SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington’s Cardillo leads locals at Yale Invite; Lady Knights make it six straight on the hardwood; Platt 2-2 at East Haven Duals

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington’s Cardillo leads locals at Yale Invite; Lady Knights make it six straight on the hardwood; Platt 2-2 at East Haven Duals

NEW HAVEN — The Yale Invitational has a way of making area indoor track athletes raise the bar. Or lower it, depending on the event.

The annual invitational once again drew teams to Coxe Cage not only from across Connecticut, but from New York and New England. The local highlights included medals, school records and some performances that clinched berths in the upcoming CIAC postseason meets.

The headliner was Southington senior thrower Trinity Cardillo. The state’s reigning Class LL shot put champ won her signature event by more than five feet with a throw of 42 feet, 10 inches.

Her Southington teammate, senior Sydney Garrison, was second in the high jump at 5-6. Yet another Lady Knight, sophomore distance runner Jackie Izzo, placed third in the 1000 meters at 3:01.40.

Maloney’s distance runners also did well at Yale. The 4x800 relay team shredded the school record with a time of 8:34. The previous mark was 8:48.

Maloney’s 4x200 boys relay qualified for states, as did senior Charlise Levesque in the 600 meters.

Lyman Hall had state qualifiers in Jack Murphy and Mike Toppin. Murphy ran a 4:55 in the mile. Topping landed a 21-¼ in the long jump.

That jump earned Toppin a fifth-place finish. The senior also reached the semifinal heats of the 55-meter dash (6.72) and placed ninth in the 300 (35.59).

Boys basketball

Branford 60, Lyman Hall 57: The Hornets rallied from a 25-26 halftime deficit to win this SCC interdivisional game on their home floor.

Branford’s Tucker Jacobson and Lyman Hall’s Tyler Voisine shared the game high with 19 points apiece.

Evan Smith added eight points for LH (0-6). Shakespeare Rodriguez had seven.

Kevin Baxter kicked in 17 points for Branford (4-3). Aiden Jacobson was good for 11.

Girls basketball

Southington 53, Suffield 34: Bri Harris buried five 3-pointers in scoring a game-high 15 points and Kelley Marshall added 13 as the Lady Knights whipped the Wildcats in a non-conference matchup in Suffield.

Southington jumped to a 14-8 advantage in the first quarter, then outscored Suffield 20-2 in the second quarter to take a 34-10 lead into the break.

The win was the sixth straight for the Knights, who upped their record to 8-1. Suffield, a NCCC team, fell to 4-4.

Livvy Pizzitola and Jess Carr added six points apiece for Southington.


Platt: The Panthers went 2-2 at the East Haven Duals and now stand at 12-4.

The victories came against Waterford (48-30) and Notre Dame-West Haven (52-30). The losses were to Foran (41-40) and host East Haven (42-36).

Isaiah Ross, James Rondini and Luke Fuerstenberg all went 4-0 on the day to remain undefeated on the season.

Cristian Calero and Evean Oquendo also won all four of their matches. Tristyn D'aniello and Ommy Velez went 3-1.

Maloney: The Spartans went 2-1 at the Amity Duals in Woodbridge, beating New Haven 42-24 and St. Thomas More 46-13 and falling to the host Spartans 58-18.

Onil Carrion, Gehad Saleh and Austin Studley all went 3-0 for Maloney (9-4). Kody Talento and Darel Rivera went 2-1.

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