Staples state tournament roundup: Wreckers boys golf places 5th in DI

Boys golf: Staples shot a 26-over 314 to place fifth at the Division I state championships at Fairview Farms in Harwington on Tuesday.

Pomperaug, which finished with a 15-over 303 won the title for the third time in program history. The Panthers last won the title in 1999 at Division II as part of their back-to-back run.

"That was a pretty good number," Staples coach Tom Owen said Wednesday, referring to the Panthers' score. "It would've been tough to catch them."

Simsbury (307) finished four strokes behind in second, while FCIAC champion Greenwich (308) and Fairfield Prep (310) followed.

Glastonbury's Evan Grenus and Prep's Andrew Sciarretta shared medalist honors after carding a 2-under 70. Right behind them were Greenwich's Paul Pastore and Pomperaug's John VanDerLaan at even.

Peter Richards had Staples' lowest score, shooting 4-over to finish in a tie for ninth. Richards, a sophomore, bogeyed a par-4 13th hole before carding birdies on the par-4 15th and par-4 17th. In total, he shot one double bogey, four bogeys and three birdies on the round.

Owen was complimentary of Richard's performance this season.

"He's a kid who's grown both physically and mentally," the coach said. "He's just so much more focused this year than he was last year ¦ and it's really paid off."

Senior Stephen Colodny delivered the Wreckers' second lowest score, shooting 6-over to finish tied for 15th. Colodny, who carded the team's low score (81) at the FCIAC championships on May 30 at Heritage Village in Southbury, was 2-over through nine holes on Tuesday. But he double bogeyed the par-3 10th hole and also had bogeys on the 15th and 18th. He had two birdies on the round, both on par-5 holes.

Both Richards and Colodny, who Owen also praised, earned all-state honors.

"He brought it to another level this year," the coach said of Colodny. "He's a fierce competitor. Probably his biggest asset to the team was his leadership. On top of that, he's got a good swing."

Also for the Wreckers, senior Ross Whelan and junior Andrew Felman each shot 8-over.

Cheshire (316), Ridgefield (320), Xavier (321), Conard (323) and Glastonbury (323) rounded out the top-10 at the 20-team competition.

Boys tennis: Staples senior Jake Hirschberg and junior Luke Foreman both lost in the first round of the State Open on Tuesday at Yale University in New Haven.

Hirschberg was defeated by Fairfield Warde's Ted Berkowitz 6-7 (10), 1-6. Hirschberg had beaten Berkowitz in their previous meeting this season, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4 in the Wreckers' 6-1 win on April 29.

Foreman was edged by Ferdinand Gelbrich of Housatonic-Regional, 6-3, 2-6, 10-12.