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SCHOLASTICS: Happily Eva after! Catalanotto & Rams rally on opening night; Maloney girls draw in Parness debut; LH fires off the blocks

CHESHIRE — Indoor sports were not immune to the excessive heat that postponed most outdoor events on opening day of the scholastic season Thursday.

Not in Ramland, where Eva Catalanotto and the Cheshire volleyball team burned Shelton, rallying from two-set deficit to win 3-2.

Led by the junior hitter’s 24 kills, the Rams rallied 25-18, 25-23 and 15-13 after dropping the opening games in this SCC interdivisional matchup 25-11 and 25-21.

Senior Mary Nugent kept the sets coming for Catalanotto, dishing 37 assists. Nugent also got to five digs.

Catalanotto added two blocks and two aces, including the match-winner.

Also for Cheshire, Emma Danaher put down 12 kills, Olivia Scotti had a team-high 10 digs and Skylar Miller-Melillo contributed five digs, three aces and two kills.

Hamden 3, Lyman Hall 2: The Trojans opened the season with a five-set SCC crossover loss in Hamden.

Berlin 3, Platt 2: The Redcoats outlasted the Panthers in a CCC South divisional opener in Meriden.

Manchester 3, Maloney 0: Eight kills from Bailey Downey and six aces from Kassandra Vargas propelled the Red Hawks to the CCC interdivisional sweep of the Spartans in Meriden.

Game scores were 26-24, 25-11, 25-21. Ava Matias had three kills for Maloney.


Maloney 1, Tolland 1: Caroline Marcroft staked the visiting Eagles to a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute before Kiarianna Williams answered for Maloney with 15:13 left in regulation as the Spartans opened their first season under coach Dave Parness with a CCC interdivisional draw at Falcon Field.

Tolland out-shot Maloney 13-9 and enjoyed a 6-3 advantage in corners. Cassidy Colacicco made five saves for the Spartans. 


Lyman Hall 94, West Haven 80: The post-Elise Richardson era opened successfully for the Trojans, who posted the SCC Division II victory in West Haven behind double-winners Grace D’Amico and Hailey Baker.

D’Amico delivered in the 200-yard individual medley (2:33.61) and 100 butterfly (1:12.19).

Baker sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle (26.49), then went long in the 500 free (5:48.65).

D’Amico and Baker opened the meet teaming with Meredith Loughlin and Jessica Rinaldi on the first-place 200 medley relay (2:02.32). The same quartet won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:55.36.

Individually, Loughlin touched first in the 200 freestyle (2:16.10) and Rinaldi pocketed the 100 free (1:01.23).

Maggie Corso, the reigning SCC diving champion, got off to a winning start to 2023 with a score of 240.30. Sienna DeLucia capped the triumph by taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:27.87.


Southington 163, Avon 168: Patrick DiPace shot an even-par 36 at Hawks Landing to snare the medal and lead the host Blue Knights to the CCC West victory over the Falcons. Southington is 1-2.

Friday Schedule


Career, Fairfield Prep, Lauralton Hall, Jonathan Law, at Lyman Hall (at Wharton Brook State Park), 4 p.m.

East Haven, Hillhouse, West Haven at Sheehan, 4 p.m.


Lewis Mills at Southington, 3:45 p.m.


Wilcox Tech at Platt Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Bloomfield at Platt, 3:45 p.m.

Maloney at Hartford Public, 3:45 p.m.


Goodwin Tech/Innovation at Wilcox Tech, 3:45 p.m.

Manchester at Southington, 6 p.m.


Sheehan at Woodland Regional, 4 p.m.


Wilcox Tech at Kaynor Tech, 5 p.m.

Sheehan at Amistad-New Haven, 5 p.m.

Trumbull at Southington, 6 p.m.


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