TUESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Southington boys batter Platt; Lady Knights light up Farmington; Ciccone obliterates Cheshire Park XC record



Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE — The budding cross country legend of Alexa Ciccone continues to grow.

In her home debut Tuesday, the Cheshire sophomore broke the team and course record at Cheshire Park.

Scrap “broke.” Ciccone’s three-mile time of 19:25 shattered the former course mark of 20:39 set by Sheehan’s Lizzie Brown in 2019. It also erased the Cheshire team record of 21:25 previously held by Amanda Addesso.

The further upside of the Ciccone Effect? It’s raising the entire Cheshire boat.

Ciccone was one of three Cheshire girls who eclipsed Addesso’s old team record on Tuesday in a SCC quad meet against Wilbur Cross, Jonathan Law and West Haven. Mia Vientos, third in 21:00, and Olivia Ferraro, fifth in 21:08, were the others.

Those times, combined with Meghan Georgescu’s 21:50 (6th) and freshman Eva Curran’s 21:55 (7th), gave the Rams the 3-0 sweep.

“My mind is blown away,” said veteran Cheshire girls cross country coach Rob Schaefer. “Lizzie Brown was an all-time great in the SCC. For Alexa to break Lizzie's record on our demanding course by 1:13.3 is beyond believable.”

Anna Omelchenko of Wilbur Cross gave Ciccone a good battle. She was second at 19:33. Claire Moulton of Law was fourth in 21:03.

The boys race also saw a Cheshire Park record. It was logged at 15:33 by Nitkita Omelchenko of Wilbur Cross.

Host Cheshire, however, posted a 3-0 sweep behind Robert DiNatale, Tyler Caron, Colin Grevelding, Daniel D'Souza, and Luca Borz-Baba

Sheehan: The Titans had the overall winners in a SCC quad meet at Wharton Brook State Park against Foran, Hamden and host North Haven.

Anthony Galicia had the day’s best time at 17:54. Angelika Kotula won the girls race in 21:02.

The Titans also got top-10 performances from Owen Hotaling (8th,19:27) and Jose Camargo (9th, 19:29). Sheehan’s Arianna Amodio placed 10th in the girls race at 24:17 and Katie Lombino was 12th in 24:31.

The Sheehan boys went 2-1 in the team count and are now 6-3 overall. The girls did not field enough runners to score.

Platt: The Panthers joined a CTC meet at Hubbard Park and had Anthony Nimani and Erin Sola finish first overall against Bullard-Havens, Wright Tech and host Wilcox Tech.

Platt did not score in the team competition.

Anthony Hernandez was fifth for the Panthers, Jamie Cruz placed sixth and Nelson Roldan was seventh.

Coming in behind Sola for the girls were Jaliz Cordero, Ariana Badillo and Samantha Dominguez.

Wilcox Tech: In the same meet, the Indians swept Bullard-Havens and Wright Tech 15-45 by taking places 2-4 with Devon Diaz, Joe Antonanni and Patrick Sullivan.

Sam Gonzalez, Luke Frommelt and Mike Zacchia placed 8-10 for Wilcox.

Top runners for the Wilcox girls were Hallie Pericozzi, Madison Milano, Karina Sanchez, Armani Jones and Odette Salazar

Field hockey

Cheshire 3, Mercy 0: The Rams scored all three of their goals in the second half in posting the SCC victory in Middletown.

Ava Matikowski notched her first varsity goal and Emma Lepisto and Avery DePodesta also scored for Cheshire (2-1).

Taya Buntin and Lauren Houle had the assists; Ginny Curello pitched the shutout in net.

Mercy fell to 3-2.

Boys soccer

Southington 4, Platt 0: The Blue Knights (1-2-1) scored their first win of the season in this CCC crossover against the visiting Panthers (0-4).

Southington pushed the attack right away, but couldn’t get anything past Platt goalie Nick Link until Ryan Salzillo finished at the far post off an assist from Noah Panarella.

Four minutes later, Salzillo set up Matt Morgan. Salzillo beat a defender and Morgan headed home his cross from six yards out.

In turn, Morgan assisted on Southington’s third goal, which came in the wake of a corner kick two minutes later. Morgan tapped a pass to Tommy Bissoni.

The Blue Knights capped the scoring 13 minutes itno the second half. Panarella lofted a ball over the Platt defense, Liam Schroeder ran onto it and chipped a shot over Link, who had 14 saves.

Southington keeper Ryan Lunn made two saves to post his second straight shutout.

Amity 2, Sheehan 0: Paul Cortes got the host Spartans out to a 1-0 lead in the first half and Henry Rorani sealed the SCC victory in Woodbridge by converting a penalty kick in the second half.

Amity evened its mark at 2-2 while dropping the Titans to 0-3.

The Spartans enjoyed a 22-5 advantage in shots. Chase St. Amant tallied 10 saves for the T-Men. J.C. Rodriguez posted a three-save shutout.

Girls soccer

Southington 4, Farmington 2: After playing in two straight scoreless ties, the Lady Knights erupted for four goals to beat CCC West rival Farmington at Tunxis Mead.

Southington (2-0-2) spotted the River Hawks a 1-0 lead, then cranked out four unanswered goals — two before halftime from Nina Muir and Claire O’Neil and then two after the break from Muir and Julia Rusiecki.

Riley Prozzo, Alice Palombieri, Chloe Bauman and Muir had assists. Goalie Margaret Miller was on her game with 10 saves.

Shelton 4, Lyman Hall 2: Roisin Turbett and Shianna Reeves scored second-half goals to pull the Trojans even at 1-1 and 2-2 before the Gaels pulled away at Fitzgerald Field with two tallies in the final 13 minutes.

Audrey Kozak scored twice for Shelton and goalie Emily Codere made six saves. Kayla Reeves had seven for LH.

Both SCC teams are now 2-2.

East Hartford 7, Platt 0: The Hornets (1-3) scored their first win with the CCC crossover victory over the Panthers (0-3-1) in East Hartford.

Girls swimming

Southington 92, Bristol Eastern 84: The Blue Knights (3-0) won every event in posting the CCC victory at the Malone Aquatic Center.

Reaghan Samson, Ella Nadeau and Julia Laszewski were double-winners for Southington.

Samson swept the distance freestyles, taking the 200 in 2:12:02 and the 500 in 5:51.04. Nadeau nabbed the 100 butterfly (1:05.69) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.56). Laszewski touched first in the 100 freestyle (59.68) and 100 backstroke (1:08.23).

Nadeau and Laszewski also teamed with Kendall Noonan and Alexis Strong on the 200 medley relay (2:04.71). Strong went on to win the 50 free (26.79).

Emma Jekubovich captured the 200 IM (2:31.65) and swam on both first-place freestyle relays. Jekubovich combined with Nadeau, Veronica Okurowski and Kyra Nguyen on the 200 free (1:51.91) and with Nguyen, Mariam Labadze and Laszewski on the 400 (4:09.04).

In diving, Southington’s Kelsey Salerno compiled a winning score of 197.85.

Amity 93, Lyman Hall 85: In a crossover battle of SCC unbeatens, the Division I Spartans (3-0) topped the D-II Trojans (2-1) at High Plains Community Center.

LH got first-place performances from Hailey Baker in the 100 butterfly (1:05.58), Cassie Wentzell in the 100 backstroke (1:07.84) and Caroline Krawec in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.89).

Girls volleyball

Platt 3, Lewis Mills 0: The Panthers earned their first win of the season with a 25-18, 25-9, 25-13 sweep of the Spartans on Tuesday night in Meriden.

Ariana Soto, Emily Hart and Eva Dudley led the way for Platt (1-3).

Soto chalked up seven aces and seven digs. Dudley also had seven digs and found the floor with five aces and six kills.

Hart dished 13 assists while adding eight digs and four kills.



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