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Wilton YMCA Gymnastics Team Finds Success at Harvest Meet
On Nov. 12, the Wilton YMCA Gymnastics Team kicked off the season with a strong showing at the Harvest Invitational in Trumbull.
Overall, the Levels 6 and 8 teams placed First All Around and the Level 4 team placed 2nd AA.
In ages 8-10, Taylor Archembeau earned 5th AA in her first-ever competition meet, with second on vault and fourth on beam and floor. Alyssa Mariani took third on beam (9.0) and floor, and fourth on vault. Cailyn Cruickshank placed fifth on vault and floor.
In age 11, Lauren Condon was second on beam, third on floor, and fourth on bars.
In age 12, Ella Mancuso earned the title of AA champion, with first on beam (9.0), 2nd on bars (9.0) and floor, and third on vault. Jeni Von Bartheld was third AA, placing second on vault, and third on bars, beam and floor. Ella Arghirescu was fourth AA, taking second on beam and floor, and fourth on bars. Isabella Silverstein took home fourth on floor and fifth on vault and bars. Emma Incao came in fourth on vault, and Elizabeth Fahey placed fourth on beam and fifth on floor.
In ages 13+, Simona Gheorghe handily took first place AA, with first on beam (9.1) and bars, second on vault (9.0) and third on floor. Maddie Moscara was fourth AA with third on bars and beam, and fourth on vault and floor.
In ages 12-13, lone Wilton representative Alyssa Smeriglio placed fifth on vault, beam and floor.
In ages 10-11, Ashley Umhoefer swept gold across the board for first AA, with first in vault (with an incredible score of 9.8), bars (9.4), floor (9.150) and beam.
In ages 12-13, Alyson Scheurkogel handily earned first place AA, grabbing first on floor (9.0) and beam (9.0), and second on vault (9.450) and bars. Donna Stepnowsky took home the trophy for third AA, coming in first on vault (9.5), second on beam and third on floor. Grace Condon was fifth AA, placing second on floor, third on beam and fifth on bars. Sofia Blessing’s return to competition resulted in third on bars, fourth on floor, and fifth on vault and beam.
In ages 14-15, Ava Walker earned the title of AA champion, taking first on vault (9.0) and bars, second on beam (9.1) and fourth on floor. Michaela Kane took home third AA, with second on vault, bars and floor, and fourth on beam.
In ages 12-14, Mia Karlehag was the AA champion, with first on vault, beam and floor (9.2), and second on bars. Olivia Mannino took home the silver AA trophy, placing first on bars, and second on vault, beam and floor (9.0). Sarah Collias took bronze across the board on all four events, and placing third AA.
In ages 15+, Sam Huffman was back in the game, taking the title of AA champion and coming in first on bars and beam, second on floor, and third on vault. Kate Ginsburg was second AA with first place on vault (9.0) and floor, and second place on bars and beam. Emma Daugherty rounded out the podium with third AA, earning second on vault and third on bars, beam and floor.
Main photo, above: Level 6 team takes first place (L-R): Grace Condon, Sophia Blessing, Michaela Kane, Donna Stepnowsky, Alyson Scheurkogel, Ava Walker and Ashley Umhoefer.
Wilton Youth Flag Football
Wilton Seahawks Grade 3/4 Flag Football Team Clinches Super Bowl, Defeating Westport 14-9
The Wilton Seahawks exhibited great teamwork and sportsmanship to defeat Westport Patriots 14-9. The Wilton team was clicking on all cylinders Saturday morning to display stellar teamwork when it mattered most. Strong defense from Sam Jacobson, Joe Aversano, Spencer Boatwalla and Lukas Greis held Westport to nine points. Razzle-dazzle on offense by Cam Fahey, Colton Smith and Oliver Sims was a recipe that brought Wilton to 14 points. Nolan Milhoa’s pick-six put them ahead by seven early in the game. Sonny Anastasia’s huge run put them in range to score again. A trick play started by Liam Boatwalla lateraling to Anastasia and then handing off to Nolan, who threw a lightening bolt pass, caught in the end-zone by Boden Davi, secured the Seahawks’ victory.
Superb leadership from head coach Jacobson and assistants Smith and Boatwalla helped the Seahawks develop skills while having fun. The goal of the coaches was for everyone to have fun while trying out every position and contributing at every game.
Wilton Youth Basketball
Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys Open Season with Loss to Fairfield PAL, 27-34
The Wilton 5th/6th Boys Travel Basketball team opened their season with a loss against the Fairfield PAL 76ers by a score of 34-27.
The Warriors trailed from the start and their youth showed as they opened down 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. Strong free-throw shooting from Fairfield stretched their lead to 16-8 at the end of the first half. Patrick Heffernan paced the Warriors with 7 pts. and aggressive play on the boards, recording 2 rebounds as well. Justin Kammerman added two rebounds down low, along with strong rebounding from Jack Williams (2 rebounds) at center. Henry Soojian (2 pts), Stefano Cross (2 pts), and Tucker Farrell (2 pts) all contributed with rebounds and scores themselves.
The second half foul trouble continued for the Warriors as Fairfield went 11-of-14 at the line throughout the game. The Warriors continued to battle on defense as Mason Andrews and Brody Hess fought for some tough balls throughout the game. Wilton showed aggressive rebounding throughout the entire game with solid play from Cole Galante (5 pts), who knocked down a three-pointer in the corner to help cut into the Fairfield lead. Declan Brokaw drained a nice three-pointer at the end of the third quarter but it wasn’t enough, even with an additional four points from Will Fischer in the trailing minutes, as the Warriors closed out the game losing 27-34.
The Wilton 5th/6th grade Boys look to rebound against Stamford after the holiday break .
Wilton Youth Lacrosse
Wilton 3rd Grade Boys Win “Gravy” Division Championship at 7th Annual Gobbler Game Lax Tournament
Wilton’s 3rd Grade Boys Lacrosse team won the “Gravy” division Championship at the 7th annual Gobbler Game’s Lacrosse Tournament over the weekend at SUNY Purchase.
The team went 2-0 on Sunday with wins over Ridgefield Orange (8-6) and Greenwich (12-6), before they faced (also undefeated) Ridgefield White in the Championship game.
Wilton jumped all over Ridgefield early in the game behind the relentless riding of attack men Mark Sylvester and Jimmy Dineen, who created multiple turnovers and turned them into easy goals.
Middies Kevin Macken and Mason Cilento were fantastic all day between the lines, and helped transfer the ball upfield to attack-men Wyatt Kreter and Porter Coutant. The Wilton defense was lead by Declan Jackson and Cody Korpan who helped the team protect a four-goal lead early on.
Ridgefield clawed their way back into the game before the half, behind an amazing effort by a Ridgefield middie, and actually led 5-4 at halftime.
Wilton came out after halftime determined to shut down Ridgefield’s best player and the teams traded goals deep into the second half before Dylan Flanagan tied the game with less than two minutes to play for Wilton.
Goalie Colin Faherty made a handful of amazing saves late (including a hard shot off his leg that he shrugged off and continued playing) to keep Ridgefield from scoring, before middie Brady Corry cleared the ball from the midfield, dodged through traffic, and scored off a backhanded shovel shot off his knees, with five seconds left, to give Wilton the Championship!
The Wilton coaches are extremely proud of the effort from every player on the team, as each contributed to the team’s success. Ground balls, saves, assists, goals, defense, transition, etc.–the Wilton 3rd Grade team gave it their all, won together, and played lacrosse the way it is meant to be played, as a team!