H-K Boys’ Lacrosse Loses in State Semifinals; Law Places 3rd in Long Jump at the Open, New Englands
The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ lacrosse team’s storybook 2022 season come to a close with a loss against Weston the semifinal round of the Class S State Tournament last week. The Cougars finished their campaign with an overall record of 16-5 while winning their second-straight Shoreline Conference title.
No. 8 seed H-K squared off against No. 5 Wilton in a Class S semifinal game at Fairfield Warde High School on June 8. The Cougars took a 16-4 defeat to Weston and were eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
H-K had earned wins versus Tolland (7-1) and Waterford (9-6) in the first two rounds of the State Tournament. Prior to that, the Cougars notched a 7-6 win over Morgan in the Shoreline Conference final to claim the conference crown for the second campaign in a row. Fred Federico completed his first season as H-K’s head coach.
Boys’ Outdoor Track
Junior Aidan Law claimed third place in the long jump at both the State Open Championship and the New England Championship on behalf of the Haddam-Killingworth boys’ outdoor track team last week. The Cougars were also represented by several other competitors in the State Open.
Law reached a distance of 21 feet-11 inches on his way to placing third for the long jump at the State Open at Willow Brook Park on June 6. With his performance, Law scored 6 points that put the Cougars in 34th place for the team standings.
Then on July 11, Law was back at Willow Brook Park to compete in the long jump at the New England Championship. Law claimed third place again with a leap of 22 feet-5.5 inches at New Englands. Law had previously finished first in the long jump at the Shoreline Conference Championship (21-2.75), helping H-K win its third-straight conference title, and then came in fourth place at the Class M State Championship (20-7).
Senior Caleb Freeman finished 12th in the 3,200 (9:53.54) for the Cougars at the Open. Freeman had finished second in the 3,200 at Shorelines (4:37.54) and then came in fourth place in states (9:41.41).
H-K’s 4x800 relay of Freeman, senior Andrew Hedges, freshman Matthew Lara, and junior Alexander Lara finished in 13th place (8:19.08) at the Open. The relay was coming off of third-place performances at both Shorelines (8:25.57) and states (8:15.30).
Andre Montes finished 21st (38-7) in the triple jump, and junior Orion Inkel placed 22nd (38-6.5) in the event at the State Open. Montes had finished second in the triple jump at the Shoreline meet (39-11.25) and then placed fifth for the event at the Class M meet (40-1.75). Inkel had won the triple jump at Shorelines (41-3.5) and then finished in second place at states (43-11.75).
Senior Cooper Howes finished in 23rd place for the pole vault by clearing 11 feet for the Cougars at the Open. Howes was coming off of a third-place showing (11-6) in the pole vault at the state meet.
Girls’ Outdoor Track
The Haddam-Killingworth girls’ outdoor track team was represented in three individual events and one relay at the State Open Championship at Willow Brook Park on June 6. Senior Jess Timothy participated in two jumping events, and junior Isabel Berardino ran the 3,200 for the Cougars, whose 4x400 relay also competed in the meet.
Timothy took 10th place in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet-5.5 inches and also finished 21st for the high jump by clearing 4 feet-10 inches at the State Open. Timothy had recently finished third in both the long jump (15-6.75) and the high jump (4-10) at the Shoreline Conference Championship, helping H-K win its second-consecutive league title. Timothy went on to finish second in the long jump (16-3) and fifth in the high jump (4-8) at the Class M State Championship.
H-K’s 4x400 relay team of senior Brianna Minervino, senior Brianna Nugent, junior Leah Sosnowski, and sophomore Mariella Fulcher finished in 15th place (4:10.14) at the State Open. The quartet had previously placed second at Shorelines (4:18.68) and fifth at states (4:17.05).
Berardino competed in the 3,200 at the State Open and finished in 20th place with a time of 11:54.48. Berardino was coming off of a fourth-place performance at the Class M meet (12:01.99).
The Haddam-Killingworth boys’ golf team hit the links to compete in the Division II State Championship last week. The Cougars tied for 12th place by recording a team score of 377 at Tallwood Country Club on June 6.
Freshman Andrew Crayton finished in a tie for 44th place by carding an 18-hole score of 92 for H-K at states. Sophomore Declan Kessler was tied for 48th place with a score of 93.
Junior Jacob Maier posted a score of 94 and finished in a tie for 51st place at the state meet. Senior Andrew Fleig tied for 63rd place with a 98, while senior Gabe Barile recorded a score of 107 to finish in 79th place.
Sophomore Eddie White represented the Haddam-Killingworth boys’ tennis team when he competed at the Individual Invitational Tournament that was held at Wesleyan University from June 6 to 10. White competed in the singles bracket at the invitational and took a took a 6-0, 6-1 loss against Brandon Hermes of Hall in a first-round contest.
White played No. 1 singles while serving as a sophomore captain for H-K this season. White competed in the Shoreline Conference 1-2 Singles Tournament and advanced to the semifinal round after earning a pair of victories in the draw.