Local roundup: Waterford girls win cheerleading and fencing state titles
Waterford won a pair of state championships on Saturday, capturing the girls' foil title during the Connecticut High School Fencing Association team tournament and sharing the CIAC Class M crown in girls' cheerleading.
The Lancers' cheerleading team was co-champions with Wolcott while Newtown won the Class LL title, Hand the L title, Holy Cross the S title and Fairfield Ludlowe the co-ed championship. The championship meet was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Waterford's foil team of Alex Cole, Willow Yang, Qinge Liu and Danielle Nykyforchyn beat runnerup Norwich Free Academy for its state team championship, which was contested at Fitch, while the Lancers' epee team of Melissa Vine, Jenna Morin, Kat Cote and Ashley Metivier finished second.
Also at Fitch, East Lyme finished eighth in the girls' foil while Ledyard was sixth in the girls' epee followed by Fitch and Griswold.
• Ledyard's Connor Doran (113 pounds) was the only local wrestler to advance to Sunday's final day of the New England Championship tournament in Methuen, Mass. Doran went 3-1, losing in the quarterfinals to State Open champion Michael Rapuano of Xavier, 19-5. He will wrestle Ben Davoli of Haverhill (Mass.) next in the consolation quarterfinals.
Ledyard's Brayden Grim (160), New London's Jadian Mackenzie (195) and East Lyme/Norwich Tech's Roark Ryan (220) each won their first-round matches but lost in the second round and were eventually eliminated in the consolations. The only Eastern Connecticut Conference wrestler to reach the championship semifinals was Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech's Ryan Powers (170), who went 3-0 and will face Seth Carney of Essex (Vt.) next.
Danbury leads the team race with 48 points followed by Springfield Central (Mass.) with 41.5. Danbury has two wrestlers in the semis (Tyler Johnson (126) and Ryan Jack (138).
• Stonington finished fourth in the State Open Championship meet at New Milford with 132.175 points as Southington edged Woodstock Academy 136.625-136.1 for the team title. Woodstock's Jenna Davidson won the all-around title with 36.575 points.
For Stonington, Hannah Laskey was the top performer on the vault (9.075), uneven bars (8.450) and floor exercise (8.875) while her sister, Lydia Laskey, led the Bears on the balance beam (8.60). Lila Rich, Desiree Zaharie, Katya Torruella and Ruth Greene also competed for Stonington.
Kaitlyn Abbey of the East Lyme/Waterford/Norwich Tech cooperative program was the top local finisher in the all-around, tying for 12th with 34.1 points. She had a top 10 finish in on the beam (eighth, 8.7) while Hannah Laskey was sixth in vault and eighth on floor.
• James Salta homered and drove in three runs as Plymouth State spoiled Coast Guard Academy's season opener with an 8-4 victory over the Bears in Fort Myers, Fla. Freshman Blake Carroll had two hits including a triple, was on base four times and drove in a pair of runs for Coast Guard while Jon Pressley added a pair of hits. Carroll led off the game with a triple and scored on an infield single by Greg Boland for a 1-0 lead. Trailing 4-1, the Bears pulled even in the fourth on a two-run single by Carroll and an RBI double by Pressley, but CGA managed only two hits over the final five innings.
• UConn swept Presbyterian in a doubleheader, winning the opener 20-1 and the second game 7-1. Stonington's Kevin Ferrer was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Game 2 and Kyler Fedko hit a three-run homer and drove in six runs in Game 1 for UConn (6-5).
• Coast Guard opened its season by sweeping a doubleheader in Fort Myers, Fla. The Bears defeated Lehman 24-0 in five innings before coming back and defeated Martin Luther 9-3. Audrey Bartz went 3-for-3 with a grand slam and three runs scored in the opener while Sarah Kemp and freshman Katie Becker each hit their first career home runs. Julie Ferris allowed only two hits with five strikeouts over three innings and freshman Julia Rodriguez did not allow a hit over two innings in her debut. In the second game, RBI doubles by Bartz and freshman Selena Serna helped the Bears get out to an early 3-0 lead while freshman Maria Dewey went 3-for-5 with two RBI, Becker was 2-for-3 with two runs and Sydney Arendt went the distance and scattered five hits.
Men's indoor track
• Conn College's Ben Vazquez placed seventh in the 800-meter race at the Tufts Last Chance Qualifier in Medford, Mass. Vazquez's time was 1:53.96. In addition, Jackob Brill-Weil finished in 1:59.02 while Jeffrey Love ran a personal best in the 3,000 by more than 10 seconds in 8:30.69.
Women's water polo
• Conn College opened its season with a pair of losses to Division I opponents, falling to Wagner 23-5 and Long Island University 19-3. Maria Sell scored four times and Stephania Lopez had three goals for Conn.
• Conn College dropped its NESCAC opener, falling to No. 12 Tufts 8-1. Rachel Weiss won at No. 1 singles for the Camels (1-2).
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