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POMFRET — The Pomfret School boys’ varsity soccer team beat Canterbury School Nov. 3. Pomfret goals came from: Declan Chapman 1st minute, 7th minute, 11th minute; Grant Maurer 16th minute, 48th minute, 65th minute and Fred Coulibaly 54th and 60th. Assists: Fred Coulibaly, Devin Walcott (2), Declan Chapman; Pomfret Saves: Austin Kendig 1 save; Javier Alonso 1 save
According to Patrick Burke: “In our pregame meeting, coach Montoro Alonso urged the Pomfret boys’ varsity soccer team to start strong and score twice before Canterbury could get ‘off the bus.’ Well, our team listened, and in the first minute we had a 1-0 lead after a strong individual run from Declan Chapman. We continued to push the tempo and in the 7th minute Declan had his second. We were playing with good pace and intensity, and in the first 10 minutes Cole Castro, Dylan Tran, Fred Coulibaly, and Grant Maurer all went close. Already with a brace, Declan was able to get his 11 minute hat-trick after a nice play from Devin Walcott found him in space. Grant fired in a powerful shot from 25 yards out for our fourth goal. We got strong minutes from Nate Watson, Nick Ferrucci, Caleb White, Lawrence Viola, and Van Horvath, and our attacks continued to be quick and effective. Our defense of Eumir Rodriguez, Ryan Cho, Gerald Gao, Henry Cattell, Lyle Bernard, Ethan Forbes, and goalkeeper Austin Kendig remained focused.”
A small mental lapse in the 28th minute allowed Canterbury’s #12 to get an open look at goal and he was able to get one back for the Saints.
Burke said: “In the 48th minute a free kick from Devin was “dummied” by Eumir and found the feet of Grant who coolly placed his shot in the net. In the 54th minute some nice possession got the ball to Fred at the top of the box and his quick turn and shot gave us a 6-1 advantage. Just four minutes later a great ball over the top from Declan found the onrushing Fred who finished into the corner past Canterbury’s keeper. This offensive outburst wasn’t finished yet, as some nice passing from our defense to our midfield got Declan an opportunity from distance. Declan’s shot was saved by Canterbury’s keeper, but Grant was the first to follow up and finished off a hat-trick of his own. Goalkeeper Javier Alonso kept our defense focused and we were able to continue to attack with success. Lawrence and Van combined well, while Cole, Caleb, Jerry, Anson, Tareq and Nick created space for each other and frequently tested Canterbury’s defenders and goalkeeper."
By Patrick Burke

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The Pomfret field hockey team improved to 9-7 with two wins last week over league opponents. Outsourcing their opponents 13 - 2 in the two home contests against Wilbraham-Monson (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Miss Porter’s School (Farmington), the Griffins improve to 7-5 in WNEPSFHA. Leading the way for Pomfret was Cate Gallagher ’22 scoring five goals including a natural hat trick with three goals in a row during the second quarter against Miss Porter’s. Grace Long ’23 scored three goals, Philo Schorling ’24 and Coco Williams ’22 had two apiece and Carter Lockwood ’22 added one. The goals by Williams and Lockwood were their first of the season. Long leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and Gallagher follows with 7. Lockwood leads in the assist column with 7 and Schorling follows with 4. First-year goalie, Keira O’Brien has 5 shutouts on the season. Pomfret will finish the regular season with a non-league game at Tabor Academy (Marion, Mass.) Nov. 10 before hosting league opponent Millbrook School (Millbrook, N.Y.) in a first-ever match-up Nov. 13. Senior co-captains Cate Gallagher and Emma McLean have been selected to play in the WNEPSFHA All-Star game Nov. 1 at Suffield Academy.
By Louisa Gebelein Jones

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For the first time in about three months, the Woodstock Academy Gold prep basketball team finally got to play against someone other than itself.
The Centaurs opened their season Nov. 3 and looked pretty impressive in a 96-47 win over We Believe Prep, a first-year program out of Waterbury.
They followed that up with an 87-73 win over Vision Academy Nov. 7 to get off to a 2-0 start on the season.
The team has big men in the middle with Jamine Charles (6 feet, 10 inches), DiAri Duncan (6-8), Dominic Strothers (6-9), Jalen Pitre (6-9), Jayden Webley (6-10), and Promise Opurum (6-7) all with the ability to mix it up inside.
Forward Simon Hildebrandt (6-8) is a player capable of playing both inside and out as are 6-7 Jayshane Woodard, 6-6 Travonne Jackson, 6-5 Diovion Famakinde and 6-5 Walter Andrew Jr. all of whom, with the exception of Famakinde who was out, saw plenty of action on the wings in the opener.
Tyshawn Trail and Jalen Bradberry got the start in the opener in the back court with Keenan Emmanuel and Corey Jones coming off the bench.
The Centaurs led after the first half against We Believe but only by 12 points, 36-24.
We Believe scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit under double digits but Hildebrandt, who finished with 12 points, scored seven of the next eight points in a variety of ways, putting Woodstock up by 14.
We Believe Prep (3-2) got stuck at 31 points and Woodstock scored 16 unanswered points including a pair of 3-pointers by Jones and Trail.
The second game saw  Gold scoring 40 first-half points and then bringing it up a notch with 47 second-half points. Famakinde and Trail led the Centaurs with 11 points apiece with Opurum adding 10.
Blue Wins on Road, Falls at Home
The Centaurs had to battle but pulled out the 79-69 win over their hosts, Notre Dame-West Haven.
The Centaurs hit eight 3-pointers in the second half.
The Blue team doesn’t have the kind of height that the Gold team has but it’s still substantial. Chiwer Mayen and Hunter Crawford are both 6-foot, 9-inch and do a nice job of protecting the rim. Kunga Tsering (6-7) adds length and the ability to score inside and outside. Jan-Viljam Homanen is another athletic frontcourt player at 6-6. Jaden Andrews and Wilson are also defensive stalwarts.
Woodstock graduate Logan Talbot is the offensive spark the Centaurs can use.  Chididuben Nwankwo and Eddie Fisher both add size.   Mike Pelletier is a strong outside shooter.  Jason Ofcarcik returns for his second year  but served as assistant coach as he is sidelined by injury. The Centaurs fell behind  by as many as 14 in the second. Henderson and Homanen led the way for the Centaurs with 16 each. The squad fell to 1-1 on the season with an 85-84 loss to Vision Academy.  Homanen led the way  with 18 points in the loss while Tsering added 12 and Talbot finished with 10.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

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Senior Day
The seniors on the Woodstock Academy football team gathered for Senior Day festivities. Photo by Marc Allard.


There are still two big football games to go against Ledyard and Killingly.
And Woodstock football coach Sean Saucier wanted to give his next two opponents something to think about. So, the Centaurs (6-2) moved quarterback Ethan Davis to receiver, and installed Saucier’s son, Braiden, the heir apparent to Davis, in at quarterback and the result was  a pair of touchdowns in a 27-6 win over the Griswold/Wheeler. Woodstock got the ball  on the first of two interceptions by safety Austin Amlaw at the Centaur 36.
Braiden Saucier (3-for-9 passing, 145 yards) launched a ball down the right sideline. Davis caught it and went in for the 64-yard score.
The Centaurs recovered their onside kick  and five plays later, running back Payton Barna found some running room. Barna, who led the Centaurs with 50 yards in seven carries, swept to the right side and found daylight, going 22 yards for the score.
Braiden Saucier  hit Carter Saracina  (two catches, 67 yards) with a crossing route. He took  Braiden Saucier’s pass  into the end zone from 54 yards out for a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Wolverines got their only score in the fourth quarter when Ryan Pelilo (15 carries, 40 yards) ran it in from two yards out.
The Centaurs finished things off when Davis (6-for-15 passing, 78 yards) hit Jackson Goetz for a 9-yard score with 1:28 left.
Woodstock, with its 3-0 divisional record, has already clinched a tie for the ECC Div. II title with the Ledyard Colonels. But the Centaurs, with a win on Nov. 13, could finish undefeated in the division and clinch the title outright.
Prep Soccer Wins Tournament
The Woodstock boys’ prep soccer team, in its inaugural season, won its own tournament with a 2-0 victory over Putnam Science Academy Nov. 7.
The Centaurs opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over St. Thomas More. Woodstock broke out to a 4-0 lead and cruised from there. Striker Mario de la Cruz scored two goals for the Centaurs with Niall O’Brien and Tiago Assis getting the others.
Nov. 7 the Centaurs and Mustangs played to a scoreless first half. But the Centaurs broke through just 5 ½ minutes into the second half when Zach Lorenz took a through ball from Marc Belart and converted for the 1-0 lead.
The insurance came with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left when Belart took a short corner from Lorenz, dribbled back toward the middle and rocketed a shot that found its way inside the far post.
Volleyball Season Done
There was no doubt that the Centaurs wanted to see their volleyball season extend past the ECC tournament, but that was not to be this season. The Centaurs played a quarterfinal game against the top seed in the Div. I tournament, Lyman Memorial, and fell 3-1.
It was the 14th win in a row for the Bulldogs who advanced to the ECC tournament championship, but lost in the final to E. Lyme.
The Bulldogs took the first two sets relatively handily, 25-16 and 25-11. The Centaurs rallied to win the third set, 25-19. The Bulldogs closed out the evening with a 25-14 victory in the fourth set. Liliana Bottone had 12 digs and five aces for Woodstock. Ellie Nunes added 12 digs and Annarose Avery had seven assists.
The loss ended the Centaurs season at 5-16. But lots of youngsters got lots of minutes against competitive teams.
The Centaurs only lose three seniors but they had impact this year. Aurissa Boardman led the team with 215 kills at outside hitter as well as service points (188) and aces (46). She was named an ECC All-Star. Annarose Avery was tops on the team in assists with 274 and also added 155 service points. Lizzy Lovrien lost much of the season to COVID but when she returned was a steadying influence in the back as she finished with 82 digs. Lovrien was given the ECC Sportsmanship Award while Leila MacKinnon received the team’s ECC Scholar-Athlete nod. But it will be Boardman who will be most difficult to replace. Coach does have two quality middle hitters in Morgan Bonin (47 kills, 6 blocks) and Reegan Reynolds (28 kills, 5 blocks). Bonin has played outside but is not as effective as she is in the middle.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

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Robert L. Swenson,
Air Force vet
PUTNAM — Robert L. Swenson, 74, of Woodstock Ave., died Nov. 2, 2021, at Day Kimball Hospital.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane (Conway) Swenson who died in 2002. Born in 1947 in Greenwich, he was the son of the late William and Bernice (Comeau) Swenson.
Mr. Swenson graduated from Greenwich High School in 1965. He served his country proudly with the U.S. Air Force from 1965 through 1969. He worked at and retired from AT&T in 1995.  Robert was a part-time dispatcher for E-911 for the Town of Putnam for 10 years also volunteering for the Putnam Fire Department Ladder Company. He held office with the Registrar of Voters for both the Democratic and Republican parties. He volunteered with the Putnam EMS and was a member of the American Legion in Putnam.
He leaves his daughters, Jennifer Diehl of Danielson, and Renee Deveau (Robert Jr.) of Newtown; his brother, Phillip Swenson (Susan) of Brooklyn; his sister, Margaret Jaffer of Florida; his grandchildren, Brittany, Billy, and Josh; and his former wife, Laurie (Kilborn) Swenson. He is predeceased by his brother, Michael Swenson.
The Funeral Service was Nov. 6 at Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam with burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Putnam. Donations: Putnam Fire Dept., 189 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.

Patricia Shaw Hall
Patricia Shaw Hall died on Nov. 1, 2021, in Putnam at the age of 98 years. She was the second daughter of Florence Gilbert Shaw and George Stanley Shaw Sr. Parental plans to name their daughter Carol changed at the last minute when she decided to enter the world at Day Kimball Hospital on St. Patrick’s Day 1923. Pat grew up in a 1700s era colonial house on Putnam Heights with her older sister Martha Shaw (Sheppard) and her younger brother G. Stanley Shaw Jr.
Upon graduation from Putnam High School in 1941, Pat attended Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Maine. In 1944, Pat married James W. Hall Jr., also of Putnam. The marriage was in South Augusta, N.C., where Jim was undergoing training as a radio communications specialist in the U.S. Army Air Force before he shipped out to a desert post in Morocco, North Africa where he served during WWII.
Following the war, Pat and Jim lived for a short time in Chicago where Jim completed his studies at Illinois College of Optometry in 1948. Their first child, James W. Hall III was born just days after their long drive back to Putnam. Jay is married to Missy Heidelberger Hall. Their first daughter, Tamara Shaw Hall, was born a few years later. Tami was married to Jody Heidelberger (Missy’s brother) until her untimely death on June 25, 2018. In 1955, the number of children in Hall family doubled with the birth of twin daughters Faith St. Pierre (husband Chuck) and Florence Lajeunesse (husband Carl). Children also include Russell Hall (wife Nanci).
Pat and Jim were divorced in the 1970s but subsequently remarried and lived many more years together than apart. Jim died Aug. 27, 2012. Pat was always very active in and supportive of the Putnam Methodist Church, now the Living Faith United Methodist Church. For some time after the children were grown, she was employed at Shaw Stationers in Putnam. On retiring in 1985, Pat was a founding member of Eastern Connecticut Community Kitchens that operated first at the Putnam Congregational Church and later at the Putnam United Methodist Church, where it is still in operation. To the very end, Pat had a sharp mind with a remarkable memory for names and events both recent and in the distant past. Those who know her would agree that Pat was strong willed and never reluctant to comment unequivocally on who should do what and when.
In addition to her children, Pat leaves her younger brother, George Stanley Shaw, Jr. and her older sister, Martha Sheppard, her grandchildren Jason Charles Hall (Courtney), Austin Shaw Hall (Alessandra), Victoria Gilbert Hall McNeal (Mitchell Fraley), Michael R. Deary, Shannon Deary Mohan (Wamsi), Michael Heidelberger, Lauren Heidelberger, Kiersten Heidelberger (husband Allen Beauchene), Neil J. Lajeunesse (Mindy), and Alicia Lajeunesse; 10 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Grace, and Benjamin Zifcak, Brenden Womak (mother Lauren), Austin Charles (Charlie) and Ana Sofia Hall, Jackson Lajeunesse, Nashua Lajeunesse, William-James Finn McNeal, and Luke Fraley.
Visitation is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Funeral Service follows from noon to 1 p.m. that day in Living Faith United Methodist Church, 53 Grove St, Putnam with burial the Putnam Heights Cemetery. Donations: LFUMC, 53 Grove St. Putnam, CT 06260.

David Liberty
DUDLEY — David Liberty, 68, died Nov. 4, 2021, at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
David was born Nov. 11, 1952, in Whitinsville, Mass., son of the late Eli and Beatrice (Bourassa) Liberty.
He recently retired from A. Duie Pyle Trucking Company after 24 years. Before that David worked for Pillsbury, and N&D Trucking.  David’s most recent years at work were his favorite — he greatly enjoyed the opportunity to teach his skills to the next generation of truckers.
David was a hardworking man his entire life, dedicated to providing for his dear wife and beautiful family. Anyone who knew David well or perhaps only met him once, quickly learned that he had the “gift of gab,” he loved to talk, and talk, and talk; he especially enjoyed telling corny jokes. He found pleasure in the simple things of life, spending time outdoors, fishing, riding his tractors, and tending to his yard. He especially loved bicycle riding; in fact, he went riding for 600 miles in 2001, and 100 miles in 2003 and 2004 during the Flattest Century Fundraiser.
He leaves his childhood sweetheart and wife of nearly 50 years, Lorna (Burbo) Liberty of Dudley; his daughters Christina Fontaine (Dean) of N. Grosvenordale, and Lisa Liberty (Kristen) of Thompson; his brothers Ronald Liberty of Southbridge and Daniel Liberty of Whitinsville; his sister Joan Lamontagne of Uxbridge, Mass.; his grandchildren Chase Hailey Fontaine and Glen David Fontaine of N. Grosvenordale.  Services are private. Donations: Lorna Liberty, 55 Baker Pond Road Dudley, MA 01571. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, Webster.

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