Blanchette Sporting Goods is the presenting sponsor of the SCC Scholar Athlete Recognition program. The Scholar Athlete recognition program recognizes the “best of the best” in the SCC. Recipients are selected by their school’s coaches and athletic directors. Recipients must have a minimum of a B (3.0) average overall and be a varsity letterwinner. The recipients should also demonstrate leadership qualities by: being a positive role model for other students both on and off the field; exhibiting an ability to help a teammate overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; and putting the needs of the team before themselves.
Here are the 2016-17 winter season recipients:
Amity Regional – Jethin Gowda (swimming), Bailey MacNamara (ice hockey)
Branford – Adrienne DiGioia (basketball), Jake Sullivan (basketball)
Career – Marvin Delgado (indoor track), Jana Hassan (indoor track)
Cheshire – Jensen Bassett (basketball), Rosa Palmieri (cheerleading)
Daniel Hand – Teddy Zeng (swimming & diving), Emma Sullivan (basketball)
East Haven – Brandon DePalma (basketball), Ciara Mortimer (basketball)
Fairfield Prep – Kevin Zentner (wrestling), MJ Duffy (swimming & diving)
Foran - Gino Esposito (wrestling), Olivia Steigbigel (gymnastics)
Guilford – Rachel Lauzier (indoor track), Kyle Dwyer (ice hockey)
Hamden – Isabella Mignosa (ice hockey), Rockib Uddin (indoor track)
Hillhouse - Jalil Wilkerson (basketball), LaToya Dale (basketball)
Jonathan Law – Lexi Fisk (basketball), Bobby Fisk (swimming)
Lauralton Hall – Maya Zaleski (skiing)
Lyman Hall – Finley VanHouten (ice hockey), Matt Hultgren (basketball)
Mercy – Samantha Chapps (basketball), Jocelyn Stearns (indoor track)
Notre Dame – Greg Caturano (ice hockey), Charles Sedore (swimming)
North Haven – Pamela Nguyen (fencing), Harrison Callahan (rifle)
Sacred Heart Academy – Jackie Esposito (basketball)
Sheehan – Emma Luop (cheerleading), Sam DeMaio (basketball)
Shelton – Casey O’Connor (basketball), Ryan Murphy (basketball)
West Haven – Kyle Froehlich (ice hockey), Gabriella Prisco (ice hockey)
Wilbur Cross – Carlos Flores (indoor track), Sung Mi Johnson (indoor track)
Xavier – Austin Reid (ice hockey), Patrick Moynihan (wrestling)
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Congratulations to the OrthoNOW/SCC Spring Sports 2016 Winter Player and Coaches of the Year, as voted on by the league's head coaches. Special thanks to presenting sponsor OrthoNOW and its parent company Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists.
Player of the Year
Gymnastics – Melanie Coleman (Jonathan Law)
Cheerleading – Hannah Martin (Shelton), Kaitlyn Craft (Shelton)
Boys Basketball – Tremont Waters (Notre Dame)
Girls Basketball – Kylie Schlottman (East Haven)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. I – Jake Blackwell (Hamden)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. II – Shane Conciatore (NFI)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. III – Kyle Converse (Joel Barlow)
Girls Ice Hockey – Div. I – Madeleine Gervais (East Catholic)
Girls Ice Hockey – Div. II – Gabriella Prisco (West Haven/SHA)
Boys Swimming – Div. I – Teddy Zeng (Daniel Hand)
Boys Swimming – Div. II – Ethan Skuches (Foran)
Boys Indoor Track – Patrick English (Shelton), Manassek Bekele (Hillhouse)
Girls Indoor Track – Bridgid Selfors (Mercy)
Wrestling – Michael Ross (Foran)
Coach of Year
Gymnastics – Monica Bauer (Mercy)
Cheerleading – Christine Coffin (Shelton)
Boys Basketball – Jason Shea (Notre Dame)
Girls Basketball – Tyrees Thomas (Wilbur Cross)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. I – Joe Morrell (West Haven)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. II – Gary Lindgren (Amity Regional)
Boys Ice Hockey – Div. III – Andy Townsend (Masuk)
Girls Ice Hockey – Div. I – Michael Callan (Hamden)
Girls Ice Hockey – Div. II – Erin Blake (West Haven/SHA)
Boys Swimming – Div. I – Christina Forristall (Daniel Hand)
Boys Swimming – Div. II – Megan McGorry (Hamden)
Boys Indoor Track – Bryce Lindamood (Hamden)
Girls Indoor Track – Gary Moore (Hillhouse)
Wrestling – Craig Vedrani (Guilford)
Forty-six students were recognized as SCC Scholar Leaders on March 27 at Anthony's Ocean View. Scholar leaders were recognized for the academic achievement and leadership in and outside of their school communities.
Congratulations to the following six SCC teams which have won state titles this winter: Daniel Hand (Class L girls basketball, defeated Holy Cross, 50-45); Hillhouse (Class LL boys basketball, defeated East Hartford, 78-58), Guilford (Div. II boys ice hockey, defeated Watertown-Pomperaug, 5-3), Daniel Hand (Class M gymnastics), Hillhouse (Class M boys indoor track), and Lauralton Hall (Class L cheerleading)
The following seven teams finished as state runner-ups: Fairfield Prep (Class LL boys swimming), Notre Dame (Class M boys swimming), Hamden (Girls Ice Hockey), Shelton (State Open boys indoor track), Hillhouse (Class M girls indoor track), Xavier (Class LL wrestling) and Foran (Class M wrestling).
Congratulations to the following schools which won 2017 SCC postseason titles. (Runner-ups are in parenthesis). Thank you to the fans who attended our competitions, the host sites and our league sponsors.
Boys Basketball: Hillhouse (Notre Dame), 70-62
Girls Basketball: Mercy (Daniel Hand), 49-39
Girls Indoor Track: Hillhouse (Shelton)
Boys Indoor Track: Hamden (Daniel Hand)
Gymnastics: Daniel Hand (Mercy)
Boys Swimming: Fairfield Prep (Cheshire)
Wrestling: Xavier (Guilford)
Cheerleading All-Girl: Shelton (Lauralton Hall)
Cheerleading Co-ed: North Haven (Branford)
Boys Ice Hockey Div. I: Hamden (Notre Dame), 4-2
Boys Ice Hockey Div. II: Guilford (East Haven), 3-2 (ot)
Boys Ice Hockey Div. III: Newtown (Lyman Hall), 2-2 (Newtown won shootout, 2-0)
Girls Ice Hockey Div. I: East Catholic (Hamden), 2-0
Girls Ice Hockey Div. II: West Haven/SHA (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire), 4-1
Hillhouse - 2017 SCC Boys Basketball champions (Steady Photography photo)
Before a sold-out crowd of 3,421 at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center, #2 Hillhouse defeated #1 Notre Dame, 70-62, in a much-heralded matchup. With the win, Hillhouse improved to 23-1. Notre Dame suffered its first loss (22-1) of the season.
Joey Kasperzyk scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Hillhouse pulled away for the victory. It was the record seventh SCC tournament title for the Academics, breaking the tie with city-rival Wilbur Cross. It was Hillhouse’s first title since 2013. Christian Adams (18 points) was named the tournament MVP. Notre Dame was playing in its first final since 2000.
Mercy - 2017 SCC Girls Basketball Champions (Steady Photography photo)
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Samantha Chapps scored 14 points as second-seeded Mercy (20-3) outscored top-seeded Daniel Hand (19-4), 33-18, in the second-half to win 49-39 in the 2017 SCC Girls Basketball Championship Game on Feb. 22 at East Haven HS.
Prior to the game, the SCC First and Second Team All-Conference honorees will be recognized as will the Player of the Year (Kylie Schlottman, East Haven) and Coach of the Year (Tyrese Thomas, Wilbur Cross), sponsored by OrthoNOW.