Girls Swimming and Diving Wins NVL Championship

Girls Swimming and Diving Wins NVL Championship

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It has been 22 years since the Sacred Heart High girls swim team enjoyed a night like this. The Hearts put a champi­onship exclamation point on a 13-0 regular season Saturday, winning the Naugatuck Valley League title in a romp at Kennedy High’s John Rear­don Pool. Sacred Heart totaled 853 points to outdistance Torrington (684), Naugatuck (585), and Water­town (566). “I am stunned,” said Hearts coach Butch Savage, who had only eight girls on the team when he first took over as head coach in 1997. “The girls are fantastic. And most of them are freshmen. I had 12 of them this year.” The freshman who dominated the meet was Margaret Flaherty. She out­touched Holy Cross’ Brittany Stein­feld to win the 200 freestyle (1:58.07) and then won the 500 free (5:21.40). And…
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Sportsmanship Wins the Day at Cross Country Race

Sportsmanship Wins the Day at Cross Country Race

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In distance, it was only a few hundred yards. But Sacred Heart’s Maryn Vaillancourt and Amistad Academy’s Kayla Samuel went a long way toward showing what sportsmanship  is all about.  The final por­tion  of the state  Class S girls  cross country  championship  for Vaillancourt  and Samuel last  Saturday at East  Hartford’s  Wickham Park exhibited everything that high school athletics should. As Vaillancourt prepared to turn the course’s final cor­ner,  she stepped awkwardly on a tree root and severely rolled an ankle. She hopped on her good foot a couple times and began crying. “With the pain of rolling my ankle, and I get overheat­ed  so I can’t breathe, so I was a little afraid of that,” she said. “So I just started to walk to calm myself down. I was…
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Perugini A Versatile Leader

Perugini A Versatile Leader

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Sacred Heart High football coach Cortez Johnson says Carmen Perugini is the team’s funnyman, someone who exhibits the ability to keep his teammates relaxed. In a classroom setting, Sacred Heart teacher Michael Madden says Perugini displays clever wit, but at the same time he can be a considerate and caring person. In just a few days in Madden’s U.S. Government and Photoshop classes, he has seen Perugini’s compassionate dimension shine through clearly. It’s that versatility of personality that separates Perugini from others and likely got him elected as the Sacred Heart junior class president last year. He’s toying with the idea of running for the 2013-14 presidency as he begins his senior year. “It’s something that I’m thinking seriously about,” said Perugini. “I have to fill out some paperwork. I’m…
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SH Grad CT’s First Lady of Football

SH Grad CT’s First Lady of Football

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In an unexpected conversation with assistant coach Jen­nifer Stango, Wolcott Tech’s Kevin Crispin received the go-ahead to attempt an on­side kick midway through the second quarter of a see­saw game with O’Brien Tech last fall. “Yes, finally,” responded Crispin, who moments later calmly stroked the ball and watched one of his team­mates recover. Wolcott Tech won the game, 45-42. “I wanted to try one so badly, and it felt good to have your coach have so much confidence in you to get it done,” said Crispin. Stango didn’t tell head coach Jamie Coty that she made the bold move. Coty sprinted to Stango, shouting, “Did you make that call?” Worried she had done something wrong, the first­year assistant tentatively answered, “Yes.” “Thank God,” responded Coty. “I was jumping up and down on…
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Carroll to Shape League’s Future

Carroll to Shape League’s Future

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The Naugatuck Valley League is one year away from expansion and realignment, and the journey to the new NVL be­gins with a new man on top of the organizational ladder. Jon Carroll, the Sacred Heart boys basketball coach since 2005 and ath­letic director since 2008, takes over as league presi­dent for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Carroll shepherds the ad­dition of Oxford High next fall. Developing new divi­sional and competitive for­mats will be the primary challenge of the Carroll era, and it will be an energetic era as he adds presidential duties to his jobs as athletic director and coach. According to Carroll, the good news is that the task is well-defined. “With the presidency, you feel very, very busy,” he said, “but the next two years are outlined. It’s not like there are…
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