Yerina returns as Barlow boys basketball coach

Pat Yerina is returning as head coach of the Joel Barlow boys basketball team. — David G. Whitham photo

  The new head coach of the Joel Barlow boys basketball team won’t need a tour of the school. Pat Yerina, who previously coached the Falcons for five seasons in the late 1980s and early 1990s, has been hired to replace Matt Whelan. Whelan recently announced he was leaving to become head coach of the Norwalk High boys basketball team. Yerina, a former standout player at Fairfield University, has been the head coach at Bunnell High in Stratford for the last 21 years. Earlier this month, Yerina announced that he was leaving Bunnell, saying that he wanted a change. That … Read more

Weston boys track: Lautenbach sixth at Open

The Weston boys track and field team closed out the season with three postseason meets, capped off by the New England championships earlier this month. The Trojans scored a total of 33.5 points to finish in seventh place at the Class MM meet on May 30 at Middletown High School. Perennial power Hillhouse captured the championship with 81.5 points. The best finished was turned in by senior captain Tim Lautenbach, who was second in the 1600 meters in 4:24.51, with sophomore Kevin Crowley taking seventh in 4:43.44. Brian Kennedy ran his best race of the season and grabbed fourth in … Read more

Girls track: Trojans qualify three for New Englands

The Weston girls track and field team ended the season by qualifying three athletes for the New England championships on June 9 at the University of New Hampshire. Sophomore Elise Russell had the best finish, earning all-New England honors with a sixth-place finish in the pole vault (10’9”). Senior Kathleen Murphy ended her outstanding career for Weston by placing 13th in the 1600 meters (5:16.16), while freshman Ava Zielinski concluded a superb debut season by taking 17th in the 800 meters ( 2:20.25). State Open At the State Open championships, held on June 4 at Willow Brook Park in New … Read more

Newington edges Barlow in boys volleyball state finals

Barlow's Matt Cruz goes for a kill during Thursday night's Class M state championship match against Newington. — Andy Hutchison photo

  The Joel Barlow boys volleyball team took top-seed Newington to the wire before falling in Thursday night’s Class M state championship match. Newington won the fifth game by two points to beat third-seed Barlow, 3-2, at Shelton High School and earn its second straight Class M title. The Indians prevailed by scores of 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25, and 15-13. “As a fan it was a great game, as a coach I’m proud, and as a competitor I’m disappointed,” said Barlow head coach Chris Lovelett after the match. In the decisive fifth game, Newington opened a 6-3 lead, prompting Barlow … Read more

Girls tennis: Weston, Barlow players end season at State Open

Members of the Weston and Joel Barlow girls tennis team closed out the season earlier this week at the state individual tournament. Weston’s Ally D’Aquino reached the quarterfinals with three wins. Seeded 10th, she scored wins over Amber Raisner of Hall, 8-0, and Lauren Elmasry of Branford, 8-0, in the opening rounds. In the round of 16, she swept seventh-seeded Caitlin Sze of South Windsor, 6-2, 7-6. In the quarterfinals she lost to second-seeded (and eventual runner-up) Madeline DeNucci of Glastonbury, 6-1 6-0. Barlow’s number-one singles player, Maddie Massey, scored an 8-1 win over Wilton’s Emma Cadlwell in the first … Read more

Barlow boys volleyball reaches state finals

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The Joel Barlow boys volleyball team is back in the Class M championship match for the third time in four years, after a 3-1 victory over Lewis Mills on Monday in the semifinals at Kennedy High School in Waterbury. The third-seeded Falcons (15-7) play top-seeded Newington in the finals on Thursday at 5 in Shelton. Newington, the defending champ, swept South Windsor 3-0 in the semifinals. The final scores were 25-12, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19. The last time the Falcons were in the state finals was 2016, when it lost in the championship match for the second straight year. They will … Read more

Track: Ceva, Tomaszewski lead Barlow at Class MM championships

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Hannah Ceva placed in three events and accounted for 12 of Joel Barlow’s 19 points as the Falcons finished 17th at last Wednesday’s Class MM girls track and field state championships in Middletown. Ceva was fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. She had season-best efforts in both the long jump and triple jump. Alyson Tomaszewski placed in two events for Barlow to add five points to the team’s total. She finished sixth in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters. The Barlow boys team finished 27th with six … Read more

Golf: U.S. Open trophy makes stop at Aspetuck Valley

In the buildup to the 118th U.S. Open Championship in two weeks, the US Open trophy has been making the rounds to golf courses over the past two months. On Friday, the trophy made a stop at Aspetuck Valley Country Club, where the Weston High boys golf team had the chance to hold the most-prized possession in men’s golf. This year’s Open will be held in two weeks at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island.

Boys lacrosse: Hand knocks Weston out in quarterfinals, 11-4

Visiting Daniel Hand held the Weston High boys lacrosse team to a single goal over the final 39 minutes of play to score an 11-4 win in the Class M quarterfinals on Saturday in Weston. The third-seeded Trojans ended the season at 15-5. Sixth-seeded Hand (13-6) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead just 3:33 into the game, before Weston clawed back on goals by Kyle Aronson, Ryan Werner and Nathaniel Billig to tie the game 3-3 with 3:22 left in the first quarter. Hand’s Jack Flanagan scored with 35 seconds left in the period to put the Tigers up … Read more

Volleyball: Barlow survives scare from Oxford to reach semifinals

With the end of its season staring it right in the face, the Joel Barlow boys volleyball team didn’t blink on Friday. The Falcons battled back from 2-1 deficit and fought off two matches points in the fifth set, to pull out a 3-2 win at home over Oxford in an instant classic in the Class M state quarterfinals. The final scores were 25-14, 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 16-14. The third-seeded Falcons (14-7) will play second-seeded Lewis Mills in the semifinals on Monday at 6 at Kennedy High School in Waterbury. Barlow dominated the first set, but after that the match … Read more

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