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WALLINGFORD — Here’s something you don’t see every year: one athlete, three completely different sports, an All-State in all three.
This year, Lyman Hall had one of those athletes, and it was Krista Petersen.
Petersen played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and tennis in the spring. She was senior captain and earned All-State distinction in all three.
Petersen capped her scholastic career by qualifying for the girls tennis State Open with her doubles partner, Emma Sears.
The daughter of Steve and Patricia Petersen was also a National Honor Society student who graduated with a grade-point average of 3.59.
“Krista has been an exceptional captain this year. Her leadership, commitment and dedication has helped the team,” said tennis coach Danielle Ieraci. “Krista has managed to be an athlete and be dedicated to her studies as well. Her passion for tennis has shown through her positive attitude and perseverance, along with being a role model to the younger players. Overall, Krista is a great athlete and it has been a pleasure to coach her this season.”
Petersen was one of eight Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes named at Lyman Hall for the 2014 scholastic spring season. The others are as follows.
LeeAnn Cipriani, softball: Lyman Hall’s senior first baseman and captain batted .333 this spring with one home run and 12 RBIs. She also stole three bases.
With a 3.80 GPA, Cipriani was a Varsity Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
The daughter of Raymond and Susan Cipriani will be attending Keene State in the fall.
“LeeAnn is an awesome person and an excellent captain,” coach Rob Brewster remarked.
“She does not get too high or too low as she takes everything in stride.”
Peter D’Avignon, boys lacrosse: D’Avignon played goalie and served as captain for the Trojans in their first year of varsity lacrosse.
The son of Mark and Cheryl D’Avignon graduated with a 3.2667 GPA.
“Peter is a natural leader not only on the field but setting an example in the classroom as well,” said coach Tim Castelli.
Tyler Hickman, baseball: The senior captain was a Varsity Scholar and member of the National Honor Society.
The son of Scott and Joanne Hickman, he graduated with a 3.8 GPA.
“Tyler has been a member of our program for four years and he capped off his years at Lyman Hall with a solid season, delivering several key hits for us,” noted coach Chuck Burghardt. “He has been an outstanding captain and a role model for younger players. Tyler will be missed by the Trojan baseball family and team.”
Lauren Manginelli, girls lacrosse: The senior midfielder scored four goals on just eight shots as the Trojans cut their varsity teeth. She also scooped up 25 ground balls and won 11 face-offs.
She was a captain and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player.
The daughter of Layne and Leslee Manginelli, she graduated with a 4.2 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“Lauren is an ideal student-athlete and a role model for her teammates,” said coach Adam Rosati.
“Her efforts on and off the field will be greatly missed next year.”
Michael May, boys tennis: May capped his four-year career in varsity tennis by serving as captain and being named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
He compiled a record of 12-7 playing at No. 4 singles.
Academically, the son of Michael and Kathy May compiled a 3.75 GPA. He was an AP Scholar with Honors, a member of the National Honor Society and a CAPT Scholar. He was a Varsity Scholar and was named SCC All-Academic.
“Mike has been a leader on our team since he started as a freshman. Many players that have played on our team over the last four years were introduced to the sport by Mike in the offseason,” remarked tennis coach Dan Battipaglia. “He has maintained a high A average throughout all four years. It has been an honor having Mike on the team.”
Justin Seledyn, golf: The senior co-captain was the No. 2 scorer for the Trojans this spring, medaling in three matches.
In class, he posted a 3.9 GPA, which earned him status as a Varisty Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society.
The son of Gregory and Karen Seledyn also won an AP Award with Distinction and is a TWIST soccer scholarship recipient.
“Justin has been a 3-year starter on the golf team and he has always conducted himself with integrity and exceptional character, both on the golf course and within the Lyman Hall school community,” stated coach Michael Blake. “Justin is what you want as a captain: someone who strives to improve and someone who serves as a role model for the younger members of the team.”
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