AROUND THE HORN: McEwen shines in Endicott football victory; Southington duo fuels St. Joe’s soccer; new sports director hired at Meriden YMCA

AROUND THE HORN: McEwen shines in Endicott football victory; Southington duo fuels St. Joe’s soccer; new sports director hired at Meriden YMCA

BEVERLY, Mass. — Meriden native Justin McEwen caught five passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the Endicott College football team’s season-opening 55-27 victory over Framingham State.

McEwen, a senior out of Maloney, caught TD passes of 34 and 20 yards from quarterback Joe Kalosky, another Connecticut native son from Plymouth.

The five receptions, 157 yards and two TDs were all career single-game highs for McEwen, who is majoring in nursing.

McEwen and the Gulls host Rochester this coming Saturday.

Ex-Knights propel St. Joe’s soccer

WEST HARTFORD — Former Southington High soccer players Hayden Burbank and John Griffin were instrumental in the St. Joseph men’s soccer team’s 2-1 road victory over Medgar Evers College on Saturday.

Burbank, a sophomore midfielder, scored one of the goals and assisted on the other. The two strikes were delivered in a span of three minutes in the first half.

At the other end, Griffin, a freshman, combined with senior goalie Joseph Boland on three saves.

St. Joe’s, now 2-0, plays Wednesday in Boston against Fisher College. Burbank has two goals on the season, having scoring in the 5-2 season-opening win over MCLA.

Top women’s titles decided at Hunter

MERIDEN — The Hunter Women’s Golf League had an eventful August, with Jeannie Pac winning the club championship for the 13th time and Mary Galati claiming the President’s Cup with the low net score.

Also, the season-long match play tournament was decided. Bette Slowther defeated Marian Michnowicz in the finals of the weekend division. Lorraine Pettola beat Lisa Bishop in the weekday championship.

The weekly 18-hole tournament winners for the month were MJ Petretto, Mary Galati, Myra Reynolds, Carol Thorpe, Lisa Bishop, Sharon Maloney, Judy Soprano, Lorraine Pettola, Jeannie Pac, Charmaign Pe, Nancy Sattler, Trish Holewa, Kathy Page, Alice Schilling, Mariel Albee, Linda HIpski, Mara Dunleavy and Joan Adorno.

The evening 9-hole winners were Nancy Kiel, Karen Cebula, Jeanne Magyar, Valerie Miller, Kate Kelly, Sherri Gracia, Cindy Semrau, Sandy Wagner and Agnes Cornwall.

The bi-weekly tournament winners were Lorraine Pettola, Judy Soprano, MJ Petretto, Mara Dunleavy, Chet Mrazik, Carol Thorpe, Bette Slowther, Lisa Bishop, Leslie Pitiger, Alice Schilling, Myra Reynolds, Mary Ann O’Neil, Linda Hipski, Donna Alteri and Mariel Albee.

Weekly results posted at Tradition

WALLINGFORD — Linda Burke shot a round of 45 to capture Flight 1 in last week’s Wednesday Ladies Golf League play at Traditions.

Carol Cotton’s 56 was tops in Flight 2. Sandy Duffy landed Flight 3 with a 64.

Net winners were Nancy DeVylder (32) in Flight 1, Cathleen Gannon (36) in Flight 2 and Pat Zajac (35) in Flight 3.

YMCA lands new sports director

MERIDEN —The Meriden YMCA has hired Maloney product Kyle Cookson as its new Sports Director. 

Cookson takes up the reins from Justin Ferreira, who has moved on to a new job at the University of Saint Joseph. 

Cookson, after graduating Maloney in 2012, earned a degree in Sports Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. He has spent the last nine years working in local programs, including sports at the YMCA and in child care.

In his new position, Cookson will be responsible for all of the YMCA’s youth sports programs and sports specialty camps. 

“I have worked with kids for the past nine years and I love teaching them, watching them grow and being a positive role model in their lives,” said Cookson. “With a larger role at the YMCA, I look forward to seeking new ways to continue to grow youth programs.”