By Press Staff
MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High School diver Monica Marcello set a new school diving record last Saturday, while the Blue Dragons dance team won another state championship in CIAC competitions held over the past weekend.
Marcello won the Splash Classic competition at Plainville High Saturday with a score of 430.95. That obliterated the meet record of 406.25 which was set in 1999, and just edged Dan Kinney’s school record score of 430.65.
“This is quite an accomplishment considering she has been diving for only two years,” said Middletown diving coach Matt Quinn. “Not only that, she ruptured an eardrum this summer and that sidelined her until a month before the season began. This year has been tough for her because her scores didn’t reflect how well she was progressing.
“Her practices have been improving each week and finally at all came together for her Saturday.”
Both Marcello and Kinney signed National letters of Intent to dive for UConn next season.
The Blue Dragons dance team won its fourth state title in three years, this time in the high school Small Jazz Division. The team also came in third in the High School Large Hip-Hop competition.
“The girls have really worked hard,” said winter dance coach Jessica Carlson. “To win four state titles in three years is quite an accomplishment.”
Haddam-Killingworth 63, Morgan 58 >> The Cougars qualified for the state tournament with a SLC victory Monday night at Higganum.
Senior forward Kyle McCormick poured in a game-high 22 points, while Nick Czaja added 20 points for H-K (8-11), which outscored the Huskies 23-17 in the fourth quarter.
Dylan Ketch and Gabe Eriksen each had 13 points for Morgan (5-14).
Middletown 65, Bulkeley 62 >> Senior forward Brandon Simmons had a game-high 25 points and Antonio White had 19 points to lead the Blue Dragons (13-6) Monday night at Middletown.
Jashar Haslam had 22 points and Devante Davis chipped in 13 points for the Bulldogs (10-9).
East Hampton 66, Valley Regional 53 >> Jake Vickery had 23 points and Matt Booth added 15 points as the host Bellringers clinched the No. 3 seed in the SLC tourney Monday night.
Marvin Gorgas had 14 points, while Cody Bernard chipped in eight points for East Hampton (17-2).
Chris Jean-Pierre had a game-high 28 points for the Warriors (14-5).
Hale-Ray 69, North Branford 58 >> Jason Traceski collected 35 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead the Noises Monday night at Moodus.
Craig Botteon had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while James Jones added eight points and eight rebounds for Hale-Ray (4-15).
Mark Delauro had 26 points for the T-birds (2-15).