go to Mohegan [to play in the state championship game] at the end of the year.â€ť
As a center/forward, Scarritt sees herself more as a defensive player that offensive.
â€śMy favorite part of the game is either getting a one-and-one [foul shooting] or getting a block,â€ť Scarritt said.
Scarritt is an appreciative athlete, one who knows her success has come through the offerings of others, including coach Floyd, who has mentored girls in the sport for four decades.
â€śI think I wouldnâ€™t be where I am today without coach Floyd,â€ť Scarritt said. â€śHe runs a very tight ship, but makes us better in the long run. He always keeps us in our best interests.â€ť
She also admitted that the drive she has with basketball is somewhat of a responsibility, because of the Scarritt name. Her aunt, Sarah (Scarritt) Remigio, now a resident of South Carolina, was a tri-captain on Floydâ€™s 1990 state championship team.
â€śShe was an influence,â€ť Scarritt said.
Feto, the son of Alfred and Merita Feto, wrestles at 132 pounds for Boissonneault, and is 27-1 for the season as a team tri-captain.
â€śJason is the ideal student-athlete,â€ť Boissonneault said. â€śHeâ€™s a captain who leads by example in the wrestling room, the classroom, and just by the way he conducts himself. Heâ€™s the type of kid who makes coaching fun. He never wrestled before high school, but his technique is as advanced as anyone Iâ€™ve ever coached. Heâ€™s grown so much as a wrestler in such a short time, because he has never been afraid to try new techniques in live action situations.Â
â€śHe has also put in a lot of work in the off-season training with Ascension [Athletics], wrestling out of Bristol. Basically, since he had been in high school he has seized every opportunity to improve as a wrestler. The success he has had the last two years is a byproduct of that mentality and that approach. Heâ€™s a great role model for all the other guys on the team.â€ť
The Rams are 18-0 and ranked No. 7 in the state, fourth among the Class L schools. The Rams went 9-10 in 2017, 9-8 in 2018 and 18-7 last year, so Feto didnâ€™t expect such success this winter earlier on.
â€śI knew weâ€™d be better than we had been doing, but I didnâ€™t think weâ€™d have the record we have,â€ť Feto said. â€śAs a captain, Iâ€™m proud of the team. We are hoping for a top three in Class L and the more guys we bring who qualify the better.â€ť
Individually, Feto wants to return to the State Open and qualify for the New Englands. He believes he has a good chance at the rate he is going, because his individual ranking is No. 3 in Class L.
When asked what he likes about the sport, one where itâ€™s just you and your opponent on the mat, Feto said itâ€™s being in that situation.
â€śThe fact that all the responsibility is on you,â€ť Feto said. â€śYou get what you earn, basically. Â Â Â ` Whether you win or lose, itâ€™s all on you.â€ť
Feto, a National Honor Society student, plans on concentrating in the classroom rather than also taking on wrestling in college. Heâ€™s looking to major in actuarial sciences.
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