These are the results for Southington High School’s varsity contests for Tuesday, Oct. 10. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Cross Country—In their final meet of the regular season, the Knights came away with wins on both sides against divisional NW Catholic at Camp Sloper. The girls team won, 19-44, and the boys team won, 22-39. Isabella Scalise edged out NW Catholic’s Kathryn Shea (22:07) by 12 seconds with a time of 21:55 to win the girls race, as the next nine runners were Knights. Sarah Minkiewicz (3rd, 22:35), Natalia Adamczyk (4th, 22:42), Kate Kemnitz (5th, 23:22), and Kailey Schmarr (6th, 23:24) also scored. Laini Pizzitola (7th, 24:08) and Taylor Borla (8th, 25:30) contributed. NW Catholic’s Michael Stamm (18:10) edged Conner Leone (18:25) by 15 seconds to win the boys race, but Leone also had backup from his teammates, as 11 of the next 12 runners were Knights. Shane Leone (3rd, 18:32), Sean Young (4th, 18:48), Matt Penna (6th, 19:19), and Ryan Slesinski (7th, 19:24) also scored. Tanner Sperry (8th, 19:51) and Tyler Strong (9th, 20:09) contributed. The Knights will enter the postseason when they head back to Wickham Park in Manchester for a third time this season to compete in the CCC championship on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The meet is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. The boys team finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-2 (2-1 home, 4-1 away), going 5-2 in the CCC West Region and 2-1 in the CCC West Colonial Division. The girls team finished with an overall record of 4-4 (2-1 home, 2-3 away), going 3-4 in the CCC West Region and 2-1 in the CCC West Colonial Division.
Field Hockey—The Lady Knights suffered their sixth loss and fifth shutout of the season in their lone game of the week after being blanked, 4-0, at Conard (5-2-2). All of Conard’s goals came in the second half prior to 11 minutes remaining in the contest. The Knights were held to just four shots on goal and three penalty corners. Maddie Belfonti saved 19 shots in the cage. The Knights will be back on the turf next week with contests against Windsor (1-8), nonconference Wamogo (0-6-1), and Farmington (3-4-1). Southington is currently 3-6.
Boys Soccer—Southington’s two-game winning streak was snapped after the Knights fell by a goal, 3-2, in double overtime at RHAM (4-4-2). With about two minutes left in the second overtime, RHAM’s Derek Wood headed the game-winning goal off a free kick. Elijah Rodriguez and Joe Colaccino scored Southington’s lone two goals in the game. The Knights took nine shots on goal. John Griffin saved 10 shots in the net. The Knights will wrap up the week when they travel to Simsbury (3-4-2) on Thursday. Southington is currently 3-5-2.
Girls Soccer—The Lady Knights qualified for the Class LL tournament for the second-straight year by recording their fourth-straight win and seventh shutout of the season, blanking East Hartford (2-7-1), 7-0, at home. All of Southington’s wins have been shutouts thus far. Although they got off to a slow start, holding just a 1-0 lead at halftime, the Knights turned it on in the second half with six goals. Shannon Litchfield marshaled the offense with three goals and an assist. Natalie Verderame contributed with two assists and a goal. The Knights took 21 shots on goal and held the Hornets to just two shots on goal. The Knights will wrap up the week when they host Simsbury (7-2-1) on Friday. Southington is currently 7-3.
Girls Swimming & Diving—The Lady Knights earned their second-straight win with a 94-78 rout of Bristol Eastern at the Dennis Malone Aquatics Center. The meet went to exhibition races by the 100 backstroke, as the Knights managed to take first place in all events, but the 200 individual medley and diving. The following finished first in the meet: Meghan Hammarlund, Julie Duszak, Maddie Symecko, and Olivia Fournier in the 200 medley relay; Duszak, Jess Monte, Gianna Perugini, and Andie Nadeau in the 200 freestyle relay; Fournier, Nadeau, Symecko, and Hammarlund in the 400 freestyle relay; Nadeau in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle; Fournier in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; Hammarlund in the 100 fly; Duszak in the 100 breaststroke; and Symecko in the 100 backstroke. Fournier improved her Class LL times in the 50 freestyle (25.21) and 100 freestyle (55.29). Patrycja Zajac improved her state-qualifying mark in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.96). The Knights will wrap up the week when they travel to divisional Newington on Friday. Southington is currently 6-1.
Girls Volleyball—The Lady Knights earned their seventh-straight win and seventh shutout of the season with a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-9, 25-20) of Simsbury (9-5) on the road. Team leaders from the match included the following: Sarah Myrick (8 kills), Hannah Zelina (4 blocks), Nolyn Allen (16 digs), and Stephanie Zera (28 assists). Zelina also went 14-for-14 serving with three aces. Brooke Cooney went 11-for-12 behind the service line with three aces. The Knights will wrap up the week when they host Avon (10-2) on Friday. Southington is currently 10-1.
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