On Friday, Cheshire High School indoor track and field teams brought home medals from the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at New Haven's Floyd Little Athletic Center. Senior Brendan Mellitt came away victorious in the boys’ 3,200-meters (9:51.28), while junior Ryan Farrell placed second in the 600-meters (1:24.28) and broke the program record (1:24.98) of Richard Fusco from 2008.
Senior Francis Simpatico finished third in the 1,000-meters (2:44.93). Farrell and Simpatico combined with seniors Kyle Kemp and Owen Fiore to earn seventh in the 4x400-meter relay (3:46.96).
Kemp earned 11th in long jump (18 feet, six inches) and 12th in the 300-meters (39.44), while junior Chisom Okoro added 11th in shot put (40’11.50”).
For Cheshire girls, senior Ameya Arun (fourth, 7’6”) and junior Mia Corradi (tie for eighth, 7’0”) made the top eight in pole vault. In the 4x800-meter relay, freshman Alex Palladino, junior Kristen Daddi, sophomore Meghan Georgescu, and senior Kayla Byrne took sixth in the 4x800-meter relay (10:45.61).
Senior Ruth DelVecchio nabbed seventh in the 55-meter hurdles (9.86) and tied for 12th in the 55-meter dash (7.83). Sophomore Emma Lepisto supplied 12th (10.19) in the hurdles.
Byrne secured seventh in the 1,000-meters (3:28.29) and sophomore Kira Zawalich nabbed eighth in the 300-meters (45.03). Daddi, junior Seymone Rosenberg, sophomore Riley Hanover, and Zawalich teamed to finish eighth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:29.24). Junior Danielle Ellis, freshman Claudia Chong, Rosenberg, and Byrne picked up ninth in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay (4:51.83).
From the senior class, Marisa Brough contributed ninth in shot put (30’6.75”) and Samantha Nowak came in 10th in long jump (14’4”). Sophomore Olivia Ferraro (10th, 5:57.74) and Georgescu (12th, 6:00.88) cracked the top 12 in the 1,600-meters.
As a team, Cheshire boys came in 10th place (24 points). The girls' team placed 15th (five).
Next Saturday, Cheshire teams come back to New Haven for the Class L Championship at 10 a.m.
Boys’ Basketball (1-14, 0-5 in Oronoque Division)
The Rams came up short 59-36 to West Haven (10-5, 4-1), extending their slide to 13 games. The game was tied 10-10 to end the first quarter, but the Blue Devils outscored CHS 15-6 in the second and went on to sweep the series in the regular season.
For Cheshire, junior Cole Feinauer netted a team-best 10 points. Sophomore Ben Wable scored all of his eight points after halftime and sank back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Senior tri-captain Colby Griffin put up six points before halftime. Senior tri-captain Shaan Vatti hit a three-pointer in the fourth and senior Dylan Fohl also scored three points in the second half.
Seniors Jason Shumilla and Jack Hickey and junior Yasha Laskin all had two points in the first half.
For West Haven, junior Malcolm Duncanson (14) and senior Shea Sheffield (13) combined for 27 points. Sheffield made three three-pointers.
Along with action on the court, the evening represented Cheshire’s Eighth Coaches vs. Cancer Game. CHS basketball players and cheerleaders helped sell donation cards and pink shirts, with all of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
In division action on Feb. 11, the Rams host North Haven (7-8, 1-4) at 7 p.m. The Indians beat Cheshire, 59-53, on Jan. 13.
Girls’ Basketball (3-14, 1-6 in Quinnipiac Division)
CHS dropped their eighth straight game, falling 36-18 to Lauralton Hall (1-17, 1-5). Cheshire jumped ahead on a three-pointer by senior Emma Watkinson, but the Crusaders came back with an 8-0 run.
Senior co-captain Ari Perlini earned a three-point play to cut the deficit to 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, however, the Crusaders came back with nine points in a row and took a 20-9 lead into halftime. Led by 10 points from sophomore Charlotte Fassett off the bench, the Crusaders picked up their first win and earned a split of the regular-season series against the Rams.
With four points in the fourth quarter, junior Ella Watson led CHS in scoring. Sophomore Grace Lurz joined Watkinson and Perlini with three points in the first half.
Junior Kaylee Clark and sophomore Tess Givens both supplied two points in the second half. Junior Hailey Beling made a foul shot in the fourth quarter.
On Feb. 12, Cheshire travels to Wallingford to face division rival Lyman Hall (10-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. On Jan. 21, the Trojans won 63-44 at CHS.
Saturday’s varsity slate:
Cheshire travels for the East Lyme Duals that start at 9 a.m.
Boys’ Ice Hockey (7-6-2)
After a week-long break, the Rams return to host Guilford (5-7-1) at Wesleyan University. Start time is 6:05 p.m.
Before the game, Cheshire will hand out the Ninth Greg Schena/Mark Whitlock Award given to a CHS hockey player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, as well as in the classroom and community. The award was named after a pair of 2001 graduates who passed away a week apart in May 2010.
Girls’ Ice Hockey (10-5-1)
After dropping three games in a row, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op looks to bounce back in hosting West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy Co-Op (11-4) at Hamden’s Louis Astorino Ice Arena. Start time is 8 p.m.
It is a rematch of the 2019 SCC South Division final won 4-3 by the Connecticut Blades.