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Canes’ Making Names on Campuses

Symone Roberts, New Britain High’s all-time leading scorer and fourth in state history, played in the first four games for Providence College this season and started twice.

Roberts missed the Friars’ last two games due to a two-game suspension for what a university spokesman said was “a violation of institutional policy.” Jennifer Rynearson, director of athletic media relations, said Roberts will be active Dec. 3 for the start of the Brown Bear Classic tournament.

Roberts, a junior, played 22 minutes off the Friars’ bench Saturday night and contributed nine points and two assists to a 75-43 conquest of Fairfield in the first round of the tournament. She went 4 of 7 from the field and made her only three-point attempt.

Through Saturday’s game, Roberts is averaging 9.6 points per game (3rd on the team). She is tied for theam lead in steals with 12 and is third in assists with 14. She is 20-for-44 from the field, 3-for-10 behind the three-point arc and 5-for-8 from the free throw line.

Roberts shared the team lead in scoring (10) and rebounding (6) in a 55-38 loss to Virginia Nov. 14.

The 5-foot-7 junior guard began the season coming off the bench but earned a starting role for games against the University of Rhode Island (9 points, 6 rebounds) and Harvard (14 points, 5 steals).

Last season, Roberts played in 26 of the Friars’ 29 games, 22 of them as a starter. She averaged 9.3 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals. As a freshman, she played in all but one of Providence’s 34 games and averaged 4.9 ppg.

Roberts, Connecticut’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009, scored 2,374 points in four seasons at New Britain (2006-09), an average of 22.6 per game. She also averaged 4.6 steals. With Roberts leading the way, the Hurricanes won Class LL titles in 2006 and 2007, and were runners-up in 2008.

She was a two-time All-Stater and was named an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News twice and Street & Smith once. She was named MVP of the 2007 ‘LL’ final.

Roberts is the daughter of Kim and James Manzie.

GLOWIAK EMERGING: Former New Britain High guard Steven Glowiak is a redshirt freshman for the Sacred Heart University basketball team.

In seven games through Nov. 27, the 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 8.1 points per game. He made 22 of 52 field goal tries, 10 of the 33 he attempted from three-point range. He has also contributed five steals, five assists and 21 rebounds for the Pioneers (4-3).

Glowiak spent his freshman and sophomore seasons playing at Berlin High before joining his father,

coach Stan Glowiak, at New Britain. He scored 775 at New Britain and totaled 1,016 over his high school career, an average of 11.0 per game. He scored at a 17-point clip and averaged four assists and three steals as a senior captain.

He was a two-time All-CCC player and played in both of the state’s senior all-star games.

Steven’s older brother Brian is now director of basketball operations at the University of Hartford, where he played collegiate ball after graduating from New Britain High School.

CCSU GRID CONNECTION: Seven former New Britain High football players played for head coach Jeff McInerney at Central this fall.

Senior linebacker Isaiah Boddie, an All-Stater for the Hurricanes, made 50 tackles, two for losses and recovered a fumble this year. As a junior, he made 62 tackles – fourth on the team – made six for losses and had an interception.

Chris Linares, a three-sport star at NBHS, reaped plenty of playing time this fall. He made 41 tackles, had two interceptions and broke up nine passes. In 2010, Linares started 11 games and was a Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week.

Senior Justin Paradis served as the Blue Devils’ long snapper and a reserve wide receiver. As a second-team All-Stater at New Britain, he made 33 receptions for 493 yards and three touchdowns.

Juan Duque, a junior placekicker, made 34 extra-point placements and four field goals for 46 points this season. He was a four-time All-CCC kicker at New Britain and an All-Stater as a senior.

Markeith Cirinna joined Linares in the CCSU defensive backfield. As a sophomore, he had 22 tackles, an interceptions and broke up four passes.

Ralfy Garcarz, a quarterback at New Britain, was a redshirt freshman wide receiver. Elijah Yopp is a freshman linebacker.