East Catholic, the Division III champion in 2010, dropped to Division IV this season – a move that put it head-to-head with defending champion Northwest Catholic-West Hartfird. The Eagles came out on top, winning their ninth championship and shooting a four-man total of 305 at Tallwood in Hebron behind Eric Johnson, Erik Vivenzio, Kyle Cholawa and Drew Brennan. "It was a pleasant surprise," coach Tom Malin said. "Especially with Drew Brennan, a freshman, coming in and shooting a 77. You had two known entities in [Eric and Erik]. They were the rock of the program here for four years." Northwest Catholic's Brian Butler shot a 74, as did Jon Sajdak, who helped Portland into third at 325.
Lewis Mills expected to take a step back with the graduation of Alex DiClemente, The Courant's player of the year in 2010. But the Spartans continued solid play, losing only one match all season and rallying to a second-place finish in the Division II championship at its home course, Fairview Farms in Harwinton. Sophomore Colby Prestash shot a 75 and Andrew Boucher, also a sophomore, shot a 78 for Lewis Mills. Suffield's Andy Mai, one of the favorites for the individual title, capped a remarkable career by finishing tied with teammate Dan Banks in a tie for fourth with a 74, and the Wildcats tied Weston for third with a 319 – nine shots back of champion Wolcott.
Monte Mullen and Zach Zaback carried Farmington to a Division I state championship in 2010 based on their first- and second-place individual finishes, respectively. But the Indians fell short of repeating this year, with Zaback finishing tied for second with a 73 at Timberlin in Berlin and Mullen, heading to Central Connecticut State, shooting a 77. Ridgefield took the title with a 307, with Farmington five strokes back. Simsbury finished fifth as a team and Xavier-Middleotwn was sixth.
Avon couldn't improve upon being the runner-up in Division II, falling to third at Crestbrook Park in Watertown – a mighty 22 strokes behind New Canaan, champion for the fifth time in six years. But the Falcons may be able to do so in the future after sophomores Ryan Karbowicz and Justin Hufsmith shot a 77 and 79, respectively. Berlin, a traditional power, was ninth.Copyright © 2015, CT Now