In the Southern Connecticut Conference Division II quarterfinals on Saturday, Cheshire High School boys’ basketball (sixth seed, 5-8) fell 69-54 to host Daniel Hand (third seed, 8-5) at Daniel C. Polson Middle School in Madison.
Back on March 7, CHS outlasted Hand, 59-56, in double overtime, but the Tigers avenged that loss and earned a split of the season series.
Momentum shifted early in the rematch. Hand jumped out to a 9-0 advantage, but Cheshire responded with a 13-2 run to take their only lead in the first quarter. In that spurt, junior Luke Nieman hit a pair of three-pointers and senior Sincere Myers tallied a three-point play.
Sophomore Jack Markarian netted a layup and senior tri-captain Conner DeLaubell made two foul shots.
Cheshire’s lead was short-lived, as Hand drained three three-pointers during an 11-0 run to close the first quarter. The Tigers also ended the second on a 7-0 spurt to go up 37-22 at halftime. Hand led 40-22 in the third quarter, however the Rams twice cut the deficit to seven points in the fourth. DeLaubell, who scored eight of his 12 points after halftime, sank three-pointers to end the third quarter and open the fourth.
Senior tri-captain Yasha Laskin tallied all of his 10 points in the second half. During the third quarter, he recorded a pair of three-point plays and scored on a runner in the lane.
Nieman was Cheshire’s top scorer with 13 points, 11 coming in the first half. He drained three three-pointers.
Myers and Markarian contributed nine and eight points, respectively. Senior Samson Portal made two foul shots in the second quarter.
For Hand, senior Nick Donofrio (17) and junior Danny Hilmer (15) were the game’s top point-scorers.
Cheshire will graduate DeLaubell, tri-captain Cole Feinauer, Laskin, Shea Cronin, Charles Fei, Brandon Mai, Sincere Myers, and Portal this year.
In the SCC final at Sheehan, senior tri-captain Noah Duncan earned fourth place (392.30) to secure All-SCC honors for the second consecutive season. Duncan cracked the top-six overall in all of his four years.
Juniors Evan Simonetta (12th, 272.85) and Andrew Wang (15th, 238.65) also represented the Rams on Saturday.
CHS has scheduled their SCC virtual swim meet for next Thursday at the Cheshire Community Pool. Start time will be 6 p.m.
Indoor Track and Field
At New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center, Cheshire competed in their final dual meet against Amity.
On her birthday, junior Kira Zawalich sprinted to win the 300-meters (44.88) and 55-meter hurdles (9.48). Senior quad-captain Kristen Daddi won the 1,000- (3:52.04) and 3,200-meters (14:37.61).
Freshman Molly Lanz (long jump, 13 feet, two inches) and sophomore Valeriya Shlyk (shot put, 27'8.75") were victorious in field events. Junior Riley Hanover finished second in the 300-meters (45.02) and high jump (4'4").
Senior quad-captain Seymone Rosenberg (long jump, 13'0"), juniors Emma Lepisto (55-meter hurdles, 9.76) and Daniella Petronio (3,200-meters, 14:51.07), and sophomores Gigi Ranoldo (1,000-meters, 4:08.70) and Elise Hurlburt (shot put, 24'10") also came in second.
For boys, freshman Tyler Caron captured the 1,000-meters (2:53.67). Juniors Joseph Ranoldo (34'1.50”) and Josh Koppel (33'1") were the top finishers in shot put.