CHS Fall Sports Teams Earn Rivalry Victories On Friday

CHS Fall Sports Teams Earn Rivalry Victories On Friday


On Friday at the Cheshire Community Pool, Cheshire High School girls’ swim and dive (2-0) earned a 100-57 victory over Branford to extend the program’s dual-meet win streak to 77. Juniors Avery Potyrala and Vanessa Squillante and sophomore Julia Barto contributed to four victories. Senior co-captain Gabrielle Sokolik touched the wall first in three races.

Barto had top individual times in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.56) and 100-yard backstroke (1:01.40). Potyrala led the way in the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.93) and 500-yard freestyle (5:28.23), while Squillante swept the 50- (26.79) and 100-yard (58.16) freestyles.

Barto, Squillante, and Potyrala teamed with senior Hannah Merritt to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:46.68). Potyrala and Barto joined with senior co-captain Kaitlyn Grove and Sokolik to clock the first-place time (3:53.08) in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Sophomore Morgan McDonough, Sokolik, freshman Lauren Waitkus, and Squillante combined on the winning 200-yard medley team (2:02.42). Sokolik (100-yard breaststroke, 1:16.37), junior Hannah Tao (one-meter dive, 162.15), and sophomore Grace Hanke (100-yard butterfly, 1:04.83) added first-place finishes.

Next Tuesday, the Rams host East Haven/Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse Co-Op at 7 p.m.

Girls’ Soccer (3-0)

Cheshire extended their opening shutout streak to three games, winning 3-0 over North Haven (1-2). Junior tri-captain Gabby Tirado put in two goals and senior Ariana Geloso also scored.

Freshman Leah Pisani tallied her first assist and point. Juniors Anna Hurlbut and Haley Shaw also posted assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sophie Bates didn’t need to make a save in posting her third shutout. Cheshire compiled a 25-0 advantage in shots.

After a break, CHS will visit Hamden (1-2) next Thursday to compete at 5 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball (4-0)

Cheshire improved to 4-0 with a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-16, 25-13) at Hamden (2-3). CHS has won all of their 12 sets this fall.

Senior tri-captain Jenna Stickney tallied six kills, three digs, and two aces. Junior Avery Mola compiled five kills, four digs, and two blocks. Senior Tess Givens added two kills, two aces, and two assists.

With Friday’s victory, Head Coach Sue Bavone has moved to within six wins of 550.

On Monday, CHS hosts Career Magnet (0-3) at 6:30 p.m.

Boys’ Soccer (1-1)

The Rams picked up their first victory, 5-3, at Lyman Hall (0-2). Cheshire raced out to a 5-1 lead.

Senior Sahil Banerjee and senior co-captain Murphy Malone both posted two goals and two assists. Banerjee set career-best totals, while Malone tied his personal-high numbers.

Senior Marcello Pannone supplied a goal and junior Colin Brown earned an assist.

On Monday, CHS visits East Haven (1-2) to play at 5 p.m.

Field Hockey (1-1)

Cheshire dropped their first game, 3-1, at Guilford (2-0). The Rams had more possession time overall, but the Grizzlies capitalized in taking a 3-0 lead.

With 7:08 left in the first quarter, Guilford jumped ahead on a penalty stroke by senior Maddie Epke.

Junior Ella Clarke scored in the second and then sophomore Payton Root supplied a goal with three seconds left in the third. For Cheshire, junior Gigi Ranoldo had a golden opportunity in the third, but Guilford senior Julia McDonald made a diving save.

Cheshire continued to generate penalty corners in the fourth and converted with 1:48 remaining. In front of the cage, senior Jenna Kemp scored on a pass from Ranoldo.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ginny Curello tallied a personal-best six saves, including a diving deflection in the second half.

Next Tuesday, Cheshire visits Middletown to play Mercy at 3:45 p.m.

Saturday’s varsity schedule:

Cross Country

Cheshire boys and girls will compete in the Wilton Invite. Races start at 9 a.m.


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