Track athletes and wrestlers shine in invites, cheerleaders excel at…

Cheshire High School’s indoor track and field athletes shined in the Southern Connecticut Conference East Sectional Championship on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. For the girls, runners-up Sarah Goldstein and Eva Curran and juniors Julia Rubin and Alexa Ciccone combined to win the 4×800 meters relay (10:22.69).

Ciccone also placed second in the 1,600m (5:14) Junior Squirrel Lanz finished second in the 55m hurdles (8.87) and fourth in the 300m (43.37).

In the 600m, Rubin (1:47.89) and Goldstein (1:49.03) finished second and third respectively. Curran earned sixth place in the 1,000m (3:27.30) and joined seniors Colby Paul, Gigi Ranoldo and Alex Palladino to take fifth place in the 1,600m sprint medley relay.

Ciccone, freshman Sara Danese, freshman Madeleine Tessier and Rubin took sixth place in the 4×400 meters relay (4:38.84). Tessier added seventh place in the 300 meters (46.18).

The CHS boys had a trio of sixth places, including Daniel D’Souza who clocked 10:32.07 in the 3,200 metres. Sophomore James Boyd, D’Souza, senior co-captain Mike DeJoseph and junior James Ferraro competed in the 4×800 meter relay. DeJoseph, Ferraro, Boyd and freshman Gabe Njeim ran in the 4×400-meter race.

Next Saturday, the Cheshire athletes will return to the same site for the SCC championship at 2.00pm.

The Rams rallied to get a 3-2 win over Sheehan (5-6-2) at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena in Hamden. Down 2–1 going into the third period, Cheshire struck back with two goals to secure victory.

On a power play, senior Andrew Vaill scored to tie the game with 12:30 to go. Assistant junior captain Evan Vasiljevs and junior Biagio Pepe picked up assists.

Soon after, young Drew DePodesta narrowly missed the net, but came back to get the game winner with 5:40 remaining. On a Vaill feed, DePodesta converted with a point-blank shot.

The Titans have twice held the lead in the rivalry game. Sheehan went up 1-0 on a goal by sophomore Calan O’Neil with 2:05 left in the first period.

The Rams tied the game with 9:06 left in the second when senior co-captain Rocco Ocone-Krause scored from Vasiljevs and Pepe.

Sheehan regained the lead (2-1) on Cantele’s second goal with 6:19 remaining in the second, but Cheshire came back to get their only lead in the third.

CHS led 42-33 in shooting. Junior goaltender Ginny Curello made 31 saves, including a deflection on fast break by Sheehan sophomore Max Festa.

Junior goalkeeper Michael Fritz recorded 39 saves. Festa and freshman Preston Cantele each had two assists.

The Rams raised money and awareness during their Coaches vs. Cancer. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Cheshire has also recognized the school’s Best Buddies programme.

On 1 February, Cheshire travel to the Northford Ice Pavilion to take on North Branford (5-5-1) at 8.30pm.

The Rams finished sixth at the Doc Meyers Invitational in Rocky Hill. Senior Rome Smith took first place at 170 pounds and was voted the most outstanding wrestler by the coaches.

At 138, sophomore Jake Tierney took the crown and received the Highest Grade Point Average Award. His GPA is 4,485 at CHS.

Senior Connor Nash finished third at 145. Freshman Alex Smith (113), senior Titus Barsczewski (132), and junior Isaiah Fuentes (220) placed fourth.

Next Saturday, the Rams travel to compete against Fairfield Ludlowe (guest), Greenwich, New Milford and Shelton at 9:00.

Cheshire cheerleaders took second place for varsity and junior varsity in the Quinnipiac Cheer and Dance Challenge. For Top Gun Jumper, sophomore Carlisha Outlaw and junior Val Terzakis took the top two spots.

Senior co-captain Ava Simeone, juniors Ava Ciupa and Alayna Mancl, Terzakis and second Maddie Veleber won the Top Gun Partner Stunt category. Senior co-captain Audrey Bronson, junior Tessa Trocchi and McKenzie Dudeck, second Jillian Falcone Jillian Falcone and Outlaw finished as runners-up.

Next Saturday at 6:00 pm, the Rams will compete in the SCC championship at North Haven High School.

At the Louis Astorino Ice Arena, the Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op Women’s Ice Hockey lost 10-1 to Mercy/Northwest Catholic/East Hampton Co-Op (9-3-1). From CHS, sophomore Elaina Scasino scored the last goal and freshman goaltender Lindsey DiNicola tallied 35 saves.

To wrap up their current home position at Hamden, the Blades take on Hamden Co-Op (6-7-1) on February 1st at 3:30pm. In their first meeting on January 21, the Green Dragons won 7-4.

Cheshire visit Oxford (7-1) to compete at 4pm.

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