WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington swimmers sink Meriden; LH girls hoop a winner on Senior Night; LH boys, Sheehan girls stay unbeaten; double-doubles for Kyron & Jack

WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington swimmers sink Meriden; LH girls hoop a winner on Senior Night; LH boys, Sheehan girls stay unbeaten; double-doubles for Kyron & Jack



MERIDEN — Two local boys swim teams came in at 2-0. One went home 3-0, and that was Southington, which pinned a 97-79 decision on the Meriden Co-op in a CCC dual meet Wednesday afternoon at the Platt pool.

Brett Sheldrick, Landon Colby and Peter Zelewski each won two individual events and swam on two winning relays to pace coach Evan Tuttle’s Blue Knights. Jackson Malsheske, Alex LeClair and Matt Niro also contributed to a pair of first-place relays.

Sam Hurlburt was the leading swimmer for coach Ed Heath’s Meriden Co-op. The Maloney senior captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.05.

“Evan has a lot of depth; he has the best team that I will swim this year,” Heath said of the Blue Knights.

Southington got rolling Wednesday with LeClair, Malsheske, Colby and Zalewski combining to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.67.

Sheldrick entered the picture by swimming a 1:56.05 to edge Meriden’s Joe Peralta (1:57.11) in the 200 freestyle.

Colby (2:09.00) and LeClair (2:13.39) went 1-2 in the 200 individual medley as Southington extended its lead.

The 50 freestyle featured a good race. Zalewski was first to the wall in 24.54. Meriden’s John Peralta (24.97) and Spencer Studley (25.02) were on his heels.

The 100 butterfly was also close. Colby recorded a 56.04 to Mehdi Mouman’s 56.76 for Meriden.

In other events, Alex Rosania led a Southington sweep in diving with a score of 224.95. Niro (53.36) edged Malsheske (53.69) as the Blue Knights went 1-2 in the 100 free.

Sheldrick captured the 500 freestyle (5:15.29), then anchored Southington’s winning 200 free relay behind Malsheske, Niro and Colby (1:37.02). Sheldrick also led off Niro, LeClair and Zalewski as they combined on a fast time of 3:44.39 in the 400 free.

Zalewski also had a fast time of 58.61 in the 100 backstroke. Moumen got the first-place points on exhibition in 1:00.66.

Girls basketball

Lyman Hall 43, Guilford 38: The Trojans won their first game of their delayed 2021 season, and they did it at home on Senior Night, pulling out a back-and-forth SCC battle with the Grizzlies.

LH trailed 14-11 after one quarter, took a 23-19 lead by the break, fell behind 33-31 in the third quarter, then outscored Guilford 12-5 over the final eight minutes to secure the decision.

Lauren Cretella hit three free throws in the closing minute to ice it.

Natalie Panagrosso led the Trojans (1-1) for a second straight game, following up her 10 points in Monday night’s loss at Sheehan with 13 against Guilford.

Cretella and Shea Barron kicked in eight points apiece.

Grace Gagliardi grabbed 11 rebounds and Brianna Mik bagged four steals.

Faith O’Donnell scored a game-high 24 points for Guilford (0-6).

Sheehan 43, East Haven 32: The Titans (6-0) shook off a shaky defensive start to remain unbeaten with the SCC victory in Wallingford.

Down 18-14 after one quarter, Sheehan clamped down on East Haven drives to the hoop and held the Yellowjackets to 14 points the rest of the way, including just seven after halftime.

Molly Smolenski fired the offense with five 3-pointers. The junior finished with a career-high 17 points.

Hayleigh Lagase added eight points sfor Sheehan. Caitlyn Hunt and Darla Jagrosse were good for six apiece.

Senior point guard Caitlyn Velez, who just committed to Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, directed the offense and scored three points.

Taylor Salato led East Haven (1-5) with 12 points.

Hamden 56, Cheshire 27: The Rams slipped to 1-5 with the SCC loss in Hamden.

Cheshire’s Grace Lurz led all scorers with 14 points. Freshman Alana Philpotts paced Hamden with 12.

Boys basketball

Lyman Hall 47, Guilford 42: The Trojans nearly let an early 21-3 lead get away, but held on for the SCC road victory that puts them at 5-0.

LH controlled the interior, led by Justin Hackett (17 points) and Lucas O’Reardon (12).

Jaden Collingham and Ty Voisine added eight points apiece for the Trojans, who host Xavier in a showdown on Friday night.

Sheehan 57, East Haven 51: Kyron Coviello and Jack McDonnell recorded double-doubles and Chase St. Amant provided a spark off the bench to counter early foul trouble as the Titans earned the SCC victory in East Haven.

Coviello had 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high 23 points. McDonnell, fresh from going over 1,000 career points on Monday, collected 20 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Amant added six points as the Titans improved to 3-2.

East Haven (2-2) got double figures from Alias Ford (14), Nick Furino (13) and Ian Reynolds (13).

Hamden 68, Cheshire 58: The Rams scored the first 10 points of this SCC matchup in Cheshire. Unfortunately for the home team, Hamden scored 68 of the next 116 to grab the victory.

The Green Dragons closed to within 14-11 by the end of the first quarter and were within 34-31 at the break before taking a 48-45 lead in the third quarter.

Deandre Coardes scored 20 points and Joe Williams put up 16 to power Hamden.

Luke Nieman led the Rams with 20 points. The junior connected four times from beyond the arc.

Connor DeLaubell also had a hot hand, finishing with 19 points. 

Both teams are 1-4.


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