GHS Sports News & Notes
Busy Week for GHS Golf
Glastonbury High School boys’ golf played four matches last week, winning three and improving their overall record to 10-4.
On Sept 27, the Guardians beat Bloomfield (160-288) on a cool, windy day at Glastonbury Hill Country Club. Juniors Gavin Kvadus and Mike Litke were the co-medalists, each posting a 39. Kvadus had six pars in his round and Litke only needed 14 putts to complete his round. Junior Zachary Durant and senior Jared D’Angelo contributed to the team score to notch another win.
The following day, GHS played in a rare quad match held at Rockledge Golf Course in West Hartford. The Guardians (168) finished third overall as a team, trailing Hall (160) and Conard (168), while defeating Newington (174). Kvadus posted a (-2) 34 to finish as the medalist, hitting six of seven greens and only needing 13 putts. Durant, D’Angelo, and Thomas rounded out the team’s scoring in the multi-school meet.
“It was great to have an opportunity to play against so many teams and Rockledge is normally a course where we score very well at,” said GHS head coach Tom Zelek, who added that some of the players struggled throughout on certain holes.
On Sept. 29, the Guardians rebounded with a quality win after taking their longest road trip ever for a regular season match. The team traveled to Fairfield and played at the Patterson Club Golf Course to compete against Fairfield Prep, the No. 1 ranked team in Division 1 golf, and came away with the win (157-159). Kvadus once again was a match medalist (sharing the honor with a Fairfield Prep golfer), scoring a (+2) 38 at the unfamiliar course behind a pair of birdies. Thomas finished with a 39, while D’Angelo and Durant both posted 40 to secure this victory.
“We are always trying to fill out our schedule with strong competition so we secured a date to make the trip,” stated Zelek. “I couldn’t be happier with how the entire team responded when faced with an unknown course and playing with some of the most skilled players in the state.”
The following day, GHS closed the hectic week with a victory over Bloomfield/International (145-263) at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course in Bloomfield. The 145 team total was the best score posted by the Guardians this fall, as the top four Guardians combined for a (+5) under ideal weather conditions for golf. Kvadus was again the match medalist, posting a 34, shooting three birdies and hitting six of nine greens. Thomas (36) had six pars and hit six greens in regulation. D’Angelo (37) and Durant (38) rounded out our scoring for the Guardians.
“This is a busy week with four matches on four consecutive days, so we will have ample opportunity to work on what we need to,” said Zelek.
The Guardians have consecutive home matches next week, welcoming New Britain (Oct. 11) and Wethersfield (Oct. 12) to Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Both matches start at 3 p.m.
GHS Boys Soccer Remains Unbeaten
Glastonbury High School boys’ soccer came to a draw with Avon before beating Conard last week, improving their record to 7-0-1
On Sept. 27, the Guardians settled for a 1-1 tie with the visiting Falcons from Avon at GHS.
The game was scoreless for the first 66 minutes of the game until Vihaan Shah broke the ice when he scored with 14 minutes remaining in regulation. On the scoring play, Ben Pavano had a pretty pass to Jack Shaheen, who shot on goal and Shah followed the shot to make it 1-0. But the lead did not last for long as Avon had a cross that was initially stopped by goalie Patrick Butler and then put in to tie the game. The game remained tied for the final ten minutes of the game.
In the first half, the Guardians dominated ball possession and shots on goal, including an amazing nine corner kicks, but could not put one in net. Leading the offensive attack was Pavano, Will Greelish, and Nathan Infante.
Besides the late goal, Avon also couldn’t get anything going thanks to the defense of Jony Haxhi, Aiden Crean and Collin Martin.
On Sept. 29, the Guardians again were spectacular on defense in a 1-0 win over Conard at GHS. It was the second meeting between the team this year, with Glastonbury also defeating the Red Wolves in West Hartford by the same 1-0 score on Sept. 8.
Alex Szalkiewicz provided the only scoring when he found the back of the net after receiving a nice pass from Collin Martin with six minutes left in the first half.
In the win, Grayson Haskins, Mateo Greco and Griffin Szalkiewicz made a nice addition to the starting line-up. The first half highlights included a nice shot on goal by Pavano and multiple key defensive tackles Aiden Crean.
GHS next hosts Newington Thursday, Oct. 6 (today) at GHS, starting at 3:45 p.m.
GHS Girls XC Wins Regional Invite
On September 24, the Glastonbury girls’ cross-country won the Ocean State Invitational at Goddard Park in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
On a flatter course, right on the water, the Guardians secured first place with a score of 61 points. The held off runner-up Cornwall Central of New York by over 10 points.
Competing against only eight teams from states in the New England area, all the GHS girls placed in the top 40 finishers.
Lucy Bergin placed 15th and ran the team’s fastest time (19:50), followed by Kelley MacElhiney (19:56), Ava Gattinella (20:05), Jackie Dudus (20:09), Lila Garbett (20:17), and Mikayla Nedder (21:19).
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