On the court Monday, Ledyard was the winner of a hard fought, 3-0 decision over visiting Wheeler.
Off the court, the Colonels were even bigger winners.
Because of construction to its gymnasium, Wheeler has had to practice and play on the road all season. But when the Lions arrived at Ledyard, however, they were greeted with flowers, posters and a surprise Senior Night hosted by the home team.
“It was a class thing to do,” first-year Wheeler coach Jeff Cummings told Keith Kimberlin of The Westerly Sun. “It was really great to see. It’s what sports are all about.”
Even better? The idea belonged completely to the Ledyard team.
“It was a tremendous effort by our girls and athlete driven all the way,” Ledyard athletic director Jim Buonocore said. “They purchased the flowers for the Wheeler seniors, made the recognition posters and hung the posters in the gymnasium prior to the game.”
The gesture goes beyond sports. It’s the kind of broad-sighted thinking that’s rare and special in athletes of high school age, and it made Buonocore proud to be the director of such athletes.
“I am very proud of our volleyball team for thinking beyond themselves and putting a lot of effort into recognizing the Wheeler seniors appropriately,” Buonocore said. “Our girls are wonderful representatives of our school and community and truly see the big picture involved with high school athletics. A very classy gesture by our student-athletes who embody everything we are about at Ledyard High School in regards to promoting sportsmanship, having respect for others and being high character student-athletes. “
THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE
After suffering its first loss of the season, 3-2 to St. Joseph, Westhill has rattled off four straight wins, including a four-set victory over Staples and a five-set affair with defending LL champion Greenwich.
The impressive performance has landed the Vikings at No. 8 in the coach’s poll, and even garnered them a first-place vote.
BAVONE HITS MILESTONE
Cheshire’s 3-0 victory over Guilford last week was just like every game that Cheshire has played this season — a win.
But with it came career victory No. 500 for legendary coach Sue Bavone, whose record stands at 503-89 in her tenure.
At 15-0, Cheshire is ranked No. 3 in the state, and is in prime position to claim both an SCC and Class LL crown.