H.S. roundup: It's East Lyme's show, but Hespeler's got a starring role

Ledyard High School's Jessica Hespeler gives the thumbs-up signal after setting the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.61) Thursday afternoon at East Lyme, one of two pool records she set. East Lyme won the meet 100-77.
Ledyard High School's Jessica Hespeler gives the thumbs-up signal after setting the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.61) Thursday afternoon at East Lyme, one of two pool records she set. East Lyme won the meet 100-77. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo

East Lyme - Emma Magna won the 50-yard freestyle in 28.31 seconds and contributed to two winning relays Thursday as the East Lyme High School swim team topped Ledyard 100-77 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

Ledyard's Jessica Hespeler, however, broke two pool records during the meet at East Lyme, both previously belonging to Fitch graduate Alivia Berg. Hespeler won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 54.65 seconds (breaking the mark of 1:56.19) and the 500 freestyle in 5:10.61 (beating Berg's 5:13.30).

Hespeler also swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay for Ledyard (2-1, 2-1).

Melinda Wei (200 individual medley), Caroline Gonsalves (diving), Tori Poole (100 butterfly) and Delia Terry (100 freestyle) also won individual events for first-place East Lyme (5-1, 4-0).

Boys' soccer

• Kevin Lindell scored at the 18:37 mark of the second half assisted by Cody Poirier as Norwich Free Academy edged Waterford 1-0 in the ECC Large Division. Carl Chancy made four saves for NFA (2-1, 2-1). Max Wolfley made eight saves for Waterford (5-2, 2-2).

• Connor Leeman scored all three of his goals in the first half as Montville rolled to a 7-0 win over Stonington in the ECC Medium Division. Jeff Tryon added two goals and two assists for the Indians (5-0, 3-0) while Josh Handler and Zack Foley also scored goals. Stonington is 1-5, 0-2.

• Ledyard scored all three of its goals in the second half to put away Windham 3-0 in the ECC Medium Division. Anthony Saccone scored on a penalty kick for the Colonels (4-1, 2-0) in the 49th minute before Ben Bruciati and Christof Wegiel added unassisted goals.

• Lyman Memorial's Kofi Amankwah scored in the second half to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory over New London in the ECC Medium Division. Jose Roman stopped 10 shots in goal for the Whalers (0-5, 0-3).

• Justin Audoin scored a pair of goals as Wheeler beat Tourtellotte 3-0 in the ECC Small Division. John Mulhern also scored for the Lions (4-1, 2-0).

• Tim Harrington scored two goals for Woodstock Academy in a 3-0 victory over East Lyme in the ECC Large Division. East Lyme is 2-2-2 overall, 0-2-1 in the Large Division.

• Killingly broke open a close game with three goals in the second half as the Redmen beat St. Bernard 4-0 in the ECC Small Division. Kevin Kersay made 18 saves in goal for the Saints (0-5-1, 0-2-1).

• Aiden Armstrong scored three goals as Bacon Academy defeated Fitch 7-0 in the ECC Large Division. The Falcons are 1-5-1, 0-3-1.

• Erick Tung scored with just a minute remaining in the first half and Hale-Ray went on to beat Old Lyme 2-0 in the Shoreline Conference. Hale-Ray is 4-1-1 and Old Lyme fell to 2-2-1.

• Sami Ahmed scored three goals while Guy Shapiro had two goals and two assists to lead St. Thomas More to an 8-1 win over Williams School. Matheus Sousa also had two assists for T-More (1-0-1).

Volleyball

• Lindsey Knepshield had seven kills and 17 digs as Old Lyme won a five-set thriller from Coginchaug in the Shoreline Conference, 23-25, 31-29, 25-20, 14-25 and 15-10. Paige Palenski added 14 assists for the Wildcats.

• Norwich Tech remained unbeaten in the Constitution State Conference East with a 25-22, 25-9 and 25-5 win over Putnam. Bailey Spellman led the Warriors (7-1, 6-0) with 14 assists, five kills and seven aces while Kaitlyn Mitchell had seven aces and Kianna Relliford six kills and one block.

• Mary Murphy had 13 aces and seven assists to help lead Grasso Tech to a 25-17, 21-15, 25-9 and 25-20 win over O'Brien Tech of Ansonia in the CSC. Alexis-Marie Cormier added eight assists and three kills for Grasso (4-4).

Boys' cross country

• Stonington had four of the top five finishers in a 21-38 victory over Wheeler, led by second-place runner Teddy Peglow in 18:36. Wheeler's Asa Palmer was the top finisher in 17:46. Will Robinson and freshmen Sean Crowley and Kieran Thornell were third through fifth for Stonington (5-1). Wheeler is 3-5.

Girls' cross country

• Antonia Reynolds won the race in 21:03 as Stonington topped Wheeler 22-35. Anna Bournstein was second for Stonington (4-2). Kelsey Melinosky, third, was Wheeler's top finisher. The Lions are 1-6.

East Lyme's Melinda Wei powers to a victory in the 200 individual medley, winning the event Thursday in 2:29.67. East Lyme went on to beat Ledyard 100-77 in the ECC.
East Lyme's Melinda Wei powers to a victory in the 200 individual medley, winning the event Thursday in 2:29.67. East Lyme went on to beat Ledyard 100-77 in the ECC. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
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