Each week GOOD Morning Wilton will run news of recent results and scores submitted by Wilton Youth 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. Results write-ups will be grouped by sport and published in the order they are received.

All-New England Football Team Honors

Wilton resident Austin Andersen, a junior at St. Luke’s School, was named for the second consecutive year to the First Team NEPSAC class B All-New England football team. Andersen, a team captain who played strong safety and running back for the St. Luke’s Storm, led the team in tackles (79, 8.8/game) and rushing (556 yards, 7.0 yards/carry). He was chosen as the Storm’s overall Player of the Week five times and offensive and defensive player once each in the nine game season.

Wilton Youth Basketball

Wilton Hoops Boys 7th Grade Wins First Two Games of Young Season, 44-41 and 43-30

The Wilton 7th Grade boys got their season started this past weekend with two convincing wins. They began their weekend on Saturday, Dec. 7 with a nail-biting win over the Fairfield PAL Hoyas 7B team in Wilton but then handily beat Guilford on their opponent’s home court. Both wins this weekend were redemption wins for the 7th grade boys, who were knocked out of last year’s playoffs by the Fairfield team on the Guilford basketball court.

Saturday’s win demonstrated a very balanced attack from the 7th grade team as nine players scored points. Cole Siegel (10 points) and Ryan Luchetta (9 points), Grady Kaliski (6 points) and Liam McKiernan (3 points) all showed their ability to drain the 3-pointers during Saturday’s game.

Defensively, the 7th grade boys were led by Jack Schwartz (4 steals) and Luke Perna (2 steals). The Wilton boys were beasts on the boards led by Siegel (9 Rebounds), Liam Murphy (6 Rebounds), Ryan Meehan (4 Rebounds), Cole Galante (4 Rebounds), Stefano Cross (4 Rebounds) and Schwartz (3 Rebounds).

Sunday’s scoring was the product of the big men as Murphy (10 points) and Siegel (10 points) led all scorers. However, the story of the game was the pesky play of Perna (7 steals), whose effort in the half court game bothered Guilford all game. On defense Siegel (6 Steals), Cross (3 steals), Galante (2 Steals) and Luchetta (1 Steal) added to the constant pressure defense for Wilton that led to their convincing win. Points were spread evenly with eight players contributing points:  Kaliski (6 points), Schwartz (5 points), Meehan (4 points), McKiernan (3 points), Cross (2 points) and Perna (2 points).

Not to be forgotten, the Wilton boys were supported loudly on the bench all weekend by one of their own, Luke Ginsburg, as he recovers from an injury. The Wilton 7th Grade Boys continue their play this weekend with games against Norwalk and New Canaan.

6th Grade Boys Follow Saturday Stumble with Sunday Trounce of Trumbull, 47-27

The Wilton 6th grade boys team opened the 2019-2020 campaign against the Game Changers from Norwalk. Despite a solid effort to start for the blue and white, the team from Norwalk proved to be a bit too much and Wilton lost, 27-39Will Byrnes led all scorers for Wilton with eight points. Alan Osta, Dylan Gallo and Marco Chila each contributed four points. Curtis Jackson had a well-rounded game of 2 points from the floor, 5 rebounds, a blocked shot and steal. Charlie Roy, Max Totten and Joe Aversano all had solid games on the defensive side of the ball with 5 rebounds for Roy, 5 boards for Totten and 4 rebounds and a steal for Aversano. Craig O’Neill chipped in with 4 rebounds, giving Wilton a strong showing off the glass. Jake Padilla also flashed some lockdown prowess with a blocked shot and hustle on both sides of the ball.

After starting off league play with a loss on Saturday, the team was looking to right the ship during its second league game. The boys did that with a 20-point margin of victory over Trumbull on Sunday afternoon, winning 47-27. Roy led all scorers for the blue and white with 10 points and contributed with a half-dozen assists. Aversano had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Osta, Byrnes and O’Neill added to the scoring effort with 8 apiece. Wilton also had a strong showing in other critical aspects of the game. Totten had 7 rebounds, Padilla contributed a steal and great ball distribution, and Chila added a bucket from the floor. Gallo checked all the boxes in the stat sheet with a steal, a blocked shot, 2 points and a few rebounds. This was a nice way for the 6th grade team to finish its first weekend of play.

8th Grade Girls Split Opening Weekend Games, Defeating Trumbull 40-28 but Losing to DTX Monroe 38-46

The Wilton 8th grade lady Warriors began the season Saturday, Dec. 7 with a hard-fought loss against a seasoned and physical DTX Monroe team. Ending the first quarter down by nine, the Warriors’ Caroline Hage held the DTX players away from the basket in the second quarter of the game. Wilton matched DTX point-for-point in the final three quarters of play, but ended up falling to DTX with a final score of 38-46. Ashleigh Masterson led the team in points (16), blocks (6) and rebounds (6). Ella Mulfinger (7), Kaitlyn Sullivan (5), Lauren Moe (4), Anisa Burrows (4) and Madeline Dineen
(2) also contributed to the scoreboard with points scored. Other contributors to the offense were Molly Hancock, who had 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and MaryKate Doyle with 4 rebounds and 1 assist.

On Sunday, the 8th grade Warriors had a successful home opener at Middlebrook, defeating Trumbull 8G 40-28. Wilton’s player-to-player defense was no match for Trumbull. The defense wore down Trumbull with Emma Kelly holding the opponent at the perimeter and Masterson powering through to gain 13 of the Warriors rebounds and three stolen balls. Wilton’s scoring was led by Masterson (9) and Dineen (9), who included one 3-pointer. Hancock had a 3-point shot along with two rebounds. Burrows had (8) points and 7 rebounds. Hage sunk two jump shots for a total of four points and had three rebounds. Other contributors to the offense were Mulfinger (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist), Doyle (2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Kaitlyn Sullivan (3 rebounds) and Moe (3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 point).

The 8G Warriors take on Fairfield and Ridgefield next week.

Wilton 5th/6th Boys Split Weekend, with Loss to New Milford before Decisive Win Over New Canaan

The Wilton 5/6 Grade boys team started off the weekend with a hard-fought competition in their debut game of the season against New Milford. The teams battled back and forth in the first half with early scores from Liam Joy (9 points) and Jack McMenamey (6 points). Aggressive defense by Laszlo Miller, Boden Davi, Hans Greene, and Greg Bocchino helped keep New Milford on its heels, and entering the half, the Warriors were down by a couple baskets. The second half brought more aggressive play by Wilton with key steals by Joy and McMenamey early on. Matthew Fogarty and Casey Meyer had several key rebounds to help keep the game close. Grant Stein (2 points) had many aggressive rebounds and defensive plays throughout along with a quick follow up basket. Blake Ongley (8 points) got a hot hand in the second half to help keep the game close. High pressure defense aided by Jack Mulfinger and Nicholas Mercado along with the rest of the team helped bring the game within three but in the end New Milford went on a run with too little time left for the Warriors to catch them and the Wilton team lost by a score of 25-37.

The 5/6 Boys team ended the weekend with well played win against a tough New Canaan Red team. Miller got the first basket (2 points) of the game to set the tone for the day. Joy (9 points) kept the pace fast with nice drives to the hoop, drawing fouls in many cases to bring him to the line, keeping New Canaan off balance. Stein (2 points) quickly followed with a powerful play and another basket. McMenamey (5 points) kept the pressure on with some impressive moves to get himself into scoring position while hitting a 3-pointer. With a great assist from Stein, Ongley (9 points) sank a long 3-pointer which helped widen the lead. Fogarty (2 points) grabbed a rebound and put it right back in the hoop. Greene (7 points) lit it up with a nice 3-pointer, lay-up and jump shot. Meyer and Mercado played tough D throughout while aggressively not backing down. Bocchino grabbed several rebounds to help keep the ball out of New Canaan’s hands. Mulfinger worked his way around the court on offense and defense helping his team keep the lead. Davi (2 points) kept pressure on with solid defense, aggressive rebounding and drives to the hoop which landed him at the line. The final result was a victory for Wilton, 38-23.

Wilton 4th Grade Blue Opens Season With 39-11 Win Over Yonkers Bulls (NY)

The 4th Grade Wilton Blue Squad started its season with an impressive 39-11 win over the visiting Yonkers Bulls (NY). The Blue squad quickly demonstrated its commitment to defense as the boys created multiple turnovers and steals in the first period. Throughout the game, the swarming Warrior defense was complemented by a great team offense allowing the team to achieve the opening win.

The young Warriors’ great spacing on the court, swarming defense and crashing of the boards proved too much for Yonkers as the first half ended with an 18-4 Warrior lead. The first half momentum carried over into the second half as the young Warriors were relentless in their efforts to seal the win. Sean Kaliski, Henry Major and Hugo Pascarella led the way on offense with 19, 8 and 6 points respectively. Kaliski also showed his distribution skills at point guard leading the team with six assists. Gus Pfeiffer, Finn Snyder, and Sawyer Fasano rounded out the scoring with two points each.

All the young Warriors contributed on the day, especially on defense. Kaliski, Fasano, Pascarella, Major, Pfeiffer, Snyder, Cash Kaiser, and Callum Gemelli created double digits in steals and defensive plays (turnovers/blocked shots). The Blue squad also finished the day with 26 rebounds. Fasano led all rebounders with 7; Snyder, Pascarella, and Kaliski each collected 5 rebounds as well.

As the Wilton Blue Squad plays this great combination of swarming defense and team basketball on offense this season, they will continue to achieve success.

8th Grade Boys White Defeat New Canaan but Lose Two More Games in Season Opening Weekend

The Wilton 8th Grade Boys White team started this season with a 43-20 win over division opponent New Canaan Black 8B at Saxe Middle School. The Wilton boys started strong, leading 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Anderson Campbell led Wilton with 10 points, Wyatt Jones and Max Jarvie contributed 9 each and Kyle Roesser had 5. Todd Woodring (2 points), Declan Brokaw and Ethan Gallo‘s (4 points) defensive efforts kept New Canaan scoring opportunities to a minimum. Mike Meenan and Brody Hess helped with moving the ball on offensive and Jack Minnich added 4 points.

In the second game of the weekend, on Sunday, Wilton squared off against powerhouse Ridgefield Basketball 8B in Ridgefield. Wilton trailed by 11 at the end of the 2nd quarter, 19- 30. Wilton struggled in the second half, and by the end of the fourth quarter, with Campbell contributing 10, Gallo 9, Meenan 8, Roesser 6, Jones 5, Brokaw 3, Woodring 2, and strong physical play by Jarvie, Minnich, and Hess, Wilton lost 43-75.

Less than three hours later, Wilton faced off against Greenwich Select 8B at home, in a rematch of last season’s tournament championship game, which Wilton won. Led in scoring by Jarvie (14) and Jones (13), Wilton trailed by 1 at the half, 17-18. However, even with contributions by Roesser (5 points), Woodring (3), Minnich (3), Brokaw (3), Gallo (2), Campbell (2) and assists by Meenan and Hess, Wilton’s offense couldn’t keep up, and too many turnovers caused Wilton to fall with a final score of 45-55.