THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Hammarlund shines as SHS hoop nets 10th win; Wilcox girls caught in overtime

SOUTHINGTON — With their perimeter game uncharacteristically cold, the Blue Knights relied on defense, rebounding, fourth-quarter foul shooting and a terrific all-around game by Ryan Hammarlund to post a 59-43 CCC interdivisional boys basketball victory Thursday night over Bristol Central.

With the win, Southington rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Platt to improve to 10-4.

Hammarlund finished with a near triple-double: 22 points, 10 steals and 8 rebounds. He had three dunks and dished three assists.

Luke Penna also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Aidan Buck added 10 points.

Southington hit for a season-low two 3-pointers, but did go 15-for-16 from the line in the fourth quarter to extend the 38-30 lead they held after three.

Bristol Central (5-10) connected seven times from beyond the arc. Carmelo Thompson and Mason Stokes shared the team high with 10 points apiece.

Girls basketball

Prince Tech 55, Wilcox Tech 52 (OT): The Wildcats saw a 22-7 first-quarter lead melt away by the end of regulation.

The host Falcons, finding a torrid shooting touch, closed to 29-20 by halftime, 37-34 by the end of the third quarter, then outscored Wilcox 9-6 in overtime to post the CTC win in Hartford.

Prince knocked down six 3-pointers on the afternoon and got double figures from Kaylah Dillon (17), Asia Harper (13) and Yenny Barros (13) in improved to 6-9.

Wilcox, now 10-5, also had three players in double figures: Sadie Vernon (13), Chloe Enger (12) and Aliah Biro (11).

Zulal Kangal added 9 points for the Wildcats. Aryanna Pfaff rounded out the scoring with 7.

Ice hockey

Cheshire 5, North Branford 4 (OT): The Rams chalked up a dramatic SCC/SWC Division II victory late Wednesday night at Northford Ice Pavilion, scoring the tying goal with 35 seconds left in regulation before potting the game-winner in overtime.

Rocco Ocone-Krause tied it up. Drew DePodesta delivered the winner, the third time he’s done so in Cheshire’s last five games, including twice in OT.

It’s been that way lately for the Rams, who improved to 7-5 with their fifth win in seven outings. North Branford fell to 5-6-1.

The Thunderbirds appeared to be in good shape when C.J. Sherwood broke a 3-3 tie with 5:13 left to play. North Branford’s 4-3 lead held until Ocone-Krause knocked home a rebound of a shot from Evan Vasiljevs in the final minute.

It was the second time Cheshire erased a one-goal deficit in the third period. Will Gaudet pulled the Rams even at 3-3 with a shorthanded goal 4:56 into the frame.

Biagio Pepe had two goals for Cheshire in the early going. Ocone-Krause, DePodesta and Gaudet all had assists. Vasiljevs tallied two.

Shots were even at 29. Jack Falk made 25 saves for CHS.

Amity 6, Lyman Hall 3: The Spartans doubled up the Trojans in a SCC/SWC Division II matchup at Bennett Rink late Wednesday night.

Cam Kaplan scored two of the Lyman Hall goals and assisted on the other, which was knocked home by Jimbo Cohrs.

Peyton Durant, Connor Zukowski and Nate D’Amico added assists for LH (3-9-1). The Trojans host the East Haven Co-op at Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Boys swimming

Shelton 94, Sheehan 74: Cole McDonnell, Jonathan Rosano and Jack Angelastro won individual events for the Titans in the SCC Division II loss to the Gaels at the Shelton Community Center.

McDonnell touched in 1:57 in the 200 freestyle, Rosano finished in 5:49.13 in the 500 free and Angelastro had a time of 1:12.66 in the 100 breaststroke.

The trio also teamed with Espen Fenstad to take the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.70.

Meriden Co-op 94, Bulkeley Co-op 79: Platt/Maloney swimmers had fast times in every event in posting the CCC victory over the Bulldogs at Platt and improving to 6-1.

Andrew Bellemare, Troy Ducas and Mehdi Moumen were all double-winners.

Bellemare went 1:58.34 in the 200 freestyle and 5:13.58 in the 500. Ducas handled the sprints. He clocked in at 25.06 seconds in the 50 and 54.40 in the 100. Moumen won the 200 IM (2:08.38) and 100 butterfly (57.55).

Also for Meriden, Cohen Bruenn captured diving (171.37), Jason Consiglio touched first in the 100 backstroke (1:08.26) and John Peralta had the fast time in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.47).

Amity 91, Cheshire 74: Kristian Adlianitski and Silas Wang were the top performers for the Rams in Thursday night’s SCC Division I meet at the Orange Community Center.

They both won two individual events apiece and combined with Omkar Narayanan and Zack Schnitzer on the first-place 400 freestyle relay (3:45.74).

Adlianitski took the 100 backstroke (59.90) and 200 freestyle (1:51.66). Wang won the 100 butterfly (56.12) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.68).


Southington 51, Bristol Central 22: The Blue Knights continue to round into excellent form with the postseason fast approaching.

Ranked No. 9 in the Connecticut Wrestling Online poll, coach Derek Dion’s team improved to 9-2 with the CCC interdivisional romp over the Rams in Southington.

It was over early. Sparked by Ethan Vitti’s 12-1 major decision at 120 pounds, SHS won the first six bouts to establish a 32-0 lead.

Josh Howard (8-0 at 145) and Andrew Mikosz (12-4 at 182) also scored major decisions for the home team. Malik Anderson was an 8-3 winner at 170.

Then there were the pins — six in all and all of them in the first period. They were recorded by 126-pounder Jared Mangiafico (1:57), 132 Colton Thorpe (1:31), 138 Rosco Cook (1:05), 152 Chiemeka Ogbuagu (1:59), 195 Aaron Borkowski (1:37) and 106 Joe Garafalo (1:37).

Wallingford: Lyman Hall’s Gavin Janowski and Sheehan’s Jay Chase, the “teams of 1” competing with Southington, also dominated their Bristol Central opponents.

Both pinned in the first period after building big leads with multiple takedowns and near-falls. Janowski stuck in 1:27 at 182 pounds. Chase pinned in 1:55 at 132.


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