The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won all four Connecticut Hockey Conference games this weekend, including three on the road.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils won by forfeit against Wonderland at Bennett Rink — the team never showed for the CHC-scheduled contest — and 6-3 over the Wizards at Bridgeport’s Wonderland of Ice.
On Sunday, the Westies won 10-2 against Pawling at Trinity-Pawling School’s Tirrell Rink in Pawling, New York, and 8-1 over Wonderland at Wonderland.
In the games played, forward Cameren Lipford led the Blue Devils in scoring (11 goals, 3 assists) while goaltender Alex Werle made 56 saves en route to the team’s 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th victories of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Westies also received noteworthy contributions from centers Grady Schulte (5 goals, 1 assist) and Tyler Silva (2 goals, 5 assists) and forwards Aedan Guarino (3 goals), Ryan Walsh (2 goals), Michael D’Aiuto (2 assists) and David D’Aiuto (1 assist).
Gavin Coady (1 goal), Andrew Grillo and Kyle Guarino supported their goalie with a robust defensive showing in all contests to ensure the team victories.
On Saturday night, the Blue Devils defeated the Wizards behind Schulte’s hat trick, Lipford’s two goals and two assists, and Werle’s 21 saves.
On Sunday, West Haven continued its offensive and defensive dominance. In the morning, the Blue Devils crushed the Badgers of Pawling behind Lipford’s six goals and Werle’s 20 saves. In the afternoon, the Westies routed Wonderland behind Lipford’s hat trick, Silva’s one goal and three assists, and Werle’s 15 saves.
The West Haven Peewee AA hockey team traveled to Stamford Twin Rinks to face fourth-ranked Darien AA on Saturday and came away with a 5-1 victory. West Haven got on the board first when Gabe Locklear picked up a loose puck, went to the slot, released a wrister that would rebound and deflect in off a Darien defender.
Less than 2 minutes into second period, John Donohue sent a pass to Locklear down low and Locklear released a hard, low shot on net which Tim Donohue was there to tap in the rebound for a 2-0 advantage. The lead increased to three goals with 7:55 remaining in the second as Nick Eberhart scored on a wrister assisted by Thomas Porto and John Donohue.
Darien got within 3-1, before Becket Stenz released a wrister from the point and Nick Salzano tucked in his rebound. The score remained the same until 36 seconds left in the game when Brody DiNuzzo scored the final goal.
West Haven hosted ninth-ranked Northwestern A at Bennett Rink on Sunday. The Westies proved to be too much as they tallied 12 goals in a 12-3 victory.
Zach Goetze returned to action with two goals and put West Haven on the board first. Brody DiNuzzo scored three goals and added an assist, Salzano picked up two goals and two assists, Connor Benz and Nicky Stevens each had a goal and an assist, while Jack Aloi and Billy Mascari each had an assist.
Stenz had a pair of assists, Porto and Eberhart each had a goal. And John Donohue finished with a goal and two assists.
Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton split time over the weekend and both played well throughout as the duo continues to lead the team during a 10-game win streak.
The West Haven Pee Wee A travel hockey team showed off its offense and swept both games this weekend. The Westies dominated Greater New Haven A1, 10-3, and then won a spirited game against Stamford A, 8-7. The Westies have won five of their last six games and now stand at 18-15-0 in CHC league play.
On Saturday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion, the Blue Devils jumped all over the Greater New Haven Warriors right from the initial puck drop. On a power play, Alex Bowery fed Jonathan Charbonneau for a point shot that Brady Price deflected through the five-hole. The Westies scored another power play goal when Ronnie Mastroni fed Connor Moriarty from behind the net for a one-timer. Mike Page jammed in a loose puck and it was 3-0 less than seven minutes into the game. Price buried a rebound of Ethan Kelly’s initial shot later in the frame and it was 4-2 after one period.
Early in the second, Kelly fed Price for a breakaway and Price neatly deked and scored to record a hat trick. Chris Consorte fed Sean Studley for a wrister in the slot and Page popped in the rebound. Later in the period on a power play Ryan Pniewski found Mastroni for a shot and Price again banged in a rebound for a 7-3 lead at the second intermission.
The Westies thoroughly controlled the action in the final period and cruised to the 10-3 win. Mastroni ripped home a wrist shot with an assist to Price. Studley knocked in a one-timer with Bowery and Kelly assisting. Mastroni closed out the scoring barrage when Ethan Kelly, who had lost his stick, kicked him the puck and he found the net. Greg Galasso was solid in net with 14 saves. The Westies outshot GNH, 33-17.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils faced the Stamford Sharks in a back-and-forth game of two evenly matched teams. Stamford led 2-0 halfway through the first period when the Westies’ offense came alive.
From behind the net, and on his back side, Bowery shoved the puck to Price who cashed in a wraparound to get West Haven on the board. Two minutes later Studley corralled the puck at his own blue line and sped over the Stamford blue line. His wrister banged off the post and in to tie the game at two. In the waning seconds of the period, with the Blue Devils on a power play, Price flicked the puck out front and Bowery slammed it home with :00 on the clock for a 3-2 lead at the break.
Both defenses were strong in the second period with Leo Mazuroski’s tough play leading the Westies. The Sharks then scored two goals in just over 30 seconds to take a 4-3 lead. Price quickly tied it when he carried into the zone, made a move, and then roofed a backhander for a goal.
West Haven goalie Jacob Silva made three consecutive saves with two minutes to go in the second period to keep the contest tied. West Haven then regained the lead as Price pushed the puck toward the net where Ethan Kelly jabbed at it. Bowery then swooped in and fired home the loose puck for a 5-4 lead heading into the third period.
With the game even at five, Studley made a play two minutes later to put the Westies back on top. He carried the puck down the right wing and fired it onto Bowery’s tape for a laser of a shot that found the net. Then, on a penalty kill, Kelly passed ahead to Price to give the Westies their first two-goal lead at 7-5.
With the game even at seven, Kelly won a faceoff and Price took the puck into the Stamford zone. His shot rang off the right post and the puck was knocked back to the point. Dylan Bosworth got off a slap shot and Kelly redirected it just inside the right post for the game-winner. Silva made 18 saves in the game and West Haven earned the thrilling 8-7 win.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had a win and a tie in a pair of contests this weekend, defeating Yale on Saturday, and tying Southeastern on the road on Sunday.
The Westies opened the week with a 7-3 victory over Yale 05A at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday morning. Jayden Spreyer led the offense with two goals and two assists, Michael Madera had one goal and three assists, and Cam Delvecchio finished with a goal and an assist.
Haygen Axelrod, Matt Wezenski and Matt Stevens were solid on defense to support the stellar goaltending of Bryan Hong. Dante Hardt played well offensively.
West Haven jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period as Madera scored 16 seconds into the contest off an assist from Mickey Dowd. Dowd gave West Haven a 2-0 lead off an assist from Stevens with 8:36 left in the opening period.
With the game even at two, Matt Wezenski made some nice moves in and out of traffic, before scoring with 10:36 left in the second for a 3-2 lead. Yale evened the game with under three minutes left in the second, before West Haven pulled away with four goals in the third.
Just 1:19 into the final period, Delvecchio put the Westies on top for good off assists from Spreyer and Madera, before Delvecchio set up Spreyer 1:20 later for a 5-3 lead.
West Haven increased the lead to 6-3 just 24 seconds later when Madera fed Spreyer on a 2-on-none break. Axelrod also picked up an assist on the goal.
The Westies capped the scoring with 1:20 left as Madera sent a pass to Spreyer, who fed Kyle Droney in front for the four-goal lead.
West Haven had to battle from a two-goal deficit twice on Sunday to play to a 4-4 tie with Southeastern. Spreyer led the offense with two goals, while Madera added a goal and an assist.
Trailing 2-0, Madera cut the deficit in half with 7:31 remaining in the opening period with an unassisted goal from a sharp angle. Southeastern closed the scoring in the period with another tally with 2:38 remaining for a 3-1 lead over the Westies.
Dowd scored with 4:26 remaining in the second to get West Haven within 3-2, and the score remained that way until the third period.
On the power play, Wezenski fed a perfect pass to Spreyer who found the back of the net with 10:04 to go to even the game at three.
In a period dominated by the Westies with a 13-3 shot advantage, Madera found Spreyer in front for a 4-3 lead with 2:38 remaining in the contest. Southeastern fought back and got the equalizer 1:15 later, ending the game in a 4-4 tie.
Jason Alling played well defensively for the Westies.
The West Haven Wizards won a close meet against division rival Bristol Splash by a score of 352-316. The Wizards are now 3-1 on the season and have clinched their 15th straight winning season. “The Clash with the Splash,” as this meet is affectionately known, lived up to its name. The Wizards came out strong, taking first place in 5 of the 8 age groups for the opening medley relays.
The West Haven Wizards’ focus on hard work, effort and person improvement, helped the squad in the tight races.
To score points in an event, a swimmer must win first, second, or third place. In a close meet such as this one, every point matters. During this meet many close races for third place were decided by just fractions of a second.
For the 8-and-under boys, Mayenmen Ngoh earned third place in the 25-yard freestyle by less than .6 of a second. Also, Marvin Castillo battled for third place in the 25-yard butterfly, just missing by .5 of a second. Nathan Charron beat out his competitor to win third by only .3 in the 11/12 boy 50-yard backstroke. Emma Dorjee battled for third place in the 9/10 girls 50-yard breaststroke finishing in fourth by only .04 of a second. Also for the 9/10 girls, Gianna Cassone beat out her competition to earn a third by .07. For the 11/12 girls, Carly Cassone raced to a rare fourth-place tie, missing third by only .6. Kelly Aspras finished strong to beat out her competitor by .5 of a second in the 13/14 girls 50-yard freestyle.
Collin Charron, meanwhile, broke the team record for the 13/14 boys 100-yard backstroke.
The final regular season meet of the season will be Saturday against the New Milford Barracudas.
For more information on the West Haven Wizards please visit our website at www.westhavenwizards.org.
West Haven Girls Basketball continued its junior division schedule with the Panthers remaining as the league sole unbeaten team through the first five games.
The Chuck’s Garage Panthers upended the Gunning Law Firm Huskies, 14-8, behind six points from Jaecianna Mitchell. Jaearrah Mitchell added four points and Aleyia Lachance and Tirenka Keita also scored for the Panthers. The Huskies were led by the offense of Finley Gunning, Ella McDonnell and Taryn Walker.
The Panthers also downed the Emmett’s Auto Bruins, 15-12, as Hayden Holm, Bria Johnson and Fatoumata Keita accounted for the scoring for the Panthers. The Bruins were led by the combined 10 points from Jada Turner and Amare Bennett. Sarah Went and Samantha Boyd also each hit key free throws.
The Prospect Fish and Game Blue Devils notched their first win of the year as they upended the Bruins, 8-7. Isabella Sisson erupted for all eight points for the Blue Devils and used defense of Terrianna Rogers and Lia Petruzziello to hold off a late rally. The Bruins scoring came from Amare Bennett, Jada Turner and Samantha Boyd.
Sofia Costellano and Cristel Miguel accounted for all 14 points as the Oyster River Energy Cardinals also got their first win of the year over the Blue Devils by a count of 14-13. Isabella Vanbredrode has 12 points to pace the Blue Devils.
The TBNG Eagles used five points from Justice Butler and four from Aslhan Tuzcu, to down the Gunning Law Huskies, 15-11. Haleigh McCarthy, Sophia Empric and Katelyn Mondo all scored for the Huskies.
Brooklyn McCormick and Perez Rosario accounted for 10 points in the TBNG Eagles’ 20-9 win over the Oyster River Cardinals. The Cardinals were led by Parish Rutledge and Danavia Pittman.
The basketball and hockey teams have climbed in the statewide polls while indoor track, wrestling, and swimming were all in action as we near the midway portion of the winter sports season.
Basketball — Notre Dame basketball won a pair of games over Sheehan and Hamden to improve to 7-0. They climbed to #4 in the GameTimeCT.com statewide poll. Senior Zach Laput keeps proving why he is one of the states top players as he had 28 points, including a big three-pointer, to lead ND. Senior Amadou Kamara broke a 61-61 tie with a huge three-point basket as ND used a strong last four minutes to beat hamden. Earlier in the week, Laput had 15 points and 15 rebounds in an 80-62 win over Sheehan. Kamara tallied a game-high 23 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds against Sheehen.
Hockey — The hockey team ascended to the top spot in the GameTimeCT.com rankings then split its weekly action. Using a two-goal third period, Notre Dame beat Greenwich, 3-1, on Wednesday, Jan.8. Juniors Ryan Ahern and Bobby Allan tallied the third-period goals. Ahern then scored both of Notre Dame’s goals against Darien on Saturday, but the Green Knights fell 5-2 suffering their first loss of the season.
Indoor Track — Senior Jared Russo and junior Max Bothwell shined at the Yale Invitational on Friday. Russo ran the 55-meter hurdles in 8.09 seconds to win his heat. His time was sixth fastest among all the competitors. Bothwell cleared 13 feet in the pole vault to place fifth among all participants. The kiddie Green Knights had top-10 finishers in eight events at the SCC Novice Meet last Thursday. Freshman Malcolm Benton took first place in the 55-meter dash in a time of 7.08 seconds.
Swimming — Senior Dylan Schwartz won the diving event, competing against his hometown friends, but the Green Knights fell to a strong Milford team 99-83 on Thursday. Schwartz won the diving by scoring 136.65 points for his six dives. His fellow diver, Hunter Stenquist placed second totaling 119.85 points. The other two Notre Dame first place finishes came from the 4×200 freestyle relay team and Sean McDermott in the 100 breaststroke.
Wrestling — Jackson Paulishen won all four of his matches to lead the Green Knight grapplers to a split of its dual matches at the East Haven Invitational on Saturday. Overall, Notre Dame placed fifth as a team. Paulishen was the only Green Knight to win all four of his matches on the day. He won twice by pin over Platt and Stratford opponents, with the other two wins coming via 3-1 decision over Waterford’s Jeremiah Hashberger and a 7-2 decision over East Haven’s Gunner Horton. Fellow senior Luis Stephenson as well as freshman Alex Labadia won three of their four matches. Earlier in the week, Notre Dame fell to Morgan, claiming only three of the 12 matches. The three Green Knights, who emerged victorious, included Ethan Weaver, Luis Stephenson, and Jackson Paulishen. All three pinned their opponents.
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The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team continues to roll along, winning seven straight to open the 2019/2020 season.
Behind 19 saves from Hailey Alfano, two goals and an assist from Taylor Nowak, and a goal and an assist each from Brooke McNabola and Jianna Cohrs, the Westie Sharks improved to 5-0 with a 6-1 victory over Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Monday evening.
Alfano was stellar in goal, making five saves in the first and four more in the second with the Westie Sharks in a tight contest. Alfano was at her best in the third period with 10 saves, and the rest of the team responded with four goals to put the game away.
The Westie Sharks took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by McNabola 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the game and held that lead until the second period. With the game even at one, Cohrs scored off an assist from Anne Plunkett at the 9:24 mark of the second to give West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a lead it never relinquished.
The Westie Sharks scored four times in the third as Emilee DeGrand opened the scoring at the 6:10 mark off assists from Mia Celentano and Jenna Hunt for a 3-1 lead. Mackenzie Gardner increased the lead to 4-1 just 4:22 later off an assist from Nowak, before Nowak put the game away.
The senior gave West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy a 5-1 lead with 1:57 left off assist from Cohrs and McNabola, before scoring an unassisted tally with 12 seconds remaining.
The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team continues to find different ways to win. Through six games, the Westie Sharks are a perfect 6-0.
The latest victory for the Westie Sharks came Wednesday evening against rival Hamden. Scoring six times in the second period, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy posted a 10-8 victory at the Lou Astorino Rink in Hamden.
Megan Froehlich led the way for the Westie Sharks with three goals and two assists, Jianna Cohrs added two goals and three assists, while Taylor Nowak had three goals and one assist in the win.
Trailing 4-2 in the second period, the Westie Sharks scored five straight times to take a lead they never relinquished.
Froehlich scored off an assist from Cohrs to get West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy within 4-3 5:04 into the second, before an unassisted goal by Nowak evened the contest at four just 54 seconds later.
Cohrs scored an unassisted goal 1:34 later for a 5-4 advantage, before Nowak set up Froehlich for a 6-4 lead 41 seconds later. Froehlich made it a 7-4 contest off an assist from Anne Plunkett with 4:31 left in the second.
The Westie Sharks increased the margin to 8-5 with 18 seconds remaining in the middle period when Nowak scored her third of the game off assists from Cohrs and Froehlich.
With the lead at 8-6, the Westie Sharks increased the margin to three goals on a tally by Hunt with 6:54 to go. Hamden got with 9-8 on a pair of goals in 1:05, but Brooke McNabola iced the contest with 32 seconds to go.
Cohrs gave West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a quick lead in the contest, scoring 5:36 in, before Hamden scored the next two goals. Nowak evened the contest at two with her first of the game off assists from Cohrs and Froehlich with 2:57 left in the opening period.
Hailey Alfano made 15 saves in the win for the Westie Sharks.
The winning streak to start the season reached seven games for the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team. Behind four goals from Taylor Nowak, including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining in the third period, the Westie Sharks topped Notre Dame-Fairfield 6-5 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday afternoon.
Leading 5-3 heading into the third period, WH/SHA watched as the Lancers evened the contest with a short-handed goal with 1:09 remaining.
Nowak was there to bail her team out. Off an assist from Mackenzie Gardner, Nowak found the back of the net in the final seconds for a 6-5 advantage.
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Westie Sharks got within 2-1 when Nowak scored off an assist from Hunt with 15 seconds to go in the opening period.
Off an assist from Brooke McNabola, Megan Froehlich evened the game at two 1:11 into the second.
Trailing 3-2, WH/SHA closed the period with three consecutive goals. Nowak evened the contest off an assist from Froehlich at the 8:21 mark, and an unassisted goal by Nowak put the Westie Sharks on top 4-3 with 4:20 remaining in the period. Jenna Hunt increased the lead to 5-3 with 40 seconds to go in the period off an assist from Mia Celentano.
Hailey Alfano made 17 saves in the win as the Westie Sharks held a 45-22 shot advantage in the game.
After cruising through the first five games of the season, the West Haven boys hockey team is faced with some adversity. Fresh off its initial loss of the season against Branford, the Westies were looking to regroup against Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Monday evening at the Wonderland of Ice.
Despite winning the first meeting of the two teams earlier in the year, West Haven could not match that effort and fell, 5-2.
The two teams played to a scoreless game through two periods, before Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe scored three times in the first 5 minutes, 51 seconds of the final period, including the initial goal just 1:02 into the third.
Trailing 3-0, the Westies tried to rally, scoring twice in a span of 2:10 to get within a goal. Ben Carfora opened the West Haven scoring with 7:25 remaining off an assist from Sean Dupre, before D.J. Carfora scored off an assist from Robbie Forleo with 5:15 to go to get West Haven close at 3-2.
The Westies got no closer as Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe scored twice in the final 3:10, including goals 39 seconds apart, to pull away for the win.
The losing streak reached three games for the Westies. Despite putting 49 shots on goal, West Haven fell to East Haven 2-1 Saturday afternoon on Sammy Hotchkiss Day at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
East Haven goaltender Logan Hamilton made 48 saves, several in spectacular fashion as the Yellowjackets sent the Blue Devils to their third straight defeat.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead in the opening period when Kaden Morgillo skated in from the slot area, went to the backhand and beat Hamilton. Richie Greene and Kevin Moriarty assisted on the goal which came 5 minutes, 45 seconds into the contest.
Morgillo’s tally was the lone goal for the Blue Devils as Hamilton was on his game, including making stellar stops on Forleo, D.J. Carfora, Ben Carfora, Kevin Moriarty and Joe D’Aurio in the middle period in which West Haven held a 16-4 shot advantage.
While West Haven was held off the scoreboard, East Haven’s Parker Sprankle won the battle to a loose puck and beat West Haven goaltender Jared Pliszka at the 2:49 mark.
West Haven then held a 19-9 shot advantage in the third period, but again was denied by Hamilton. DJ Carfora was turned aside by a blocker save with 11:10 remaining, Forleo was denied in front and Carfora was turned aside from the slot within seconds with 8:10 to go.
East Haven scored the go-ahead goal with 5:07 remaining when Alec Speirs knocked in a rebound of a Dave Amatruda shot,
West Haven put the pressure on in the final minutes, but Hamilton was not to be beaten as he denied Morgillo in front with a pad save with 3:12 to go. Moriarty then had a pair of opportunities in front, but saw his initial shot deflected over the goal, and his second sail just over the crossbar.
The four-game win streak came to an end for the West Haven girls basketball team this week. Unable to get in a groove, the Westies fell at North Haven 57-43 Tuesday evening.
The Westies were hurt at the free throw line where they connected on just 8-of-17 shots, and on the outside, where they did not drain a 3-point shot. With the loss, West Haven dropped to 4-2 on the year.
Despite 10 points from freshman Amani Abuhatab in the opening quarter, the Westies trailed 14-13. Abuhatab continued her string of scoring in double figures in all six games with 26 points.
West Haven remained in the game in the second quarter with 10 points, four each from Abuhatab and Dealyce Howard, but trailed 26-23 at the break. The Indians pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Westies 16-8, and holding West Haven to just four field goals in the quarter.
Abuhatab added eight more points in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough in the road loss.
Howard finished with six points in the loss, while Tenique Gates and Elena Petrie each scored four.
First-year Sacred Heart Academy head coach Jason Kirck has a young squad. Youth does not matter when a team is poised.
For Kirck and his team, that poise came through down the stretch Friday evening as the Sharks held off a feisty West Haven squad in a 43-35 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision victory at West Haven High.
Behind 12 points from Rosa Rizzitelli, including three 3-pointers, and 10 points apiece from senior Elena Farquharson and freshman Emma Kirck, the Sharks had a balanced attack which came through with clutch shots throughout the contest.
Farquharson led the key run in the game as she scored the last eight points of the third quarter to give Sacred Heart Academy a 37-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
West Haven held an 18-17 lead in the final seconds of the opening half, before Emma Kirck drained a 3-ponter to give Sacred Heart Academy the lead at the half.
After Ally Kirck put the Sharks in the third quarter, the Westies (4-3) took a 27-25 lead on a 3-pointer by Sarah Evangelista and a pair of buckets by Elena Petrie. When the Westies had the chance to expand the lead, rushed shots hurt them.
Rizzitelli evened the game at 27, and after a bucket by West Haven’s Petrie tied the game at 29, Farquharson went on a run to give Sacred Heart Academy a lead it never relinquished.
The Sharks hit only one 3-poiter in the final quarter, that from Rizzitelli, while scoring the remaining points from the free throw line to seal the victory.
The Westies took a 10-7 lead after one quarter of play as freshman Amani Abuhatab gave her team a 6-4 lead with a bucket and free throw. Petrie increased the margin to 10-5 with 15 seconds left in the quarter, but a key bucket by Gianna Pye got the Sharks within three as the quarter expired.
Rizzitelli opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer, then hit another for a 13-10 lead for the Sharks with 5:40 remaining in the first half. Baskets by West Haven’s Dea Howard and Petrie, along with a pair of buckets from Abuhatab had West Haven on top 18-17.
Abuhatab, who has scored in double digits in all seven of West Haven’s games, led the Westies with 13 points. Petrie finished with 10 and Evangelista had five in the loss.
The West Haven boys basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 60-56 victory over Cheshire Tuesday evening at West Haven High. With the win, West Haven improved to 3-2 on the year.
West Haven had four players in double figures, led by Malcolm Duncanson and Marlin Walker with 14 points each. Shea Sheffield scored 13 points and Laron Holmes scored 10.
Cheshire jumped out to an early 19-9 lead after one quarter, but the Westies held the Rams to just 16 points over the next two quarters. West Haven hit on only three field goals in the opening quarter, before going on an 18-7 run in the second quarter for a 27-26 lead at the half.
Walker and Sheffield each scored five points in the quarter, while Duncanson added four to help turn the game around.
West Haven pulled away with another big run, this one 19-9 in the third quarter for a 46-35 lead. Holmes drained three field goals, Duncanson had five points, and Sheffield drained a big 3-pointer.
The Westies were outscored 21-14 in the final quarter, with all but five points coming from the free throw line.
West Haven won its second straight contest and improved to 4-2 on the year with a 70-61 road victory over Fairfield Prep Thursday evening.
Holmes led three players in double figures with 15 points, while Duncanson added 11, and Walker had 10.
Despite leading after one quarter of play, led by Duncanson’s five points, the Westies trailed at the half by six.
West Haven’s offense awakened in the second half, including the third quarter when Walker drained a pair of key 3-pointers and Duncanson and Tyrese Hargrove each scored four points.
The Westies closed out the game in the fourth quarter draining ten free throws, getting a big 3-pointer from Sheffield, and nine points from Holmes.
The West Haven boys swimming team fell to Xavier Friday evening. Xavier came in and placed in the top three in every individual event except for the 200 IM and breaststroke.
Luis Lopez scored third in 2 minutes, 27.04 seconds in the 200 IM and third with a 1:13.96 in the breaststroke. Issac Gorske was third in the 50 free in 24.45 seconds and third in the 100 free with a 57.41. Chris D’Inzio scored third in the 100 Butterfly in 1:08.89.
West Haven was third in the 200 medley relay with a team of Shane Taulty, D’Inzio, Lopez, and Christopher Olsen in 2:03.36.
Because of the continued good weather and leaf production, the city has extended the pickup schedule for leaf bags through Jan. 31, Public Works Commissioner Tom McCarthy announced.
The bags are picked up on residents’ weekly curbside collection days. Leaves must be in biodegradable paper bags and will not be accepted if they are in plastic bags, McCarthy said.
After Jan. 31, the pickup schedule for leaf bags will resume from April 1-June 1 and then from Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Celebrate 70 years together!
William and Dorothy McCarthy are happy to celebrate their 70th Wedding Anniversary on January 14. They were married in 1950 at St. Paul’s Church. Dorothy, a lifelong West Haven resident, says that the secret to a long marriage is having a loving close family supporting each other through life. William McCarthy says on their wedding day he thought he got stood up when his wife to be didn’t show up at the church on time, he found out later that the car that Dorothy’s grandfather was driving her in had a flat tire, the ceremony was just delayed and the rest is history, a love story lasting over 70 years. The couple owned a local clothing store called “Casual Den” for over 25 years in downtown West Haven. William McCarthy is 91 and Dorothy McCarthy is 88. The McCarthy’s have five children, 12 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren. Behind the couple are their children: Donna Horobin, Bill McCarthy, John McCarthy, Karen Celone, and Linda McCarthy-Vargo.
The annual Mid-Winter Brunch, sponsored by the West Haven Historical Society, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 26 at Duffy’s Tavern, 241 Campbell Ave. Time is 11 a.m. and the cost is $22 per person. Brunch will include scrambled eggs, Eggs Benedict, bacon, home fries, muffins, pastries, coffee and tea. This event is fundraiser for the society. Please call Sandy at (203) 934-3161, or Jon at (203) 933-0081 for reservations and information.
The West Haven Italian-American Civic Association will hold a Valentine’s Doo-Wop Dance at 85 Chase Lane on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7, with Music by Charles the DJ till 12. Free beer, wine or soda. coffee and Danish. Tickets: $20 per person. Call Lou at (203) 934-3339 or (203) 464-1976 or Ben at (203) 933-4423.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-4 p.m., Our Lady of Victory Beacon on the Hill, 634 Jones Hill Road, will be holding a $5/item sale of clothing – most with store tags – along with new and gently used pocketbooks and shoes. There will also be a variety of jewelry items, some new, most gently used, for bargain basement prices.
Parade Ball March 7
The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invites you to attend the Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade Ball on March 7, at Anthony’s Ocean View, New Haven. The 2020 Award Recipients accomplishments and contributions to thegreater New Haven community will be presented: 2020 Grand Marshall- Seamus Bohan; James J Dinnan Award-Richard Graziano; Cornelius Driscoll Award- Leonard Guercia, Jr.; Appreciation Award- Katie Regan ; Lifetime Achievement Award-Sean Canning. For more information and to purchase tickets please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bradley Point Garden Club of West Haven will hold a bake sale on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9-1 in the lobby of West Haven City Hall, 355 Main St. The public is invited. The club will hold its monthly meeting at noon on Jan. 21 at Ora Mason Library, 260 Benham Hill Rd. Call Marie at (203) 878-8428 if you are interested in becoming a member.
Adult fitness programs
The Department of Parks and Recreation is kicking off a trio of adult fitness programs this month.
The department will offer Kripalu yoga, instructed by Mary Beth Colleran, beginning Jan. 7.
It will also offer eight-week sessions of cardio muscle toning and Zumba starting the week of Jan. 13.
Each program will offer a trial class for anyone at least 16 years old.
Go to www.whparkrec.com for program and registration information, or visit the department’s Painter Park office at 190 Kelsey Ave.
Senior Center trip
Join the West Haven Senior Center on the following scheduled trip: All trips leave from Savin Rock Conference Center:
The first trip is to Mohegan Sun Casino Tuesday, March 24. Cost is $35 with $15 Free Bet and $15 Food Voucher or Free Buffett. Payment due by Monday, March 2. Bus departs Savin Rock Conference Center at 8:30 a.m. with departure from casino at 4 p.m.
Flyers with details for this trip are available at the office West Haven Senior Center 201 Noble St. or call (203) 937-3507 for more information.
An Al-Anon meeting group invites new members to attend its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 52 George St. For information and details, call (203) 506-1464.
The Seth Haley Memorial Loan Fund of West Haven provides eligible college students with loans of up to $2500 to help students finish their post high school education.
Applicants must be West Haven residents who have completed two or more years of college or post-secondary work or be in their final two years of advanced work. Any West Haven resident attending college or a post high school professional, technical or trade school can be eligible for a loan. Repayments do not begin, and no interest will be charged until one year after graduation. If you are interested in making an application for a loan, please call Ralph Lawson, (203) 934-6442.
The city will honor couples who have been married for at least 50 years during its 30th annual Valentine’s Day party from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at West Haven Elks Lodge 1537, 265 Main St.
The couples will receive chocolates and roses from the mayor’s office.
The party will feature music by the Clam Diggers and include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi will recognize the oldest and youngest couples.
For reservations, call Elderly Services Director Sharon R. Mancini at (203) 937-3507 by Feb. 10.