Girl’s Track Athletes Heading to Nationals

  • Jody DiCicco (Sr.) – CCC South champion 1600, 800, 3200. State runner up Class MM 1600, 800, 3200. Set school record in 3000 and 3200. Qualified for New Balance Nationals in 2 mile and in the 1600 sprint medley relay.
  • 4×100 relay, Nikki Xiarhos (So.), Taylor Budney (Sr.), Hanna Schulz (Jr.), Sarah Daddario (Jr.) – CCC South champions, Class MM champions, All-State, qualified for New Balance Nationals.
  • Patricia Mroczkowsk (Fr.) – Broke 20-year-old school in high jump (5-feet-5), CCC South champion, qualified for New Balance Nationals.
  • Nina D’Amato (Jr.) – CCC South runner up and Class MM runner up in javelin, qualified for New Balance Nationals.

Track Championship Results


  • Team Points: 10. Berlin, 26
  • 100 meters: 7. Trevor Gagnon, Berlin
  • 110 hurdles: 8. Kevin Russell, Berlin
  • 300 hurdles: 4. Kevin Russell, Berlin
  • 4×100: 4. Berlin
  • 4×400: 8. Berlin
  • 4×800: 4. Berlin
  • High Jump: 4. Matt Luddy, Berlin*
  • Javelin: 7. Daniel Labbadia, Berlin


  • Team Points: 3. Berlin, 59
  • 100 meters: 8. Sarah Daddario, Berlin
  • 200 meters: 7. Sarah Daddario, Berlin, 8. Nicole Xiarhos, Berlin
  • 400 meters: 4. Nicole Xiarhos, Berlin
  • 800 meters: 2. Jody DiCicco, Berlin
  • 1,600 meters: 2. Jody DiCicco, Berlin*
  • 3,200 meters: 2. Jody DiCicco, Berlin
  • 4×100: 1. Berlin* (49.71)
  • High Jump: 4. Patricia Mroczkowski, Berlin
  • Long Jump: 7. Hannah Schulz, Berlin
  • Discus: 8. Emily Conticello, Berlin
  • Javelin: 2. Nina D’Amato, Berlin*



Congratulations to Michelle Grieco BHS’s 2016 Valedictorian

Michelle Grieco believes in failure. It took two cuts from her elementary and middle school soccer teams for the Berlin High School valedictorian to work her way up to the varsity team as only a freshman.

“In order to succeed in life you have to be willing to fail and if you don’t put yourself out there to take risks and to fail, then you’ll never know what you really could accomplish,” she said.
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Drive and ambition is only a fraction of what the class of 2016’s valedictorian will be taking with her when she attends UConn in the fall as an economics major. She believes her leadership skills, which she gained from her four-year involvement in Upbeat, will play a role in her college success. From helping out at the middle school, to volunteering at Worthington Manor, Grieco has learned to be a leader.

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Berlin High School Students Earn Scholar-Athlete Awards

A pair of Redcoats were among nearly 350 student-athletes from high schools around the state who were honored by the CAS-CIAC.

Two student-athletes from Berlin High School were among 348 seniors who were honored as CIAC Scholar Athletes at the 33rd annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington Sunday night.

The event is the largest of the many honors programs CAS-CIAC hosts each year, according to a statement from the organization.

The Scholar Athlete program recognizes two high school senior student-athletes – one boy and one girl – from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievement are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. The honorees are chosen by the member schools and are submitted to the CIAC.

Honorees from Berlin High School were Nicole Flaherty and Evan Cornwall. Darien student Grace Wohlberg was also recognized with the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award.

More than 1,700 students, family members, school administrators and coaches were on hand to salute the Scholar Athletes and recognize their achievements. Dr. Bonnie Edmondson, Program Manager for School Health and assistant track & field coach at Trinity College and who will be traveling to Brazil this summer as throwing coach for the United States Olympic Track & Field Team, provided the keynote address. ESPN anchor Bob Picozzi served as the host for the evening.

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2015-16 All-Herald Boys Basketball Team Features Spencer Duke and Kyle Mahoney

Spencer Duke

Rounding out the first team is a newcomer to our all-star squad in Berlin’s Spencer Duke.

The Redcoats struggled out of the gate, but would go on to win seven straight games and make the tournament. The junior forward led his team in scoring and was second in rebounds and blocks, proving to be an all-around player for Berlin.

In the team’s Class L tournament first round game against Wethersfield, Duke led his team with 17 points, including scoring 11 of the Redcoats’ first 13 points. Berlin head coach Mike Veneziano said afterward the Redcoats would not have been an 11-win team had it not been for the play of Duke.

A great student as well, Duke earned academic all-conference honors. With another season of basketball left to play, Berlin could find itself back in the tournament next season.

Kyle Mahoney

Kyle Mahoney is the second player from the Redcoats to make our list. The senior point guard proved to be a crucial piece for Veneziano. Responsible for bringing the ball up the court and setting the offense up for success, Mahoney was instrumental in leading Berlin to back to the postseason.

He was rewarded for his play by being selected to the All-CCC team to finish his high school basketball career.

Also an all-conference lacrosse player, Mahoney is being recruited to play that sport by several schools where he plans on studying Kinesiology.

2015-16 All-Herald Girls Basketball Team Includes Allysa Grant

The Redcoats managed to sneak into the Class M state tournament this season, and without the play of Grant, that would not have been possible. That drive, determination and success lands Grant a spot on our list.

An All-CCC selection, she led her team in many of the most important statistical categories. Grant averaged 13 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

After making her third season on Berlin’s varsity team her best, Grant will look to propel the Redcoats even further next year.

BHS Represented in 2015-16 All-Herald Boys Swimming Team

Kevin Klotz continued the tradition of strong Berlin swimmers during his junior season, earning his second all-conference award a year after coming into the year with an all-state honor already to his name. After earning his third all-academic team selection, Klotz holds the school record in the 400 free relay, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and the 100 backstroke. He has made the State Open twice and is on the All-Herald team for the third time, and there’s every indication he’ll be on this list next spring as well.

His teammate, Adrian Wojtun, is also a member of three school record-setting relay teams and was chosen for the all-conference team. He put up a 48.45 in the 100 free and 22.38 in the 50 free while qualifying for the State Open. Also a soccer and tennis player, he is hoping to swim in college and is currently wading through his numerous options.