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West Hartford High Schools Return to Sports Competition

No. 33 Elizabeth Zapata defends as No. 39 Gabrielle Niman backs her up. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 was the first day of competition for most West Hartford high school sports.

The Conard team celebrates their first goal of the season vs. Southington. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

By Ronni Newton. Photos by Paul Palmer

Teams at West Hartford’s Conard and Hall high schools began what all hope will be a full season of sports competition – including state championships – with girls and boys soccer, field hockey, and volleyball among the teams with games on Sept. 9.

Cross country, girls swimming and diving, and football are also beginning competition over the next few days. Boys golf, which transitioned to a fall sport for 2021, began the season on Aug. 31.

In their first game of the season, the Conard girls soccer team fell to Southington at home, 4-2. Conard goals were scored by Grace Beazoglou and Gabby Niman, with Meryl Rung and Molly Brown in goal.

Grace Beazoglou takes the goal kick. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

The Conard boys soccer team played at Southington, winning 3-2 (goals scored by Anthony Catanzaro and Luke Wadsworth), and Conard field hockey won at South Windsor, 4-0, according to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) website.

Hall field hockey traveled to Glastonbury on Thursday, winning in overtime 2-1.

Hall girls soccer tied Northwest Catholic at home, 1-1, and the girls volleyball team lost to East Hartford, 3-0.

We-Ha.com sports reporter Paul Palmer will cover as many contests as he can, but can’t be everywhere. There are so many great achievements that we don’t want to miss, and we would love to have the assistance of the community in sharing scores and special moments. We will even publish your game/meet/match summaries if you can provide the details.

Please submit photos and updates to Ronni Newton at [email protected].

Junior Mariah Hill fights for possession. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

The Conard team gathers in a huddle during an injury timeout. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Emma Sasonov makes the run with the ball vs. Southington. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Mariah Hill controls the ball. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Conard goalie Meryl Rung controls the ball after a save vs. Southington. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

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