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CHS Athletes Shine During Busy Monday Slate Of Action

From left, track athletes Squirrel Lanz, Camryn Beeman, Mia Vientos, and Leah Farrell teamed to win the SCC East Sectional 4x400-meter relay. Photo courtesy of Rob Schaefer.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes shined in the Southern Connecticut Conference East Sectional at Lyman Hall in Wallingford. CHS girls came in fourth place (93 points) and the boys’ team placed seventh (53).

For girls, senior Squirrel Lanz won the 100- (15.70) and 300-meter (45.84) hurdles. She also teamed with juniors Leah Farrell and Camryn Beeman and senior Mia Vientos to win the 4x400-meter relay (4:10.16).

Farrell captured the 400-meters (59.79) and Vientos took first in the 800-meters (2:20.68). The girls joined with senior Alexa Ciccone and sophomore Ava Ciccone on the winning 4x800-meter relay team (9:57.04).

Alexa Ciccone (3,200-meters, 11:00.05) and Beeman (200-meters, 28.07) garnered bronze medals. Senior Emma Rinaldi, Beeman, and freshmen Ava Hartunian and Shannon Gordon sprinted to fourth in the 4x100-meter relay (52.17).

Senior Nicole Emede won the shot put (33 feet, 4.25 inches) and took sixth in discus (88’10”). Juniors Antonnise Codner (shot put, 29’1”), Brianna Siniscalco (javelin, 74’11”), and Aubrielle Richard (triple jump, 31’9.50”) nabbed ninth places.

Sophomore Shannon Allen (800-meters, 2:39.04) and freshman Savannah Koch (300-meter hurdles, 54.68) both finished 10th on the track.

On the boys’ side, senior Tyler Caron (3,200-meters, 10:00.16), junior Daniel Irish (1,600-meters, 4:31.66), and freshman Auritro Dasgupta (100-meters, 11.48) clocked runner-up times on the track. Irish, freshman Matthew Gajecki, senior James Ferraro, and junior James Boyd also took second in the 4x800-meter relay (8:25.16).

Senior Jack Lengyel earned fourth in the 1,600-meters (4:34.54) and eighth in the 3,200-meters (10:34.72). Junior Ja’mal Titus took fourth in javelin (151’2”) and partnered with classmates Tristan Grove, Malakhi Beyah, and Dasgupta in the 4x100-meter relay (seventh, 45.97).

Boyd and Gajecki placed fifth (2:04.17) and seventh (2:07.22), respectively, in the 800-meters.

Senior Daniel D’Souza supplied seventh in the 3,200-meters (10:26.78) and freshman Hunter Hearrin recorded ninth in shot put (41’2”).

Irish, Gajecki, Boyd, and Ferraro ended up ninth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:46.28).

On May 21, Amity hosts the SCC Championship at 1 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis (10-3)

Cheshire earned a 5-2 victory over Lauralton Hall (10-6), sweeping the series in the regular season. Junior Alex Orlins (6-0, 6-0), senior tri-captain Anja Josef (6-1, 6-1), and junior Eva Curran (6-0, 6-0) were victorious in the top-three singles spots.

Senior tri-captains Riley Baldoni and Arya Desai battled to win 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 at number one doubles. Juniors Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti won 6-2, 6-0 in the second position.

Baldoni, Desai, and Josef were honored on Senior Day.

To end the regular season on Tuesday, CHS travels to play Branford (6-10) at 3:45 p.m. On April 17, CHS came away with a 6-0 victory in their first match.

Pictured from left with Head Coach Peter Zacharias, girls' tennis tri-captains Arya Desai, Riley Baldoni, and Anja Josef played in their final regular-season home match on Monday. Submitted photo.

Softball (17-1)

Softball pitcher Jenica Matos struck out a career-high 19 batters on Monday. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Cheshire extended their win streak to 13 games, winning 5-0 at Sacred Heart Academy (3-15) in Hamden. CHS jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning and added two runs during the seventh.

Sophomore Jenica Matos pitched a one-hit shutout with a career-high 19 strikeouts, propelling the Rams to a regular-season sweep of the Sharks.

Senior Karla Carangelo finished with a double, a single, two RBIs, and a run scored. Junior Tai Byrd had a triple, walk, and a run scored, while classmate Erin Hersh supplied a double and two RBIs.

Sophomores Ava Pearson (RBI, run) and Molly Fleming both singled twice. Sophomore Jordan McCue (run) and senior Emma Ballschmieder additionally singled in the win.

Junior Bailey Vitanza and sophomore Lyla Blair both worked walks. Junior Julia Miller scored as a pinch runner.

On Tuesday, the Rams visit New Haven’s Blake Field to face host Wilbur Cross (3-13) at 3:45 p.m. On April 24, Cheshire won 14-0 in the first meeting.

Boys’ Volleyball (14-3)

The Rams picked up their sixth consecutive win, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15), over Bunnell (3-14).

Junior Bryan Rochefort collected 21 assists, along with tallying two digs, a block, and a kill. Sophomore Bradley Fang supplied eight assists and an ace.

Senior tri-captain Will Allen compiled eight kills, five aces, four digs, and two blocks. Junior James O’Connor posted nine kills (personal high) and two digs.

Junior tri-captain Matti Lilback and senior Miles Spataj earned three blocks and two kills apiece. Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes contributed three kills, three aces, two blocks, and two digs.

Juniors Jacob D’Addona (assist, dig) and Gordon Johns (two digs) both chipped in three kills and two aces.

On Tuesday, Cheshire travels to Woodbridge to face Amity (7-12) at 5:30 p.m. On May 8, the Rams rallied for a 3-1 win over the Spartans.

Girls’ Lacrosse (8-7)

On Monday, lacrosse player Tema Caplan scored twice and added an assist against Farmington.

CHS fell 8-7 to Farmington (11-3) in overtime. The River Hawks had a free position shot in the final 10 seconds of regulation, but the Rams defense got a piece of the ball and sophomore goalkeeper Georgiana Sheehan (10 saves) secured it.

Cheshire had forced overtime, however, it took just 11 seconds for Farmington to get the game-winner. On the opening face-off, senior Sophia Farrell came up with the ground ball, sprinted down, and scored on a shot inside the cross bar.

The game was tightly played throughout. Farmington went up 3-1 and 4-2, but sophomore Lauren Kilpatrick and junior Mollee Merritt scored in the final four minutes of the first half to tie the game. Cheshire used goals from sophomores Tema Caplan and Tylie Lawless to take a 6-4 lead, however, Farmington senior Like Chekas put in a goal to end Cheshire’s 4-0 run with 2:59 remaining in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Farmington tied the game on a shot by sophomore Caroline Ranucci. Kilpatrick converted on a free-position shot to put Cheshire up 7-6 with 6:16 remaining, however, Chekas responded with a goal to tie the game again with 4:24 remaining.

In coming up short in overtime, Head Coach Dan Warburton feels that the Rams have things to work on this week.

“We need to make better decisions and take better shots,” said Warburton. “We shot 38 percent tonight, so that is something we need to work on.”

For Cheshire, Caplan (assist), Merritt, and Kilpatrick had two goals each. Along with her goal, Lawless added an assist.

Juniors Helen Baxter and Allie Grove also had assists in the first half. 

In Wednesday’s regular-season finale, CHS plays Mercy (4-11) at 6 p.m. Tri-captains Stella Tessier, Kate Hangen, Sella Cahill, and manager Mackenzie Lewis will be honored on Senior Night.

Baseball (3-15)

On Monday, Cheshire baseball recognized their seven seniors before hosting Lyman Hall. Photo courtesy of Kate Enders.

Cheshire came up just short 9-8 against Lyman Hall (10-8). CHS took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

The Trojans came back with four runs in the third and fifth innings, along with a run in the fourth, to build a 9-2 advantage. CHS rallied with six runs in the fifth to cut the deficit to a run, however, LH held on to post a 2-0 record in the regular-season series.

For the Rams, junior Jackson Enders had a triple, a single, a walk, and three RBIs. Senior Chris Kobylanski singled and scored twice, along with posting an RBI.

Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr and classmates Brady Georgescu and Blake Johnson all singled and scored runs. Junior Bennett Crerar and freshman Cal Battipaglia picked up a single and an RBI each. 

Senior Max Bernstein (RBI) and juniors Nick Giampietro and Kaden Weinberg came around to score runs. Senior co-captain Aiden Erickson also walked at the plate.

Erickson pitched the first three innings for Cheshire, recording three strikeouts. He yielded four hits and two walks.

Bernstein (hit) and junior Jerry Piscitelli (two hits) worked an inning apiece. In pitching the final two innings, sophomore Dylan Scalice supplied three strikeouts.

In a pre-game ceremony, Cyr, Erickson, Bernstein, Georgescu, Jacob Jalowiec, Johnson, and Kobylanski were honored for Senior Day.

On Wednesday, CHS visits Guilford (12-6) to compete at 4 p.m. Guilford picked up a 10-5 road win on April 22.

For Cheshire baseball, Jackson Enders drove in the first run with a single on Monday.

Girls’ Golf (9-3)

Cheshire recorded a 175 to sweep St. Paul Catholic (178) and Suffield (239) at Southington Country Club. Sophomore Julia Paek shot a season-low 31 to continue her streak as medalist in every dual match this season.

Senior captain Sophia DelRosso fired a 43. Juniors Haley Hannan (50) and Olivia Beach (51) and sophomore Piper Dooling (56) also contributed in the sweep.

On Wednesday, Cheshire takes a trip to Madison Country Club to compete against host Daniel Hand at 2:30 p.m.

Remainder of Tuesday’s varsity schedule:

Boys’ Golf (8-3)

CHS travels to Brownson Country Club to face host Shelton at 2:45 p.m.

Boys’ Tennis (13-4)

For the regular-season finale, the Rams play Notre Dame-West Haven (2-10) at 3:45 p.m. Captain Shawn Lawless and Mike Anastasio will be recognized on Senior Day.

On 17, Cheshire won 5-2 over the Green Knights at the University of New Haven.

Boys’ Lacrosse (11-3)

For the final regular-season home game, Cheshire plays North Haven (8-6) at 6:30 p.m. For Senior Night, tri-captains Matt Jeffery, Ryan Grove, and Lucas Chymbor, as well as Rocco Botti, Tegan Danaher, Drew DePodesta, Logan Kranyak, Jack Suomala, and Adam Vernon will be honored before the game.

Senior managers Carina Cartiera, McKenzie Dudeck, Giulia Giardina, and Catherine Graziosa will also be recognized.

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