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Gridders get win No. 1; Swimmers cruise along


After two disheartening losses to open the year, the Redcoats came across that elusive first win.

After thrashing Tolland 41-6 at home, Berlin can finally breathe, as the team moved to 1-2 on the year.

“Our goal is continuous improvement,” said BHS John Capodice. “We’re going to get better on a weekly basis. Our young, inexperienced team started out with two very competitive games, and I think, in the long run, that’s going to help them out. They’ve been in the fire, they’ve competed, and they went out [against Tolland] and executed.”

After managing to score just 21 points in their first two games, combined, against Tolland, the Redcoats surpassed that number by halftime. They led 28-0 at the break.

BHS senior quarterback Mitch Williams found his receivers all night, as he threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

The ground game was also effective for the Redcoats. They amassed 191 yards rushing -- averaging 6.6 yards per carry -- and scored four times with the run.

Both Berlin’s offensive and defensive lines had a big night, providing gaps and lanes for the running game, and keeping pressure on Tolland.

“They’re getting comfortable. They’re starting to understand the scheme, and techniques; the more they play, the better they’re going to get,” said Capodice.

Connor Morin, Dante Vasi, Anthony Duong, Joe Chatlas, and Joe Inturri provided great line play on both sides of the ball.

Berlin travels to Rockville Friday night.

Boys soccer

Berlin began the season well; the team’s only slip up coming against Conard, one of the top teams in the state.

Closing in on the midway point of the regular season, the Redcoats continue to thrive.

Heading into this week, the locals were 5-1.

“I thought we were going to put the ball in the back of the net more, but we accomplished our goal of winning those games,” said coach David Francalangia, referring to recent wins over Maloney and Middletown.

BHS goalie Brian Bostrom has been impressive so far, posting two shutouts, while allowing just six goals all year.

Things would be a lot more difficult on the keeper was it not for the defensive unit that fronts him.

Led by Matt Heimlich, Nick Vreeland, Steve Petrario and Nate Aroian, the back line has eased some of the pressure on Bostrom and allowed the offense to focus on scoring to win, rather than trying to play catch-up.

Berlin’s foes, though, will have a hard time keying in on a single offensive threat. While no one BHS player has dominated the box scores this season, all of the players have given great effort.

Girls swimming

The Berlin girls keep on swimming, and the wins keep on coming. The Lady Redcoats went 2-0 last week to improve to 4-0.

With impressive performances from a slew of swimmers, the girls were able to come away victorious against both East Hartford (94-87) and the Maloney and Platt co-op (104-82).

Sophomore Olivia DeGroff and freshman Stephanie Humen had impressive weeks.

DeGroff notched wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, while Humen had strong-second place finishes in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke against East Hartford.

In other action, junior Kelsie Anderson set a personal best in the 500 freestyle against East Hartford, then bested her time by 20 seconds against Maloney/Platt.


After losing their first four matches by a set count of 12-0, the Lady Redcoats looked like a team that may suffer blowout losses the entire season.

Not so.

The girls posted a record of 1-2 last week and look to be turning things around.

In last week’s matchups, the Lady Redcoats won six of 13 sets.

One of the team’s strengths this season has been serving. Five girls who have attempted 30 serves or more hold a serve percentage of 85 or better.

Seniors Olivia Dellaquila and Amanda Paterson lead the way with 98 and 100 percent serving accuracy, respectively.

The Lady Redcoats have averaged 19.2 digs per set.

Unfortunately, though, putting opponents away is a weakness.

Berlin averages just 5.4 kills per set.

Cross country

The boys’ and girls’ teams had solid starts to the season, and added to their successes at the Winding Trails Invitational Saturday, Sept. 28.

The girls finished first in the team competition with a total of 47 points.

Freshman Lisa Grieco finished second overall in the race with a time of 20:38.02. The girls also had two other top-10 finishers in junior Kristen Madeia (seventh, 21:32.07) and senior Nicole Grieco (ninth, 21:41.33).

The BHS boys weren’t as successful as their counterparts, but still managed to finish fourth in the field of 12, with a team score of 114.

Berlin’s top finisher was senior James Dwyer, who completed the 5K course in 18:01.11.

Also finishing in the top 25 for the Redcoats were sophomore Connor Ladd (21st, 18:36.00), sophomore Jake Harris (23rd, 18:42.00), and junior Sam Papacoda (24th, 18:51.41).

Girls soccer

The Lady Redcoats had been on a tear prior to facing Middletown last week. But Berlin couldn’t keep its success going, as it dropped a 1-0 decision to the Blue Dragons.

The girls simply couldn’t get anything going against Middletown, which took over sole possession of first place in the CCC South.

BHS sophomore Michaela Dehm played well in goal, stopping seven shots.

Prior to being shut out, the girls had been on an offensive tear. The locals had scored 14 goals in their previous three matches alone, and had tallied 17 goals on the year.

Berlin headed into this week with a record of 4-2-1.

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