WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Blue Knights aqua men have their day; Sheehan captures Platt Tech tourney; LH freshman scores 14 in first varsity start

SOUTHINGTON — Every event went the Southington boys swim team’s way Wednesday afternoon.

Well, except for diving, and that’s only because with the meet at the Southington YMCA, there was no diving.

Simply said, the Blue Knights were dominant from start to finish in ringing up a 92-73 CCC West victory over Conard, a win that pushed their unbeaten record to 4-0.

Southington’s “Super Six” of Landon Colby, Alex LeClair, Matt Niro, Matt Siwek, Boden Tito and Peter Zalewski combined to sweep the relays. The Blue Knights also got two individual wins apeice from Colby, Niro and Zalewski.

Colby, the veteran senior, brought home the 100-yard butterfly (54.69) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.16).

Niro, a junior, won the 50 freestyle (23.29) and 100 backstroke (57.87), while the sophomore Zalewski touched first in the 100 freestyle (52.09) and 200 free (1:54.86).

Tito took the 200 IM. The junior clocked in at 2:10.98.

LeClair, a sophomore, fired out a 5:17.93 in the 500 freestyle and anchored the 200 free relay behind Colby, Zalewski and Tito (1:39.67).

Siwek, also a sophomore, was the anchor on the 200 medley (1:45.67). He was joined on that relay by LeClair, Colby and Niro.

Siwek and Niro were also aboard for the 400 free relay (3:36.77) with Zalewski and Tito.

Boys basketball

Sheehan 70, Platt Tech 53: It took a few weeks, but the Titans ultimately captured the postponed Platt Tech Holiday Tournament, following up Monday’s semifinal win over Foran with the finals victory over the host Panthers in Milford.

Sheehan senior center Kyron Coviello was the tournament MVP. He scored a game-high 23 points on Wednesday.

Alex Morales added 15 points and Isaiah Hernandez produced 10 for the Titans (6-6). Chase St. Amant and Vin Carbone kicked in seven apiece.

Ismael Castillo (16 points) was top man for Platt Tech (4-7).

After a 14-14 first quarter, Sheehan carved out a 28-23 edge by the break, then pushed it to 52-34 by the end of the third quarter.

Simsbury 24, Southington 22: In a CCC West crossover game marked by long, drawn-out possessions throughout, the host Trojans prevailed at the buzzer when Aidan Riordan banked home an 8-foot turn-around jumper.

Riordan’s shot came after Simsbury held the ball for the last shot in the wake of  Aidan Buck’s 3-pointer for Southington, which tied the game at 22-22 with 2:07 to play.

Riordan scored all but five points for Simsbury, finishing with 19. Luke Penna led the Blue Knights with nine.

Simsbury is now 10-2, Southington 4-7.

Amistad 87, Wilcox Tech 41: Alex D’Errico and Griffin Nielander scored 10 points apiece for Wilcox (0-10) in the non-conference loss in New Haven.

Amistad (6-2) put Arion Robinson (15), Eveyon Pearse (12) and Aidan Gioffe (11) in double figures.

Girls basketball

East Haven 57, Lyman Hall 38: The Yellowjackets secured the SCC crossover win on their home floor by outscoring the Trojans 33-17 in the second half.

Down 12-5 after one quarter, LH had rallied to within 24-21 by the break.

Freshman Brooke Dennis led the Trojans  with 14 points in her first varsity start. She was filling in for Lyman Hall’s leading scorer, Shea Barron, who was out with an injury.

Lauren Cretella and Sophia LaPlante had six rebounds apiece for LH (1-10)

East Haven (8-5) was led by Olivia Martin’s 15 points. Gabby Gaetano was good for 11 and Gianna Castellano added 10.

Mercy 63, Cheshire 43: The Tigers surged to 8-3 and the Rams slipped to 6-5 in this SCC Housatonic matchup Tuesday night Middletown.

Juniors Ava Giansiracusa (21) and Melina Ford (16) were the leading scorers for Mercy. Senior Grace Lurz (12) and freshman Eva Catalanotto (10) were in double figures for Cheshire.


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