STARS OF THE DAY: Newport County track athletes shine with victories at class championships

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Colby Fahrney and Kaden Kluth, Portsmouth boys track

It seems almost like a broken a record: Portsmouth has a meet and Fahrney and Kluth are highlighted for their performances. But it’s hard to ignore the numbers. Take Saturday’s Class B championship at West Warwick High School as an example.

Fahrney broke the school record in the outdoor season long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 1 inch. He placed third in that event, third in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200 and was a member of the points-scoring 4x100 relay team.

Kluth won the 800 meters (1:59.4) and the 1,500 (3:59.90), and was a member of two winning relays, the 4x800 and the 4x400. “I don't think it can be overstated how dominant he's been this year,” Patriots coach Shaun Horgan said of Kluth.

It all added up to a second-place team finish for the Patriots, who when all was said and done trailed South Kingstown by two points.

Darian Griffin, Rogers boys track

Griffin was runner-up in the two sprint events — the 100 meters and the 200 meters — during Saturday’s Class B championship meet at West Warwick High School. He also helped the 4x100 relay team score points in leading the Vikings to a fifth-place team finish.

Katie Spaner, Portsmouth girls track

Spaner provided points in four events as the Patriots took third at the Class B championship meet on Saturday at West Warwick High School. The senior was runner-up in the triple with a bound of 33 feet, 4 inches, and added fourth-place finishes in the high hurdles and the long jump.

With 72 points, the Patriots placed third as a team behind South Kingstown and Smithfield.

Katelyn Serth, Rogers girls track

The senior was crowned Class B champion in the pole vault as she cleared 8 feet 6 inches in the event. That was a foot better than second-place finisher Sela Bestajian of Smithfield.

Jason Hayes, Middletown boys track

Hayes won the shot put and placed second in the discus at the Class C championship meet on Saturday at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. He registered a shot put toss of 42 feet, 8 inches, and hurled the discus 138-1, three feet short of the winning mark.

Katie Richardson, Tiverton girls track

Richardson won the javelin with a throw of 92 feet, 8 inches at the Class C championship meet Saturday at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. She beat the second-place finisher by more than six feet.

Josh Wood, Tiverton boys track

Wood’s effort in the hammer throw earned the Tigers eight of their 13 points in the team standings at the Class C championship meet at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. He finished as runner-up with a toss of 168 feet, 7 inches.

Cam Ruggieri and John Mass, Portsmouth baseball

With six shutout innings on the mound, Ruggieri set the stage for the heroics of Mass, who drove in the only run of the game in the eighth inning to lift Portsmouth to a 1-0 win over visiting North Kingstown on Saturday.

Ruggieri, coming off a no-hitter in his previous start, allowed four hits, walked five and struck out one. Mass went 2-for-4.

Friday's stars

Julien DeLaCruz and Evan LeVasseur, Middletown baseball

DeLaCruz and LeVasseur worked a double-steal to perfection in the sixth inning to plate the game-winning run as the Islanders edged Moses Brown 2-1 for their first win of the season on Friday.

DeLaCruz, who had two hits, took off from first base and got caught in a rundown. Standing on third base LeVasseur, who also had a hit, made it across the plate safely before DeLaCruz was tagged out.

Chris Letendre, Cayden Rego, Tiverton baseball

Letendre swatted a solo homer and a double, and Rego had a scoring double and a single, but the Tigers fell to host Narragansett 3-2 on a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the last of the eighth inning on Friday.

Thursday's star

Kate Ceglarski, Middletown girls lacrosse

Ceglarski, one of eight Islanders honored on Senior Night, stood out on defense as playoff-bound Middletown dropped its final regular-season contest 22-10 to unbeaten Moses Brown at Gaudet Middle School. The Islanders finished with a 4-7 Division I record.

Wednesday's stars

Max Nasser and James Cawley, Middletown golf

Nasser tied for medalist honors by shooting a 44 from the No. 3 position, and Cawley, from the No. 5 slot, came through with a 45 as the Islanders defeated Portsmouth 186-188 at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club on Wednesday to earn an automatic berth into the state tournament field.

Patrick Stahl and Ron Edlen, Rogers boys lacrosse

Sharing duties in the goal, Stahl made 15 saves and Edlen stopped seven shots as unbeaten Pilgrim defeated Rogers 18-1 on Wednesday night at Toppa Field.

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Keegan Dutelle and Helana Kesson, Tiverton golf

Dutelle fired a 47 on Newport Country Club’s front nine and Kesson had a 51, the second best score among her teammates, but the Tigers bowed to Rogers 198-207 and lost to East Providence 201-207 on Wednesday.

Joe Nardolillo, Portsmouth golf

The Portsmouth junior tied for medalist honors despite a slow start as he shot a 44 in the Patriots' 186-188 setback to Middletown on Wednesday at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club.

Louis Murphy and Meghan Mureddu, Rogers golf

Rogers closed the regular season in style, sweeping East Providence 198-201 and Tiverton 198-207 at Newport Country Club on Wednesday.

Murphy led the way for the Vikings by shooting a 45 — the second best score of the match — and Mureddu made three birdies and carded a 47, the third best score among 16 overall golfers.

Tuesday's stars

Gavin Bicho and Mac Dunn, Portsmouth baseball

Bicho had a double, drove in with what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth inning with a base hit, scored twice and registered three RBIs as the Patriots rallied past Barrington for a 14-8 victory on Tuesday. and Dunn had two hits, two runs and struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

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Karissa Dupuis and Mia DeSantis, Middletown softball

Dupuis pitched a one-hitter, fanned nine and had an RBI, while DeSantis had an RBI and was one of four Middletown players with two hits as the visiting Islanders downed Narragansett 4-0 on Tuesday.

Oliver Rey, Rogers baseball

Rey pitched four innings and allowed three runs while contributing a double, a single and two RBIs, but the Vikings dropped an 11-2 decision to Chariho on Tuesday at Cardines Field.

Ava Coristine and Ginny Hamilton, Middletown girls lacrosse

Coristine netted a team-high four goals and Hamilton contributed three goals, two assists and four draw controls as the Islanders bowed to host Wheeler 21-14 on Tuesday.

Keegan Dutelle and Helana Kesson, Tiverton golf

Dutelle shot a team-best 43 and Kesson came through with a 48 as the Tigers swept Portsmouth 191-198 and Bay View 191-220 on Tuesday at Montaup Country Club.

Joe Nardolillo, Portsmouth golf

Nardolillo shot a team-best 46 at Montaup Country Club on Tuesday as the Patriots topped Bay View 198-220 and bowed to host Tiverton 191-198.

Jacob Mello and Kenny Firlings, Middletown baseball

Mello and Firlings each had a single, the lone hits the host Islanders managed in a 16-0 setback against South Kingstown and star pitcher Ben Brutti on Tuesday.

Maggie Lauder, Portsmouth softball

Lauder stroked a double in the first inning, the loudest of three hits for the host Patriots, who lost to Exeter-West Greenwich 13-0 on Tuesday.

Monday's stars

Luc Lavigueur and Bryan Robar, Rogers baseball

Lavigueur pitched five innings, struck out nine and allowed two unearned runs, while Robar roped a two-run double to the gap in left-center field to cap a seven-run, fifth-inning rally as the Vikings downed host Narragansett 7-4 on Monday.

“Luc is our ace and he’s lived up to the billing,” Rogers coach Anthony Borgueta said. “It’s a lot of fun to watch him pitch.”

“Bryan’s a senior who hasn’t played since his eighth-grade year. He has worked really hard to get caught up, and it’s really paying off now.”

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Alex Stansfield, Portsmouth tennis

Stansfield, playing at No. 4 singles, was the lone Portsmouth player to push his opponent to three sets as he lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 and the Patriots fell to Mount St. Charles 7-0 in Woonsocket on Monday.

Flynn O’Connell, Portsmouth Abbey tennis

The Portsmouth resident helped the host Ravens score a 7-0 sweep over Thayer Academy on Monday as he won his No. 2 singles match 8-4 and combined for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.

Digby Alexander and Johnny Lopes, Middletown golf

Alexander shot a team-best 42 and Lopes was next with a 44 as Middletown bowed to undefeated Barrington 170-181 on Monday at Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club. Both teams also earned a forfeit win over Tiverton.

Kamdyn Rego and Jordan Panell, Tiverton baseball

Rego pitched into the sixth inning, allowed three earned runs, struck out eight and also contributed at the plate with a two-run homer and a single. Panell registered a double, two singles and two RBIs as the Tigers took down host Johnston 9-6 on Monday night.

Grace Boneu, Portsmouth girls lacrosse

The senior sniper fired nine shots on goal, connected on eight of them and in the process scored the 100th goal of her career as host Portsmouth downed Narragansett 14-9 to remain perfect (11-0) in Division II this season.

Louie Murphy and Megan Mureddu, Rogers golf

Murphy spurred the Vikings to a split of their meet on Monday as he tied for medalist honors with a 43. Mureddu was one stroke behind with a 44 as Rogers topped St. Raphael 208-282 and bowed to Portsmouth 196-208 at Green Valley Country Club.

Megan Malone and Kaelyn Mahoney, Portsmouth softball

A pair of sophomores led the way for the host Patriots in a 17-0 win over Rogers on Monday as Malone pitched a shutout and Mahoney went 3-for-5 at the plate.

Chace Cirillo and Jenna Del Deo, Tiverton tennis

The Tigers' No. 3 doubles team earned the match-clinching point as Cirillo and Del Deo scored a 6-4, 6-3 win to sew up Tiverton’s 4-3 victory over host Cranston West on Monday.

Dylan Walker and Chase Arment, Rogers boys lacrosse

Walker scored three goals and had an assist, and Arment tallied two goals as the Vikings bowed to host Narragansett 19-6 on Monday.

Nick Essery and Kyle Bielawa, Portsmouth golf

Essery tied for medalist honors with a 43, and Bielawa had a 44 at Green Valley Country Club on Monday, when the Patriots defeated Rogers 196-208 and topped St. Raphael 196-282.

This article originally appeared on Newport Daily News: Stars of the Day: Newport County top athletic performances May 16-22