Cheshire High teams won an impressive three Southern Connecticut Conference
championships this week beginning with the boys volleyball team Thursday, girls
lacrosse Friday and finishing with the baseball team Saturday.
All are headed to the CIAC state tournaments along with all of the other spring
The No. 5 seed Rams (18-5) won their first SCC Tournament title with a resounding
14-0 victory over No. 3 Fairfield Prep at Yale Field Saturday. Cheshire has won eight in a row and looks to be peaking at the right time as they begin play in
the Class LL tournament Tuesday.
The Rams, also seeded fifth in Class L, will play a first-round game against No. 28
New Milford at home Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
Starting pitcher Dom Severino, the game's Most Outstanding Player, was masterful throwing a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk and the Rams
went through six Prep pitchers collecting 24 hits. Other notables: It was the largest margin of victory and tied most runs scored by a team in an SCC title game.
Cheshire scored three runs in the first two innings and then Connor David drove in two in a four-run fourth to give the Rams a 7-0 lead.
Cheshire earned a spot in the SCC final with a 6-2 victory over No. 1 seed Amity 6-2 at Yale Field Thursday, only the second time in nine years and first time since 2009 that the Rams have defeated the Spartans.
The Rams, who had 16 hits, received contributions throughout the lineup as Severino and Matt Jefferis had early RBI singles, Matt Croteau finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Max Slade and Tyler Robertson each hit sacrifice flies. Ryan Rougeot scattered eight hits and walked one despite being hit in the calf with a batted ball in the second inning.
In the quarterfinals, David hit a single, double and triple and drove in a run as the No. 5 seed Rams beat West Haven 5-0 at Quigley Stadium in West Haven Wednesday. Robertson added three hits.
Slade gave up four hits and struck out six in the victory, and Jefferis, Slade and Greg Leonetti each added an RBI.
Cheshire (19-0) captured the SCC Championship with a 3-0 sweep of Daniel Hand by scores of 25-13, 25-15, 25-11 at Shelton High School Thursday.
Joe Bahgat had 15 kills and eight blocks and was named Most Outstanding Player, and Nate Howard had 12 kills. The Rams are the top seed and have a bye
in the CIAC Class L Tournament, which starts this week. They will play in a quarterfinal Friday at home against the winner of Xavier-Glastonbury.
In the SCC final, Ryan Cuppernull added eight kills, K.C. Philcox four kills, two blocks and five digs, and Ray Brumleve 39 assists.
In the semifinals Tuesday at home, the Rams swept Amity 3-0 (25-7, 25-10, 30-28).
Howard had 11 kills, Bahgat nine kills and Philcox nine kills and six blocks. Evan Colechia added 10 kills and Brumleve made 40 assists.
Monday on Senior night, Cheshire beat Newington to complete a two-game season series sweep with another 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 22-25, 15-13) victory. The Indians are the only team to win games, two in each match, from the Rams this season.
Cuppernull had 23 kills, Howard 19, Bahgat 18 kills and 13 digs, Philcox eight digs and six blocks and Brumleve 55 assists.
Cheshire (16-3) completed a dramatic second-half comeback when junior Alyssa Hague scored off a free position with 1 minute, 43 seconds left to provide the game winner in a 9-8 victory over Daniel Hand in the SCC championship game at Branford High School Friday afternoon.
It completed a hat trick for Hague, who was also named Most Outstanding Player,
and a Rams' rally from being down 8-5 early in the second half. Hague, Kathleen Kalbian (three goals) and Jess Sudock scored the three goals to tie it at eight.
The second-half performance has become a trademark of this Rams team.
"(Coach Dan Warburton) has been telling us we're a second-half team," Hague said. First half, it takes us a while to warm up and everything. So we really played our
hearts out second half and made it work for us. At halftime, we just said how much we've earned this and how much we've been preparing for this all year."
"I said to the girls 'For us to win this game we can't let them hit 10 (goals),' "
Warburton said. "When they had seven in the first half, I said to them 'It's not going to happen if that's the second half.' We made more mistakes than they did as far as catching and throwing, but our defense really put us in a great spot. And then our offense got rolling there right at the end."
It was the third year in a row that Cheshire and Hand had met for the SCC title and the first time the Rams have won since 2006. Cheshire has won four SCC Tournament championships, three under Warburton.
Cheshire is seeded No. 2 in the CIAC Class L state tournament, which starts this week and will play the winner of Conard/Norwalk at home at 5 p.m.
"We definitely have some confidence now," Hague said. "We definitely know we have the potential to get really far in the states."
"What it (the SCC title) says is 'We're capable of doing it,' " Warburton said.
On Wednesday, Sudock scored five goals in a row, Kalbian had four and Alison Hoynes and Maria Blois added hat tricks as Cheshire defeated Amity 18-5 in an SCC semifinal game at Hamden High School.
On Monday at home, Sudock also scored five goals and Christy Myjack added a hat trick to help the Rams rout Sacred Heart-Hamden 17-5 in a quarterfinal.
Cheshire (11-9) fell to Fairfield Prep 11-1 in the SCC championship game at Branford High School Friday afternoon. John Cunningham scored the Rams' lone goal to tie it at 1 in the first period, but then the Jesuits scored 10 consecutive goals.
The Rams bounced back from that loss to defeat host Danbury 12-7 in a CIAC Class L qualifying game Saturday. Cheshire, the 17th seed, moves to the first round to
meet No. 1 Newtown Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Newtown.
Despite the loss to Prep, Rams coach Rich Pulisciano knew his team would respond well to playing in states.
"Our kids are fired up right now," he said. "Now it's one and done, so you lose, you're home. The kids want to play. We'll be all right."
In the SCC semifinals on Wednesday, Tom Dupont and Jon Bronke each scored a hat trick and Dupont added three assists to pace the Rams past Guilford 9-4 at Branford High School. Kevin Adams had two goals and two assists and Jack Cunningham scored once. Goalie Will Devine made 12 saves.
In a quarterfinal Monday at home, Adams scored eight goals and had four assists
and the No. 2 seed Rams dominated Hamden 15-3. Matt Samuelson and Jack Cunningham each added two goals, and Devine made 12 saves.
No. 5 seed Cheshire (15-6) dropped an SCC quarterfinal to No. 4 West Haven 4-2
Thursday in West Haven. Nicole D'Amato allowed three hits and struck out four in the loss. Caroline Kushner had the Rams' only RBI.
Cheshire is the No. 6 seed in the CIAC Class LL tournament and will play Trumbull in a first-round game Tuesday at home at 4 p.m.
Cheshire fell to Amity 4-3 in the SCC semifinals at Yale Thursday. Jeremy Reichenthal and Brendan Pier won singles matches, and the doubles team of Drew Henderson-Nitan Kumar also picked up a victory for the Rams (13-7).
On Wednesday, Cheshire won its SCC quarterfinal 7-0 over Guilford at home. Dan Grove, Tyler Hajjar, Reichenthal, Pier and Tanner Barros all won in straight sets.
The teams of Nate Trumbo-Casey Barry and enderson-Kumar provided the doubles wins, also in straight sets.
Cheshire (7-8) lost for the third time this season to Amity, this time 5-2 in an SCC
quarterfinal in Woodbridge Wednesday.
Taylor Strange won a singles match in two sets with a tiebreaker in the second, and the doubles team of Anna Toscano-Meghan McGee won a three-setter.
Track & Field
Jake Scinto was a triple winner at the SCC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Sheehan High School Wednesday.
Scinto won the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches, the long jump (22-8) and the triple jump (46-1/2), in which the Rams placed three in the top four with Orlando Marin jumping 45-9 1/2 and Eric Zdanowski, 43-0. Zdanowski also
finished seventh in the long jump (19-7).
Scinto is seeded No. 1 in all three jumping events for the Class LL tournament Tuesday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain at 2:30 p.m.
The boys team (74 points) finished fourth in team competition and the girls (34)
eighth. Hillhouse won the girls meet with 118.5 points; Daniel Hand the boys (99).
In other boys events: Philip Caldwell was second in the 800 meters (1 minute, 56.87 seconds); Zdanowski third, 110 hurdles (15.61); Sean Mueller fourth, 1,600 (4:20.34), and Andrew Panther seventh, 200 (23.90). David Gomes picked up a fifth-place finish in the pole vault (11-6); and the 4x400 relay of Caldwell, Panther, Joel Glaude and Patrick Germain placed fifth (3:35.38).
In the girls meet, Ashia Wright finished third in the 100 (12.59 seconds) and 200 meters (26.01), Sarah Fusco was second in the 400 (1:00.41), and the 4x100 relay of Kaitlin Cavallaro, Kristen Cabrera, Selina Sampieri and Wright placed fifth in 52.12.
Ariel Greene was third in the discus with a throw of 99 feet, 7 inches, and Breslyn Goodison took sixth in the javelin (100-0).
The girls compete in the Class L meet Thursday in Middletown at 2:30 p.m.
The Rams (17-0-1) defeated the only team to tie them earlier in the season, Avon,
191-192 at Blue Fox Run Tuesday. Andra Frappier earned medalist honors by shooting a 37. Other Cheshire scorers: Jess Rotell (50), Meg Aitro (52) and Emily Larkin (52).
The Rams won again on Wednesday with a 185-222 decision over Weston at Southington Country Club. Frappier was medalist (40) with the other Rams' scorers Aitro (45), Kellie Brenton (50) and Emma Velcofsky (50).
Cheshire (167) defeated Lyman Hall (187) but dropped decisions to Fairfield Prep (160) and Amity (162) in a quad match Tuesday at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford.
Gil Lassen was medalist with a 38. Other Cheshire (6-7, 5-4 SCC) scorers: Eric Dietrich (40), Jake Ecke (43) and Tom Wellspeak (46).
Cheshire dropped a 157-160 decision to Notre Dame-West Haven Wednesday. Rams scorers: Lassen (37), Wellspeak (41), Ecke (41) and Abe Siliman (41).