Lytton, Otis, Tsopanides and Scribner making their marks at the next level.
New Berlin, New York: Former Torrington High School standout Brenden Lytton is off to a fast start at the Milford Academy in upstate New York, near Syracuse.
The all-time leading rusher in Raiders history played his first game for the Falcons and helped his new team to a 31-7 road win over Hudson Valley on August 25.
Lytton carried the ball six times and gained 67 yards (better than 11 yards per carry) and found the end zone twice.
Once on a touchdown and the next on a two-point conversion.The Falcons are known for being a football powerhouse that sends players to the next level.
Former Ansonia superstar Montrell Dobbs was voted the 2011 Offensive MVP before signing on to play for Temple this year.
Dobbs gained almost 1200 yards a year ago, averaging 8.1 yards per attempt while scoring 17 times on a team that ran the table to a perfect 12-0 record.
Lytton was voted the “Most Improved Player” for his game one performance. He went on to rush for 46 yards on six carries in a 19-14 victory over Tiffin on Sunday and has rushed for 113 yards on 12 carries in two games.
Another former Raider who excelled in three sports during her time in Torrington, Alyssa Otis, is getting used to her digs at Merrimack College as she works to make her mark on the soccer field this fall.
Merrimack has split their first two games this season and Otis is working to make her place on the team.
“I was looking for a challenge.” Otis said. “And I certainly got it here. I’m not at THS anymore.”
Merrimack plays in the North East 10 Conference.
When the Raiders took to the field during his four year stint with them, lineman extraordinaire Dean Tsopanides was always the most intense player in the group.
Now a red-shirt freshman at Iowa University, a Division I Big Ten powerhouse, Tsopanides has continued that intensity and it’s starting to pay dividends.
The 6’2” 240 lineman has been steadily moving his way up the depth chart for the Hawkeyes and may see considerable more playing time this season.
Iowa beat Northern Illinois by an 18-17 score in its season opener.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Evan Scribner, former Shepaug High School baseball star, has appeared in 19 games this season for the Oakland A’s and pitched the final inning of a 20-2 slaughter of the Boston Red Sox on August 31.
Scribner, who broke in with the San Diego Padres in 2011, has now appeared in 19 games with a 0-0 record and a 2.82 ERA.
He has struck out 19 in just over 22 innings of work.