“A trip down 69”: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Hello, I’m bringing “A trip down 69” to you a day early, so here it goes.

Bristol Eastern girls volleyball has another successful season
Yes, the Lancers lost in the Class L state semifinal for the third straight season, but look beyond that and you see a team that accomplished an awful lot.
Eastern went undefeated in its newly redesigned division and lost just twice in the regular season to a pair of Class L state semifinalists. The Lancers earned a No. 6 seed in Class L. Eastern played a pair of matches at home and won in the second and quarterfinal rounds of the tournament. The Lancers nearly rallied from a two sets to none deficit in the state semifinal against Platt, only to fall in a close fifth set.
Eastern got valiant efforts out of several different players during the Platt match. One was senior Angela Daley, who had 22 kills and seven digs in her final match. Senior Megan Gettings had 11 kills, 12 digs and seven aces. Senior Bailey Wyrebek tallied 32 digs while junior Jessica Kenney passed out 35 assists. Fellow junior Hannah Langlais had 11 digs and two aces.
Eastern finished the season with a record of 18-4. The Lancers lose Wyrebek, Kamryn McLaughlin, Paisley Tucker, Chyna Barrett, Daley, Gettings and Brittany Soleck to graduation. Don’t be surprised if Eastern makes another long tournament run next year. It seems to be their MO under coach Stacy Rivoira.

Great run for Holy Cross girls soccer
Coach Mike Mentone couldn’t have asked for anything more from his team during a Class S state tournament run.
The Crusaders did get knocked out by Old Lyme in the semifinals, but not before putting together a plethora of exciting tournament moments. For the first three matches of Class S, Holy Cross had late magic. There were two second half goals against Litchfield in the first round and penalty kick victories over Windsor Locks and top-seeded Housatonic in the second and quarterfinal rounds.
The Crusaders finished the season with a record of 14-5-2. Holy Cross graduates Sarah Innes, Taylor Gilmore, Kylie Rice, Caitlin Gobstein, Catherine Melchionne and Jordan Gilmore.

Locals compete in State Open swim meet
Swimmers from St. Paul and Sacred Heart took their best shots against the top competition that Connecticut had to offer Saturday at the State Open at Yale University’s Kiphuth Exhibition Pool.
St. Paul senior Kim Hylan finished ninth in the 200-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle. Fellow senior Sarah Bowes was 21st in the 50 freestyle.
For Sacred Heart, junior Erin Brown placed 16th in the 100 backstroke.