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Pine-Richland teen Carson Verszyla goes viral with highlight-reel hockey goal | Trib HSSN

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Monday, June 7, 2021 | 7:19 PM


Carson Verszyla got an early birthday present Monday morning when he saw himself on “SportsCenter.”

Verszyla, who turned 13 Monday and is a sixth-grader in the Pine-Richland School District, scored a highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal Sunday that was featured as the top play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” top 10.

“It was honestly pretty cool,” Verszyla said. “I was shocked to see myself on there because that’s the kind of thing you dream about. I never expected to be on ‘SportsCenter’ top 10 and be No. 1.”

Verszyla came in on a breakaway and did a full 360 spin while putting the puck flat on his stick and flipping it past

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A look at the area’s top basketball and hockey players and teams

Here are some players and teams to watch in girls and boys basketball and ice hockey. The winter high school season opens Monday.



a group of people playing a game of basketball: East Catholic's Luke Strole, center, gets to the basket between Windsor's Justice Ellison, left, and Troy McCoy, right.


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East Catholic’s Luke Strole, center, gets to the basket between Windsor’s Justice Ellison, left, and Troy McCoy, right.

Boys basketball

Players to watch

Donovan Clingan, C, Bristol Central: The state’s top player, Clingan averaged over 24 points and 17 rebounds as a sophomore. A 7-foot-2 center with 21 Division I offers, Clingan is ranked 49th in ESPN’s class of 2022 rankings.



East Hartford's Tiana Asberry, right, tries to get around East Catholic's Lilly Ferguson at East Catholic in a 2019 game.


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East Hartford’s Tiana Asberry, right, tries to get around East Catholic’s Lilly Ferguson at East Catholic in a 2019 game.

Brody Limric, C, East Catholic: Limric averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Eagles as a junior. The 6-8 big man is one of the area’s few true centers.

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Olympic-winning hockey coach Danny Kerry could quit the sport after Tokyo Games

Kerry pictured in July 2008. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Kerry pictured in July 2008. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Danny Kerry, regarded as one of Great Britain’s most successful coaches, has said he could leave hockey following the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Kerry famously coached Great Britain women to gold at the 2016 Olympics in one of the standout moments of the Rio Games – and is now set to attempt a unique Olympic double with GB men in Tokyo after quitting the women’s role in 2018. But his hockey future beyond next summer is uncertain.

Kerry says he has had discussions with Eton College, which earlier this year advertised for a new director of sport.

Kerry told Yahoo UK: “As is the case toward the end of an Olympic cycle I, like others in roles similar to mine, have been approached about opportunities. The role at Eton College is one of the opportunities that have been presented to me

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