Lewis Mills Week in Sports 9/30/13
Lewis Mills Week in Sports 9/30/13
Here is LitchfieldCountySports.com's weekly look at what's going on with Lewis Mills sports. As the mid-point of the Fall Season approaches, The Spartans have a number of teams playing well, including volleyball, boys cross country, girls’ soccer and field hockey.
Volleyball - The Spartans are 7-1 overall and have gotten off to a fast start this season. Lewis Mills owns wins over Avon, Southington, Valley Regional and Watertown and won each of its first three Berkshire League games by a 3-0 score.
"The season is going well. I have a great group of kids who worked hard in the off season and came in hungry after coming so close last year," Lewis Mills coach Chuck Drda said. "
Drda credited team captains, Katie Hurlock and Tori Kryzwick with a tremendous job leading a team that features great depth. Middle blockers Amanda Stocker (52 kills) and Teagan Dunn (68 kills and 12 blocks) have been strong this season along with outside hitters Hannah Doyle, Alise Martel and Molly Quinn Alger (43 kills, 68 digs). Kryzwick (85 kills, 74 digs and 28 aces) and Quinn Alger have been providing great defense with Hurlock doing a great job distributing the ball (194 assists, 39 aces).
THIS WEEK: Drda said this is a week that will "define our season" as the Spartans face Northwestern, Nonnewaug and Sheehan. Northwestern and Mills are both unbeaten in the BL and that match will set the winner up for a run at the league title.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Spartans topped Wamogo 2-1 in overtime and played to a scoreless draw against Northwestern last week. Mills has settled into the third spot in the BL behind leaders Nonnewaug and Thomaston.
"Mills field hockey had a great week. We are meeting team goals and working hard on improving each and every practice and game," Spartans coach Maggie Tieman said. "The girls are coming together as a team and most importantly learning about themselves through their passion of field hockey."
THIS WEEK: Tieman hopes for a big week from the Spartans as they have a pair of home games. Lewis Mills meets Litchfield and Thomaston, which defeated Mills, 2-1, in the season opener on Sept. 10.
The Mills boys cross country team is off to a great start with a record of 6-0, including a 5-0 mark in the BL. The Spartans recently took first place in the Small Schools varsity race at the Winding Trails Invitational.
"We are having a good season to date. Last week we had a good win over two quality opponents," Mills coach Tom Giorgetti said. "We are looking forward to keeping the momentum."
The Spartans are paced by Jackson Merrow who is undefeated in the Berkshire League, along with Mike Mudget, Jesse Quinn-Alger, Tim Forella, Sam Warazcho, Danny Kryzanski and Connor McNaboe.
The Mills girls are 2-3 and run Tuesday at Housatonic against Housatonic and Terryville. The Spartans recently ran in the Winding Trails Invitational and finished sixth in the ç. The Spartans first finisher was sophomore Nicole Crockett who finished in 24th place overall and in a time of 22:49 over the 5k course. Rounding out the top five was senior Mandy Mohagel (23:28), juniors Maddy Powell (23:37) and Tessa McNaboe (23:39), and freshman Julia Rich (24:01).
"Our season is going pretty well. We have been battling a few injuries and have been running against some competitive teams," Mills girl’s coach Katie Pratt said. "We will definitely be in the mix at the Berkshire League Championship."
BOYS SOCCER: Fit to be tied once again, the Spartans had their third straight draw when they battled Litchfield to a 1-1 deadlock on Tuesday. Mills finally snapped the tie streak with a much-needed 2-0 win at Housatonic on Friday.
"It was a close one but the guys gutted out a well-deserved victory," Mills coach Ben Kulas said. "Housatonic is a very difficult place to play and we haven't won there since 2009. Not only was it a much needed win in terms of points and staying in the hunt for the BL title but it was huge for team morale. If we had tied or lost again the team would have been in a real bad spot."
THIS WEEK: The Spartans look to continue picking up wins with home games against Gilbert on Tuesday and Wamogo on Friday night.
"This week, like every week going forward, is a huge week," Kulas said "We play Gilbert at home Tuesday which is going to be a harder game then it usually is. Gilbert has been in every game it has played and recently had a 2-2 tie with Northwestern. We have a lot of respect for Gilbert. Friday night we have another huge game vs. Wamogo, which is sitting in second place and is also a team who is very good. They have Sam Jepson up top who is very talented and fast so we need to take him out of the equation to be able to win the game."
GIRLS SOCCER - The Spartans are 6-0 and the lone unbeaten and untied team in the state in Class M. There is still plenty of soccer left to be played, but Lewis Mills has its playoff seeding destiny in its own hands and will be the top seed come state tournament time if it wins out.
Last week the Spartans won two games by a combined score of 15-1. Mills defeated Gilbert, 8-1, and Terryville/Thomaston, 7-0, to set up a big week as far as the Berkshire League race goes.
THIS WEEK: The Spartans visit Litchfield (4-2) on Tuesday and travel to Woodbury to take on Nonnewaug (6-0). A pair of wins and Lewis Mills will firmly establish itself as the team to beat in the BL.
FOOTBALL - This week figures to be tough, after that things look like they will get a bit better for the Spartans.
Lewis Mills had the week off after a 35-0 loss to Avon. This Saturday the Spartans head to Winsted to take on the Gilbert/Northwestern Yellowjackets (2-1). GN is coming off a 42-25 loss at 2012 Class S finalist North Branford. The Yellowjackets have a lot of offensive weapons and could have scored even more against the Thunderbirds.
THIS WEEK: GN has had troubles on defense so far this season but whether or not Mills can take advantage remains to be seen and the bigger question will likely be can the Spartans defense slow down the potent Yellowjackets offense?