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TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Rams post a near-perfect 10; Southington swimmers, spikers put the hammer down; WT soccer nabs first win

BRANFORD — You win some, you lose some, and some others you just flat-out dominate.

Enter the Cheshire girls cross country team.

The Rams didn’t merely sweep a SCC quad meet on Tuesday afternoon at Branford Supply Pond, they monopolized the Top 10, taking every place except seventh.

Alexa Ciccone led the way with a first-place time of 17:15 over the 2.7-mile course.

About a minute later, the next wave of Rams showed up, taking spots 2-5 in a span of 27 seconds: Mia Vientos (18:20), Emily D’Souza (18:39), Eva Curran (18:39.5) and Sage Falcon (18:47). Ava Ciccone was sixth in 19:18.

With their 15 points, the Rams easily outscored Hamden, Hillhouse and host Branford.

“We have great leadership this year,” remarked Cheshire coach Rob Schaefer, his team now 6-0. “Alexa Ciccone, Mia Vientos and JV captain Katie Hall are teaching this team how to practice, compete and win.”

The Cheshire boys, meanwhile, went 2-1 on the day, out-distancing Hillhouse and Branford, but falling short to Hamden, 26-30.

The Green Dragons had the top two finishers with Alex Medina (15:12) and Connor Garrett (15:18).

Cheshire took 3-5 with Daniel D’Souza (15:24), James Boyd (15:39) and Tyler Caron (15:49).

The Rams also got scoring from Jack Lengyel (7th, 16:35) and Hanan Talipan Pineda (11th, 16:53).

Field hockey

Cheshire 1, Branford 0: The Rams topped the Hornets at Alumni Field in a rematch of last year’s SCC championship game, also won by Cheshire.

Hannah Curtis had the goal Tuesday, converting a feed from Lucy Dickenson.

Goaltender Ginny Curello chalked up a 9-save shutout.

Cheshire improved to 2-0 while handing the Hornets (3-1) their first defeat.

Boys soccer

Cheshire 7, Career/Hillhouse 0: Ranked No. 3 in the CHSCA coaches poll, the Rams romped to 2-0 with the SCC Oronoque victory at Bowen Field.

Evan Brown was the top play-maker with two goals and three assists.

Elis Sulollari and WIll Stearns also torched the twine twice. Jelique Panton pocketed his first varsity goal.

Girls soccer

Platt 7, Hartford Public 0: The Panthers tallied their first win of the season in the CCC crossover romp in Meriden.

Wilcox Tech 6, Wolcott Tech 2: Katherine Arichavala scored four goals and assisted on a fifth to propel the host Wildcats (1-2) to their first win of the season.

Angela Zandri and Elli Lopez both had one goal and one assist. Brie Cusimano and Daryelis Sierra-Ortiz also contributed assists.

Wilcox got strong games in the middle of the pitch from center-midfielder Celeste Cortes and center-defender Jed Quintana. Azayla Yearwood had 10 saves in net.

Sheehan 9, Career/Hillhouse 0: Stacy Casorla signed off with a hat trick and Alina Santore and Layla Yan scored two goals apiece in the Titans’ SCC Oronoque rout at Choate.

Amber May and Olivia Cassesse added single goals as Sheehan improved to 2-1-0. 

Cassese, Santore, Mia D'Angelo and Camryn Jambor provided the  assists. Meghan Keating needed to make just one save in net.

Mercy 4, Lyman Hall 0: Laney Smith and Kayley Smith scored two goals apiece to power the unbeaten Tigers (5-0) to the SCC Hammonasset victory over the Trojans (1-1) in Wallingford.

All four goals came in the opening half.

Emily Hickey and Logan Binnington posted two saves apiece in the shutout. At the other end, Kayla Reeves (6) and Tatum Callahan (4) combined on 10 saves for LH.

Girls swimming

Southington 94, Plainville 73: The Lady Knights swept the relays and picked up two individual wins apiece from Kyra Nguyen, Ella Nadeau and Julia Laszewski in beating the Blue Devils in a CCC crossover in Plainville.

Southington is now 2-0.

Nguyen, Nadeau and Laszewski swam on two relays apiece. The trio teamed with Rachel Alejandro to finish off the victory in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3:58.96.

Laszewski and Nadeau started it off in combination with Veronica Okurowski and Mariam Labadze on the 200 medley (2:02.73).

Nguyen launched Okurowski, Alex Szczepanik and Reaghan Samson in the 200 freestyle (1:51.76).

Nguyen also took the individual 200 freestyle (2:10.45) and the 100 free (59.54).

Nadeau nabbed the 200 IM (2:16.81) and 100 butterfly (1:03.44), while Laszewski out-raced the field in the 50 free (27.04) and 100 backstroke (1:07.35).

SHS also got an individual first from Okurowski. The senior took the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.22.

Girls volleyball

Southington 3, Manchester 0: The Lady Knights yielded just 23 points in dispatching the Red Hawks in Manchester. Game scores were 25-8, 25-9 and 25-6.

It started at the service line. Natalee Grindle whistled down five aces, Megan Smith had four; Paige Raines and Erika Davies had three apiece.

When the Red Hawks did manage to return, Gabriella Wanner (12) and Megan Smith (11) combined on 23 assists and Cami Wessels put down a team-high 11 kills.

On defense, Raines had a team-high eight digs. Alyssa Ferreira contributed six digs and four kills.

Southington improved to 4-1 with the CCC interdivisional win. Manchester fell to 3-3.

Kaynor Tech 3, Wilcox Tech 1: Gladys Rodriguez continues to be a rock on defense for the Wildcats. She got to 33 digs in this CTC matchup with the Panthers in Waterbury.

Kaynor, however, rebounded from a 25-22 loss in Game 1 to reel off three straight 25-16 victories and improve to 4-1.

Wilcox, now 1-4, was led on offense by Sadie Vernon (10 kills) and Daleily Yum (10 assists). Vernon and Yum also gathered up eight digs apiece.

Yum found the floor with three aces. Rodriguez had a pair and also drove home five kills.


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