Two top-5s for Sommerville
BOSTON -- Taconic's George Sommerville collected two medals to wrap up his season at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II championships.
Sommerville was fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and took a third in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in a personal-best time.
"It feels pretty good," Sommerville said. "The 50 free I was a little disappointed. I thought I could do a little better. ... Everyone practices as hard as the next person to get there. States is where you bring all your hard work and let everyone know how much you've gained over the
St. Joseph's Connor Lein swam in the 50 freestyle as well, swimming a personal-best 24.99 seconds. Crusaders coach Shannon McMahon said Lein's goal was to swim a time in the 24s.
"I was definitely proud of him," she said. "We've been talking about it the last couple weeks. That was exciting."
Pittsfield's Ken Black swam two personal bests, finishing the 200 freestyle in 2:03.58 and the 500 freestyle in 5:46.68.
"I was happy to leave my senior year with a bang," Black said. "I was very pleased with my times."
Teammate Aaron Coty competed in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.
"It was such a good experience," Coty said. "I definitely want to try and go next year."
In the Division I meet, Monument's Will Palmer and Derrek Rueger each pocketed a personal best. Palmer swam the 100 freestyle in 52.59 while Rueger had his best time in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.6. Both swimmers were also around their best times in two other events. Palmer swam in the 50 freestyle, while Rueger also competed in the 200 IM.
Wahconah 4, Taconic 1
PITTSFIELD -- The members of the Wahconah Regional hockey team are getting used to skating around the Boys and Girls Club rink with the Hennessy League trophy.
The Warriors took their spins with the hardware Saturday night after beating Taconic 4-1 and clinching their third straight league title.
"It was good to see them happy and elated," Wahconah coach Don Disbrow said. "I know it was a good feeling for them."
Wahconah goalie Roger Stedman, who almost didn't make the game because of the flu, had 22 saves and took a shutout bid into the game's final 3 minutes. Taconic's Austin O'Neil broke up the shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:05.
The Warriors scored twice in the first period. The goal that proved to be the game winner came at 13:26 when Ryan Ouimet scored on a power play. David Senecal and Nick Montferret got assists.
"We had a good game," said Disbrow. "In their defensive zone, [Taconic] really bottles things up in front of the net. We ended up getting a lot of shots from the point."
Lane Grogan scored twice for Wahconah, getting the Warriors' first and fourth goals.
Taconic 0 0 1 -- 1
Wahconah 2 0 2 -- 4
W--Lane Grogan (Ryan Ouimet), 9:01.
W--Ouimet (David Senecal, Nick Montferret), 13:26.
W--Andrew Beaudoin (Jake Beckwith), 5:54.
W--Grogan (UA), 8:23.
T--Austin O'Neil (Shane Johnson, Brian Bonacquisti), 13:05.
Goalies--T: Brendan Leary 28 saves. W: Roger Stedman 22 saves.
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