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    Friday, June 09, 2023

    H.S. roundup: Old Lyme freshman Gilbert wins CT River Valley Invite, sets course record

    St. Bernard’s Emily Hernandez (17) makes a hard turn to keep control of the ball against Wheeler’s Sophie Zichichi (17) during Saturday morning’s girls’ soccer match in North Stonington. Hernandez had a goal and four assists as the Saints beat the Lions 6-0. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    St. Bernard’s Sienna Sferrazza (10) fights to keep control of the ball against Wheeler’s Naomi Boord (15) and Mya Comeau (5) during Saturday’s girls’ soccer at Wheeler High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    St. Bernard’s Angelica Tompkins (22) celebrates her goal with teammates during Saturday’s girls’ soccer game against Wheeler in North Stonington. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Wheeler’s Katie Pierce, left, and St. Bernard’s Alyssa Hernandez (6) over run the ball during Saturday’s girls’ soccer game at Wheeler High School. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Cromwell — Old Lyme freshman Chase Gilbert set a course record to capture individual honors at the Connecticut River Valley Invitational girls’ cross country race on Saturday.

    Gilbert finished in 18 minutes, 34 seconds, blitzing the field and helping the Wildcats finish third in the team race with 99 points. Sacred Heart of Hamden won with 44 and Mercy was second 93.

    “Gilbert ran with focus and determination, pushing the pace throughout the race and finishing on the track with a great kick,” Old Lyme coach Aron D’Aquila said.

    She was joined in the top five by teammates Madeline Morgado (22nd, 21:35) and Alexis Antonellis (24th, 21:43).

    In other races:

    • Lyman Memorial’s Hazel DeLucia won individual honors in 20:49 in the inaugural Wheeler Invite on Friday that was won by the Lions. Montville’s Maya Suarez was second in 20:56 while the Lions were led by Lucy Smith in fifth.

    Boys’ cross country

    • Old Lyme, with three runners in the top 25, placed fifth with 140 points in the Connecticut River Valley Invite at Cromwell. Harry Whitten finished 15th in 17:33, Eric Dagher 17th in 17:39 and George Williams 22nd in 17:48 for the Wildcats. Hand won the team title with 46 points.

    • Montville won the inaugural Wheeler Invitational on Friday, finishing with 42 points in the seven-team field. The host Lions finished second with 51 as Ethan Sweet won individual honors in 17:33. Montville’s Dylan Horkey finished second in 18:19, teammate Jack Brehler was third in 18:46 and Wheeler’s Trevor Scarhilli was fifth in 19:37. Lyman Memorial’s top finisher was Ryan Spellman in 10th while Norwich Tech’s Joseph Morese was 13th.

    Co-ed cross country

    • Williams School competed in a co-ed race at the Forman School in Litchfield with Jackson Raisbeck leading the Blues in seventh (23:29) followed by Tyler Boissevain (8th, 23:31), Ryan Tedeschi (11th, 24:42), Dorian Poulard (13th, 25:34) and Jadiel Thomas (14th, 25:35). Helen Godshall placed 19th (28:53) to lead the girls followed by Melissa Puccio (22nd, 32:34), Connor Gingras (23rd, 35:54) and Veronika Altamirano (29th, 36:06).

    Girls’ soccer

    • Emily Hernandez had a goal and four assists as St. Bernard won its Eastern Connecticut Conference Division IV opener with a 6-0 win over Wheeler. Angelica Tompkins added two goals and an assist for the Saints (3-1, 1-0) while Sienna Sferrazza scored twice, Alyssa Lazarou once and Vanessa Colla had an assist. Goalie Jillian Comeau made 11 saves for Wheeler (2-2, 0-2).

    • Finnella O’Keefe, Lily Loughlean and Carly Constantine scored goals as Stonington won the consolation game in the Josh Piver Cup with a 3-0 win over Westerly. Gianna Terranova and Sofia Regan each had an assist for the Bears (3-1).

    • Norwich Free Academy battled Masuk to a 1-1 draw in a non-conference match in Monroe. Hailey Iozzia, assisted by Hayleigh Young, scored for the Wildats (1-2-1) and goalie Ava Boenig mad four saves. Masuk is 3-1-1.

    • Casey Beauregard scored three goals as Killingly defeated Montville 6-1. Kate Bowman converted a penalty kick for Montville (1-2) and goalie Katie Myjak made nine saves.

    Boys’ soccer

    • Westerly defeated Stonington 3-0 in a penalty kick shootout to win the Josh Piver Cup final in Stonington. The game will go down as a 2-2 draw for the Bears (3-0-1), who overcame 1-0 and 2-0 deficits to tie the game, including a goal by Oliver Cooke with 30 seconds left in regulation. Connor Tavares also scored for Stonington and both goals were headed home following corner kicks by Brett Caron.

    • Felipe Dantas, assisted by Nico Cobena-Idrovo, scored in sudden death overtime as Fitch defeated Chariho (R.I.) 2-1 in the consolation game of the Josh Piver Cup at Stonington. Cobena-Idrovo scored the first goal for the Falcons (1-2) on assists by Dantas and Boden Frost, while goalie Nathan Virtue made nine saves.

    • Goalie Jon Anderson converted a penalty and and Wyatt Hayes also scored off an assist from Owen Foberg as Wheeler defeated Parish Hill 2-1 in a non-league match. Anderson also made four saves in goal for the Lions (2-2).

    • Colby Cowan scored a pair of second-half goals as Montville handed Waterford its first loss 2-0 on Friday night. Jayden Burrell made four saves in goal for Montville (2-1) while Benjamin Duleti stopped three shots for the Lancers (2-0-1).

    Field hockey

    • Jessica Kidd’s goal with nine seconds remaining lifted Old Saybrook to a 3-2 non-league win over Waterford. Katie Jamroga and Samantha Silva scored goals for the Lancers (0-4).


    • Katie Touhy and Maddy Fancher combined for 15 kills during Fitch’s 3-1 win over Westerly. Game scores were 25-19, 25-18, 25-27 and 25-19. Tuohy added 16 digs for the Falcons (3-1) while Madi Aldinger had 16 digs, Bella Ditmore 24 kills and Annalyn Cahill four aces.

    • Putnam defeated New London 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14 on Friday night. Nalyce Dudley had two aces, 11 digs, one kill and one block for the Whalers (0-3) while Serenity Lancaster added eight service points and five kills, Nyarah Dudley had 18 digs and one block and Hildalyn Joran had 15 digs.

    • Plainfield defeated Wheeler 25-12, 26-24 and 25-14 on Friday night. Michelle Macina had 10 digs and Val Barajas five kills for the Lions (0-3).


    • Nate Hynes passed for two scores and rushed for two more as Waterford overcame an early 13-0 deficit to beat Stonington 35-13 on Friday night. The Lancers (1-1) took he lead for good, 14-13, when they drove 90 yards late in the half and scored on a 1-yard run by Hynes with 22 seconds left in the half.

    Hynes threw TD passes to C.J. Landry and Brady Wen in the second half and Brady Sutman added a short touchdown run. Jayden Carter threw touchdown passes to Jack Scahill and Cole Phelan for the Bears (0-2).


    • Julia Gathy won the 200-yard freestyle and 500 freestyle to highlight Waterford’s 98-68 ECC victory over NFA on Friday night. The Lancers are 1-1, 1-1. Natalie Bezanson won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke for the Wildcats (1-2, 1-1) while Mercedes Aleksjuka added wins in the 50 free and 100 free.

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