Girls volleyball: Barlow defeats Masuk in four, looking for improvement

Joel Barlow High’s girls volleyball team defeated host Masuk of Monroe in four sets when the South-West Conference rivals met on Monday night. The Falcons won 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13. Barlow improved to 4-0 to begin the season, actually losing its only set thus far. Masuk fell to 2-3 overall. Kiara Robichaud compiled 21 kills. Julia Mullin had 10 kills and four aces. Scotland Davis contributed 10 digs. After Masuk built a 5-2 lead in the third set, the Falcons scored seven unanswered points, highlighted by a Kayleigh Emanuelson aces and a pair of Robichaud kills. The Falcons answered a Masuk point … Read more

Field hockey: Weston draws Masuk

Weston High’s field hockey team earned its second tie in as many contests to begin the season, finishing in a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Masuk of Monroe, on Wednesday night. Masuk stands at 0-2-1. Mariel Zech was assisted by Emma Nelson just 1:35 into the second half. After Masuk evened the score, on a goal by Bella Migliaro that was assisted by Emily Lange, the Panthers continued to create scoring chances but were thwarted by Weston’s defense and goaltender Carlyn Zech. Weston’s goalie stopped seven shots, including a trio during the 10-minute 7 on 7 overtime period. Masuk goaltender Lauren Kulinski made five saves.

Girls soccer: Barlow falls to Masuk

Joel Barlow High’s girls soccer team had a solid defensive showing in a 2-0 season-opening loss to visiting South-West Conference rival Masuk of Monroe, on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers improved to 1-1, and this was Barlow’s season-opener. Masuk’s speedy and skilled offense, led by Kacey Lawrence and Giavanna DeLorenzo was mostly held in check by Barlow’s back line and midfielders. Lawrence, assisted by DeLorenzo, and Emma French scored for the Panthers. Both goals came off rebounds following denials by Barlow goalkeeper Laurel Winslow (nine saves). “I was really happy with the way our team kept with it,” Barlow coach Neil … Read more

Football: Weston gets ready to kick off season

Coming off a winning campaign, at 6-4, Weston High’s football team is gearing up for another slate on the gridiron. How well the Trojans do this fall, like any team, hinges on many factors, but coach Dan Hassett is looking for his players to do their part to be the best they can be. “Our goals are simple: Improve each and every day by controlling what we control — on and off the field. As long as we stay true and give everything to that process, other results and goals will start to take care of themselves,” said Hassett, who … Read more

Little League: Weston 12s fall a run short in sectional tourney

Weston’s 12 year old baseball team battled to the finish but came up just short in a 5-4 outcome against Milford in Sectional Tournament round-robin action at Stamford’s Springdale Park on Friday night. Milford advances to Saturday’s championship game against Fairfield American at 2:30. Weston’s great run is over. “I couldn’t be prouder of these guys. We lost a tough game. I tip my hat to them,” Weston manager Steve Polizzi said of Milford. A tough game indeed. Milford scored first, in the top of the opening inning. Weston responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame, but Milford evened the score … Read more

Baseball: Young, improving players raise their game

Up and coming Cal Ripken baseball players from Easton participated in the 8U state tournament, at Newtown’s Glander Field in early July. Easton, after falling to New Canaan in its first game, defeated Bridgeport 8-6 the next day, then fell 6-4 to Newtown on day three, ending things in the double elimination bracket. Regardless of the outcome, for all of the teams in this tourney it presented a great opportunity for young baseball enthusiasts to raise their level of play. The 7- and 8-year-olds are new to pitching and facing live pitching as hitters, aside from digging into the batter’s … Read more

Locals test their running ability at Fairfield half marathon

Residents of Easton, Redding and Weston put their best feet forward in the Faxon Law Group Fairfield Half Marathon this past Sunday. Easton’s Matt Jackson finished 107th in 1:35.31. Caitlin Wilson was 204th in 1:41.16. Mike Astorino of Easton was 284th in a time of 1:42.46. Astorino ran the Fairfield Half along with two first-time event participants whom he inspired to join. Astorino recruited neighbor Vern Gay and another Easton representative, Carolyn Lenoci, who is a friend of Astorino’s daughter Margot. “I’ve run the race a handful of times, often as a way to get friends new to running excited … Read more

Newington edges Barlow in boys volleyball state finals

Barlow's Matt Cruz goes for a kill during Thursday night's Class M state championship match against Newington. — Andy Hutchison photo

  The Joel Barlow boys volleyball team took top-seed Newington to the wire before falling in Thursday night’s Class M state championship match. Newington won the fifth game by two points to beat third-seed Barlow, 3-2, at Shelton High School and earn its second straight Class M title. The Indians prevailed by scores of 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25, and 15-13. “As a fan it was a great game, as a coach I’m proud, and as a competitor I’m disappointed,” said Barlow head coach Chris Lovelett after the match. In the decisive fifth game, Newington opened a 6-3 lead, prompting Barlow … Read more

Barlow boys lax tops Masuk, 10-9, in triple overtime

Grant LaGaipa looks to get past a Masuk defender during Barlow's 10-9 state tourney win. — Andy Hutchison photo

  It took nearly an extra quarter of game time to decide Wednesday’s Class M state tournament second-round contest between the Joel Barlow and Masuk boys lacrosse teams in Monroe. In the end, Barlow was the one left standing. The 10th-seeded Falcons prevailed 10-9 on Tyler Starrett’s goal in the third overtime period, pushing Barlow into Saturday’s quarterfinal round at second-seed Waterford (3 p.m.). Masuk, the seventh seed, had overcome an 8-3 deficit in the fourth quarter to force extra time. Neither team found the back of the net in the first two overtime periods, which were each four minutes long. Finally, … Read more

Barlow girls seventh, boys 11th at SWC track

Joel Barlow's Caitlin Collins (right) pursues another runner at the SWC championship meet last week. — Andy Hutchison photo

Hannah Ceva won two events to lead the Joel Barlow girls outdoor track and field team at last Wednesday’s South-West Conference championships at Bunnell High School in Stratford. The Falcons finished seventh in the team standings with 52.5 points. Ceva won the long jump with a leap of 16’11.5” and triumphed in the triple jump with a best effort of 34’5”. She also placed fourth in the 400 meters (59.95). Alyson Tomaszewski was third in the 200 (26.96) and fifth in the 100 (12.99). In the 300 hurdles, Samantha Colby was seventh (50.48) and Amelia Blackwell 10th (51.66). Barlow had … Read more

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