Derek Shea is having a solid season with the Wells baseball team.
Senior Shea, from West Kingston and a Chariho Regional graduate, leads the Express in hitting with a .434 average. Serving mainly as the team’s designated hitter, Shea has 23 hits in 52 at-bats and is tied for first in doubles with seven, has two home runs and is second on the team in runs batted in with 17. He also does some pitching for Wells and has worked in six games with one start with a save. In 11.2 innings, he has given up 10 hits and nine runs, eight earned, with eight walks and 11 strikeouts.
“Derek is a captain, a leader and a competitor in every sense of the word,” coach Ryan Stevens said. “We are lucky to have him at the plate and on the mound.”
The coach said that Shea is a special young man all the way around and competes at everything he does.
“I have no doubt that he can and will come through in big situations,” Stevens said.
The Express, located in Aurora, N.Y., has a 10-9 overall record and an 8-11 mark in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. The team has four league games remaining.
Claire Hanlon (East Greenwich)
The distance runner is having a big season with the Holy Cross women’s track team. Hanlon, a St. Mary Academy Bay View graduate, captured the 5,000-meter run in a tri-meet with Merrimack and Massachusetts on March 27 in Amherst, Mass. She posted a time of 17:54.21. She improved that mark with a personal best time of 17:43.10 to finish first in a dual meet against Stonehill last Sunday in Easton, Mass. Hanlon kicked off the season by winning the mile at the Colgate Invitational with a personal best time of 5:10.67.
Connor McGee (Wakefield)
The Norwich junior catcher is having an off year at the plate, but he is one of the top catchers in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The South Kingstown High graduate has handled 72 chances without and error and has tossed out seven would-be stealers in 11 attempts. McGee is hitting just .154 (4-for-26) with a double, seven runs scored and an RBI. The Cadets are 6-2 overall and 4-2 in league play. He hit .400 (4-for-10) in the six games that Norwich played prior to the pandemic last season.
Anabel Lee (North Kingstown)
The junior defensive midfielder has started all four games for the Franklin Pierce field hockey team, the Ravens 3-1 after a 3-1 loss to Saint Anselm last Monday in Rindge, N.H. They were the first goals that the squad has given up. Lee and the defense opened the season with three straight shutouts – 6-0 over Keene State on April 1, 2-0 over American International on April 8 and 2-0 again over AIC on April 11. Lee had played in 18 games prior to this season.
Claire Greineder (East Greenwich)
The Plymouth State junior kicked off the outdoor track season by finishing first in the 400-meter dash in a tri-meet against St. Joseph’s (Conn) and host Husson on April 10 in Portland, Me. Her time was 1:01.00. She also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay which finished second in 4:25.99. It was the first meet of the season for the East Greenwich graduate. She last ran at the New England Division III Championship in Feb. 28-29, 2020. She finished 13th in the 400 with a time of 1:00.46. Her PR in that event is 58.77.
Ivan Goretoy (West Warwick)
The senior is the top thrower on the Merchant Marine Academy men’s track team. The West Warwick High graduate captured all three events he was entered in at the USMMA Tri-Meet on April 10 in Kings Point, N.Y. Goretoy won the shot put with a 41 foot, 10 ½ inch effort. He captured the discus throw with a heave of 123 feet, 8 inches and took the hammer throw with a toss of 153 feet, 4 inches. It was Goretoy’s first meet of the season.
Nate Vigeant (Coventry)
The senior member of the baseball team was named Rhode Island College Student/Athlete of the Week (April 12). The St. Raphael Academy graduate has already earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently finishing a second bachelor’s degree in economics. The second baseman, a four-year starter, is having an off year at the plate for the Anchorman. He’s hitting .188 with nine runs scored and 10 runs batted in. As a junior he was named to the All-New England and All-Little East Conference second teams.
Andrew Whitney (North Kingstown)
The Worcester Poly junior kicked off the outdoor track season by finishing first in the long jump at the Wheaton Tri-Meet on April 10 in Norton, Mass. The North Kingstown High graduate cleared 22 feet, 1 inch. Last weekend in a dual meet against Springfield in Springfield, Mass., Whitney finished second in the long jump with a 21-foot, 8-inch effort and was third with the 4x400 which posted a time of 45.68. He was seventh in the 100-meter dash with a personal record time of 11.34.
Michaela Degnan (Narragansett)
The junior competed in her first Atlantic 10 Conference Swim Championships as a member of the Rhode Island women’s team. She scored points in all four of her events as the Rams finished 10th in the team standings with 113 points. The Narragansett High graduate and New Hampshire transfer finished 11th in the 100 backstroke (56.64) and 14th in the 200 backstroke (2:02.78). She also swam legs on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams both finishing ninth in 1:45.74 and 3:53.60, respectively.