Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: March 9-10, 2019
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Wilton Youth Basketball
Wilton 8th Grade Girls Win Championship, Defeating North Haven 39-33
The Wilton 8th Grade Girls travel basketball team finished their youth basketball careers on a high note, winning the FCBL A Pool Championship on Saturday afternoon, March 9, beating a tough North Haven team. North Haven came into the Championship averaging 57 points per game in the tournament, however Wilton’s stout defense shut down their opponents, while their offense heated up in the second half to seal the victory, 39-33.
Wilton 7/8 Girls Win FCBL Championship Game vs. Milford 8 Girls, 39-32
When the Wilton 7/8 girls walked into the gym at Ridgefield High School Saturday morning, Mar. 10, they knew they were the underdogs in the FCBL Championship Game, but that did not stop their determination. They came onto the court, ready to win, with Aly Rappaport (11 points) quickly getting a layup to go in within the first 10 seconds of the game, giving Wilton the initial lead. Despite strong defensive efforts from Shalya Kapoor (3 points), Georgia Russnok (3 points), Avery Schestag (2 points) and Erin Getty, Milford controlled much of the first half of the game, finishing the first half ahead by four points.
Wilton though was explosive in the second half, playing a fast tempo game, with many fast breaks by Sawyer Pendergast (14 points), and Wilton quickly took the lead. Caroline Luce, Russnok, and Kapoor were strong on the defensive boards, denying Milford many second chances. Along with Pendergast and Rappaport, guards Mary Kate Doyle (4 points) and Marin Burke (2 points) surprised Milford with strategic pressing, and controlled the floor, moving the ball well. With less than one minute left in the game, Pendergast got one of two key free throws to go in, giving Wilton a three-possession lead, and sealed the win. Congratulations, Wilton! It certainly was one shining moment!
7th Grade Boys End Season with 13-7 Record
The Wilton 7th Grade Boys ended the regular season with a respectable 13-7 record in the Jim Callahan (B) East division (4th place). However, their first playoff game was against division rival MTB-Monroe 7B (2nd place, 16-4). During the regular season, Monroe beat Wilton 48-38. Wilton wasn’t sure what to expect at the rematch. On Saturday March 2, the rematch proved to be a defensive showcase. Both teams played sloppy, Wilton a little less so, and Wilton took the game in a nail biter 33-30 win.
Wilton’s semi-final matchup on Wednesday, March 6, was against Mobilio Fitness Milford 7B, which had won their own quarterfinal game 75-74. The Wilton boys started out strong, with a first quarter score of 15-0. Wilton never looked back and won the game 59-42. The stage was set for the Championship game against Greenwich Select 7B (12-3). Sunday afternoon, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield, both teams prepared to square off. It was a low scoring first quarter and Greenwich Select was playing fast and tough–but Wilton was playing faster and tougher. Wilton won the game 40-30, though it felt much closer than the scoreboard would appear.
Throughout the playoffs Wyatt Jones and Levi Kaplan led the offense with adept ball handling and passing. Max Jarvie and Kyle Roesser dominated with offensive and defensive rebounds and controlled the paint. Todd Woodring and Henry Roy would stymie defenses with their jump shots. Will Fischer and Jack Minnich shut down the opposing team’s passing options. Peter Reyes and Luke DiRocco played tough physical defense. After a shaky 2-3 start to the season, the boys really gelled over the season.
Wilton 7th Grade Girls Lose in FCBL Division Championships; Advance to Finals of Hoopfest Tournament
The Wilton 7th grade girls travel basketball team won its semi-final game in the FCBL tournament, defeating Milford 34-28 on Thursday, March 7. Wilton trailed at halftime but made a strong third quarter run to enter the 4th quarter up by 5 points. Wilton’s offense was searching for players to step up because leading scorer Anisa Burrows was out for the tournament with an injury. Ashleigh Masterson gave the offense a needed boost with 16 points, 4 assists, and 16 rebounds. Other players providing a spark were Maddie Dineen (6 points), Molly Hancock (4 points), Riley Fitzgerald (a much-needed late game 3-pointer), Cali Hage (3 points, 6 rebounds), and Lauren Moe (2 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds). Wilton’s full-court player-to-player defense, ignited by Emma Kelly (1 deflection, 1 steal, 2 rebounds) played a big part in the victory, limited Milford to 9 second-half points.
In the FCBL “A” division championship game on Saturday, March 9, Wilton lost to New Fairfield 28-36. Wilton got off to a strong start, leading 20-17 at the half and 24-23 after three quarters. Trailing by one point with four minutes to play, Wilton did not score again, and New Fairfield made its late-game free throws following Wilton’s intentional fouls. Masterson powered the offense and defense, scoring 10 points, securing 18 rebounds, and stealing the ball 7 times. Rounding out the scoring were Ella Mulfinger (8 points), Hancock (6 points), Maddie Phelan (2 points), and Fitzgerald (2 points).
On Saturday, two Wilton players competed in the FCBL Skills competition: Phelan came in second place in speed dribbling and Hancock finished second in the 3-point shooting.
On Sunday in game four of the CT Hoopfest Tournament Wilton defeated Madison, 36-26. Wilton advances into the tournament’s final weekend with a 3-1 record.
Wilton 5th Grade Girls Fall to Westport in 24-25 FCBL Championship Heartbreaker
The 5th Grade Girls Travel team fought hard during a championship game against Westport on Sunday, March 10 at the Danbury PAL Center. Josie Silva, Rory Kepner, and Coco Layne all played strong defense, assisting the team with steals and rebounds. Carolina Bonita also had a solid performance, contributing with 3 rebounds and creating 4 jump balls.
During the second half, Wilton came back strong. Maia Andjelkovic initiated the comeback by adding one point from the free throw line. Ella Loughran and Liliana Finn both scored 2 points each. Finn also had 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists. By the middle of the fourth quarter, Wilton was in the lead with a fierce offensive performance. Rose Bilella contributed to the lead with 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and hustled to create 4 jump balls. Arwen Garcia scored 6 points total, one of which was a three-pointer, and also had 1 rebound. Ellie Smith scored 10 points, had 6 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots.
Wilton played an outstanding and exciting game overall; however, in the end they were defeated by only one point with the game ending 24-25 in Westport’s favor. Congratulations to all Wilton 5th graders for their amazing effort this season!
Wilton YMCA Gymnastics
Wilton YMCA Gymnasts Rise to the Challenge
The Darien YMCA was the scene of the 5th Annual Emily Fedorko Challenge on March 9-10 in Darien. Always a meaningful event that serves to remind everyone how precious life is, the Wilton Family YMCA gymnasts mixed smiles with focus, and rose to the challenge. Overall Levels 5, 6, 7 and 8 took 2nd All Around, while Levels 3 and 4 took 3rd AA.
For Age 7, Lauren Crisafulli was the proud winner of the 2nd AA trophy, winning silver on floor (9.0), vault (9.0) and beam.
For Age 9, Gabriella Martin was the undisputed AA champion, taking three golds on vault (9.35), beam (9.2) and floor (9.5), and bronze on bars (9.3). Brooke Vallerie placed 5th on beam.
For Age 10, Kyra Doran took home the 2nd AA trophy, placing 2nd on floor (9.45), 3rd on beam (9.0) and bars (9.350), and scoring 9.15 on vault. Evy Theriault finished 4th on both vault (9.25) and bars (9.3), and 5th on floor (9.3).
For Age 11, Alyssa Duarte scored 9.3 to win the title of Bars Champion, placing 4th on beam (9.2) and floor (9.25), scoring a 9.1 on vault, and finishing 3rd AA.
For Ages 12+, Lauren Buchanan was Floor Champion (9.35), scoring 9.05 on bars (2nd), 9.25 on both beam (3rd) and vault (4th), and placing 3rd AA. Abbie Schmitt took silver on vault (9.4), bronze on floor (9.2), 4th on bars, 5th on beam and finished 5th AA.
For Age 10, Grace Jeanes finished 4th AA, taking silver on beam (9.0) and placing 4th on floor (9.0). Mia Decore’s bars routine scored a 9.6 to take silver.
For Age 11, Rowan Morse earned a 9.0 on floor and placed 4th on vault.
For Age 12, Winnie Quigg placed 4th on beam. Lia Carusone finished 5th on floor.
For Ages 13+, Isabella Cerra took 4th on bars (9.0) and floor.
For Age 11, Cailyn Cruickshank placed 4th on floor and 5th on beam.
For Age 12, Teagan Stengrim topped the podium as Bars Champion with a 9.1, while also scoring a 9.0 on floor (3rd) and vault, and finishing 5th AA. Kaelyn Talisse earned a bronze on beam (9.1) and scored 9.0 on vault.
For Ages 13+, Ella Arghirescu won the trophy for 2nd AA, while placing 3rd across all 4 events and earning a score of 9.1 on vault. Ella Mancuso’s beautiful bars routine earned her the title of Bars Champion with a 9.05, winning silver on beam (9.2) and coming in 3rd AA. Jeni von Bartheld easily took the title of Floor Champion (9.05), placing 2nd on vault (9.2), 4th on bars and beam, and placing 4th AA. Elly Fahey flew across the vault to win the title of Vault Champion with a well-deserved 9.7, while placing 3rd on beam, 4th on floor, 5th on bars, and finishing 5th AA.
For Ages 10-11, Taylor Archambeau scored an incredible 9.8 on bars and 9.15 on vault to capture gold on both events, while also placing 3rd on floor (9.4), 4th on beam, and taking the Division Title. Alyssa Mariani’s beautiful floor routine scored a 9.5 to win silver, while placing 3rd on beam (9.1), 4th on bars, 5th on vault, and finishing 4th AA.
For Ages 14+, Chloe Jureller was crowned Division Champion, taking the titles of Bars Champion (9.5) and Floor Champion (9.45), and scoring 9.2 on vault for silver and 9.3 on beam for bronze.
For Ages 13-14, Alyson Scheurkogel’s speed and strength earned her the title of Vault Champion (9.6), while placing 3rd on beam (9.3), 4th on floor (9.2) and bars, and finishing 5th AA. Kaylie Berghaus was 4th on beam (9.2) and bars, and 5th on floor (9.15) and vault. Alyssa Smeriglio scored 9.0 on vault for 4th and finished 5th on bars. Donna Stepnowsky took the silver medal on vault with a score of 9.3.
For Ages 15+, Michaela Kane placed 2nd on bars. Isabella Jureller took silver on floor, bronze on vault (9.2) and placed 5th on beam.
For Ages 12-13, Mia Karlehag took the title of Floor Champion with a 9.6, while placing 5th on vault and bars.
For Ages 14+, Olivia Mannino narrowly missed the Championship title, taking 2nd AA while earning 2nd on vault (9.2), 3rd on bars (9.1), 4th on beam (9.0), and winning the title of Floor Champion (9.45). Kate Ginsberg scored 9.25 on floor (4th) and placed 5th on beam. Emma Daugherty earned a 9.0 for her floor routine.