AROUND THE HORN: Zimmerman has winning hand in Ace-King; Stonehill next for Southern; Cortez in AMC spotlight

MERIDEN — Launched by a birdie on the first hole, Brett Zimmerman shot a 1-under-par 69 over the weekend to win the Ace-King Tournament at Hunter Golf Course.

Standing at 1-over through 15, Zimmerman put the finishing touches on his victory with birdies on 16 and 18.

Joe Diaz, who finished strong with birdies on three of the final four holes, placed second at 2-over 72. Les Zimmerman, Brett’s dad, was third at 3-over 73.

Low net was carded by Ed Woronick, who came in with a 4-under 66, one stroke up on Paul Leahy.

The Ace-King was the final major tournament of the year for the Hunter Men’s Club. It memorializes two of the club’s former champions, Joseph “Ace” Gostowski and Ron “The King” Victor. Gostowski was a seven-time city champion. Victor won the city title 10 times.

SCSU sets sights on Stonehill

NEW HAVEN — Fresh from their season-opening upset of Division I-FCS Central Connecticut State, the Southern Connecticut football Owls are now prepping for a non-conference Division II matchup with Stonehill College.

The Owls and the Skyhawks kick off on Saturday at 6 p.m. at W.B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Mass. Both teams are 1-0.

Southern knocked off CCSU 28-21 last Friday with the help of contributions from several local players.

Platt grad Tylon Papallo of Meriden had a team-high five catches for 81 yards, while Southington’s Tim O’Shea scored a touchdown on a 17-yard reception. Cheshire’s Jake McAlinden had one tackle.

Southern leads the all-time series with Stonehill 21-3. The Owls play their home opener next Friday, Sept. 17 at Jess Dow Field against St. Anselm at 7 p.m.

Meriden’s Cortez in AMC spotlight

NEW HAVEN — Wilcox Tech grad Kelvin Cortez was named a Falcon Spotlight Player of the Week at Albertus Magnus College after converting a penalty kick in a 1-0 season-opening victory over Mitchell College.

Cortez connected in the 90th minute, driving a shot past the Mitchell goaltender’s left hand.

Cortez, a junior, had been active all game. He led all players in the contest with five shots.

Albertus, 1-1 after a 1-0 loss Tuesday to Sage College in Albany, N.Y., hosts Dean College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Cortez transfered to Albertus this year from Rivier University in Vermont. The sports management major led the Raiders last season with seven goals.

Cortez was the Record-Journal’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year in 2018-19 after finishing his career with 86 goals, a Wilcox record.

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