Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Jan. 12-13, 2019–Gymnastics, Wilton Youth Basketball
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Wilton YMCA Gymnastics
Flipping to the Podium
Gymnasts from the Wilton YMCA Team travelled to Glastonbury, CT for the Flippers Invitational meet from January 12-13, and Wilton flipped its way to the podium across all levels. In total, Wilton brought home three Championship titles, and twelve 2nd-5th place All Around wins.
Overall, Level 8 placed 1st all around, Levels 5 and 7 placed 2nd, and Levels 4 and 6 placed 5th.
Lauren Crisafulli nabbed the title of All Around Champion, for the age 6-7 group, placing 1st on floor and beam, 2nd on vault and 4th on bars.
For ages 10, Kyra Doran finished 4th AA with 3rd on bars (9.2) and 5th on vault (9.0).
For ages 11, Alyssa Duarte took home the 5th AA trophy with 2nd on floor (9.1) and 5th on beam. Lilli Todd scored 9.1 on vault for the bronze medal.
For ages 12+, Lauren Buchanan earned the title of Bars Champion with a score of 9.5, placed 3rd on bars (9.05) and finished 5th AA. Abigail Schmidt took silver on floor (9.1).
Tess D’Andraia placed 5th on bars for the 8-9 age group.
For age 10, Mia Decore earned 3rd AA, placing 2nd on bars and 5th on vault and beam. Grace Jeanes placed 4th on bars and took home the trophy for 5th AA.
Ella Mancuso took the title of Bars Champion, placed 5th on floor (9.0) and took 4th AA in the Seniors division. Ella Arghirescu placed 5th AA with 9.1 on vault, 4th on beam and 5th on bars. Jeni von Bartheld was Floor Champion (9.3), and placed 3rd on vault (9.3) and bars. Tegan Stengrim placed 3rd on floor (9.15) and bars, and 4th on vault (9.25). Kaelyn Talisse’s 9.05 on floor landed her on the podium for 4th place.
Competing in the Juniors division, Cailyn Cruickshank placed 5th on vault (9.15) and floor.
For ages 10-12, Taylor Archambeau scored 9.2 on floor for bronze, and placed 5th on bars. Alyssa Mariani earned silver on vault (9.1), bronze on floor (9.2) and scored 9.0 on beam.
For ages 13-14, Chloe Jureller placed 5th on floor (9.15), bars and beam.
All Around Juniors Champion Ashley Umhoefer took gold on bars (9.0), silver on vault (9.25) and floor (9.3), and 4th on beam. Alyssa Smeriglio earned the title of Vault Champion with a 9.3, placed 3rd on floor (9.1) and bars, 5th on beam, and brought home the 5th AA trophy.
For the Seniors Division, Alyson Scheurkogel was crowned Vault Champion (9.3) and took 2nd AA, placing 2nd on floor (9.15), 3rd on beam, and 4th on bars. Grace Condon came 5th on vault, beam and floor. Ava Walker was 4th on beam and 5th on bars.
Olivia Mannino was the All Around Champion for the Juniors division, earning gold on vault (9.05), bars and beam, and bronze on floor. Mia Karlehag took 2nd AA, dazzling the crowd with her 1st place floor routine (9.6), and placing 2nd on beam and vault, and 3rd on bars.
For the Seniors division, Sam Huffman earned the title of Beam Champion, placed 3rd on vault and bars, and earned 3rd AA. Emma Daugherty tied with her teammate for the title of Beam Champion, earned the title of Vault Champion (9.1), placed 5th on floor, and was 4th AA. Kate Ginsburg took 2nd on beam, 3rd on floor and 4th on vault.
Wilton Youth Basketball
Wilton 7th/8th Grade Girls Fall to Westport, 34-41
The Wilton 7th/8th Grade girls came out of the gates with fiery spirit, however in the end it was not enough to defeat neighboring Westport.
Aly Rappaport led the charge with her best game ever, scoring 12 points, followed by Sawyer Pendergast with 10 points. Georgia Russnok and Avery Schestag each scored 4 points, followed by Marin Burke and Erin Getty with 2 points apiece. Throughout the game both Mary Kate Doyle and Shayla Kapoor kept the differential low with their outstanding rebounding and defensive plays.
Talk about a team with heart! Let’s get em next week!
Wilton 5th Grade Girls Split Weekend Games, Defeating Darien YMCA but Losing to Stamford
The Wilton 5th grade girl Warriors started out their Saturday game against Stamford Young Timers down 2-12 in the first half and rallied to come within one point in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 20-21. Led by Ellie Smith’s double 3 pointers for a total of 10 points and four baskets by Carolina Bonita, the Warriors pushed within striking distance their opponents. Bonita pulled in four rebounds along with Lilianna Finn’s 6 combined offensive and defensive rebounds supported by Arwen Garcia’s and Rory Kepner’s multiple rebounds, which kept the warriors on the heels of the Timers. Wilton was strong throughout the game, led by Rose Bilella’s 2 points and 3 steals and great offensive and defensive plays by Ella Loughran. Josie Silva contributed on both sides of the court, scoring 2 points and pulling down 3 rebounds. Wilton pushed hard but fell to Stamford, 20-25.
Sunday’s game was a nail-biter until the very end, although Wilton held the lead throughout against Darien YMCA 5H White. Wilton’s offense was led by Smith and Bilella’s 10 and 6 points respectively. Garcia’s 4 points and Maia Andjelkovic’s 2 contributed to Wilton’s 22-20 win. Finn had three blocked shots and steals and Bonita assisted on both sides of the court with multiple rebounds and steals. Kepner, Loughran and Koko Layne also pulled down multiple rebounds for the Warriors’ big win.
Wilton 5th Grade Boys Topple Torrington, 46-33
The Wilton 5th Grade boys had a much needed win today after suffering three straight losses. Today’s game was a clear sign of their progression as a team. They came out hot from the start and and kept their poise all game. Every player had a big impact and they all ran up the stat sheet. With a total of 27 rebounds, every player contributed: Charlie Roy with 5; Grant Stein, Theo Satrazemis and Alan Osta each with 4; and Joey Aversano with 3. They truly out-hustled the Torrington team.
The Wilton Warriors had several steals leading to fast break finishes, three alone in the first quarter. Will Byrnes, who led the team with three assists, ended the first quarter with an exciting 3-point-shot with no time left on the clock. The first quarter ended with Wilton up 19-6.
The second quarter was full of energy as Theo Satrazemis came in and made a few steals and hustled extremely hard. The team had a total of 23 steals, led by Osta with 6 and Roy with 5. Many of the steals came in the first half. At halftime, the score was 27-10.
In the third quarter, Torrington began a full court press, which Wilton handled well. Jake Padilla and Blake Ongley moved the ball around to help break the press. They both also had some great defensive plays to help keep the lead. Stein’s impact down low was unmatched. Roy took the ball coast to coast, finishing with 8 points, leading the team to 35-21 to close out the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Torrington began to give some extra pressure, showing signs of a comeback. A few clutch free throws from Aversano and Roy late in the game helped seal the deal. Craig O’Neill led the team with 17 points, and with three minutes left took control of the game with a fast break layup. He controlled the ball very well when the press came. It was a long ride home for the Torrington team.
Wilton 8th Grade Girls Fall to Both Ridgefield and Fairfield
The Wilton 8th Grade girls basketball team suffered defeats this weekend at the hands of top of the table opposition. Ridgefield turned out winners 19-33 on Saturday, while Fairfield won 16-33 on Sunday.
Against Ridgefield on Saturday, Wilton fought hard to compete but were unable to close the lead Ridgefield extended in the second quarter. Scoring was led by Kelly Holmgren (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals) and Kendall Scholz (5 points, 3 rebounds). Charlotte Casiraghi held strong in defense with 2 blocks, 3 rebounds and a steal, along with Maddie Ratcliffe who had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Molly McLaughlin also added a point, 2 steals and a rebound.
Unfortunately on Sunday, it was more of the same as Wilton faced a very strong Fairfield team that dominated for the majority of the game. Ava Fasano led the offense with 7 points and 7 rebounds while Mary Scally added 2 points, 2 steals and 2 rebounds. On the defensive side, Heather Plowright had 5 rebounds and 2 steals, while Lucy Corry and Anna Joy both hustled for 3 steals and 2 rebounds each.
Wilton 7th/8th Grade Boys Split Weekend Games 1-1
The Wilton 7th/8th grade boys basketball team, split two games over the weekend to improve to 5-1 in league play and 6-4 overall record. Saturday night the team travelled to Stamford to play Stamford JCC 8B and ran into a hot team who couldn’t miss a shot. While the team played with great effort, the final score was an unfortunate loss of 37-68. Leading scorers were Nick Bologna and Thomas Burkhart.
Sunday night, the Warriors were anxious to get back on the court and play against non-league opponent Naugatuck Nighthawks Purple 8B. Wilton played an aggressive match-up zone defense which forced Naugatuck to take long jumpers and resulted many rebounds. Timmy Martin led the way in scoring; key steals by Michael Wall and Patrick Heffernan led to fast break scores by Burkhart and Declan Brokaw. A well-balanced offense had the Warriors leading from start to finish–leading scorers included Luke Umphred and Jackson Duncan. Interior defense led by Bologna and Andre Wiest kept the ball out of the paint and stymied the opponents big men! Timely 3s throughout the game by Griffin Turner and Tucker Farrell kept the competitors guessing about who to guard. All combined to help Wilton defeat Naugatuck 54-44. Wilton’s stamina to play two games in less than 24 hours is great sign of well-conditioned/coached team. The Warriors travel to Danbury to take on the Pathways Academy on Jan. 19 and host the Darien YMCA White 8B on Jan. 20.
Wilton 7th Grade Girls Conquer Milford Knights but Lose to East Hartford
The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team defeated Milford Knights on Saturday, 39-32 in a League game. Wilton trailed by 9 at the half. Wilton’s half-court, player-to-player defense wore down Milford in the second half, holding its opponent to 11 points. The defensive intensity was led by Cali Hage (3 rebounds), Anisa Burrows (2 steals, 8 rebounds), and Ashleigh Masterson (3 steals, 17 rebounds, 4 points, 3 assists). Wilton’s scoring was led by Burrows with 13 points, followed by Ella Mulfinger (9 points, including her first 3-pointer of the season) and Molly Hancock (5 points, including one 3-pointer). Other contributors to the offense were Maddie Dineen (4 points), Maddie Phelan (2 points) and Lauren Moe (2 points, 5 rebounds).
On Sunday Wilton lost to a talented East Hartford 7th/8th grade team, 31-54. Wilton battled throughout the game against a physical opponent, consistently winning 50-50 loose balls. However, Wilton had no answer for East Hartford’s size and outside shooting. Wilton’s offense was sparked by Riley Fitzgerald’s outside shooting and drives to the basket (7 points, including one deep 3-pointer). Masterson had 8 points (15 rebounds) followed by Burrows (4 points, 9 rebounds), Hancock (4 points), and 4 players with 2 points—Emma Kelly, Dineen, Phelan, and Moe (7 rebounds).
Wilton 8th Grade Boys go 1-for-3 in Another Weekend Triple Header
The team got off to a fast start on the road this weekend with the first of three games against a tough Trumbull team. Mikey Byrnes dropped two 3-pointers and Jefferson Mitchell added four points, spotting Wilton an early lead. But hot shooting from Trumbull kept the game close and Wilton went into the half with a two-point lead. The boys continued to battle in the second half. Wilton dominated the paint, led by Bailey Finn (12 pts) and William McCormack (7 reb), and shared the ball well with multiple dishes from Tommy McKiernan, relying on tenacious team defense, led by Alexander Reyes, to hold back a scrappy Trumbull team for a 50-41 victory.
Later that afternoon the Wilton boys traveled to Bridgeport for their second game of the day where they turned in a gritty performance against a bigger team. Nick Walden (6 reb), Finn and Mitchell frustrated the taller Bridgeport front court and hot shooting by Ryan Preisano (13 pts) and McKiernan (11 pts) combined with multiple steals from Spencer Liston and Tommy Walsh and a ferocious full court press kept the game close. But a rough day at the charity line ultimately prevented Wilton from getting over the hump and the boys dropped a hard-fought game 36-44.
On Sunday the Ridgefield Tigers brought a talented team into Middlebrook gym for the weekend finale. Wilton played hard during a back and forth contest that featured great ball movement with 8 team assists and 5 different Warriors connecting for 7 long balls. The boys also played great defense with 3 steals by Liston, multiple forced turnovers from team pressure and stalwart play in the paint from Walden (6 reb). The team showed a lot of grit but, ultimately, came up short in this rivalry game, losing 44-51.
Wilton 5/6 Boys Go 1-1
After winning two games last weekend, Wilton 5/6 boys went 1-1 this past weekend.
On Saturday Weston 6B was no match for the Wilton boys, and Wilton easily defeated Weston 41-27. Ryan Meenan was a force down low, leading the team with 14 points. Matt Garcia added 8 points while Stef Cross and William Joy each added 5 points. Henry Soojian (4 points), Dylan Gallo (2 points), Conor Toohill and Max Totten provided a defense spark–each forcing 2 turnovers–while Mason Andrews and Jake Brokaw added multiple assists. Trevien Goldman looked good from downtown, going 1-for-2 from deep for 3 points.
On Sunday Westport All Stars were too much for Wilton 5/6 boys, defeating Wilton 35-39. Garcia and Cross led the team in scoring with 8 points each. Soojian (6 points), Meenan (5 points) and Totten were unstoppable on the boards, each picking up multiple rebounds. Joy was 1-1 from deep to add 5 points. Goldman and Patrick Lillis provided the defensive spark by forcing multiple turnovers, while Andrews, Toohill and Brokaw each provided multiple steals. Gallo was missed after taking a hard foul that left him sidelined for most of the game.