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CHS Girls' Volleyball Caps Unbeaten Season With Class LL Title, Field Hockey Ends As L Runner-Up Again

November 17, 2013 by Greg Lederer

Cheshire High School girls' volleyball (top seed, 27-0) beat Staples (2nd, 22-3) 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17) for the Class LL crown at Berlin, securing the first unbeaten campaign for Head Coach Sue Bavone (403-78 since 1994). Bavone previously won titles in 1997-98 and 2007. Junior libero Maria Buzzelli received Class LL MVP after having 21 digs and three aces. Junior Jillian Haberli (18; five digs) and senior Laura Heynen (nine digs, seven assists, two aces) totaled 24 kills. Junior Sarah Rodgers supplied 32 assists and 10 digs. With a longer season, the 2013 team set a school record for wins.
Senior captains Eryn Dorsey and Becca Ligi, along with classmates Phoebe Carmichael, Kathleen Hastie, Heynen, Eva Whelan, and Melanie Clarke (manager) went 90-8 in four years! They added to records for Housatonic Division (six) and SCC (three) crowns.
Photos of the team and Dorsey family were taken by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.

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Field Hockey (second, 20-3)
For the second straight year, Cheshire came up short against Darien in the Class L final at Wethersfield. Senior Michelle Federico scored the first goal three minutes and 57 seconds into the second half, but Darien tallied three goals to defend the title 3-1. Junior Erica Stauffer assisted Federico. Senior goalkeeper Maddy Levy had 13 saves.
Darien senior Hollis Perticone made two penalty strokes. Her second goal was the game-winner with 2:01 left. Junior Kyla Johns also added a goal with 1:12 remaining.
Cheshire graduates Federico (captain), Olivia Larson (captain), Danielle Bellantonio, Emma Farrel, Levy, Allie Rosadino, Ashley Tartaglia, and Sammy Trott (manager). They leave with the most wins (74-13-1-1) at CHS, along with records for SCC regular season/tournament three-peats. This was the third straight year that Cheshire made the Class L final. They won the school's ninth crown in 2011.
Tartaglia, Farrel, Rosadino, Levy, Bellantonio, Federico, and Larson are pictured below the volleyball photo. Photo taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald.

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Girls' Swimming
CHS finished 10th (183 points) in the State Open at Yale University. Junior Lindsay Smalec became 100-yard butterfly runner-up (57.61), taking seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.7). Senior Laura Mongillo and junior Ellie Senft teamed with Smalec in the 200-yard medley (freshman Lily Kurtz; fifth, 1:50.53) and 400-yard freestyle (senior Denise Costello; fourth, 3:38.02) relays.
Mongillo placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.15), while Kurtz claimed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.44). Senft set a personal record in the 100-yard freestyle (20th, 54.68) and secured 21st in the 50-yard event (25.35). In order to sprint in the latter event, she had to win a swim-off in a time of 24.88 (best time). In her final meet, Costello added 24th in the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.33).
Darien was the champion (497) for the second straight year.

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