Wilton Running Club

Wilton Running Club competed at the middle school WCC League cross country meet at Waveny Park in New Canaan on Oct. 18. Racers came from Wilton, New Canaan, Fairfield, Westport, Stamford, and more. Pictured above are many of the Wilton Running Club racers, coached by Mary Zengo and Kevin Foley; several Wilton runners received awards.

Wilton Pony Club

Wilton Pony Club Celebrates Halloween

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Wilton Pony Club held its annual Halloween Event, on the grounds of the Wilton Riding Club. With horses and riders dressed in the Halloween spirit, the more advanced riders “C’s” organized elaborate obstacle courses for the younger riders “D’s” with the prizes being …candy! Pony Club and Riding Club members were all invited to participate and cheer as they watched the riders guide their horses around the ring.

Pony Club member Kate Caporrino said the club riders were thankful for being able to stage their event once again. “We want to thank the Wilton Riding Club for allowing us to use their wonderful facility and thank you to our “C” riders for once again showing us what it is be a true Pony Club leader,” she told GMW in an email.

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FOOTBALL

Wilton 7 White Falls in Narrow Loss to Ridgefield, 12-14

Sometimes you can learn more about a team in a loss than in a victory, although winning is a lot more fun. Wilton 7 White, now 4-3 on the season, held the lead against the first place, 6-1 Ridgefield 7 Black, for the majority of the game. With roughly two minutes to go in the game, Wilton had a first-and-goal from the Ridgefield 7-yard line after a Jimmy Luce interception and were looking to go up by two touchdowns. Instead, after being stopped on four downs, Ridgefield scored three plays later with less than 30 seconds remaining on a 60-yard play.

To add salt to the wound, all of Wilton’s losses have occurred with less than one minute to play. These battles, however, have brought the team together, and despite the loss, Wilton locked up second place in their division and a first-round playoff bye.

After Ridgefield scored on their first drive, Wilton immediately punched back and drove the ball 70 yards behind the tough running of Joe deGrasse and the powerful blocking of Ryan Farrar, Chris McCann, Andrew Pellicano, Kieran O’Neill and Luce. Wilton’s scored on a 15-yard bootleg pass by QB Max Silva to receiver Will Ryan. The extra point attempt failed.

Back on defense, Silva made two tackles, setting up a interception by deGrasse. Wilton quickly moved the ball behind a short pass to deGrasse and a 15-yard connection to Eli Ackerman. On the ensuing play, Silva’s play action pass connected to tight end Tyler Hough for the 7-yard touchdown after Cole Boniface’s sack-saving block. Again, the 2-point attempt failed, eventually becoming the difference in the score.

Wilton’s defense shone throughout with the defensive secondary of Chris Calderone, Brennan MacGregor, Jackson Luther, Ryan and Ackerman, limiting the Ridgefield passing attack. The defensive line of Ryan Keenan, Ben Pond, Charlie Fischer, Luce, O’Neill, Farrar, Boniface and Pellicano, played incredibly tough against the physically larger Ridgefield offensive line. On offense, centers Ryan Jackson and McCann executed their shot gun snaps flawlessly, despite the rain and wind. Running backs deGrasse, Wade Steffens and Boniface were perfect with their ball security, most certainly not holding the ball like a loaf of bread. Wilton will use the bye week to continue to adjust their offense and defense following the loss of QB and linebacker Grant Masterson to a knee injury the previous week.

Eli Ackerman catches QB Max Silva’s pass for a 15 yard gain.
Eli Ackerman catches QB Max Silva’s pass for a 15 yard gain.

Wilton 7 Blue Win over Weston-Aspetuck (33-12) Puts Team at Number One Seed

The Wilton 7th grade Blue football team capped off the regular season with their sixth straight victory, a number one seed, and a 6-1 overall record as they ran all over the combined Weston-Aspetuck squad 33-12. Jake Sommer took the second play of the game around the right side for a 65-yard touchdown, sealed by crushing blocks by Matt Claps, Sean Wisemen and Craig Hyzy. The Warrior defense held Weston-Aspetuck to negative yards on their opening possession. Tackles for losses by Eddie Keller, Michael Whitman and Dylan Smith forced a punt. Matthew Giller caught the punt and ran down the left sideline for 30 yards to give Wilton’s buffalo power offense another shot at the end zone. Shifty runs by Wisemen, Ben Calabrese and Mikey Longo moved the ball down to the 20-yard line. Two straight handoffs from Kevin Hyzy to Claps rumbling up the middle provided the opportunity for a dancing Calabrese to go off tackle into the end zone for a 12-0 Wilton lead.

The rhino-like charging line of Quinn Kiss, Joe Schiavone, Michael Breen, Smith, Whitman, Keller, Michael Munrow, Daniel Doran and Giller opened holes and bulldozed Weston-Aspetuck’s stout line all game long. Another forced punt allowed Longo to return it 25 yards, which set up a series of new running backs (14 different ball carriers) galloping downfield. In addition to the five horsemen of Sommer, Claps, Wisemen, Calabrese and K. Hyzy, ten other runners had carries during the game including Keller, Whitman, George DiRocco, Nevin Belanger, C. Hyzy, Longo, Doran, Munrow, Smith, and Ciara Garcia. This diversified running attack set up a K. Hyzy to C. Hyzy 25-yard touchdown pass off of a fake power sweep to DiRocco to put the Warriors up 19-0.

Weston-Aspetuck scored on a long drive after a couple of defensive penalties to close within thirteen at 19-6. The Warriors went to the ground and pound game again but this time it was Wiseman who executed a Z-shoot up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown behind Kiss, Breen, and Schiavone. Wilton’s lead was solidified at 25-6 (after Smith’s extra point) at the end of the third quarter.

The Trojans would not quit as they came back to score on the next possession to make it 25-12. The next drive for the Warriors sealed the win but it also displayed the “team first” attitude of every player. Successive runs by the five horsemen and a final sweep out of bounds at the one yard line set up a quarterback sneak for DiRocco (five different players scored in the game and nine in total for the season) to make it 31-12. With a chant from the whole team of “Ciara, Ciara, Ciara,” out onto the field walked Garcia, who plowed with her entire offense bull-dozing together into the end zone for a two-point conversion. The Warriors garnered the top seed with a 33-12 victory.

Wilton 3rd Grade Stays Undefeated with Win over Westport, 14-6.

With a record of 6-0, Wilton 3rd Grade was looking to complete its undefeated run to cap off the regular season.

Westport got off to a quick 6-0 lead when their running back broke a long run after what seemed to be a defensive stop. Alas the team was not discouraged and moved the ball well through runs by Craig O’Neill, Jake Padilla and Kieran Wiseman. Wilton then struck back with a long run by Charlie Calabrese that was made possible by the great blocking of the line anchored by Charlie Roy, Theo Satrazemis, Grant Stein, Quint Furman and Curtis Jackson. Wiseman then converted the extra point on a tough run down the middle.

The second quarter proved to be a tough back-and-forth affair with turnovers on both sides, including an interception by Calabrese and fumble recovery by O’Neill. O’Neill then ripped off a long run on a fake reverse and some string blocking up-front by Max Totten, William McDonald, Hunter Lishnoff and Lincoln Jones. Padilla then ran in the extra point on a quick sweep, giving Wilton a 14-6 lead.

And that lead would stand due to Wilton’s shut-down defense anchored up-front by Stein, Marco Chila, Evan Christianson and Philipe Mouracade. The powerful line backer core of Blake Ongley, Calabrese, Padilla and O’Neill shut down any chance for a long run and the safeties consisting of Trevian Goldman, Mason Behar, Will Byrnes and Emma VanHeyst ensured that Westport completed no passes on their watch.

The team now heads into the playoffs as the number-one seed.

Wilton 3 Offensive Line of #29 Trevien Goldman, #40 Max Totten, #59 Quint Furman, #94 Grant Stein, #21 Curtis Jackson and #84 Theo Satrazemis hold back Westport while #8 Charlie Calabrese hands off to #11 Kieran Wiseman
Wilton 3 Offensive Line of #29 Trevien Goldman, #40 Max Totten, #59 Quint Furman, #94 Grant Stein, #21 Curtis Jackson and #84 Theo Satrazemis hold back Westport while #8 Charlie Calabrese hands off to #11 Kieran Wiseman

Wilton 6 Blue Turns Back Weston Trojans, 35-19

Wilton 6 Blue met the Weston Trojans Saturday afternoon for their last game of the regular season. Weston started out with the ball but a quick fumble recovery by Xander Petrides gave Wilton the ball on the Weston 25-yard line. After a 24-yard pass from Andrew Acosta-Rua to Caleb Rath and a Quinn Stengrim blast into the end zone, Wilton was quickly on the board.  Spencer Liston added the point after, and with 8:15 left in the first quarter Wilton was up 7-0.

Three plays later the Trojans answered with a 65-yard touchdown run and a successful point after to tie the score at 7-7.  Wilton was forced to punt on its next offensive series and put their trust in their defense. Wilton’s defensive line of Will Soojian, Andrew Kress, Bobby DiPalma, Jake MacIntyre and Jamie Cristini put pressure on Weston’s backfield while Stengrim and Nick Walden came up with big tackles to force Weston to turn the ball over on downs.

Starting on their own 40-yard line, Wilton put together a 12-play drive to score their second touchdown of the game. Runs by Spencer Liston and Charlie Guglielmo behind key blocking from Griffin Turner, Cristini, Luke Totten, William Drew, James Flynn and Kress moved the ball down the field and set up a Stengrim touchdown blast to bring the score to 13-7.  With 1:43 left in the half Wilton once again forced Weston to turn the ball over on downs.  This time it was Colin Randol and Soojian with the big defensive plays. Two big runs from Guglielmo and Liston and a 35-yard pass from Acosta-Rua to Rath once again put Wilton on the one-yard line. Another Stengrim blast and a two-point conversion put the score at 21-7 at the half.

Wilton started the second half with the ball and put together a 16-play scoring drive that consumed almost all of the third quarter with fullback Petrides carrying the bulk of the load. Most notable on that drive was the blocking of center Alexander Dempster as eight of the 16 plays were successfully run up the middle. However, Weston answered back with a 70-yard touchdown run on their first offensive play of the half and brought the score to 28-13.

Wilton put together one more scoring drive with big runs by Rath and Liston behind very good blocking, including several key blocks from tight end Christian Kaczynski. Weston added one more score before Wilton could run out the clock.

Wilton 6 Blue offensive line of Alexander Dempster (#60), Nicholas Walden (#4), Luke Totten (#79) and Colin Randol (#9) prepare to drive the ball into the end zone in Wilton’s 35-19 win Saturday.
Wilton 6 Blue offensive line of Alexander Dempster (#60), Nicholas Walden (#4), Luke Totten (#79) and Colin Randol (#9) prepare to drive the ball into the end zone in Wilton’s 35-19 win Saturday.

Wilton 4th Grade Blue falls to New Canaan Black, 0-20

In the cold rain on Saturday, the Warriors struggled to get the ball in the end zone against a tough Rams team. New Canaan started out fast with a touchdown on the second play of the game. Wilton responded with some tough running from Luke Ginsburg, Jack Schwartz, Charlie Keller, and Cael Dexter, behind a strong line of Liam McKiernan, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas, Ryan Meenan, Jack Huntley, CJ Young and Cole Galante, but three turnovers dashed their chances of scoring.

The Warriors biggest play of the day came from Will Cristini as he took the handoff 40 yards up the sideline. The defense came through to hold New Canaan on the next few possessions with big stops from Liam Snyder, Cole Siegel, Nate Jackson, Raymond Ferranti, Maja Driscoll, and a touchdown saving tackle by Jack Schwartz on the last play of the first half. Two more big plays by New Canaan resulted in touchdowns and the Rams won 0-20.

#40 Will Cristini running the ball for a big 40-yard gain (photo credit:  Morgan Driscoll)
#40 Will Cristini running the ball for a big 40-yard gain (photo credit:  Morgan Driscoll)

Wilton 5th Grade White with Decisive Win Over New Canaan, 24-6

Wilton 5th Grade White wrapped up their final game of the season with a dynamic 24-6 win over New Canaan Red. The first two touchdowns scored by Cole Stephenson were made possible by aggressive offensive lineman Jason Costa, Conner Flanagan, Levi Kaplan, Colin O’Neill, Eli Meltzer, Peter Reyes, Quin Silva, Ryan Smith, Owen Theoharides and Francesco Tomas clearing the field and creating holes with powerful blocking to allow completion of both runs.

On the field the defensive line was hard at work allowing almost no yardage to the New Canaan players throughout the game. Tackle after tackle the defensive line, including Aidan Shaw and Jack Kelly, knocked New Canaan Red off their feet.

The second half of the game opened with the Warriors on the offensive line fumbling the ball and New Canaan taking control. A tremendous tackle by Peter Reyes and Meltzer passed command of the ball back to Wilton. Small forward gains balanced with yardage loss dominated the third quarter.  Costa, Charlie Caporrino, Will Fischer, Griffin Kovach, Colin O’Neill and Jai Satsangi held their positions fiercely never surrendering. With three minutes left in the quarter New Canaan threw a pass that Conner Flanagan plucked out of midair. He made a hard run for the end zone, scoring the third touchdown of the game.

For each touchdown scored Kaplan lined up and kicked the field goal, the ball soaring through the center of the post as if there was no other option. He contributed six extra points.

The fourth quarter was a ground fight of yardage gains and losses that kept the players on their toes. The quick exchange of defensive line and offensive line had the spectators on their feet. Towards the end of the quarter an incredible tackle by  Fischer with an assist by Dylan Long stopped New Canaan in its tracks. While Wilton never recovered the ball; the defensive line did not allow New Canaan to score again.

Soccer

Girls U9 White Beats Trumbull, 3-1

On a beautiful fall day, Wilton beat Trumbull 3-1. Within minutes, impressive back to back goals were made by Wilton’s Josie Silva and Madison Lowthert. Wilton kept up the pressure as additional attempts on goal were made by Rachel Phippen, Mai Bostwick, Josie Silva, and Sydney Leinberger. Strong defense by goalie Kara Mobyed and Sasha Handel prevented a Trumbull attempt at goal.

In the second half, multiple Trumbull goal attempts were saved by goalie Claire Rosolen and Handel in defense. Wilton’s Mobyed scored an impressive third goal. Trumbull then scored making the score 3-1. Morgan Donahue brought the ball up the field multiple times. Other attempts at goal were by Mobyed and Lowthert, with strong assistance from Lilah Crispino. At the end three additional attempts at goal were made by Phippen and Bostwick. Emma Hendricks was absent.

Boys U13 Blue Falls to Norwalk, 1-2

On a very windy Sunday, Wilton’s U13 boys were home playing Norwalk–continuing to support breast cancer awareness month by wearing pink socks. In the first half, Wilton’s defense was strong with Scott Mills, Luke Medalla, Tommy Lowell, Thomas Welch and Raymond Bartels holding Norwalk to only one goal. Declan Healy was goalie for the first half, and had several great saves. Matthew Tully, Robbie Ballentine and Matthew Tabet showed a strong effort and nice foot work. Conor Lillis took the ball all the way up, tying the game 1-1 going into the second half.

In the second half, Wilton continued to put the pressure on Norwalk. Luke Eberhart did an excellent job as goalie, keeping Norwalk from scoring. Christian Marroquin, Ryan Leung and Luke Barbieri all demonstrated great team work, good ball control and played very well. Mills was goalie for the last five minutes. On a questionable call Connor Morneau was clotheslined in the box, but no PK was called. In the last few minutes of the game, Norwalk managed to score, making the final score Wilton Blue 1, Norwalk 2. Sidelined due to injury were Druhv Rokkam, Luke Pacheco and Jack Dodman.

Wilton Girls U11 Blue Beats Darien, 2-1

Wilton Girls U11 Blue battled Darien to an impressive 2-1 victory this past Sunday. The first half was highlighted by a strong defensive effort that turned away a tenacious Darien attack. Brooke Aleksiejczyk and Alexandra Furst anchored a shutdown defensive line, with Kaitlyn Sullivan making a number of tremendous saves in goal to keep the score knotted at 0-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Wilton went on the attack. They received superb mid-field play from Fiona Gibbons, Molly Kaeyer, and Addison Pattillo. The offense kept the heat on Darien with quick passes and several strong shots on goal from Isabel Barbieri, Kaitlyn Zizzadoro and Riley Fitzgerald. Wilton’s first goal came from an unbelievable acrobatic flip throw-in from Morgan Breakey to Jane Hughes, who smashed the ball past the awestruck goalkeeper. Wilton added another goal to the tally on a corner kick with Cosette Lepore connecting on a booming shot from the top of the box into the upper left corner. Darien added a late goal, but Wilton clamped down on defense once again and held on for its fourth victory in a row.

Wilton Boys U11 Blue Misses Win to Fairfield, 0-1

Wilton Boys U11 Blue battled a determined Fairfield squad–as well as 40 mph wind gusts and wild animals darting on the field–in a tough 0-1 loss on a blustery afternoon in Fairfield. Wilton dominated much of the action throughout, with strong runs by Conner Buchichio, Tucker Farrell and Matt Stepnowsky down the sidelines and Luke Ginsburg, Mac McGovern and Declan Zadourian owning the middle, and just missing on numerous shots on goal. Henry Roy led a strong defensive effort, with Cameron Royle and Andrew Ryan holding back Fairfield’s skilled strikers and allowing only a handful of threats on goal. Charlie Clune led the way with his usual strong goalie play in the first half, followed by an equally effective McGovern in the second. Finn Kaeyer and Griffin Palmer each had several strong runs, eclipsed only by the power and grace of a spectacularly large dog that wowed the crowd with a mad dash on the field, taking a bit of the sting out of a well fought though unfortunate end result.

Wilton 2007 Boys Gold Ties Bethel, 5-5

Wilton soccer fans were treated to an exciting game on Sunday when the 2007 Boys Gold team took on Bethel.  Or Eisdorfer had several terrific saves as goalie, allowing only two goals during the first half. Wilton’s offense including Brian Sallese, Mason Behar and Andrew Mims put on early pressure until Mims received a fantastic pass from Rhys Ceron, scoring our first goal.  Excellent defense by Reed O’Neill, Ronan O’Halloran and Ryan Miller kept the ball in Bethel territory so Behar could score Wilton’s second goal bringing the halftime score to 2-2.

The second half began with Trevor Wisdom as goalie allowing only one through in a barrage of attempts by Bethel early in the second half bringing the score to 2-3.  Theo Satrazemis, Bill Stofega and Behar played an aggressive offensive game with many exciting attempts on goal until Behar got another one through, quickly followed up by another Mims goal bringing the score to 4-3. Two more high goals made by Bethel brought the score to 4-5 but then Behar again came up big in the last moments of the game to end in a tie score at 5-5.

Wilton Boys U9 White Tie Trumbull, 1-1

The Wilton Boys U9 White team battled the Trumbull United Hawks to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon. The first half ended in a scoreless tie despite dominating possession with strong play in the midfield from Greg Bocchino and Peter Braid. Jack McMenamey pitched a shutout in goal during the first half with support on the back line from Anthony Palumbo and Braid. Wyatt Lee and Michael DiLullo created some promising chances up front.

When Wilton surrendered a goal, the boys were able to quickly respond with a well-executed goal from Bar Eisdorfer. Mick Hamilton played a strong second half in goal and helped key the counterattack. Some decisive runs by Robbie Baronowski and Jack Cunningham came close to breaking the tie late in the second half before full time.