Wilton Youth Sports Round Up: Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2, 2020

Results and scores are 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.

Week 1

Wilton 5th Grade Boys Battle for Thrilling Comeback Win Against New Fairfield, 35-34

With the Wilton 5th Grade Boys (5-2 in league play) traveling to New Fairfield (6-0 in league play) to take on the division leading Rebels, expectations were high for a closely matched contest and the game didn’t disappoint. Wilton dominated the paint all game long, led by Colton Smith (26 rebounds), Jimmy Dineen (12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots), Will Viggiano (11 rebounds), Anthony Palumbo (8 rebounds), Gavin Toohill (3 rebounds), Charlie Cretella (3 rebounds), Jack Cunningham (2 rebounds), and Jeff Fox (2 rebounds and 1 blocked shot). Meanwhile, Wilton’s trapping defense caused plenty of turnovers led by Dineen (8 steals), Viggiano (4 steals), Charlie Heffernan (3 steals), Palumbo (3 steals), Cunningham (2 steals), Mark Sylvester (1 steal), Toohill (1 steal) and Smith (1 steal). However, Wilton’s shooting was ice cold through the first half and into the third quarter which enabled New Fairfield to take a 17 point lead at 27-10. But two quick jump shots by Cunningham (4 points) triggered an epic comeback by Wilton which was bolstered by the clutch shooting of Dineen (12 points), Toohill (9 points), Smith (6 points), Palumbo (2 points), and Heffernan (2 points), and Wilton pulled off the improbable comeback victory!

7th/8th Grade Boys Split Weekend, with Loss to New Canaan and Win Over Brookfield

The 7th/8th grade boys’ team played two basketball games at home this weekend at Middlebrook School. Saturday afternoon’s game ended in a loss for Wilton to their opponent New Canaan‘s 8th grade boys’ team, 39-62.

Sunday afternoon’s game–although overshadowed by the tragic news of losing the ultimate basketball hero, NBA legendary great Kobe Bryant–the Wilton boys pulled off a win over Brookfield‘s 8th grade boys’ team, 64-54.

Strong defense was played all weekend by Luke DiRocco, Peter Reyes, Will Fischer, Mason Andrews and Tucker Farrell. DiRocco led the team in steals for the weekend especially in Saturday’s game. Sunday’s game Reyes scored 7 points. Offense was played aggressively all weekend by Emmett Kane, Justin Kammerman, Cael Dexter, Luke Umphred and Henry Soojian. Rebounding power was exhibited by Henry Mangum, Umphred and Liam Snyder. Dexter and Kane led the team in three point shots.

This 7th/8th grade boys team is hard working, maturing gradually and when they are gelling well, they do get the win!

Best of luck boys in the upcoming month of regular season play – keep playing strong and believe in yourselves and your team!

Wilton 7th Grade Boys Come Back from Loss vs. Naugatuck to Defeat Mt. Vernon in League Play

The Wilton 7th grade boys had a very active weekend! First traveling up north and losing a very tough game against Naugatuck Nighthawks, 42-47. However, they came ready to play Sunday and had a big win 61-49 in a very important league game against Mt Vernon. Wilton started strong, led by Cole Siegel (16 pts), who dominated in the paint, and hot, 3-point shooting by Grady Kaliski (11 pts) from behind the arch. Then Wilton’s pressure and defense took over, led by Jack Schwartz (3 pts), Ryan Meehan (1 pts), Luke Ginsburg (2 pts) and Stef Cross (3 pts) to keep Mt. Vernon on its heels. Then Wilton pulled away in the 4th quarter by some sharp shooting from Liam McKiernan (11 pts), Ryan Luchetta (9 pts) and Cole Galante (5 pts). It was a well rounded win and big contributions by everyone on the team.

Wilton 8th Grade Girls Beat Danbury, 41-38 After Tough 31-43 Loss to Milford

The Wilton 8th grade girls’ basketball team (pictured above in main image) split its games this weekend, beating Danbury 41-38 on Sunday after a tough 31-43 loss to Milford on Saturday.

In the win over Danbury, Anisa Burrows lead scoring with 16 points and provided an assist and a steal. Molly Hancock had 9 points, including a key 3 pointer at the half, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals. Ella Mulfinger and Ashleigh Masterson each had 5 points, with Masterson adding 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Maddie Dineen contributed 4 points. MaryKate Doyle had 2 points. The defensive battle required the team to work the 2-3 zone hard, with Lauren Moe and Caroline Hage using their length to stymie Danbury’s height, and Emma Kelly and Kaitlyn Sullivan constantly moving and harrying the Danbury offense. The Warriors passed ice packs around after the successful physical battle.

Against Milford, Masterson and Mulfinger were Wilton’s leading scorers with 8 points each, and Masterson was the overall rebound contributor with 7. Burrows lead the team with 3 offensive rebounds, and had 6 total, and added 6 points. Hage went 1-2 from the line and gathered 2 defensive rebounds. Running point, Dineen had 4 points, provided an assist and 3 steals. Hancock was perfect from the line, going 2-2, and had a steal. Kelly had 2 points and added a steal. Sullivan had 2 rebounds while guarding Milford’s top scorer. Moe added an offensive rebound and 3 defensive boards. Doyle also had 3 defensive rebounds and contributed an assist.

Wilton 6th Grade Girls Outplay Fairfield, 25-13

On Saturday morning, Jan. 25, the Wilton Hoops 6th grade girls team took on the Fairfield PAL 6G Sparks team.

Wilton had a strong start with Lilliana Finn (4), Rose Bilella (14), Arwen Garcia (10) and Ella Loughran (23) attacking from the beginning. Kokona Layne (20), Maia Andjelkovic (1) and Josie Silva (12) were strong defensively with Jordyn Ennis (11) and Carolina Bonita (33) assisting with dribbling and passing for Wilton to take the lead by half time.

Leading the second half Bilella, Garcia, Layne and Ennis were strong defensively with multiple steals and blocked shots against Fairfield. Loughran, Andjelkovic, Silva, Finn and Bonita all contributed with passing and dribbling to maintain the lead.

Team 6G made it an entertaining morning for all, outplaying Fairfield and holding strong to win by a final score of 25-13.

Wilton Hoops 5th/6th Grade Boys Go 2-0 In Two Hard Fought Games

The Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys faced an unfamiliar opponent in Weston. The scoring started early with Boden Davi (11 points) and Greg Bocchino (2 points). The rebounds were definitely in Wilton’s favor, with Grant Stein (12) and Hans Greene (2) controlling the boards. The defense was also stifling with steals by Liam Joy (6), Casey Meyer (2) and Nico Mercado adding a key block. Everything else was on point, and Wilton was victorious, 37-21.

Wilton wrapped up the weekend by playing New Canaan, who they had beaten
earlier in the season. This game was really a nail-biter, with a lot of lead changes. In the second quarter, the offensive and defensive boards were all Wilton, with rebounds by Jack McMenamy (6) and Matthew Fogarty (1). At halftime, the score was 12-14 in New
Canaan’s favor. In the third quarter, Laszlo Miller and Jack Mulfinger were on fire, with 6 and 5 points respectively. Entering the fourth quarter, Wilton led 25-24. Then Blake Ongley lit up the scoreboard (10 points) with the go-ahead points to finish off a 32-29
victory. Wilton has gone 3-0 in the last three games, lets see if they can keep that streak alive!

Week 2

7th Grade Boys Basketball Lose Three Hard-Fought Games

The Wilton 7th Grade Boys Basketball team lost three hard-fought games this past weekend. The three-game road trip began Friday night in Westport and despite a valiant effort the Warriors lost by a score of 31-39. Wilton led 27-20 after three quarters, but could not hold off a pesky Westport team.

On Saturday, the Warriors traveled to Waterbury and lost by a score of 44-51. Once again, Wilton led in the 4th quarter, but Waterbury hit some key baskets in the closing minutes to secure the victory.

On Sunday, Wilton visited Fairfield who they beat in their season opener in December. The Warriors battled to the end, but came up just short losing by a score of 51-55.

Cole Siegel was dominant on both ends of the floor on Sunday with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Liam McKiernan started off the game with two quick three point baskets and finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds. Stefano Cross (6 points), Ryan Luchetta (5 points), Grady Kaliski (3 points) and Luke Ginsburg (2 points, 2 assists) also contributed offensively.

On the defensive end, Ryan Meehan (2 points, 2 rebounds), Jack Schwartz (2 points, 1 steal), Luke Perna (2 steals), Liam Murphy (2 rebounds), and Cole Galante (1 rebound) led the way.

6th Grade Girls Basketball Team Stumbles in Two-Game Losses

Wilton 29, Brookfield 40 (Saturday, February 1 at Middlebrook School)

Wilton 23, Newtown 44 (Sunday, February 2 at Newtown Youth Academy)

Wilton lost two hard-fought games, falling to Brookfield, 29-40 on Saturday, and 23-44 against Newtown on Sunday.

Against Brookfield, Ellie Smith paced all scorers with 9 points, while Rose Bilella added a pair of baskets, a timely assist and a nifty defensive play. Ella Loughran helped keep the game close with one bucket, an assist and strong defense, while Arwen Garcia made a series of impressive defensive stops. Kokona Layne chipped in with two shots from beyond the three-point stripe.

Against Newtown, Lilliana Finn made a nice shot while hauling in five rebounds, while Jordyn Ennis made several nice steals and pulled down six boards. Maia Andjelkovic provided a spark late in the game with tenacious defense and a three pointer from the corner. Carolina Bonita made some nice drives to the basket and connected on a nice shot. Josie Silva nailed a smooth jump shot in the second quarter and played tough on the boards.

Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys Travel Basketball Split Games, 1-1

Saturday was a tough loss against the Redding/Easton team. The 5th/6th Grade boys gave it all they had and showed some impressive plays. Scoring three 3-pointers from Greg Bocchino (5 points), Hans Greene (5 points) and Blake Ongley. The rest of the points were scored by Boden Davi (7 points), Liam Joy (8 points), Nico Mercado (2 points) and Lazlo Miller (4 points). Matthew Fogarty, Jack McMenamey and Jack Mulfinger had great defensive plays.

After a tough loss on Saturday, Wilton Hoops 5th/6th Grade Boys bounced back on Sunday in a contest against Wakeman–Fairfield, winning 38-25. The win was their fourth win in the last five games and brought their league record to 5-5. The Warriors started off strong with a 9-0 run in the first four minutes of the game. Davi, with his boundless energy, dominated the boards with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Joy (11 pts) landed several critical shots while Ongley (9 pts) made three 3-point shots look effortless. Mulfinger and Miller each contributed two points. McMenamey’s aggressive play gave the Warriors multiple chances to gain possession and score by leading the team in rebounds (7). The Warriors’ stout defense shut down Wakeman-Fairfield and created numerous turnovers, including those from Bocchino (3 steals), Mercardo (3 steals), Fogarty (2 steals) Davi (2 steals), Joy (2 steals), Miller (2 steals) and Ongley (1 steal).

Wilton’s 5th/6th Boys Basketball visit the Wilton Fire Department to deliver some baked goods.

Wilton’s 8th Grade Boys Lose Two, Win One 

Wilton’s 8th grade boys lost a close game to St. Mary’s-Ridgefield on Saturday 49-58. Kyle Roesser (12 points) led the Warriors inside. Max Jarvie (7 points) and Ethan Gallo (6 points) also played well near the basket. Todd Woodring (6 points) was very efficient and Anderson Cooper, Wyatt Jones, Mike Meenan, Jack Minnich, Brody Hess, and Declan Brokaw all contributed.

Wilton lost to Ridgefield on Saturday by a score of 29-57. Cooper (8 points), Jarvie and Roesser (6 points each) scored the bulk of the points. The rest of the team did what they could against one of the biggest and best teams in the State.

Wilton beat the Greenwich Flame on Sunday by a score of 59-57. Jarvie (19 points) led the way with his strong inside play. Cooper (14 points) was very aggressive on both side of the court. Roesser (12 points) continued his strong play this weekend. Jones (11 points) had three 3-pointers. Other contributors where Gallo, Minnich, Hess, Brokaw and Woodring.

Wilton 8th Grade Girls Have Tough Loss vs. Avon

The Wilton 8 girls basketball team played host to Valley United-Avon on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Middlebrook. In a hard-fought, 27-41 loss that saw Wilton fall behind early, the Wilton girls battled to the end, outscoring their opponents 16-13 in the 2nd half led by 9 points from Ella Mulfinger (2 rebounds, 2 steals). Also contributing on the offensive end were Molly Hancock (7 points, 4 steals), Anisa Burrows (4 points, 3 rebounds), MaryKate Doyle (3 points), Maddie Dineen (2 points, 2 steals), and Lauren Moe (2 points, 3 rebounds). Caroline Hage led Wilton with 6 rebounds while Kaitlyn Sullivan and Emma Kelly helped shut down Avon’s offense in the 2nd half with stifling defense.

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