THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Murphy, Chase lead the chase for Trojans; Maloney, Cheshire volleyball stay unbeaten

THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Murphy, Chase lead the chase for Trojans; Maloney, Cheshire volleyball stay unbeaten



WALLINGFORD — If the shoe fits wear it, as the general saying goes.

Here’s another, expressly for cross country: If a shoe falls off, keeping running.

Lyman Hall’s Emily Chase did just that at the tail end of Thursday’s SCC tri-meet with Branford and East Haven at Wharton Brook Park. Despite losing a sneaker, the junior crossed the finish line first in the girls race in 21:42.

Lyman Hall senior Jack Murphy did the same in the boys race, albeit with both shoes on. Murphy’s winning time of  17:41 led the Trojans to a sweep of the Hornets and Yellowjackets.

Neither visiting team could sting LH due to the support Murphy got from his teammates. Aiden Weir was second in 18:08, Peyton Durant fifth in 19:03 and Henry Murphy sixth in 19:05.

Those times, combined with a 20:35 from Aydan Durant (16th), earned the Trojans a 26-31 win over Branford and a 17-40 decision over East Haven.

The LH girls, despite Chase’s first-place finish and three other top-10 placements, actually got swept because they had only four runners. Madison Jackson was second in 22:10, Olivia Weir fourth in 22:14 and Emma Tommell eighth in 24:24.

The LH boys are 3-1, the girls 1-3.

Boys soccer

MIddletown 3, Platt 0: Zach Lombardo scored twice to pace the Blue Dragons in this CCC tussle in Middletown.

Josiah McLeish had 10 saves in net for Platt and Miles McLeish played a solid game at center back.

The Panthers are 1-3.

Lyman Hall 8, Whitney Tech 1: The Trojans routed the Inventors on Senior Night at Fitzgerald Field.

Two goals from Declan Turbett and one from Yahya Kardad got LH out to a 3-0 lead by halftime.

Girls soccer

Maloney 1, Berlin 1: The Spartans and the Redcoats played to the CCC draw at Sage Park.

Both goals came in the first half. Molly Marcuss connected from 25 yards to get Maloney on the board 5:06 into the game. Berlin answered 10 minutes later.

Abby Lespier lassoed 10 saves in net for Maloney, which now stands at 1-2-1.

Girls swimming

Lyman Hall 95, Sacred Heart Academy 72: Elise Richardson won two events and anchored two winning relays to lead the Trojans to victory in the virtual meet with the SHArks.

Individually, Richardson swept the freestyle sprints, taking the 50 in 25.81 and the 100 in 56.19.

On the relays, Richardson swam with Elena Bielesz, Caroline Krawec and Zoe Gallo on the 200 medley (2:01.32) and with Hailey Baker, Nadia Lesieur and Bielesz on the 200 freestyle (1:52.91).

Bielesz also won the 200 IM (2:29.07).

Lesieur took the 100 butterfly (1:09.19) and led off the first-place 400 free relay ahead of Krawec, Cassie Wentzell and Baker (4:17.69).

Wentzell went the winning distance in the 500 freestyle (6:06.81). Krawec captured the 200 freestyle (2:05.31).

In diving, Alyssa Cervero compiled a high score of 190.35.

Girls volleyball

Maloney 3, Middletown 0: Put another ‘W’ in the books for the Spartans, who swept the Blue Dragons 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 in a CCC matchup in Meriden.

Savannah Bernabucci continued her torrid play with 14 kills and six aces.

Setter Gracey Massicotte also had six aces while dealing out 19 assists. Kelsey Drost paced the defense with nine digs.

The Spartans are now 4-0. Middletown is 1-3.

Lyman Hall 3, North Haven 0: The Trojans stand at 3-1 with the SCC win in North Haven.

Cheshire 3, Sacred Heart Academy 1: The Rams (3-0) remained unbeaten with the SCC verdict in Hamden.

The teams split the opening games, with Cheshire’s 25-11 victory in the first being answered by Sacred Heart’s 25-23 in the second.

The Rams rolled from there, putting the match away 25-19 and 25-16.

Sarah Holley handed out 21 assists. Hannah Portal put down eight kills and Jenna Stickney stuck six.

Bristol Eastern 3, Southington 0: The unbeaten Lancers (4-0) swept the Blue Knights 25-22, 25-11, 25-23 in a CCC showdown in Bristol.

Emma Pfanzelt had another strong night for Southington (2-2) with 28 serve receptions, 12 digs and four aces.

Kayli Garcia and Gabrielle Ferreira had four kills apiece. Garcia added three blocks, while Ferreira had three aces.

Also for the Blue Knights, Morgan Bailey contributed eight digs and three aces. Rachel Possidento was good for five digs and three kills.


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