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Cheshire High School started the spring sports season on Wednesday:
in the head coaching debut of Kristine Drust, the Lady Rams earned an 8-6 win at Mercy (defending Southern Connecticut Conference Champion). Junior pitcher Mackenzie Juodaitis had five strikeouts, walking a batter.
Classmates Olivia Odermatt (two hits, RBI, run scored) and Casey Harding (hit, RBI, two runs scored), senior Courtney Goggin (hit, RBI, run scored), and sophomore Megan Hodgdon (hit, two RBIs, run scored) were hitting leaders.
The Lady Rams play East Haven in Thursday's home opener at 3:45 p.m.
Boys' Volleyball (1-0)
Cheshire posted an opening 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-19, 26-24) of Glastonbury. Senior Trent Hager had 35 assists (personal-best), adding seven digs and two aces. Classmates Pat Lindner (12 kills), Anthony Carbone (10 kills, six digs), and Ted Li (eight kills, five blocks, three digs) also contributed heavily.
CHS hosts defending Class M Champion Oxford on Friday at 6 p.m.
Girls' Tennis (1-0)
The Lady Rams posted a 6-1 win against Sacred Heart Academy. Senior twin sisters Christy and Katie Freitag (6-1, 6-3), senior Ashley Tartaglia and junior Sidney Tomko (6-1, 6-2), and senior Katie Lynch and sophomore Katherine Wang (7-5, 4-6, 6-0) posted a doubles sweep. Senior Nadja Pejovic (6-2, 6-4), junior Sara Bruce (6-0, 6-3), and sophomore Amanda Murray (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) were winners in singles.
Cheshire travels to Branford on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
Girls' Outdoor Track and Field (2-0)
The Lady Rams defeated host Jonathan Law (88-61) and Guilford (89-61).
Cheshire hosts Shelton in next Tuesday's home opener at 3:45 p.m.
Boys' Lacrosse (0-1)
CHS lost 9-7 against Southington. The score was knotted 4-4 until Southington scored four goals between the third and fourth quarters. The Blue Knights led 4-3 at halftime.
Senior Matt Samuelson had two goals and an assist, while junior Matt Blois added a goal and two assists. Seniors Ben Hamel, Lucas Marcouiller, Matt Rougeot, and junior Christian Russo had goals. Marcouiller hadn't scored on varsity before.
Junior Anthony Trasacco assisted Rougeot. Senior goalkeeper Jared Lawson made 21 saves.
Cheshire visits Shelton on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Rams came up short 6-1 against Notre Dame-West Haven. CHS tied the score 1-1 when junior Ryan Pierpont had a two-out double to score sophomore Tommy Savino (single) in the fifth. The Green Knights answered with five runs during the sixth.
Senior Wes Robertson, along with juniors Richie Mills and Alex vonFischer, added hits. Senior left-hander Ethan Lonardelli took the loss. Junior Connor Gunneson relieved him the seventh.
Cheshire visits Career Magnet (0-1) on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
Boys' Golf (0-1)
At Portland Golf Club, Cheshire lost 161-171 to host Xavier. Senior Jake Ecke was the medalist at 36. Junior Chris Simione (43), along with seniors Tom Arisco (44) and Ben Kaplan (48), completed the scorers.
Cheshire hosts North Haven in Thursday's home opener at The Farms Country Club. Start time is 3 p.m.
Girls' Golf (0-1)
CHS was defeated 216-245 by Canton at Southington Country Club. Freshman Sophia Qiu (52), junior Dana Zappone (58), sophomores Savannah DeBauche (65) and Olivia Hally (70) and Olivea Kieffer (71) competed.
The Lady Rams visit Indian Hill Country Club on Thursday to play host Newington at 3 p.m.
Boys' Tennis (0-1)
The Rams lost 7-0 at Amity. It was the head coaching debut of Justin Lucht.
CHS faces Daniel Hand in Friday's home opener at 3:45 p.m.
Boys' Outdoor Track and Field
Cheshire visits Sheehan for Thursday's opener at 3:45 p.m.
Photos of Lonardelli (baseball) and Bruce (girls' tennis) were taken by Allen Paul/Cheshire Herald. Photos of Russo (boys' lacrosse), along with junior Dan Ward and Carbone (boys' volleyball), were shot by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.