SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Knights take two in Timberlane; Roberts nets second straight hat trick for LH; Lady Titans’ relay sets mark



PLAISTOW, N.H. — Southington wrestlers Jared Mangiafico and Josh Howard came home with individual championships and the Blue Knights placed third as a team Saturday at the Timberlane Invitational in Plaistow, N.H.

The annual tournament draws some of the top prep wrestling teams in New England, starting with the host team, Timberlane, the perennial New Hampshire state champion.

On Saturday, Southington’s Mangiafico captured the 113-pound division by out-pointing Michael Morris of Haverhill, Mass. 8-7 in the final. Mangiafico, a junior, reached the championship round with a pair of first-period pins.

Howard was the 126-pound champ. The sophomore posted three pins en route to his final, where he won by decision 8-4 over Kiaben Kennedy of Bedford, N.H.

Southington also got second-place finishes from senior 132-pounder Ben Gorr (132) and junior 138 Colton Thorpe, a third-place performance from senior heavyweight Joe Mazzarella and a fourth from sophomore 182 Michael Lurry.

Gorr fell 8-5 in his final against Ben Davoli of Haverhill after recording a pair of first-period pins in the quarters and semis.

Thorpe rode two pins and a 13-5 major decision into his final, where he lost by tech fall to Codey Wild of Timberlane.

At 285, Mazzarella battled back after getting pinned by Gavin Hartford of Noble, Maine in his second match. Not only that, Mazzarella beat Hartford in the consolation final, 4-0, and finished 5-1 on the day.

Lurry was edged 9-8 in his consie final by Alex Lizzotte of Billerica, Mass.

Timberlane was first and Haverhill second ahead of Southington in the final team count.

Platt:The Panthers went 3-1 at their home quads, rebounding from a 63-21 loss to Windham with victories over Canton (50-30), Plainville (39-33) and Nonnewaug (57-24).

The 3-1 outing puts Platt at 15-6 on the season.

A trio of Panthers went 4-0 on the day: Cesar Rodriguez, Caiden Talento and Ahmed Hernandez. Jereck Echeveria, Nathaniel Ortiz and Cristian Taylor picked up three wins apiece.

Girls basketball

Southington 39, Wilton 27: The Class LL-leading Lady Knights reached the halfway point of the regular season at 10-0 with the non-conference win in Wilton.

Lily Cooper collected a game-high 18 points and Bethany Borges and Gabby D’Angelo added eight apiece.

Trailing 5-4 after one quarter, Southington surged ahead 18-13 by intermission, extended the lead to 28-21 in the third quarter, then iced the victory with an 11-6 fourth quarter.

Wilton is 6-4.

Cheshire 49, Shelton 31: The Rams took the lead with a 5-0 run at the end of the first half, then outscored Shelton 26-12 in the second half to ring up the SCC crossover win in Cheshire.

Grace Lurz paced the Rams with 18 points. Mimi Perlini and Ella Kulas kicked in nine apiece. Tess Givens had five, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter.

Cheshire improved to 6-4, while Shelton fell to 1-10. Lala Guimares led the Gaels with 11 points.

Hamden 43, Sheehan 33: Returning to their home floor less than 24 hours after beating rival Lyman Hall, the Titans fell in SCC crossover to the Green Dragons.

Sheehan is now 7-5, Hamden 7-1.

Reilly Hunter (12) and Liv Cassesse (10) were in double figures for the Titans.

Ice hockey

Sheehan 4, Guilford 3 (susp.): With the glass on the boards at Bennett Rink popping out on multiple occasions, this SCC/SWC Division II game in West Haven between the Titans and Grizzlies was suspended with 11:04 remaining in the second period.

The game will be completed at a later date.

Max Festa, Anthony DeFilio and Brenden Hilinski had the goals for Sheehan, all in the first period, which ended with the Titans leading 4-2. Guilford closed to within one in the early minutes of the second period before play was halted.

Sheehan is 9-1 and Guilford 4-5.

Lyman Hall 6, Eastern CT Eagles 1: Kyle Roberts notched his second straight hat trick — this time with four goals —to power the Trojans to the non-conference victory at Rose Garden Arena in Norwich.

With the win, LH improved to 9-1 and moved back atop the CIAC Division II playoff points, one spot above Sheehan.

Dylan Gay had the two other goals for the Trojans. Both he and Roberts now have 16 goals on the season.

New Milford 5, Southington Co-op 1: The Blue Knights fell to 0-7 with the non-conference Division III loss to the Green Wave late Friday night at Canterbury School. New Milford is 5-3.

Indoor track

SCC Coaches Invitational: Sheehan’s 4x200 girls relay team of Erin Brennan, Patrice Mansfield, Amanda Castaldi and Avery Winters set a school record in winning their race in 1:46.30.

It was one of a number of highlights for Sheehan, Lyman Hall and Cheshire athletes who competed in the annual meet at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Each member of the Sheehan 4x200 relay team also fared well individually. Brennan won pole vault at 10 feet and was second in the long jump at 17-2½.

Winters won the 300 meters in 42.48 seconds, while Mansfield was third in the 55 (7.49) and Castaldi was right on her heels in fourth place (7.51). Each time was a personal best.

The Sheehan girls placed second in the team standings to Glastonbury. The Sheehan boys were led by senior Paul Burkett, who was third in 300 (37.27) and fourth in the 55 (6.85).

Lyman Hall, meanwhile, had a number of athletes qualify for the state class meets.

Jacob Seamans made it three events: the 55 hurdles (8.5 seconds), high jump (5-10) and long jump (19-3½).

Also making the grade for LH were Owen Rich in the 55 hurdles (8.9), Mason Williams in the shot put (38-5) and Chance DeCrescenzo in pole vault (11-6).

For the girls, Gabby LaLuna qualified in the 55 dash (7.76) and Emily Chase in the 1600 (5:42).

Cheshire was led by junior Colin Brown, who had a fast time of 6.77 in the 55 prelims, then won with a 6.70 in the finals. Brown was fourth in the 300 with a PR 37.51.

Boys swimming

Daniel Hand 97, Cheshire 81: Anmol Sapru was the standout for the Rams in their SCC Division I setback against the Tigers on Friday night at Cheshire Community Pool.

The senior won two individual races and swam a leg on the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay.

Sapru took the 200 IM in 2:00.32 and the 500 freestyle in 5:00.11. He teamed with Kristian Adlianitski, Alex Fang and Silas Wang on the 400 free (3:31.57).

Fang captured the 100 freestyle in 51.07.



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