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Rams Boys' Golfers Extend Win Streak On Tuesday, CHS Teams Face Off Against Top Opposition

On Tuesday, Cheshire golfer Josh Wildstein shared medalist with teammate Dylan Gillotti. Submitted photo.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ golf (8-2) picked up their seventh straight victory, 155-162, over host Branford at Pine Orchard Country Club. Senior Josh Wildstein and junior Dylan Gillotti both recorded a 37 to share medalist.

Senior captain Jack Brewster shot a 40 and freshman Touraj Rajabipour posted a 41.

On Thursday at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Cheshire hosts Guilford at 2:15 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (10-3)

CHS came up short 16-12 against Iona Preparatory School (12-5).

“They are one of the top teams in the state of New York. They’ve had a history of winning and this late in the year, we want to test ourselves against some really good teams,” said Head Coach Mike Devine.

Momentum shifted in the contest. Cheshire received consecutive goals from senior tri-captain Ryan Grove and juniors Sean Grevelding and Brady Potyrala to take a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Iona kicked off the second with a 4-0 run.

Trailing 7-5 in the second, senior Adam Vernon scored twice and freshman Grant Paul found the back of the net to propel the Rams to the lead.

Iona sophomore Tim Plunkett netted a shot with 12 seconds left in the first half, tying the game at 8-8. The Gaels opened the second half with two goals to break the tie.

Grevelding converted on a transition feed from Vernon to cut the deficit to 10-9, however, Iona responded with four goals. Plunkett scored twice in the spurt and finished with six goals.

“Whenever you can string together a couple goals, it brings the momentum, but against a good team, it can’t just be for a couple minutes,” explained Devine. “It has got to be a full 48, but I’m proud of the way the guys battled. We have some changes that we have to make.” 

A goal by Vernon and two tallies by senior tri-captain Matt Jeffery cut the deficit to 14-12 with 6:21 remaining, but, Iona added two more goals and held on for the win.

“Against good teams, you can’t put your foot off the gas,” stated Devine. “You can’t miss dotting an ‘I.’ You can’t miss crossing a ’T.’ You have got to be on for a full 48 (minutes) and if you are not, good teams are going to string together plays. But again, we want to test our guys this late in the year and play some really good competition. This will make us better.” 

Jeffery posted three goals and three assists. Vernon finished with three goals and two assists, while Grevelding had two goals and three assists. Potyrala contributed two goals.

Along with his goal, Grove controlled 16 of 32 face-offs. In net, junior Joe Grenier shined with 12 saves.

On Friday, CHS takes a road trip to New Jersey to face Mahwah at 6:30 p.m.

CHS lacrosse player Matt Jeffery netted three goals on Tuesday.

Girls’ Tennis (9-3)

Cheshire saw their three-match win streak come to an end in a 6-1 loss at Guilford (17-1). At number one singles for the Rams, junior Alex Orlins won 6-2, 6-1 to stay unbeaten.

The Grizzlies went 2-0 in the regular-season series.

On Friday, CHS travels to play Branford (5-9) at 3:45 p.m. On April 17, Cheshire earned a 6-0 victory over the Hornets.

Boys’ Tennis (13-3)

The Rams ended a seven-match win streak with a 5-2 loss to Amity (11-2). At number three singles, freshman Mark Laskin won 6-4, 6-2 to extend his undefeated season.

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays came back to win 2-6, 7-6, 10-3 at number one doubles.

On Friday, Cheshire faces unbeaten Fairfield Prep (15-0) at 3:45 p.m. On April 20, the Jesuits picked up a 5-2 road victory in the first meeting.

Baseball (3-13)

The Rams fell 18-2 to Holy Cross (14-3).

The Crusaders used a walk and an RBI single to go up 1-0 in the first inning. In the second, a hit batsman, an error, and another RBI single led to them going up 2-0.

CHS cut the deficit in the bottom of the second. Freshman Cal Battipaglia earned the first of his two walks and scored on an RBI double by junior Luke Mann.

However, Holy Cross responded by scoring nine runs in the third inning. They added six runs during the fourth and scored once more in the fifth.

Cheshire put up a run in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Nick Giampietro drew a walk and came around to score on an RBI single by senior Blake Johnson, but the game still came to an end due to the mercy rule.

Junior Dan Hayden added a single for the Rams. Senior co-captain Kyle Cyr drew a walk.

Junior Alex Convertito pitched two innings, yielding six hits and three walks. He posted one strikeout.

Sophomore Josh Bonomo (inning, two hits, walk, strikeout), senior Jacob Jalowiec (two hits, two walks), and junior Jerry Piscitelli (two innings, two hits, three walks, two strikeouts) worked in relief. Six hit by pitches hampered the Rams in the game.

“We gave them extra outs with errors, walks, and hit by pitches. They capitalized on that with some big hits,” said Head Coach Alex LeFevre. “I didn’t get the guys ready to play today. I accept responsibility for that. We have things we need to fix.”

On Friday, the Rams visit East Haven (10-5) to play at 4 p.m. On April 17, EH won 4-1 at CHS.

Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

Girls’ Golf (5-3)

The Rams visit Middlebury’s Lyman Orchards Golf Course to face host Mercy at 2:25 p.m.

Softball (13-1)

Riding a nine-game win streak, CHS hosts Guilford (12-3). First at 3 p.m., the rivals will pick up a scoreless game that was suspended for darkness in the 10th inning on April 17 at Guilford.

After finishing that contest, there will be a 20-minute break before the teams start their rematch.

Outdoor Track and Field (Girls, 5-2-1; Boys, 4-4)

To end the dual-meet season, Cheshire hosts Sheehan for Senior Day at 3:45 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (11-3)

CHS pits their three-match win streak against Amity (7-9) at 6 p.m.

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