This weekâ€™s Athletes of the Week are some of the best in their respective sports not only in the area, but also in the state.
Berlin tennis player Jon Trevethan has been dominant for a second straight season, while Newington softball player Kat Lagace is leading her team to an impressive season.
The Berlin tennis team has had some solid success so far in the 2017 season, but the clear standout has been No. 1 singles player Trevethan. He has competed in nine matches so far and has won all of them, typically in dominating fashion.
Now a sophomore, he came in as a freshman and was already among the best players in the state. Last season Trevethan finished 16-1 in singles matches and made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the state tournament before finally being eliminated. This season the expectations for the star tennis player are even higher.
â€śJon was one of the top five players in the CCC as a freshman,â€ť head coach Rex Smith said. â€śAs a sophomore he will have the opportunity to be the best player in the CCC because he only has one more challenging match.â€ť
Trevethanâ€™s success at the high school level is undeniable, but it doesnâ€™t even begin to tell the story of how successful he has been in the sport of tennis at such a young age. He has won singles USTA sanctioned tournaments in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
The sophomore is currently ranked 35th by the USTA in New England in combined singles and doubles for boys 16 and under. He has been ranked as high as 12th for the 12 and under group and 19th for the 14 and under group. Trevethan has also participated in, and been invited to, national showcases so there is no telling how far he can go and how much success he can have in the sport of tennis.
â€śJon has worked very hard since last season to improve all aspects of his game,â€ť Smith said.
The Newington softball team lost its season opening game to Middletown 10-4, but since then the team has not suffered another defeat. The Indians are 11-1 a little bit more than halfway through the season and six of those wins have been shutouts thrown by Lagace.
The senior has been a steadying presence on the mound for Newington and her numbers are eye popping. Through 74 innings so far, she has a 2.08 ERA and has struck out 86 batters.
â€śKat is a hard worker who leads by example,â€ť head coach Steve Markie said. â€śShe has all the confidence in the world in her ability and with her calm demeanor which is perfect for a pitcher. She is a great leader in the circle.â€ťÂ
In the circle hasnâ€™t been the only place Lagace has had an impact for the Indians this season as she has also been extremely productive at the plate. In 41 at-bats she is hitting .488 with five triples and 14 RBI. On top of that she has a .511 on-base percentage and .731 slugging percentage.
Lagace has been a well-rounded player for Newington as she contributes in every facet of the game on the field and is a leader off of it. Her work on the mound, though, is what has always stood out the most and what gives the Indians a chance to finish off a special season and make some significant noise come tournament time.
â€śKat came in as a freshman with tons of ability and every year seems to improve on her game,â€ť Markie said. â€śThis season we got off to a slow start offensively but she helped to keep other teams off the board with her pitching and allowed us to be in games. Lately she has been hitting her spots and giving the opponents very little to work with. We can only hope that she continues to produce down the stretch through the final three weeks of the season.â€ť
Michael Woolfson can be reached at 860-801-5203 or On Twitter: @Bigwoolf5