The fall high school sports season was unlike any other this year. Different leagues operated in different ways, according to the overall condition at each school.
The state tournament was canceled, but All-State teams will be chosen, and in some cases already have been.
While the NVL shut down post-season play, some circuits, like the Berkshire League, had a few teams drop out due to illness, but still played a post-season tournament. They changed the name of the events to B.L. Tournament Experience.
The league added one of its former members, Wolcott Tech, and selected All-Star teams.
But they chose to call them All-Region selections, covering the sports of volleyball, cross country, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and field hockey.
Cross country runners earn their places on the All-Region team by their performance in races held at the close of the season.
The boys’ team consisted of Greg Bastek of Nonnewaug, Joseph Buchanan and Connor Foss from Thomaston, Nick Fusco and Nick Zappone of Terryville and three runners from the Winsted schools.
The girls’ cross country squad featured Eilish Foy of Shepaug, who also made All-State, Ella Anderson from Litchfield, and a trio of Thomaston runners, Megan Desmarais (All-State), Kiera Fainer and Payton Mozelak, who led the Bears to the league title.
Soccer teams were chosen by the coaches.
In boys’ soccer, Brendan Burke, Franco Pannofino, Zach Thompson and Aiden Colby all made the team from Nonnewaug. Litchfield and Northwestern each had three players selected.
Housatonic won the girls’ soccer league crown, led by Sydney Segalla and Tori Dodge. Segalla has been an All-State player for three years.
Nonnewaug was well-represented by Mallory Tomkalski, Samantha Conti and Sofia Pagnamenta, while Eilish Crossley made the team from Shepaug.
Of the six girls selected for the volleyball team, a pair of them were Nonnewaug players. Samantha Thompson and Bri Hynds were the two Chiefs on the squad.
Thomaston and Wamogo were tops in the league in field hockey and Shepaug stayed close in the chase.
The Spartans were represented on the team by Grace Crispino, Brooke Fredericks and Haylie Lasky. Thomaston had Aurelia Barker, Kaya Johnson, and Hannah Laone.
The complete list of All-State teams should be released next week.
So as the winter season is backed up for a while, the eyes of sports fans in the area will surely turn to the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams and both are projected to have big seasons.
Unlike the Ivy League teams, the Uconn teams will be allowed to play a nearly full schedule.
Sports viewing will be done more on the TV and computer than in the past, but there will still be lots of action on the fields, courts and ice.