SOUTHINGTON — It’s still early and, yes, the pun is intended, but it must be said: The Southington gymnastics team is quickly improving by leaps and bounds.
The fusion of a solid returning core with two Level-8 gymnasts and a large freshman class is paying immediate dividends.
With Saturday night’s 141.5-135 Central Connecticut Conference victory over Farmington at American Gymnastics, the Lady Knights are off to a 2-0 start and have already matched their win total from last season.
Against Farmington, Southington was paced by one those incoming Level-8 gymnasts, Kat Drechsler, who pulled down a 9.6 on the beam.
It was part of a strong all-around night for the senior, who also scored a 9.3 on vault, a 9.0 on the uneven bars and an 8.9 on floor.
All those scores surpassed what Drechsler had earned in Southington’s season-opening win over South Windsor on Jan. 4.
It was a team-wide trend. Pretty much every Southington score this Saturday was an improvement.
The Blue Knights had six gymnasts score 8.6 or higher on vault: Kelly Perrotti (9.4), Natalie Reeves (9.35), Drechsler (9.3), Lizy Beaulieu (9.0), Kaylin Leifert (8.75) and Kelsey Salerno (8.65).
Reeves, a third-year junior, added a 9.0 on beam, 8.9 on floor and 8.7 on bars.
Perrotti, a Level-8 and first-year gymnast with the Blue Knights, added an 8.9 on beam and an 8.1 on bars.
Beaulieu delivered an 8.6 on beam and 8.25 on floor. Leifert scored an 8.65 on beam.
Other highlights for Southington were Taylor Kelly’s 8.8 on beam and 8.2 on bars as well as Sam Freyler’s 8.1 on floor.Ice hockey
Cheshire 2, East Catholic 1: The Rams (5-3) snapped a two-game scoreless skid with the Division II non-conference triumph over the Eagles (3-5) at Champions Skating Rink in Cromwell.
Michael Caron ended the scoring drought with an early goal set up by Jovanny Borowski and Hunter Olson.
Niklas Vasiljevs extended the Cheshire lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal in the second period. Aidan Gaudet had the assist on that one.
East Catholic, which had a 34-32 edge in shots, scored on the power play in the third period.
Cheshire goalie Nick Maringola preserved the lead with 33 saves.
Lyman Hall Co-op 3, Watertown-Pomperaug 0: Goalie Matt Smith posted his first varsity shutout and the visiting Trojans snapped a two-game slide with the SCC/SWC Division II triumph at the Taft School.
Aidan Weir, Jack Roberts and Matt Pettit had the goals for Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug (2-4-1).
Roberts and Pettit also had assists. T.J. Arduini set up two goals. T.J. Isleib added an assist.
Sheehan 6, Masuk 1: The Titans tuned up for two big games this week with the SCC/SWC Division III romp over the Panthers at The Rinks at Shelton.
Sheehan, now 5-1-1, returns to Choate to host Daniel Hand on Wednesday night and New Milford on Saturday afternoon. Hand, at 7-0, is among the top teams in Division II. New Milford, at 5-1-1, ranks second to No. 1 Sheehan in the CIAC Division III playoff points.Wrestling
Southington: The Blue Knights placed second at this year’s Greater Hartford Open at Hall High School.
Caleb Brick was Southington’s top individual finisher. The senior took first place in the 145-pound division.
Josh Vitti was runner-up at 160 pounds, while three Blue Knights wrestled back to take third — Billy Carr (182), Luke DeAngelis (195) and Jacob Vecchio (220).