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Maloney scholar-athletes for the spring season include: front row from left, Ariele Virgulto, Courtney Myles and Cameron Fahey. Back row from left, Alexandra Rheaume, Dan Fornaciari and Richard Verdin. | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal

Myles helped Maloney tennis go miles

MERIDEN — We don’t need to blow Courtney Myles’ horn. Her record at Maloney High School does it for her.

A member of the Class of 2014, Myles was section leader for both the Maloney Jazz Band and Maloney Concert Band. She played bass trombone in the Jazz Band, tuba in the Concert Band.

Myles also made some sweet music playing No. 3 doubles for the girls tennis team, which enjoyed a Renaissance spring with 11 victories and a spot in the CIAC Class M tournament.

Myles compiled an overall record of 9-1 this season, going 6-0 at third doubles and 3-1 at second doubles. She was 5-0 in CCC South divisional matches.

The daughter of Ephraim and Maritza Myles graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average. She was a member of the World Language Honor Society.

“Courtney has progressed tremendously as a player over her three seasons with us. She went from a total beginner as a sophomore to a 9-1 record in her senior year,” noted Maloney tennis coach Tim Sweigard. “More importantly, she has been a terrific teammate. She is also a great student and a talented musician. We will miss her next year.”

Myles was one of six Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected at Maloney High School for the 2014 spring season. The others were as follows.

Dan Fornaciari, boys track: The senior pole vaulter was an All-CCC South competitor and qualified for the CIAC Class L meet.

Fornaciari also wrestled throughout his Maloney career.

Academically, he ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2014 with a 4.1 GPA.

Alexandra Rheaume, girls track: Though only a sophomore, Rheaume had an outstanding spring for the Spartans.

The sprinter ran the 400 meters, where she was All-CCC South. She placed fifth in the Class L meet in that event and went on to the State Open, where she was 11th. Rheaume also ran legs on Maloney’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

She takes a 3.9 GPA into her junior year.

Richard Verdin, boys volleyball: Coach Amy Bishop’s defensive specialist is also an academic specialist. He’s got a 4.64 GPA.

The son of Maria Flores has also been a Maloney Student of the Month in Mathematics and World Languages. He has received Underclassman Achievement Awards in Mathematics, Foreign Languages and English.

“Richard’s dedication to volleyball and sports in general is apparent in everything he does. From working on his serve to volunteering to help out during matches, he is always willing to learn and help,” Bishop remarked. “He does not hesitate to ask fellow players, coaches, and even referees to learn how to be a better player and more knowledgeable of the game.

“He entered the season in shape and ready to play. Richard puts the student into student-athlete,” Bishop added. “He is enrolled in the top-level classes Maloney has to offer; taking multiple AP and Advanced Level courses. The team has study hall everyday, where he has helped explain and assist his teammates in their studies.”

Ariele Virgulto, softball: One last tip of the cap to the player coach Scott Aresco says could very well be the best softball player to ever come out of Maloney.

Smart as a whip in class and as fast as one on the base paths, Virgulto finished her Maloney career ranked third in the Class of 2104 with a 4.3 GPA and No. 1 all time in stolen bases with 101.

The daughter of Mark and Debbie Virgulto was All-Conference starting in her sophomore year and All-State as both a junior and a senior. She was an MVP at this year’s Senior All-Star Game.

Her academic awards included Excellence in Italian (1, 2 & 3), Excellence in Physics and Excellence in Pre-Calculus. She was a Student of the Month in Foreign Languages, Health/Gym and Art. She was a recipient of the Fairfield Book Award.

“Ariele is a constant leader on and off the field. She works extremely hard every single day,” Aresco said. “She loves diving for balls in practice. She loves sliding into bases during practice. She is constantly helping other players to perform to their highest potential. Some players are good and don’t work at becoming better. Ariele is good and works every day at becoming better.

“She will be missed by every player and the entire coaching staff,” Aresco added. “She may be the best softball player — and there may never be a better softball player than her — to come out of Maloney High School.”

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