AROUND THE HORN: Maloney’s record-setting freshman named All-State; top golfers head to State Open; Hunter women tee up for a cause

MERIDEN — The R-J coverage sees its share of All-State players each season. Precious few, however, earn the distinction in their freshman year.

That’s how exceptional a season Wesley Colebrook just had for Maloney volleyball.

The rookie was named All-State Class L after leading the Spartans in all statistical catagories, including 507 kills.

Those 507 kills not only shattered the program’s previous single-season record, they led the entire state by a wide margin — 100, to be exact. Windsor’s Peyton Walter, the next in line, had 407.

Colebrook also had 64 aces, which ranked fourth in Connecticut.

On defense, Colebrook got to 232 digs and handled 261 serve-receives while making only six errors.

“The season he had is truly special and one I don’t know if we will see again,” remarked Maloney coach Kevin Savejs. “To think that he is only a freshman.”

Colebrook was strong right out of the gate, chalking up 38 kills in his second match. He had 20 or more kills in 15 of 20 matches, including 40 against Windsor on May 2 and 41 against Wethersfield on May 12.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association made him Northeast Regional Player of the Week in mid-April.

So did the R-J, which will be naming its All-Record-Journal spring teams later this month.

Top golfers head to State Open

CHESHIRE — The field is set for the Saturday’s CIAC State Open golf tournament.

In all, 52 golfers — 29 boys and 23 girls — are heading to the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme. The group includes Cheshire seniors A.J. DePaolo and Sydney Hidalgo.

DePaolo shot at 71 at Hebron’s Tallwood Country Club to lead Cheshire to the Division I championship on Monday. Hidalgo was fifth in the Division I girls tournament with a round of 84 at Timberlin on Wednesday.

The D-I girls title was won by Greenwich. The Lady Rams placed sixth with additional scoring from Olivia Beach (89) and Sophia DelRosso (92).

Other highlights from the divisional meets included Dylan Miller’s eighth-place finish in Division I. The Maloney senior shot a 76 at Tallwood. Sheehan senior Drew Dellipoali tied for eighth in Division II with a round of 77 at Fairview Farms. 

Hunter women tee up for a cause

MERIDEN — The Hunter Women’s Club parlayed opening day of the 2023 season into a fundraiser for the Sisters’ Project.

The club generated $2,165 for the local charity and presented the proceeds during this week’s Member-Member Tournament.

Connie Bird and Rebecca Guilmette teamed to shoot a low gross of 80 at the event. Sherri Gracia and Mariel Albee took low net with a 68.

The putting contest was won by Linda Falis and the “skipping challenge” was mastered by Chet Mrazik. “On the Green” prizes were awarded to Mary Bachinsky, Katie Hosfelt and Agnes Cornwall. 

Also at Hunter, the women’s club played a full slate of weekly tournaments in May. M.J. Petretto, Judy Soprano and Connie Bird shot low gross rounds, with Petretto taking both the “Even Holes” on May 9 and the “Maggie” on May 30.

Low nets have been carded by Jenny Briggs, Annie Klopp, Myra Reynolds and Linda Falis.

Bi-weekly winners in May were Dunleavy and Mrazik (low gross) and Karen Cebula and Agnes Cornwall (low net).


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