Seymour knocked off defending champion Woodland by 70 pounds Saturday to take the 2014 NVL weightlifting championship. Here are the results:
Team totals: 1. Seymour 11,835; 2. Woodland 11,765; 3. Crosby 11,420; 4. Wolcott 11,110; 5. Torrington 10,970; 6. Holy Cross 10,755; 7. Ansonia 10,620; 8. Wilby 10,050; 9. Naugatuck 9,980; 10. St. Paul 9,355; 11. Kennedy 3,510; 12. Derby 2,855.
Under 160: Squat- 1. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 375; 2. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 345; 3. Chris Abate (Sey) 335. Bench- 1. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 280; 2. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 275; 3. Freddy Sanchez (N) 270. Power clean- 1. Adam Santopietro (Wol) 245; 2. Chris Abate (Sey) 230; 3. Jacob Thomas (Wil) 215. Overall- Jacob Thomas (Wil) 870.
161-180: Squat- 1. Malik Allen (Wil) 405; 2. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 400; 3. Joey Salemme (Sey) 395.5. Bench- 1. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 275; 2. Joey Salemme (Sey) 255; 2. Phil Lebel (Wol) 255. Power clean- 1. Julian Falcioni (Sey) 295; 2. Joey Salemme (Sey) 260; 3. Jeroderick Richardson (C) 255.5. Overall- Julian Falcioni (Sey) 970.
181-200: Squat- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 420; 2. Breonte Nealy (HC) 390; 3. Tyler Johnson (Wol) 385. Bench- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 290; 2. Drew Bialoglowy (HC) 280.5; 3. Andy Sanchez (D) 280. Power clean- 1. Josh Collet (Wood) 270; 2. Christian Thurmond (Sey) 265; 3. Dan Hink (Sey) 245. Overall- Josh Collet (Wood) 980.
201-220: Squat- 1. Levi Fancher (Wood) 455; 2. Chris Slavin (Wood) 420; 3. Tyler O’Connell (A) 405.5. Bench- 1. Bryan Ballenilla (Wil) 320; 2. Chris Slavin (Wood) 300.5; 3. Levi Fancher (Wood) 300.5. Power clean- 1. Levi Fancher (Wood) 290; 2. Bryan Ballenilla (Wil) 265; 3. Chris Slavin (Wood) 255. Overall- Levi Fancher (Wood) 1,045.
Over 220: Squat- 1. Kobe Covington (T) 495; 2. Gerron Pendarvis (HC) 485; 3. Arlind Isaku (HC) 465. Bench- 1. Richard Gatling (C) 330; 2. Gregory Thompson (Wil) 315; 3. Will Paul (N) 305. Power clean- 1. Zack Sirowich (Sey) 285; 2. Kobe Covington (T) 265; 3. Gerron Pendarvis (HC) 255.5. Overall- Kobe Covington (T) 1,035.
Woodland’s Levi Fancher was chosen the meet’s Most Valuable Lifter by coaches. Sacred Heart and Watertown were the only NVL teams that did not participate, giving the competition one of its best turnouts ever. Kudos to the Seymour coaching staff for running another efficient event.
Since it’s been a while, we’ve got some updates for you on a variety of fronts. Here goes.
Watertown nearing new coach: When Watertown athletic director Roberto Medic announced the coaching vacancy at his school earlier this year, he said he would strive to have a coach in place by early March. We’re here, and we’re told that the school is in the interview stage. We don’t have an official list of candidates, but we can tell you that Joe Begnal Jr. is not among them (as he was named by a commenter in an earlier thread). He let us know Saturday that he did not apply for the job. We assume the Indians will have a new coach selected within the next week or so.
Eight state champs on the way: Y’all know this by now, but the CIAC football committee decided to go with eight state champions in 2014 as a temporary fix toward a new postseason system that should begin in 2015. (Read a little more here.) The four-division qualification system as it is now will stand, but after the 32 qualifiers make the field they will be split up by enrollment. (For example, the eight Class LL qualifiers will be grouped into the four largest enrollments and the four smallest enrollments, then reseeded by their points standing.) The alternative was naming co-champions in four classes. Wolcott principal Joe Monroe told us Saturday that the committee will reconvene in April to begin looking at a permanent fix for 2015 and beyond, and apparently just about everything will be on the table.
Wilby’s Cook admitted to West Point: We would be remiss if we didn’t send our congratulations to Wilby’s Darren Cook, a two-time Wildcats captain who was recently admitted into the United States Military Academy. (Read more here.) That’s a terrific achievement, especially for a city kid, and we wish Darren the best of luck.
Still no schedule ready: Quite a few head coaches asked Saturday about the status of Sacred Heart’s football program, and we have no answers beyond the fact that a co-op with Kaynor Tech is apparently not in the cards. We hear that the interest at Kaynor was too high to fall under the CIAC’s co-op rules. We don’t know when a decision will be made regarding the Hearts, but that appears to be the only thing preventing 2014 schedules from being made.
St. Paul’s Marchi headed to prep school: WFSB’s John Holt reported Friday on Twitter that former St. Paul quarterback Logan Marchi has decided to attend East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Mass., next fall. This all comes after UConn pulled its scholarship offer last month and Marchi declined to take other NCAA opportunities.
NVL summer passing league: Naugatuck coach Craig Bruno announced Saturday that he plans on forming the first NVL passing league set to play this summer. The league will be open to all NVL teams (no word on whether other teams will be allowed in) and will run Tuesday nights in July and early August. It will be a traditional 7-on-7 style with weekly results and a playoff in the final week. Bruno also plans on holding the first NVL Invitational 7-on-7 tournament Saturday, Aug. 2. Fees for the events will be $225 for the league and $125 for the tournament. Everything will be held at the Veterans Field turf at Naugatuck High. Hopefully we get plenty of schools involved in this league, because we miss you during the summer and would really like to see you sooner than later.
The Valley Dodgeball Classic: I’m helping to organize a pretty huge charity dodgeball tournament on May 31 at Woodland. We’ll have some more details on it soon, but it would be pretty sweet to have a bunch of NVL football teams represented in the tournament. (And, since a coach already asked me, the event is for folks of all ages. We’d love to see the Seymour and Woodland staffs duke it out.) Talk about bragging rights. Here’s the Facebook event; we’ll have a whole post about it as we get closer to the date.
The Saturday Evening Post on Thanksgiving: Amid some of the bad feelings about Thanksgiving football presented in the comments of previous threads, I received a string of texts from Woodland assistant coach Tim Phipps telling me his feelings on the day. In my experience around here, there aren’t many guys who love Thanksgiving football more than Phipps. One point struck more than others: “It is not a consolation prize; it is your regular-season prize. Before there were playoffs there was Thanksgiving, and there will always be Thanksgiving. I feel it is what makes Connecticut football special and what needs to remain in tact.” He then pointed me toward a 1928 Thanksgiving cover in the Saturday Evening Post, a cover he says hangs in his living room at home. I searched for the image and found that it was illustrated by JC Leyendecker in a string of Thanksgiving-related covers. There’s a little history about it here, but we’ll just end this post with the illustration.