MANCHESTER - The Bristol Central boys cross country team placed seventh in the Championship race, while the Ram girls were 20th in the Seeded race at the Wickham Invitational on Saturday.
Leading the way for the boys squad was Nate DeAngelo, who placed 15th overall with a time of 16:44. Teammates helping the Rams to their fine finish in the elite race were Mark Petrosky (25th, 17:00), Pacifico Flores (26th, 17:01), Devin Flores (35th, 17:10), Jose Ramirez (52nd, 17:36) and Ian Kreciglowa (88th, 18:33).
“BC boys looked great today,” coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk reported. “We stepped up and ran in the very tough and aggressive Championship race. We probably could have won the Seeded race for the second year on a row, but the boys really wanted to race with the top teams today. I’m very proud of them.”
Pacing the Bristol Central girls were Alex Sirko (62nd, 23:02), Natalie Dube (65th, 23:07), Bella Crandall (83rd, 23:36), Natalia Popielarz (91st, 23:44), Marisa Heller (122nd, 24:45), Kiara Suazo (135th, 25:34) and Katie Funk (138th, 25:49).
“BC ladies hung tough today after a hard workout on Thursday,” Stafford-Kirk reported. “Captain Alex Sirko continues to lead the ladies, while freshman Natalie Dube and sophomores Bella Crandall and Natalia Popielarz continue to improve.”
Bristol Eastern 2, Middletown 0: With a goal in each half while gaining their sixth shutout, the Lancers qualified for the Class L state tournament with a win Saturday night.
The first goal came after Pat Brady won a ball and played it wide to Connor Errato cutting down the wing. Errato sent a cross to the goal area, where Jake Woznicki hit it past Middletown goalie Connor Vogel with 12:05 to go. In the second half, Konrad Olekszyk cut off a pass and found Woznicki near midfield. Woznicki sent a through ball to Gabe Soucy, who scored at 15:30.
“Our defense was solid throughout the game, led by goalie Nate Diloreto [5 saves] and center back Dante Costantiello,” Lancers coach Bill Sweet said. “We received solid contributions from Drew Dauphinee, Kyle Cyr and Luke Hammer.”
Bristol Eastern 3, Newington 1: The Lancers earned a 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11 victory, led by Aliana Rivoira (13 aces, 19 digs, 35 assists), Bella Nozzolillo (9 kills), Olivia Beaudoin (8 kills) and Zoe Lowe (13 kills, 10 digs).
St. Paul 92, Wilby 76: Double winners for the Falcons were Molly MacAllister (300 freestyle, 100 backstroke), Amelia Bradzioch (300 IM, 100 butterfly) and Abby MacAllister (50 and 100 freestyles).
Emily Haase was first in the 100 breaststroke and second in the 200 freestyle and Julia Sosnowski was first in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke, while Adrianna Raymond won the diving competition. Also, Lyndsey Stanwicks placed third in both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle and Devin Meurer placed third in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Berlin 2, Bristol Central 1: In one of their best all-around games of the season, coach Ginny Godbout said, the Rams came up just short on Friday night.
Adalia Malick got the scoring going off an assist from Jenna Lowe. Erika Santilli, Faith Roy, Lily Hansen, Morgan Patnode and Maddie Ross played standout defense for the Rams, while Liz Hintz played a season-best in goal, Godbout said.
“The offense kept knocking on the door, but unfortunately just couldn’t catch a break,” she said.