Conn.'s Dukes, Manwaring talk best of 2011

On ESPNHS' Connecticut blog, Mike Grimala checks in with Capital Prep junior guard Kahlil Dukes and Ledyard senior running back Alex Manwaring, to talk about the best moments of 2011.

The full Q&A session can be found here. Below are some excerpts:

Best High School Team

Manwaring: Xavier. The way they churned out good teams in just about every sport, whether it was football or wrestling, was kind of amazing. They're good at everything.

Dukes: New London basketball, because I'm a big Kris Dunn supporter.

Best High School Athlete

Manwaring: This is a tough one, but I have to say [Ansonia running back] Arkeel Newson. He had something like 3,500 yards this year, and he's definitely tough to stop.

Dukes: Definitely Kris Dunn. Nobody knew who he was last year, then he went out during the summer and played against all the best players and really made a name for himself.

Your Best Moment of 2011 (On the field)

Manwaring: I guess I would have to say our game against Bacon this year. I ran for 317 yards, which was a school record.

Dukes: I'd say the live period in July when all the college coaches could watch me play. I think I made a lot of progress and let everyone know what kind of player I am.

Your Best Moment of 2011 (Off the field)

Manwaring: My best moments were all sports-related! I'm going to say Thanksgiving Day when I scored four touchdowns.

Dukes: When I got my first offer. I was in the airport, it was August 1st or 2nd. It was from Vermont.

Your New Year's Resolution (On the field)

Manwaring: The same as always -- to work my butt off, especially since it's my senior year. I want to win the state open in wrestling.

Dukes: Win.

Your New Year's Resolution (Off the field)

Manwaring: Do the best I can every day, and the rest should be good.

Dukes: To be the best person I can be.