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WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Maloney girls tennis, Wilcox golf rise on Meriden Rivalry Day; Southington golfers shoot 142; Southington tennis hits 15-win mark; Rams advance to SCC volleyball final

WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Maloney girls tennis, Wilcox golf rise on Meriden Rivalry Day; Southington golfers shoot 142; Southington tennis hits 15-win mark; Rams advance to SCC volleyball final

Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN — On Rivalry Wednesday in the Silver City, the Maloney girls tennis team joined its softball counterpart in pinning a defeat on Platt.

The Wilcox Tech golf team, however, kept it from being an All-East Side afternoon, outshooting the Spartans and Panthers for a second time this season at Hunter Golf Course.

Ryan Pellegrino crafted a medal round of 42 and the Indians compiled a team score of 209 to win by four strokes over Maloney and 51 over Platt.

Now 20-3 overall, Wilcox also got scoring from Chris Brunetti (53), Cole Maluszewski (56) and Alex Segaline (58).

Maloney, which moved to 8-10 overall with the split and 7-7 in the CCC South with the win over Platt, was led by Josh Farnsworth’s 48. Shoab Noori (54), Matt Bahre (55) and Ben Pierce (56) completed the card.

Platt (0-16) was paced by Refat Hossain’s 62.

The three Meriden teams will reconvene at Hunter next Tuesday to compete in the Meriden Junior Championships.

As for the girls tennis match at Maloney, the host Spartans completed a season sweep of the Panthers with a 5-2 verdict.

Doubles did the damage for the home team. Led by Abby and Haley Lespier’s 6-1, 6-0 victory over Platt’s Isabella Martin and Afsana Khanom at No. 1, the Spartans won all three matches in straight sets.

Julia Owen and Samantha Pirruccio were 6-3, 6-0 winners over Jada Rogoz and Anahi Guiterrez at No. 2. Sabrina Vaillancourt and Emily Rhee got past Tatyana Maldonado and Eda Ahiskalioglu 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.

Singles were split. Platt got its wins at the top of the card. Julia Misner beat Madison Clancy 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 match. Rheanna Hastings topped Alissa Hoffman 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2.

Maloney countered with victories from No. 3 Aryana Agli (6-0, 6-2 over Mylashia Armour) and No. 4 Kaitlyn Valentine (6-0, 6-1 over Julia Bessler).

Maloney finished the regular season at 12-5, Platt at 5-14. The Spartans have qualified for the Class M state tournament. 


Southington 142, Simsbury 146: The Blue Knights shot a season-low team score to top the Trojans in a CCC West showdown at Hawks Landing.

It was the final match of the regular season. Southington, which had hit for 148 on Monday against Plainville and for 149 on four different occasions earlier in the year, finished at 11-3-1.

The Blue Knights will play in the Division I state tournament on June 3 at Timberlin. 

Lyman Hall 167, Wilbur Cross 230: Medalist Dan Doherty shot par with a 36 and Owen Twohill came in with a 3-over to pace the Trojans at Alling Memorial Golf Course.

Lyman Hall capped the regular season at 10-8 with additional scoring from Zach Wolanski (43) and Braden Kowalik (49).

The Trojans next play in the Division II state tournament on June 4 at New Britain’s Stanley Golf Course.

Boys lacrosse

Southington 7, Avon 4: The victory over the Falcons at Avon’s Buckingham Field sends the Blue Knights into the Class L state tournament at 10-6.

Goaltender Garrett Brown kept Avon scoreless in the second and third quarters and finished with eight saves.

Offensively, the Blue Knights got two goals apiece from Jack Tedone, Camden Brown and Rory Missal, who added an assist.

Matt Thompson scored one goal and set up two others. Seth Bogoslofski dealt three assists. Riley Clingan had one.


Southington: The Blue Knights posted a 4-0 CCC interdivisional shutout of Enfield on their annual Lupus Awareness Day on Tuesday, then wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday with a 15-0 CCC West-Colonial rout of Conard.

The Lady Knights head to the Class LL state tournament at 17-3.

Before the Enfield game, the Dream Big with Davina Lupus Foundation, established by Southington coach Davina Hernandez, presented a scholarship to Southington senior Lily Heidgerd.

During the game, Chrissy Marotto collected her 100th career hit and Julia Panarella, with close-out help from Sam Sullivan, tossed a three-hit shutout with nine K’s.

Kaitlyn Shirshac pitched well for Enfield, allowing just four hits while fanning eight.

The Blue Knights scratched out a 1-0 lead on Marotto’s sacrifice fly in the third, then opened up breathing room with a three-run fourth highlighted by Katie Gundersen’s RBI bunt single and a two-run double by Alex Rogers.

Against Conard, Southington landed an 8-run knockout punch in the third inning and the game eventually ended in the fifth via the mercy rule.

Abby Lamson and Alex Rogers were the big sluggers in this one. Both went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs. Rogers roped three doubles.

Boys tennis

Southington 7, Conard 0: A CCC West-Colonial Division sweep of the Chieftains in Southington gave the Blue Knights a final regular-season mark of 15-4.

Southington won everything in straight sets, headlined by Matt Balaoing’s 6-0, 6-1 romp at No. 1 singles and the 6-2, 6-4 decision posted at No. 1 doubles by Nate Zmarlicki and Mike Kwok.

No. 2 Marek Kryzanski and No. 3 Andrew Kudla both won 6-2, 6-0. Kate Huang-Savino was just as dominant (6-0, 6-2) at No. 4.

At No. 2 doubles, Kyle Narowol and Adam Kosko combined for a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Tyler Heidgerd and D.J. Pestillo were 6-2, 6-1 winners at No. 3.

Girls tennis

Southington: The Lady Knights scored two road wins in as many days to finish the regular season at 15-3. They beat Avon 4-3 on Tuesday and Conard 7-0 on Wednesday.

Coach Robin Thompson’s club came from behind to beat Avon. Down 3-1 after singles, Southington stormed back by sweeping doubles.

The overall victory was clinched by the No. 3 pairing of Jillian Watson and Ali Bruce (8-3).

All matches were pro sets. Abby Murphy won 8-3 at No. 1 singles. Kate Hardy and Isa Miani were 8-4 winners at No. 1 doubles. Gianna Wadowski and Avery Korp won 8-2 at No. 2.

All those doubles teams won Wednesday at Conard. So did Joelle Stublarec at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-3), Chantelle Gimenez at No. 3 (4-6, 7-5, 12-10) and Riley Tindall at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0).

Gimenez’s battle was the match of the day. It took two hours to complete and Gimenez, down 9-7, fended off two match points in the super-tiebreaker.

At No. 1 singles, Murphy completed an 18-0 regular season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. She has qualified for the individual State Open, which gets underway at Conard on Saturday, June 1.

Boys volleyball

Cheshire 3, Amity 0: The Rams swept the Spartans in a SCC Tournament semifinal in Cheshire by game scores of 25-9, 25-14 and 25-16.

Cheshire, now 17-4, will host the conference championshp game on Friday night. The top-seeded Rams take on No. 2 Hand (11-7) at 7 p.m.