Local roundup: Ledyard beats Bloomfield in Doc Hurley Classic

Hartford - Ledyard High School rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Bloomfield 69-60 Saturday in the annual Doc Hurley Classic basketball tournament at Weaver High School.

The Colonels (2-0) trailed 33-26 at the break, pulled even at 49-all after three and pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Phil Thomas, Khary Childs and Darnay Gray.

Thomas scored a game-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, while Childs added 18 and Gray 14.

In other games:

• Trailing 11-3 after one quarter, Old Lyme came back for a 50-47 victory over Cromwell. Cromwell missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. George Logan scored 15 points for Old Lyme (2-0), Andrew Tyrol had 11 and Danny Chapman added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

• Jake Lusker's 28 points and nine rebounds helped lead Fishers Island to a 67-50 win over Cornerstone Christian Academy. Tim Hoch added 21 points, six assists and five steals for the Vikings (2-1).

Girls' basketball

• Mackenzie Aldridge, a freshman making her second career start, finished with 15 points and six steals to help lift Fitch to a 43-37 victory over New Milford. Fitch trailed by nine at halftime, but put on a halfcourt trap in the second half, coach Dave Huber said, at which point Aldridge got several steals.

"A lot of energy, a lot of passion for the game," Huber said of Aldridge. "She gave us a huge lift."

Brittany Murphy added 10 points and Lexis Foster eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Falcons (2-3), who outscored New Milford 31-16 in the second half.

• Olivia Backhaus had 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals, but Fishers Island was beaten by Hartford University 40-28. Shelby Lusker added eight points, five rebounds and four steals for the Vikings and Arrianna Suarez-Reyes had five rebounds.

H.S. wrestling

• Waterford's Justin Lindblom won the 145-pound title at the Lancer Invitational, beating Abdul Lawal of East Providence 16-1 in the championship. Brian Roscover (113) and Brentt Smith (120) added runner-up finishes for the Lancers, who placed sixth in the team standings with 94.5 points. Windham won the event with 180 points.

Other local place-winners were St. Bernard-Norwich Tech-Wheeler's Matt Dowler (third, 106), Fitch's Billy Ray Goff (fourth, 145), Fitch's Jordan Kenyon (second, 160), New London's Nick Rasmussen (fourth, 160), New London's Greg Kohler (fourth, 170), Waterford's Chris Leffert (fourth, 182), Waterford's Jake Keating (third, 195) and SB-NT-Wheeler's Cas Woznica (fourth, 195).

• Ledyard finished second to New England power Mt. Anthony (Vt.) in the Pin Down MDS Invitational at Berlin. Mt. Anthony finished with 327 points and the Colonels had 189, nearly 20 points ahead of Springfield Central (Mass.).

Ledyard had no champions, but five finalists: Devon MarcAurele (126), Mike Graff (132), Matt Jones (138), Colin Grim (182) and Kevin McDonald (285). Justin Timberlake (145) and Ryan Wade (170) added fourths, Derek Schultz (106) and Caile Johnson (160) placed fifth and Chevy Perry (195) and Josh Throop (220) placed sixth.

• Montville went 2-1 during a quad-meet at Conard, beating NFA 39-37 and E.O. Smith 63-18 while losing to Conard 44-24. Tommy Wynosky (126), Jake Caskey (132) and Ryan Murtha (285) all went 3-0 on the day for the Indians (3-1) with Caskey pinning all three of his opponents. Sophomore Ian Conscascia (152) added a pair of pins for Montville, including a key upset of NFA's Tyler Courter in 5:18. John Crooks had a pin against Montville for NFA at 195.

Men's basketball

• Gabe Levin had 21 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead St. Thomas More to an easy 89-62 victory over Bridgton Academy. Denzel Gregg added 10 points and five rebounds for T-More and Duane Notice had 10 points and three assists.

Girls' indoor track

• NFA's Brianna Lenehan captured the 800-meter race during Friday night's New Haven Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Lenehan finished in 2 minutes, 19.45 seconds and she helped lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the team standings with 49 points. Hillhouse won the meet with 79 points, followed by Bloomfield with 56.

NFA's distance medley relay team was also victorious in 13:01.59, while Dyshelle Pemberton added a second in the 400 (1:00.37). Also for the Wildcats, MiaLynne Park was third in the 55 dash (7.70), Katherine Gabriele was fourth in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches) and the 4x200 relay team was fourth in 1:52.36.

Among the other local competitors, New London's Francine Jacque was third in the 200 (27.08), Montville's Sonja Campbell was third in the shot put (33-8 1/2) and the Indians' Natalie Bowens was fourth in the long jump (16-4 1/4).

Boys' indoor track

• New London's Orrin Parke placed in three events during Friday night's New Haven Invitational at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Park was third in the 55-meter dash (6.64 seconds), fourth in the 200 (23.67) and teamed with Jose Garcia, Gabriel Diaz and Nico Ramos to place second in the 4x200 relay (1:36.10).

Among the other locals, NFA's Kyle Liang was second in the 800 (2:03.31), Fitch's Lexus Gordon was second in the long jump (20-11 1/2), NFA's Christopher Byars was second in the shot put (47-6 3/4), Fitch's 4x200 relay team was third in 1:36.78 and Fitch's Johnny Diep was fourth in the pole vault (11-0).

Fitch, NFA and New London all tied for ninth place with 19 points.


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