WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: LH girls get back home and get in the win column; Sheehan skaters blank Trinity Catholic; Co-op snakebit vs. Woodstock

WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: LH girls get back home and get in the win column; Sheehan skaters blank Trinity Catholic; Co-op snakebit vs. Woodstock

WALLINGFORD — The Lyman Hall girls basketball team hadn’t been home since — well, since last year.

Opening the 2019-20 campaign with five road games, the Trojans were showing road fatigue, dropping three straight after winning their first two.

On Wednesday, coach Tom Lipka and his ladies finally got on their own court and responded with a much-needed 53-33 non-conference win over Coginchaug.

The Trojans extended a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter to 28-17 by halftime, then took the second half 25-16 for good measure to even their overall record at 3-3.

Julia Capello led LH with 14 points. Brianna Mik and Natalie Panagrosso were good for 12 apiece.

Panagrosso added seven rebounds. Grace Gagliardi dished seven assists and Hailey Bruneau fired the defense with seven steals.

O’Brien Tech 52, Wilcox Tech 27: The Indians jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter, but the Condors responded with a 23-point second quarter that gave them the lead for good in this CTC matchup in Ansonia.

Miranda McGuire sparked the momentum shift for O’Brien (4-30 by scoring 15 of her game-high 29 points in the second frame.

Madison Sage scored eight points for Wilcox (0-4). Joselyn Rosado had seven.


WMRP 4, Hall-Southington 0: The crossover game at Veterans Memorial Rink pitted the No. 2 team in Division II against the No. 2 team in Division III.

The D-II Eagles got the win behind a 17-save shutout by Trevor Schad. Unbeaten WMRP, which shutout Cheshire on Saturday, improved to 8-0. The Warrior-Knights slid to 5-2.

Branford 3, Cheshire 0: The Rams were shut out for a second straight game, falling to the Hornets in a SCC/SWC Division II matchup at Northford Ice Pavilion.

The Rams lost despite another monster game from goalie Nick Maringola, who stopped 44 shots and now has 260 saves on the season.

Problem was, the Rams put only 11 shots on Branford goalie Jared Yakimoff.

The loss was Cheshire’s third in four games after a 3-0 start to the season. The Rams (4-3) will look to regroup Saturday against East Catholic on their home ice at Wesleyan.

Branford, ranked No. 1 in the CIAC Division II playoff rankings, improved to 6-1 behind goals from Max Manware, Spencer Engstrom and Zach Jones.

Sheehan 4, Trinity Catholic 0: Justin Lyon had the shutout in net while four different goal-scorers put the points on the board in Sheehan’s Division III non-conference win late Wednesday at Choate.

The Titans poured on the attack against a small Trinity squad, ripping more than 70 shots on goalie Jeffery Reda.

Joey Richo got the Titans out to a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jake Napoli and Luke Festa stretched it to 3-0 in the second. Anthony Romano  finished it in the third.

The victory moved Sheehan to the top of the CIAC Division III playoff rankings at 4-1-1.

Woodstock Academy 4, Lyman Hall Co-op 0: The Trojans fell to 1-4-1 with the Division II non-conference stumble late Wednesday at Northford Ice Pavilion.

Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug came out flat and the Centaurs jumped all over the slow start. 

“It was a rollercoaster,” said Co-op coach Dave Sagnella. “We took the first seven minutes off and these guys came off the bus and got three quick ones on us. We dug ourselves a hole before we could even start, but I thought after that we played OK for the most part. We just had trouble finding the back of the net.”

Doug Newton was a thorn in the Trojans’ side. He set up Guerin Favreau on a breakaway for Woodstock’s first goal, then scored two goals of his own. 

Down 3-0, LH came out stronger in the second period. The Trojans controlled the puck for the majority of the period and got several good looks at the net, but nothing was going in.

The third period was much of the same. LH slowed Woodstock’s offense and put shots on net with no luck. The final Woodstock goal was an empty-netter.

“We played well it’s just we can’t take shifts off,” said Sagnella. “We did not come out ready to play and that was the difference maker.”


Sheehan: The Titans had multiple winners at the McReavey Invitational at Wesleyan.

Erin Brennan took the long jump at 15-5 ¾ and Amanda Castaldi won the 55-meter hurdles in 9.58.

Castaldi also led off the first-place 4x400 relay ahead of Clarisse Aminawung, Avery Winters and Olivia Dubuc (4:26.64).

It was one of three relays won by the Sheehan girls. Aminawung and Dubuc combined with Alie Villano and Patrice Mansfield on the sprint medley (4:18), while Winters teamed with Villano, Patrice Mansfield and Amelia Mansfield to capture the 4x200 (1:53:53).

The boys were led by long jumpers Riley Bjornberg (20-8½) and Max Luddy (20-4), went 2-3 in their event.

Distance runner Derrick Arnold was runner-up in the 1600 meters (4:41.86) and also combined for a third-place finish in the 4x800 with Ethan Venoit, Kennedy Clave and Mike Barberino (9:01.87).