SCHOLASTICS: On eve of CIAC’s winter plan, SCC names top athletes and coaches of the fall season

SCHOLASTICS: On eve of CIAC’s winter plan, SCC names top athletes and coaches of the fall season

NEW HAVEN — The CIAC will unveil its plan for the winter season on Tuesday. On Monday, the top athletes of the just-completed fall season collected All-Conference honors.

The Southern Connecticut Conference, which includes Cheshire, Lyman Hall and Sheehan, named its all-league teams in soccer, cross country, field hockey, swimming and volleyball.

The SCC also named its players of the year by division. There were three area athletes on that list:

■Lizzie Brown, Sheehan: Division D Cross Country Runner of the Year;■Sarah Holley, Cheshire: Division B Volleyball Player of the Year;■Gabby Tirado, Cheshire: Division A Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

There were also four area coaches who were named SCC Coaches of the Year:

■Eileen Wildermann, Cheshire: Division A field hockey;■Sue Bavone, Cheshire: Division B volleyball;■Dave Modzelewski, Cheshire: Division I swimming;■Donna Neary, Lyman Hall: Division II swimming.

Cheshire swimming won its ninth straight SCC championship this fall, while Neary’s Trojans earned a number of individual titles in Division II.

Bavone’s Rams, led by Holley, won their division title in volleyball, while Wildermann’s young women were unbeaten until falling in their field hockey final to Guilford.

Tirado and the Cheshire soccer Lady Rams also lost in their division final. Tirado finished the season with 14 goals.

Brown earned her cross country honor by dint of winning the Division D race at East Shore Park. She crossed in 20:18, out-pacing the field by one minute and 16 seconds.

The following athletes from Cheshire, Lyman Hall and Sheehan were named All-SCC. The Central Connecticut Conference, which includes Platt, Maloney and Southington, is not naming All-Conference teams this fall.

Field hockey

The Division A runnerup Cheshire Rams (11-1) put five players on the All-SCC squad, led by captains Raegan Bailey and Tarana Eldredge. Fellow seniors Lauren Houle, Sophie Vagts and Taylor Warburton also made the grade.

The Wallingford squads had one player apiece — seniors Jessica Davies of Sheehan and Ashleen Keating of Lyman Hall.


Both Cheshire teams reached their division finals only to fall short to the parochial schools of Middletown at Larry McHugh Field — the boys 2-1 to Xavier, the girls 1-0 to Mercy.

Senior goalie Matt Pisani, senior defender E.J. Gonzalez and junior forward Murphy Malone were named All-SCC from the boys squad. Senior defender Dani Ellis and senior midfielder Ellie Pergolotti joined Tirado on the girls team.

Returning to the All-SCC team from Lyman Hall were senior forward Declan Turbett and senior defender Riley Stone. Shianna Reeves, a junior midfielder, made it for the girls.

Sheehan was led by senior defender Andrew Carey and, from the girls team, senior goalie Beth Arnold, senior midfielder Lexi Carim and junior defender Alicea Piscitelli.

Girls volleyball

Cheshire, led by MVP Sarah Holley and All-SCC teammates Avery Mola, Hannah Portal and Victoria Santi, won Division A at 13-1.

The lone loss was to Lyman Hall. The Trojans knocked off the Rams for the first time since 1998 behind their All-SCC trio of junior Mackenzie Grady and seniors Ellery Campbell and Gianna Scoppetto.

Sheehan’s selections were seniors Lydia Dellipoali, Caitlyn Hunt and Emily Jockle.

Cross country

Lizzie Brown’s win in Division D was the area highlight of the SCC season. The leading boys runner was Ryan Farrell of Cheshire, who placed third in the Division D boys race.

Both seniors landed on the All-SCC First Team based on their performance in the divisional races. When times were tabulated across all four divisions, Brown was third overall in the SCC and Farrell fourth.

The All-SCC Second Team featured the runners who finished 13-24 across the four divisions. Jack Murphy of Lyman Hall, Anthony Galicia of Sheehan and Robert DiNatale of Cheshire were on the boys team.

Meghan Georgescu of Cheshire, Emily Chase of Lyman Hall and Olivia Ferraro of Cheshire, who finished 2-4 behind Brown in Division D, made All-SCC Second Team among the girls.

Girls swimming

Cheshire dominated in winning its ninth straight conference title, posting the SCC’s top times in all three relays and six individual events behind Sophie Murphy (50 and 100 freestyles), Julia Barto (200 IM), Julianna Tyler (100 butterfly), Emma Glover (100 breaststroke) and Natalie DeMatteo (diving).

All of those girls were All-SCC, along with Cheshire teammates who placed in the top three: Nora Bergstrom (200/500 freestyles), Mary Barto (200 medley relay) and Avery Potyrala (200/400 freestyle relays).

The championships, held virtually, were subdivided into Division I and Division II. Times were then combined to determine the All-SCC top three.

From Lyman Hall, Caroline Krawec and Elise Richardson were All-SCC after winning two individual events apiece in Division II — Richardson the 50 and 100 freestyles; Krawec the 200 IM and 100 breaststorke.

Another D-II champ for the Trojans was diver Alyssa Cervero. Her score of 355.55 was third overall conference-wide, which earned her All-SCC status. Hailey Baker and Elena Bielesz got it as members of the 200 medley relay, No. 1 in Division II and No. 2 overall behind Cheshire.

Sheehan’s Leila Sofiane was Division II champion in the 100 butterfly.

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