DePaolo Propels CHS Boys' Golf To SCC Crown On Tuesday, Girls' Lacrosse And Softball Teams Advance In States

DePaolo Propels CHS Boys' Golf To SCC Crown On Tuesday, Girls' Lacrosse And Softball Teams Advance In States

On Tuesday at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Cheshire High School boys’ golf tied Daniel Hand for first place (315) in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship. It was the first co-championship in 13 years.

Playing on his home course, Cheshire senior co-captain AJ DePaolo took medalist and tied for the lowest score (69) set in the event. Back in 2002, Cheshire’s Dan Day also posted a 69 at the New Haven Country Club.

Sophomores Dylan Gillotti and Jack DeJoseph both shot a 79, while junior co-captain Jack Brewster tallied a 88. Senior Sam Gravel added an 91.

With the title, the Cheshire athletic program set a new record for SCC crowns (nine) in a single school year. Amity (2005-06, 2015-16) and Daniel Hand (2017-18) had previously claimed eight championships.

On June 5, CHS boys’ golf travels to Hebron’s Tallwood Country Club for the Division I match. Start time is 7:30 a.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse (seventh seed, 16-3)

In the Class L First Round, the Rams won 14-10 over Southington (10th seed, 18-2) to extend their win streak to seven games.

CHS jumped ahead just 35 seconds into the game, as senior Sophia Surato scored on a feed from classmate Ava Matikowski.

Southington responded with a 3-0 run to take the lead. Senior Makayla Winegar netted consecutive goals and junior Auria Mullins put in another tally.

Matikowski set up Cheshire’s second goal, finding senior Lauren Samela for a shot in the middle with 14:53 left in the first half.

Southington went up 4-2 on a goal by Mullins, but in a key play, the Lady Knights received a yellow card with 12:20 remaining before intermission. While the penalty lasted for only two minutes, CHS got their momentum going and proceeded to end the first half on a 6-1 surge.

Four straight goals propelled Cheshire to a 6-4 lead. Harris had two goals in that stretch, while junior Stella Tessier and senior Alex Lucas also scored.

Mullins found the back of the net to end the Southington drought, however Harris and Tessier both tallied goals in the final three minutes of the first half.

Winning draws enabled the Rams gain separation and keep the ball away from the Lady Knights.

In the second half, Tessier scored three times. Her last tally put CHS up 12-7 with 12:30 left.

Matikowski scored twice in the final 10 minutes, helping Cheshire win their final home game.

Tessier finished with five goals. Harris had three goals and an assist, while Matikowski (two assists) and Lucas both earned two goals.

Senior goalkeeper Audrey Bronson made six saves.

Winegar led Southington with four goals. Mullins had a hat trick.

For quarterfinal action on Friday, the Rams visit defending champion New Canaan (second seed, 16-3) to play at 5 p.m.

Softball (sixth seed, 17-6)

To start Class LL play, Cheshire won 3-0 over Westhill (27th seed, 8-13). Senior Karissa Spring pitched a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

In the first inning, Spring reached on a walk, stole second base, and came around to score after two fielding errors.

CHS added runs in the fourth and fifth. Freshman Jordan McCue (home run) and sophomore Tai Byrd (double) contributed RBI hits.

Senior Jordan Chymbor added a double.

On Wednesday, Cheshire hosts Trumbull (11th seed, 16-7) at 4:30 p.m.

Baseball (17th seed, 12-9)

CHS finished up with a 3-0 loss at Danbury (16th seed, 13-8) in the Class LL First Round. Danbury went up 1-0 in the first inning and then added two runs in the sixth.

Senior tri-captain Ryan Murphy, junior Daniel Margolies, and sophomore Bennett Crerar had singles for the Rams.

In six innings, senior pitcher Ben Strout yielded eight hits and a walk. He had four strikeouts.

For the Hatters, senior Jacob Ditscher pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.

Cheshire will graduate Murphy, tri-captains Ryan Barbieri and Mike Simeone, Charlie Dusek, Noah Rockoff, Strout, Drew Vagts, Anthony Votto, and Andrew Xu.

Boys’ Tennis (15th seed, 9-11)

The Rams dropped a Class L quarterfinal, 7-0, at New Canaan (10th seed, 12-6).

Remainder of Wednesday’s varsity schedule:

Girls’ Golf (12-4-1)

In the regular-season finale at Southington Country Club, Cheshire faces Newington at 2:45 p.m.

Outdoor Track and Field

CHS boys and girls visit New Britain’s Willow Brook Park for the Class L Championship. Field events kick off at 4 p.m. and track races start at 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse (top seed, 15-3)

Riding a five-game win streak, CHS hosts Newington (16th seed, 8-9) in the Class M First Round at 6 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (sixth seed, 18-4)

In the Class M First Round, Cheshire plays Putnam (11th seed, 10-10) at 6 p.m. CHS has won five straight matches.


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