MERIDEN — OK, enough backward glancing. 2019 has arrived. School has resumed. Games are on tap.
Let’s stretch out and dive in.
To that end, we debut our new “On Deck” feature, which will take a look ahead to the top area sporting events coming up each week. Log ’em into your phone or pocket calendar, to whichever school of habit you subscribe. We just encourage you to support your local school and teams.
”On Deck” will typically run every Monday. It launches this Wednesday for obvious reasons. Time waits for no one … and Lyman Hall and Maloney boys basketball go head to head tonight at Maloney at 6:45.
The Spartans (3-4) will be looking to follow up on their 60-51 Saturday win over Wilcox Tech. Lyman Hall (1-2) will be looking to focus on the task at hand without looking ahead to their rivalry matchup at home on Friday night against Sheehan.
That LH-Sheehan game, per tradition, is part of a doubleheader. The boys tip off at 5 p.m. The girls follow at 7.
The nightcap will feature two All-RJ seniors fast closing in on 1,000 career points. Lyman Hall guard Kailey Lipka, averaging 17.8 points to this juncture for the 2-3 Trojans, is at 966. Sheehan forward Liv Robles, averaging 17.5 for the 3-1 Titans, is at 898.
Friday, by the way, is the first full-boat basketball night of the season. All 14 area teams are in action, including the Platt and Maloney boys at home in CCC South-Colonial matchups. Maloney has Middletown. Platt has Berlin, and that should be a good one. The Redcoats are 3-1, the Panthers 4-2.
Also Friday, Southington (2-3) hosts Conard (1-2) and Cheshire (1-3) welcomes No. 10 Hillhouse (3-1).
The Wilcox boys? At 3-1 after the Maloney loss, they’ll look to rebound on Thursday night with a non-conference test in Guilford. Wilcox senior guard D.J. Ransom, the area’s scoring leader, is averaging 30.2 points and is at 1,597 for his career, fast closing in on Roosevelt Shider’s city record of 1,984.
Elsewhere, area hockey teams get back in the groove. The Wallingford teams are both home tonight: Sheehan (4-2) at Choate vs. Milford at 6:30; the Lyman Hall Co-op (2-2) at Northford vs. Staples at 8:30. That lines up as a nice little a 2-fer.
Then, on Thursday, there’s a sweet Division II affair at Wesleyan as Cheshire hosts Branford at 6. The Rams (4-1) are coming off their first loss, 2-0 on Saturday night at Watertown-Pomperaug. Branford (3-1-1) has won three straight since opening with a loss to Glastonbury and a tie with North Haven.
Also not to be overlooked: indoor track. We’ve had a number of school records already fall this winter, starting with senior Julia Mansfield over at Sheehan (200 meters, 4x200 relay) and Southington seniors Kate Kemnitz (1000 meters) and Ryan Slesinski (600).
Then there’s Maloney, where the Spartans are surpassing each other almost on an hourly basis. At Saturday’s Wilton Wright Invitational at SCSU, Dasia Mongillo set a new Maloney girls record in the 55 meters with a time of 7.90 in preliminaries. That record stood until White’s teammate, Mychael Gallaher, ran a 7.79 in the semifinals to place 5th.
Maloney’s previous distaff record in the 55 was the 8.17 Ashley Rowe ran in 2006.
The Spartans will look to lower the bar further when they return to SCSU twice this week — for Thursday’s Wintergreen Invtitational and Saturday’s James Barber Invitational, where they’ll compete along with Platt.
Sheehan will be at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven for Saturday’s Elm City Coaches Invitational. Southington travels to the University of Rhode Island for the URI Indoor Classic.
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