SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Maloney track has a big night in the Big Apple; Platt recognizes McCarty for win No. 500; Cheshire tops Sheehan in girls hoop

MERIDEN — The Maloney girls indoor track team took a sweet bite of the Big Apple competing at the Steve Borbet Invitational at the New York Armory this weekend.

Bria Benigni broke a 23-year-old school record in winning the 800 meters and several other Spartans qualified for the CIAC Class L state meet with their performances at New York City’s fabled facility at 216 Fort Washington Avenue.

Benigni ran a 2:24.89 in the 800, breaking by nearly 10 seconds the previous Maloney record Stephanie Peruta set during the 1998-99 season.

Benigni was also second in the 1000 meters with a time of 3:03.82.

Fellow sophomore Mia Carbone placed third in the 400 at 1:04.40 and junior Ellie Cloutier was eighth in the same race in 1:06.57.

Also for the Spartans, senior Mackenzie McCormack qualified for the Class L state meet in the 55 meters with a third-place time of 8.03.

Junior Savannah Vasquez qualified with a 5:49 in the 1600. 

Girls basketball

Cheshire 49, Sheehan 30: The host Rams tore off an extended run of 19-1 in the second half to beat their border rivals for the first time since 2016.

With the SCC Housatonic game standing at 28-25 Cheshire in the third quarter, the Rams gained separation with nine unanswered points, then extended the surge into the fourth quarter.

Grace Lurz (13) and Amelia Perlini (11) both scored in double figures to lead Cheshire. Tess Givens added nine.

Cheshire now stands at 4-3, Sheehan at 5-3.

Southington 45, Darien 23: The Lady Knights ran their undefeated record to 9-0 with the non-conference clampdown of the Blue Wave in Southington.

Up 21-15 at the break, Southington outscored Darien 12-2 in the third quarter and 24-8 overall for the second half.

Lily Cooper led the way with 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Gabby D’Angelo hit twice from beyond the arc and finished with eight points.

Boys basketball

Maloney 61, New Milford 40: A 22-point second quarter quickly erased a 10-8 deficit and propelled the Spartans to the non-conference win over the Green Wave in New Milford.

Tijion Johnson deposited four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points to lead Maloney. Donte Kelly added 14 points and Marquis Ward was good for 12.

The Spartans are now 2-3.

New Milford (0-8) got 10 points from both Cameron Perez and Stephan Spampinato.


Platt: The Panthers honored coach Bryan McCarty for his 500th career win, then got going on the next 100 by going 2-1 at their home quad against Cheshire, Amity and Brien McMahon.

Platt blanked Cheshire 79-0 and topped Amity 45-36. The West Siders fell to McMahon 45-33. They are now 12-4 on the season.

Seven Panthers went 3-0 on Saturday: Cesar Rodriguez, Jereck Echeveria, Caiden Talento, Jussiel Espinal, Darren Gibbons, Matt Merrigan and Cristian Taylor.

Maloney: The Spartans went 2-2 to finish third at the Enfield Duals.

Maloney beat East Longmeadow, Mass 42-24 and Rockville 59-24 and lost to West Springfield, Mass. 59-24 and Trumbull 72-12.

Onil Carrion and Mike Reddick were both unbeaten on the day for the Spartans. Carrion wrestled at 120, Reddick at heavyweight.

Daejon Nixon (195) and Luis Delgado (220) were both 3-1. Saleem Saleh was 2-2 at 138.

Southington: Ben Gorr captured the 132-pound division to lead the Blue Knights to a third-place finish at the Greater Hartford Open at Hall High Shcool.

Aaron Mysatyukow was runner-up at 220 pounds for Southington.

Jared Mangiafico (113), Josh Howard (126), Colton Thorpe (138) and Luis Matias (195) all wrestled back to take third place in their divisions.


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