WALLINGFORD — A year from now, Meredith DeNegris will likely be up in the Granite State, either at Franklin Pierce College or Southern New Hampshire University, pursuing a degree in special education.
As president of the Lyman Hall Best Buddies Club and a participant in Unified Sports, not to mention a student with 3.9167 grade-point average, DeNegris is already off to a good start on her career path.
Captain of the field hockey team, DeNegris was one of eight Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected by their coaches at Lyman Hall High School for the fall 2018 season.
The four-year veteran led her squad in scoring this year with four goals and an assist.
With her high grade average, DeNegris was twice named All-Academic by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and by the Southern Connecticut Conference. She was this season’s overall SCC female scholar-athlete from LH.
The National Honor Society member has received an impressive array of awards: Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, CABE Leadership, Excellence in Capstone.
DeNegris also runs track, both indoor and outdoor. She’s been a member of the outdoor team for four years and has been named senior captain.
“Meredith is such a hard-working individual. She has such passion for everything she does and does a great job of balancing her busy schedule of work, athletics, and academics,” remarked LH field hockey caoch Stephanie Lavado-Berghorn. “She always is worried about her teammates and others, and often puts their needs above her own.
“Any team would be lucky to have Meredith on their team because she is such a good teammate and leader,” Lavado-Berghorn added. “Our field hockey team was very fortunate to have her and her passion, and I know she will do great things throughout her life.”
As a scholar-athlete, DeNegris will be invited to the fourth annual Record-Journal “Best of the Bunch” awards brunch at the Aqua Turf Club in June.
So will Lyman Hall’s seven other scholar-athletes of the fall season. They are as follows.
■Hailey Bruneau, volleyball: Here’s an athlete who has no problem with transitions. Moved from her customary role as middle hitter to outside hitter, Hailey Bruneau responded with a team-high 173 kills.
The junior was also second on the team with 174 service points and 71 aces. Her 170 digs were third-best.
“Hailey adjusted very well and became the leader in kills and worked hard to be second on the team in serving aces and points,” said coach Marion Kish. “Hailey is a hard worker on the court and in the classroom.”
Bruneau is indeed putting up strong academic numbers. Her GPA is 3.969 and she’s been inducted into the National Honor Society.
Also a standout basketball player for the Trojans, Bruneau has volunteered as a rec basketball coach in her hometown of East Haven for the past six years.
■Kristina Driscoll, girls swimming: This senior captain is part of two program records as a member of the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.
The medley team, in fact, lowered its school record in this year’s SCC championship meet to 1:51.66. As a member of that team, Driscoll has enjoyed All-Conference and All-State status and made the inaugural All-Record-Journal Girls Swimming Team.
With a 3.83 GPA, Driscoll has also been All-SCC Academic. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and has earned a Connecticut Swimming scholar-athlete award.
Driscoll is a peer mentor and a lifeguard. She plans on majoring in elementary education.
“Kristina has been a pleasure to work with the last four years,” said LH swim coach Donna Neary. “She is always positive and has a smile that is infectious.”
■Luke Horobin, boys cross country: This senior is one of Lyman Hall’s top distance runners, be it in cross country, indoor track or outdoor track.
He’s a member of the school’s record-holding 4x800 relay team. This fall, he was LH’s No. 3 cross country runner.
There’s symmetry in that number. Horobin is one of three triplets.
Academically, Horobin holds a 3.86 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was Lyman Hall’s overall SCC Scholar-Athlete for the 2018 fall season.
Horobin has also earned a Sons of the American Revolution Citizenship Award.
“Luke has been a valuable member of the cross country team for the past three years,” noted coach Mike Addorisio. “This year he was our third harrier and consistently pushed the limits of excellence.”
■Carly Jacobs, girls soccer: The Trojans took their lumps on the pitch this season, but it was still a strong campaign for Carly Jacobs, who was named All-SCC Second Team and All-Record-Journal for a second straight year.
The senior captain was also named team MVP.
“Carly is on my list of best players I have ever coached,” stated LH skipper Tony Crane, who has also coached at Cheshire. “Her commitment, attitude and talent are undeniable. She could start for any school.”
Academically, a 3.96 GPA ranks Jacobs No. 17 in Lyman Hall’s Class of 2019. Certificates of Excellence have come her way in French and Algebra.
Jacobs is also a member of the Student Council, Students Against Drunk Driving and Best Buddies. She’ll be going on to Marist College.
■Kailey Lipka, girls cross country: After a strong season on the cross country course, senior Kailey Lipka now heads into her main season as point guard for the LH girls basketball team, a position she’s held since her freshman year.
A two-time All-Record-Journal basketball selection and an All-SCC Second Team pick in 2017, Lipka is closing in on the 1,000-point milestone. She entered the season with 867 career points.
■Furkan Parcal, football: A future dental student, Furkan Parcal can smile. He was recognized for his work at linebacker as an R-J Athlete of the Week and he’s been recognized for his work in the classroom with an R-J Scholar-Athlete nomination.
Parcal has made High Honors throughout his four years at Lyman Hall and comes out of football season with a 3.61 GPA.
He’s a member of Students Against Drunk Driving and has volunteered for camps working with the Wallingford Vikings youth football program.
On the varsity field, Parcal led the Trojans this fall with 91 tackles. He added 252 all-purpose yards on offense as a running back.
Said coach Bill Weyrauch, “He was one of our most consistent performers on both sides of the ball throughout this season.”
■Tyler Stowik, boys soccer: Lyman Hall’s top soccer player was also its top student. Senior Tyler Stowik has a 3.56 GPA and his looking at a college course of study in Business.
On the pitch, Stowik put together his second straight All-State and All-SCC First Team season. He also returned to the All-Record-Journal Team.
Stowik was 2018 team captain, team MVP and leading team scorer for the Trojans.
“Tyler was a great asset to the Lyman Hall High School boys soccer team,” remarked coach Arnie Jandreau. “He is a leader by example. It is quite an honor to coach a player like Tyler … He has proven to be an outstanding soccer player. He portrays a fine example of sportsmanship and a scholar-athlete.
“As Tyler’s coach, he has always treated me with respect, as well as his fellow teammates and referees. He is a great individual as well as a fine athlete.”