FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: 7-0 the net sum for Spartans; SHS softball caps perfect regular season & Spring’s etermal for Cheshire; LH track quartet qualifies for nationals

MERIDEN — Seven up, seven down.

Maloney rolled through the Platt tennis courts Friday with a wave of straight-set victories to beat the Panthers 7-0 and maintain mastery of Meriden’s girls tennis rivalry.

No. 1 singles player Sophie Boulier led the charge with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Platt’s Jamerie Rondini.

Molly Marcuss pinned a 6-0, 6-1 decision on Emily Iannucci at No. 2, while Morgan Marcuss was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Alexa Gutierrez at No. 3.

Abbey McClure completed the singles card, beating Brisa Gutierrez 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4.

At doubles, Maloney’s No. 1 team of Sami Park and Ava Matias defeated ZaNiyah Duncan and Anna Gomez 6-1, 6-2.

The Howard sisters, Emily and Alyssa, topped Sophia Kwok and Sarena Szymaszek 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2. Chloe Jandreau and Emilee Haniewski brought home a 6-2, 6-2 final over Samiah Ramos and Michelle Rugerio at No. 3.

Friday’s result gave Maloney a final regular-season record of 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the CCC South. Platt closed at 3-14 and 2-5.

Southington 6, Northwest Catholic 1: The Blue Knights held their annual end-of-season cookout after this match, and no one was in any rush to leave after the CCC West victory over the Lions.

Adriana Palmieri racked up a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles, and Rita Gocllari and Olivia Desell followed with 6-2, 6-0 decisions at No. 2 and 4, respectively.

In doubles, Emma Pfanzelt and Casey Sullivan commandeered the No. 1 match 6-4, 6-1. Marina Chaplinsky and Elia Butrimas triumphed 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2, while Hannah Blanchar and Liv Scalise rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Southington finished the regular season at 14-5. Next up is the Class LL state tournament.


Sheehan 8, Coginchaug 2: The Titans wrapped up the regular season at 11-9 with the non-league win over the Blue Devils at Neubauer Field.

Matt Moconyi and Braden Golden combined on a three-hitter. Moconyi started and went four innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out nine. Golden allowed one hit over three scoreless frames.

Golden got the win. The game was knotted 2-2 before Sheehan took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and piled on four more in the sixth.

Josh Mikulski and Tony Sutera both had multi-hit games to spark the offense.

Next up for Sheehan is the SCC Tournament. The Titans finished tied with Fairfield Prep atop the SCC Housatonic Division at 6-2, but earned the conference tourney berth via tiebreaker.

Seeded No. 8, Sheehan travels to No. 1 Guilford on Monday for the quarterfinals. This is Sheehan’s first trip to the SCC Tournament since 2015. The Titans have never won a SCC tourney game.

Wethersfield 16, Platt 6: The Panthers will take a record of 6-12 into Monday night’s rivalry game with Maloney at Ceppa Field after dropping Friday’s CCC interdivisional matchup with the Eagles in Meriden.

Bruce Candelora and Jayden Gaither had two hits apiece for Platt. Zack Baker, Hunter Sincovic and Brandon Candelora each had one. Baker took the pitching loss, working 5 1/3 frames.

Hall 4, Southington 0: The Blue Knights managed just two hits off Hall’s Mason Hebert — singles by Frank Boutot Jr. and C.J. Howes — in dropping the CCC crossover in Southington.

Hebert struck out eight and also provided two of Hall’s five hits.

The loss was the second straight for the Knights and it puts them at 13-6 going into Monday night’s regular-season finale against Northwest Catholic. Hall improved to 7-12 and kept its postseason hopes alive.


Cheshire 13, Wilbur Cross 0 (5 inn.): The Rams followed up their no-hitter of Sheehan with a one-hit victory over the Governors in New Haven.

It was the regular-season finale for the Rams, who head to the postseason with a record of 15-5. First up: a SCC Tournament quarterfinal Monday in Guilford.

Against Cross, CHS got a combined 12 strikeouts from pitchers Karissa Spring and Jenica Matos.

Spring also homered, tripled and drove in three runs.

Ava Pearson and Marina Gronbach added hits and RBI for the Rams.

Southington 20, Northwest Catholic 3 (5 inn.): The Blue Knights jacked four home runs as they capped a perfect 20-0 regular season trouncing the Lions in West Hartford.

Maddie Furniss, Stella Blanchard, Elyse Picard and Ashlyn Kenefick all left the yard. For the sophomore Kenefick, it was a varsity first.

Southington collected 14 hits in all, with 13 of the 20 Knights getting in on the act.

Emma Quint went 2-for-3 with a double, Nicole Szuba cleared the bases with a double, and Hailey Zaczyinski and Reagan Salvatore drove in two runs apiece. 

In the circle, Furniss and Blanchard, the staff aces, pitched a scoreless inning each before giving way to sophomore Shelby Jordan and freshman Reece Archer. 

Brooke Popella went deep for Northwest. She’s the first player to home off SHS this season.

Girls lacrosse

Simsbury 14, Southington 8: The Trojans claimed the CCC North crown and denied the Blue Knights an undeated regular season with the victory in Simsbury.

Southington heads to the state tournament at 15-1 and Simsbury at 14-2.

Track & field

Lyman Hall: The 1600 sprint medley relay team qualified for nationals by placing second at the Danbury Dream Invitational.

Michael Fisher, Cam Pragano, Tim Conklin and Tom Conklin combined to run a 3:34.62.

Boys volleyball

Maloney 3, Lewis Mills 2: The Spartans of Meriden outlasted the Spartans of Burlington-Harwinton on Senior Day on the East Side.

After Lewis Mills answered Maloney wins in games 1 and 3, coach Kevin Savejs’ squad took the decisive fifth 15-11.

Both teams put up big numbers. Adrian Henderson had 30 assists and Wesley Colebrook found the floor with 28 kills and seven aces for Maloney (6-13). Jacob Dumont (35 assists, 14 digs) and T.J. Howlett (22 kills, 10 digs) recorded double-doubles and Connor Evans (18 digs, 9 kills) was one kill shy for Lewis Mills (1-16).

Izayah Mack-Garcia added three kills and three blocks for Maloney. Fellow senior Makhai Pabon was good for seven digs and two kills.

Cheshire 3, Newtown 0: The Rams capped the regular season at 16-4 with the non-conference sweep of the Nighthawks in Newtown on Thursday night. Game scores were 25-20, 25-23 and 25-21.

Setter Matt Irizarry (26 assists) spread the wealth. Andrew Norcross put down seven kills, Gordon Johns collected six and Ildi Hoxha added four.


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