This is the third and final part of the series highlighting the newest members of the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame:
Jaime Crowley Krajewski, 2002
Crowley attended Plainville High from 1998 to 2002. During that time, she was a prominent member of the soccer, swim and track and field teams. In her senior year, Crowley was named a captain in soccer and track and field. She was selected All-Northwest Conference and All-Herald three years in swimming and four years in track and field. Crowley also achieved All-State honors in swimming and track and field three times each.
In swimming, she set Plainville High school records in the 50 and 100 freestyles, 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Crowley was a six-time Northwest Conference Champion and won the Class S state titles in the 50 freestyle from 1998-2000, 100 backstroke in 1998, 100 freestyle in 1999 and in 2000 she was the state record holder in the 50 freestyle.
In track and field, Crowley set the Plainville school records in both the discus and shot put, while being a four-time conference champion in those events. While winning the State Open in 2002, she set a new record in the discus throw by tossing it a distance of 142’ 8”. That same year, she placed second in the state heptathlon competition.
After graduating from high school, Crowley attended Central Connecticut State University where she earned Academic All-American honors in 2005 and 2006. She also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in those same years, placing 20th in the 100 breaststroke.
In 2005, Crowley finished in 6th place in the 50 freestyle at the Short Course Fina World Cup competition in New York. Her time for that event ranked her 52nd in the world at that time. In the 2006 Winter National Championships, she finished fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle.
During her career at CCSU Crowley set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyles, 100 and 200 breaststrokes, 200 IM, 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. She was the state of Connecticut record holder in the 50 freestyle in 2005. She was also captain of the CCSU swim team in her junior and senior years.
1992 Plainville High Baseball Team
The Plainville High School baseball team finished with a record of 19-3. The squad won the 1992 Class L State Championship and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team in Connecticut by the Hartford Courant. The combination of sound defense, clutch hitting, masterful pitching and a trick play or two highlighted the remarkable run.
The team was coached by Robert Freimuth along with an outstanding coaching staff of Louis Mandeville, Patrick Risley, Gregory Ziogas and Brett Fish. Tyler Balducci, John Janick and David Fish were the team’s captains.
Defensively, the Blue Devils were strong up the middle. Catcher Brian Edge anchored the team behind the plate. Janick and Brian Curtis were outstanding in the middle infield and Balducci patrolled centerfield. Dean Jakobowski and James Pugilese were solid at the corner infield positions. Fish, Brian Biskupiak, Jason Plourde and Jeffrey Sengle rotated in the outfield and on the mound.
Offensively, the team was potent and clutch one through nine. Plourde and Janick were at the top of the order providing speed and bat control. Fish, a four-year starter, Biskupiak, Edge and sophomore Earl Snyder were run producers. Snyder batted .417 in the state tournament. Balducci, Jakbowski and Pugliese kept the line moving on the bottom of the order.
Remarkably, eight times in the four state tournament games, a Plainville hitter came up with two outs and got a clutch hit to score runners. Balducci had the game-winning hit in the title game and Pugliese had a key hit to drive in an insurance run.
Everybody in Plainville is a pitcher and the 1992 squad was superb on the mound. Biskupiak, Plourde, Jakobowski and Fish logged the most innings. The staff gave up only one run in state tournament play.
Biskupiak, who finished the year with an 8-0 record, pitched 21 scoreless innings in the tournament and struck out 18, earning three wins and one save. He gave up zero, yes zero, runs using a lively fastball, slow curve and sneaky slider.
In the tournament after a first round bye, Biskupiak shut out Foran 9-0 in the second round. He then beat East Lyme 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Plourde, a hard throwing lefty, was outstanding in the semifinal win over Wethersfield. In the state title game, Biskupiak shut out Ledyard 3-0 on a Friday afternoon at Palmer Field in Middletown. He struck out the last three batters he faced.
While in Cocoa Beach, Florida for spring training, the team perfected a few trick plays. Janick and Curtis were excellent at tagging unwary base runners out with the hidden ball trick. A play the team named “Don’t Be A Star” was executed to perfection by the pitching staff and position players. Base runners didn’t stray far from the bases and opposing coaches around the state could be heard telling their base runners, “Watch out! Don’t get Plainvilled!”
Biskupiak, Janick, and Fish received All-State recognition in 1992. They, along with Edge, Plourde, Sengle and Snyder, went on the have outstanding collegiate baseball careers. Snyder went on to play professional baseball and was a member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.
Biskupiak, Edge, Snyder, Fish, Coach Mandeville, Coach Ziogas and Coach Freimuth have been inducted into the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame.
Other members of the squad were Ryan Nightingale, Mark Janick, Rob Plourde, Kevin Redmen, Savino Dilernia, Manny Litos, Anthony Cavallo, John Andros, Mike Spirito, Eric Lozaw and Matt Davis.
The Plainville Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central Street in Forestville. The ceremony will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the awards following immediately. The cost for a ticket is $45 and can be purchased at the Dental Offices of Dr. Rusty Camp at 359 Farmington Ave, or Angelo’s Modern Barber Shop at 61 East St. or Farmington Bank at 117 East St. in Plainville. Please contact Mike Bakaysa at 860-573-8015 or Byron Treado at 860-836-3377 for details. All commemorative plaques can be viewed at Plainville High School in the Hall of Fame Showcase. For further information on the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame can be found at www.plainvillesports.com .