The West Haven boys basketball team won two of three contests this week. West Haven is now 6-3 on the year.
With its third straight victory, the West Haven boys’ basketball team improved to 5-2 on the season Monday evening. West Haven’s latest victory came at Hall, where the Westies posted a 57-51 victory.
The Westies had three players in double figures, led by Marlin Walker with 18 points. Malcolm Duncanson and Laron Holmes each scored 15 points, with Walker draining four 3-pointers. Shea Sheffield finished with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
West Haven trailed 14-12 after one quarter despite six points on a pair of 3-pointers by Marlin Walker, and 23-22 at the half.
West Haven got things going in the third quarter to take a 41-38 lead with a 19-15 advantage. Duncanson had nine of his points in the quarter. West Haven hit seven free throws in the final quarter to pull out the six-point victory.
West Haven has won four of its last five contests. The fourth win came Friday evening in a 58-43 home victory over Jonathan Law. The Westies took the lead in the second quarter, expanded it in the third, and closed the contest in the fourth.
Duncanson led West Haven with 17 points. Sheffield and Holmes scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Westies.
The West Haven girls’ basketball team won two of three games this week. With the victories, West Haven improved to 6-4 on the year.
West Haven lost its third straight contest Monday evening, with a 52-41 defeat to Mercy at West Haven.
Amani Abuhatab led the Westies with 16 points. Kassidy Carrano had seven points, while Tenique Gates and Sarah Evangelista finished with five points.
West Haven trailed 15-11 in the first quarter despite four points from Abuhatab and three from Evangelista. Mercy pulled away with a 14-7 second quarter run for a 29-18 lead as the Westies connected on just a pair of field goals in the second quarter.
The Westies finally got going offensively in the third quarter with 13 points as six different players were in the scoring column, but West Haven could not get closer as each team scored 23 points in the second half.
West Haven ended a three-game losing streak with a 36-32 victory over Foran Wednesday evening.
Elena Petrie led the way with seven points, including five in the fourth quarter to help the Westies to the four-point win. Abuhatab had seven points, while Evangelista added five in the win.
The Westies came back to win their second game in a row and improved to 6-4 on the year with a thorough 52-41 victory over Lauralton Hall in Milford Friday evening.
A balanced scoring attack saw Carrano lead the way with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Gates added 10 points, Abuhatab had nine points and Brianna Sebastian and Jayden Steinman each scored six.
Leading by one point, West Haven put the game away with a 21-14 run in the second quarter. West Haven never looked back, leading 40-28 after three quarters of play.
The winning streak has reached nine games to start the season for the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team.
The Westie Sharks produced their eighth victory in emphatic fashion with an 8-2 victory over Masuk Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Ten different players were in the scoring column, led by Taylor Nowak who had three goals and one assist. For Nowak, the goal total is now at 99 in her memorable high school career.
Jianna Cohrs scored twice and added an assist, while Hailey Alfano and Hannah Davey combined to make 12 saves. Alfano finished the contest with seven saves and Davey added five in the victory.
The Westie Sharks took control of the game in the opening period, scoring four times for a 4-0 advantage. Megan Froehlich, who had a goal and an assist, got things going 33 seconds into the contest with a tally off an assist from Cohrs.
Less than five minutes later, the lead was 2-0 when Melissa Tsakonas scored off an assist from Mackenzie Gardner. Cohrs made the score 3-0 off an assist from Nowak 2:10 later, then scored again off an assist from Emilee DeGrand with six seconds remaining in the period for a 4-0 advantage.
Leading 4-1 in the second, the Westie Sharks increased the margin to 5-1 when Caitlin Welch scored off assists from Maya Boyhen and Jenn Hunt. Nowak scored twice in 35 seconds in the second. Then finished her hat trick at the 12:16 mark off an assist from Froehlich.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy improved to 9-0 with a 6-2 victory over Branford Thursday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Nine different players were in the scoring column, led by Jenna Hunt and Jianna Cohrs with two goals and an assist apiece. Maya Boyhen finished with a pair of assists. Hailey Alfano finished with 12 saves, including five in the second period.
The Westie Sharks trailed 1-0 until Megan Froehlich scored off assists from Cohrs and Brooke McNabola with 20 seconds remaining in the opening period.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy scored the first three goals of the second period for a 4-1 advantage.
Hunt gave the Westie Sharks the lead for good with an unassisted goal at the 10:20 mark, before she scored again 1:06 later off assists from Mia Celentano and Boyhen. When Cohrs scored an unassisted goal 48 seconds later, WH/SHA led 4-1.
With a 4-2 advantage, the Westie Sharks put the contest away with two third period goals. Mackenzie Gardner scored at the 6:39 mark off assists from Hunt and Anne Plunkett, before Cohrs scored her second of the game with 1:12 left off assists from Taylor Nowak and Boyhen.
After starting the season in feel-good fashion, the West Haven boys’ hockey team has seen adversity cross its way. The battle to get through a three-game losing streak was up for a tall test against Fairfield Prep Wednesday evening.
Despite a scoreless first period, the Westies watched as the Jesuits scored three times in each of the second and third periods to top West Haven 6-0 at the Wonderland of Ice.
The Westies were outshot, 41-17, in the contest with Jared Pliszka making 35 saves.
With inclement weather approaching, Saturday morning’s contest between Cheshire and West Haven was moved to an earlier start time. The Westies were hoping such a change could lead to a different result as they were in the midst of a four-game skid.
While West Haven got on the board first, Cheshire scored the last three and topped West Haven 3-1 to send the Westies to their fifth straight loss.
Kaden Morgillo got the Westies going in the contest when he scored 9 minutes, 44 seconds into the game off an assist from Robbie Forleo.
Morgillo’s goal was West Haven’s only lead of the game and it was short-lived as Cheshire scored 1:59 later.
After a scoreless second period, Cheshire took a 2-1 lead 50 seconds into the third. West Haven never got the equalizer and the Rams iced the contest with an insurance tally with 27 seconds remaining.
Pliszka made 17 saves in the loss for West Haven.
The West Haven boys swim team used solid team work to pull out an 88-84 victory over Sacred Heart Tuesday evening at West Haven High. The Westies had seven first place finishes and eight second place finishes.
The 200 yard medley relay team of Bryan Barrington, Christopher D’Inzio, Luis Lopez, and Shane Taulty won in 1 minute, 58.01 seconds, while the 200 yard free relay team of Issac Gorske, Lopez, Anthony Castillo, and Mustansir Jamalee won in 1:47.33.
Luis Lopez was victorious in the 200 yard IM in 2:21.50, while the 50 yard free was won by Gorske in 23.59 seconds. Vincent Militrano was victorious in the diving event with 135.75 points, and Gorske won the 100 yard free in 56.02 seconds. The 100 yard breaststroke was won by Christopher D’Inzio in 1:10.98.
West Haven also had eight second place finishes. The 400 yard free relay of Bryan Barrington, John Barrington, D’Inzio, and Shane Taulty was second in 4:16.77, while the 200 yard free had a second place finish with Mustansir Jamalee in 2:26.42.
Bryan Barrington was second in the 50 yard free in 25.68, the 1 M diving had Youssef Ossama with 118.20 points, and the 100 yard butterfly saw Taulty second in 1:07.17. D’Inzio was second in the 100 yard free in 56.43, Anthony Castillo was second in the 500 yard free in 6:21.20. The 100 breaststroke saw Lopez place second in 1:12.32.