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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ansonia's Roberts headed to Monmouth (updated)

Former Ansonia standout Tristan Roberts signed a national letter of intent on Monday to play at Monmouth.

Roberts, who was a 2008 Register All-Area selection as a senior while at Ansonia, was a wide receiver the last two seasons at Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania.

Roberts, who is listed at 6-feet-2, 205 pounds on the Lackawanna roster, will enter Monmouth as a junior and have two years of eligibility remaining. Roberts graduates from Lackawanna in May.

"Based on what we watched, we like him at wideout," Monmouth offensive coordinator Scott Van Zile said. "The thing you notice right away is his size and physicality. He's a big and physical presence on the field. We also noticed how physical and aggressive he was blocking kids. You don't see too many kids willing to do that."

Monmouth returns a talented but inexperienced receiving corps for the 2011 season. The Hawks went 3-8 in 2010.

"We're very young at that position," Van Zile said. "Talented, but not very experienced. That's something he brings. We're bringing in a young man who is a little more mature, and who has played at a higher level. We thought that would be beneficial to us."

Monmouth opens the season on Sept. 3 at home against Lehigh. The Hawks play at Central Conn. on Sept. 24 and at Sacred Heart on Oct. 22.

Roberts said he is very appreciative for the opportunity. He added that he will accept the role of coming to Monmouth with experience and hopes to be a good leader for the younger wide-out group.

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Bridgeport Central wins weightlifting competition

Bridgeport Central won the 2011 state weightlifting competition held this past weekend at Masuk High.
The Hilltoppers finished with 13,885 pounds, which placed them 4th on the all-time list.
Ansonia was second with 12,510 points, while Oxford was third with 11,790.

Below is a list of the overall team scores:

1. Bridgeport Central, 13,885
2. Ansonia, 12,510
3. Oxford, 11,790
4. Bristol Eastern, 11,725
5. Shelton, 11,485
6. Newtown, 11,370
7. Staples, 11,300
8. Masuk (team 1) 10,860
9. West Haven, 10,630
10. Southington, 10,610

11. Woodland, 10,215
12. NFA, 9,670
13. Notre Dame-West Haven, 9,645
14. Sheehan, 9,625
15. Weston, 9,545
16. Seymour, 9,540
17. East Lyme, 9,300
18. Ridgefield, 8,680
19. Westhill, 8,080
20. Killingly, 6,810

21. Stratford, 6,335
22. Masuk (team 2), 6,185

Bridgeport Central teammates Emmanuel Omari and Frederick Tucker set a record in the squat in the 181-200 pound division with a squat of 570 pounds each. The Hilltoppers' Vincent Deramo moved into third place in the 201-215 pound division with a lift of 510 pounds.

Ansonia's Dennis Danley moved into third place with a bench of 275 pounds in the under 160-pound division.

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