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Cheshire High School field hockey (second seed; 20-2) won their eighth straight 5-1 against Simsbury (third; 15-3-0-1) in Wednesday's Class L semifinal at Wethersfield. Junior Michelle Federico had two first-half goals (2-0) and two assists, tying the single-season assist of junior Emma Farrel (goal, two assists) from last year!
Danielle Bellantonio posted goal and two assists (personal-best). Sophomore Erica Stauffer also scored and Miranda Garcia added an assist. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Fountain made seven saves.
CHS returns on Saturday to play for their second straight title and 10th overall, meeting Darien (top; 18-1) at 10 a.m. Darien defeated New Milford (fourth; 14-3-2) 1-0 in Weston. Cheshire beat Norwalk 1-0 for last year's crown.
Girls' Swimming (555 points)
Cheshire was second in the Class LL Final at Wesleyan University. Greenwich was first (816) and Amity earned third (517). Senior Taylor Deubel was the 100-yard breaststroke runner-up (1:06.04). Sophomore Sara Barlok, Deubel, sophomore Lindsay Smalec, and senior Jenna Cannata were third in 200-yard medley relay (1:50.55). Smalec was third in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.1) and fifth for the 100-yard butterfly (58.89). Cannata was sixth within the 50- (24.83) and 100-yard (53.8) freestyles. Senior Molly Condron (sixth, 1:00.61), junior Laura Mongillo (seventh, 1:01.53), and Barlok (ninth, 59.38) were leaders in backstroke. Freshman Lauren Pasinski was eighth in breastroke (1:09.87).
Saturday's State Open starts 12 p.m. at Yale University.
Photo of senior McKenzie Keddy was taken by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.
Girls' Volleyball (second seed; 21-1)
The Lady Rams carry an eight-match win streak into Thursday's Class LL semifinal against Fairfield Ludlowe (third; 19-1) at Joseph Foran in Milford. Start time is 5 p.m. It is the third semifinal appearance in a row for CHS.
Cheshire came back to defeat Staples (10th; 15-5) 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16) in Tuesday's quarterfinal. Fairfield Ludlowe beat defending champion Newtown (sixth; 15-5) 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21).
Darien (top; 20-0) and Southington (12th; 17-4) meet in tonight's second semifinal at 7 p.m.