ghs Sports News & Notes
GHS Boys Tennis- Liam Kelleher, Matt Guasta, Luke Vredenburg, and Christian Kaverud made All-CCC
GHS Girls T&F Crowned Class Champs
Glastonbury girls track and field blew away the competition at the Class LL finals, scoring 109.50 points and soundly defeating runner-up Southington (88 points) at Willow Brook Park last Monday.
Mallory Malz was again spectacular, winning the pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. The 4x800 relay team of Ava Gattinella, Kelley MacElhiney, Casey MacElhiney, and Jacqueline Caron also took first place.
Caron was also the runner-up in the 800m, joining the 4x100 relay (Hannah Caiola, Alyssa Healy, Emily Smith, and Riley Carroll) and the 4x400 (Healy, Carroll, Emily Smith, Megan Smith) which also placed second.
Emma Smith finished third in the 100m hurdles, while Meghan Smith and Carroll finished fourth and fifth in the 400m.
Layla Spann McDonald placed fourth in the discus and Kathryn DeSousa finished fifth in the high jump.
The championship marked the program’s first state championship since 2010.
GHS Softball Wins Pair of Tourney Games
Glastonbury came back from a two-run deficit to defeat Conard 7-6 in the first round of the Class LL tourney last Monday night at GHS.
The Guardians used discipline from the plate to secure the comeback. Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the 7th, Natalie Lessard singled to reach base and Sadie Scurto followed with a single of her own. Lessard and Scurto each scored after a walk, a wild pitch and two hit-by-pitches. Nabia Crawford crossed home to complete the victory following a passed ball.
Lessard led the team with two hits, scoring twice, and Rayah Snyder scored twice and drove in a run. Brooke Tracy pitched all seven innings to earn the postseason win, striking out 10 in the process.
The team then went on the road and defeated Shelton, 4-2, in the second round.
Tracy again struck out 10 in seven innings on work, and connected on three hits from the plate, scoring one run.
Molly Doherty scored twice, while Snyder scored and had an RBI. The Guardians totaled ten hits in the tourney road win.
The team’s season came to an end in the quarterfinals, losing #1 seed Southington in the quarterfinals. It ended the year for a young Guardians team that started four freshmen, three sophomores, and three juniors.
Boys Golf Rolls On
GHS boys golf finished the regular season 15-0-1 with wins over Windsor (148-223), Berlin (147-173), Portland (152-166), and Rocky Hill (145-235).
Against Windsor, junior Charlie Dolan led all players with a (-1) 34.
The Guardians clinched the division title in the win over Berlin at Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Connor Goode was the match medalist with a (-1) 35. Dolan and senior captain Ethan Kalk each shot (+1) 37 to help secure the title. Head coach Tom Zelek said this of the title-clinching victory, “Berlin had tied us at Timberlin earlier this season so everyone playing today knew the significance of this match. I’m very pleased with our scoring at this stage of the year with season ending tournaments coming up.”
The match verse Portland featured two undefeated teams and Glastonbury dealt Portland their first loss thanks to Goode and Dolan, who each shot (+2) 37. Freshman Gavin Kvadus shot a 38.
Boys Tennis Takes Two Rounds
GHS boys’ tennis, who won 14 of 15 matches in the regular season, defeated Enfield (6-1) and Fairfield Prep (5-2) in the first two rounds of the Class LL tournament.
In the win over Fairfield Prep, #1 singles Christian Kaverud defeated Charlie Farbo (6-1, 6-4) and #2 singles Luke Vredenburg defeated Brando Savin (6-1, 6-3). Eliot Kim also picked up a singles victory and the doubles teams of Liam Kelleher/Matt Guasta and Matt Daniels/Niteesh Kalangi also won.
A loss to Westhill (4-2) in round three ended the season for the Guardians, who had four players selected to All-Conference (Kaverud, Vredenburg, Kelleher, and Guasta). Kaverud, Kelleher, and Guasta later earn All-State honors.
Boys LAX Wins Qualifier
GHS boys’ lacrosse defeated Trumbull 14-7 in the Class L qualifying round.
Kayden Hinchey scored six goals and added three assists to lead the way. Holden Conroy added three goals and an assist, while Matt Harding scored two goals and Josh Heaney had three helpers. Others to score goals were Warren Channing, Lance Domanick (first career goal), and Capers Shaw, who added an assist. Goalie Graham McLaughlin and Ryan Bell combined for 10 saved to limit Trumbull’s offense.
Following the win, the Guardians fell to Darien in the first round, ending the season for a team that finished 9-6 in the regular season.
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