MERIDEN — An upside to the coastal storm? It provides more leisure time for Athlete of the Week voting.
We’re coming off one of our best races in the Week 3 contest between Lyman Hall diver Alyssa Cervero, Maloney volleyball player Mckenzie McCormack and Platt volleyball player Aaliyah Burnley.
Who emerged on top? Who won the boys’ race? Click on that little video icon and check it out. Then log onto myrecordjournal.com/sports to vote in this week’s affair. Here are the candidates.
Alec Frione, Cheshire football
The Cheshire football team served notice with Friday’s 24-12 road upset of No. 5 Shelton. And for those who hadn’t noticed the sort of season Cheshire senior WR/DB Alec Frione has been having, they should take note now. Frione caught a 20-yard TD pass and immediately followed it up with a 20-yard interception return to put the Rams ahead in the third quarter. Frione, who averages 20 yard a catch, has four TDs and three INTs on the season.
Shakespeare Rodriguez, Lyman Hall football
The guy with the classic name continues to have classic game for the Lyman Hall football team. Senior WR/FS Shakespeare Rodriguez led the Trojans to 3-1 with Friday’s 20-12 win in Milford over Foran. Rodriguez scored all three touchdowns for LH, including a pair of catch-and-runs from S.P. Pragano that went for 70-plus yards. He also picked off a pass. Rodriguez has 12 TDs on the season (9 receiving, 3 rushing) and 27 catches for 608 yards.
Reynaldo Torres, Maloney cross country
Maloney junior cross country runner Reynaldo Torres started the month of October logging a personal-best time of 17:20 at Hubbard Park. The very next day — an unseasonably warm one at that — Torres was down at Sheehan, shredding 12 seconds off that PR to win the Neubauer Invitational in 17:08. It was a signature win at a signature meet for Torres, who will be the favorite to win at the Meriden City Championships on Thursday at Hubbard.
Sacaria Cooper, Wilcox Tech volleyball
Wilcox Tech volleyball coach Sue Planinshek said going into the season that Sacaria Cooper would be a player to watch. She was spot-on. Cooper started modestly, then absolutely took off. Last Wednesday, the junior put down an area-high 22 kills and served five aces to lead the Indians past Kaynor Tech in a five-set marathon in Waterbury in which the Tribe twice erased one-set deficits. With Cooper’s contributions, Wilcox hit midseason at 9-1.
Lydia Dellipaoli, Sheehan volleyball
In a match closer than the 3-0 final score indicates, Sheehan volleyball swept Lyman Hall on “Go Pink” night last Thursday on the Trojans’ floor. Serving out the victory with a 6-0 run that featured two aces was Lydia Dellipaoli. The two aces capped a solid night for the Sheehan junior. Dellipoali chalked up 8 digs, 6 kills and 3 aces. “She’s smart with her serves,” said coach Victoria Sperrazza. “She can see the court really and see what spots are open.”
Emma Panarella, Southington soccer
Southington senior captain Emma Panarella has a signature no-look pass. Coach Mike Linehan knows it well. He’s been watching Panarella pull it off since her freshman year, when she cracked the varsity lineup in the midfield “Her vision and distribution on the field is at a college level,” he said. “She reads the game so well she can make decisions before she receives the ball.” A catalyst on offense and defense, Panarella has 5 assists for the 7-0 Knights.