Each week, GOOD Morning Wilton will run news of weekend results and scores from Wilton Youth sports teams. Please send all stories and updates, along with a photo to editor@goodmorningwilton.com by noon on Monday of each week. Stories received after the deadline may not be included. Results write-ups will be grouped by sport and published in the order they are received.

Wilton Hoops

Wilton 8 Girls Win 2-of-3 Games

The Wilton 8 girls basketball team won two of their three basketball games over the weekend. In the first game, the Warriors defeated Stamford 41-32 after trailing at the half.  Wilton showed a balanced scoring attack with Caroline Hage (3-of-5 shooting), Molly Hancock (3-of-7 shooting) and Maddie Dineen each scoring 6 points, while Anisa Burrows and Mary Kate Doyle added 5 respectively. Ashleigh Masterson led the Warriors with 13 points.

In a repeat of last year’s A-Bracket championship game, the Warriors fell to New Fairfield 43-45, despite jumping out to a 24-15 halftime lead. Burrows (10 points) consistently broke down New Fairfield’s defense, while Masterson (15 points, 7 rebounds) dominated the middle. The Warriors again showed overall depth with Dineen (6 points, 3 assists), Hancock (5 points), Hage (3 points), Emma Kelly (2 points) and Doyle (2 points) all contributing offensively.

In the final game of the weekend against Ridgefield, Masterson took control with a 23-point, 11 rebound performance, as Wilton defeated their neighbors to the north 44-23.  Kaitlyn Sullivan played maniacal defense and eight of nine Warriors got on the board offensively. Lauren Moe (4 points), Doyle (4 points), Hage (4 points on 2 of 3 shooting) and Burrows (4 points, 6 rebounds) were the second leading points getters. The Warriors played some of their best basketball of the season and look forward to next weekend.

Wilton 8th Grade Boys Split Games over MLK Weekend

On Friday, Wilton 8th Grade Boys traveled to Armonk to face Byram Hills. The starting lineup was Max Jarvie, Kyler Roesser, Todd Woodring, Wyatt Jones and Anderson Campbell. The Warriors responded to the offensive drive by Byram Hills with steals by Jarvie and rebounds by Declan Brokaw (4) and Ethan Gallo (3). The first half ended with Wilton trailing 14-24. The Warriors came out fighting in the third quarter with three pointers by Jack Minnich, Campbell, and Brokaw. Mike Meehan and Brody Hess played tough defense but it was not enough to beat Byram Hills. The final score was Byram Hills 54, Wilton 36.

On Sunday, Wilton had the home court advantage when the boys faced Shelton with the starting lineup of Minnich, Campbell, Gallo, Jarvie and Woodring. Defense was effective and varied between a 1-2-2 and 2-3 zone in addition to man-to-man. The high point scorers were Meehan, with a whopping 20 points all scored in the second half; and Jarvie 15 points. Points were scored by all:  Campbell (6), Gallo (2), Woodring (8), Minnich (8), Hess (4), Brokaw (6), Jones (3), and Roesser (5). The final score was Wilton 77, Shelton 43. Wilton wrapped up the weekend with a tournament in Bristol on Martin Luther King Day.

Wilton Hoops 5th/6th Grade Boys Win Hard-Fought Contest Against St. Mary’s of Ridgefield

The Wilton 5th/6th Grade Boys got revenge on an earlier season loss by defeating a scrappy St. Mary’s team 33-30. In the first quarter of play, Wilton was ready to go, with a stifling defense and an aggressive offense.

Wilton took a 12-2 lead with strong rebounding from Grant Stein and quick hands from Liam Joy and Laszlo Miller. The second quarter was all St. Mary’s, ending in St Mary’s 18, Wilton 14. Wilton stayed afloat with strong defense from Jack McMenamey and free throw scoring from Boden Davi. Casey Meyer had a looming presence in the 2nd quarter as well, but the 3rd quarter was all Wilton with baskets from multiple players to give Wilton a 27 to 23 advantage.

The fourth quarter belonged to Blake Ongley who had multiple baskets and points from Nico Mercado, as well as Jack Mulfinger who added a quality 3-pointer to keep Wilton ahead of St. Mary’s. Greg Bocchino and Matthew Fogarty were timely substitutions by Coach Redding. Next up is Weston Blue on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Wilton 7th Grade Boys Bring Home 41-30 Conference Win Over Byram Hills

The Wilton 7th grade boys basketball team traveled to Armonk to bring home a 41-30 conference win over Byram Hills on Friday night. Wilton played an up-tempo game and showed nice ball control, patience and teamwork in the win.

The win puts the 7th graders in 4th place among a very close conference where one win or loss can make a big swing in the standings. The Wilton defense continues to shine, allowing one of the lowest “points against” average in the league.

Leading the way in the victory was Cole Siegel with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Ryan Meenan also had a strong showing with 7 points, 2 assists, 1 block and 1 steal. A host of others contributed to scoring, including Stefano Cross (2), Ryan Luchetta (4), Luke Ginsberg (3), Grady Kalisky (4), and Cole Galante (4).

Jack Schwartz added 2 steals while Liam McKeirnan had 3 rebounds and Luke Perna had well-rounded play with 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal.

Weekend Classic a Tough, Learning Trip for Wilton 7/8 Boys

The Wilton 7/8 boys team travelled to Massachusetts for The Spaulding Hoop Hall Classic featuring some of the top AAU and high school talent in the country. Unfortunately the weekend proved very difficult for the boys dropping three straight game to some very talented teams.

Saturday’s first game saw the boys’ best chance at a win and the game remained very close until midway through the second half. Despite the strong offensive play of Tucker Farrell, Emmett Kane and William Fisher and the gritty defense of Luke Umphred and Henry Soojin the boys couldn’t pull to more than within 6 points, and eventually let the game slip away. The final score was 23-43.

The second game Saturday evening and the Sunday morning game followed a very similar trajectory. The team fell behind early in both games due to the aggressive play of their opponents and a rash of turnovers. Unfortunately, this was despite the aggressive play of  Luke DiRocco, Liam Snyder, Kane and Farrell as well as the defensive play and rebounding of Umphred, Cael Dexter, Peter Reyes and Henry Mangum.

After falling behind by 20 in both games the team worked to use the games as a learning experience and all the boys showed a lot of heart and character to keep fighting to the end of both games. The final scores respectively were 28-78 and 16-73.

Wilton Comes on Strong in New Castle MLK Basketball Tournament, but Loses in Playoff Overtime

Wilton’s 5th Grade Boys Hoops team took a solid run at New Castle’s annual MLK Basketball tournament, going 3-0 in regular tournament play before suffering a tough overtime loss to New Castle in the playoffs. Wilton clinched its spot in the top playoff bracket early, beating Seton Hall 41-35, New Fairfield 37-18, and Yorktown 36-33.

The boys played hard against New Castle in the first round of playoffs, tying the game at 32 before succumbing 37-38 in overtime. Scoring was led by Jimmy Dineen (41 points in the tournament), Colton Smith (27 points), Charlie Heffernan (18 points), and Jack Cunningham (16 points). Throughout the tournament, Wilton was particularly effective on defense, with solid play by Heffernan, Gavin Toohill (13 points), Mark Sylvester (12 points), Jeff Fox (8 points), and Will Viggiano (5 points), and strong coverage under the net from Smith, Dineen, Charlie Cretella (6 points) and Anthony Palumbo (5 points).

7th Grade Girls Win New Castle MLK Weekend Tournament

The 7th grade girls went 5-0 and won the New Castle MLK tournament this weekend. They are now 9-2 this season. Pictured below: (top row) Coach Khea Gibbs, Mia Sommer, Abby Phelan, Addison VonLoeser, Sophia Samai, Grace Ratcliffe, and Coach Anthony Simmons; (bottom row, L-R) Giuliana Scaturchio, Grace Costa, Abbey Byrnes, Riley Casey, and Kaitlyn Zizzadoro.

Synchronized Skating

Two Wilton Synchronized Skaters Win Gold Medals with Teams at Eastern Championships

Two Wilton athletes who compete with the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team were members of teams that won gold medals at the 2020 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Albany, NY.

The Skyliners team also hosted the Eastern sectionals, at which more than 2,300 synchronized skaters from 147 teams competed. Of those, Skyliners sent 148 skaters, ranging in age from 7-18.

Tessa Kowal

Skating from Wilton was Tessa Kowal, (left) a 12-year-old Middlebrook 7th grader who has been skating with the Skyliners Pre-Juvenile team for two years. Prior to Skyliners, Kowal skated on a synchronized skating team in Chicago for 3 years. She started skating when she was six and has skated on a synchronized beginner line, preliminary line, and Pre-Juvenile line. Her current Skyliners Pre-Juvenile line took gold skating against 28 other teams at the Eastern Championships.

Sawyer Stanek

Also from Wilton was Sawyer Stanek, (right) a 9-year-old Cider Mill 3rd grader, who has been skating with Skyliners since she first started synchronized skating three years ago. She started on the Skyliners Beginner line before moving to the Pre-Preliminary line, and she now skates on the Preliminary line, which won gold competing against 17 other teams at the Eastern Championships.

There are 14 Skating lines (different levels) in all for Skyliners. They skate in 6 competitions from November through Feb including the Eastern Sectional Competition where over 147 teams and 2400 skaters competed in all levels.

“To have our talented skaters on Skyliners perform so well at Easterns was amazing,“ said Sarah Blosat, Skyliners director. “For many of our younger skaters, this was their first Eastern Championship and an exciting culmination to all their practice over the season.”

The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team was established in 2001 by a group of parents who wanted to create the most competitive synchronized skating club in the tri-state area. In that first year, the team had three lines. Over the last 19 years, Skyliners has grown into one of the top synchronized skating teams in the country–now with 14 competitive lines, and 240+ skaters ranging in age from 5 to 26. While the majority of the skaters reside in the tri-state area, Skyliners also draws members from Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The tremendous growth and success of the team are attributed to the dedicated athletes, talented coaches and devoted Board members and parent volunteers who make Skyliners possible season after season.

Synchronized skating consists of 8-20 highly skilled athletes performing a program on ice together, moving as one flowing unit at high speeds. It is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. There are approximately 600 synchronized teams and nearly 5,000 synchronized skaters in the United States alone, with elite competitions at both the national and international level. Although not currently an Olympic sport, there is significant movement toward including it at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

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Wilton YMCA Gymnastics

Wilton YMCA Gymnasts Win Medals Galore at Northeast Invitational

Eight gymnasts… 31 medals… eight all-around trophies. This was the scene at the 2020 DGS Northeast Invitational in Hartford on Jan. 18. Even the forecast of an impending snow storm couldn’t distract the Wilton YMCA Gymnastics Team gymnasts from the task at hand, and the team’s first USA Gymnastics meet of the season was a positive experience for both the gymnasts and coaches.

For Level 6, Ella Mancuso continued to show her strength on bars, claiming the silver medal. Kaelyn Talisse scored an impressive 9.125 on vault. Teagan Stengrim’s strong vault scored a 9.15 for 4th place. Jeni von Bartheld’s floor routine earned her a 9.1 for 4th, while scoring a 9.025 on vault. Elly Fahey’s power and speed on vault led to the silver medal with a 9.25, the highest score of the day for the team.

For Level 7, Ashley Umhoeffer placed 5th AA in the junior division, taking bronze for her bar routine, 4th on floor with a 9.1, and scoring 9.05 on vault. Michael Kane’s steady beam routine earned 5th place, and her vault scored 9.075. Aly Scheurkogel command of the vault earned a 9.15.

(L-R) Ashley Umhoeffer, Kaelyn Talisse, Jeni von Bartheld, Michael Kane, Teagan Stengrim, Ella Mancuso, Elly Fahey, and Aly Scheurkogel