Angelina Massoia knew she was walking into her first season as Hopkins’ softball coach. The nucleus of last year’s FAA championship team returned in 2018, including four seniors who have played a big part in the Hilltoppers winning eight of their first nine games.
The quartet is: catcher Jess D’Errico, pitcher and shortstop Gigi Speer, infielder Izzy Potashh and outfielder Donasia Gray. D’Errico and Speer are co-captains,
“They have definitely helped me to get to know everyone and to be the bridge between myself and the players,“ Massoia said. “They are all high quality players and I am grateful to have them.”
Sara Chung, a junior, is the team’s other pitcher. Hopkins is currently in second place in the Fairchester League behind St. Luke’s, the only team to beat the Hilltoppers this season.
Massoia said she anticipates being the No. 2 seed in next week’s league tournament. Hopkins should get a bye into Wednesday’s semifinals with the final being next Friday at the site of the higher seed. Hopkins is the defending champion.
“I had an opportunity to see them (in the off-season) so I was looking forward to help build on the tradition the program already had,” Massoia said.
North Haven girls tennis coach Robert Migliorini is partnering up with ACEing Autism, a non-profit organization that tries to help children with autism connect through tennis programs. This is a pilot program being offered June 16 at the North Haven health and Racquet Club.
Members of the girls tennis team will be volunteering their time to help teach at the pilot program because training requires a high ratio of tennis instructors to students children with autism. The clinic is free for all participants, 1-2 p.m. for children ages 5-10 and 2-3 p.m. for ages 11-18.
To register, visit aceing autism.org.
Congratulations to our girls track head coach Lin Schulte who earned his 300th career victory today. We thank him for all his dedication and years of service to JLHS. An amazing accomplishment for a great coach and even better person!!! pic.twitter.com/Kq8Bef7bKd
— J Law Athletics (@JLHSAthletics) May 4, 2018
Law girls track coach Linwood Schulte won his 300th meet last Friday. The 80-year-old Schulte is in the midst of his 34th season.
According to the Milford Mirror, Schulte began coaching at Law in 1985 and didn’t anticipate coaching nearly this long, but is in no hurry to step away.
“It says that I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Schulte told the Mirror. “It also says I’ve been lucky to have had some very talented girls during my years. It’s been a privilege to coach each and every team and I have some great memories of each one.’’
— Amity HS Athletics (@amityathletics) May 9, 2018
Amity boys tennis coach Chris Raffone won his 200th match Wednesday against West Haven at home. He has finished with a pair of 19-0 seasons and the Spartans are currently 11-1.
Raffone was honored Thursday night along with 23 other Outstanding Coaches of the Year by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to coach at an amazing school with great kids and make lifelong friendships,” Raffone said. “My favorite part is when the kids come back to the courts after graduating and we have conversations about tennis, life and everything in between.”
In case you missed it in Thursday’s Register, longtime North Haven baseball coach Bob DeMayo won his 896th game against Branford. He already holds the all-time wins record in CIAC history.
News and notes
Kevin Kehoe announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he resigned after 10 seasons coaching boys basketball at Cheshire Academy.
The ‘Cats won the 2014 NEPSAC Class B championship and went to the NEPSAC playoffs in seven of his 10 seasons at the helm.
Resigned as coach at CA yesterday. For the people who supported the program, thank you. Alums, you’re the reason I coach. You will always be MY alumni, thank you for everything you gave to the program.
— Kevin Kehoe (@KevinKehoeCA) May 9, 2018
After defeating Greenwich Academy on Wednesday, the Hopkins girls tennis team is currently 14-0, it’s best record ever. A win over King on Friday will give the team the Fairchester League championship.
The Hilltoppers will be attempting to repeat as New England champions. Hopkins hosts quarterfinal- and semifinal-round action on May 19. The final will be May 20 at Thhe Westminster School.
<bullet> The Cheshire Academy softball team moved to 11-1 Wednesday after shutting out Westover 5-0. The ‘Cats are likely to clinch a berth in the WNEPSA Class B tournament next week and get a chance to repeat in that division.