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RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Chloe continues to catch fire at Wilcox

RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Chloe continues to catch fire at Wilcox

MERIDEN — Coming off an All-Conference and All-Record-Journal volleyball season, Wilcox Tech’s Chloe LaBissoniere did not lose an ounce of steam this spring in softball.

Actually, if you factor academics into the equation, the junior gained momentum.

By raising her grade average to a 104.4, LaBissoniere now ranks No. 1 in Wilcox Tech’s Class of 2020.

A member of the Student Council, LaBissoniere is president of the Wilcox chapter of the National Honor Society and is a Peer Leader.

She was captain and team MVP in volleyball. In softball, she hit .487, got on base at a .510 clip and slugged at a rate of .739.

What position did she play? Better to ask which position she didn’t.

“Chloe is one of the most versatile athletes I have coached in a long time. This young woman has the ability to play any position and do so successfully,” said Wilcox softball coach Bruce Haney. “Her willingness to do whatever it takes for the team is what makes her a great teammate and an asset for the program as a whole.  

“She has leadership qualities that not only show on the field/court, but in her daily regimen here at Wilcox,” Haney added. “It is an honor to be able to have the opportunity to coach such a tremendous young woman.”

LaBissoniere was one five Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected by their coaches at Wilcox Tech for the 2019 spring season.

Chris Brunetti, golf: Chloe LaBissoniere has company among the upper echelons of the Class of 2020. Chris Brunetti ranks sixth among the rising seniors with a 101.4 average.

On the golf course, Brunetti emerged as a pivotal player this spring for the Indians, earning the starting spot in the No. 4 slot. He helped the squad compile a record of 20-3 overall and 11-1 in the CTC.

“Chris played a key role in the success of this year’s golf team. He improved tremendously since his sophomore year and many of his scores were the deciding factor in close contests,” remarked coach Steve Wodarski. “He is a respected leader within the Wilcox community and exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete as evidenced by his overall class ranking and outstanding GPA.”

Brunetti has other chops. He is active in karate, Skills USA and Boy Scouts. With the latter group, he is working on becoming an Eagle Scout.

Brunetti is also big into music. He’s in a band that performs regularly.

Eli Henry, boys tennis: A two-sport cornerstone has graduated for the Indians. Eli Henry played four years of soccer and tennis for Wilcox and helped the school land CTC championships in both sports.

Henry literally accomplished that single-handedly in tennis, and he did so twice, winning the CTC Tournament singles crown in 2018 and again this spring.

Henry was All-Conference dating back to his sophomore season. He was a two-time team captain.

A National Honor Society student, Henry graduated with an academic average of 104.152. He is on his way to UMass.

“Eli has been with me since his freshman year and has been an enjoyable addition to the team,” remarked tennis coach Sue Planinshek. ” I have seen him grow and progress as a player to become the most valuable athlete on the team.

“More importantly, he is respected and well-liked by his fellow teammates. He is courteous and kind and has a positive outlook coupled with natural leadership skills. His dedication to the team has been invaluable to both the team and me. He contributed to a very fun season and I will miss him.”

Henry was named to the inaugural All-Record-Journal Tennis Team.

Dan Taveras, baseball: Over the past four years, Dan Taveras was a multi-positional utility player who played key roles on the Tribe’s CTC championship teams and this year’s CTC runner-up.

This spring, he notched three victories on the mound.

“He was our utility man, stepping in and giving great at-bats and pitching great when called upon,” remarked coach Dave Cronin. “Great attitude knowing his role and playing it well.”

Taveras graduated with an 87 academic average.

Zonviaye Walker-Elson, girls tennis: Though only a first-year tennis player, Zonviaye Walker-Elson was thrown into the fire at No. 1 and No. 2 singles this spring.

Already a student nursing assistant and a future criminal justice major, Walker-Elson weathered the heat just fine.

A junior in the Health Technology shop, Walker-Elson is carrying a grade average of 90.1. She’s made High Honors all three years so far at Wilcox and was a finalist as a sophomore in a Young Writers creative writing contest.

The Middletown resident is an arts counselor for kids in her hometown and works on the assisted living wait staff at Covenant Village in Cromwell. She’s also a student CNA at the Bradley and Baptist Homes in Meriden who is certified in first aid, dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

“Zonviaye is a wonderful young lady who has shouldered the responsibility of playing No. 1 or 2 singles on a very young team,” remarked Wilcox tennis coach Rob Janiga. “Without any complaints, she goes out and competes and continues to grow as a player and person. She has fine potential.”