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Youth Basketball

Wilton 5th Grade Girls Finish Storybook Season as League Champs, Defeating New Rochelle, 38-31

Wilton’s 5th grade girls basketball team, sponsored by Wilton Sport Shop, finished off a storybook 20-1 season by winning the A bracket FCBL Championship in Danbury on Sunday afternoon, March 12. Wilton avenged the only loss of their season by beating 13-1 New Rochelle 38-31.

Wilton trailed after the first quarter 10-8, but fought back to take the halftime lead, 18-14. From there Wilton widened the gap by 7 points, only to see the lead disappear and turn into a 1 point deficit. The Warriors, playing their usual total team ball offensively and defensively, wore down New Rochelle in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 7-point victory. The offensive explosion was led by Anisa Burrows, while Ashleigh Masterson, Maddie Dineen, Molly Hancock and Caroline Hage contributed points on the board and constant defensive pressure that frustrated the opponent. Lauren Moe, Siena McDermott, Riley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Sullivan and Marin Burke distributed the ball well supporting the team at both ends of the court.

Unselfish play and a team first attitude were the hallmark of this team and provided the foundation that led to the championship. The Warriors would like to thank coaches Cricket Luke and Dorian Melkonian for sharing their knowledge and passion for basketball with this team. Their talent, support and guidance were an integral part of the team’s success this season.

In the league skills competition prior to the championship game, Wilton’s Masterson won the FBCL free throw contest, while Hancock also took one of the four final spots. In the speed dribbling competition, Wilton held three of the four finals spots with Masterson, Moe and Dineen finishing close behind the winner from Trumbull.

Wilton 7/8th grade girls’ team Wins FCBL Division Championship, Defeating Amity-Orange, 53-43

The Wilton 7th/8th grade girls’ team, sponsored by JoyRide, won the championship of their FCBL division, defeating a game Amity-Orange team 53-43. Wilton jumped out to an early lead, with Katie McMorris scoring the first 5 points for the Lady Warriors. The girls steadily built their lead through the first three quarters, taking a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. A spirited charge by their opponents, coupled with uncharacteristically porous defense and sloppy offense, cut the lead to 7 points with a few minutes left in the game. Clutch baskets and free throws in the final minute secured the hard-earned victory in the girls’ highest scoring game of the year.

Abby Dolan’s interior presence was too much for the A-O squad as she rang up 10 points for the victors. Caroline Harvey, the team’s most outstanding player throughout their playoff run, had another strong game despite early foul trouble, with 9 points and clutch shooting down the stretch. Mairead Kehoe led the rest of the scorers in Wilton’s balanced attack with 7 points, while Morgan Lebek tallied 6 points with penetrating drives and Jamie Leventhal added another 6 points, a product of her offensive rebounding efforts. Olivia Rossi and Brooke Bohacs handled the ball well from their point guard position, while Kathryn Cronin and Kathleen Lamanna played stout defense. Erin McMorris was a demon on the boards and trapped expertly in Wilton’s suffocating press, while Allie Giller’s speed and quickness allowed her to thwart several Amity-Orange chances.

Pictured above:  Wilton Blue 7th/8th Grade Girls, Winners of the 2016-17 FCBL 7th Grade Girls Championship, Sunday, March 12 at Ludlowe HS. Top Row: Coach Kelly Andersen, Kathryn Cronin, Morgan Lebek, Jamie Leventhal, Brooke Bohacs, Abigail Dolan, Kathleen Lamanna, Coach William McMorris and Allie Giller. Bottom Row: Katie McMorris, Mairead Kehoe, Erin McMorris, Caroline Harvey and Olivia Rossi.

8th Grade Boys Finish Season at Top of FCBL A Regular Season

Wilton 8th grade boys’ travel basketball team, sponsored by Tavern on 7, defeated Bridgeport-Orcutt in the quarterfinals of the FCBL “AA” tournament 65-57 on Saturday, March 4. Orcutt’s high-powered offense kicked into gear in the third quarter as they took a 12-point lead with hot outside shooting. Wilton then took control of the game with a combination of offensive and defensive pressure. The boys were relentless in attacking the rim. Trevor Martines’ drives to the basket resulted in 25 points (7 for 12 from field, 10-14 from line). Martines also had 5 assists. Josh White also got to the rim for 13 points (6 for 7 in the paint). Michael Coffey’s 13 points were fueled by 8 offensive rebounds. Martines (4 steals), White (3 steals), and Mack Kepner (2 steals, 1 deflection, 3 points) jump started Wilton’s fourth quarter rally with intense defensive pressure.  Matt Murphy (3 points) had two blocks to thwart the Orcutt shooter’s confidence. Matt Gulbin (6 points) and Chase Autore rounded out the scoring.

In Sunday’s semifinals, Wilton lost in overtime to the defending FCBL “AA” champion Trumbull Select, 54-57. The game featured intense defense from both teams and multiple lead changes. Autore (2 points) and Sean Sullivan (1 point and 1 steal) helped Wilton keep the game close. White spurred the offense with 20 points (3 treys, 7 for 10 from line). Alex Cocoros’ 3-point shooting was key as he hit two, one from NBA range, for 6 points. Martines smartly drove to the basket to draw fouls and he went 6-for-8 from the line. Murphy (7 rebounds, 2 points) and Gulbin (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal) helped Wilton control the paint.

Wilton trailed 46-40 late in the fourth quarter before rallying to tie the game at 48 on a basket by Owen Lillis (2 points). In overtime, Wilton trailed by 4 points with 22 seconds to go and Trumbull on the line for 1 and 1. The Trumbull player missed the front-end and then Coffey (11 points, 11 rebounds) hit his first 3-pointer of the season. Wilton now trailed to 55-54 with seconds to go. Wilton immediately fouled Trumbull, and the Trumbull player hit both free throws to make the score 57-54. White’s half-court shot just missed as time expired.

Wilton finished the season as the FCBL “A” Division South regular season champions with an 8-1 league record and 25-6 overall record.

Wrestling

3-Peat Wins at New England and CT State Wrestling Tournaments for 7th Grader Mikey Longo

Mikey Longo, a 7th grader in Middlebrook School, won his third New England Championship this past weekend in Salem, MA, after winning his third Connecticut State Championship. Longo wrestles in tournaments throughout the year, all over the East Coast, with wrestlers from all over the country. He has had his best year so far with a record of 69-4, training with Beast Training Wrestling Club in Danbury. His next competition is at the Virginia Beach Nationals at the end of March.

Wilton YMCA Gymnastics

Over a very cold March 11-12 weekend, the Gymnastics Team from the Wilton branch of the Riverbrook YMCA competed at the Emily Fedorko Invitational Gymnastics Meet in Darien, CT, held in memory of former Darien YMCA gymnast Emily Fedorko. Wilton’s gymnasts walked away with many individual and team successes:  the Level 5 and 7 Teams each placed second All Around (AA), Level 3 and 6 Teams each placed third AA, and the Level 4 Team placed fourth AA.

Level 3

In Ages 9 Senior, Cailyn Cruickshank was the solo Wilton representative, scoring 9.350 on vault, bars and floor, and 9.050 on beam.

In Ages 10 Senior, Kaelyn Talisse was the uncontested AA champion, placing first on bars (9.7), beam (9.3) and floor (9.5), and second on vault (9.750). Teagan Stengrim was third on vault (9.6), fourth on floor (9.1), and scored 9.0 on bars.

In Ages 11, Wilton red showered the podium. Jennifer Von Bartheld took home the AA trophy, winning first on bars (9.650) and beam (9.6), third on floor (9.4), and fifth on vault (9.5). Sophia Vitti followed with second place AA, taking second place on vault (9.65), bars (9.6) and floor (9.450). Elizabeth Fahey joined her teammates on the podium with a fourth place AA finish, placing third on vault (9.6) and beam (9.250), and scoring 9.2 on bars and 9.250 on floor. Ella Mancuso took first on floor with 9.5, fourth on bars with 9.4, and scored 9.050 on beam and 9.0 on vault. Isabella Silverstein placed fourth on floor (9.350) and fifth on bars (9.3), and scored 9.350 on vault.

Level 3 girls take third place AA (From left to right: Fiona Walsh, Isabella Silverstein, Sophia Vitti, Elizabeth Fahey, Maddie Mosquera, Ella Mancuso, Nina Ferrucci, McKayla Iacoponi, Jennifer Von Bartheld, Teagan Stengrim, and Kaelyn Talisse)

In Ages 12+, Nina Ferrucci placed fourth on bars and beam with scores of 9.3, fifth on vault (9.550) and took home fifth AA. Mckayla Iacoponi scored 9.5 on vault, 9.3 on bars (4th), and 9.2 on beam (5th). Maddie Mosquera placed third on vault (9.650), fifth on beam (9.2) and scored 9.10 on floor.

Level 4

In Ages 8-9, Alyssa Mariani had an incredible meet, placing second with a beautifully connected routine on bars (9.3), third on beam (9.5), fifth on vault, scoring 9.2 on floor, and taking home third place AA.

In Ages 11 Senior, Ella Arghirescu and Alyssa Smeriglio tied for third beam with nearly identically executed routines.  Arghirescu also placed fourth on floor, and  Smeriglio also placed third on bars (9.0), second on floor, and fourth AA.

In Ages 12, Samantha Bauer scored 9.250 on beam.

In Ages 13+, Isabella Giordano took home the bronze AA trophy, with second on bars, third on beam (9.2) and vault, and fourth on floor.

Level 4 girls march in (From left to right: Alyssa Mariani, Alyssa Smeriglio, Ella Arghirescu)

Level 5

Ashley Umhoefer, Level 5 AA champion

In Ages 10, Ashley Umhoefer was crowned AA champion, taking home gold on vault (9.7) and floor (9.4); Peyton Gildersleeve scored 9.1 on vault (5th) and beam, and Grace Chan scored 9.0 on floor.

In Ages 11, Sofia Blessing’s floor routine earned her third place with a score of 9.1.

In Ages 12, Donna Stepnowsky had a very successful meet, winning silver on vault (9.3), floor (9.150) and bars, and taking home the second AA trophy. Alyson Scheurkogel followed suit and placed fourth AA with first on floor (9.3), third on vault (9.3) and beam, and fifth on bars. Chloe Jureller scored 9.150 for third on floor and 9.2 for fourth on vault.

In Ages 13+, Ava Walker’s gorgeous beam routine earned her a score of 9.7 to take first place on the event. Michaela Kane’s powerful vault earned her second place with a score of 8.9, and she also placed fifth on bars.

Level 6

In Ages 13, Emily D’Onofrio placed third on beam with 9.5, and fifth on vault with 9.1. Emilia Riina scored a 9.050 on floor.

In Ages 14+ Isabella Jureller took gold on vault (9.2), silver on beam (9.3) and was fifth AA. Jenna Smeriglio’s steady beam routine landed her a score of 9.0 for third on the event, and fifth on bars. Katie Walsh placed second on vault and floor with scores of 9.1 each.

Level 7

In Ages 10-11, Sarah Cross narrowly missed the AA title by .150 of a point, coming in second AA with first on bars (8.7), 2nd on floor (9.3), and third on vault (9.2) and beam (8.9). Mia Karlehag was right next to her teammate, placing second on vault (9.3) and beam (9.050) and third on floor (9.1) and bars.

In Ages 12, Olivia Mannino scored 9.0 on vault.

In Ages 14+, Kate Ginsberg grabbed the silver AA trophy, placing second on bars, fourth on vault (9.0) and beam (8.9), and fifth on floor (9.0). Emma Daugherty scored 9.1 on floor (second), took fifth on vault, and placed fifth AA. Alyssa Jarrett placed third on bars.