Roundup: Berlin boys hoops pull away late, area boys swim teams thrive in competition

Published on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:18
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BERLIN – Berlin boys basketball improved to 5-2 Wednesday night, winning 52-43 over Lewis Mills.

The game was even at 30-30 in the fourth quarter before Berlin exploded in scoring, dropping 22 points in the final quarter alone on its way to the win.

Marino Fanelli ha 11 of his team-leading 17 points in the fourth quarter while Ryan Stec scored 15 points in the win, eight of which came in the final quarter.

Stec also had 10 rebounds, achieving a double-double.

Toby Lavender had five assists to lead the Redcoats.


Terryille 26, Goodwin Tech 21: Terryville girls basketball defeated Terryville Wednesday night in a 26-21 score.

Terryville le a narow 8-6 lead through the first quarter, but saw the score slip to Goodwin’s favor at halftime with the Gladiator’s ahead 10-9.

Trailing by two entering the final quarter, Terryville was able to hold Goodwin to just four points in the final minutes of play as Terryvile had a double-digit (11) point quarter.

Leading in scoring for Goodwin was Megan Lukeszewski with 10 points. Zoe Zappone of Terryville led the contest in points with 12. Avery Owens had eight points for Terryville.


Southington 87, East Catholic 71: Southington boys swim and dive piked up its first win of the season in its season opener Wednesday night, winning 87-71 over East Catholic.

Notable performances from the evening inlude first-place relay teams in both the 200 medley relay ( Matt Niro, Alex LeClair, Landon Colby, and Matt Siwek) and 200 free relay (Boden Tito, Nate Malsheske, Ian McPhee, and Alex LeClair).

The time for the 200 medley relay was 1:45.86 and the 200 free relay time was 1:51.40.

The 400 relay team of Matt Niro, Matt Siwek, Boden Tito and Landon Colby also took first at a time of 3:39.39.

In the individual competitons, LeClair won the 200 free (1:57.84) and the 500 free (5:11.21). Colby (inter. medley at 2:09.42 and 500 fee at 1:05.17) and Niro (50 free at 23.72 and 100 back at 57.89) were also double winners on the evening, winning the aforementioned events in the respective times.

Justin Vaillancourt’s diving score of 189.75 was first in the meet for Southington as well.

Berlin 86, E.O. Smith/Tolland 82: Berlin boys swim and dive won its meet Wednesday night over E.O. Smith/Tolland, winning 86-82.

The Redcoats had a strong showing, taking first in all but three events.

“I was really happy with the energy level that we had team-wide today,” said Berlin coach Daniel Thurston. “Historyically we’ve always had close meets with E.O. Snuth abd we knew coming in that the meet could come down to races for third and fourth place. I thought our guys really embraces that and raced hard up and down the lineup.”

Matt Jamrozek was a double winner, winning the 50 (23.71) and 100 meter freestyle (52.08). Both times qualify him for the CIAC’s state meet.

Logan Szczesniak won two other events as wel, winning the 200 inter. medley (2:14.67) and the 500 free (5:33.03), both of which were personal bests – the 200 medley time being good enough to qualify for the state meet.

Mason Durant won his first meet of his high school career, winning the 100 backstroke with a personal best of 1:06.05. Marcel Dabek won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.54 and also had a runner-up finish in the 200 inter. medley.

“We challenged a few guys to change their approach and be a little more aggressive in their swims and they really stepped up to the task, especially our 200 freestylers Glenn Fearn and Mitchell Rivers,” added Thurston. “Ths was a tight meet throughout and we’re really happy with how the tream rallied and pushed eachother.”

Bristol co-op 96, Avon 89: Bristol’s co-op boys swim and dive team defeated Avon in a 96-89 score Wednesday night.

The boys from Bristol had multiple improvements on times across all events, with one of the biggest coming from Miles Jennings in the 100 mized fly. His time of 30.97 was an over 30 second improvement. Luke Losacano had a 17.86 second improvement in the 200 free, finishing aat 2:18.07.

Notable top times from Bristol included Davis Kroll’s time of 27.38 in the 200 medley. In the 200 free, Thomas Masotti had a time of 2:05.97 and in the mixed 50 free Nathan Stellmach finished at 23.36.

The mixed 200 free team of Miles Jennings, Tyler Wilson, Jacob Wilson and Thomas Masotti had a time of 1:47.26.

In the 100 back, Davis Kroll also had an improvement by nearly two seconds at 59.03.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, Southington, St. Paul, Terryville on Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:18. Updated: Wednesday, 12 January 2022 22:21.