New Britain Herald Athletes of the Week are Southington's Ali Carr and Newington's Adam Belair

Published on Monday, 19 February 2018 22:41
Written by SHELBY IAVA


Southington’s Ali Carr and Newington’s Adam Belair have both contributed greatly in their respective team’s most recent wins, and have earned recognition as this week’s area Athlete of the Week picks as a result.

The Southington girls basketball team rolled past E.O. Smith during the first round of the CCC Tournament Thursday evening. Carr, a freshman, scored a career-high 19 points, helping Southington move on to the next round.

“We were really excited to come out and play this game and we just really wanted to win,” Carr said. “I really attacked the rim [Thursday night]. My coaches always tell me to, but I get tentative sometimes. I think that my confidence has built up a lot more since then and now I just have to keep attacking.”

Carr has been side-by-side with Janette Wadolowski, as the two are the points leaders for the Blue Knights.

“[Carr is] another scoring threat,” Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. “She’s another girl that teams have to look at, because she’s really coming into her own. She’s really developing as a freshman and we don’t even consider her a freshman this late in the season, with all the minutes she’s played. Hopefully she’ll continue to play great.”

Throughout the season, the Southington coaches have been stressing the fundamentals of the game and with Carr it’s all about finishing those layups.

“Sometimes [Carr] is just so explosive she’ll get underneath the basket,” Forgione said. “We’ve been working on doing that jump, stop power layup and slowing it down just a little bit when she gets to the rim and focus on finishing. And she did a great job [Thursday] with that.”

Southington lost during the second round of the CCC Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 69-51 to top-seeded RHAM.

“It’s going to start to get physical now,” Carr said. “It’s going to take passion and heart to just win it and keep moving on.”

Southington will begin its run in the Class LL Tournament next Monday.

Belair, the backup goaltender, was a major factor for the Newington-Berlin ice hockey team as it beat Hall-Southington 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday evening.

“Adam hasn’t played as much this year, but we have a lot of confidence in him,” Indians head coach David Harackiewicz said. “He’s a senior, he’s an athletic kid and he’s always the center around the puck. He’s confident in the net and he always knows where the puck is going to be.”

Belair stopped 45 of 49 shots in the game.

“I give most of the credit to the guys who were out there skating,” Belair said. “Giving up four goals in the second period and then coming back strong in the third, and winning in overtime, it was a great game.”

With the help of Belair, the Indians are currently on a four-game winning streak. And Newington-Berlin plans on keeping up its momentum as the season winds down, with five more games remaining in the regular season.

“I think that is mostly because of the positivity that these guys have been bringing to the ice,” Belair said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Athletes of the Week, Newington, Southington on Monday, 19 February 2018 22:41. Updated: Monday, 19 February 2018 22:43.