RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Hickman, Morgenstern set a standard on the LH track

RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Hickman, Morgenstern set a standard on the LH track

WALLINGFORD — The Lyman Hall indoor track program enjoyed a season for the history books this winter, a season that started with practices in the school hallways and ran all the way to the New Balance Nationals at the New York Armory.

A sectional title was claimed in the SCC. Silver medals were collected at the SCC conference and Class M state meets.

Multiple team records were broken and re-set.

Along for the ride were two of the top student-athletes in their respective classes, senior Sam Morgenstern and junior Erin Hickman.

Hickman, a third-year track athlete, holds a grade-point average of 4.1692. Morgenstern, with a 4.3512, is on course to be salutatorian of the Class of 2018.

“Erin is the hardest worker on the team,” remarked LH indoor track coach David Palmer.

“She’s the definition of a leader because she makes the people around her better by constantly setting the example of what it takes to be a varsity athlete.”

Of Morgenstern, his senior captain, Palmer said, “Sam is a great student-athlete. He sets an example that all kids can look up to. As a captain, he was everything that we needed, and more. I am very proud of him and cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.”

Morgenstern will study Applied Mathematics in college. At Lyman Hall, he’s a Renaissance Man: vice president of the senior class, a state finalist in DECA, founder and president of the Philosophy Club.

Hickman and Morgenstern were two of six Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected at Lyman Hall High School for the 2017-18 winter season. All six nominees will be invited to the R-J’s annual “Best of the Bunch” awards brunch at the Aqua Turf on Sunday, June 24.

They are also in the running for the two Scholar-Athletes of the Year scholarships that will be awarded at the event.

Samantha Carbone, girls basketball: As basketball season gives way to softball, this senior goes from serving as captain of one team to serving as captain of another.

Carbone was a leading defender on the hardwood. She’s a returning All-SCC player on the diamond.

“Sam was our starting forward and one of our captains this season,” basketball coach Tom Lipka noted. “She has excelled both in the classroom and on the court as she has been a three-year varsity player and has been a great team leader who has the ability to motivate her teammates during practice and games.”

Carbone holds a 3.65 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has received a Food Service award.

Starting in the fall, she’ll pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Central Connecticut State University.

Katelyn Miller, boys swimming: Senior Katelyn Miller continues to make her mark regardless of the sport she plays and who she plays it with, whether it’s field hockey or softball with the girls or swimming with the boys. She’s earned Trojan Awards in all three.

Miller’s leadership is in demand. She was captain in field hockey and Powder Puff last fall; she was a two-time captain in boys swimming.

With a 3.89 GPA, Miller ranks No. 28 in the Class of 2018. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and was on the NFHCA National Academic Squad for the 2017 field hockey season.

Miller is a prior Record-Journal Scholar-Athlete as well as a SCC Scholar Leader. As a volunteer, Miller works with Special Olympics and in soup kitchens.

She’s been a DECA state finalist and a youth mentor award-winner.  

“Katelyn gives 110 percent at all times; she is a leader in every way,” attested swim coach Donna Neary. “Katelyn is dedicated, compassionate and an all-around great kid.”

Matt Pettit, ice hockey: Part of the Lyman Hall Co-op’s remarkable up-and-coming underclass group, Matt Pettit made some serious marks this winter.

For starters, in the classroom, he’s carrying a 3.89 GPA.

On the ice, Pettit had 13 goals and 19 assists for the 15-7 Trojans. His 32 points made him the No. 5 scorer in the Record-Journal coverage area.

“Matt is only a sophomore and is a very important piece of to the puzzle,” Co-op coach Rich Minnix said. “Matt’s work ethic is one of the highest on the team and it goes to show why he excels in the classroom. Matt has the never-too-high, never-too-low mentality that every coach appreciates.”

Kevin Ransom, boys basketball: Coming off an All-SCC and All-Record-Journal season in soccer, Kevin Ransom continued his stellar senior year duplicating those distinctions in basketball. He was All-SCC Second Team and All-RJ for the second time in as many winters.

You probably already heard that part of the story. Ransom, Lyman Hall’s senior point guard and captain, averaged 18.6 points a game, hit the 1,000-point milestone with 42 points against Hamden in the SCC Tournament and finished his career with 1,011 points.

Here are some details you might not have heard about. Ransom has a 3.56 GPA and he’s heading to Quinnipiac University to major in accounting. He’s already earned a High School Accounting Student Certificate of Merit presented by the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Ransom has volunteered at the Greater New Haven Community Soup Kitchen. He’s an altar server at Holy Trinity.

“Great kid,” said basketball coach Rob Ruys.

“He has a very bright future ahead of him. He is an extremely hard worker and has been committed to our program from Day 1. He has an excellent attitude and is the type of teammate anyone would want. He sets an example to be proud of not only on the court but in the classroom and community as well.”





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