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Wilton Hoops

Wilton Hoops 5th/6th Grade Boys Fight Hard Against Tough Opponents, Losing to Darien and Fairfield

The Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys basketball team faced two strong opponents this weekend, losing both games. On Saturday, a very tough Darien YMCA White team took down the Wilton boys, 12-33. Darien mounted a strong defense, and an equally challenging attack. Wilton’s Grant Stein, number 50, playing in the center position, led the team with 5 points, 3 of which he scored from the foul line.

On Sunday, at home versus Fairfield Fierce, Wilton held up much better, leading at the end of the first quarter 8-6. Fairfield had two strong quarters, pulling ahead 17-32 by the end of the third, but Wilton battled back to close the gap. Unfortunately, the score was still against Wilton 28-41 at the end of the game. Fairfield’s full court press rattled Wilton throughout the game, forcing many turnovers, but Wilton scrambled throughout the game to grab loose balls, secure rebounds, and drive to the hoop. Liam Joy led the team with 10 points, including two from the line. Jack McMenamy’s aggressive play secured 2 rebounds and 5 points. Greg Bocchino netted a 3-pointer, and contributed on defense, along with Hans Greene, Jack Mulfinger, and Casey Meyer. Boden Davi had 3 steals, 4 rebounds, and 4 points, 2 from the line. Blake Ongley had a 3-pointer, a steal, a rebound, and a lot of action in defensive play, backed up by Matthew Fogarty, and Nicholas Mercado, who had 1 rebound and a field goal. Laszlo Miller had 2 points from the field, 2 steals, and a rebound. Leading in the paint was Stein, with at least 9 rebounds, a block, and a steal. Next weekend, the boys face St. Mary’s in Ridgefield.

Wilton’s 7th/8th Grade Boys Emerge Victorious over Weston (49-35) and Westport in Nail-biter Game (35-34)

In their first game against Weston, Wilton’s 7th/8th grade boys came out of the gate aggressively and took advantage of Weston’s matador defense. They were swishing and dishing, with the entire team contributing. Henry Soojian led a balance scoring sheet with 7 points, Emmet Kane and Luke Umphred each totaled six, Tucker Farrell came through with 5 points and each player on the roster hit the scoring column. A stifling Wilton defense confounded the Weston team. Wilton’s press caused 14 steals. Justin Kammerman, with pep in his step, totaled five, and Soojian contributed three (continuing his all-around stellar game). Will Fischer and Mason Andrews each had two. Wilton also owned the boards, Soojian grabbed seven, while Umphred, Peter Reyes and Liam Snyder each grabbed four in the triumph.

In their next game against Westport, the Warriors came out firing and jumped out to quick lead in the first quarter. Wilton was hanging and banging, led by Farrell’s 7 points, including a clutch game winning free throw with 4.2 seconds remaining, as Westport’s last-second, half-court heave clanged off the rim. Henry Mangum was scintillating, and his gazelle-like moves around the basket led to 6 points, as did Kane, sharpshooting from downtown and whose mom led the cheering section. Luke DiRocco kicked in 4 boards, and a steal. Feline quick defense was led by Cael Dexter, Kammerman, Andrews and Fischer (who disrupted Westport’s last-ditch shot), capping a high flying, super terrific happy basketball weekend.

Wilton 5th Grade Boys Travel Basketball Split Games, 1-1

The Wilton 5th grade boys split two games this weekend. On Saturday, Wilton led wire to wire, beating Southbury 42-9 on the back of relentless defense. Mark Sylvester led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points, while Jimmy Dineen added nine and Colton Smith seven. Sylvester, Charlie Heffernan (4 points), and Jeff Fox (2 points) supplied steady ball pressure which led to many fast break chances. Jack Cunningham (2 points), Will Viggiano (4pts) and Charlie Cretella (4 points) were ball hawks in the passing lanes and Anthony Palumbo was his usual dominant force on the glass. In Sunday’s game Wilton lost a tough one to Norwalk 42-46. Dineen (11 points) and Smith (8 points) led another balanced scoring attack with all players contributing in the contest. Despite leading for three quarters on solid team play the pressure applied by Norwalk proved to be too much for the Warriors. Gavin Toohill was missing from the lineup but supplied valuable insight to his teammates. Coach Kevin Rivera continues to work with the boys on improving their basketball skills.

Wilton 8th Grade Girls Take Home a Win and a Loss

The Wilton 8th Grade Girls split a pair in this weekend’s showdown. The team played a solid Southbury team on Saturday trading baskets in the first two quarters, ending the first half tied with 24 points. The Wilton girls refused to trade anymore baskets and came out in the second half looking like a brand new team, ripping and running, while spreading the floor to strong-handedly take the third and fourth quarters by leaps. The team went up on Southbury 15 to 6 in the third quarter and stepped on the pedal to blow the team out in the forth quarter with a 23-8 run. Every member of the team was in sync the rest of the game. Maddie Dineen earned 14 points (nailed both 3-pointers), Ashleigh Masterson dropped in 13 points, followed by Kaitlyn Sullivan with 8 points (including one 3-pointer), Anisa Burrows had 7 points (including one 3-pointer), Marykate Doyle scored 7 points (including one 3-pointer), Molly Hancock made 5 points, Ella Mulfinger dropped in 5 points, Carolin Hage scored 2 points and Lauren Moe played solid defense while grabbing rebounds in the paint.

On Sunday the team went up against DTX-Monroe 8th Grade team and fell a little short by 4 points ending the game 31-35. Masterson led the team in scoring, putting up 12 points alongside Dineen with 11 points. The team went up 6 points with Monroe unable to score for quite a while in the first quarter, but Monroe came right back at the end of the first quarter only down by one. The game got away from Wilton a little in the 2nd quarter with Monroe going up by 5 points. Wilton made a run in the 3rd quarter going up by 1 point and another solid run the 4th, with tenacious defense lead by Emma Kelly, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit, even with a hard fought quarter by the Wilton team.

Wilton 8th Grade Boys Basketball Wins against Trumbull, Loses to New Rochelle

The Wilton 8th Grade Boys Basketball played Saturday against the Trumbull Travel 8th Grade Boys, led by Coach Kevin Hand and Jack House. The Warriors started with Max Jarvie, Anderson Campbell, Kyle Roesser, Todd Woodring and Wyatt Jones. It was a very competitive game with Wilton taking the win with a 58-49 final score. Leading scorers were Jarvie with 18, Campbell and Jones with 12, and Roesser with 11. All of the Warriors battled hard including Ethan Gallo, Brody Hess, Jack Minnich and Declan Brokaw.

Wilton 8th played again on Sunday against the New Rochelle Rebels. Starters Jarvie, Campbell, Roesser, Woodring and Jones battled hard. The game was very competitive and close in the first half. All the Warriors played aggressively including Gallo, Hess, Minnich and Brokaw. New Rochelle’s aggressive defense, however, stopped Wilton’s offense and only Jarvie and Roesser scored double digits. In the end New Rochelle came out on top with a win of 38-65.

Wilton YMCA Gymnastics

Flipping to Success:  Wilton Gymnastics Takes on Flippers Invitational in January

During the weekend of Jan. 11-12, 2020, Glastonbury, CT was the scene of the annual Flippers Invitational meet for the Wilton YMCA Gymnastics team. Even with a smaller number of competitors, Wilton successfully represented across all levels, bringing home four Championship titles and six top-5 All Around wins.

Overall, Level 7 finished second place AA, Levels 3 and 6 finished in third AA, and Level 4 finished in fifth AA.

Level 3:  For ages 6-8, Lily Blessing scored 9.1 on beam to earn silver, 9.2 on vault for bronze, and placed fourth on floor. In the Junior division, Brianna Shiue reigned supreme, taking gold on floor (9.0) and bars (9.1), bronze on bars (9.1) and vault (9.1), and taking home the first place AA trophy. Nora Walencikowski was crowned the Vault Champion with an impressive 9.3. In the Senior Division, Jane Carroll was seemingly unstoppable, earning the titles of Vault Champion (9.5) and Bars Champion (9.0), winning silver on beam (9.0), bronze on floor (9.05) and taking home the title of AA Division Champion.

Level 4:  For ages 11, Evy Theriault took bronze on vault with a score of 9.15, while also placing in fourth on bars and finishing in fifth place AA. Kyra Doran took the bronze medal for her floor routine. For ages 12, Alyssa Duarte scored a 9.2 on vault for third place. Lilli Todd’s 9.1 on vault earned her a spot on the podium for fifth place.

Level 5:  Gabriella Martin was the uncontested Floor Champion with a score of 9.0, while also earning silver on beam (9.3), bars, and vault, and brought home the trophy for second place AA. Tess D’Andraia placed fourth on bars, fifth on vault and beam.

Level 6:  In the Child division, Alyssa Mariani was on fire, winning gold on vault (9.2) and floor (9.5), bronze on bars and scoring 9.0 on beam (fourth) to take home the title of All Around Champion (pictured above in main image). Ashlynne Fudale’s first competition as a Level 6 gymnast was rewarded with silver on floor (9.25) and fourth place on vault (9.05). In the Junior division, Kaelyn Talisse’s poise and flexibility earned her the silver on floor (9.3), fourth on beam, fifth on vault (9.0) and a trip to the podium for fifth AA. Ella Arghirescu was the bronze medalist on bars and placed fifth on beam. Teagan Stengrim’s powerful routine scored a 9.35 to earn her the title of Floor Champion, while placing in fourth place on vault (9.1) and fifth on bars. Jeni von Bartheld received a score of 9.1 on vault for fourth place.

Level 7:  In the Junior division, Ashley Umhoefer was the Division Champion, taking gold on vault (9.3) and floor (9.25), silver on bars, and bronze on beam which included the exciting successful landing of a back tuck. Donna Stepnowsky was crowned Beam Champion, while also placing second on vault (9.15), third on floor, fifth on bars and placing fourth AA. Alyson Scheurkogel took the title of Vault Champion with a score of 9.3, and placed fourth on floor and bars, fifth on beam, and fifth AA. In the Senior division, Michaela Kane won silver on bars, bronze on vault, and placed fourth on beam, floor and AA.

Level 8:  In the Junior division, Emma Daugherty was the AA Champion, scoring 9.0 on floor and finishing first across the board.