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Wilton Youth Field Hockey
Wilton 5/6 Blue Loses at Home to Greenwich
Wilton 5/6 Blue took on a tough Greenwich team Saturday on Fujitani Field (photo, above). The middle line of Mariana Ramirez, Carly Russell and Aimee Rovere were active all game long as they worked to push the ball up to their forwards, Poppy Herve, Lila Fox, Avery Schestag and Virginia Hasting. The defense was anchored by Caroline Yoon, Madeline Levi, Ella Macuso and Violet Smith. Despite their tough play, Wilton found themselves down at the half.
In the second half, Annika Aronson, Hannah Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Kendra and Isabella Mouracade worked hard to create scoring opportunities. Strong middie play also came from Grace DiBuono-Krafick, Kathy Costanzo and Grace Bernadini. In goal, Mela Rutkowski was aggressive and turned away numerous shots. As the whistle sounded, Wilton found themselves on the losing end of the contest.
Wilton 5/6 Blue will take their strong work ethic back to practice this week and get ready for the next game on Oct 15. The team will show their support for breast cancer awareness as they wear pink in their PLAY FOR PINK game against Westport at Memorial Stadium.
Many Wilton kids ran the Spartan Kids races on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 in Stamford.
This group of 3rd-6th graders had a great time. They are: Blake Ongley (3rd grade), Larsen Burke (6th grade), Morgan Felipe (6th Grade), Caitlin Ongley (6th Grade), Charlotte Casiraghi (6th Grade), Olivia Anderson (6th Grade), Taylor Felipe (6th Grade), Melissa Ongley (5th Grade), Samantha Slough (6th Grade), Ray Slough (3rd Grade).
Wilton Freshmen Rowers Shine
At this past weekend’s Head of the Riverfront Regatta on the Connecticut River in Hartford, Wilton freshmen rowers took home gold in the Men’s Jr Novice 4X. Zach Muraskin and Seamus Masone, along with their teammates Ian Holmberg from Fairfield and Alex Araujo from Norwalk, won their event by more than four minutes.
Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 8-White Loses to New Canaan Black, 8-23
After three convincing victories to open their season, Wilton 8-White dropped their second game in a row on Saturday with an 8-23 loss to New Canaan Black at Dunning Field.
The teams played fairly evenly throughout, but one player, New Canaan quarterback Christian Sweeney, made the difference. Sweeney sprinted for touchdown runs of 44- and 59 yards in the second quarter, and broke free for a 55-yard score in the fourth.
Wilton quarterback John Stanley moved the ball steadily and effectively all game long. He directed a ground game that churned out 89 yards from Trevor Martines and Sean Sullivan, with Michael Burton, E.J. Fasano, Max Greenberg, Evan Kauh, Quinn O’Connor and others opening the running lanes. Stanley also completed several passes to a receiving corps of Nolan Graham, Mack Kepner, Jimmy McKiernan, Mattias Onnerud and Will Rath.
The Warriors’ defense kept New Canaan down in the first quarter, and the Rams struggled to find an answer for Matt Gulbin, Michael Coffey, Howie Long, Ryan Witty and others in the trenches. Wilton converted four first downs before Martines darted into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. A two-point kick by Ryan van Heyst gave Wilton an 8-0 lead.
New Canaan tied it up with 9:35 left in the second quarter, and the Warriors’ attack moved efficiently, nearly bringing the game to halftime still tied, 8-8. But Sweeney dashed for his second score with three seconds left in the half, and the Rams took a 16-8 lead into the break.
The Warriors’ defense dominated for much of the second half, with multiple tackles for a loss by Long, who also forced a fumble. But a comeback attempt ended when Sweeney scored his third touchdown with 1:30 left in fourth quarter. Wilton gets a chance to bounce back on Saturday night against New Canaan’s White team with a home game at Fujitani Field.
Wilton 7 Blue Defeats Darien Blue, 21-7
The Wilton 7th grade Blue football team won its fourth straight game by defeating a tough Darien Blue squad 21-7 in the grass and mud on Saturday. After a fumble on Wilton’s first drive of the game, the ground and pound attack of the Warriors scored three straight touchdowns behind the offensive line led by Connor Robertson, Michael Whitman, Michael Breen, Quinn Kiss, Eddie Keller, and Michael Munrow.
After being down 7-0 on Darien’s first drive of the game the Warrior offense drove 70 yards on 12 plays ending on an 11-yard laser sweep play around the right side to Jake Sommer to tie the game at 7-7. Seal blocks by Craig Hyzy, Sean Wisemen, Ciara Garcia, and Daniel Doran opened the lane for the touchdown. On Darien’s second drive, the Warrior defense with two sacks and a deflected pass was led by Keller, Sommer, Matthew Claps, George DiRocco, and Kevin Hyzy, which forced a punt to Wilton’s 19. The Warriors used a balanced running and passing attack with Claps, Wisemen, Hyzy, and Sommer, along with a ram-like, 9-yard run by Ben Calabrese, and a counter to Mikey Longo to get all the way down to the Darien 30.
After a beautiful fake in the flat to Craig Hyzy, it was Matthew Giller time! Giller hauled in a long sideline pass from Kevin Hyzy and broke three tackles to make it 14-7 Wilton. Another stellar defensive stop led by Nevin Belanger, Robertson, Joe Schiavone, and DiRocco for negative yards gave the ball back to the Warriors. A long seam pass from Kevin Hyzy to Sommer ended the half at Darien’s 15-yard line.
In the second half, the Warrior defense did not allow a first down and the Wilton offense used up the entire third quarter and some of the fourth with their buffalo attack. Sommer, who was 3-for-3 on extra points in the absence of Dylan Smith, scored the last touchdown on a blast around the left side. Wilton Blue at 4-1 beats Darien 21-7 and will now face undefeated New Canaan Red after this week’s bye-week.
Wilton 7 White Holds Off Darien Wave to Win, 13-7
Wilton 7 White showed tremendous fortitude in holding off a furious comeback by Darien 7 Wave. After a stalemate in the first quarter, Wilton appeared to be in position to score on a 41-yard run by Eli Ackerman to the Darien 1-yard line, however a clipping penalty negated the play and Wilton was forced to punt. On the ensuing punt, Joe deGrasse stripped the ball from the Darien player, with the ball being recovered by Ryan Jackson on the Darien 12-yard line. On offense, QB Grant Masterson ran the ball twice, scoring on a 2-yard run behind the blocking of Jimmy Luce, William Ryan, Cole Boniface, Andrew Pellicano, Ben Pond and Jackson Luther. Masterson successfully kicked the extra point.
After two tackles by Tyler Hough, and another by DeGrasse, Darien punted to the dangerous Ackerman, who returned the kick 22 yards. On the very next play, Kieran O’Neill and Chris McCann opened a huge hole for DeGrasse, who acrobatically stayed on his feet and outran the Darien defense for a 39-yard touchdown.
A confident Wilton went into the second half up 13-0, but then did not see the ball again until early in the fourth quarter, as Darien held the ball for the entire third quarter. On defense, Wade Steffens was everywhere making numerous tackles. Also recording tackles were Ryan Farrar (who had a QB sack), Brennan McGregor, Hough, Masterson, DeGrasse, Charlie Fischer, O’Neil and Max Silva. Ryan Keenan also helped to stuff the middle. Darien finally scored after completing a 14-yard pass on fourth-and-12, and then running it in two plays later.
After Wilton quickly went three-and-out on their only possession of the second half, Darien marched 58 yards down to the Wilton 2-yard line. On the drive, Chris Calderone made a touchdown-saving tackle on a 30-yard Darien run. Once Darien got to the Wilton 2-yard line with less than 1:30 remaining, Wilton refused to lose behind game saving tackles by Silva, Luce, Ryan and a pass deflection by DeGrasse. Wilton showed true grit while improving to 3-1 on the season, avenging their last minute defeat earlier in the season to New Canaan.
Wilton 3rd Grade Extends Winning Streak to 4-0, with Win Over Darien, 7-6
The Wilton 3rd grade football team extended their winning streak to 4-0 against Darien 3rd grade blue with a 7-6 win.
Darien started the quarter with the ball and completed their first set of downs with little to show. Wilton took over and was stripped of the ball for a touchdown giving Darien an early lead. In a huge play, Marco Chila stopped Darien cold from getting the extra point leaving the score at 6-0.
The offense, including William McDonald, Mason Behar, Kieran Wiseman, Trevien Goldman and Quint Furman, was fired up and ready to drive Wilton into Darien’s end zone to start the second quarter. After a valiant try, the first Wilton drive resulted in the ball going back to Darien on downs. Wilton continued the pressure with Chila getting his first quarterback sack of the game. This was followed by Blake Ongley with a tackle in Darien’s backfield and a 15-yard penalty on Darien in the same play. Wilton continued the defensive pressure as Jake Padilla made a nice tackle stopping the clock out of bounds. The momentum continued as Theo Satrazemis caused a fumble with Wilton coming up with the ball. This set up Charlie Calabrese with a pitch to Padilla for a touchdown, tying the game up to 6-6. The fearless Warriors then drove in the wedge to score the extra point, bringing the lead to Wilton 7-6. Wilton continued the pressure in the second quarter with a series of plays that included a 15-yard pass to Craig O’Neill followed by a series of plays that drove the ball down to the 1-yard line.
Wilton started the second half with the ball and entered an epic battle by the offense and defense, including Max Totten, Evan Christianson, Phillip Mouracade, Lincoln Jones, Hunter Lishnoff, Grant Stein and Josh Meltzer. Darien continued to have issues with false starts and lining up inside the neutral zone. Wilton continued their defensive pressure with Padilla, Chila and Emma VanHeyst providing a crushing tackle on Darien to end the third quarter.
Wilton continued to provide Darien with hard hitting tackles, blowing through Darien’s offensive line, including a nice stop from Will Byrnes, a double team tackle by Dylan Gallo and Chila, and a number of pile tackles. Calabrese ran the ball for a 12-yard run and a first down to end the game with a Wilton win.
Wilton 6 Blue Overpowers Westport, 25-7
Wilton 6 Blue hosted Westport Saturday night in what turned out to be a one-sided contest. Wilton was able to control both sides of the line of scrimmage throughout the game. Wilton’s offensive line of William Drew, Luke Totten, Griffin Turner, Alexander Dempster, Jamie Cristini and Andrew Kress laid the foundation for Wilton’s run game. Wilton scored on three of its four possessions and went into the first half with an 18-0 lead. Wilton’s first touchdown came on a 38-yard run by Charlie Guglielmo set up by key blocks from Christian Kaczynski and Quinn Stengrim. Wilton’s second score was a 20-yard wedge run by Xander Petrides, while their third score was a 2-yard wedge run by Stengrim.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive linemen William Soojian, Bobby DiPalma, James Flynn, Cristini and Kress took away Westport’s inside run game while defensive ends Nicholas Walden and Colin Randol pressured Westport’s quarterback and had multiple sacks. Wilton’s linebackers, Petrides and Stengrim racked up most of the tackles while and Wilton’s defensive backs, Spencer Liston, Christopher Capone, Caleb Rath, Guglielmo and Griffin Turner, supported the run and kept Westport’s passing game at bay.
Wilton added a fourth touchdown on its first drive of the second half on a 20-yard wedge run by Stengrim. Other notable players were running back Charlie Rath who had five carries for 58 yards, and tight end Caleb Rath who had a 20-yard reception.
Wilton 8 Blue Hammers Aspetuck, 21-0
Breaking out of a slump, the Wilton 8 blue footballers used a smothering defense and efficient offensive attack to jump out quickly to a three touchdown first half lead over Aspetuck and then cruised to a 21-0 victory for their second win of the season.
The Warrior defensive front of Ryan MacDougall, Brian Cipri, Bradley Barker, Christian Theoharides, Kyle Jordan and Jack Carroll set the tone on the first series, dominating the line of scrimmage and forcing Aspetuck to punt on fourth and eight. Kiel Polito’s return gave the Warriors excellent field position at their own 45 where the offensive went quickly to work.
With help from Trey Dexter and Carroll, Jordan’s massive block on second down opened a hole for Jermaine Vincent, who rumbled down to the Aspetuck 42 and the beginning of a recurring theme where Warrior linemen–including Robert Rios and Cipri–opened gaping holes for Polito and Vincent. After a penalty pushed Wilton back into its own territory, the Warriors spun up their aerial attack with Everett Andersen passing to MacDougall for an 18-yard gain. On third-and-seven Polito broke multiple tackles all the way to the 20-yard line. Another completed pass, this time to Connor Healy, and runs by Polito and Matthew Goldstein led to a one yard TD dive by Polito. MacDougall’s kick was good for a 7-0 lead.
Great pass defense by Max Mannino, a punishing tackle for loss by Theoharides and relentless pressure by the defensive line led to an interception by Vincent and Warrior ball at the Aspetuck 37. Helped by a key downfield block from wideout Ryan Rogg, Vincent took a handoff from Andersen on the next play and raced for a score and a 14-0 lead.
On the ensuing defensive series, consecutive athletic plays by MacDougall, a tackle for loss and a pass deflection, combined with Healey’s defense of a deep pass, gave the ball over on downs to the Warriors.
Wilton scored for the third consecutive drive, highlighted by a crucial fourth down reception by Polito, an impressive counter play run by Vincent and a three yard TD run by MacDougall.
With a 21-0 lead beginning the second half, Wilton played ball control, eating up the clock on runs by Goldstein and workhorse running back Nick Fahey. The defense was solid, helped by Michael Ramirez, keeping Aspetuck off the board and preserving the 21-0 victory.
Wilton Youth Soccer
Wilton Boys U10 Blue Pulls Out Victory Over New Canaan Red, 3-2
The Wilton Boys U10 Blue won a nail-biter with a 3-2 victory over New Canaan Red on Sunday, keeping their unbeaten streak alive. Led by coach Jonny Allen, it was a true team effort from skilled passes to every player showing perseverance and strategic game play.
In the first half, goalie Will Soucy was able to keep the score to 0-0 at half time by stopping seven strong shots on goal. During the second half the team came out strong, with Jack Crossen, Stefano Cross and Matt DeMasi scoring at crucial moments. Maddox Backman, Finn Burke and Jack Barker created a formidable defensive line, while Luke Perna looked sharp in the goal by saving several strikes by New Canaan. Evan Lalor and Amit Solomon were able to put pressure on the other team with some great breakaways. Missing from the game were Charlie Roy and Alessandro Ochoa. All the boys should be very proud of this hard fought win. Way to go Wilton!
Wilton 2007 Boys U10 White Beat ORGCC-Thunder, 6-1
Wilton White U-10 boys continued their dominance by beating ORGCC-Thunder 6-1. Assisted by Matt Martins, Jack Vermeulen scored the first goal. Tyler Coppola beat two defenders to score. Toby Plowright kicked from mid-field to score. Alert Quinn Minozzi defended the goal superbly.
Martins scored with an assist from Liam Christ in the second half. Plowright scored again and Andrew Partenza beat three defenders to score. Nathaniel Kalter, Dominick Cilento, Conor Toehill, Evan Argirescue and Kenji Sahay made crucial passes, and maintained a wall of defense throughout the game. Vermeulen defended the goal, keeping the lead at 6-1.
Wilton Boys U13 Blue Advance in CT Cup, Beating South Windsor 3-2
Wilton Boys U13 Blue traveled to South Windsor on Saturday, Oct. 1, for the second round of a Connecticut Cup match. The boys would advance in a hard fought game, winning 3-2.
Wilton dominated play early in the first half with strong offensive performances from Jack Dodman, Ryan Leung, Conor Lillis, Christian Marroquin, Matthew Tabet, Dhruv Rokam and Luke Pacheco. Dodman got the team on the board early with a tough angle to shot to make it 1-0. Shortly after, Lillis made a beautiful feed that led to a breakaway goal from Leung. Leung tallied his second goal of the game minutes later to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
The momentum reversed from that point on as South Windsor scored on a deflected cross to make it 3-1 before heading to the second half.
Wilton delivered a solid defensive effort overall from Tommy Lowell, Luke Barbieri, Connor Morneau, Robbie Ballentine, Matthew Tulley, RJ Bartels and Thomas Welch. Strong goaltending by Declan Healy and Scott Mills would hold back South Windsor as well. After much back and forth in the second half, the opponents got a late goal off a corner kick to make it 3-2. In the tense final minutes, Mills made a game winning save, grabbing a rebound that deflected off the cross bar to deny South Windsor an opportunity to tie the game.
Wilton Boys U13 Blue Notch Sunday Win Over Darien, 3-1
The Wilton Boys U13 Blue team notched a hard fought win on the road against Darien this past Sunday. The Wilton squad found themselves on a turf field for the first time this season, making for fast conditions and lots of changes from end to end. Both teams pressed hard in the first ten minutes, testing the opposing defensive lines. Scotty Mills, RJ Bartels, Tom Welch and Tommy Lowell held off the Darien attackers, while the boys up front for Wilton managed to get off a couple convincing shots on goal during the opening exchanges. Christian Marroquin and Jack Dodman started in the center position for the Wilton squad, with Ryan Leung and Luke Barbieri on the wings in a grouping that would later prove formidable. For the first half, however, the Darien team kept possession for the lion’s share of the time, with Wilton’s Luke Eberhart and Luke Medalla adding big contributions to the defensive effort, and Declan Healy turning in a stellar performance in goal with at least a half dozen key saves to his credit. Despite the pressure from a relentless Darien offense, both teams reached the half with the score 0-0 in what was shaping up to be a real endurance match.
By the second half, Wilton had taken the full measure of their opponents and came out with a more aggressive strategy. The Wilton lines played higher, with Robbie Ballentine, Matt Tully, and Connor Morneau becoming a fierce and constant presence in the center of the field, keeping the ball in the Darien end and creating opportunity for Dodman, Leung, Luke Pacheco and Dhruv Rokkam up front. The switch quickly paid dividends, with Dodman taking a pass from Leung and notching the first score of the game less than five minutes after the second half start. Five minutes later, Leung staged a lightning fast breakaway, parking a powerful shot to the back of the net and making the score 2-0 Wilton with less than 30 minutes left.
The Darien squad seemed rocked at first, then rallied to try and stop the score from slipping away. They managed to get their first goal around the sixty minute mark on an aggressive cross from the right side, and now the tally was 2-1 with roughly ten minutes left. Despite all the miles run at this point, the Wilton attackers still had something left, with Pacheco, Barbieri, Ballentine, Morneau, Tully and Dodman driving again and again to the Darien end, while Lowell, Eberhardt, Medalla, Mills and Welch made sure none of the Darien attackers were able to break through. With just five minutes left, Leung slipped two defenders and sidestepped the Darien keeper, making the tally 3-1 in what would be the final score. After a weekend that saw a Round Two CT Cup win, along with the victory against Darien, the U13 boys appear to have some momentum going into the Columbus Day weekend matches.
Wilton 2006 Boys U11 Blue Dominate Norwalk, 7-1
The Wilton 2006 Boys Blue team traveled down Rte. 7 to face Norwalk’s finest future Messis, with the Wilton team ready from the opening whistle to dominate their opponents with crisp passing, fast break speed, and precision shots that quickly added up to a decisive first half lead. Contributing to the first half tallies and their assists were Luke Ginsburg, Jamie Whittaker, Declan Zadourian, Andrew Ryan, Connor Buchichio and Mac McGovern. With Tucker Farrell in goal and the defensive might of Charlie Clune, Henry Roy, Finn Kaeyer, Griffin Palmer and Cameron Royle, Norwalk struggled to find any offense.
The second half began with a similar flurry of offense by Big Blue and both Matthew Stepnowsky and Ryan added goals to the impressive playing stats. At that point with a 7-1 lead, Coach Johnny transitioned the team into a spread game of finesse passing until the final whistle allowed the Weekend Warriors hang up their cleats and break for some good home cooking.
Wilton 2008 Boys U9 Blue Tops Westport Red, 3-1
On Sunday, Oct. 2, Wilton U9 Blue played an exciting game versus Westport Red. After a suspense-building first half, Wilton and Westport were well matched. Wilton’s defense, led by Liam Joy and Nicholas Marini, kept pressure on the ball and pushed the game to the offensive side. With strong determination, Wilton struck first with a goal by Harrison DeStefano. Great passing and skillful footwork by Eamonn Zadourian and Cooper Buchichio made opportunities for shots on Westport. Brad Mallory weaved through the defense to make the second goal for Wilton. Blake Ongley played tough in goal with multiple saves holding the opponent back. Wilton secured the lead with a goal by Brendan Morris assisted by Jimmy Dineen. Wilton came out on top 3-1, thanks to outstanding effort shown by all players.
Wilton Boys U9 White Outlasts Weston, 3-2
The Wilton Boys U9 White team outlasted Weston on Sunday afternoon at Ambler Field and came away with a 3–2 victory. The first half was characterized by constant pressure from the Wilton boys. Bar Eisdorfer and Jack Cunningham played well in midfield and helped create chances for their teammates. Greg Bocchino played the first half as goalkeeper and helped initiate the counterattack. The boys scored thrice in the first half with goals from Anthony Palumbo, Michael DiLullo and Robbie Baronowski.
Weston came out strong in the second half and looked to make a game of it but the boys played tough on the back line with strong work by Dalton Lee and Peter Braid. Jack McMenamey and Palumbo shared second half goalkeeping duties and turned away a number of shots. The Wilton attack was relentless and it looked like they might tack on a number of goals, including some strong runs by Mick Hamilton and Wyatt Lee. The boys will look to build on their success in Ridgefield next week where they will have their first taste of tournament action.
Wilton 2006 Girls Gold Show Strength Over New Canaan, 5-2
Wilton’s 2006 girls Gold visited New Canaan on Saturday and went on the road ready to play with speed and target passing. The team showed great hustle with a 5-2 win.
The first half started with a goal from Maddie Phelan from a corner kick. Wilton continued the pressure and scored on a strong shot straight into the goal from Megan Dodman. This made the score 2-0 in favor of Wilton at halftime. Wilton came out strong in the second half with bursts of speed and two quick goals by Anisa Burrows. The team kept the offense going with another goal by Mia Robustelli. New Canaan answered with two goals just before time ran out, making the final score 5-2.
The team really came together with strong midfield play by Maddy Gillespie, Caitlyn O’Grady, and Macy Tiche. The defensive effort was led by Julia Steenbock, Caroline Luce and Sasha Langholm. Abigail Schmitt made numerous stops playing goalie the full game.
Wilton Girls U9 White Falls to Westport, 0-1
The Wilton Girls U-9 White team faced off against Westport Red this past Sunday, Oct. 2 at Allen Meadows. From the start Wilton put pressure on Westport, with Madison Lowthert, Claire Rosolen, Kara Mobyed, Emma Hendricks and Rachel Phippen playing tough offense and Morgan Donahue and Sasha Handel in strong defense. However, Westport was able to score a goal in the first half.
In the second half, Wilton came out strong forcing Westport on the defensive. The offense of Sydney Leinbrger, Maia Bostwick and pushed the ball into Westport territory, where they kept the pressure on. In the first 15 minutes, Wilton made 10 kicks on goal but didn’t score. The good defense of Jose Silva and Lilah Crispino and goaltending of Mobyed also kept Westport from getting a goal. Despite superb effort, Wilton lost their game; final score of 1-0.