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SCHOLASTICS: CHS boys soccer back in Class L final four; Ciccone repeats as All-New England

CHESHIRE — What was a Cheshire fan to do?

Three Rams teams were in action Saturday in the CIAC quarterfinals — all at 1 p.m.

And watching a half here and a set there wasn’t going to work. Boys soccer was in Brookfield, volleyball in Darien and field hockey in Glastonbury.

And, for good measure, Cheshire girls cross country was at the New England Championships in Belfast, Maine. A Friday departure would have been necessary to see Alexa Ciccone make All-New England for a second straight year.

Back in CT, only the boys soccer team lived to fight another day. The No. 7 Rams, the reigning Class L state champs, beat No. 2 Brookfield 1-0 to advance to another final four.

The No. 8 volleyball team had the unenviable task of facing unbeaten defending Class LL champ Darien, winner of 47 straight. Make it 48. Darien beat Cheshire 3-0.

And in field hockey, the sixth-seeded Rams fell 2-0 victim to No. 3 Glastonbury. Roll the highlights.

Cross country

New England Championships: The Rams qualified as a full team after placing second at the State Open. They finished sixth in Maine.

Alexa Ciccone clocked in with a postseason-best time of 18:23 that placed her 14th. Fellow senior Mia Vientos (76th) also lowered her time, running a 19:35.

The Rams got further scoring from sophomores Ava Ciccone (20:10) and Emily D’Souza (20:14). Freshman Sage Falcon filled the fifth slot in 20:44.

Field hockey

Glastonbury 2, Cheshire 0: Cheshire’s season came to a close at 12-5-1-1 with the quarterfinal loss to the host Guardians (16-2-0).

It was Cheshire’s first campaign under coaches Alyssa Stevens and Alana Pulling.

Capping their careers were Ginny Curello, Riley Baldoni, Caroline O’Dea, Emma Ballschmieder, Hannah Curtis, Kate Hangen, Ava Houle, Paige Lepisto, Mackenzie Lewis, Ella Paul and Ava Prior.

Boys soccer

Cheshire 1, Brookfield 0: Coach Artur Branco’s squad has played in the past two Class L state finals, winning it all in 2022. Is a repeat in the offing?

Cheshire (16-3-1) advanced to the semifinals with the road victory over No. 2 Brookfield (16-2-2). Junior Jelique Panton had the game’s lone goal. He finished off a pass from senior Will Stearns in the 66th minute.

The Rams will face No. 3 East Lyme (19-1-1) in the semifinals on Wednesday at Guilford at 7 p.m..

Girls volleyball

Darien 3, Cheshire 0: Cheshire’s season came to a close at 21-5 with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 loss to the reigning state champs.

It was good ride. The Rams defended their Southern Connecticut Conference crown and, along the way, earned coach Sue Bavone career win No. 600.

Against Darien, senior Emma Danaher signed off with three kills and two blocks. Eva Catalanotto knocked down five kills and fellow junior Kaelyn Fitzgerald dished nine assists.

The match was the finale for Danaher and senior mates Mary Nugent, Kira Strauss, Caitlin Fanning, Lucero Rullan-Irizarry, Olvia Scotti and Ella VanValkenburg.



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