AROUND THE HORN: Lussier, Rams lead Diamond Club honorees; Fun Run Series ready for launch; Hergott, Hodgdon earn collegiate kudos; latest golf results

AROUND THE HORN: Lussier, Rams lead Diamond Club honorees; Fun Run Series ready for launch; Hergott, Hodgdon earn collegiate kudos; latest golf results



MERIDEN — Head coach Mike Lussier and his Cheshire Rams will be among the honorees when the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club holds its annual awards banquet this Sunday, June 9 at Monticello’s Restaurant.

Lussier, the longtime Cheshire assistant who took up the reins this year from Bill Mrowka, is receiving the Samuel Burrell Jr. Coach of the Year award. His Rams, who took their Class LL state title defense into Tuesday’s semifinals against Staples, have been named the George Klivak Team of the Year.

The Diamond Club will also give out 30 John “Whitey” Piurek “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” awards to players in the Greater New Haven area who gave most unselfishly to their program. Those winners include Patrick Murphy of Cheshire, Peyton Thiel of Platt, Evan Wilkinson of Sheehan and Brendan Kavanagh of Southington.

Tickets for Sunday’s banquet are $30. Contact Rose Mentone at rmentone@comcast.net. Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Fun Run Series launches June 19

MERIDEN — This year’s Meriden Summer Fun Run Series kicks off in two weeks on Wednesday, June 19, and runs every Wednesday evening through August 14.

The event is free and open to all runners. It features a flat 3-mile course, plus a ¾-mile kids race.

The starting line is at the Platt High School track. Start time each week is 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Fred Bucchieri at 203-235-5259.

Bentley’s Hergott earns academic nod

WALTHAM, Mass. — Recent Bentley University grad Dan Hergott of Wallingford has been named to the Google Cloud Division II Academic All-District 1 Track and Cross Country teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Hergott, an Xavier grad, was a year-round runner during his career at Bentley, competing in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

This year, as a senior, he placed eighth in the 3000 meters at the indoor New England Championships to earn All-New England honors. This spring, he was 10th in the 5000 meters in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Hergott graduated magna cum laude with a 3.74 GPA while majoring in accounting.

Cheshire’s Hodgdon was All-Tourney

WILLIMANTIC — Cheshire’s Megan Hodgdon, the catcher for the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team, earned a spot on this year’s NCAA Division III National Tournament all-tournament team.

Hodgdon, a junior, caught every inning of every game without an error or passed ball and led the Warriors with a .500 batting average.

Seeded eighth among the eight teams that made double-elimination national tournament, ECSU finished tied for third. The Warriors defeated top-seeded University of Saint Thomas, 2-1, in the opener and eliminated second-seeded Illinois Wesleyan University, 1-0, two days later.

Hodgdon was 5-of-10 for the tournament with two runs scored and a solo home run, her fifth of the season. That home run gave Eastern a 2-0 lead over Emory University in an eventual 3-2, eight-inning loss that ended Eastern’s season.

Wednesday golf continues at Traditions

WALLINGFORD — Linda Guerra shot a gross 44 and Donna Altieri carded a net 38 to capture Flight 1 in the Wednesday Ladies Golf League at Traditions Golf Club.

In Flight 2, Colleen Girard came in with a low round of 60. Susan McNerney had the low net with a 38.

Hunter women keep appointed rounds

MERIDEN — The Hunter Women’s Golf League played throughout the rainy month of May.  

Winners in the 18-hole morning league were Jeannie Pac, Linda Hipski, Judy Soprano, Marian Michnowicz, Bette Slowther, Fran Beedle, Mara Dunleavy, Agnes Cornwall, Myra Reynolds, Cindy Kennedy, Lisa Bishop, Sharon Maloney, Carol Thorpe and Mary Ann O’Neil.  

Barb McCoy, Kate Kelly, Sherri Gracia, Marge Ragazzino, Deb Flint, Jeanne Magyar, Nancy Kiel, Nathalie Calle and Kathy Roman were victors in the evening 9-hole league.

The women also participate in bi-weekly tournaments throughout the season.  May winners were Judy Soprano, Bette Slowther, Marian Michnowicz, Linda Hipski, Linda Falis, Carol Thorpe, Lorraine Pettola, Leslie Pitiger and Cindy Kennedy.

The Hunter Women’s Golf League plays Tuesday and Saturday mornings as well as Tuesday evenings. New golfers are welcomen.  For information, contact Mara Dunleavy at maraa@snet.net.

Kemp cards ace at Indian Springs

MIDDLEFIELD — Wendi Kemp of Meriden, who plays in the Indian Springs Women’s Golf League, scored a hole-in-one during league play in late May.

Using a 5-iron, Kemp aced the 130-yard 7th hole. It was her first career hole-in-one.

Wallingford CC hosts holiday tourney

WALLINGFORD — Mark White, Keith Albert, Mike Pepe and Anthony Mazzaro combined to shoot 120 and win Flight A by three strokes in this year’s Memorial Day Tournament at Wallingford Country Club.

Flight B was tighter, with just one stroke separating winners Mike Lucas, Mike Torello, D. Torello and Kevin Lasilla (129) and runners-up Paul Thornton, John Prior, John Payne and Jud Thuerk (130).

Sharon Fox, Diane Aldrich, Nancy Esposito and Linda Healy shot a 142 to win the women’s division. Don and Jennie Caruso combined with Tony and Julie Dauria to capture the Mixed Flight at 139.


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