Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: May 13-June 3
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Wilton Boys 2007 White Tramples Greenwich, 8-3
Wilton came out strong on Sunday, May 18 versus Greenwich. Goals scored in the first half were by Ryan Miller, Or Eisdorfer (2), Afroz Ali, and Phin Wayland. In goal the first half was Trevor Galligan, and his defenders were Reed O’Neil, Noah Levy, Trevor Wisdom and Nathaniel Kalter. Brian Sallese and Matt Martins played midfield with Ali and Eisdorfer. The strikers in the first half were Ryan Miller, Wayland and Danny Allam.
In the second half Sallese was in goal; Levy, Ronan O’Halloran, O’Neil and Ali all played midfield; Galligan and Allam played striker; O’Neil, O’Halloran and Wisdom had goals; and Martins, Kalter, Miller, Wayland, and Wisdom were on defense. Missing from the game but present in spirit was Robbie Prather.
Wilton Girls 2010 Blue 1-1 Over May 18-19 Weekend Play
It was a gorgeous morning for soccer as the Wilton Girls U9 2010 Blue team took on Old Greenwich and walked away with a 3-2 victory. The first half was led by strong offensive play by Audrey Burton, Katerina Cross, and Ria Kurien and solid saves in goal by Harper Pattillo. Old Greenwich managed to score the first goal but Wilton quickly came back with a goal by Juliette DeStefano and quickly followed by another goal by Brynn Grosso. Wilton kept the pressure going with strong ball movements and passing with another attempt to score by Kerry Sullivan. The first half ended after another goal from Old Greenwich ending the half at a 2-2 tie.
The second half was led by strong and aggressive offensive play by DeStefano and Jacquelyn Coppola, with multiple shots on goal. Wilton took the lead with a goal by Coppola. Great defensive play by Olivia Edwards and multiple saves by goalkeeper Leianna Cross prevented Old Greenwich from scoring in the second half and secured the girls a win!
The 2010 Girls also played in Darien on Saturday and walked away with a 1-5 loss.
Wilton Girls 2010 White Wins 4-2 Over Fairfield, with Duvall Hat Trick
On Sunday, May 19, the Wilton 2010 Girls U9 White soccer team won an exciting match vs Fairfield. Wilton went down 2-0 but then scored four unanswered goals. Savannah Quick started the scoring and then Sophie Duvall scored three straight goals for a hat trick. Ava Lafiosca and Avery Galligan made some great saves in goal. They were helped by great passing from Taylor Setterlund, Lilly Flatt and Hannah Hall. Excellent defense by Allison Massaua, Nora McGrath, Samantha Von Loesser and preserved the win for Wilton.
Wilton Boys U9 White Plays Hard-Fought Game vs. Ridgefield
Wilton Boys U9 White played a hard fought game against Ridgefield on Sunday, June 2. Great goalkeeping by Connor Filip and Jeff Fox and defensive plays by Adrian Joseph, Holden Reading and Jack Vermuelen kept the game close despite numerous break aways and shots on goal by Ridgefield. Wilton shined in the second half, putting three unanswered points on the board, with goals by Hans Greene and Jack Mulfinger fed by great offensive plays from Samrath Dhamoon, Rocco Tripodi and Neel Popli.
Wilton Girls 2009 (U10) White Ties with Darien, Beats New Canaan–June 1-2
April and May rainouts made it a busy weekend for the Wilton Girls 2009 White team, with games both Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. With the weather finally holding, the Wilton White girls were able to complete the doubleheader with two solid showings, posting a 3-3 tie against Darien and putting on their best performance of the spring in a comprehensive 3-1 victory over New Canaan.
Wilton opened strong at Darien, with Harper Crawford converting a Taryn Czick cross for an early 1-0 lead. Relentless midfield play by Abby Savage helped Wilton control the action in the early stages of the first half, and Czick tallied two goals of her own to pace Wilton to a 3-1 advantage. Darien would battle back, however, knotting the score just before halftime before the two teams settled into a defensive struggle in the second stanza.
Katie Cosentino came up big in goal in the second half, stoning Darien on a couple of close-range attempts, and Caitlyn Tsai’s strong play on the back end helped Wilton leave town with the draw.
With one game under their belts to shake off the rust, the Wilton girls came out ready to go Sunday at home against New Canaan. Czick converted a long-range shot in the opening minute to give the White squad a lead it would never surrender. On defense, Gaby Torres snuffed out any chances for New Canaan in the early going and Isla Dzik pitched a first-half shutout in goal.
It was an impressive all-around effort for Wilton. Naomi Cronley provided constant pressure on offense, Abby Philippon demonstrated her skills at all levels of the field, and Madison Pendergast put the game out of reach with a pair of strikes–one in each half–to provide the final margin.
Little League–Minors Division for week of May 13:
Blue Buffalo 5, People’s United Advisors 1
Blue Buffalo jumped out to an early lead but strong defense led by Luke Adams, Daniel Hickey, and Ryland Sanders and highlighted by sensational putouts by Cooper Young, Joshua Comiskey, Liam O’Sullivan, Jimmy Dineen, Charlie Heffernan, and Colton Smith helped to limit the damage. Blue Buffalo got a dominating pitching performance from Gavin Toohill, Gavin Levenherz, and Kellen Zadourian who limited People’s United Advisors to only one hit.
Loren Findorak Drilling 8, People’s United Advisors 6
People’s United Advisors’ bats finally woke up with great hits by Colton Korpan, Cooper Young, Liam O’Sullivan, Charlie Heffernan, Joshua Comiskey, CJ Gilchrist and Jimmy Dineen. People’s United also got some great defensive plays from Jaxx Magner and Gregory Fila. But Loren Findorak Drilling had an awesome offensive performance of their own with every player safety reaching base which proved to be too much for People’s United to handle.
People’s United Advisors 6, Cannondale Generators 5
People’s United Advisors bounced back in the second game of their Saturday doubleheader and pulled out a win in their final at bat on a steal of home by Jimmy Dineen. Highlights for Cannondale Generators included big hits by Billy Greeff, Denny Dustin, and Tommy Maggio.
Loren Findorak Drilling 4, Cannondale Generators 3
Last Tuesday, Loren Findorak Drilling edged Cannondale Generators 4-3 in an exciting Wilton Little League Minors Division contest that went down to the final at-bat. Peter Braid and Conor Filip combined to pitch four strong innings for Loren Findorak Drilling in the win. The offense for Loren Findorak Drilling was led by Riley Manners who posted two hits and an RBI, and Braid who contributed a hit and two RBI. For Cannondale Generators, Denny Dustin and Oscar Wayland each registered solid pitching performances, and Ethan Driscoll led the offense with a double and a run scored. Wyland Geitz and Billy Greeff each scored a run and Alex Knudsen logged an RBI for Cannondale Generators. Tommy Maggio, Gavin Rafferty, Henry Snow, and Johnny Bittner each contributed strong at-bats and played solid defense for Cannondale Generators.
Wilton Warriors 10U Travel Team Walks Off With a 7-6 Victory Against Weston
Wilton 10U Travel (5-1) came from behind to score four runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Weston on Sunday morning, May 19. The comeback was highlighted by Greg Bocchino’s two run double to left and eventual winning run scored on a wild pitch.
Peter Braid, Gavin Toohill, Casey Meyer, Jeff Fox, Mario Coppola and Charlie Cretella combined for eight strikeouts over six innings.
Denny Dustin led the offense with two hits, with Braid, Cretella, Fox, Charlie Heffernan and Bocchino each adding a hit of their own. Ethan Driscoll and Keegan Kazan split the catching role in a solid defensive effort.
Alabama Crimson Tide (Gregory & Adams) Defeat Auburn Tigers, 6-3
The Alabama Crimson Tide, a Wilton Little League Minors team sponsored by Gregory and Adams, played an amazing game to end their regular season of play; coming away with a 6-3 win over the fierce Auburn Tigers. Brayden Preisano had a slamming RBI triple at the bottom of the first, brining Jacob Siegel home for the first run of the game. The pitchers, Benny Coleman, Wyatt Hoffstatter, and Connor Lane, all threw great pitches keeping Auburn at bay. Catchers Ian Connell and Zachary Feldman both had phenomenal plays stopping runs at the plate. Infielders and outfielders Andrew Sherman, Murphy Coutant and Porter Coutant made solid plays throughout the game, with Porter Coutant catching a high pop-up fly to help bring home the win. Great win Crimson Tide, and good luck in the playoffs!
People’s United Advisors 6, Hometown Gas 3
People’s United jumped out to an early lead thanks to a great starting pitching performance by Liam O’Sullivan and hits by Luke Adams, Daniel Hickey, Colton Smith, Gregory Fila, Charlie Heffernan, CJ Gilchrist, and Jimmy Dineen, and a walk and run scored by Ryland Sanders. As the game progressed, People’s United maintained that lead thanks to great defense by Jaxx Magner, Joshua Comiskey, Colton Korpan, and Cooper Young. Hometown Gas was able to keep the game close thanks in large part to a fantastic relief pitching performance by Greg Bocchino.
People’s United Advisors 6, Ed’s Garage Doors 5
In a thrilling, evenly matched playoff game with four lead changes, People’s United Advisors came from behind in their final at bat to beat Ed’s Garage Doors 6-5. Ed’s Garage Doors got a masterful pitching performance from Casey Meyer and big hits and runs from Mario Coppola, Jack Squitieri, Cole Herbst, Luke Sonatore, and Henry Darst. People’s United Advisors got key hits and runs from Charlie Heffernan, Jimmy Dineen, Colton Smith, Josh Comiskey, Jaxx Magner, and Liam Sullivan; strong relief pitching from Gregory Fila; and excellent defensive plays from Colton Korpan, CJ Gilchrist, Daniel Hickey, Cooper Young, Ryland Sanders, and Luke Adams.
People’s United Advisors 9, Sanford Orthodontics 5
People’s United Advisors jumped out to an early lead by riding the Colton Smith express. Smith struck out the first eight batters and had a two-run, home run blast. People’s United also got multi-hit performances from Charlie Heffernan and Jimmy Dineen, key hits, walks, and runs from Colton Korpan, CJ Gilchrist, Jaxx Magner, Daniel Hickey, Cooper Young, Ryland Sanders, Luke Adams, and Liam O’Sullivan, and a great relief pitching performance from Gregory Fila.
Sanford Orthodontics staged a furious comeback, thanks to terrific relief pitching performances by Ryan Elia and James Wax, strong defensive play by Michael Cronin and Julius Tangorra and a sensational defensive play in centerfield by Charlie Cretella, and key walks, hits, and runs by Michael Bria, Lawson Onthank, Matthew Avallone, Kevin Berghaus, Stephen Stewart, Jeffrey Fox, and Owen Roos. But Dineen came in and shut down the Sanford Orthodontics rally to secure the second playoff victory for People’s United.
Wilton Y Gymnastics
Championship Win for Wilton
For the third year in a row, gymnasts from the Wilton YMCA spent Mother’s Day weekend in Augusta, ME competing in the 2019 YMCA NorthEast Regional Championships. For most gymnasts, this is the final meet of the season. For the rest, this meet is the last stepping stone before the season finale in June with the National Championships in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Arguably one of the more challenging meets of the season, Wilton represented with flashes of red on the podium for both team and individual awards, including nine individual All Around awards and a team AA placement.
Overall, Level 7 placed 5th out of 19 teams, Level 5 placed 7th out of 20 teams, and Level 3 placed 13th out of 31 teams.
For ages 6-7, first time Regional competitor Lauren Crisafulli brought home the titles of Vault Champion (9.7) and Floor Champion, placed 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, and earned the trophy for 3rd AA.
For age 9A, Gabriella Martin earned medals for all 4 events, scoring 9.375 on vault and 9.175 on beam, and took the 8th AA trophy.
For age 10B, Kyra Doran had a fantastic day, placing 2nd on vault (9.7), 4th on floor (9.1) and bars, 5th on beam (9.150) and finishing 2nd AA.
For age 11A, Alyssa Duarte amassed a complete collection of awards for vault (9.325), floor (9.2), bars (9.0), beam (9.075) and the 8th AA trophy. Lilli Todd scored a 9.250 on vault.
For age 12, Abigail Schmitt scored 9.6 on vault (6th) and 9.0 on floor, and placed 6th on bars.
For age 10B, Grace Jeanes graced the podium for beam and floor, placing 6th on both events.
For age 12, Lia Carusone scored 9.0 on floor.
For age 11, Cailyn Cruickshank won two medals for beam (6th) and bars.
For age 12, Kaelyn Talisse’s steady beam routine scored a 9.0 for a trip to the podium for 4th.
For age 13, Ella Arghirescu’s refocus on her final event earned her the title of Floor Champion (9.050), while placing 4th on bars and beam, 5th on vault, and finishing 2nd AA. Ella Mancuso was crowned Bars Champion for her gorgeous routine, placed 3rd on beam, 5th on floor, and earned the 3rd AA trophy.
For ages 10-12, Taylor Archambeau (“Miss Cool as a Cucumber”) was crowned Bars Champion, placing 2nd on beam (9.425), 5th on vault, and easily winning the title of Regional Champion.
For ages 11-12, Ashley Umhoeffer returned to the competition floor to place 5th AA, with 5th on beam (9.050) and vault, and 4th on bars (9.2).
For age 13, Sofia Blessing earned some neck jewelry for her great performances on vault (9.050, 4th) and beam (9.150, 4th), and narrowly missed out on a floor medal by a mere .05, with a score of 9.150. Alyssa Smeriglio placed 4th on bars with a score of 9.175, and finished 6th on beam.
For age 14, Alyson Scheurkogel’s competitive spirit was in full force, and with only a week of practice behind her after taking a month off, took 2nd on vault (9.125), 3rd on floor (9.050), and the 4th AA trophy. Kaylie Berghaus earned 3rd on beam with a lovely routine that scored 9.2, and placed 7th on bars.
Wilton Warriors 14U Brings Home 2nd Place Trophy in Taunton, MA Home Run for Heroes Tournament
Wilton Warriors 14U travel softball team traveled to Taunton, MA to play in the Taunton Home Run for Heroes Memorial Day Tournament. After three tough pool play games on Saturday, May 25, the Warriors came to win on Sunday’s single elimination tournament. Last seeded Wilton beat the host team, #2 Taunton Tornadoes 5-0, with Ally van Heyst hitting a triple with two RBIs and setting the tone for the game. Nicole Spinelli pitched a seven-inning shut-out with 10 strikeouts.
Wilton Warriors took on #3 CT Bullets for the semi-final game. With the Bullets scoring two runs in the first inning, Wilton scored two runs to tie the score in the bottom of the first. Wilton took the game home after seven innings, winning 6-3. Spinelli pitched another complete game with six strikeouts.
In the championship game, Wilton faced the undefeated #1 seed, NP Velocity. Facing a tough pitcher, the Warriors were down 2-5 after three innings. The bats came alive and Wilton rallied back to put some hits on the board. Wilton took the lead 7-6 after the fourth inning. Wilton increased its lead to 10-6 with Jenna Soltis hitting a triple and Spinelli with four hits and three RBIs. However, Velocity tied it up 10-10 in the seventh and took the game to extra innings. Under the International Rule of Tie Breakers, Velocity took the lead and won in the eighth 11-10. The Wilton Warriors took home the second place trophy.
Tournament leaders were Spinelli with 12 hits, Katherine Costanzo with seven hits, and Avery Schestag with six hits.