AROUND THE HORN: Wallingford’s Hoover CCC tennis player of the week; Cheshire’s Simione sets the pace for Bentley golf; Meriden’s Tompkins lands GNAC nod

AROUND THE HORN: Wallingford’s Hoover CCC tennis player of the week; Cheshire’s Simione sets the pace for Bentley golf; Meriden’s Tompkins lands GNAC nod



BEVERLY, Mass. — Wallingford’s Justine Hoover is making a fast mark in college tennis.

The Sheehan grad, in her freshman season at Endicott College, was named the Women’s Tennis Player of the Week in the Commonwealth Coast Conference on Monday.

Hoover contributed three wins to help Endicott get off to a 2-0 start. She’s yet to give up a game in singles and she’s also pocketed a doubles victory.

The three-time Record-Journal Tennis Player of the Year opened the season playing No. 1 singles against Bridgewater State and cruised 6-0, 6-0. 

Against Johnson & Wales, Hoover played both No. 2 singles and doubles. She teamed for an 8-3 decision in doubles before racking up another 6-0, 6-0 win in singles.

Endicott returns to action on Wednesday to face CCC rival Wentworth. The Barmore sisters of Southington, senior Alex and freshman Samantha, also play for Endicott.

Simione sets the pace for Bentley golf

KEENE, N.H. — Cheshire’s Chris Simione, senior captain of the Bentley University golf team, placed second at the season-opening Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational.

Simione followed up an opening-round 1-over 73 with a 1-under 71 to finish with an even-par 144. That put him one stroke behind medalist Matt Paradis of Southern New Hampshire, who shot a 2-under 70 in the closing round.

Simione and Paradis were tied for second going into the final round. Simione birdied two of the final three holes before Paradis made a 15-foot birdie putt on his final hole to win it.

Led by Simione, Bentley finished third out of 11 teams. The Falcons play next in the American International Invitational Sept. 22-23.

Tompkins GNAC’s runner of the week

WEST HARTFORD — St. Joseph senior Mia Tompkins of Meriden has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Runner of the Week.

Tompkins, a Mercy grad, led the Blue Jays at the Trinity College Bantam XC Invitational on Saturday with a ninth-place finish out of 63 runners. Her 5K was 20:31, an average 6:37 mile pace. 

This was the second GNAC Women's Runner of the Week award for Tompkins. She got her first nod at this time last year, right after the Trinity Invitational.

She and St. Joe’s will be back in action Saturday at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.


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