New London Sports Roundup: Whalers Improve Basketball Record

Coast Guard Academy athletes break school records; Connecticut College women's hockey on a winning streak

High school

The New London High School boys’ basketball team regained momentum in the past week, posting an 82-42 win over Waterford on Tuesday and 59-47 win against Norwich Free Academy on Friday. The team is at 8-4 for the season and faces Career Magnet and Woodstock Academy in 7 p.m. away games on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The girls’ team (7-5) also defeated Waterford 52-35 before falling to NFA 58-38. They play a 7 p.m. home game against Griswold tonight, followed by a 7 p.m. away game against Montville on Tuesday and 7 p.m. home game against Woodstock Academy on Friday.

In other action, the Whalers’ swimming and diving team is hosting a meet against NFA at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Waterford High School pool. The wrestling team takes on Griswold at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in an away match and then Portland at 10 a.m. on Saturday at home. The indoor track season has been extended with the addition of the Last Chance Invite, taking place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Coast Guard Academy.

It was a rougher week for the Williams School, with the girls’ basketball team (2-7) losing 48-27 to the Hyde School on Wednesday and 47-23 to Chase Collegiate on Friday. The boys’ team (1-7) lost to St. Andrew’s School 63-42 on Wednesday and to Rocky Hill 51-44 on Friday. The swimming and diving and squash teams had no competitions in the past week but are at 4-2 and 5-2 for the season, respectively.


Connecticut College picked up some impressive ice hockey wins, with the women’s team (8-7-1) sweeping Amherst 6-0 on Tuesday and besting Wesleyan 4-1 on Friday and Trinity 3-2 in a Saturday overnight game. The men’s team (4-8-3) defeated Curry 5-1 on Tuesday before losing to Wesleyan 7-1 and Trinity 3-1. Men’s squash (7-10) beat Tufts 9-0 and lost 8-1 to St. Lawrence on Saturday before winning 9-0 against Hobart and 6-3 against Hamilton on Sunday. The women’s team (5-10) beat Tufts 8-1 and St. Lawrence 6-3, then lost to Hamilton 9-0. The swimming and diving teams lost to Keene on Wednesday, but both beat Wesleyan on Saturday. On the court, the women’s basketball team (7-10) picked up a 70-61 win over Bates on Friday but lost to Tufts 61-32 on Saturday. The men’s (5-12) lost to Bates 75-60 and to Tufts 73-56.

In Mitchell College basketball action, the men’s team (7-8) netted a 94-61 win against Wheelock on Tuesday before falling 80-65 to Lesley on Thursday and 78-67 to Daniel Webster on Saturday. The women’s team (3-11) also defeated Wheelock in a 72-51 result and bested Lesley 71-55 before losing to Daniel Webster 67-42.

The Coast Guard Academy won its second winter invitational on Saturday while the swimming and diving teams each defeated the Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday. The men’s basketball team (1-13) lost to Babson 61-55 on Wednesday. The women’s team (6-9) lost to Wellesley 59-45 on Wednesday before falling to Babson 75-36 on Saturday.

Standout athletes

  • Stephan Brennan: scored two goals in Connecticut College’s 5-1 win over Curry
  • Kaylee Cerruto and Amanda Garcia: Mitchell College players who lead in points and rebounds against Lesley; Cerruto scored 13 points while Garcia picked up 14 rebounds
  • Lexus Childs-Harris: scored 19 points in the Whalers’ girl’s basketball win against Waterford, according to The Bulletin
  • Tom Conlin: the Connecticut College goalie, who made 37 stops in the Curry game
  • Courtney Dumont: Conn player, scores winning goal in 3-2 OT
  • Derrian Duryea and Chantel Ferguson: Coast Guard swimmers who broke pool records in the Merchant Marine meet; Duryea had 57.75 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke while Ferguson clocked in at 2:15.60 in the 200 IM.
  • Ariel DiPasquale: scored three of the goals in Connecticut College’s 6-0 shutout against Amherst
  • Joshua Ford: a Mitchell College athlete and NECC player of week for men’s basketball
  • Tara Gabelman: a Connecticut College women’s basketball player and NESCAC player of the week
  • Keith Porter and Collin Sawyer: the top scorers for NLHS in the game against Waterford, with Porter getting 22 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while Sawyer had 16 points; Porter also had 27 points in the game against NFA
  • Adam Scalesse: a Coast Guard Academy sprinter who broke a 1994 record in the 55 meter hurdles by finishing in 7.61 seconds
  • Diamond Thomas: scored 17 points and had eight rebounds in Mitchell’s women’s basketball win against Wheelock


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