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New London Sports Roundup: First Basketball Wins For Williams School

New London High School hoops teams both at 6-4; indoor track season starts at Connecticut College and Coast Guard Academy

High school

The New London High School girls’ basketball team picked up two wins in the past week, with a narrow 35-34 victory against Fitch on Tuesday and a 55-45 win against Lyman Memorial on Friday. On the boys’ side, the Whalers split its pair of games, defeating Fitch 76-64 on Tuesday but dropping a 63-49 result to Hamden on Thursday. The teams play 7 p.m. games against Waterford on Tuesday and Norwich Free Academy on Friday, with the girls away and the boys at home against Waterford and reversing venues for the NFA game. Both teams are at 6-4 for the season.

In upcoming competitions, the NLHS swimming and diving team has a 3:30 p.m. meet at Waterford on Friday. The wrestling team takes on St. Bernard, Norwich Tech, and Wheeler in a 6 p.m. home meet on Wednesday. The indoor track team finishes its season this week, with the Jack Long Track Meet at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and HK Invite at 10 a.m. on Saturday, both at the Floyd Little T&F Center in New Haven.

The Williams School girls' basketball team (2-5) picked up its first pair of wins for the season with a 41-34 victory against Providence Country Day School on Tuesday and a 42-37 triumph over the Bancroft School on Friday; the team also suffered a 43-31 loss against Falmouth on Saturday. Following a 59-22 loss to the Wheeler School on Wednesday, the boys’ basketball team (5-1) picked up its first win of the season with a 53-23 win against Falmouth Academy on Friday. The squash team had a trio of victories, defeating Pomfret 4-3 on Wednesday, Choate Rosemary Hall 6-1 on Saturday, and the Wheeler School 7-0 on the same day.

College

The Coast Guard Academy began its indoor track season with a home invitational on Saturday, with the women’s team earning 167 points for the win over Rhode Island College (113) and the Merchant Marine Academy (45). The men’s team placed second with 122 points; Rhode Island eked out a win with 127 points while the Merchant Marine Academy took third with 116. The women’s basketball team picked up two wins—a 53-38 defeat of Springfield on Thursday and 58-52 win against Springfield on Saturday—after a 49-34 loss to Babson on Tuesday, putting their season record at 6-7. The men’s basketball team (1-12) dropped an 83-45 game to MIT on Thursday and an 85-64 result to Clark on Saturday. In a Friday tri-meet, the wrestling team (2-4) defeated Muskingum 38-16 and Lycoming 30-13 but lost to Messiah 23-13; the team dropped a 28-14 match to New Jersey 28-14 and a 23-14 match to Heidelberg the next day. In swimming and diving, the Bears defeated Babson 156-138 on Wednesday but lost 137-91 to MIT on Saturday; the women also defeated Babson 209-87 and lost to MIT 164-75, with an additional 203-96 loss to Wellesley on Wednesday.

Saturday also marked the start of the Connecticut College indoor track season, with the women’s team placing fourth and the men’s team placing fifth of six teams in the Bowdoin Invitational. The women’s basketball team (6-9) netted a 66-57 win against Middlebury on Friday before losing to Williams 68-43 on Saturday. On the men’s side, the Camels lost to Middlebury 85-68 and Williams 96-63, dropping their record to 5-10. The women’s ice hockey team (5-7-1) beat Colby 2-0 on Friday before Colby earned its revenge by defeating the Camels 3-2 on Saturday. The men’s team (3-6-3) fought to two 2-2 overtime ties, against Hamilton on Friday and Amherst on Saturday. Men’s squash (3-9) swept Northeastern 9-0 on Saturday, then lost to Amherst 5-4 and Middlebury 9-0 on Sunday. The women’s team (3-9) also defeated Northeastern 8-1 before falling to Amherst and Middlebury in two 9-0 sweeps.

Mitchell College picked up a single victory in the past week, when the men’s basketball team (6-6) defeated Southern Vermont College 101-72 on Saturday. This followed a 74-69 loss to Regis on Tuesday and 81-66 defeat against Elms on Thursday. The women’s team had three losses: 68-31 to Regis, 54-53 to Elms, and 61-54 to Southern Vermont.

Standout athletes

  • Thomas Bondurant and Ben Wohlhaupter: Coast Guard Academy track athletes who qualified for the Division III New England Championships following the season opener. Bondurant won the weight throw at 48 feet, 7.5 inches while Wohlhaupter qualified in pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 1.25 inches
  • Kaylee Cerruto: Scored the three-pointer that cut the deficit to one point at the end of Mitchell’s basketball game against Elms
  • Lexus Childs-Harris and Deanna McCarvell: The top point scorers in the NLHS girls’ basketball games, according to The Bulletin. Each scored 12 points in the win against Fitch, while McCarvell scored 24 points and Childs-Harris 19 in the Lyman Memorial win
  • Joshua Ford: Scored 43 points in Mitcell’s basketball win against Southern Vermont.
  • Kelsie Fralick: Logged 29 saves for her third shutout of the season in the Conn College women’s hockey win against Colby
  • Monet Masters: Had a pole vault of 10 feet in her first collegiate meet for the Coast Guard Academy, breaking a record of nine feet, eight inches set by Betsy Baker in 2003
  • Marion Phillipe: Had a double-double with 16 points in the Williams School’s first girls’ basketball win of the season
  • Keith Porter: scored his 1,000th career point and broke the NLHS school record for points in a single game with 56 in the game against Fitch
  • Drew Watson: scored 13 points in the Williams School’s first boys’ basketball win of the season

 

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