The Day's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Ledyard's Ken Turner

Ledyard High School senior right-handed pitcher Ken Turner was named The Day's 2019 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year after a season in which he finished 5-1 with a 0.73 earned run average. A Class M all-state selection, Turner was drafted in the 20th round by the Texas Rangers. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Everything about Ken Turner’s youth and high school baseball career — the accomplishments, the command of pitches that belies his age — suggests he’s never played another sport. He’s too refined to dabble with...

The Day's All-Area Softball Player of the Year: NFA's Bailey Comeau

Norwich Free Academy senior pitcher Bailey Comeau led the Wildcats to a 21-5 record, Eastern Connecticut Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an appearance in the Class LL state championship game. A Class LL all-state selection, Comeau was named The Day's 2019 All-Area Softball Player of the Year. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The softball coach at Norwich Free Academy, Bryan Burdick, long defined his all-state pitcher, Bailey Comeau, with a word which outlined her unfaltering composure: equanimity.

The Day's All-Area Boys' Lacrosse Player of the Year: Waterford's Caleb Holdridge

Waterford High School senior Caleb Holdridge was named The Day's 2019 All-Area Boys' Lacrosse Player of the Year. Holdridge, who scored eight goals in the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship game, including the game-winner in overtime, went on to earn Class M all-state and National High School Coaches' Association All-America honors. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Caleb Holdridge, who led Waterford to its first Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament championship, finished his career on Rope Ferry Road with 242 goals and 230 assists, earning Class M all-state and National High School Coaches' Association...

The Day's All-Area Girls' Lacrosse Player of the Year: Stonington's Kate Johnson

Stonington High School senior Kate Johnson established the program's single-season record for points with 128 (84 goals, 44 assists), while also leading the Bears to Eastern Connecticut Conference and Class S state tournament championship berths. A first team Class S all-state selection, Johnson was named The Day's 2019 All-Area Girls' Lacrosse Player of the Year. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A senior midfielder, Kate Johnson set Stonington's all-time record for points in a season with 128 (84 goals, 44 assists) and earned first team Class S all-state honors.

The Day’s All-Area Boys’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year: NFA's Jahiem Spruill

Norwich Free Academy senior Jahiem Spruill was named The Day's 2019 All-Area Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Spruill won the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), the long jump (21-10) and was second in the triple jump (44-2) at the Eastern Connecticut Conference meet to help lift the Wildcats to their fourth straight title. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jahiem Spruill leads by action. And words. The NFA senior helped the Wildcats win their fourth consecutive ECC outdoor track and field championship this season by both winning in jumping events and prodding his teammates to do their best.


Strecker's trying to drum up interest in football and dispel some myths

Example: A concussion is inevitable, if one decides to partake of high school football.




UConn men's basketball team gets probation for NCAA violations under Ollie

In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie reacts during the second half a game against Tulsa in Hartford. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

UConn's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and former coach Kevin Ollie has been sanctioned individually for violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.

Hurley says recruiting getting a bump from Big East move

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman last week in New York prior to the announcement that the Huskies are re-joining the Big East. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he's already seen benefits on the recruiting trail from UConn's decision to move back to the Big East

Return to the Big East a game changer for UConn men's basketball

UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley talks with Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman on Thursday in New York before the announcement that the school is re-joining the Big East Conference. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

No sport at UConn will benefit more from the move than men's basketball.


Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in second season

Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks during Monday's Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow

Big 12 opposites: Oklahoma at top, Kansas' Miles returns with ring

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley speaks on the first day of Big 12 Media Days on Monday in Arlington, Texas. (David Kent/AP Photo)

Oklahoma's streak of four consecutive Big 12 titles coincides with Kansas finishing last each of those years

National champ Vanderbilt set to continue its roll in 2020

Vanderbilt celebrates an 8-2 win over Michigan during the deciding game of the College World Series finals on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald/AP Photo)

National champion Vanderbilt appears set to continue its roll in 2020 with roster loaded with elite talent


Local roundup: Ledyard wins Senior League softball state title

Kevin Shea of Waterford tees off on the second hole during first round of the Connecticut Senior Open on Monday at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Ledyard rolled to the Senior League (ages 13-16) softball state title with a 15-5 win over Bristol on Sunday night, winning the mercy-rule game in five innings.

Newest Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame inductees announced

In this Jan 27, 2010, file photo, Coast Guard's Melissa Martinelli shoots in a game against MIT at New London. (Day file photo)

Coast Guard Academy will add five members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Mystic gets all the pitching it needs and then some, captures District 10 Little League title

Mystic players including Dylan Joyce, right, celebrate after winning the District 10 Little League 10-12 championship game over East Lyme on Sunday at Calvin Burrows Field in Groton.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Dylan Joyce, throwing darts for fastballs along with a sweeping curve, pitched a three-hitter Sunday as Mystic won the district Little League baseball (ages 10-12) title 7-1 over East Lyme.


Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds getting it back

2018 British Open winner Francesco Molinari talks to the media during a press conference at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it.

Old Nets think Durant, Irving can succeed where they didn't

Brooklyn's Caris LeVert defends against Golden State's Kevin Durant during the first half of a Oct. 28, 2018  game at Barclays Center. Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Nets two big victories in one night. In the first hours of free agency, the team added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the playoffs, giving them hope of not only contention for an NBA title, but to be the biggest basketball team in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Brooklyn Nets two big victories in one night



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