CHS Athletes Win Conference Track Crowns, Lacrosse Teams Beat Rivals In SCC Semis, Rams Sweep In Golf

CHS Athletes Win Conference Track Crowns, Lacrosse Teams Beat Rivals In SCC Semis, Rams Sweep In Golf

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes made an impact in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at Bowen Field in New Haven. CHS girls came in fourth place (54 points) and the boys’ squad compiled 24 points to take 14th.

In the girls’ meet, freshman Leah Farrell, senior Meghan Georgescu, and sophomores Alexa Ciccone and Mia Vientos opened with a victory in the 4x800-meter relay (9:44.82). Farrell placed second in the 400-meters (58.82) and Vientos picked up third in the 800-meters (2:25.95).

Farrell and Vientos joined with senior tri-captain Kira Zawalich and sophomore Squirrel Lanz to finish runner-up in the 4x400-meter relay (4:09.19).

For hurdles, Zawalich earned second in the 300-meters (47.01) and seventh in the 100-meters (17.53). Lanz contributed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (48.66) and the 200-meters (27.70).

Ciccone posted fifth in the 1,600-meters (5:19.61). Junior Valeriya Shlyk nabbed eighth in shot put (31’2.50”) and discus (90’2”), along with placing 10th in javelin (80’3”).

Georgescu secured ninth in the 3,200-meters (12:24.20). Senior Ashlyn Diglio, junior Claudia Chong, freshman Camryn Beeman, and senior Emma Lepisto also sprinted to ninth place in the 4x100-meter relay (53.37).

Senior tri-captain Daniela Petronio (javelin, 80’3”) and Chong (100-meter hurdles, 18.23) added 11th places.

For boys, junior Colin Brown won the 100- (11.12) and 200-meters (22.64). In the 100-meters, he held off Hillhouse senior Ralphael Hawkins by three thousandths of a second. Brown hadn’t beaten his rival in that event before.

Sophomore Daniel D’Souza, juniors Michael DeJoseph and Luca Borz-Baba, and sophomore Tyler Caron finished fifth in the 4x800-meter relay (8:42.86). Senior quad-captain Robert DiNatale took ninth in the 3,200-meters (10:10.42) and senior Josh Koppel secured 12th in the discus (109 feet, seven inches).

On June, Cheshire teams travel to New Britain’s Willowbrook Park for the Class L Championship. Field events start at 10 a.m. and the run portion starts a half hour later.

Girls’ Lacrosse (second seed, 12-5)

In the SCC semifinals, Cheshire built a 13-5 halftime lead en route to winning 20-8 over Amity (third seed, 9-7). The Rams additionally took a 2-1 lead in the season series.

In both regular-season meetings, the Spartans held multiple leads, but in this contest, Amity only held a 1-0 advantage. With the game tied at 2-2, Cheshire used a 4-0 run to take the lead for good.

In the key spurt, junior Lauren Samela netted consecutive goals. Juniors Ava Matikowski and Ava Harris also found the back of the net.

To break open the game, Cheshire put in nine straight goals to take a 18-5 advantage. In that stretch, the Rams held their rival scoreless for 23:58.

CHS limited open shots in front of junior goalkeeper Audrey Bronson (six saves).

The Rams also used the draw to generate possessions offensively. Samela tied her career-high goal total with five, while Harris posted four goals and three assists.

Matikowski tallied a hat trick and two assists. Senior tri-captain Hannah Merritt joined Matikowski with three goals.

Senior tri-captain Leah Black and senior Tori Santi both had a goal and an assist. Juniors Clara Dempsey and Sophia Surato and sophomore Stella Tessier also netted goals.

On Thursday, Cheshire travels to West Haven to play two-time reigning champion Guilford (top seed, 15-1) for the SCC crown at 5:30 p.m.

Guilford won the regular-season meetings on April 19 (14-12) and May 10 (18-9). CHS seeks to beat their first rival for the first time since 2019 and win a tournament title for the first time in eight years.

Boys’ Lacrosse (second seed, 15-2)

The Rams pulled out a 13-12 win over Daniel Hand (third seed, 14-4) in the SCC semifinals, extending their win streak to eight games. In similar fashion to Cheshire’s 15-13 win on May 2, the rivalry game came down to the wire.

Hand put in consecutive goals to take their only lead at 2-1, but CHS responded with a five-goal run between the first and second quarters. Senior co-captain Andrew Benjamin ignited the surge with back-to-back goals.

The Tigers closed the first half with two goals and added another in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 6-5. Cheshire responded with two goals from junior Charles Kurtz and another tally from sophomore Matt Jeffery to earn their second four-goal lead.

In netting his fourth goal in the third quarter, Kurtz was shaken up on the play.

Like in the first half, Hand staged a rally. A four-goal run tied the game, 9-9, with 8:28 remaining.

Cheshire retook the lead with goals from Benjamin and junior Ben Thompson.

The Tigers twice closed the deficit to a point, however Thompson and senior Jason Raba put in goals at the other end.

With 1:27 remaining, Hand senior Kevin Sandor scored to cut the deficit to 13-12. The Tigers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but were unable to convert and the Rams stormed the field to celebrate the victory.

Junior goalkeeper Connor Atwater anchored the defense with a career-high 22 assists.

Benjamin (three goals, two assists) and Kurtz (four goals, assist) both finished with five points. Thompson and Raba each posted two goals and an assist, while Jeffery had a goal and two assists.

Freshman Sean Grevelding compiled a goal and an assist.

Hand junior William Kleine recorded a game-high five goals.

For Thursday’s title game at West Haven, the Rams face five-time reigning champion Fairfield Prep (top seed, 12-4) at 7:30 p.m. On April 28, the Jesuits rallied to win 12-11 at CHS.

The Rams last won the crown and beat their rival in 2010.

Boys’ Golf (13-2)

Cheshire extended their win streak to nine matches, picking up a 159-161 win over Guilford (7-8) at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Sophomore Jack Brewster paced CHS with a 38.

Junior tri-captain AJ DePaolo and senior tri-captain Riley Brabant both had a 40. Senior tri-captain Nick Fortunato supplied a 41.

For Wednesday's regular-season finale, the Rams travel to Patterson Club to play unbeaten host Fairfield Prep (12-0) at 3 p.m. On May 3, the Jesuits beat CHS, 151-159, at FCC.

Girls’ Golf (12-4)

The Rams earned a 184-212 victory over Newington at Southington Country Club. Junior Sydney Hidalgo shot a 41 to earn medalist and propel CHS to a rivalry sweep.

Senior Mackenzie Corcoran and sophomore Sophia DelRosso shared a 46, while sophomore Sabrina DiRubba and freshman Olivia Beach contributed a 51 each.

On Wednesday, Cheshire visits Oronoque Country Club to compete against host Lauralton Hall (2-6) at 2:30 p.m.

Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule

Boys’ Volleyball (second seed, 14-6)

For the SCC semifinals, CHS hosts Xavier (third seed, 14-6) at 6 p.m. Cheshire posted a 3-1 win on April 13 in Middletown, however the Falcons came back with a 3-0 sweep on May 10 at CHS.


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