MERIDEN — Round 1 of this winter’s de facto Meriden girls basketball tournament goes to … Maloney.
The Spartans had no problem defeating Wilcox Tech in a Saturday matinee on the East Side, pinning a 49-15 defeat on the Tribe.
Abby Lespier paced Maloney with 11 points. Liv Aitken and Courtney Ubaike had 10 apiece.
Maloney came away at 2-9 and Wilcox at 2-6.
It was the first of four intracity girls games that will play out over the next month. Platt and Maloney square off next Thursday at Maloney and again on Feb. 18 at Platt. Wilcox hosts Platt on Feb. 5.Boys basketball
Lyman Hall 51, Foran 38: The Trojans earned their first win of the season in a SCC crossover with the Lions in Milford.
Jayden Collingham scored a game-high 18 points and Tyler Voisine scored 15 to lead LH (1-7). Tyler Parente added eight.
Foran (6-4) had defeated Lyman Hall 50-38 in Wallingford on Dec. 19.Football
Walter Camp: Newtown’s Bob Pattison was named the Walter Camp Connecticut Football Coach of the Year and St. Joseph running back Jaden Shirden was selected Connecticut Player of the Year at the annual Walter Camp Foundation Breakfast of Champions at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.
Sheehan had finalists in each catagory: head coach John Ferrazzi and senior running back Terrence Bogan.
Bogan was a finalist for the second year in a row. Ferrazzi was named the state Football Coach of the Year last week by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association.
Ferrazzi, Bogan and all the Sheehan Titans were recognized Saturday for their Class S state championship.Ice hockey
Cheshire 3, West Haven 1: Thor Novicelli snapped a 1-1 tie in the opening minute of the third period and Charlie Pettit put the cherry on top with an empty-net goal in the waning seconds as the Division II Rams knocked off the D-I Blue Devils at Wesleyan.
Goalie Nick Maringola had another stellar outing in net, turning aside 33 of 34 West Haven shots to backstop Cheshire’s third straight victory.
The Rams, now 7-3, also benefited from Will Gaudet’s first varsity goal. It came in the first period and erased an early 1-0 West Haven lead.
Pettit and Nicklas Vasiljevs had assists.Wrestling
Maloney: R.J. Plumberg won all three of his matches at 152 pounds via first-period pins to lead the Spartans at the Hand Duals in Madison.
Maloney also got 3-0 performances from 120 Onil Carrion and 160 Kody Talento.
Austin Studley went 2-0 at 132, while 182 Nick Gural and 220 Darel Rivera were both 2-1.
As a team, the Spartans went 1-2. They rebounded from losses to Avon (48-33) and East Haven (56-24) with a victory over Fairfield Ludlowe (48-36) and came away at 10-7 overall.
Maloney hosts CCC South rival Bristol Central on Wednesday.
Platt: The Panthers’ Big Four of at Isaiah Ross, James Rondini, Matt Merrigan and Luke Fuerstenburg all went 4-0 at the Ellis Tech Duals in Danielson.
Platt did suffer a tough team loss in the final match of the day against host Ellis Tech. A 42-42 tie was decided by the sixth criteria — most forfeits — and it went against the Panthers, who had five wrestlers out sick.
Platt did score wins over Bacon Academy (54-18) and Conard (42-27) to offset losses to Branford (56-22) and Ellis Tech. That puts the Panthers at 15-6 heading into Wednesday’s battle in Meriden with defending Class L state champion Bristol Eastern.