Local briefs: Marsella earns All-ACC

Local briefs: Marsella earns All-ACC



Mike Marsella earned All-ACC honors by finishing second in the 800-meter race at the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track championships at Clemson on Sunday. His time of 1 minute, 51.41 seconds was the fifth-best freshman time University of Virginia history and only three-hundredths of a second behind the winner.

The redshirt freshman and Chariho High graduate also anchored the Cavaliers’ 4,000 distance medley relay team that placed fifth in 9:51.33. UVA finished sixth in the meet. Marsella started his first collegiate indoor season with a bang at Clemson’s Orange and Purple Classic on Jan. 11. He anchored the winning 4,000 distance medley relay team (10:27.51) and placed second in the 1-mile run (4:16.86). His subsequent time in the mile was in a fifth-place finish at 4:03.18 at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite meet on Feb. 7.

Stonington’s Megan Chapman, a redshirt sophomore at UConn, won her first collegiate event at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 11.

She was first among 26 competitors in the weight throw with a distance of 52 feet, 10.75 inches. She threw her career-best 52-11.50 two weeks later placing seventh at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University on Jan. 24. Chapman threw the discus and hammer last season. She focused exclusively on the weight throw this season, under the tutelage of assistant coach Victoria Flowers, former Classical High and seven-time All-American thrower.

Westerly’s John DiGangi ran a career-best 1:53.14 in placing sixth in the 800 at the New England indoor championships in Boston on Friday. The URI junior also ran the first leg of the runner-up 4x800 relay team (7:40.21). DiGangi finished fourth in the 800 (1:54.21) at the Atlantic-10 Conference championships hosted by URI on Feb. 22. The Rams won for the third time in the past four years.

Westerly’s Jeremy Octeau had a career-best shot put of 51-7 to finish 16th of 32 at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas on Feb. 14. That was six inches longer in a ninth-place finish at the Texas Aggie Invitational a week earlier. Octeau is a sophomore at Louisiana State.

Bryce Kelley, a Florida State freshman, ran the mile in 4:21.04 at the Razorback Invitational in Arkansas on Jan. 31. His only other collegiate mile was run in 4:28.82 at the Auburn (Ala.) Invitational on Jan. 18. Kelley is a Hope Valley resident and Chariho High graduate.

Westerly’s Kyle Carr had a season-best weight throw of 40-7.75 on Dec. 7 at the Harvard Season Open track meet. The Holy Cross College (Mass.) senior’s career best of 42-0 was thrown his sophomore year.

Katie Watts, a Vanderbilt University freshman, tied for 19th of 51 pole vaulters with a height of 10-11.75 at the UAB Blazer Invitational in Alabama on Jan. 10. She is a Westerly resident and Williams School graduate.

Brad Borsay, a senior outside hitter for the Sacred Heart University men’s volleyball team, leads the Pioneers in kills per set at 3.29 this season. The team thus far is 7-10, 2-4 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Richmond resident and Chariho High graduate has played in 14 of 17 matches and 45 of 58 sets. He is second on the team in points (3.8) and service aces (0.31) per set.

Westerly’s Steve Sylvia finished his collegiate swimming career in a record-breaking fashion at the Northeast-10 championships the weekend of Feb. 7. The Division II Bentley University (Mass.) senior broke one individual school record and helped break three school relay records to propel the Falcons to a second-place team finish. On the opening day of the three-day meet, Sylvia established a school record of 21.30 seconds in the 50 freestyle preliminaries, but that lasted seven hours as a teammate swam 21.29 in the finals. Sylvia placed sixth at 21.50. He anchored Bentley’s 400-medley relay team that placed fifth in a school-record time of 3:30.59. Sylvia earned a silver medal the next day by anchoring the second-place Falcon 200-free relay team with a time of 1:24.63, breaking the old school record from two years earlier by a quartet that also included Sylvia. He placed seventh in the 100 free (47.77) on the third day. And later in the final race of the meet and his college career, Sylvia earned a bronze medal by anchoring the third-place 400-free relay team (3:07.58) that broke the school record established earlier that day.

Westerly’s Liz Cruso has started 21 of 27 games for the Division II University of New Haven women’s basketball team this season. In 19.2 minutes per game, the junior guard averaged 5.9 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds. Cruso scored a season-high 12 points in 10-point win at Saint Rose on Feb. 8 and recorded six assists in an eight-point loss at Le Moyne three days later. The Chargers lost by three points to Assumption College in the Northeast-10 championship quarterfinals on Sunday and ended the season 18-9, 13-7 NE-10.

Westerly’s Austin Cilley led the Division III Rhode Island College men’s basketball team in minutes played, scoring and free throw percentage in his first year of play. In 22 games and 17 starts, the freshman guard averaged 26.8 minutes and 12.4 points and made 87.9 percent of his foul shots.

Cilley scored a career-high 26 points in a 26-point win against Keene State on Jan. 11. He had 23 points in a 4-point win against Western Connecticut on Jan. 22. The second-seeded Anchormen beat top-seeded Eastern Connecticut by nine points to win the Little East Championship on Saturday to improve record to 20-8, 11-3 Little East. RIC hosts York College (N.Y.) at the Murray Center at 7 p.m. today in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Stonington’s Skylar Bareford played in all 24 games for the Division III Gordon College (Mass.) women’s basketball team. The senior guard led the team in average minutes (34.5) and 3-point percentage (28.7) and was second in free throw percentage (78.9). She averaged 6.5 points in her final season. Bareford had a team-high 14 points (including four 3-pointers) in a 13-point loss to the University of New England on Jan. 15. Gordon concluded the season 4-20, 1-17 Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Westerly’s Jess Cherenza was the leading rebounder (5.9 per game) for the Division III Wesleyan University women’s basketball team this season. The junior forward started 20 of 22 games and averaged 28.5 minutes and 5.6 points per game. Cherenza grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in a four-point overtime loss to Connecticut College on Jan. 25. Her top scoring performance was 15 points in an 11-point loss win against Franklin & Marshall on Jan. 4. Wesleyan lost in the first round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament and finished 12-12, 3-7 NESCAC.

Westerly’s Emily Dobson started 20 of 27 games for Division III Western Connecticut State University in her first season. The freshman guard averaged 4.4 points in 24.1 minutes played. The team lost by 10 points on Feb. 28 to top-seeded Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference tournament and finished 16-11, 8-6 LEC.

Stonington’s Amanda Roy played in seven basketball games for the Division III Coast Guard Academy and averaged 2.4 points in 7.6 minutes per game. The Bears lost by three points to Springfield College in the quarterfinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference tournament on Feb. 26 and finished 19-7, 14-6 NEWMAC. The 19 wins represent the second highest total in Academy history.

Michael-Thomas Sciro played a reserve role in 19 basketball games for Division III Eastern Connecticut State University. The Westerly High graduate and sophomore guard averaged 1.1 points in 4.2 minutes per game. The Warriors lost by nine points to Rhode Island College in the finals of the Little East Conference tournament on Sunday and dropped to 22-6, 14-0 LEC. The team was selected at-large to play in the NCAA Division III tournament and will face Husson University (Maine) in the first round on Friday at Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Stonington’s Bri-Ana Johnson started one of a dozen basketball games for Division III Salem State University (Mass.).

The sophomore guard averaged 0.5 points in 5.7 minutes per game. The Vikings lost by 14 points to Bridgewater State on Feb. 27 in the semifinals of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference tournament and finished 13-14, 7-5 MSCAC.

High school

Westerly High’s Mike Johns finished 19th in the 300 meters Saturday at the New England indoor track championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Johns, the 33rd seed, finished with a time of 36.73 seconds.

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