Newtown SportsBeat: Stars of Spring

The high school spring sports season is off and running. Here are the best performances from the first two weeks.

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Dave Cherry (): The senior pitcher who was on the junior varsity last year, twirled a no-hitter against on Monday. Cherry struck out eight of the first 10 hitters he faced en route to registering 15 K's on the afternoon. He blew a fastball past Chris Pavo to end the game and record the no-hitter, which is unofficially, the only one in

Gerard Spiegel (Trumbull): The junior pitcher faced the minimum of hitters (21) in an 8-0 victory over Darien. He was dominating early on and at one point, retired 19 straight batters. Spiegel struck out 12 and went the distance to record the no-hitter for

Mike Forgione (North Branford): The Merrimack-bound baseball player has started the season off piping hot. In the first week of games, the senior shortstop from has gone 14-for-22 (.636) with three triples.

Derick Edwards (Norwalk): The senior lacrosse player for the had a game to remember against the Westhill Vikings. Edwards put together a double hat trick plus one, scoring a remarkable seven goals against the Vikings. Not bad for someone coming off a back injury.

Pat Cragen (Oxford): The talented volleyball player forput his signature on a brilliant performance against Wolcott Tech on Tuesday. Cragen dished out 48 assists and made 17 digs as Oxford cruised past the Tech.

Patty Sciglimpaglia (Norwalk) The ace of the Norwalk girls softball team was stellar against Trinity Catholic. She racked up 15 K's on her way to recording the first no-hitter of her career, blanking the Crusaders 7-0.

Catie Ledwick and Lindsay Koch (Weston): The dynamic duo from the girls lacrosse team had three goals and two assists each in a 15-6 victory over Bunnell.

Doug Herzog (Masuk): One of the stars of the Masuk boys volleyball team, Herzog was all over the court against Trumbull High School. He recorded 21 assists, eight kills, and 14 service points in a 3-0 sweep over the Golden Eagles.

Rahmi Roundtree (Cheshire): The junior athlete not only has one of the best names in the area, but the kid can just flat-out fly. In a meet against Fairfield Prep and East Haven, Roundtree swept the He won the 100 in a time of 11.2 and followed that performance up with a victory in the 200, clocking a 23.3.

Tatum Buckley (Masuk): A member of the girls softball team at , Buckley fired a complete game 2-hitter in a 3-0 victory over Bethel. She registered 14 K's in the win.

Jimmy Sanzone (Weston): The senior outfielder opened the season with a four hit performance against Platt Tech. On Monday against Joel Barlow, Sanzone had a grand slam and six RBI's in Weston's 15-1 victory.


Torrey Pines. When you hear those two words, it's usually because the PGA tour is making a stop at one of the most beautiful places in the world. But last Saturday, the high school team from that town flew all the way to Darien to take on the Blue Wave in a lacrosse game. Yes, the defending California state championship travelled more than 3,000 miles to take on the juggernaut that is Darien lacrosse. It was a hard fought contest until the Blue Wave unleashed its fury on Torry Pines. Leading 8-6, Darien ripped off six unanswered goals. Henry West, Case Matheis, Matheis again, Bobby Weaver, Brendan Hathaway, and Weaver again recorded the goal in the outburst en route to a 16-10 Darien victory. The Blue Wave remains undefeated.


Dave Cherry, Pomperaug senior pitcher after firing a no-hitter against Immaculate of Danbury:

"I just woke up and did my normal routine. I was kind of feeling anxious before the game. I got to the field real early and just waited for the bus, but other than that it was pretty normal."

Derick Edwards, Norwalk lacrosse player coming off a back injury and scoring seven goals in the Bears 17-11 victory over Westhill:

"I think it's confidence. I think my injury got into my head," said Edwards. "I was just trying to find the open spots and my teammates found me and it seemed to work.

Alex Whitten, head coach of New Canaan lacrosse team, after watching arch-rival Darien score 10 unanswered goals in 13-3 loss to the Blue Wave:

"Fundamentally, they're the soundest team in the state, and if you let them have it, they take it. I'm not taking anything from Darien because they were by far the better team today."

Trumbull baseball coach Phil Pacelli after watching Gerard Spiegel throw a no-hitter against Darien:

“Gerard’s performance was incredible. He walked the second batter of the game who was then erased on a strike em out, throw em out double play to end the first inning. He was perfect for the remainder of the game retiring 19 in a row. It was the first no hitter we have had since I became head coach.”

Paul Devlin April 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Mike Davis of Newtown deserves to be on the list. The pitcher struck out nine while tossing a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over Bethel. Congratulations, Mike!
Nighthawk Pride April 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM
This is the Newtown Patch why isnt there ONE Newtown player. If i wanted to read about other towns I wouks subscribe to the Conn. Post. Come on and wake up!!!
LB April 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Is this the NEWTOWN Patch? It is great to know about other kids playing well in the state, but we'd like to read the Patch to get information about our own town residents and their accomplishments as well. We have many student athletes in Newtown that deserve some respect! Go NEWTOWN Nighthawks! Keep up the hard work!
Truthteller April 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
In case you missed Friday's (4/20) Danbury News-Times: Newtown Hawks lacrosse team featured on the front page of the sports section. Player recognized for blatant slash at final whistle(dead ball) Coach makes asinine remark at opposing coach then declines comment. All while being dominated in a loss (17-4!) to Joel Barlow. Nice job, coach. Whether this individual or previous coaching staff, unsportsmanlike conduct on the field and bullying off the field is encouraged. AD Simon knowing full well who he is employing to lead these young "men". The "poor behavior" is obviously condoned. AD Simon's time has come. Chip? Janet? BOE? Anyone????


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