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Wilton Youth Basketball

7th/8th Grade Girls Defeat New Milford, 40-24

The Wilton 7th/8th grade basketball team defeated New Milford 40-24 on Saturday, Dec. 15. It was a convincing win for Wilton, getting off to a quick start, scoring on their first possession.

Sawyer Pendergast had a breakout game with 16 points, followed by Aly Rappaport and Georgia Russnok, each scoring 6 points. Shayla Kapoor and Avery Schestag each scored 4 points. Marin Burke and Erin Getty each scored 2 points. Rappaport led with 5 assists and 5 steals. Kapoor and Getty led with 5 rebounds and 4 rebounds respectively.

Great movement up and down the court was shown by Mary Kate Doyle. Caroline Luce showed great tenacity on defense. Overall, it was an incredible team effort.

One-Pt. Loss for 5th/6th Grade Boys vs. Darien, Followed by Loss to New Canaan

The Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball team played competitively, led by Coach John Redding against Darien on Saturday. It was a very close game with the lead going back and forth within one point the whole game. The game starters played strong, led by Stefano Cross, Henry Soojian, Matthew Garcia, Dylan Gallo, and Max Totten. All of the Warriors battled hard defensively, including reserves Conor Toohill, Patrick Lillis, Mason Andrews, Liam Joy, Trevien Goldman, and Jake Brokaw. Cross was a powerhouse, playing most of the game. Garcia brought the team into overtime with a clinch 2-point shot to tie the game with barely any seconds left. Soojian ended the game with a clutch 3 pointer to bring the game within 1. However in the end Darien came out on top, 29-30.

Wilton 5th/6th played again on Sunday versus New Canaan Red. Starters Soojian, Garcia, Andrews, Joy and Gallo battled hard. All the Warriors played aggressively, including Toohill, Lillis, Totten, Goldman, and Brokaw. Outsized by New Canaan, however, Wilton got off to a rocky start, ending the first half with only 5 points scored by Soojian, Gallo and Lillis. In the second half Wilton fought back to close the gap in score. Garcia led the second half scoring with 4 baskets and 1 impressive 3-pointer for 11 points. In the end Wilton finished with a respectful score of 28. However, New Canaan came out on top and won 28-45.

5th Grade Wilton Warrior Boys Out-Hustle Norwalk Youth, 46-36

The game started off with Norwalk dominating the boards, especially on offense. It quickly turned around as Wilton adjusted its defense to end the first quarter tied 11-11. Grant Stein was a rebounding machine with a total of 16, followed by Will Byrnes and Charlie Roy with 5 each. Once the second quarter started, Wilton gained the lead and never looked back. The offense came together as the Warriors were finishing plays, scoring their season high 43 points, led by Charlie Roy with 11 points (including one from long range). Strong defense helped create fast break plays and the boys were able to get points off turnovers. Craig O’Neill and Jake Padilla led the team with 3 steals and 6 points each followed by Alan Osta with 2 steals and 5 points. They hustled down the court to end the first half, up 17-16.

As soon as the third quarter began, Roy made two baskets, including a fast break assist from O’Neill. Blake Ongley then hit a wide open 3-point shot to open up the lead to 11. In the fourth quarter, Theo Satrazemis threw a great assist to Byrnes, who made a head fake and a smooth baseline shot. A great defensive play by Joey Aversano led to a steal by O’Neill as he finished with a strong layup. Aversano then made an offensive rebound and put back layup soon on the very next play. With pressure from the defense, Osta made a quick pass to O’Neill, who then assisted Aversano with the final score to clinch the win.

The team played well against the press, and made the proper adjustments to box out and get rebounds. They out-hustled Norwalk all game to clinch a big win on the road.

Wilton 8th Grade Boys Win Two This Weekend

The 8th Grade Boys started off the weekend with a hard-fought win against a tough Waterbury Huskies team. The teams battled back and forth to start the game but Waterbury led by 4 points at the half. Tommy McKiernan (25 points, including six 3-pointers) and Tommy Walsh (6 points on two 3-pointers) kept it close by hitting key shots from the perimeter. The Warriors then came out strong to start the second half by playing stifling defense and getting several steals by Spencer Liston (10 points) and Ryan Preisano (3 points), which allowed the team to pull ahead of Waterbury by 10 points. The Warriors’ inside game was led by Nick ‘Sunshine’ Walden (with a “double-double” of 10 points and 11 rebounds), Bailey Finn (5 points) and Jeff Mitchell (2 points). Waterbury tried to climb back in the game but was held off by the strong defense and rebounding of Alexander Reyes and Will McCormack. Great ball handling by guards McKiernan, Liston and Mikey Byrnes helped break Waterbury’s press defense and allowed the Warriors to close out the game with a 61-58 victory.

The Warriors continued their success on Sunday evening with a 66-54 win over Norwalk in a game of runs. The inside presence of Finn (with his own “double-double” of 12 points, 10 rebounds), Walden (6 points), Mitchell (3 points), McCormack(2 points) and Reyes helped open things up for guards McKiernan, who had four 3-pointers and finished with 30 points, and Preisano (2 points). Liston (8 points), Walsh (3 points) and Byrnes played great perimeter defense to shut down Norwalk’s shooting guards in the second half. The Warriors then hit their free throws down the stretch to close out another hard-earned victory.

5th Grade Girls Split Pair of Weekend Games

The Wilton 5th grade girls basketball blue team, split their games this weekend. They defeated Bethel by a score of 26-5 on Saturday afternoon in FCBL league competition and their best game of the season so far. On Sunday, Wilton lost to New Milford 15-22 in a close contest. Saturday’s game against Bethel showed what this Wilton team can do. Wilton used its quickness to take the lead early and never looked back. Wilton’s defense dominated the afternoon with Lilliana Finn and Arwen Garcia. Maia Andjelkovic, Ella Loughran and Kokona Layne collected rebound after rebound and kept Bethel with a very low scoring percentage. Wilton’s Rose Bilella and Rory Kepner took care of the ball and transitioned into offense with efficient passing. Wilton scored at will in the second half with Ellie Smith, Carolina Bonita and Josie Silva converting on some terrific fast breaks.

Wilton 8th Grade Girls Beat Monroe But Fall to St. Theresa

The Wilton 8th Grade girls basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, beating Monroe 31-23 on Saturday before falling to St. Theresa of Trumbull on Sunday, 23-50.

Saturday featured a defensive battle between the teams, and Wilton was able to use their athleticism to pull out the victory. Scoring was led by Kelly Holmgren (14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks) and Ava Fasano (6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), while Kendall Scholz (2 points, 7 rebounds) and Mary Scally (2 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals) helped lead the team defensively. Anna Joy chipped in with 2 points and 6 rebounds, while Heather Plowright added a basket, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Lucy Corry rounded out the scoring with 3 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Unfortunately on Sunday, Wilton faced a very sound and sharp shooting offense in St. Theresa’s, who knocked down eight 3-pointers and shot over 50% on the day. Wilton struggled offensively with low percentage shots and a lot of turnovers, and despite a lot of effort on defense, the girls just couldn’t slow down the St. Theresa shooters. Holmgren led the scoring with 10 points and 6 rebounds, while Scholz finished with 6 points and 6 boards. Maddie Ratcliffe (2 points), Charlotte Casiraghi (2 rebounds, 2 steals) and Molly McLaughlin (1 point, 2 assists, 3 rebounds) added a lot of hustle on defense.

6th Grade Boys Win by 20 Points Over Waterbury, but Fall to Westport

The Wilton 6th grade boys A team had another busy weekend, beginning with a home game on Saturday, Dec. 15 against the visiting squad from Waterbury. The boys in white and blue featured impressive playmaking and contributions from everyone throughout the entire game. In the first quarter, Ryan Luchetta got the crowd going by draining a jumper from the top of the key. Moments later, the team’s “big man,” Cole Siegel, converted a clutch rebound into a phenomenal pass to Luchetta who earned an assist by setting up Cael Dexter underneath. Liam Murphy kicked off the second quarter converting a thundering rebound into 2 points, then later led Liam McKiernan to another 2 on a sweet give-and-go. The team entered the second half with a 10-point lead and ultimately went on to win by 20. Along the way they gave their fans many more exciting moments including a long bomb of a pass from Luke “Ginsy” Ginsburg to Cole “Coley G” Galante, who sunk a layup. Ginsy also led an impressive 3-pass fast break ending with Luke Perna swishing another deuce. Per usual, nobody out-hustled Jack Schwartz or Grady Kaliski, both of whom we seemingly impenetrable defensively.

On Sunday, the boys took to the gleaming hardwood at Greens Farms Academy to take on the notoriously fierce organization from Westport. And while our neighbors to the South proved too much to handle in the end, the boys showed many bright spots that left fans optimistic for what’s to come later this season. It began by Wilton scoring first when McKiernan aced a lay-up for two after an impressive steal. On more than one occasion, Siegel converted dominating rebounds into baskets, showing incredible grit when his first attempts didn’t drop. With 1:42 left in the first half, Kaliski landed a big “tres” from the outside. The boys fought it out in the second half and made a number of impressive plays, but in the end the home team prevailed. After a tough game, the team left with tremendous optimism, sportsmanship, and resilience, bringing pride to coaches Jose Torres and Kevin McKiernan.

2 Wins, 1 Loss in Busy Weekend for Wilton’s 7th Grade Girls

The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team defeated Ridgefield 28-27 Friday night in a League game. Wilton trailed for much of the game until an offensive spurt late in the third quarter put Wilton ahead for good. Molly Hancock (10 points) hit two 3-pointers, Maddie Dineen (9 points) hit one trey, Anisa Burrows (6 points) provided the scoring and Cali Hage had two key assists during the run. Ashleigh Masterson (4 points) and Riley Fitzgerald (2 points) rounded out the scoring.

On Saturday Wilton traveled to play the East Hartford 7th/8th grade team, losing a tough game 32-41. Wilton trailed by 13 at the half before rallying to close the gap to 7 points with a couple of minutes to go. Masterson had a big game offensively (15 points) and on the boards (16 rebounds). Lauren Moe (2 points) helped shut down East Hartford’s size advantage with her defensive presence. Burrows (7 points) and Emma Kelly (5 points, including 3-for-3 from the free throw line) helped to fuel the offense.

On Sunday Wilton played short-handed against the Stamford Young Timers, winning 40-19 in a game where all eight players scored. Wilton jumped out to a 20-2 lead. The Warriors were unselfish with the ball as they had 11 assists on 19 made baskets and seven different players recorded assists. Hancock led the scoring with 10 points, followed by Burrows (8 points), Ella Mulfinger (6 points), Maddie Phelan (4 points), Masterson (4 points), Moe (4 points), and Kelly and Dineen, each with 2 points.

Wilton 7th Grade Boys Bounce Back from 19-40 Loss to Redding/Easton for Decisive (56-31) Win Over Wakeman Fairfield

Wilton played league-leading Redding/Easton at Middlebrook and found out why their opponent is currently at the top of the rankings. Never able to get on track, the Warriors fell behind early and were forced to play catch-up most of the game. Offensively, Max Jarvie (6 points), Todd Woodring (5 points), Henry Roy (4 points), Kyle Roesser (2 points) and Will Fischer (2 points) powered the scoring against a very stingy defense. Warriors with standout rebounding included Luke DiRocco, Roesser and Jarvie with 5 points each, Peter Reyes (2 points), and Todd Woodring, Levin Kaplan, and Henry Roy with 1 point each.

The Warriors ended a three-game skid and came in strong against their Wakeman Fairfield opponents, playing well with nine players contributing on offense. Players who put points on the board included Jarvie (16 points), Roy (9 points), Wyatt Jones and Fischer (8 points each), Woodring and DiRocco (4 points each), and Jack Minnich and Roesser (2 points each). Outstanding defense kept the opponents on their heels with top rebounds from Jarvie (10); Roesser (5); Roy (2); and one each from Woodring, Fischer, Minnich, DiRocco, Reyes and Kaplan. Tenacious defense from Jones and Roy were highlights.

5th/6th Grade Girls Topple Norwalk, 23-18

Wilton’s 5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball played competitively and fiercely under Coach Luke and Coach Melkonian, showing good sportsmanship this past weekend. Wilton started out strong, led by top scorer Grace CostaJulia Munrow
and Sofia Samai provided 6 points each to help propel the team in a win over Norwalk. Sophia Viggiano contributed to the scoring by adding a free throw and helped with rebounding. Elizabeth Crocitto was a force to reckon with on the defensive
side of the ball. Jordyn Ennis and Maddie Smith were all over the court defensively, creating turnovers and getting rebounds. Caitlyn Getty fought hard for rebounds and helped regain possession throughout the game. Annalise Lamanna grabbed 3 rebounds and worked hard to get open on offense. At all times Wilton demonstrated exemplary teamwork throughout their games. This team is working hard and communicating well on the court.

Wilton YMCA Gymnastics

Wilton Gymnasts Shine on the Mats and as Hosts of Snowflake Invitation Meet

On Dec. 15 and 16, over 360 gymnasts showed off their smiles and skills at the annual Snowflake Invitational, hosted by the Wilton YMCA Gymnastics Team. Families were greeted with a festive baked goods and a holiday boutique, a silly selfie wall, giant snowflake mobiles, and fuzzy snowflake headbands sported by parent volunteers. With six full sessions, gymnasts from six gyms competed for medals, trophies, and the titles of handstand contest winner.

Overall, the Level 3 gymnasts captured the AA team title. Levels 4, 5 and 8 placed 2nd, Level 7 placed 3rd, and Level 6 placed 4th.

Level 3

For ages 6-8, Lauren Crisafulli took home some new neck jewelry, with 4th on vault (9.0) and floor (9.3).

For age 9, Gabriella Martin wowed the crowd, taking 1st place medals on floor (9.6) and beam (9.4), 3rd on vault (9.0) and bars, and was the All Around Champion. In her first ever competition, Brooke Vallerie took home the bronze medal on vault with a 9.0.

For age 10, Evy Theriault’s near flawless floor routine scored an amazing 9.9 for gold, and she placed 2nd on bars, 4th on beam, 5th on vault, and won the 3rd AA trophy. Kyra Doran was the bars champion with 9.350, placed 2nd on beam (9.0), scored a 9.2 on floor and earned the 4th AA trophy. Andie Langeland dazzled the crowd with her smile, and scored a 9.350 on floor for 5th place.

For age 11, Alyssa Duarte was Wilton’s highest AA scoring gymnast of the meet, taking home gold on floor (9.8) and bars (9.350), silver on beam (9.05) and vault (9.2), and earning the title of AA Champion. Lilli Todd was all power, landing a 9.6 on vault for 1st, and scoring 9.650 on floor for 2nd.

For ages 12+, Lauren Buchanan earned silver on bars (9.4), bronze on vault (9.1) and beam (9.1), and took home the 4th AA trophy. Abigail Schmitt was the undisputed floor champion with an impressive 9.850, placed 2nd on vault (9.3) and was 5th AA.

Level 4

For ages 8-9, Tess D’Andraia placed 4th on vault and scored 9.0 on beam.

For age 10, Mia Decore took home a bounty of treasure, placing 1st on bars (9.0), 2nd on beam (9.2) and floor (9.3), 3rd on vault, and 2nd AA. Grace Jeanes placed 3rd on beam (9.150), 4th on floor (9.150), bars and vault, and won the 4th AA trophy.

For age 11, Rowan Morse grabbed the title of beam champion with a 9.450, placed 2nd on floor (9.550) and vault (9.150), and took home the 2nd AA trophy.

For age 12, Lia Carusone earned bronze medals on beam (9.050) and vault. Winnie Quigg won the silver medal on vault.

For ages 13+, Isabella Cerra placed 4th on vault and bars, and 5th on beam, floor and AA. Alyssa Greenlaw took home some hardware with 2nd on vault, 3rd on beam, and 4th on floor.

Level 5

For age 11, Cailyn Cruickshank placed 5th on floor.

For age 12, Teagan Stengrim was the uncontested bars champion, placing 2nd on floor (9.2), 3rd on vault, and coming in 4th AA. Kaelyn Talisse placed 4th on beam and 5th on floor.

For age 13+, Ella Arghirescu was crowned the AA Champion, taking silver on floor (9.150) and beam, bronze on bars, and placing 5th on vault. Jeni von Bartheld earned plenty of hardware, with 2nd on vault and beam, 3rd on vault, 4th on floor, and placing 2nd AA. Ella Mancuso completed the Wilton AA podium trifecta with her 3rd AA placement, handily earning the title of bars champion with her fluid routine (9.150), and placing 3rd on floor and 5th on vault. Elizabeth Fahey earned silver on floor (9.150), bronze on beam, placed 4th on vault and was 5th AA.

Level 6

For ages 10-11, Taylor Archambeau walked away a few medals heavier, with 1st on floor with her beautifully choreographed routine (9.5), 2nd on beam (9.2), bars and vault, and taking the trophy and title of AA champion. Alyssa Mariani flew with the wind at her feet to win the title of Vault Champion (9.0), placed 4th on floor, 5th on bars and beam, and came in 4th AA.

For ages 14+, after nearly a year off the competition floor from an injury, Chloe Jureller came back to win 4th on bars.

Level 7

For ages 11-13, Ashley Umhoefer placed 3rd on vault (9.1), 4th on beam and 5th on bars. Sofia Blessing scored a 9.0 on floor and stood on the podium with 4th on vault. Alyssa Smeriglio placed 4th on bars and 5th on vault.

For ages 14-15, Kaylie Berghaus showed off her strength and fluidity on bars to take the title of bars champion, placed 4th on floor, 5th on vault and beam, and placed 4th AA. Alyson Scheurkogel won the silver medal on vault (9.250), and placed 4th on bars and 5th on floor. Donna Stepnowsky’s fun and sassy floor routine scored a 9.1 for 3rd, and placed 4th on vault.

For ages 16+, Ava Walker was the 3rd AA winner, bringing home gold on bars, bronze on beam, and placing 5th on vault and floor. Isabella Jureller took home bronze on bars and placed 4th on beam.

Level 8

For ages 12-13, Mia Karlehag’s powerful and elegant routine earned her the title of floor champion with a 9.4, and placed 3rd on vault, and 4th on bars, beam and AA.

For ages 14-15, Olivia Mannino dazzled as she spun through the air on vault, earning the title and crown of vault champion with a 9.3, took 3rd on beam, and 4th on bars, floor and AA.

For ages 16+, senior Sam Huffman was crowned beam champion (9.2), earning the 2nd AA trophy with 3rd on vault, 4th on bars, and 5th on floor. Emma Daugherty took 3rd AA, with silver on vault, 4th on floor, and 5th on bars and beam. Kate Ginsburg’s sparkle and fun choreography led to 2nd on floor (9.0) and beam (9.1), 4th on vault, and 5th AA. Senior Alyssa Jarrett took silver on bars.

(Pictured above, in article’s main image) Level 3 Team 1st Place Winners:  Alyssa Duarte (1st AA), Kyra Doran, Evy Theriault (3rd AA), Andie Langeland, Gabriella Martin (1st AA), Abigail Schmitt, Lilli Todd, Brooke Vallerie, Lauren Buchanan

(Pictured below)  Ready to Rock:  Taylor Archambeau (1st AA), Cailyn Cruickshank, Ella Mancuso (3rd AA), Alyssa Mariani, Kaelyn Talisse, Teagan Stengrim, Ella Arghirescu (1st AA), Elizabeth Fahey