Bar none, Barmores among scholar-athlete elite

SOUTHINGTON — It’s a rare occasion when siblings are named Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes in the same season. Then again, Stephen and Alex Barmore aren’t your typical student-athletes.

Stephen, who just graduated, led Southington to the state Class LL football championship as senior quarterback. Alex, a junior, led the girls tennis team to the Class L tournament as the No. 1 singles player.

Stephen capped his scholastic career by breaking Southington High’s record in the 100 meters at 10.64 seconds and by earning Co-Offensive MVP honors in the Super 100 Classic senior all-star football game on Saturday.

In track, he was a two-time All-CCC sprinter and was All-New England as a junior in the 400 meters.

On the gridiron, the Yale-bound QB was twice voted All-State by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, which also named him its Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Similar scholar-athlete recognition came from the National High School and College Football Halls of Fame.

In Connecticut, Barmore was named to the Walter Camp First Team All-State football team and was one of three finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Barmore graduated in the top four percent of his class. He won the Connecticut Association of Schools’ Leadership Award and the President’s Award for Academic Excellence.

“Stephen is an all-around phenomenal athlete with a commendable work ethic,” Southington track and field coach Colleen Roarty said. “He is determined in all areas of life and, I imagine, will be very successful at Yale next year. Stephen has great leadership skills and our younger athletes really look up to him.”

Alex Barmore, meanwhile, went 12-4 this season at No. 1 singles, earning her All-CCC recognition for a second straight year. She is a member of the United States Tennis Association.

With a scholastic average of 102.56, Barmore ranks No. 36 in the incoming senior class She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Foreign Language Honor Society and the Principal’s Advisory Board.

She is a Latin Scholar and a member of the Interact and DECA clubs.

“Alex is a natural leader and leads by example,” Southington girls tennis coach Robin Thompson said. “Her leadership skills have earned her the respect of our entire team and coaching staff. She is always willing to help others on our team as a mentor and a teammate. Her work ethic is second to none. Her passion for the sport is always evident and her infectious disposition energizes our entire squad. It is my privilege to be her coach.”

Alex and Stephen are the children of Mike and Linda Barmore.

Caroline Burke, softball: The senior was a starting outfielder for the Class LL champions, who rolled to a 24-0 undefeated season in winning their second straight state title.

Burke hit .492 and had an on-base percentage of .516. She scored 22 runs and drove in nine. She also stole 14 bases in 16 attempts.

Christa Case, girls lacrosse: The senior defender had a 97 average and ranked in the top 20 percent of her class.

She picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers on the lacrosse field.

Her most distinguishing characteristic? Her chosen field of study. Case will be attending SUNY Maritime and will major in Naval Architecture. She wants to design submarines.

“Christa is one of the hardest working, tenacious girls on our team,” Southington girls lacrosse coach Jill Pomposi said. “She pushes herself and her teammates daily.”

Dan Connolly, boys volleyball: The 6-foot-2 outside hitter guided the Blue Knights to their first Class L state final since 2010.

One of three seniors on the team, he led the Blue Knights with 143 kills and 91 digs. Connolly also collected 21 aces and 16 blocks. He was selected All-CCC South after his senior campaign.

Kevin Cop, boys lacrosse: The senior scored 55 goals and dished out 48 assists this spring to lead the Blue Knights to the CIAC Class L Tournament.

The two-year captain was All-CCC as a junior and a senior. He scored 52 goals as a junior and 20-plus goals in each of his first two campaigns as a sophomore and freshman.

He had a 93.6 academic average and earned the Founding Fathers of Hockey Scholarship and the McGlone/Zbikowski Lacrosse Scholarship. The son of Stan and Deirdre Cop will be attending Quinnipiac University.

“One of the best high school attackmen I have every coached,” Southington boys lacrosse coach Ron Chase said. “He’s a leader on and off the field and a starter for four years. He will be missed tremendously.”

Eric Flood, golf: The Blue Knights’ No. 1 golfer guided the team to a fourth-place finish in the Division I state tournament.

With a 2.86 differential, Flood earned All-CCC recognition for a second straight season. He also played in the Chappa Tournament as a junior and a senior.

Flood graduated with a 4.0 GPA and as a member of the National Honor Society.

The son of Rob and Mary Beth Flood, he will be attending Clemson University.

“As a four-year player and this year’s co-captain, Eric has shown tremendous leadership skills both academically and athletically within the school community,” Southington golf coach Jim DiNello said. “Eric is incredibly well rounded as a four-year band member and NHS member. He is truly an asset to Southington High School and our entire community.”

Abby Guthrie, girls track: A co-captain, Guthrie was the lone senior on this year’s Southington girls track squad.

She was a distance specialist who also competed in cross country in the fall.

Will Lefkovich, boys tennis: The senior was one half of Southington’s No. 1 doubles team, which posted a 6-4 record this spring.

“He is an outstanding athlete who strives for excellence,” Southington boys tennis coach Tony Mauro said.

Mike Rogalski, baseball: The senior captain helped lead the Blue Knights to their third state final in four years.

He played first base, started all 24 games and led team with five sacrifice bunts.



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