Police pg 8 10-14-21

The following charges were listed in the Putnam Police Department logs.  The people charged are innocent until proven guilty in court. The Town Crier will publish dispositions of cases at the request of the accused. The dispositions must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
Oct. 6
Arthur W. Hubert, 46, Pearl Street, Webster; breach of peace.


Evans pg 8 10-15-21

The pipeline is open and as strong as ever. Barry Evans, a postgrad player on Putnam Science Academy’s Prep team, announced last week that he was committing to St. Bonaventure University, making him the third Mustangs in the last four years to join the A-10 power. Kyle Lofton and Osun Osunniyi are seniors at the small Olean, N.Y., school.
“I talked to Kyle and I talked to Osun when I was up there,” said Evans, who visited the campus just days before his commitment. “They said that St. Bonaventure is built around underrated people and I felt that I was underrated, too.
“When I got there it felt like a family and where I belonged. I glued with the guys real well. We connected and it felt like I knew them, same as with here at Putnam. I just felt it, really. My mom felt it, my dad felt it. They’re the closest people to me and if I’m feeling it, too, why not make that decision.”
It’s a decision that the 6-foot, 8-inch 8 wing, who figures to be one of the most versatile players PSA has ever had, wasn’t planning to make. He had originally thought he would play through the season and wait until the spring to commit, once he had more offers to choose from. But the visit changed everything.
“I like small places,” the Baltimore native said, acknowledging the discrepancy between his hometown and his new future home. “I like small towns. I didn’t want a big school. If I’m in school and there’s 2,000 people, that means I can get more help when I need it.”
The recruiting process had become a long and stressful one, he said. But St. Bonaventure was different, and not just because they had only been talking for a little more than a month.
“The first day we had open gyms up here (Sept. 9) was when we started,” Evans said. “But we built a good relationship quickly, and I felt like I just had to do this. It feels good, really, to have all that pressure off my back. I just felt like I had to do this. Now I can just go out and play my game, play free.”
That could be trouble then for PSA opponents.
“Barry can do a lot of things really, really well,” said Mustangs coach Tom Espinosa. “He can play anywhere on the wing, and I can see him playing the 5-spot for us when we go small. He can defend any position. He can rebound, push it up the floor himself, and pull up and hit a 3-pointer. He can get to the rim and find the open man. We haven’t had many guys like Barry.”
By Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


Pittsburgh pg 7 10-14-21

Paris Kirk grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia, a city of roughly 223,000 that’s nestled into the scenic parks, pine forests, vineyards, orchards, and mountains in Canada’s westernmost province.
And when she walked around the campus of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, a few weeks ago, it brought her back across 2,400 miles and national border.
“It’s right by Pittsburgh and West Virginia, so it’s got the balance of nature and city,” Kirk said. “I really like being in the outdoors, and on campus, you see the green hills everywhere and there is a lake nearby.”
Factor in the balance between academics and basketball to go along with the lifestyle, and Kirk, a senior on Putnam Science Academy’s girls’ Prep team, had found her next home. She announced her commitment to the Colonials late last week.
“It just really hit all the boxes,” she said. “I think I want to get into nursing but now that I’ve done this part and committed, I can really spend some time reflecting on that next piece. There are plenty of options for me there and high academic standards.
“And it’s got high-level basketball and the coaching staff is going to help me develop for my future goals as well, which is maybe play overseas or even the WNBA. I think I can go in and make an impact right away. It felt like it was the right place, so why wait? I didn’t want to seem like I wasn’t interested in them by waiting and seeing what other options I could also have. It’s the right place for me.”
One can expect Kirk, who has three older sisters but she is the only one who got into sports. to have a big impact on the Mustangs when they open their season in a few weeks. At 6-foot-1 she has good size to work in the post and be an imposing rebounder. But she also likes to – and can – shoot it from 3. Coach Devin Hill has liked what he’s seen so far in the preseason.
“She gives us some different things that we haven’t had in the past as far as her versatility goes,” he said. “But the thing about her…when people talk about Division I players, they talk about the talent, which is understandable. But when they have to run or do some type of small punishment, Paris will never complain, and she’s usually first or second.  “So she does stuff like that, where it’s like…professional. She’s going to do all the right things, she’s not going to cause any problems. Robert Morris is a great fit for her. Great fit.” The Colonials, who play in the Horizon League and is coached by Charlie Buscaglia, struggled last year to a 4-13 record but had won 20-plus games in each of the previous five seasons. They started recruiting Kirk over the summer. And now that she has committed, Kirk said, “It’s definitely relief and excitement. After going through the process for a long time, there is a lot of effort that goes into it, so just to know that you’re happy with where you’re going is really nice.”
By Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


PMS pg 7 10-14-21

PMS team falls to Ashford
PUTNAM — The Putnam Middle School boys’ soccer team fell to Ashford on the road, 5 - 0 Oct. 7.
With only 12 players available and only 11 players available after halftime the boys played extremely tough and physically exhausting game but never gave up, said coach Adam Heath.
Goalies Benjamin Mayo (7th grade) and Logan Walker (6th grade) continued to improve in net and split time. Mayo made 8 saves of the 11 shots on goal taken against him. While Walker made an additional 9 saves of the 11 shots on goal against him.
Defense continued to improve with 7th graders Avery Cruz and Lucas Carpio, alongside 6th graders Devin LeBeau and Caleb “OJ” Lafrance playing pivotal roles in clearing the ball out of the zone and preventing additional shots on goal.
Heath said: “Offensively we generated some decent shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net today. We had to have some of the boys in different roles and positions due to the lack of numbers we had today.8th grader Abdoulaye Mbye is normally a great defender for us and we had to use him more of a mid-field role. We moved 7h grader Nikoli Kostovski up into more of a striker position on the wing which took him away from his comfortability role in the mid-field. Up front we have 8th Grader Dillon Guilbault anchoring us, and really are helping bring along some of our younger players. 5th graders Liam Purdon and Miguel Vieira really flashed a lot of their skills in the game and did what they could to put pressure on Ashford’s defense and their goalie. And 6th grader Aidan Burgess has been making great strides.”
Heath said the team is young with a bright future. “These boys are giving us everything they have and I couldn’t be happier with their efforts. The scoreboard and record may not show it but these guys are coming along really well right now. Sometimes you just wish the season was longer so that everything could really get going.”


Griffins pg 7 10-14-21

The Pomfret School field hockey went 2-0 last week with wins over Kingswood-Oxford School (W. Hartford) and Ethel Walker School (Simsbury). Playing away against the Wyverns of KO in a league match-up, Pomfret scored two first-quarter goals which were all the Griffins needed for a 2-0 victory. Cate Gallagher scored on a Grace Long pass; then Long scored again to secure the win. Goalie Keira O’Brien ’25 (Stonington) recorded her third shutout of the season.
Oct. 8 Pomfret hosted Ethel Walker in another league game. Walker has won the recent games against the Griffins, but Pomfret won the 2021 game 4-3. Sporting a 4-1 lead with 3:43 remaining, suddenly Walker scored two goals to bring it to 4-3 before the final horn sounded.
A first for Pomfret was scoring a goal in each quarter. Tara Valas got the ball through to Grace Long for an early lead in the first. The second quarter was dominated by Pomfret with 15 shots on goal and at 4:14 Valas got her first career goal to give Pomfret a 2-0 edge at the half.  With 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Cate Gallagher snuck a Carter Lockwood pass into the goal for a 3-1 lead. Grace Long scored her second goal of the game at 6:51 in the fourth to finish the scoring on the afternoon.
The win brings Pomfret’s record to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in WNEPSFHA. In the Griffins’ eight games, Grace Long leads the team with eight goals followed by five for Cate Gallagher with 11 different players scoring goals. Carter Lockwood leads the team with four assists and seven teammates have also recorded at least one assist thus far.
By Louisa Gebelein Jones



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