By KEVIN ROBERTS
Plainville boys swimming and diving hosted next-door neighbor Southington on Jan. 25 at Plainville High School. The teams share a diving coach—Jan Zagorski, mother of Blue Devil coach Chris Zagorski—and they share the Plainville facility six days per week, but they were opponents during this meet.
It was a good measuring stick for the Blue Devils to face the Class LL opponent. The Blue Knights won 91-87, with the final three events scored as exhibitions for the visitors. Southington held a 91-49 lead after the 200 freestyle relay.
More than one Devil rose to the challenge. Joseph Michalic was first in the 200 individual medley for Plainville (2:15.12). Michalic also had a second place finish in the 100 butterfly (59.51). Nathan Lyman had a second place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:35.93). Lyman was one of three Blue Devils to swim a season-best time in the 500 freestyle during the meet, along with Colin Blake (5:51.70) and Matt Lagassey (5:58.93).
Brandon Paznokas swam well in the 50 freestyle, finishing third (25.92). Paznokas was the top swimmer for Plainville in the exhibition 100 backstroke (1:03.84), followed by Andrew Kane in second (1:10.91). Coach Chris Zagorski said Kane has been swimming well in the last couple meets, as has Chris St. Lawrence. St. Lawrence was part of two second place relay teams in the Southington meet.
Matt Lagassey claimed first in the exhibition 100 breaststroke (1:13.52). The Blue Devil team of Marcos Gutierrez, Peter Bienasz, Paznokas and Lyman were first in the exhibition 4x400m relay (3:54.56).
Up next: Plainville was scheduled to swim against the Platt/Maloney co-op on Tuesday at Platt High School.
Plainville (11-9, 2-3 CCC South) picked up a big 39-30 division win over Berlin on Jan. 23. Alex Hernandez (152 pounds), Kyle Voisine (160), Kaleb Korona (195), Travis Boone (285) and Dylan Bucci (113) scored pins for the Blue Devils. Felix La Oz (170), Jayden Barton (120) and Dominic Pedrolini (126) won by decision in the dual meet, which began at 152.
Plainville took sixth place at the Highlander Invitational in Portland on Jan. 26. Pedrolini finished second at 126 to lead the Blue Devils. Hernandez (152), Voisine (160) and Korona (182) each took third place while Barton (120), Ty Pales (195) and Bhavya Patel (285) all placed fourth. Plainville finished with 155.5 team points. Griswold was first with 211 points, followed by New Britain in second with 187.5 and Manchester in third with 184.5.
Up next: Plainville was scheduled to host Middletown on Wednesday.
WMRP went 2-1 on the week with victories over North Haven (4-1 on Jan. 21) and the Newington Co-op (2-1 in OT on Jan. 26). The Eagles lost 5-2 to South Windsor on Jan. 23. WMRP had a great night on and off the ice on Jan. 26 against Newington at the Newington Ice Arena. On the ice, Curtis Clemens III scored the winning goal in overtime. Off the ice, WMRP raised $2,200 for children’s cancer awareness and research.
CCC joins football alliance
The CCC voted to join the Connecticut High School Football Alliance for two seasons. Plainville will play at Jonathan Law of Milford, a member of the Southern Connecticut Conference, on Sept. 27. That game will take place in Week 3 of the 2019 season.
Blue Devil athletic director Chris Farrell was part of the process, along with Bristol athletic director Chris Cassin and CCC commissioner Dan Scavone. The schools submitted roster sizes, school size and records for the past five years, Farrell said.
“It’s a good process, good for high school football. It’s new, so we’ll try it out for two years in the CCC and see how it goes,” Farrell said.
The alliance has teams from the CCC and SCC, along with the Eastern Connecticut Conference, Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the South-West Conference.
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