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MADISON —Sheehan’s Liz Fengler gained first-team All-SCC status by finishing fourth in a time of 19:06 Thursday in the SCC Cross Country Championships at Hammonassett State Park.
Natalie Wickenheiser of Cheshire earned second-team honors for finishing 15th over the 3.1-mile course in 20:19.
Cheshire, as a team, finished fifth with 145 points. Mercy won the team title with 85. Lyman Hall was 13th (324) and Sheehan 14th (353).
Kaleigh Roberts of Mercy won the race in a time of 18:37.
The Rams got their additional scoring from Camille Lewis (29th, 21:00), Liz Cunningham (32nd, 21:03), Kimberly Grove (34th, 21:04) and Erin Strahley (35th, 21:04).
“We ran great races today,” Cheshire coach Rob Schaefer said. “A lot of girls ran personal-best times on Hammonassett’s flat, fast course.”
Runners finishing first through 12th in both the boys and girls meet are first-team All-SCC. Those finishing 13th through 24th were named to the second team.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Cheshire: Russell Adam and Lucas Marcouiller finished seventh and ninth, respectively, to lead the Rams to a third-place performance in the boys SCC race.
Adam and Marcouiller recorded matching times of 16:34 over the 3.1-mile course. Rafael Phillips was 14th at 16:54 for Cheshire.
Fairfield Prep won the team competition with 56 points. Cheshire finished 13 points behind second-place Amity with 89. Sheehan was 13th (370) and Lyman Hall 16th (460).
Tommy Laydon paced the Titans with a 13th-place finish (16:46). Steven Caldwell (29th, 17:22), Ryan Shalagan (30th, 17:23), Ben Kaplan (31st, 17:23) and Mark Fusco (32nd, 17:23) also contributed to the Sheehan effort.
Sheehan 96, East Haven 73: The Titans won 10 of 12 events to stroke to an SCC victory in Wallingford.
Tess DiDomenico won the 50-yard freestyle (27.70) and had a hand in all three relay wins. Kayla Merrill touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:33.35) and swam with the victorious freestyle relay units.
Other individual winners were Shannon Blakeslee (100 freestyle, 1:01.23); Brianna Buehler (diving, 186.5 points); Carley Fitzgerald (100 breaststroke, 1:26.92); Samantha Peck (100 backstroke, 1:16.85).
Marisa Daly swam with the 200 free relay team (1:56.06), 400 free team (4:18.19) and 200 medley team (2:07.69). Jenna Ricco swam both 200-yard relays. Blakeslee and Lindsey Fitzgerald also contributed to relay victories.
Simsbury 2, Southington 0: The goalkeeping tandem of Janelle Mangassarian and Margaret Mellitt combined for nine saves, but Southington was shut out in a CCC West match at Fontana Field.
Mangassarian made four first-half saves. Mellitt made five in the second half.
“They made fantastic saves and kept us in the game,” Southington coach Sal Penta said.
Southington (4-7-3, 2-7-3 CCC West) needs a win against either Newington on Monday or New Britain on Wednesday to qualify for the Class LL state tournament.
Simsbury is 6-5-3 and 4-5-3 in the division.
Simsbury 2, Southington 1: Dan Connolly powered in a goal off a long throw-in by Pat Straub, but the visiting Trojans prevailed in the second half of the girls-boys twinbill at Fontana Field.
The Blue Knights (4-8-2, 3-7-2 CCC West) need a win and a tie in their final two games to avoid a third consecutive season without a Class LL tournament bid. They visit Newington on Monday and New Britain on Wednesday.
Simsbury is 5-4-5 and 3-4-5 in the West.
Wilcox Tech 3, Ellis Tech 1: Brianna Fahy planted nine kills and served 15 aces to lead the Indians (12-3) to a 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 win over their CSC foes from Danielson.
Setter Kathryn Mazzucco had 23 assists and four aces. Delaney Ruiz had six kills and nine digs. Taira Cominsky also had nine digs.
Cheshire 3, Foran 1: In a match played Wednesday night, Becca Ligi had 12 kills and six digs to lead the third-ranked Rams (16-0) to a 25-22, 25-13, 20-25, 25-10 victory over Foran in an SCC match at Cheshire High.
Maria Buzzelli and Phoebe Carmichael paced the Cheshire defense with 13 and 10 digs, respectively. Buzzelli knocked down a pair of aces.
Cheshire, which lost a game for only the third time this season, visits 19th-ranked Amity tonight.
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