By KEN MORSE
This week, my Big Blue award for the outstanding performance of the week goes to Plainville cross country runner Brody Anderson. The sophomore long distance runner put up his highest finish of the season placing fifth, matching the Blue Devils highest finish of the season, in a time of 18:47 at Hubbard Park in Meriden last Tuesday in a tri-meet with Middletown and Maloney.
Here’s the week in review:
The Lady Blue Devils have turned the corner, battling to pick up two close wins last week and improving to 2-3 on the season. Last Tuesday Plainville pulled out an 87-81 win over Haddam-Killingworth. On Friday they battled back to squeak out a 90-86 win over East Hartford.
Natalie Basile was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:34.95) and the 100 back stroke (1:14.71) in the victory over H-K. Isabella Samperi had a first place in the 100 fly (1:14.56) and a second place in the 200 IM. Ashleigh Bantz won the 500 freestyle (6:16.28) and finished second in the 200 freestyle. Emma Miller grabbed two, second place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Basile again was a double winner (200 IM, 100 backstroke) against East Hartford. The Yellowjackets stayed close and eventually took a 66-64 advantage. Plainville regained the lead when Basile won the 100 backstroke and Olivia Sleszynski swam to victory in the 100 breast stoke to give the Blue Devils a slim 84-78 advantage with one event to go to decide the meet.
The 400 relay team of Basile, Phoebe Gediman, Miller and Samperi took second and Plainville still need another solid finish. The second 400 relay squad of Bantz, Vanessa Autunno, Liz Susco and Alyssa Macomber took third and the Blue Devils escaped with a four point win.
Plainville is back in the pool this week at home on Monday against Bristol Central and on Friday hosting Farmington.
The Blue Devils ran into a couple of tough opponents last week in losses to Middletown and Maloney, running their record to 2-6 on the season. Last Tuesday, the boys were outpointed 18-38 to Middletown and 27-32 to Maloney. The girls came up on the short end of a 15-50 final to Middletown and 19-38 to Maloney.
Brody Davidson led the boys with a fifth place finish in a time of 18:47. Jeremy Coutar was eighth at 19:12, Travis Levine 11th at 19:51, Owen Davidson 12th at 19:54 giving the Blue Devils four runner to break the 20 minute mark.
Justin DeBellis 14th at 20:10 and Matt Cavaliere 15th at 20:12 were right on the cusp with Dan Sozanski 16th at 20:21, Owen Leander 19th at 20:36, Jacob Demmons 22nd at 20:56, Matt Anderson 23rd at 21:00, Matt Badorek 26th at 21:25 and Konrad Koc 30th at 21:39.
Emily Roy led the girls with an eighth place finish in 24:18. Emma Lopez was 13th at 25:52, Kate Riedel 15th at 26:17, Allie Chambrello 18th at 27:30, Helena Yawin 20th at 28:34, Teagan Russell 22nd at 29:06, Julia Restelli 23rd at 29:37 and Anneli St. Lawrence 30th.
Plainville will finish out the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 8, against Lewis Mills before they gear up the CCC championship.
Plainville had a chance to pick up a few games in the win column last week but only came away with one victory.
“It was a tough week,” said Plainville head coach Bob Moffo. “They were certainly winnable games.”
The Blue Devils ended up on the wrong side of a 3- 2 final to Middletown last Tuesday dropping a close match by margins of 24-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 8-15. Olivia Gajor kept Plainville within striking distance.
The Blue Devils made quick work of Rocky Hill 3-0 last Wednesday in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 sweep. Wiktoria Galazyn and Makayla Caron led Plainville to their second win of the season.
Plainville fell to 2-7 on the season getting shutout by Enfield last Friday by a wide margin of 15-25, 23-25, 11-25. The Blue Devils will try and get back into the win column this week facing three tough opponents on the road at Lewis Mills on Monday, at Simsbury on Thursday and at Kennedy of Waterbury on Friday.
The Lady Blue Devils battled Middletown last Tuesday and fell short by a 4-1 final. Delaney Beausoleil tallied the only goal for Plainville. Last Thursday against Enfield Plainville fell to 1-6 on the season following hard fought 3-1 loss.
Beausoleil closed a 2-0 deficit in the second half scoring a goal on an assist from Cortney Ouellette. Amber St. Onge made 14 saves in the net.
Plainville is back on the pitch this week on Monday at home hosting Lewis Mills for a 6pm showdown and on Thursday will be at Hall.
The Blue Devils escaped with a 1-0 overtime won against Middletown last Tuesday. Plainville dropped to 2-5 on the season following a tough 2-1 setback to South Windsor last Friday.
Plainville will be back at it looking to get back in the win column on Monday at Nassahegan State Park in Burlington taking on Lewis Mills. On Thursday the Blue Devils will host Glastonbury.