BRISTOL - Nate DeAngelo helped bring back high school sports with a bang.
The Bristol Central boys cross country team fell to Avon 37-24 on Thursday, but for the DeAngelo, it was a memorable day for more reasons than the return of sports after the covid-19 outbreak. DeAngelo finished in first place with a time of 16:33.69, a course record for Rockwell Park.
“Nate continues to run exceptionally strong,” Central head coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. “He beat the course record by 40 seconds.”
DeAngelo’s teammate Frankie Porrini came in third for the boys, while on the girls side, the Rams also lost 37-24 even after a first-place finish from Natalia Polielarz, who finished with a time of 21:42.4. Fellow senior Bella Crandall came in third with a mark of 23:52.5.
Over in Southington, the Blue Knights’ boys and girls teams each defeated New Britain 0-15 to open the season.
Southington 7, New Britain 0
The Blue Knights dominated at home in their season opener on Thursday, running out to a 5-0 halftime lead and never looking back. Jessica Car and Maya Wroblewski each scored two goals for the defending state finalists, while Brianna Linehan, Abby Sowa and Abbie Flanigan also chipped in with a goal apiece.
Emily Eigo didn't need to make a single save for Southington, while Geraldine Mares was busy all afternoon in net for the Hurricanes, making 22 saves.
Berlin 0, Newington 0
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie to open the season, but due to the new covid-19 regulations, there was no overtime period to determine a winner. Instead, both settled for a draw and a point.
“It was great to see the girls back out playing again and trying to resume some sense of normalcy,” Berlin head coach Alex Joslyn said.
Farmington 8, Bristol Eastern 1
The Lancers were roughed up in their first game of the season, falling behind 4-0 at the half and never finding a way to recover.
Farmington rattled off 34 shots and got two goals apiece from Elizabeth Neri, Emma Novajasky and Giana Coletti, while Eastern’s lone goal came from Ciara Collings early in the second half off a feed from Megan Krok.
Grace D’Amato made 14 saves in net for the Lancers.
Bristol Central 1, Avon 1
The Rams started off the 2020 season with a 1-1 tie against Avon, not having a chance to get the win due to the new rule of no overtime periods.
After shaking off some cobwebs at the start of the game, Ashlee Crumrine found Rachel Wygant, who found the back of the net to put the Rams up 1-0 at the end of the first half.
Central had some other great looks by Crumrine, Bella Bosco, Hannah Aldieri, and Ava Bouchard, but just couldn’t seem to finish it off. The defense led by Christine Attle, Lily Hansen, and Maddie Ross with Maddy Corcoran in goal was strong and held off the Avon attack for most of the game, but one miscue end of the game resulted in a goal for Avon, and a missed chance for the Rams to start the season off with a win.
Terryville 7, Wolcott Tech 0
The Kangaroos opened the new season in dominant fashion, getting two goals from Zoe Zappone to lead an offensive onslaught. Erin Avolt, Kylie Fernet, Alivia Cote, Grace Daly and Kelly Poulin all found the back of the net as well for Terryville.
The Kangaroos’ were so overwhelming with their offensive attack, they made sure goalkeeper Ally Drake didn’t need to make a single save all afternoon.
Newington 2, Berlin 1
It was a tight local battle at Sage Park to open the season on Thursday evening, but it was Newington doing just enough to come away with the victory.
Christian Amaral and Mannasah Dalomba both found the back of the net for Newington, while Jack Stair and Beckham Alderucci picked up assists. Adam Kozubal scored the lone goal for the Redcoats.
Xander Ford stopped seven shots for Newington, while Zach Cancellieri had nine saves for Berlin.
Plainville 4, Lewis Mills 3
The Blue Devils hung on to get in the win column on Thursday, edging Lewis Mills after carrying a three-goal lead into the second half.
All-State senior Patrick Gryczewski started his season with a goal, as did Jessie Perez. Trevor Rau led the way with two goals, though the team as a whole could have had more from its 19 total shots.
“Over the course of the game, we hit the cross bar twice,” Plainville head coach Tim Brown said. “It was a good showing for a possession-based game. Unfortunately, we didn’t score more, but it was a good result for the first match of the season.”
Nate Masco made four saves for the Blue Devils, who are once again looking to be one of the top teams in Class M this season.
Newington 2, Berlin 1: After a scoreless first half, Newington managed to pull out the win thanks to a goal apiece from Christian Amgral and Mannasan Dalomea.
Adam Kozubeal scored the lone goal for the Redcoats.
Berlin’s Zach Cancelleri and Newington’s Xander Ford each saved 10 shots on net.
Southington 3, New Britain 0
The Blue Knights invaded the Hurricanes’ Senior Night with a clean sweep (25-12, 25-8, 25-11) to start the season on a high note.
Jackie Dobransky had three kills on four attempts for Southington, while the team as a whole showed its efficiency from the back line with 20 service aces in an overall dominant effort.
Wilcox Tech 3, Goodwin Tech 1
The Gladiators are coming off of one the most memorable seasons in program history, but the defending conference champions were tripped up in their season opener on Thursday evening.
Wilcox Tech earned the victory (16-25 23-25, 25-18, 25-20) after dropping the first set. Nathalie Derosa earned 12 service points for the Gladiators and added four service aces, 11 kills and six digs, while Trinity Chambers collected 10 serving points and 10 assists in the losing effort.
Platt 3, Newington 1
Newington nearly avoided the sweep on Thursday, but came up just short in the third set to fall to 0-1 on the season after losing to the Panthers in three sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-23).
Madison Massaro-Cook finished with three kills, three assists and four digs for Newington, while Diana Sliwinski added four kills of her own. Michaela Lyons also had a strong showing, picking up eight digs and three kills.