Athletes selected as All-State recognition, compete at the highest level in the state


Sydney Bigelow

As good as it gets– Senior Sonali Patel represents the field hockey team at the All-State game. Athletes recognized as All-State players competed with and against the best players in their class from around the state.

Sydney Bigelow, Managing Editor

At the end of the fall, coaches from all areas of the state met as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) to discuss the top athletes in each sport played during the fall sports season. Farmington athletes from six different teams were selected as All-State athletes and competed against the best in the state. 

The CHSCA named All-State athletes for each Connecticut Interscholastic Conference (CIAC) class, determined by the number of students at the school. Most Farmington teams compete in the classes for large schools (Class L) or double large schools (Class LL), so athletes earning All-State titles were recognized as the top players in the individual class.

Seniors Matt Cence and Caden Gallagher were named All-State players for the boy’s soccer team. The girl’s also had two players recognized, junior Diana Jedrychowski and senior Sabrina Krause. The senior All-State players and additional senior players were also selected to play in the All-Star Senior Bowl games on November 27. Both Krause and Gallagher were named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for their respective teams. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized in this way, but I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and team by my side through it all. I’m truly grateful for the constant support from my family, and friends. I can’t wait for my senior season with Farmington Girls soccer,” Jedrychowski said. 

For the field hockey team, junior Lauren Frank and senior Sonali Patel were given Class L All-State recognition. Frank was the starting goalkeeper for her team during the junior All-State game and Patel played in the midfield during the senior All-State game, both games played at Avon High School. 

For cross country and swim, individuals were invited to compete in matches against other All-State selectees instead of playing on teams with other athletes. The cross country program was represented by junior Anna Weygang and the girl’s swim and dive team were represented by freshmen Jenny Liu and Alexandra Urbanowicz, sophomore Jaee Raut, junior Kate Cosentino, and senior Gabriella Wroblewski at each sport’s State Open Championship meets. 

“Being at State Opens was such a confidence-boosting experience, on that day, being at Wickham Park and knowing I was about to run against the other best girls in the state felt like all the hard work I had put in, the hours during the summer, all the days after school during the season finally paid off. The experience that I will remember the most from that day honestly wouldn’t be the race itself, but everyone who came out and supported me for that day and even the whole week leading up to the State Opens. I got lucky to have such an encouraging group to just watch me race,” Weygang said. 

Finally, junior Michael Guerrera was named All-State for boys golf by the CHSCA, but there was no golf All-State match for individuals to compete in. However, the All-State title is a personal accolade that Guerrera will carry into next season.