Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Nov. 10-11, 2018–Big Wins and Championship News
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Wilton Youth Football
Three Wilton Youth Tackle Teams to Vie for Championship Titles Over New Canaan This Weekend
As Wilton Youth Football and Cheer enters Championship Weekend, three Wilton teams will face off against New Canaan for the season titles. All games will be played this Sunday, Nov. 18 at Sacred Heart University beginning at 12 noon.
12 p.m. 6th Grade Championship
4 p.m. 7th Grade Championship
5th Grade Warriors Trounce Fairfield 32-6
After winning their quarterfinal game against Darien Blue, the 5th Grade Warriors headed into the semifinals against Fairfield with a lot of momentum. And the result was as convincing a win as they had all season.
With all of its players back and ready to roll, the team immediately got rolling with its tenacious defense leading the way. Fairfield was not able to get outside, which was a recurring theme throughout the game. With good field position, Wilton found the end zone quickly led by a run by Charlie Calabrese that paved the way for a Kieran Wiseman TD run and Mason Behar‘s point after.
Fairfield was not able to get anything going in the second quarter either thanks to good penetration upfront by Curtis Jackson, Max Totten, Josh Meltzer, Hunter Lishnoff, Evan Christianson, Ray Slough, and Marco Chila. When Fairfield tried to switch things up and attack through the air, Calabrese made an interception which led to a second TD run by Wiseman to give the team a 14-0 lead. Soon after, Christianson made a fumble recovery which led to yet another Wiseman TD run, giving Wilton a commanding 20-0 lead. After a fumble recover by Grant Santosky, Calabrese scored Wilton’s 4th touchdown of the game after a 40-yard run, followed by another run into the end zone. The quarter got no better for Fairfield, which tried to test Wilton’s linebacker core of Jake Padilla, Blake Ongley, Craig O’Neill, and Calabrese and defensive backs Emma Van Heyst, Will Byrnes, Behar, and Santosky. The quarter culminated in an interception by Van Heyst which snuffed out any positive momentum for Fairfield.
The second half started the same way the first half ended, as Wilton got excellent blocking from its stalwart offensive line of Totten, Slough, Jackson, Lishnoff, Theo Satrazemis, Trevien Goldman, Charlie Roy, and Cayden Stevens. This led to a 20-yard touchdown scamper by Jake Padilla, making the score 32-0.
Fairfield finally put some points on the board the board in the fourth quarter with a late score and as the clock was ticking down, Patch Angerame came in as QB to lead the Warriors to victory, 32-6. The team takes on New Canaan Black in the finals on Sunday.
Pictured above in main image: Wilton 5’s defensive Line of #85 Theo Satrazemis, #78 Hunter Lishnoff, #75 Josh Meltzer #68 Ray Slough #33 Will Byrnes and #80 Charlie Roy
Wilton 7 Blue beats New Canaan Red 14-0 for Division title
Wilton 7 Blue defeated New Canaan Red 14-0 to earn its place to play against New Canaan Black for the 7th Grade age-group championship this Sunday.
Wilton 6th Grade Blue Advances to Championship with 21-6 Victory over Stamford
On Sunday, Nov. 11, the 6th Grade Warriors entered their semifinal game against Stamford determined to get back to the Championship game for the third time in four years. Wilton took the ball on offense to start the game and, for the first time this season, they were stopped after just three plays and were forced to punt. Stamford took the ball and built some momentum before the Warrior defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs. On the next drive, the Wilton offense started to click, moving the ball on ground behind stellar line play from Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Ryan Luchetta, Liam McKiernan, Ryan Meenan, Jack Santosky, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young. Hard runs by Jack Schwartz, Luke Ginsburg and Cael Dexter moved the ball down the field and perfectly set up a 30-yard pass from Liam Snyder to Ray Ferranti for the first score of the game.
As Wilton took the early lead, 6-0, the Warriors’ defense continued to put pressure on the Stamford backfield with Siegel, Schwartz, Snyder, Ginsburg, and Dexter all recording sacks or tackles for a loss. Will Cristini, Driscoll, Meenan, Luchetta, Santosky and Soojian also all recorded critical tackles for the Warriors’ defense, keeping Stamford off balance all game long. After handing the ball back to the offense, big runs from Charlie Keller, Luke Perna, Ryan Stocker and Ferranti and a key fourth-down pass from Dexter to McKiernan moved the ball nicely, but the drive stalled. With the defense back on the field, Wilton needed a big play and they got one, as Siegel caused and recovered a Stamford fumble. The offense quickly converted that turnover into points from their Wildcat offense, with Dexter completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Schwartz. A successful live kick from Ginsburg put the Warriors ahead 14-0.
Early in the third quarter, Wilton put together another solid drive, capped off with a quarterback sneak by Snyder from the 2-yard for a touchdown. Ginsburg connected again on the extra point, giving the Warriors a 21-0 lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Stamford got on the board with a touchdown, but it was too late to change the outcome. Wilton sealed the victory 21-6, improving their record to 10-0 for the 2018 season and advancing to the Championship game. The 6th grade Warriors will attempt to repeat as FCFL champions when they meet New Canaan Black on Sunday afternoon.
Flag Football’s 5th/6th Grade Patriots Wrap Up 2-4 Season with Playoff–and Super Bowl–Win
The Wilton Youth Flag Football 5/6 Grade Patriots team had a difficult regular season. After winning their first game, the Patriots dropped their next four games, finishing 2-4.
The future was not looking good for the Patriots heading into the playoffs last Saturday, Nov. 3 as the fourth seeded team playing against the first seeded Raiders (4 -2), who were victorious against the Patriots in their first two meetings. While the Patriots’ parents were looking forward to getting their weekends back, the boys had other plans, shocking the Raiders 30-6 and advancing to the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl match-up against the second seeded Seahawks was played on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11 at Fujitani Field. During the regular season, at their first meeting, the Seahawks beat the Patriots 6-35, but the Patriots won the second meeting 35-25. It would be an exciting rematch. The Patriots scored first and led 20-6 at the end of first half with touchdown throws by Connor McAndrews, one to Dylan Gallo and two to Noah Sherrick. The Patriots defense had some great flag pulls by Lincoln Jones, Preston Gray and Carlo Valente. During the second half the Patriots offense was able to move the ball, including a critical pass from Sam Young to Ryan Katz. With the Patriots up 20-7 the Seahawks mounted a spirited comeback, scoring two unanswered touchdowns but the Patriots kept the Seahawks from converting their extra points for a final score of 20-18. Special thanks to coaches Katz, Young, and Valente for teaching the boys never to give up.
Wilton Youth Soccer
Wilton Girls 2009 Blue Defeat Pomperaug 5-1 to End Season 4-2-2
Wilton’s Girls 2009 Blue ended their fall season with a home game against Pomperaug on Sunday, Nov. 11. The team showed quick offensive play with a goal by Ally Phelan. The team quickly followed up with a second goal by Alexandra Jankowski. Continued offensive pressure resulted in a third goal with an assist from Victoria Jankowski to Gabby Ray who put it in goal. Casey O’Connor blocked several shots in goal allowing Pomperaug only one goal in the first half. The second half continued great offensive play with Andie Langeland and Zoe Blum hustling on the field. An assist from Alexandra Jankowski to Audrey Lepore, who made a goal, took the team up 4-1. Sophia Solomon scored the final goal of the game off a good pass from Victoria Jankowski for a 5-1 win by Wilton. The defensive effort by Ray, Grayson O’Donnell, Maddie Rayment, Solomon and Phelan with Sadie Sherman in goal did not allow any goals from their opponent in the second half. The team had a strong season with a record of 4-2-2, with first and second placements in their two tournaments.
Wilton Girls 2004/05 Blue Earn Division Title with Win vs. Ridgefield & Fairfield
The Wilton 2004/05 Girls Blue team finished its fall season on Sunday, Nov. 11 with a 3-2 playoff win against Ridgefield, earning the title Southwest CT Junior Soccer Association Girls 14U-15 Div A Champs. That victory came after dominating in their semi-final game against Fairfield on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a 6-0 win.
Throughout the fall season, the girls were among 27 teams that competed for the CT Cup. They finished as runner-up with a tough loss to Weathersfield in the finals.
Pictured below: (Front row, L-R) Natalie Cronin, Marlene Jung, Molly Snow, Whitney Hess, Isabel DiNanno, Ella Savage, Morgan Felipe, Mia Cawley and Taylor Felipe; (Second row, L-R) Coach Thomas Connelly, Emerson Pattillo, Heather Plowright, Mary Scally, Samantha Mims, Anna Joy, Jill Roberts, Reagan Von Loesser, Elizabeth Lamond and Miya Lasher.
In Undefeated Season, Boys U14/15 Blue Triumphs Over Bethel 6-1 for League Title
On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Wilton Boys U14/15 Blue travel team won the League Championship at Nathan Hale School in Norwalk. They handily defeated their Bethel opponents with a resounding 6-1 victory. The team finished their remarkable season with an undefeated record of 9-0-1.
Wilton Girls 2009 White Cap Season with 5-0 Victory Over Ridgefield
The Wilton 2009 Girls White Soccer team finished a highly successful season on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over the SCOR U10 Orange team. Wilton got off to a quick start in the game, with Madison Pendergast kicking off the scoring in the opening minutes of the contest. Strong passing and hustle by Taryn Czick, Harper Crawford, and Mia Timnev got Pendergast in position to score her second goal of the game shortly thereafter, and Abby Philippon, Caitlyn Tsai, and Naomi Cronley kept the pressure on to help Maddie complete a first half hat-trick. Relentless defense by Abby Savage, Katie Cosentino, Gaby Torres, and Isla Dzik kept the ball away from Wilton goalie Katie Mesh to preserve a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, the SCOR team came out strong, and defenders Torres, Crawford, and Tsai had to work hard in the early minutes to keep the pressure away from goalkeeper Dzik, who made a number of great saves to preserve the shutout. Scoring in the second half was highlighted by a breakaway goal by speedy striker Katie Cosentino, who beat the SCOR goalkeeper on a well-placed, arching shot to the upper right corner of the net. Pendergast scored her fourth goal of the day to cap the scoring.
Teamwork was the theme throughout the game, as it has been all season. Unselfish passing, strong defense, and timely shots were key factors in a successful fall campaign.