Bristol Press Athletes of the Week are St. Paul's Jade Udoh and Bristol Central's Chris Trelli

Published on Monday, 26 February 2018 22:25
Written by BOB MONTGOMERY

Correspondent

Two Bristol residents, Jade Udoh of St. Paul and Chris Trelli of Bristol Central, share “Athlete of the Week” honors for area high school sports.

Udoh, the daughter of Bevin and Unwana Udoh, is a sophomore forward/center on coach Joe Mone’s girls basketball team, which earned the No. 3 seed in the Class M state tournament at 17-4 in being seeded No. 3.

“She’s doing well,” Mone said. “She’s really become a strong player. She’s progressed nicely over the past two years. With all our injuries this month, she’s been important as our go-to player and is taking on that responsibility of being our team leader.”

The Falcons’ last game before starting state tournament play last night was a 48-39 loss to Wolcott on Feb. 17, in the first round of NVL tournament play.

“It was a lot of missed easy shots,” Udoh said. “I felt we could have played defense better and rebounded better. I feel we should have had more team energy.”

Getting to the state tournament, the Falcons have had to deal big time with injuries.

“It was rough,” Udoh said. “As soon as someone got healthy, someone would get hurt. I think it wore us down mentally. It was difficult. I think we’re a lot better now. I think that almost every starter and sixth and seventh man has gotten hurt with either a major or minor injury. It’s been rough.”

In looking at the future, Janessa Gonzalez - the team’s leading player who is out for the season - and Udoh are both sophomores and they have their junior and senior years ahead of them.

“I think something that Janessa and I want is to win the state championship our senior year, or possibly one next year,” Udoh said. “It’s something we want to work for and that’s if no one gets hurt.”  

Trelli, the son of Bonnie and Bret Trelli, is a senior wrestler who captured the Class L title at 120 pounds. He then finished fifth at the State Open at Hillhouse High in New Haven this past Friday and Saturday. The latter finish was the best of the Central grapplers and one of the best of those representing this city.

“I expected to [win],” Trelli said about the Class L’s. “I felt good about my draw [being seeded No. 1]. I just trusted myself, basically, and I knew what I needed to do. Last year, I was in the finals and lost.”

“Chris is a great competitor who has set very high goals for himself,” said his coach, Matt Boissonneault. “Although most wrestlers would be ecstatic with a fifth place finish at the State Open, for Chris this was a major letdown.

“One of the most valuable lessons this sport teaches kids is the ability to overcome adversity. It’s just you and your opponent. For Chris, losing in the semifinals was such a major setback that, in the immediate aftermath, he mentally struggled to rebound and get himself ready to wrestle again. Less than an hour after that loss he had to come back and wrestle another quality opponent, Dan Charron from Killingly, and was back to himself with a dominant win. That last win qualified him for the New England tournament, a highly competitive tournament that he placed fourth in last year.”

When Trelli ends his scholastic career, he will with have obtained a number of honors at the state and New England levels.

As a sophomore, he finished fifth in the Class L’s at 106 pounds. Last year he finished second at the both the Class L’s and State Open at 106 pounds before his fourth at the New Englands.

Trelli is pleased with what he’s gotten out of the sport.

“It’s made me a better person, disciplining myself and making the sacrifices,” Trelli said. “I made a lot of friendships that I value through the sport and it’s just fun for me. I’ve been doing it for about eight years.”

And then there’s coach Boissonneault.

“I’ve known him for seven years,” Trelli said. “He’s like an uncle to me. He’s seen me grow up and progress through the sport, and he’s been on my side all of the way.”

His plans next year include studying biology and wrestling in college, but he is not sure at which level yet.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Athletes of the Week, Bristol Central, St. Paul on Monday, 26 February 2018 22:25. Updated: Monday, 26 February 2018 22:27.