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The Sports Journal

Winter Sports Season Comes to Close at NBHS

The New Britain High School winter season has come to a close so it’s time to look back and review the strides and accomplishments each program achieved throughout the 2014/2015 season.

Boys’ Basketball

In a way, the boys’ varsity basketball team overachieved. Coming into the season, many expected them to have a down year and while it was one compared to last season’s success, it was also one that saw the team clinch a spot in both the CCC playoffs and state tournament. The team finished with a 9-11 record under the direction of head coach Todd Stigliano and competed hard in the vast majority of their games.

The team was eliminated in the first round of both the CCC playoffs and the state tournament.

Leading the way for the Hurricanes were Flavian LaPorte, Donovan Lighty and Tyree Burns.

Looking into the future, the freshman team dominated throughout the season, only losing two games – Hillhouse and Hartford Public. Anyone who watched them this past season knows that those players are destined for success in the near future as they make their way to the varsity ranks over the next few years.

The junior varsity team also showed promise, improving on the court compared to their freshman season. They’ll be running up and down the court at the varsity level next year and will look to continue their development and improvement.

Girls’ Basketball

The varsity basketball team struggled throughout the season, only picking up four wins in their 20 game schedule. They competed throughout the season and leading the way for the Lady Hurricanes were Deija Santana, Jamyra Irizarry and Stephanie Maldonado. Head coach Tasha Manzie is looking forward to the future as she has now been at the head of the program for four years, meaning that every single one of the girls throughout the program have been under her direction and learning her style of play.

One can’t blame her as there seems to be a lot of promise at the freshman and junior varsity levels that is sure to carry over into the 2015/2016 season. Both squads fought hard in every game they were in and the continued development throughout the season is something the program can hang their hat on for success in the near future.

Wrestling

The New Britain High School wrestling team has been competitive over the past several years and this year was no different. The team competed in 15 meets and fought hard in all of them under the direction of head coach Charles Ferguson.

In the Class LL meet last weekend, the team saw three of their wrestlers finish in the top three in their respective weight class. Joshua Graves finished in second place at 185 pounds, Alex Swaby finished in third place at 220 pounds and Luis Laboy finished in third place at 285 pounds. The team will now head to the state open, which will take place this coming weekend.

Indoor Track and Field

The indoor track and field team, under the direction of head coach Lisa Kawecki, has seen great strides this past season.

The girls’ team was led by Joanna Tobiasz, who was participating in indoor track and field for the first time. She became the CCC Conference Champion in the girls Long Jump with a measurement of 16-6.25. In addition to that, she qualified for the Class LL State Championships in three other events, making her the only girl on the team to qualify in all the events she participated in.

On the boys’ side of the team, Marcris Webb qualified for the class LL state meet in the 300 and 600 meter run. William Gordon also qualified in two individual events – the 55 and 300 meter dash. The boys’ Sprint Medley relay team, which included Liam Kane, Aaron Lugo, Keyon Wellington and Juwan Sullins, also qualified for the state meet.

Looking towards the spring

The spring season will be in full swing in just a few short weeks with the baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and the outdoor track & field programs kicking off their seasons and looking to improve from 2014.