GFA roundup: Dragons wrestling battles Staples for town title
It was a big weekend at Greens Farms Academy. Within a 20-hour period on Friday and Saturday, history was made and championships were won.
On Friday night, as part of the school’s Pack the House night, senior girls varsity basketball player Lexi Kimball became the school’s all-time leading scorer, netting 27 points — giving her 1,377 in her career — in a loss to 50-47 loss to Cheshire Academy.
Forland and Stuart both repeated as FAA wrestling championships in their respective weight classes during the league championship meet on Saturday at GFA. Forland won his fourth straight league title, this time at 120 pounds, by going 4-0 on the day against opponents from Brunswick, Rye Country Day, Hamden Hall and Hopkins.
Stuart, grappling out of the 106-pound division, also went 4-0 on the day to earn the title and All-League honors.
The two won their titles the day after GFA lost the inaugural "Town Crown" to cross-city Staples, 63-18.
Winners in that "exhibition match" — which both coaches hope becomes a yearly tradition — were Stuart (pin 1:59) at 106, Forland (pin 1:08) and Nick Attai (Bridgeport) at 126 (by forfeit).
While Kimball set the new school record, besting Lee Isenstein GFA Class of ’87 and his boys’ best total of 1,376 points, the Dragons battled to the end with the Fighting Cats, but saw their game-winning snapped.
Hannah Kozdeba and Katherine Marcus added eight points each while Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport) tallied four. Marcus picked off nine rebounds, notched five steals and dished out three assists while Kozdeba grabbed seven rebounds for GFA. Kimball also had five rebounds, four steals and four blocks, while Modzelewski hauled down five rebounds and made two steals.
Earlier in the week, GFA beat Convent of the Sacred Heart 38-34 last Wednesday.
Kimball scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. GFA led 20-16 at the half, mostly thanks to Kimball's hot-shooting hand. Hannah Kozdeba added the other two points.
The Dragons ran their record to 11-3 — and their win streak to four — with a pair of victories last week.
A hot-shooting GFA jumped out to a big first-half lead and held on for an 87-74 win over Capital Harbor Prep, capping off the school’s Pack the House night.
The Dragons fell 6-1 to Westover on Saturday, Jan. 28, with Katie Mackle notching the one point with a 3-2 (11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-13, 11-9) win.
Last Wednesday the Dragons took on FAA rivals Hopkins at home, losing 7-0.
Despite being down two starting players, the team played some competitive matches. Burbank played an exciting five game match but lost in the fifth (11-1, 11-13, 12-10, 10-12, 4-11). Mackle also played a competitive four-game match, losing in the fourth (4-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12).
Sophomore Alex Nesi took a game from her opponent (7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 10-12).
The day before, during a 5-2 loss to Holy Child, Mackle earned a three-game sweep from the No. 1 spot while Burbank notched a victory further down the line-up. Lucy Holzinger pushed her opponent to the limit before falling by a 3-2 score.
The Dragons went 2-0 last week, topping Canterbury 7-0 and defeating rival St. Luke’s 4-3.
GFA grinded out a thrilling 4-3 win over St. Luke's last Thursday. Victories were picked up by Soper (3-1), Selkowitz (3-0), Rooney (3-1) and Giani Panariello (3-0) to clinch the match win.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, GFA's Zach Rothwell placed second out of 38 fencers in the Connecticut high school fencing novice tournament. The novice tournament is an annual event for Connecticut high school fencers who have not previously fenced in a high school tournament.
Rothwell went undefeated in his pool (placement round) and turned around a few crucial bouts after falling behind a few points.