AROUND THE HORN: Fun Run series is off and running; CT and Rhode Island partner for hoop showcase

MERIDEN — The initial race of the 2022 Meriden Fun Run series went to a familiar set of legs.

Maloney cross country coach Derek Destefano was the first across the three-mile course along the Platt track and Meriden Linear Trail on Wednesday evening, posting a winning time of 17:31.

Richard Fernandes was second in 19:10 and Joseph Migliore third in 19:20.

Yet another veteran of the summer series, Bill Liebler, placed fourth in 19:29, while one of Destefano’s Maloney runners, Tristyn Barnes, was fifth in 20:21.

Maloney’s Savannah Vasquez was the top female and sixth runner overall at 21:23.

Erin Sola of Platt was next across the line in 22:10. Bridggette Vazquez was the third female and eighth overall runner at 22:12.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Platt’s Dajjah Dudley (22:15) and David Hyde (22:18).

Wednesday’s race drew 22 runners. The series will continue for the next eight weeks every Wednesday at the Platt track.

Start time is 6:30. Along with the 3-mile race, there is a 3/4-mlle kids run. The event is free.

CT, Rhody combine on hoop tourney

CHESHIRE — The CIAC announced Thursday is has combined with the Rhode Island Interscholastic League to create the Jiggs Cecchini Holiday Basketball Challenge.

Envisioned as an annual one-day tournament, the event will debut December 27 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Four games are on top, two boys and two girls.

The two boys teams representing Connecticut in the inaugural tourney are perennial powers from the Central Connecticut Conference, East Catholic and Windsor. East Catholic will face Bishop Hendricken of Warwick. Windsor will take on Classical High School of Providence.

The girls lineup follows the same paraochial/pulbic school line. Holy Cross of Waterbury faces St. Mary Academy-Bay View of Riverside and Hamden is paired with Ponaganset High School of North Scituate.

Tipoff times and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Connecticut and Rhode Island formerly had an annual scholastic series, the Governor’s Cup summer all-star game, in football.

Plans for a basketball event, according to the CIAC, had been in the works for a decade. They were nailed down after Mike Lunney, executive director of the Rhode Island INterscholastic League, attended this year’s CIAC state championships at Mohegan Sun.


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