GFA sports roundup
Published 3:45 pm, Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Greens Farms Academy girls basketball team girls basketball team avenged a regular season loss with 1 38-26 win over Hopkins in the FAA Conference tournament.
GFA's defense was stellar, holding Hopkins to only 10 points in the first half, which enabled the Dragons to open up a halftime lead. Senior captain and Weston's Jenna Pittleman and sophomore Meighan Grady (seven points) shut down Hopkins' two best players, allowing them only 10 points between them. Senior captain Stephanie Garofoli led the way offensively with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow senior Allie Kruk put in 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Although the girls were riding a great win against Hopkins, GFA lost a tough battle 34-31 to a feisty Masters team in the FAA semifinals. The Masters' defense was hard for GFA to get around, as the Dragons frequently faced double teams. Grady led the way offensively for the Dragons with 10 points, while Garofoli added nine points and nine rebounds.
The GFA boys basketball team (13-10) put up a valiant effort in hosting their first ever FAA tournament game last week against Rye Country Day School in a 71-53 loss. Despite being without the services of the region's leading scorer, senior Dan Chase (Weston), GFA maintained a small lead through most of the first half. Unfortunately for the Dragons, their other big gun, sophomore Sean Obi, got in early foul trouble and this obstacle was too much to overcome. Before fouling out, Obi had scored 20 points in 20 minutes, several of them on thunderous slam dunks. He also pulled down 18 rebounds.
Senior CJ Smith was spectacular in his final game as a Dragon. Rye pressed and trapped all game long but Smith was undaunted, breaking the traps, finding open teammates and scoring 11 points in a variety of ways. Junior Will Pavlis, junior Eric Walsh and sophomore Hunter Eggers all exceeded their season's scoring average in their excellent attempts to fill the Dan Chase void.
As had been the theme all season, every GFA player got in the game and made contributions. Underclassmen junior Brien Comey (Westport), freshman Kam Mickens, junior Dan Hoffman and junior Will Rooney all gained valuable experience.
At 13-10, GFA improved on last season's record, and established itself as a force in the FAA.
In addition to Chase setting the regional high of scoring 22.5 points a game, Obi tallied a double-double in every single game this season. The team also set a new school winning streak mark at eight games, and it broke the Coyle Gym's spectator attendance record in the Jan. 8 win over New England A Class Brunswick.
The GFA wrestling team placed 13th out of 21 teams in the Prep Western New Englands on, Feb. 12 despite having only half a roster. GFA competitors included junior Chris Tarika (125), junior Max Perron (130), junior Charlie Ross (140), Weston junior Tardie (145), junior Andrew Costello (152), Westport junior Harry Garland (160) and Weston senior Zach Sherin (189).
Ross finished fourth at 140, placing for the first time in a prep school tournament. Garland finished sixth at 160 despite battling though a host of injuries. Sherin finished sixth at 189.