Greens Farms Academy roundup
Published 2:15 am, Friday, February 3, 2012
The Greens Farms Academy wrestling team placed second at the FAA tournament on its home mat Saturday. GFA was shooting for its first FAA title, but fell short in the championship dual meet match against the Brunswick School.
It got interesting for the Dragons in the semis against Rye Country Day School. After dropping several big matches early, Westport senior Harry Garland (182) and freshman Riley Grady (113) responded with big pins, which enabled the Dragons to edge RCDS, 36-34.
Close decisions, coupled with forfeits, cost GFA against Brunswick. Not all was lost for the Dragons as Garland and Grady won individual FAA titles at 182 and 113, respectively.
Against Hopkins, freshman Charlotte Kreitler played her best match of the season at No.1, winning in three straight sets (11-8, 11-5, 11-8). Westporter sophomore Tia Carson (No.5), senior Emily Waterbury (No.6), freshman Page Soper (No.7) all played close matches despite the loss.
Against Holy Child, the Dragons swept all eight matches. Senior Emily Caldwell (No.1), Kreitler (No.2), junior Leah Jennings (No.3), sophomore Olivia Taylor (No.4), Westporter Arabella Crawford (No.5), Carson (No.6), Westport sophomore Rachel Cohen (No.7) and Soper (No.8) delivered victories for GFA.
The GFA boys squash team beat King, 7-0 and lost 7-0 to Canterbury last week.
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Against King, junior Spencer Hartig (No.2), junior Reid Manning (No.2) and freshman Charlie Kallassy (No.5) won in three games. Freshman Harry Berman (No. 3) freshman Rui Aguiar (No.4) and Arthur Doelp (No. 6) defeated their opponents with ease. At No.7, freshman Alex Williams had one of the tougher matches. After losing his first game, Williams came back and cemented the sweep.
Against Canterbury, Manning, played strong at No. 4 despite losing in the end.
The victories moved GFA to No. 2 in the FAA and No. 3 in New Englands.
Against Stamford, senior Brien Comey (Westport) had 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Freshman Zach Baines notched a double-double in points and rebounds and blocked four shots. Junior Hunter Eggers scored 12 points and sophomore Kam Mickens, sophomore Matt Tate, junior Pat Ryan, seventh grader Tremont Waters all had nine points. Senior Will Pavils scored six and senior Wills Rooney splashed a 3-pointer in the victory.
Against Masters and Hopkins, junior Sean Obi was hard to defend under the basket pulling down 26 and 23 in the two games. Obi also broke his own school record with seven blocked shots in the Masters game.
In that game, Waters came off of the bench to lead all Dragon scorers with 16 points. Ryan and Obi scored 14 each. Eggers and Mickens were also strong contributors in the victories against both schools.
GFA took on three tough opponents last week, losing to Masters, 51-25, Rye, 57-22, and Cheshire Academy, 41-25.
Against Masters, GFA played a close first half as senior captain Bridgette Foster (five points) started the scoring off with a quick 3-pointer followed by junior captain Miranda Princi (four points) hitting an outside shot from right inside the key. Junior captain Meighan Grady (twp points) played tough defense on Masters' best player, holding her to just eight points in the first half.
Against Rye, Grady (three points) and freshman Campbell Goldsmith (three points) held one of the league's top scorers to just eight first-half points. Sophomore Caroline Kruk (one point), Canaan (five points) and freshman Lisa Johnson (four points) played tough defense underneath the basket.
Against Cheshire, Grady led the way both offensively and defensively, as she spearheaded the defense and also scored seven points. She was complemented by Canaan (six points). Johnson and Kruk helped Canaan under the basket, as Princi and Goldsmith controlled the ball for the Dragons.