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Rams Tennis, Softball, Boys' V-Ball, And Boys' Golf Teams Extend Strong Play

Tennis player Shawn Lawless is captaining Cheshire boys' tennis this year. Photo by Greg Lederer.

On Tuesday, Mike Anastasio teamed with Luke Hayden at number two doubles on the tennis court.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ tennis (14-4) finished their regular season with a 6-1 victory over Notre Dame-West Haven (2-12). Cheshire went 2-0 against their rival this spring.

Sophomore Brayden Stratton (6-0, 6-1), freshman Mark Laskin (6-0, 6-1), and senior captain Shawn Lawless (6-1, 6-0) were victorious from second to fourth singles.

“I think I played pretty well,” reflected Lawless. “It was good to end the (regular) season in a good way.”

Junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays won 6-4, 6-1 at number one doubles. Senior Mike Anastasio and junior Luke Hayden posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the second spot.

The Rams claimed the third doubles position by default.

Tuesday’s match represented Senior Day for Lawless and Anastasio.

“It is a bittersweet moment,” stated Lawless. “I want to finish strong in SCCs (Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament) and states.”

Cheshire won six more regular-season matches than they did last season.

“I think we played pretty well,” stated Lawless. “We have an easier schedule this year, but I feel that our team is better. Our doubles (teams) have really made strides since last year.” 

Cheshire now awaits seeding for Saturday’s SCC quarterfinals.

In singles, freshman Mark Laskin went 18-0 in the regular season this year.

Girls’ Tennis (11-3)

In their regular-season finale, CHS picked up a 6-1 victory at Branford (6-11) and swept their series. The Rams received a singles sweep from junior Alex Orlins (6-1, 7-6 (8-6)), senior tri-captain Anja Josef (6-1, 6-3), and juniors Eva Curran (6-2, 6-0) and Hailey Weissman (6-0, 6-0). 

In doubles, the junior teams of Ashley Lentini and Tannistha Thumatti and Leah Pisani and Elle Shaw both won 6-1, 6-2.

Like the Cheshire boys, the girls’ team plays next in Saturday’s SCC quarterfinals.

Softball (18-1)

The Rams scored five runs in the first inning and went on to secure their 14th straight win, 14-2, over host Wilbur Cross (3-14) at Blake Field in New Haven. CHS went 2-0 against the Governors this year.

In this meeting, senior Taylor Kozlowski and junior Marina Gronbach combined to pitch a three-hitter. Along with picking up the win in the circle, Kozlowski smacked a triple at the plate.

Sophomore Jenica Matos picked up her first two varsity hits, both singles. Senior Emma Ballschmieder supplied a double.

Junior Julia Miller and sophomores Ava Pearson and Lyla Blair added singles.

On Thursday, CHS closes the regular season against Daniel Hand at 4:15 p.m. Emma Ballschmieder, Karla Carangelo, and Kozlowski will be honored on Senior Day.

Back on May 1, Cheshire defeated the Tigers, 5-0, in Madison.

Boys’ Volleyball (15-3)

The Rams extended their win streak to seven matches, winning 3-1 (25-7, 25-15, 14-25, 25-14) at Amity (7-13) in Woodbridge. CHS won by the same score on May 8 at home.

In the rematch, sophomore Bradley Fang compiled 38 assists, an ace, a block, and a dig. Senior tri-captain Will Allen recorded 12 kills, five digs, and a block, while junior tri-captain Matti Lilback earned 11 kills, three blocks, and a dig.

Junior Jacob D’Addona posted seven kills and served four aces. He added a dig.

Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes supplied six kills, three blocks, and an ace. Junior Gordon Johns tallied five kills, five digs, and three aces.

Junior Jake Tierney chipped in six digs.

For Friday’s Senior Night, the Rams face Daniel Hand at 6 p.m. Allen, Hayes, Keegan Grace, and Miles Spataj will be introduced in a pre-match ceremony.

On May 3, Cheshire posted a 3-0 sweep in Madison.

Boys’ Golf (9-3)

At Brownson Country Club, Cheshire posted a 156-173 victory over host Shelton. Senior Josh Wildstein and junior Dylan Gillotti both had a 38, while senior captain Jack Brewster and junior Jack DeJoseph tallied a 40 each. 

On Wednesday at Southington Country Club, Cheshire hosts North Haven at 2:30 p.m.

Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

Girls’ Golf (9-3)

CHS travels to Madison Country Club to play host Daniel Hand at 2:30 p.m.

Baseball (3-15)

The Rams visit Guilford (12-6) to compete at 4 p.m. On April 22, the Grizzlies won 10-5 at CHS.

Girls’ Lacrosse (8-7)

Cheshire ends the regular season against Mercy (4-11) at 6 p.m. Before the game, tri-captains Sella Cahill, Kate Hangen, and Stella Tessier, along with manager Mackenzie Lewis, will be recognized on Senior Night.

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