CIAC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Medeiros, Canton girls defend in Class S hoop; Wallingford’s May swims to State Open IM crown

CIAC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Medeiros, Canton girls defend in Class S hoop; Wallingford’s May swims to State Open IM crown


Wallingford's Brian Medeiros and his Canton girls basketball team won its second straight CIAC Class S final against Thomaston on Saturday, defending their title with a 60-51 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena. | Dave Zajac / Record-Journal

UNCASVILLE — For a second straight year, Wallingford’s Brian Medeiros and his Canton girls basketball team reign supreme in Class S.

For a second straight year, Coach Medeiros and the Bulldogs beat Thomaston to raise the flag. Canton established a 12-point lead by halftime and went on to a 60-51 victory in the first of Saturday’s five CIAC championship basketball games at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

A double-double by Emily Briggs led the way as third-seeded Canton dominated inside, outscoring No. 5 Thomaston 28-21 in the paint. Briggs scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She also hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Canton up 15-9 after one quarter.

Abigail Charron added 15 points and six assists for Canton (22-3).

Julia Quinn had 23 points and Casey Carangelo, who finished her career as Thomaston’s all-time leading scorer with 1,590 points, posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 boards for Thomaston (20-5).

The Bears, however, struggled from the floor, shooting 29.8 percent to Canton’s 47.9.

Among the game officials was Wilcox Tech athletic director Steve Wodarski.

New Fairfield 41, Bacon Academy 38: Kristen Teklits piled up a game-high 25 points in the Class M final to lead the No. 4 Rebels to their first state championship since 1992.

Teklits hit a 3-point bomb to pull New Fairfield (22-3) even at 25-25 at halftime and went 5-for-8 at the foul line in the final two minutes to keep No. 11 Bacon at bay.

Jocelyn Luizzi had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats (19-6).

New London 42, Trumbull 36: India Pagan scored 18 points and snared 11 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Whalers to the state championship that eluded them last year against Capital Prep in Class L.

Now in Class LL, No. 3 New London extended a 32-31 lead by outscoring top-seeded Trumbull 10-5 in the final quarter. The Golden Eagles didn’t score in the final frame until Julie Keckler (12 points) hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 left.

Both teams finished 23-2.

Boys basketball

Trinity Catholic 61, Westbrook 52: In the Class S final, the No. 6 Crusaders claimed their seventh state banner at the expense of the top-seeded Knights, who were chasing their first.

With Trinity Catholic holding a 51-50 edge, but Westbrook in possession, with just over two minutes to go, the game swung on a steal by Peter Galgano and follow-up dunk by Dutreil Contavio.

Dimitry Moise led three Trinity players in double figures with 20 points.

Liam Bell had a game-high 23 points for Westbrook.

Trinity (20-5) is 7-6 in state finals. Westbrook (22-3) was playing in its first.

Ice hockey

Guilford 5, Watertown-Pomperaug 3: Ricky Sandella notched a hat trick for the No. 4 Indians, who blew away a 2-1 deficit with four goals in the third period to claim the Division II crown at Ingalls Rink.

Ryan Dunfee pulled No. 2 Watertown-Pomperaug even at 3-3 with 5:23 to play. John DeLucia restored the Guilofrd lead two minutes later.

Jack Ring added insurance with 1:25 left.

The state title was third for Guilford (19-5-0). Watertown-Pomperaug (18-5-1) was looking for its second.

Boys swimming

State Open: Wallingford’s David May, a senior at Notre Dame-West Haven, won the 200-yard individual medley at Kipputh Pool. May touched in 1:51.53. He was also fourth in the 100 butterfly in 51:15.

Greenwich, despite not winning a single event, took the team title for a fifth straight year, compiling 465.5 points to edge runner-up Pomperaug (459.5).

Top individual swimmers were juniors Kieran Smith of Ridgefield and Oliver Rus of Fairfield Prep. Each won two events. Each carved his name into the record book.

Smith broke two state records in taking the 200 freestyle in 1:37.28 and the 500 free in 4:24.69. Rus set a State Open standard in winning the 100 breaststroke in 55.78. Rus also captured the 100 in 45.53.

Another state record fell when Corey Gambardella of Branford/Guilford touched in 48.14 to win the 100 butterfly.

Hand senior Tianyi Zeng defended his diving title with a State Open record 619.25 points. Zeng also holds the overall state record with the 636.25 he compiled to win Class M.

Sheehan diver Andrew Buehler placed ninth with 454.20 points. It was the second State Open appearance for the sophomore, who is the two-time Class S champ.

Top area swimming performances at the Open were turned in by junior Ben Brewer and senior Jamie Eigner of Cheshire. Brewer was sixth in the IM (1:55.43) and Eigner was seventh in the 100 free (47.83).

Brewer and Eigner also teamed with juniors Dara Malone and Jack Hanke on the third-place 400 free relay (3:11.10) and the fifth-place 200 free relay (1:28.09). The Cheshire quartet was Class LL champ in the 400.

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