MERIDEN —The Record-Journal Athletes of the Week contest is BACK for the 2019-20 season.
We roll out our first slate of candidates and remind you that voting is open Wednesday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight at myrecordjournal.com/sports.
We’ll add pu the votes, interview the winners and bring them to you in next week’s show.
Tune in every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Here are the candidates for Week 1.
Sean Bell, Platt football
Defense was the calling card of the Platt football team’s run to the Class L semifinals and, after Friday night’s 34-0 shutout of RHAM in the season opener, don’t be surprised if defense is the calling card again in 2019. One of the big playmakers in Game 1 was junior safety Sean Bell. In the second quarter, with the Panthers leading by only 7-0 at that point, Bell corralled a pass deflected by linebacker Danny Hernandez and hightailed it 80 yards for a touchdown.
Brendan Mellitt, Cheshire cross country
We nominate Cheshire senior Brendan Mellitt in Week 1 knowing full well we could be commiting the cardinal sin of distance running. Namely, going too fast off the line. We’ll take the chance. We just can’t let a record-setting run pass us by. Mellitt, the Record-Journal’s reigning Runner of the Year, clocked a 16:32 in last Tuesday’s season-opening quad meet to lower the 3.1-mile course standard at Cheshire Park. Expect Mellitt to continue dropping that time this fall.
Kamron Moreno, Maloney football
The 54-13 final indicates Maloney had no trouble with Farmington in its football opener. Truth is, Farmington scored the first touchdown and, in the second quarter, stayed within range with a kickoff return. Spartans senior Kamron Moreno had an answer each time. He turned a screen pass from Angel Arce into a 58-yard TD to pull Maloney even 7-7 in the first quarter, then answered the KO return with a 90-yarder of his own. Moreno caught 8 passes for 101 yards.
Grace Chappell, Lyman Hall field hockey
Lyman Hall’s Grace Chappell saw some time on varsity last year, but was mostly a JV field hockey player. She was a good one, scoring 12 goals. With that production, Chappel has moved up to varsity full time this fall as a junior and big things are expected of her, says coach Stephanie Lavado Berghorn. So far, so good. Chappel scored 2:23 into the game and later notched a second goal in the Trojans’ 3-0 season-opening win over North Haven.
Victoria Logodicio, Wilcox Tech volleyball
From east to west, there has been victory with Victoria Logodicio for the Wilcox Tech volleyball team here in the early going. The junior setter had a big hand in the Tribe’s matching 3-0 sweeps to open the season, first at Norwich Tech and then at Abbott Tech in Danbury. Logodicio planted five aces in Thursday’s season-opening win over Norwich Tech, then came back with nine assists and three more aces in Monday’s triumph over Abbott Tech.
Emma Watkinson, Cheshire volleball
Three-sport athletes aren’t necessarily a rare breed, but they do blaze unique trails. Cheshire senior Emma Watkinson, with the nod here in Week 1, is the first athlete to be nominated in two consecutive R-J Athlete of the Week contests, albeit over two seasons. She got the nod in the final week of softball season and here again to start volleyball season. The setter dished 21 assists to lead the Rams to their 3-0 opening win Monday over Sheehan.