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CHS Softball Explodes Offensively On Senior Night, Track And Field Athletes Set Sectional Records

May 19, 2014 by Greg Lederer

On Monday, Cheshire High School (11-4, 5-2 in Housatonic Division) defeated Jonathan Law (14-5) 20-5 to even the series. CHS hit six home runs and the game was stopped in the fifth inning (mercy rule).
Senior pitcher Jenna Bernard hit a two-run home run to put Law up 2-0, however, Cheshire scored eight times in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed again. Alexa DiLeo connected on a grand slam and fellow senior co-captain Bryanna McIntosh (single, three runs scored and RBIs) hit a three-run home run.
DiLeo added a two-run home run and a double, finishing with three hits and runs scored, along with six RBIs (personal-best). Sophomore Megan Hodgdon added another two-run home run. In the fifth, junior Olivia Odermatt (four hits and RBIs, three runs scored) hit another two-run blast and then senior Anisa Chaudhry ended the game with her varsity hit (solo home run).
Junior Casey Harding (RBI) had three hits and two runs scored. Senior Courtney Goggin and junior Andrea Russo both singled twice, walked, and scored runs. Junior Sara Como added an RBI triple, walk, and two runs scored. Classmate Maggie O'Reilly singled and drew a walk.
Freshman Abbie Abramson (nine hits, three walks, strikeout) collected her first varsity victory. McIntosh, DiLeo (captain), Chaudhry, Goggin, and Alyssa Hajjar were honored on Senior Night.
Bernard added a two-run single, driving in four of Law's five runs.
Photo of first-year head coach Kristine Drust congratulating McIntosh was taken by Jim Brandolini/Cheshire Herald.
The Lady Rams host Shelton (5-11, 2-5) on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. With a win, Cheshire would tie Amity as Housatonic Champions.
CHS earned a 10-0 road win over Shelton on April 11.
Outdoor Track And Field (Boys, 85; Girls, 90.85)
Cheshire teams earned fourth in the Southern Connecticut Conference East Sectional at Amity.
Senior Selina Sampieri led the girls' team. She eclipsed her own meet record in pole vault (11 feet), winning the crown for the second straight year. Sampieri also won the 100-meter hurdles (15.98) and finished fourth in triple jump (32’4”).
Sophomore Janaia Skibitcky placed in the long (16’10.75”) and triple (34’1”) jumps. CHS collected fourth places from senior Patricia Larson (shot put, 32’6.5”) and freshman Elizabeth Goul (high jump, 4’6”). Sophomore Madison Hunt clocked 17.33 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, joining seniors Kimmi Grove (400-meters, 1:01.78) and Denise Costello (1,600-meters, 5:28.12) with five places.
On the boys' side, senior Chibueze Njoku posted a new meet record in shot put (48’2”). Njoku added a silver medal in discus (148’9”). Sophomore Ethan LaChance (javelin, 153’11”) and junior Mark Fusco (800-meters, 2:00.85) added runner-up places. Fusco also helped his 4x800-meter relay team (senior Trey Phillips, juniors Steve Caldwell and Russell Adam; 8:21.91) earn second.
Seniors Yadi Lukashenko (long jump, 20’5”) and Tyler Post (200-meters, 23.23) nabbed bronze.
The SCC Championship is May 27 at Sheehan. Start time is 1 p.m.
Baseball (12-6, Housatonic Co-Champ at 6-2)
In sweeping a series, Cheshire won 8-3 at Daniel Hand (8-3). CHS used five runs to seize a 5-1 lead in the second inning.
Senior Dan Schock (two RBIs, run scored) singled twice and hit his fifth home run. Junior Ryan Pierpont supplied a two-run triple, single, three RBIs, and scored a run.
CHS received two singles from junior Adam vonFischer (two runs scored) and sophomore Tommy Savino (two RBIs, run scored).
Senior pitcher Ethan Lonardelli (seven hits, two strikeouts) gave up a run in six innings, improving to 6-2. Junior Connor Gunneson (four hits, strikeout and walk) worked the seventh.
The Rams travel to Foran on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. Cheshire beat them 3-2 on April 17.
Boys' Volleyball (14-2, six-time defending SCC Champion)
In the SCC finale, Cheshire swept 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-21) at Amity (4-13, 3-5). By sweeping the series, the Rams have won seven straight.
Senior Ted Li had 13 kills, two blocks, and an ace. Classmates Pat Lindner (seven kills, dig, block), Trent Hager (25 assists, two kills), and Colin Haensel (five kills, block, ace) also contributed.
On Wednesday, Cheshire hosts Lewis Mills (5-7) at 6 p.m. Anthony Carbone (captain), Eric Cusano (captain), Lindner (captain), Hager, Haensel, Li, Greg Zane will be honored on Senior Night.
CHS won 3-0 on April 21 at Lewis Mills.
Boys' Golf (8-4-1)
The Rams lost 141-153 against host Daniel Hand at Madison Country Club. Senior Jake Ecke and junior Chris Simione posted a 37, while senior Tom Arisco added a 38. Freshman Dan Schena recorded a 41.
Cheshire visits Laurel View Country Club on Tuesday to play host Hamden at 2:30 p.m.
Girls' Tennis (10-4)
At Doolittle Park, Cheshire secured their seventh consecutive victory 6-1 against host Lyman Hall (4-12).
CHS visits East Haven for Friday's regular season finale at 3:45 p.m. Cheshire won the first meeting 6-1 on April 14.
Boys' Tennis (9-7)
Defending SCC Division I Champion Daniel Hand (14-1) swept visiting CHS 7-0 for the second time.
The Rams end the regular season with Wednesday's trip to Shelton (6-9) at 3:45 p.m.
Girls' Golf (4-11)
CHS (225) defeated Woodstock Academy (228) at Blue Fox Run, falling to host Avon (182). Junior Dana Zappone (51), sophomore Savannah DeBauche (55), freshman Sophia Qiu (58), and junior Olivia Villecco (61) scored for Cheshire.
The Lady Rams host Newington on Tuesday at 3 p.m. CHS lost 239-244 on April 10.
Remainder of Tuesday's varsity slate:
Girls' Lacrosse (10-4)
Cheshire travels to Glastonbury (13-0) at 4:30 p.m.

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