SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan basketball beats CHS to nab first W; area wrestlers battle at Southland Duals; Wallingford hockey squads fall short

CHESHIRE — The Sheehan boys basketball team and first-year head coach John Wodatch earned their first victory of the season Saturday night, defeating Cheshire 56-46 in a SCC crossover in Ramland.

The Titans fell behind 7-2 off the opening tap, then took the lead with nine unanswered points.

Anthony MarkAnthony scored a game-high 20 points for Sheehan (1-6). Matt Jeffery had a team-high 17 for Cheshire (2-5).

Vinny Carbone got Sheehan rolling with a pair of 3-pointers and a field goal in the first quarter. The senior guard finished with 13 points.

The Titans forged a 24-20 lead by halftime and maintained the four-point edge through the third quarter, 34-30.

MarkAnthony made the lead stand up by scoring 11 of his 20 points in fourth quarter. For the game, MarkAnthony hit three 3-pointers and went 7-for-10 at the line. 

Jackson Crowell-Masi added 10 points for Sheehan. Jack Markarian (12) was also in double figures for Cheshire.

Glastonbury 57, Maloney 45: The Spartans fell to 3-2 with Friday night's CCC interdivisional loss in Glastonbury. The Guardians are now 6-1.


Ray Southland Duals: The host Southington Blue Knights placed second to Melrose, Mass. at the dual-meet tournament held in memory of the late Meriden educator and wrestling official Ray Southland.

The Blue Knights dropped the championship bout 50-29 after winning their first three matches. They clipped Norwich Free Academy 41-40 on first takedown criteria, then topped Fairfield Prep 45-30 and Branford 48-30 to set up the final with Melrose.

Southington’s potent three-man punch of 132-pounder Jared Mangiafico, 138 Colton Thorpe and 145 Josh Howard went a combined 11-1. Mangiafico was 4-0 with three pins. Thorpe was 4-0 with four pins and Howard finished 3-1 with three pins.

Southington also got 3-1 afternoons from 106 Hansen Jones and 195/220 Giovanni Castonon. Heavyweight Aaron Mysatyukow went 3-0 with two decisions and one pin.

Platt and Maloney also competed at the Southland Duals. Both went 2-2.

The Panther beat Greenwich (60-18) and Daniel Hand (66-18). They lost to Branford (44-33) and Fairfield Prep (45-33).

The Spartans rebounded from losses to Melrose (67-9) and Ridgefield (48-30) with victories over Hand (51-27) and Greenwich (43-24).

For Platt (13-3), sophomore 113/120 Cesar Rodriguez and junior 160 Caiden Talento won all four of their matches.

Makhi Stewart (106), Jereck Echeveria (145/152), Ahmed Hernandez (182), Mike Melendez (195), Isaiah Smith (220) and Jahi Mitchell (285) were all 3-1.

For Maloney (9-4), Logan Gagne had a 4-0 day at 106. He pinned, scored a major decision, notched a minor and also accepted a forfeit.

Ezequiel Acevedo was 3-1 at 145 with a pin, decision and forfeit. 

Maloney also got a pair of pins from Saleem Saleh (152) and Richard Alonso (160). Luis Delgado had a pin at 220 and a 12-10 overtime win at 285.

Cheshire: Rome Smith won the 170-pound championship for the Rams at the Warrior Invitational in Canton. En route to the title, Smith recorded three pins in the first period.

Also for Cheshire, Titus Barsczewski placed third at 132 by going 4-1 on the day.

Ice hockey

Eastern CT Eagles 4, Lyman Hall 2: Two first-period goals for the Eagles proved to be the difference in this Division II non-conference matcnup at Northford Ice Pavilion.

Liam Brooky cut the LH deficit to 2-1 midway through the second period, but Eastern CT restored its two-goal lead before the frame was out.

Jimbo Cohrs scored for the Trojans in the third period.

LH is now 1-6. Eastern CT is 3-3.

Lyman Hall hosts Watertown-Pomperaug at Northford on Saturday before facing off with Sheehan next Monday at Northford at 2:45 p.m. in the first of this season’s two regularly scheduled Wallingford rivalry games.

Conard 3, Sheehan 2: Max Festa pulled Sheehan to within one goal 3:42 into the third period, but the Titans couldn't net the equalizer in dropping the non-conference game to the Red Wolves at Choate late Saturday night.

Festa scored both Sheehan goals and now has 15 on the season. He was assisted on Saturday night by Tyler Connery and Landon Cantele.

Conard, the top-ranked team in Division III, improved to 7-1.

The Division II Titans fell to 3-4. They have two road games up next — North Branford on Wednesday at Northford Ice Pavilion and Newington Co-op on Saturday at Newington Ice Arena — before their MLK Day showdown with Lyman Hall next Monday at Northford.

Enfield-East Granby-Stafford 4, Southington Co-op 2: The Blue Knights were doubled up in a CCC South matchup late Friday night at Champions Skating Rink in Cromwell.

Enfield-East Granby-Stafford is now 5-1. Southington-Coginchaug-Westbrook dropped to 0-7.

Boys swimming

Woodland 93, Cheshire 71: The Rams (3-1) suffered their first setback of the season in Friday’s non-conference dual meet with the Hawks (1-1) in Beacon Falls.

Cheshire's Omkar Narayanan, Kristian Adlianitski, Silas Wang and Alex Fang combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:49.43.

Individually, Wang captured the 200 IM (2:09.19) and 100 butterfly (56.72) and Fang swept the 50 freestyle (23.78) and 100 free (52.43).

Adlianitski was also a double-winner. He took the 500 freestyle (5:13.27 2) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.06).

The Rams brought home the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.26 behind Vincent Lin, Zack Schnitzer, Adlianitski and Fang.


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