New Britain Herald Athletes of the Week are Newington's Louis Egbuna and Berlin's Jackie Cooper

Published on Monday, 28 May 2018 21:22
Written by SHELBY IAVA


The Newington boys volleyball team played five matches over five straight weekdays through last Thursday, including seeing their rival Southington twice, the second time in the CCC Tournament final.

The Indians’ junior outside hitter, Luis Egbuna, was a solid contributor in their success over that stretch.

“Louis brings great energy to the team,” Newington head coach Curt Burns said. “Whether it is in practice or a match situation, he embraces the big moment, such as being able to clinch the match with a service ace versus East Hartford, which earned us a trip to the CCC tournament final.”

During the CCC Tournament, Egbuna recorded 34 kills, nine aces and 15 digs.

“In my opinion, we play better when we have energy,” Egbuna said. “It doesn’t just start on the court. It starts on the bench and in the crowd. That’s how we’re going to win, with energy.”

Egbuna continued, “South Windsor, Lewis Mills, teams like that, they have one good player. Our team, we have players all across the board and teams don’t know who to stop. That’s what separates us from everybody else.”

Newington will begin the Class M tournament on Friday, June 1, against the winner of eighth-seeded Farmington (9-8) and ninth-seeded Daniel Hand (10-9).

“As the number one seed in the CIAC Class M state tournament,” Burns said, “every opponent will be bringing us their best effort. We will look to Louis to be one of our team’s leaders as we go forward in pursuit of another championship.”

The Berlin girls golf team isn’t underestimating the importance of last Wednesday’s match against a two-win Plainville team.

Cooper’s 43 helped Berlin to handily beat the Blue Devils 197-262 at Timberlin Golf Course.

“This was important,” Berlin head coach Jim Barnes said. “It was a divisional match. For Jackie, it was her lowest score of the year and we tied our lowest team score of the year and we were able to do that without our No. 2 player.”

Cooper has been Berlin’s go-to No. 1 all season long. Barnes can look to her to get the job done at any time.

The last time the Redcoats shot a 197 was in their match against New Britain and Cooper was also the medalist in that match, as she shot a 44.

Berlin is currently ranked 13th for the state meet.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Athletes of the Week, Berlin, Newington on Monday, 28 May 2018 21:22. Updated: Monday, 28 May 2018 21:24.