High school roundup: Brunswick squash improves to 5-0
Brunswick School, which captured the Division I title at the U.S. High School Team Championships last winter, has certainly picked up where it left off last season.
The Bruins have rolled to a record of 5-0, with their latest win coming Saturday against rival Avon Old Farms School. Receiving standout performances from each player, the Bruins topped host Avon Old Farms, 6-1.
“We’ve had a good season so far and we’re a pretty young team,” said Brunswick coach Jim Stephens, whose top-four ranked players are juniors. “Overall, I think we should be ready for nationals (U.S. High School Team Championships in February). We are ranked No. 1 right now and as long as we stay healthy, we should be in good position.”
Against Avon Old Farms School, junior Nick Spizzirri of Brunswick beat Avon’s Ian Blatchford at the No. 1 spot, 16-14, 11-4, 11-3.
“The first game could have gone either way, but Nick played lights out the next two games,” Stephens said.
In a marathon match at the second spot, Bruins junior Brian Leonard outlasted Kumal Cumberbatch, 19-17, 8-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-9.
“That was the best match of the day by far,” Stephens said. “They were out there for about two hours. Brian made a great comeback.”
At No. 3, junior Pierce Henderson swept to a 14-12, 11-8, 11-4 win for Brunswick. Mac Aube, also a junior, was impressive at the fourth spot for Brunswick, posting an 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 victory.
Senior captain Will Jones (No. 5, 11-3, 11-1, 11-6), Coulter Mackesy (No. 6, 11-3, 11-6, 11-1) and senior captain PK Keller (No. 7, 11-1, 11-3, 11-1) each swept their respective matches for the undefeated Bruins.
In an exhibition match at No. 8, junior Andy Aube was victorious for Brunswick. The Bruins registered a 6-1 win over Avon Old Farms in the first meeting between the two squads last month and also posted victories against Deerfield Academy (7-0), St. Paul’s School (6-1) and St. Ann’s School (6-1).
Brunswick visits Taft School on Jan. 26.
“We have great depth, which has really made us tough to beat,” Stephens said.
A trip to Salisbury School resulted in a pair of victories for the Brunswick School wrestling team, which topped Salisbury and Trinity-Pawling on Saturday.
The Bruins (10-1) hit the mat again on Saturday, before hosting their annual Brunswick Invitational on Jan. 19.
Luca Errico went 2-0 on the day to improve his season record to a perfect 24-0 for the Bruins. Chris Perry (19-1 on the season), Clayton Ostrover (18-1), Tim Saunders (19-2), William MacGillivray (11-3), Nick Bell (17-6), Nadji Ngbokoli (15-8) and Luke Schlank (8-6), each posted 2-0 marks on Saturday.
In their 65-12 win over Salisbury, Luke Schlank (120-pound), Perry (132), Ngbokoli (152), Harry Fett (160) and Timothy Saunders (170) each won their respective matches by pinfall for the Bruins.
Nick Bell won his 145-pound match for Brunswick by technical fall. In Brunswick’s 47-20 triumph against Trinity-Pawling, Bell, Nbokoli, MacGillivray (106) and Saunders pinned their Trinity-Pawling opponents, while Perry and Errico each won their matches by major decision. Clayton Ostrover won his 182-pound match by a 6-3 decision for the Bruins.
GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS HOCKEY
The Cardinals were edged against Ridgefield on the road in a matchup held late Saturday night.
Following two scoreless periods, Greenwich took a 1-0 lead with 5:39 remaining in the third period. Lexi Danielson’s goal gave the Cardinals a 1-0 edge. Katie Piotrzkowski and Paige Finneran were each credited with assists on the goal.
Zella Ertl tallied the equalizer for Ridgefield with 2:01 left in the final period. Julia Zangre assisted on the tally.
Emily Stefanelli gave Ridgefield the win, scoring with just 49 seconds to play in the third period. Zangre and Ali Caiola assisted on the winning goal. Greenwich outshot Ridgefield, 35-22. Morgan Dall made 20 saves for the Cardinals, while Kendal Mountain stopped 34 shots for Ridgefield.
Greenwich plays Simsbury Monday at 5 p.m. at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.