ROUNDUP: Trio of singles players lifts St. Paul girls tennis to win

Published on Thursday, 4 May 2017 22:54


BRISTOL - The top three singles players led the way for the St. Paul girls tennis team on Thursday afternoon as the Falcons topped Woodland 4-3 at Peck Park.

Natasha Kempes, Tori Kilbourne and Katie Pauloz make up the top of the St. Paul singles lineup and each came away with a win. Kempes narrowly got past Ally Mayne by a score of 9-7, Kilbourne was leading 7-2 when her opponent had to forfeit and Pauloz cruised to an 8-3 victory.

The win that put the Falcons over the edge came on the doubles side. No. 1 doubles pair Mariah Fiscella and Caroline Badal edged their opponents 9-7 to give St. Paul (11-2) the decisive fourth win of the match to take down Woodland (9-2).

Bristol Eastern 4, Newington 3: The Lancers won two matches each in singles and doubles as they defeated the Indians. Hannah Langlais and Federica Castaldi each earned straight-set wins on the singles side, while Bristol Eastern’s No. 1 pairing - Kasey Simpson and Gabi Reymont - won in three sets and the No. 3 pairing - Alivia Castle and Alison Graham - won in straights.


Bristol Central 7, Simsbury 1: The Rams took an early two-run lead but a five-run fifth inning sealed the win over the Trojans.

On offense, Bristol Central was led by a pair of players. Kevin White and Jeremy Ganavage each went 2-for-3 at the plate, with Ganavage picking up an RBI. Noah Plantamuro had one hit in three at-bats with two RBI.

Alex Balfour pitched 5 1/3 solid innings for the Rams to help his team improve to 6-5 on the season.

Bristol Central 4, Plainville 0: Ken Knox pitched a complete game on Wednesday afternoon, shutting out eh Blue Devils. Alec DiLoreto and Eric Gaudreau each recorded a double in the contest, while Jacob Santiago finished 2-for-3 at the plate.


St. Paul 14, Derby 3: Abby Poirot piled up 17 strikeouts in the circle and Lindsey O’Bright went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead the Falcons to a win over the Red Raiders.

Amongst her four hits in the game, O’Bright had a triple and three RBI. Two more St. Paul players, Janessa Gonzalez and Alessandra Milardo, recorded one double apiece. For Poirot, the win was her third this season and she has yet to lose this spring.

Newington 15, Bristol Central 0: The Rams ran into a hot Indians team that has not lost since the first game of the season and could not keep up. Newington scored four runs in the first inning and eight in the second to blitz Bristol Central.

The Rams only recorded two hits but one of them was a double off the bat of Sarah Strilkauskas, which was one of the few highlights. McKenzie Lewis suffered her first loss of the season just one day after earning her first win of the spring, a 14-4 decision against Plainville on Wednesday.

Bristol Eastern 12, New Britain 1: The Lancers broke the game open with six runs in the fourth inning on their way to a decisive win over the Hurricanes on Wednesday.

Erin Girard continued her dominance in the circle, fanning 13 over seven innings and giving up just four hits, three walks and no earned runs. Jordan Fitzsimons had the best day on offense for Bristol Eastern, going 3-for-4 with a triple, four RBI and three runs scored.


Bristol Eastern 5, Newington 2: The Lancers dropped one match each on singles and doubles on their way to the victory over the Indians.

At No. 1 singles, Justin Trottier overcame a 6-0 loss in the first set to win the second set and the third-set tiebreaker. Ridhwan Abdulsalam and Devon Plourde also won for Bristol Eastern in singles.

The Lancers’ No. 2 pair of Thomas Tefoe and Cory Deeves also fought back after dropping the first set to defeat their opponents, while Justin Wietrzykowski and Benjamin Chiasson won in straight sets at No. 3.


Bristol Central 99, Lewis Mills 51: The Rams earned first-place finishes in 13 events against the Spartans. Kaynan Conrod had the most successful day for Bristol Central, as he won the 100 and the 200 individually and was part of the winning 4x100 relay team.

Among the many wins, Matt Roy claimed first in the 3200, Isaiah Miller won the javelin Mike Guzman topped the discus and Pat Kjornrattanawanich finished first in the 400.


Bristol Central 97, Lewis Mills 48: The Rams dominated the Spartans in all aspects of the meet, with multiple athletes claiming more than one first-place finish.

Shy-Ann Whitten led the way for Bristol Central, as she had at least a part in four different wins. Individually, she finished first in the triple and high jump and the 100 and she was also part of the winning 4x100 team. Hannah Jones and Olivia Savino were among those with three wins in the meet.

Josh Kestenbaum can be reached at 860-973-1811 or On Twitter: @K_baum30

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul on Thursday, 4 May 2017 22:54. Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2017 22:56.