THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire girls defend Housy XC crown; Murray smashes course record; Cortez keeps cooking for Wilcox; Blue Knights bounce back

THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire girls defend Housy XC crown; Murray smashes course record; Cortez keeps cooking for Wilcox; Blue Knights bounce back


Cheshire's Brendan Murray set a new course record at Cheshire Park on Thursday with a winning time of 15:23 in a SCC Housatonic tri-meet with Amity and Shelton. | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal

CHESHIRE —Brendan Murray established a new course record and his counterparts on the girls team defended their divisional crown as the Cheshire cross country program wrapped up the regular season Thursday with a SCC tri-meet at home against SCC Housatonic rivals Amity and Shelton.

Murray covered Cheshire Park’s 3.0-mile course in 15:23. That obliterated Sean Mueller’s course record of 15:52 set in 2009.

Rachel Kaplan won the girls race in 20:22 and, in doing so, led the Rams past Amity (18-43) and Shelton (26-30). Cheshire finished 8-1 overall and defended its SCC Housatonic crown at 4-0.

Lauren Daddi (20:49) placed fourth for the Rams. Amanda Addesso (20:56) was fifth. Aliza Taylor (8th, 21:22) and Emmy Longmore (11th, 21:32) capped the scoring.

“What a great tri-meet,” remarked Cheshire coach Rob Schaefer. “Shelton really came to compete. We battled them and prevailed, but Shelton’s program is getting better and better each year. We had to race as hard as we could to beat them. I really love this meet. It is great to have such formidable rivalries.”

The boys (5-4, 2-2) dropped both ends of their meet, falling to Shelton (23-34) and division champ Amity (22-38).

Boys soccer

Wilcox Tech 3, Platt Tech 0: Kelvin Cortez maintained his torrid scoring pace, netting all three goals in the Tribe’s CTC win in Milford.

Cortez now has 24 goals on the season. And the Indians now have 12 wins. They are 12-0-1 overall and ranked No. 3 in the Class L playoff points.

Chris Aceves assisted on all three of Cortez’s goals Thursday. Tanner Rhodes recorded three saves in the shutout.

Southington 2, Simsbury 0: Kieran Tindall scored in the first half, Colin Burdette notched an insurance strike early in the second and John Griffin pitched a shutout with seven saves as the Blue Knights chalked up a CCC West crossover win in Simsbury.

Griffin’s biggest save came shortly after Burdette put Southington up 2-0 four minutes into the second half by chipping a failed Simsbury clear into the upper left corner. The Trojans forced a corner kick and got a head on it only to see Griffin make an acrobatic play to steer it wide.

Tindall scored with 14:34 left in the first half on a free kick from 35 yards out.

Southington, rebounding from Tuesday’s overtime loss at RHAM, improved to 4-5-2. Simsbury slipped to 3-5-2.

Sheehan 0, West Haven 0: The Titans and Blue Devils played to the scoreless SCC interdivisional draw in Wallingford.

Sheehan (1-8-2) had a 13-9 advantage in shots. Both goalies made four saves — Gabe Wells for Sheehan and Saul Novoa for West Haven (0-9-2).

Girls swimming

Cheshire 101, Amity 82: The Rams made it 10-0 on the season and 43 straight with the SCC victory over Amity on Senior Night at Cheshire Community Pool.

Liz Boyer signed off in style by winning two individual events and swimming on two first-place relays. The senior took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.69 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.06.

Boyer bookended the meet with Tori Newton, Ali Tyler and Sophie Murphy on the 200 medley relay (1:52.11) and with Amanda Go, Lexi Tejeda and Samantha Grenon on the 400 free relay (3:51.79).

Murphy was also a double-winner. The freshman swept the sprints, taking the 50 free in 24.29 and the 100 in 53.35. She joined Esther Han, Tyler and Newton on the winning 200 free relay (1:43.00).

Grenon took the 200 IM (2:13.62). Grace Pettit won the 500 free (5:24.56) and Sienna Breton piled up 263 points to capture diving.

Girls volleyball

Cheshire Academy 3, King School 1: The host Cats crafted a 25-23, 22-25, 25-13, 26-24 checkmate to hand the two-time defending NEPSAC champs their first defeat since 2014.

King last lost in the 2014 New England semifinals to Winchedon. Since then, the Stamford school had won 48 straight.

The Cats nearly caught King in 2015 before falling 3-2. They broke through this season behind a broad attack. Sydney Racevicius had 18 assists and 13 kills. Lexe Holmes (13 kills, 6 blocks) and Des Parker (12 kills, 5 blocks) were twin towers at the net.

Kamila Zygadlo was a big factor with 22 assists, six aces and five kills.

Cheshire Academy is 7-1, King 8-1.

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