Trumbull navigates its way to postseason berths

Trumbull’s Emma Gentry looks for an opening. Gentry, Emi Roberts and Sarah Stolze captained the Eagles.

Trumbull’s Emma Gentry looks for an opening. Gentry, Emi Roberts and Sarah Stolze captained the Eagles.

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Every year a team loses a player. It could be a season-ending injury before a season begins. It could be a recurring ankle sprain. This season injuries added a particular challenge for Trumbull. There was no continuity from day one.

“We had our entire roster for three games this year,” Trumbull coach Steve Tobitsch said of the Eagles. “That was the Amity Holiday Tournament for the championship game, the Newington game when the then No. 1 team in the state came to play us, and then Danbury which was our best FCIAC performance this year.”

Trumbull went 10-10 in the regular season.

“This was one for the books. Practice wise I can say was the biggest challenge,” said Tobitsch about his 15th season. “Being able to prepare your full team and push them. We were looking for healthy players week in and week out.”

All-FCIAC returnee Emi Roberto, a 5-9 guard, started the season with strep throat, then came down with mono followed by a concussion. Emma Gentry, a 5-8 senior guard, was out the whole preseason due to (COVID) protocols. Corinn Ouellette, a 5-6 senior guard, missed the first month as well.

“Emi I think played in five games total, two FCIAC games,” Tobitsch said. “She was our most versatile player and is going to play at Tampa University. Emma will be at Davis & Elkins College. Corinn is keeping her option open. Sarah (5-8 forward) has been on varsity all four years and had a productive year. Mary Lynch (5-8 forward) is our Trumbull Eagle Sports Award recipient. She has been consistent in competing to the best of her ability since she was a freshman. All five have represented Trumbull in the right way.”

Tobitsch said: “The kids persevered. They competed, they played hard. To be able to qualify for FCIACs was an accomplishment. We had a tough draw with St. Joseph, a talented well coached team. In the state tournament we got pushed around a bit by Wilton but got the deficit down to nine points midway through the third quarter when they pulled away from us. Wilton then went on the road to beat (No. 5) Warde.”

Growth of underclass

A positive for Trumbull was that younger players received quality varsity minutes.

“I would say that was a highlight was that these young kids got good minutes when they may not of because of circumstances,” Tobitsch said. “Even though we were senior dominated team, off our bench we had a freshman, Lily Seltenreich, and two sophomores, Lauryn Wright and Rylan Massey, get significant time as the season unfolded.”

Trumbull took to the gym on Tuesday for one last practice.

“The seniors wanted to finish the season with one last fun practice together.” Tobitsch said. “Teams can practice up until the last date. I think this speaks volumes about this group. It was difficult at times; we had our pitfalls. Kudos to them for their leadership right to the end. This has been a good season.”

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