NEWINGTON - Newington boys tennis coach Don Lukowski earned his 250th career win with the team on Monday afternoon when the Indians defeated East Hartford 5-2. It was also Newington’s second straight win to start the season.
Ryan Dean, Ben Arora and Shelbin Cheriyan were among the Indians’ winners in singles, while the teams of Sean Davis and David Magsayo and Sam Johnson and Gynno Baccoco won their doubles matches.
Dean’s win was particularly of note because he lost the first set 6-7, came back to win the second set 7-6 and won a super-tiebreaker in the third 12-10 to pull out a thrilling victory over a quality opponent. This is Dean’s first year playing singles and Lukowski says he is growing into the role quickly.
The same could be said for Aurora, who is now second singles after playing doubles a season ago. Arora cruised on Monday and has been a huge part of the team’s fast start to the season.
Lukowski was proud of the kids’ effort in the match.
“All the boys did this for me over all of these years,” Lukowski said.
East Catholic 5, Berlin 2: The Berlin boys tennis team dropped its first match on its new tennis courts 5-2 to a tough East Catholic team.
Top two singles players Jon Trevathan and Tom Fijalkowski were the only Berlin players to win.
New Britain 207, Maloney 210: The New Britain boys golf team got its season off to a solid start with a close win over Maloney. Junior Tim Carrier was the medalist in the match, as he shot a 47, and Niko Fusco was also of note for the Hurricanes as he shot a 50.
“It was a nice opening win for the team,” head coach Bob Zadrozny said. “Hopefully we can keep improving. Carrier in particular had a good day. It’s only his second year golfing and I’m proud of him. He worked very hard this offseason and it’s paying off.”
Goodwin Tech 251, Capital Prep 259: The Goodwin Tech boys golf team picked up its first win of the season. Logan Stine was the medalist, as he shot a 60. Farrell Leardi was right on his tail as he shot a 61.
Goodwin Tech 8, University 1: Goodwin Tech picked up its fourth straight victory. Tommy Hughes got the win, as University was only able to muster three hits, with the team’s lone run coming in the third. The Gladiators scored in each of the first five innings. Paul Pryor hit a two-run home run and finished the game 2-4 with three RBI. Chris Ryan added two doubles for Goodwin Tech.
Bristol Eastern 7, Plainville 3: Neither team was able to score a run through the first five innings, but the Lancers broke through in the sixth in a big way with seven runs. The Blue Devils scored three runs of their own in the next half inning with Tyler St. Onge recording two RBI.
New Britain 17, Conard 1 (5 innings): The Hurricanes got a good outing from Gianna Gonzales in the win and had plenty of contributors on the offensive end. Gabby Roy had the only two extra-base hits of the game with a double and triple and she added three RBI. Paola Bronner went 3-for-3 with three runs, two stolen bases and two RBI, while Jada Lawson went 2-for-2 with two stolen bases.
Southington 5, Rockville 1: Kara Zazzaro allowed just one hit in her complete-game effort and struck out 15 hitters in the process. The Blue Knights got a big offensive day from Amanda Delorme, who went 3-for-3 and drove in three of the five Southington runs. Sarah Myrick and Abby Lamson each had two hits for the Blue Knights in the game.
University 14, Goodwin Tech 9: Goodwin had three pitchers rotating innings on Monday and University was able to score off of all of them as it scored in every inning. Ashley Rivera was saddled with the loss. Offensively the Gladiators had some standouts as Paola Barbosa had three hits including a triple and two RBI, while Valerie Ramirez had two hits including a three-run triple.
Two Rivers 14, Innovation 6: Innovation struggled to climb out of an 8-0 hole in its first loss of the season. Lianna Giles took the loss for the Ravens, but she did strike out nine batters. Imani Rosado remained hot with the bat as she went 3-for-3 and is hitting near .700 on the young season.