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Despite Cheshire Public Schools being canceled until Thursday, Cheshire High School sports are still practicing and playing. The goal is to get Southern Connecticut Conference tournaments in before the upcoming state playoffs. Tournament summaries are below, along with football and cross country at the bottom.
Field Hockey (top seed; 15-1)
Cheshire hosts North Haven (eighth; 3-8-1-2) in Tuesday's quarterfinals at Quinnipiac University. Start time is 3:45 p.m. North Haven senior goalkeeper Kaleigh Hemstock had 21 saves on Oct. 18, but Cheshire won 1-0 at home. Senior Alyssa Hague assisted the game-winner from sophomore Kathleen Lima with 12:28 left. Senior goalkeeper Maria Blois had two saves in the shutout. Cheshire has won 14 straight games. Thursday's 3-1 win at Greenwich was the 50th for Head Coach Eileen Dunham!
The remainder of Tuesday's SCC quarterfinals
Mercy (sixth; 9-6-1) at Daniel Hand (third; 9-4-2-1) 6 p.m.
*Hand is defending champion
Hamden (fifth; 10-3-2) at Branford (fourth; 10-3-2-1) 3:45 p.m.
Sheehan (seventh; 6-7-2-1) at Guilford (second; 10-4-1-1) 3:45 p.m.
Thursday's semifinals at Guilford (4 and 6 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. at Guilford
Girls' Volleyball (top; 18-0)
CHS hosts North Haven (eighth; 12-7) in Wednesday's quarterfinal at 6 p.m. North Haven swept Joseph Foran (ninth; 11-8) 25-18, 25-19, 25-10 on Saturday. Cheshire has reached the final in 13 of the last 15 years. They have won seven titles (SCC record).
Amity (10th; 10-8) hosts Guilford (seventh; 11-7) on Tuesday in the first round at 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart Academy (sixth; 12-6) at Shelton (third; 15-3) 6:30 p.m.
*Shelton is defending champion
Amity/Mercy at Guilford (second; 15-3) 5 p.m.
Sheehan (fifth; 12-6) at Branford (fourth; 15-3) 6 p.m.
Thursday's semifinals at higher seeds
6 p.m. at North Haven
Boys' Soccer (top; 11-2-4)
Cheshire hosts Notre Dame-West Haven (fourth; 10-3-4) in Thursday's SCC semifinal. Time has yet to be announced. The Rams shut out defending champion Daniel Hand (eighth; 8-5-4) for the third time 1-0 in Saturday's quarterfinals. It went into double overtime. Cheshire hasn't lost since Oct. 4. ND-WH beat Career (fifth) in penalty kicks on Monday to complete a suspended game.
Fairfield Prep (second; 10-0-7) shut out Shelton (seventh; 8-6-3) 2-0
Hamden (sixth; 11-5) at Guilford (third; 9-2-5) 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday's first semifinal
Guilford/Hamden at Fairfield Prep 3:45 p.m.
10:30 a.m. at East Haven
Girls' Soccer (fifth; 11-4-2)
The Lady Rams visit Sacred Heart Academy (top; 15-1-1) in Thursday's SCC semifinal at 3 p.m. After each winning 2-0 on Sept. 13 and last Wednesday, respectively, Cheshire overcame a blizzard to defeat host Guilford 1-0 on Saturday. SHA shut out North Haven (eighth; 8-7-2) 3-0.
Mercy (seventh; 6-10) at Shelton (second; 12-1-3) 6 p.m.
*Shelton is defending champion
West Haven (sixth; 12-3-1) at Amity (third; 12-1-3) 2:30 p.m.
*At University of New Haven
Thursday's second semifinal
Shelton/Mercy vs. West Haven/Amity (TBA)
12:30 p.m. at East Haven
Girls' Swim and Dive
Swimmers travel to Southern Connecticut State University for Thursday's SCC Finals at 6 p.m. Cheshire has won all 17 years. This will be the last SCC meet for retiring Head Coach Ed Aston. Tuesday's qualifier starts 4 p.m. at West Haven. Diving Finals are Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at Hamden.
Schedule remains the same, with Cheshire visiting ND-WH (5-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. Game is being played at Veteran's Stadium in West Haven.
Since the Class S and SS races were postponed on Saturday, the Lady Rams are waiting to find out if they will qualify for Friday's State Open (2:45 p.m.) at Wickham Park in Manchester. An update on the race schedule is expected on Tuesday. CHS (124 points) finished third behind Glastonbury (115) and Ridgefield (83) in Class LL. Head Coach Rob Schaefer is optimistic that they can get a wild-card spot.
Boys' cross country took 14th (405) in Class LL. They will graduate 17 seniors.