Each week, GOOD Morning Wilton will run news of weekend results and scores from Wilton sports teams. Please send all stories and updates, along with a photo, to editor@goodmorningwilton.com by noon on Monday of each week. Stories received after the deadline may not be included. Result write-ups will be grouped by sport and published in the order they are received.

Wilton Track

Wilton Track Duo, Colbert and Breene Triumph

This season, Wilton High School junior Chris Colbert and senior Aaron Breene have been successfully competing for Wilton against some of the most elite track athletes in the Northeast. Colbert took first place in two 45-meter races at the FCIAC Qualifying Meet on Saturday, Jan. 7 and the Reindeer Relays on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Wilton’s Zeoli Fieldhouse. Colbert also competed at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic Invitational at the New York Armory on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, placing 17th out of 214 runners in the 200-meter race.

At the Elm City Relays at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School, the duo competed on Friday, Jan. 6. Breene ran the 1000-meter race, taking second place just a fraction of a second behind first. Colbert ran the 300-meter race, taking third place.

They will be competing for Wilton next at the Yale Invitational Track and Field Classic in New Haven on Friday, Jan. 20.

Basketball

Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys Improve to 5-1 with Win Over Weston, 49-41

On a blustery Saturday morning, Jan. 7, the Wilton 56’er Boys traveled to Weston to play a tough contested game against the rival Trojans. Although challenged along the way, Wilton held the lead the entire game and ultimately prevailed 49-41 for their fourth win in a row and an overall record of 5-1.

On the Warriors first touch, Jefferson Mitchell drained a 3-pointer to get things started. Additional points by Michael Wall, Bailey Finn, Andre Wiest and multiple steals and blocks by Spencer Liston, Andrew Roth, Harrison Lent and Kyle Roesser brought Wilton an 11-7 lead after the first quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, Wyatt Jones hit a 3-point bomb to get the scoring started and Michael Byrnes, Colin Tsai and Declan Brokaw pushed the pace on offense to post a 22-14 score at the half.

During the second half things got interesting as Wilton played strong offense and hit the boards hard, but they couldn’t shake Weston who pulled within six points in the final minutes. In the end, Wilton hit some key baskets and played keep-away to preserve the 49-41 win. An all-around team-win with scoring from 10 different players and smothering defense by all.

Wilton 4th Grade Boys Stumble Against New Canaan, 18-23

The Wilton 4th grade boys Future Warriors team, sponsored by Diamond Deli, returned to the floor on Saturday against New Canaan in a 18-23 loss.

During the first half, Jack Schwartz (4 points, 8 rebounds), Grady Kaliski (4 points, 2 assists) Mason Andrews (2 points, 2 rebounds) and Luke Perna (2 points,3 steals) provided the scoring while Nathaniel Kalter (3 rebounds), Matt Garcia (2 rebounds) and Henry Soojian (2 rebounds) anchored the defensive side of the ball as the teams ended up tied at 10 at the half.

The second half saw several lead changes throughout as Ryan Luchetta (2 points,3 rebounds), Luke Ginsburg (2 points, 4 rebounds) and Liam McKiernan (1 points, 3 rebounds) helped provide the spark for the offense side while Patrick Lillis (2 rebounds, 1 steal), Liam Murphy (5 rebounds, 2 steals) Charlie Keller (1 assist, 2 rebounds) provided tenacious defense.

Wilton 7th Grade Boys Go 2-for-3 in Brisk Weekend Schedule

The Wilton 7th grade boys team, sponsored by Servco, played Westport Friday night, Jan. 6 in a game of runs, made even tougher as Wilton was missing key ball-handler Parker Woodring, out with an illness. Wilton fell down early with multiple turnovers to start the game. The aggressive press by Westport forced seven turnovers in the first quarter, which ended at Westport 20-7. In the second quarter wilton took care of the ball and had multiple hustle plays that led to diversified scoring. The warriors were led by Craig Hyzy (15 points, 4 rebounds) and Matthew Giller (9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) with scoring; Max Andrews (5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) with steals; and Max Silva (2 rebounds, 2 steals) with aggressive defense–all of which allowed the Warriors to cut the deficit to three points at 26-23 at the half. Westport hit the boards with energy to start the second half and was able to put in second chance points despite steals by Zarius Eusebe (6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Sean Wiseman (2 assists, 2 steals), Connor Cummings (2 points, 5 rebounds) and Dillon Mannix (2 assists). In the third quarter, the Warriors fell behind by 13 again but four consecutive three-pointers by Kevin Hyzy (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Giller, and C. Hyzy put Wilton within one point midway through the fourth quarter. In the final few minutes, missed free throws by Wilton and four corners kept the ball away from the Warriors and sealed the victory for Westport 36-43.

The second game of the weekend featured the Wilton 7th grade boys team versus the Ridgefield Tigers. It was a hard-fought, aggressive, defensive game. The first quarter was dominated by man-to-man pressure with very little shots taken by either team. The quarter ended 8-5 with Mannix (6 points, 3 steals) and Eusebe (2 points, 2 rebounds) leading the way with all-around hustle. Wilton’s press and offensive penetration in the second quarter allowed them to take the lead. K. Hyzy (5 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) penetrating and dishing to Giller (6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks) for a three-pointer opened up a four point lead. Then Andrews (9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals) and Cummings (2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) hit the boards and made a few put-backs. Two C. Hyzy (14 points, 4 rebounds) threes and a step-under shot opened up an eight point lead midway through the quarter. Silva’s (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals) key, off-balance drive and a last-second, full-court pass from K. Hyzy to Wiseman (2 points, 2 steals) for a layup at the buzzer pushed Wilton up 20-12 at the half. In the third quarter, transition offense by Ridgefield cut the lead to two. But the fast breaking and three-point arrow running offense of Wilton kept the lead in check. Free throws by Giller put the lead back at 33-29 heading into the final eight minutes. Defensive intensity, offensive rebounds by Andrews, good passing and backdoor shots by C. Hyzy, Eusebe, Silva, Mannix, and Cummings opened up a 17 point lead and sealed the victory for the Warriors at 48-31.

The third and final game of the weekend featured a fast paced attack with the Wilton and New Rochelle squaring off against each other. It was a tightly contested affair in the first quarter ending at 9-9. Andrews (17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists) and Giller (11 points, 3 rebounds) started off the scoring with consecutive shots inside the paint and Wiseman (3 steals) forced several turnovers. In the second quarter, all-around hustle and assists by Eusebe (4 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) and defense by Mannix (2 steals, 2 assists) pushed the Wilton lead to 26-23 at the half. Aggressive offensive rebounding and a beautiful off-balance running layup by Andrews, passing by K. Hyzy (6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals), scoring by C. Hyzy (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), four consecutive blocks by Cummings (2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Silva’s (2 points, 2 steals) defense sealed the victory for the Warriors at 52-46. Woodring, still suffering from flu-like symptoms, had two steals in two minutes of action.

Wilton 5th/6th Grade Girls Split Pair of Away Games

Wilton’s 5th/6th Grade Girls team split a pair of away games this weekend. Facing Bethel, staunch defense and assertive offense combined for an 18-7 victory for Wilton. Hannah Fitzgerald and Anna Joy led the scoring with six points each, and on defense Harper Judelson, Maddie Phelan, Ella Mulfinger, Maddie Ratcliffe and Avery Schestag stymied Bethel at every turn.

Wilton next traveled to Ansonia to face a tough Lower Naugatuck Valley (LNV) squad, and despite multiple shots by MaryKate Doyle and Annabelle Savarese, they could not penetrate LNV’s defense. Georgia Russnok had Wilton’s lone field goal in the 4-23 defeat. An injured Avery Samai cheered from the bench, and stand-out guard Aly Rappaport was missed, but it was truly a team effort over the two games, with each girl making key plays:  Doyle (1 point, 4 steals, 1 rebound), Fitzgerald (6 points, 1 assist, 6 steals, 5 rebounds), Joy (7 points, 3 assists, 10 steals, 5 rebounds), Judelson (1 assist, 2 steals, 3 rebounds), Mulfinger (1 steal, 6 rebounds), Phelan (6 steals, 5 rebounds), Ratcliffe (2 points, 5 steals, 8 rebounds), Russnok (4 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds), Savarese (2 steals, 1 rebound), and Schestag (2 points, 4 rebounds).

Wilton 7th Grade Girls Defeat Stamford, 37-17

The Wilton 7th Grade Girls Travel team, sponsored by Pinocchio Pizza, defeated Stamford 37-17 on Sunday evening, Jan. 8.

Wilton outplayed Stamford with stifling defense and an unselfish offense. Grace Williams (4), Ellie Coffey (2) and Catherine Dineen (8) kept the pressure on with quick ball movement on offense. Wilton built a 14-point lead at the half on the shoulders of point guard Leah Martins (4), who created numerous opportunities for her teammates with six assists. Solid defense set the tone early with Bella Andjelkovic winning nearly every early lose ball. Ellie Copley (2) and Erin Floyd (4) played tough under the boards with steals and numerous rebounds. Great shooting by Gracie Kaplan (4) and Katie Umphred (9) kept Stamford from ever making a serious comeback. The 7G look to build on this win over the coming weeks.

Wilton 5th Grade Girls Stay an Undefeated Powerhouse, with 3 New Wins

Wilton Fifth Grade Girls Travel Team, sponsored by Wilton Sports Shop, remained undefeated with three wins this weekend. They beat New Canaan Black 17-10, New Canaan Red 21-19 in overtime, and New Fairfield 30-5.

Marin Burke (4), Caroline Hage (2) and Lauren Moe played tough defense and pulled down numerous rebounds. Anisa Burrows (18) and Ashleigh Masterson (19) kept the pressure on and never backed down from the tall competition.  Guards Maddie Dineen (13), Molly Hancock (8) and Siena McDermott (2) led the team in running their offensive plays and put pressure on the other teams’ guards in all contests. Kaitlyn Sullivan (2) and Riley Fitzgerald broke down the opponents, creating turnovers and many steals.  The girls continue to play good team basketball, looking for each other on offense and always lending a hand to their teammates on defense.

Wilton 8th grade boys team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, lost to Curiale Middle School of Bridgeport 45-40. Wilton trailed early as it struggled against Curiale’s aggressive defensive pressure. Matt Murphy (10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocked shots) sparked the second-half comeback as Wilton tried to erase an 18-point deficit. Trevor Martines (9 points), Matt Gulbin (6 points), Michael Coffey (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Josh White (5 points) also helped rally the team. Owen Lillis (2 points) and Mack Kepner (2 points) played smothering defense that limited Curiale to 17 points in the second half.

Wilton 8th Grade Boys Stand at 9-1 after Defeating Weston 73-33

The Wilton 8th grade boys team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, lost to Curiale Middle School of Bridgeport 40-45. Wilton trailed early as it struggled against Curiale’s aggressive defensive pressure. Matt Murphy (10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocked shots) sparked the second-half comeback as Wilton tried to erase an 18-point deficit. Trevor Martines (9 points), Matt Gulbin (6 points), Michael Coffey (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Josh White (5 points) also helped rally the team. Owen Lillis (2 points) and Mack Kepner (2 points) played smothering defense that limited Curiale to 17 points in the second half.

All 10 players scored as Wilton charged out of gate on Sunday, Dec.. 8 to defeat Weston, which was previously unbeaten in league play, with a decisive 73-33. Gulbin led the attack with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Joining the action was Coffey (12 points, 18 rebounds), Murphy (8 points, 7 rebounds), and Chase Autore (11 points, 5 boards). Rounding out the scoring was Martines (8 points, 3 assists), Lillis (5 points including the team’s only 3-pointer, 3 assists), Sean Sullivan (4 points, 4 rebounds), White (4 points, 2 assists), Kepner (3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), and Alex Cocoros with 2 points. Wilton did an outstanding job scoring in transaction, driving the ball into the lane in the half-court offense, and cleaning the offensive glass. This resulted in Wilton shooting 30-for-50 in the paint. Wilton is now 9-1 overall and 4-0 in league play.

Wilton 5th Grade Boys Win Two Weekend Nail-Biters

The Wilton 5th Grade Boys team, sponsored by Jersey Mike’s, won two nail biters this weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Sunday morning, Wilton won a thrilling game at home against Weston, 31-29Peter Reyes (9 points, 10 rebounds), Levi Kaplan (5 points, 4 steals), Luke Umphred (4 points, 5 rebounds), Anderson Campbell (4 points, 4 rebounds), and Luke DiRocco (4 points, 3 rebounds) led the attack on offense.  Todd Woodring and Jack Minnich rounded out the scoring with two points each. Max Jarvie was a beast on defense with several blocked shots to go with four steals while Woodring and Patrick Heffernan had another four steals and two steals, respectively. Henry Roy had a strong game on the boards with four rebounds.

Sunday afternoon, Wilton went on the road to beat the Greenwich Stars 35-34. Leading the scoring for the Warriors were Jarvie (11 points, 2 rebounds), Campbell (8 points, 2 rebounds), Umphred (6 points, 4 rebounds), and Woodring (4 points, 6 rebounds), while Reyes grabbed five rebounds and hit two game-winning free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. Minnich (2 points, 2 rebounds) and DiRocco (2 points, 1 rebound) were also strong contributors on offense.  Kaplan had several great assists and a steal while Roy (3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Heffernan (2 steals, 1 rebound) were aggressive on both sides of the court.

Wilton 7th/8th Grade Boys Notch 2-0 Weekend with Wins Over Westport and Darien

The Wilton 7/8 Grade Boys Basketball team, sponsored by Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Inc., enjoyed a 2-0 weekend. Despite the snow, the Warriors were able to squeeze in their game on Saturday with a 59-30 win over Westport PAL white.

On Sunday, the Warriors entered the court ready for a re-match against Darien YMCA 8Blue. The Warriors lost to Darien earlier in the season and they were ready to turn things around. They came out strong leading 16-9 in the first quarter. Sam Strazza was on point with his shots with three 3-pointers (11 points, 2 rebounds). Jermaine Vincent was his usual force to be reckoned with scoring 5 points and keeping Darien on their toes with multiple steals and three rebounds. Howie Long’s aggressive playing kept the Warrior’s going as he led the team in rebounds (2 points, 5 rebounds), Jack Lynch’s quick hands were always at the right place at the right time with his steals and three rebounds. Jimmy McKiernan’s free throws (3 points) sealed the first quarter for the Warriors. The Warriors were not letting up during the second half of the game, either. EJ Fasano’s clutch jump shot (6 points) and AJ Preisano’s excellent 3-point shot (3 points), coupled with the tireless efforts of Ben Wiener on the court (5 assists, 2 steals) and Davis Cote (6 points) and John McMahon (12 points) continually driving the ball to the hoop, the Warrior’s 48-40 victory was secured.

Wrestling

Members of the Wilton Youth Wrestling team headed upstate to Colchester this past weekend to take to the mats at the Colchester Youth Wrestling Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 8. The team had four wrestlers compete in the morning session and two in the afternoon, for a total of six entrants on the day.

Wilton took home some hardware with Nouri Sayegh taking home a gold medal; Sean Martin, Trevien Goldman and Mason Behar taking home silver; Raymond Ferranti taking the bronze; and Beckett Simmons just missing medaling. It was a very successful tournament with all the wrestlers competing hard and the team is excited as they look to enter tournament season.

Beckett Simmons (left), Trevien Goldman (center), Mason Behar (right), & Raymond Ferranti (back) during the morning session.
Nouri Sayegh stands center with Coach DeJager (left) and Coach Reedy (Right) following the afternoon session.