CHS Softball, Boys' Lacrosse, And Boys' Volleyball Teams Advance In States, Ciccone Claims Track Crown, Girls' Golfers Win On The Links

CHS Softball, Boys' Lacrosse, And Boys' Volleyball Teams Advance In States, Ciccone Claims Track Crown, Girls' Golfers Win On The Links

In the Class LL Second Round on Wednesday, Cheshire High School softball (sixth seed, 18-6) won 6-3 over Trumbull (11th seed, 16-8).

The Eagles went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Senior Maura Carbone led off with a long fly ball to right and took second on the play.

Carbone advanced to third on a ground out. After a walk, she scored on a bunt by freshman Kylie Lucia.

CHS tied the game in the bottom half. Freshman Ava Pearson reached on an error and then senior pitcher Karissa Spring laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Another error allowed sophomore Tai Byrd to reach base. Trumbull got a strikeout, but then a wild pitch allowed Pearson to score the tying run.

In the third, the Eagles loaded the bases on a single and a pair of fielder’s choices, however, Spring induced a ground out to get out of the jam.

The Rams came right back to snap the tie in the bottom of the third. Spring just missed hitting a home run to left, but she still reached on a hit by pitch.

Byrd drove her in with an RBI single. On the throw, Byrd took second base.

Carangelo followed with an RBI double to bring in freshman pinch runner Avery Radford and put the Rams up 3-1.

CHS extended their lead during the fourth. Sophomore catcher Erin Hersh drew a leadoff walk and sophomore Mia Norton came in to run for her.

Senior Jordan Chymbor extended the inning with a single. Trumbull got a ground out, but with two outs, Spring hammered a two-run double to right center.

Byrd worked a walk and then Carangelo hit an RBI single to propel Cheshire to a 6-1 advantage.

In the fifth, the Eagles used a hit by pitch and a single to put runners on base. Freshman Madison Pippa supplied an RBI ground out.

During the sixth, Trumbull took advantage of an error and an infield single by senior Caroline Cummings to cut the deficit to 6-3, however, Chymbor made three key catches in right field to limit the Eagles to just one run.

Spring pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts, two walks, and a hit by pitch in the victory.

Hersh walked twice in the game. Freshman Jordan McCue also drew a walk for the Rams.

On Friday, Cheshire heads to Newtown (third seed, 19-2) for a quarterfinal game. The start time has yet to be announced.

Boys’ Lacrosse (top seed, 16-3)

The Rams extended their win streak to six games, posting a 25-4 victory over Newington (16th seed, 8-11) in the Class M First Round. CHS took a 21-2 lead at halftime.

Junior Adam Vernon tied his career-high goal total with six, adding an assist.

Sophomore Sean Grevelding posted three goals and cracked the 100 mark (101). He distributed five assists in the win.

Junior Ryan Grove went 21-for-21 on face-offs. He also netted a goal.

Senior quad-captain Charles Kurtz compiled two goals and two assists. Senior quad-captain Ben Thompson and junior Matt Jeffery both had two goals and an assist.

Senior Colin Grevelding also put in two goals.

Sophomores Paul Wable and Ryan Ciupa both supplied a goal and an assist.

Freshmen Sean Kennedy, JC Sutherland, and Richie Muli all earned their first goals and points.

Sophomores Brady Potyrala and Aniston Marsh additionally scored goals.

With an assist, freshman Cosmo Botti tallied his first point. Sophomore Tommy Wilkinson contributed his first assist, as well.

Sophomore Luke Mongillo controlled seven of 11 face-offs. In net, senior Connor Atwater and sophomore Joe Grenier both made four saves.

In their final home game on Saturday, the Rams will host a quarterfinal against Joel Barlow (eighth seed, 9-8) at 3 p.m. In the first meeting on May 12, Cheshire won 18-3.

Boys’ Volleyball (sixth seed, 19-4)

For the Class M First Round, the Rams picked up their sixth consecutive win, 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-16), over Putnam (11th seed, 10-11).

Senior tri-captain Matt Irizarry finished with 24 assists, three digs, and three kills. Junior tri-captain Will Allen posted eight kills, three aces, and an assist.

Junior Connor Hayes (two digs) and senior tri-captain Jason Cafourek (dig) both put down six kills. Sophomore Matti Lilback had four kills and three aces.

On Friday, the Rams travel for a quarterfinal at Rockville (third seed, 18-3) at 6 p.m.

Outdoor Track and Field

Cheshire athletes competed in the Class L Championship at Willow Brook in New Britain. The girls garnered 38 points to finish seventh overall.

Junior Alexa Ciccone won the 3,200-meters and lowered her school record to 10:54.87. She also teamed with sophomore Leah Farrell and juniors Julia Rubin and Mia Vientos to place fourth in the 4x800-meter relay (9:41.48).

For the hurdles, junior Squirrel Lanz earned third in the 100- (15.29) and 300-meters (44.75). She eclipsed her previous Cheshire record for the latter event.

Farrell took third in the 400-meters (58.49) and Vientos secured ninth in the 800-meters (2:24.17). Those girls teamed with Lanz and Rubin to take sixth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:09.57).

Junior Nicole Emede contributed seventh place in the shot put (30’7.25”).

On the boys’ side, senior Mike DeJoseph, juniors James Ferraro and Tyler Caron, and sophomore James Boyd finished 10th in the 4x800-meter relay (8:38.34).

On June 5, athletes will return to New Britain for the State Open. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and track races start at 2 p.m.

Girls’ Golf (13-4-1)

CHS finished the regular season with a 203-212 victory over Newington at Southington Country Club. Senior captain Sydney Hidalgo finished as the medalist (42).

Junior Sophia DelRosso shot a 47. Sophomores Olivia Beach and Haley Hannan tallied a 55 and 59, respectively.

On Thursday, Cheshire visits Stratford’s Black Hawk Country Club for the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at 9 a.m.


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