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RHAM roars into semifinals

Chronicle Staff Reports

HEBRON — Madison Czarnecki, Jordan Synodi and Gretchen Kron scored goals and top-seeded RHAM advanced to the CIAC Class L girls soccer state tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013 with a 3-0 quarterfinal victory on Saturday afternoon over No. 25 New Canaan.

Sierra Blank made four saves for the Sachems (18-1), who will meet No. 20 seed East Lyme in the semifinals on Wednesday night at Falcon Field in Meriden at 6:30 p.m.

In other state tournament games …

Alex Stinson scored on a breakaway in the 15th minute for No. 8 seed Coventry, which dropped a 2-1 decision at Old Lyme in a Class S quarterfinal.

Grace Galey made 10 saves for the Patriots (11-6-1), who have been knocked out of the Class S tournament by Old Lyme the last three seasons in the quarterfinals.

Maddie Ouellette and Mya Johnson each scored goals in the first four minutes for the Wildcats (19-1). Johnson, who has 31 goals this season, also headed a ball off the goal line with seven minutes remaining on a potential game-tying shot by Sarah Sullivan.

Old Lyme, which won last year’s Class S title and shared it in 2015 with Notre Dame-Fairfield, will play No. 4 seed St. Paul, a 2-1 overtime winner over No. 12 East Granby, in the semifinals on Tuesday night at Falcon Field in Meriden.


Alana Hruska had 19 kills and four aces while Anna Barry added 10 kills and four blocks to help lead No. 1 RHAM into the Class L semifinals with a 25-5, 25-13, 25-15 quarterfinal-round win over No. 9 E.O. Smith.

Meredith Blinn went 32-for-32 on serve, winning 17 service points with nine digs, Allie Welch added 32 assists, three kills, three aces and won 12 service points on 17-for-17 serving, Ariana Rajaee had 11 digs and Kate Grabowski finished with six kills and nine digs for the Sachems (24-0), who have won their last 32 matches dating back to the start of last year’s Central Connecticut Conference tournament.

Gabi Dumond (17 assists, 9 digs), Jayleen Fegan (6 kills, 6 digs) and Emily Lacasse (9 kills) led the Panthers (17-6).

RHAM will meet No. 4 seed Guilford in the semifinals on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Middletown High School. The Indians (22-3) eliminated No. 5 Farmington by a 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 margin in their quarterfinal-round match.


Nick Pronovost scored five touchdowns — two on the ground and three through the air — on Friday night as Coventry/Windham Tech/Bolton/Lyman Memorial blanked Granby, 40-0, in a Pequot Conference Uncas Division game at the Larry A. Pietrantonio Athletic Complex.

Pronovost (8 carries, 83 yards) had TD runs of two and 29 yards and caught passes covering 28, 19 and 50 yards from quarterback Jacob Carlson (3-of-4, 98 yards) for the Patriots (9-0 overall, 7-0 Uncas).

Carlson (9 carries, 96 yards) also scored on a 62-yard TD run in the first quarter while Shaun O’Connell ran the ball 17 times for 128 yards as Coventry totaled 402 yards on the ground in the shut-out win. The Patriots also had six sacks with Riley Gardner recording three.

The win also unofficially clinched a quarterfinal-round home game in the Class M state playoffs while Coventry moved up to No. 2 in the Class M playoff-point standings (135.56 points) with Berlin (8-1) falling to third after being handed its first loss of the year on Friday night, 26-10, by Class S qualifier Rocky Hill (9-0).

Coventry hosts the Hartford co-op squad from Sports and Medical Science Academy/University/Classical Magnet on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. in an Uncas Division game to close out the regular season. SMSA/University/Classical (7-2 overall, 6-1 Uncas) is the No. 6 team in Class M and also has unofficially clinched a post-season berth.

Sophomore quarterback Jaidin Glidden (6-for-7, 168 yards) threw four touchdown passes as E.O. Smith jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead in a 41-14 CCC Division II East Division victory at Hartford Public.

Tommy Pavliscsak was on the receiving end of three touchdowns (90 yards) on throws of 36, 22 and 32 yards for the Panthers (6-3 overall, 2-2 Division II East). Rondell Boothroyd caught the fourth TD pass on a 6-yard play in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Stigler (7 carries, 107 yards) scored on a 15-yard run while Abdiel Tejada-Ruiz scored on a 76-yard fumble return and also had an interception.

E.O. Smith is still mathematically alive for a Class L playoff berth. The Panthers are currently No. 11 with three teams — North Haven, New Canaan and Bunnell of Stratford — all 7-2 and ranked seventh through ninth, respectively. Hillhouse-New Haven (6-3) is 10th.

The Panthers will host Tolland (4-5) on Senior Night on Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m.

Cal Redman rushed for a pair of touchdowns and also threw a 60-yard TD pass for RHAM in a 25-21 CCC inter-division loss at Bloomfield on Friday night.

The Sachems (4-5) led 14-0 at halftime and took a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

Ky’Juon Butler scored on a 3-yard run that put the Warhawks (7-2) ahead to stay.

RHAM wraps up its season on Thanksgiving morning at Bacon Academy (5-4) at the John D. Long Athletic Complex at 10 a.m.


E.O. Smith junior Miranda Graves finished 51st overall (19:19) at the 83rd New England Interscholastic Championship on Saturday at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.


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