Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: Sept. 8-9
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WHS Varsity Cheerleaders Run Clinic for Wilton Youth Cheer
Wilton High School Varsity Cheerleading ran its yearly, three-day cheer clinic for the Wilton Youth Cheerleading teams. At the end of August every year the Varsity Cheerleading squad invites youth cheerleaders in grades kindergarten all the way up to 8th grade to participate in its cheerleading clinic, as a fundraising event for the high school squad.
The varsity team teaches the youth cheerleaders the basics to help prepare them for their very first season football games, going over cheers, building team bonding, and teaching half-time dances to the youth cheerleaders. Ultimately the three-day clinic brings them all closer together and unites both programs together as a whole.
The Wilton Youth Program currently has 83 participants signed up for the 2018 fall season. Organizers say the turnout from the clinic helps set the WHS cheerleading team up for success in future years, and they thanked everyone involved in both programs: “On behalf of the Wilton High School cheerleading team and coaching staff we thank all coaches, parents, and cheerleaders for supporting our 2018-2019 Varsity cheerleading squad. The Varsity cheerleaders send their best to all teams playing in the upcoming months. Good Luck Wilton and Lets Go Warriors!”
Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 6th Grade Blue defeats New Canaan Red, 26-12
In an early morning game on Saturday, Wilton 6th Grade Blue used a prolific offense to defeat New Canaan Red. The Warriors scored four touchdowns, which was plenty to fend off a pesky New Canaan team that took full advantage of a few big plays.
The Warriors got on the board first with a touchdown pass from Liam Snyder to Ray Ferranti to put Wilton up 6-0 after its first possession of the game. On their next drive, the Warriors got the running game going with tough offensive 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 creating open holes up the middle and around the edge. Running backs Will Cristini, Cael Dexter, Ferranti, Luke Ginsburg, Charlie Keller, Luke Perna, Jack Schwartz and Ryan Stocker took advantage of the large running lanes moving the ball easily against the Rams defense. Schwartz finished the drive with a great run up the middle for the second touchdown of the game.
The defense held New Canaan to limited yardage with each of the Warrior players contributing important tackles, but yielded on two big plays that resulted in the two Ram touchdowns. Special teams also pitched in with Ginsburg recording a terrific punt that was downed inside the 5-yard line. The offense kept rolling, with the passing game keeping New Canaan on their heels. Quarterbacks Snyder and Dexter went 5-for-7, completing passes to receivers Ferranti, Dexter, McKiernan, and Luchetta. Dexter finished off the scoring with two touchdown runs of 22 and 29 yards to seal the victory for the Warriors.
4th Grade Warriors Shut Out New Canaan, 8-0
After a heartbreaking loss to Darien late in the fourth quarter last week, the 4th Grade Warriors faced a New Canaan Rams team that hadn’t lost a game in almost two years, on a wet Fujitani Field in a cold rain. The Rams won the toss, and wanted the ball. Despite great tackles from Dylan Flanagan, Brady Corry, Denny Dustin, Emmett Sommer, and Liam Pierson, the Rams drove the ball into the Warriors red zone, poised to score. On the next play, while the Rams quarterback dropped back to pass, Warrior backers and safeties dropped into coverage; the result was a Michael Duarte pick!
The game then became a 0-0 stalemate which lasted until late into the fourth quarter. Despite a great run by Colin Faherty, the Warriors went three-and-out on their next drive. The Warrior defense played well with great tackling by Henry Snow and Dustin, accompanied by tough play from Trey Riverra, Bly Christianson, Jack Condon, Wyatt Kreter, and Finn Snyder. Dustin recovered a fumble. Wilton ball! After solid Faherty and Corry runs, Wilton was forced to punt again. After Dustin and Flanagan tackles, Wilton had another shot on offense. Now they had momentum. After great runs from Skillin, Dustin, and Faherty, lead blocks from Colton Korpan, coupled with savvy, dead ball snaps that gained first downs, a drive was alive!
The offensive line was looking salty, physical, and disciplined featuring Sommer, Furman, Fogarty, Snow, Cooper Rekow, Cole Herbst, Matthew Fogarty, Michael Lenz, Jaxon Lin, Charlie Heffernan, Colton Korpan, and Wyatt Hoffstatter; the Great Wall of Wilton was rearing its ugly head! That drive stalled inside the New Canaan 10-yard line, but with solid tackling from Mark Whitman, Skillin, Faherty, Sommer and Corry, Wilton had one last shot. After the Warriors lost a fumble on their own 20-yard line, Heffernan stripped the ball from the Rams’ lineman, and recovered the fumble! With a minute left on the clock, after spirited runs from Faherty, Dustin took the rock into the end zone to make it 6-0 Warriors. A Faherty kick made it 8-0. One last defensive stand sealed the victory for the Warriors!
Moving forward, the Warriors will have to maintain that physical toughness, mental discipline, and heart to duplicate that success. Time will tell. Win on three!
Wilton 5th Grade Whomps Weston, 24-0
Wilton’s 5th Grade tackle won its first game of the season, defeating Weston 24-0. Pictured below, #10 Charlie Calabrese runs the ball with blocking help from #12 Kieran Wiseman and #66 Evan Christianson.
Wilton Youth Soccer
Wilton Boys 2007 White Wins Home Opener Over Stamford, 1-0
On Sunday Sept. 9, Wilton Boys’ 2007 White won its home opener against the Stamford Hurricanes, 1-0, with a goal by Matt Martins during the first half. Trevor Galligan as goalie had countless amazing saves. He was assisted in defense by Trevor Wisdom, Ronan O’Halloran, Reed O’ Neill and Phin Wayland. Robbie Prather played striker with forwards Danny Allam, Brian Sallese, Hirsh Iyer and Affroz Alli. Playing midfield were Ryan Miller, Matt Martins, Nathaniel Kalter and Or Eisdorfer, as Noah Levy cheered
cheered on his team from the sidelines.
In Girls U9 Face-off, Wilton White Tops Wilton Gold, 5-0
Everyone was rooting for Wilton on Sunday, Sept. 9 as Wilton U9 White and Wilton U9 Gold teams competed against each other at their first game of the season. The first half was hard fought and evenly matched, ending 0-0 as both teams displayed their skills passing and defending. But Wilton White dominated the second half, scoring an impressive five goals. Though it was a disappointing end for Wilton Gold, both teams left the field excited for the rest of the season.