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RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Lyman Hall’s 6-foot-8 Regan casts a long, bright shadow

RECORD-JOURNAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Lyman Hall’s 6-foot-8 Regan casts a long, bright shadow

WALLINGFORD — When he was selected Wallingford Rotary High School Citizen of the Year a year ago as a junior, Cameron Regan of Lyman Hall delivered a short speech entitled “Service Above Self.” Now a senior preparing to attend either UConn or the University of South Carolina, Regan has a resume that proves he doesn’t merely talk the talk. Regan has put in numerous hours of community service, be it as a member of Group Mission Trips, the First Congregational Church Youth Group or as president of the Lyman Hall National Honor Society. There’s also this: Regan, the 6-foot-8 senior captain of the LH basketball team, has a video editing business in which he creates highlight reels for fellow athletes. These productions, says Regan, “go above and beyond the average Hudl film, which is a generic editing software that most other athletes use.”  That’s putting team — even opposing players — ahead of self. No surprise that Regan was senior captain of this year’s LH squad.

With a 4.0 grade-point average that ranks him No. 16 in Lyman Hall’s Class of 2019, Regan is also the boys basketball team’s Record-Journal Scholar-Athlete. The High Honors student has taken home academic awards in Geometry and U.S History. He attended the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy as a freshman, served as a Peer Advocate as a sophomore and has been a member of the Italian Club for the past two years. Regan also been an active member of the youth group at Wallingford’s First Congregational Church since 6th grade and has logged over 320 hours of community service through Group Mission Trips, focusing on home repairs in the local community. Regan pays his basketball forward as a counselor in the Wallingford Park and Recreation Department’s Hoop House program. He earned Lyman Hall’s Most Improved Player award last year and averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds this past season, going over 500 points and 400 rebounds for his career. “Cam is an impressive and well-rounded young man,” confirmed LH basketball coach Rob Ruys. “He works hard and is dedicated, not only on the court, but in the classroom and community as well.” Regan was one of six Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected by their coaches at Lyman Hall for the 2018-19 winter season. It’s an impressive group. There’s a rare brother-sister combo. There’s a young man going in environmental science. All six will be invited to the R-J’s “Best of the Bunch” awards brunch at the Aqua Turf on June 23. They’re also in the running for Record-Journal Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Erin Hickman, girls indoor track: Erin Hickman is Lyman Hall’s senior track captain during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. A natural leader, Hickman has worked as a counselor at the Wallingford YMCA’s Camp Ulrich and after-school program. She’s also a tutor at Lyman Hall. Her peers would be wise to follow her lead. Hickman is carrying a 4.1692 GPA and has taken Advanced Placement courses in Goverment, U.S. and World History, Biology, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Statistics, Physics, Spanish 6 and Latin 4. The National Honor Society member has made the High Honor Roll for six semesters running. “Erin is the hardest worker on the team,” said indoor track coach David Palmer. “She’s the definition of a leader because she makes the people around her better by constantly setting the example of what it takes to be a varsity athlete.”

Eric Lipka, boys indoor track: Senior Eric Lipka made the All-Conference grade this season as a member of Lyman Hall’s 4x800 relay team, which finished third in the SCC Championship meet in 8:42.33. Lipka made the All-SCC Academic grade with a 4.07 GPA that ranks him No. 11 in Lyman Hall’s Class of 2019. The National Honor Society member received two distinct honors last summer. He got a Student Leadership Award from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and was named a College Board AP Scholar with Honor. A year-round runner for the Trojans, Lipka earned the Sportsmanship Award in cross country in his freshman season in 2015 and his attitude has not wavered in the intervening four years. “Eric is the one athlete that I can count on to run any event, no questions asked,” said coach David Palmer. “He is a leader on the track and in the classroom.”

Kailey Lipka, girls basketball: With her 4.27 GPA, Kailey Lipka ranks No. 2 in Lyman Hall’s Class of 2019 and gives her brother Eric a decided academic carrot to chase. On the basketball court, Kailey Lipka was one of the top players to ever come through the LH girls program. The four-year varsity guard cleared the 1,000-point milestone the night of Jan. 15 against East Haven. In doing so, Lipka joined a fairly elite group. Only seven previous Lyman Hall girls players had eclipsed the milestone: Joyce Rivers (1978), Marci Zajac (1985), Karen Canavan (1986), Jen Janeway (1998), Brynn Gingras (2000), Jenn Piazza (2001) and Lindsay Karle (2010). Lipka went on to finish with 1,242 for her career — second only to Piazza (1,507) on Lyman Hall’s all-time list. She is Lyman Hall’s all-time 3-point shooter with 180. A well-rounded player, Lipka finished the regular season as the girls’ area scoring leader at 16.35 points a game. She also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.3 steals. Those numbers put Lipka on the All-SCC First Team and returned her to the All-Record-Journal Team for a third straight time. Lipka also earned a spot on the New Haven Tap-Off Club’s All-Area squad. This is Lipka’s second R-J Scholar-Athlete nod of the year. She was also selected in cross country. A member of the National Honor Society and a National Hispanic Scholar, Lipka is president of the Computer Club and a member of the Student Council. She has earned academic excellence awards in AP Biology, AP U.S. Government & Politics, PreCalculus, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Spanish 2 & 3. Lipka scored a 1500 on her SATs. She will major in Biology in college.

Nick Motmans, boys swimming: Senior swim captain Nick Motmans will major in Forestry and Botany after Lyman Hall, but for this environmentalist the future is now. The president of Lyman Hall’s chapter of Future Farmers of America, Motmans has captained multiple teams for the organization, including Forestry, National Resources/Environment and Envirothon. He’s also won multiple awards through the chapter: Ag-Ed, Wildlife Management, Star Greenland. Beyond Lyman Hall, Motmans is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, the Connecticut Botanical Society and the Connecticut chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. A Cheshire resident, Motmans serves on the Cheshire Land Trust as chair of the stewardship.  Motmans holds a 3.79 GPA and is president of the LH Latin Club. In the pool, Motmans has qualified for the state class meet throughout his career. He was team MVP last year as a junior, when he qualified for the Class M meet in the butterfly and freestyle relays. “Nick is a talented swimmer who has contributed to the team since fresman year,” remarked coach Donna Neary. “He helps with the less experienced swimmers and is liked by all on the team.

Matt Pettit, ice hockey: Junior forward Matt Pettit has repeated as a R-J Scholar-Athlete. This one is no doubt sweeter, coming as it does on the heels of the Lyman Hall Co-op’s Division III state championship. Pettit was a big part of that run. The first-line forward finished the season with 28 goals and 36 assists. He scored two goals and set up a third in the 6-2 victory over Sheehan in the state final. Pettit was named to both the All-Record-Journal Team and All-SCC Division III First Team.