Xavier’s Classic Title Gives Coach Mike Kohs 300th Win

Posted by

MIDDLETOWN – Xavier held off Glastonbury in the fourth quarter to win the Artie Kohs Classic at home on Friday night, giving coach Mike Kohs his 300th career victory in the process.

The Falcons improved to 3-0 with their 47-41 win over the Tomahawks. Stephen Kohs led Xavier with 13 points, KJ Grisham scored 11 and Parker Hunter chipped in with 10.

The gymnasium is named for Art Kohs, the former Falcons coach and athletic director. His son, Mike, is in his 21st season on the bench and has a career record of 300-170.

Xavier senior center Andrew Brown, who had 22 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday’s victory over Valley Regional, was named tournament MVP.

Tom Shea led Glastonbury (3-1) with 17 points.

Grisham and Xavier senior guard Stephen Kohs were named to the all-tournament team, along with Tom Shea of Glastonbury, Cade Ensinger of Valley Regional and Liam Kane of Waterford.

Waterford defeated Valley 64-53 in the consolation game. Ensinger finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the Warriors.

GLASTONBURY (41)
David Tosatti 0 0-0 0; Quinn O’Conner 5 0-0 12; Dennis Thomas 4 0-0 8; Tom Shea 7 1-2 17; Tate Kuper; 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 18 1 41.

XAVIER (47)
Marcus Williams 4 1-2 9; KJ Grisham 5 0-0 11; Stephen Kohs 3 5-5 13; Andrew Brown 0 2-4 2; Parker Hunter 3 4-7 10; Nick Beaulieu 1 0-0 2. Totals:

Score By Quarters
G  5 14 15 7—41
X  9 18 9 11—47

3-Pointers: G–O’Conner 2, Shea 2; X–Kohs 2, Grisham 1.

Waterford 64, Valley Regional 53

WATERFORD (64)
Liam Kane 5 6-8 18, Ryan Bakken 2 1-1 5, Robby Zawacki 3 2-4 8, Ryan O’Connell 4 2-5 11, Trevor D’Amico 3 4-4 11, Owen Coderve 3 1-2 7, Sean O’Connor 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 16-24 64.

VALLEY (53)
Jake Grow 2 1-2 7, Dylan Sparaco 2 0-0 5, Chris Sparaco 5 0-0 10, Cade Ensinger 10 3-4 25, John Tibbetts 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 4-6 53.

Score By Quarters
VR 17 7 10 19—53
W  14 16 19 15—64

3-Pointers: W—Kane 2, O’Connell 1, D’Amico; VR—Grow 2, Ensinger 2, D. Sparaco 1.
Records: Valley 1-2, Waterford 1-2.

Old Lyme 68, Westbrook 37

WESTBROOK – Brady Sheffield scored all 14 of his points in the second half as the Wildcats ran their record to 3-0 with the Shoreline Conference win.

Old Lyme also got strong performances from Jared Ritchie (11 points, 4 steals), Aedan Using (11 points, 5 blocks) and Ray Doll (11 points).

Jack Naccarato scored a game-high 17 points for Westbrook (2-2).

Coginchaug 50, North Branford 46

NORTH BRANFORD – Justin Penney scored a team-high 11 points as the Blue Devils registered their first win of the season. Mike Sitro led all scorers with 25 points for North Branford.

COGINCHAUG (50)
Justin Penney 4 3 11, Chris Onofrio 3 0 7, Del Cade 4 0 8, Hugh Barrett 3 4 10, Derek Grant 1 0 2, Devon Geoghegan 1 1 3, Tyler Garretson 2 0 4, Jeremy Mangiameli 2 0 5. Totals: 20 8 50.

NORTH BRANFORD (46)
Mike Sitro 8 8 25, Trev Halzer 3 0 7, Josh Brigido 2 0 6, Dom Scalia 2 1 7, Ben Stegina 0 1 1. Totals: 15 10 46.

Score By Quarters
C     6  16 19   9
—50
NB  5    9 17 15—46

3-Pointers: NB—Scalia 2, Brigido 2, Sitro 1, Halzer 1. C—Mangiameli 1, Onofrio 1.
Records: Coginchaug 1-2, North Branford 1-2.

Platt 67, Morgan 48

NORTH HAVEN – Zach Johnson led Morgan with 14 points in the Huskies’ semifinal loss in the Fred Kelly Holiday Tournament at North Haven High. Alex Fratamico added 10 points for the Huskies (2-1) and Rob Zirlis chipped in with 9.

Girls Basketball

St. Joseph (Trumbull) 56, Middletown 53

CANTON – With the score tied at 53 in the final 10 seconds, St. Joseph converted a three-point play and held on to defeat the Blue Dragons in the Canton Holiday Festival.

The Cadets (3-1) led by one point at halftime and 41-38 after three quarters before finally shaking the upset-minded Dragons. Ayanna McCalla led Middletown with 16 points.

“We played our hearts out tonight against a high-quality opponent,” Middletown coach Rob Smernoff said.

Deziar Rose-Daniels scored 14 points for Middletown, Tyah Pettaway had 10 and India Weston chipped in with 8. The Blue Dragons played without talented guard Shadae Bushay.

Kristen Rodrigues led St. Joseph with 21 points and Kate Rudini scored 12.

Middletown (1-2) plays Hall on Saturday in the tournament consolation game at 2:45 p.m.

NFA 58, Mercy 37

NORWICH – Norwich Free Academy took a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was never in danger of losing it in its home win over the Tigers.

Sophie Hedge had two 3-pointers and led Mercy with 8 points.

MERCY (37)
Sophie Hedge 2 2-2 8, Abby Bradbury 4 2-2 6, Ava Giansiracusa 2 1-2 6, Lilly Hedge 2 2-2 6, Lily Sokolowski 1 3-4 5, Jasmine Mendez 0 1-3 1, Sam Strell 1 0-0 2, Melina Ford 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11 12-17 37.

NFA (58)
Bella Graziano 1 2-2 5, Jenissa Varela 3 0-0 6, Jada Mills 4 4-4 12, Riley Ellington 1 2-2 4, Shante Talley 3 6-6 12, Makayla Poirier Vaughters 1 0-0 2, Sarah Ericson 2 2-2 8, Caitlin Dooley 2 0-0 4, Anaiah Ingram 1 3-6 5. Totals: 18 19-22 58.

Score By Quarters
M        6   9 11 11—37
NFA  13 23  9  13—58

3-Pointers: M—S. Hedge 2, Giansiracusa 1; NFA—Ericson 2, Graziano 1.
Records: Mercy 1-2, NFA 2-0.

Morgan 53, Portland 26

CLINTON – Leah McComiskey scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 6 shots in the Huskies’ Shoreline Conference win over the Highlanders.

Catie Donadio had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals, and Caeley Ayer finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.

Morgan Lasky led Portland with 8 points and Maddie Brunk chipped in with 7.

PORTLAND (26)
Maddie Brunk 2 2-4 7, Olivia Doering 1 0-0 2, Isabelle McClelland 1 0-0 2, Carly Graves 1 1-2 3, Morgan Lasky 4 0-0 8, Sam Lasky 1 2-4 4. Totals: 10 6-10 26 

MORGAN (53)
Catie Donadio 6 0-0 12, Caeley Ayer 5 0-0 12, Alyse Olcott 1 0-0 2, Rachel Lehn 2 0-0 6, Leah McComiskey 7 0-0 14, Alex Kelly 1 1-2 3, Katie Martin 1 2-6 4. Totals: 23 3-8 53 

Score By Quarters
P     2     5    4  15—26
M  15  11  15  12—53

3-Pointers: M—Ayer 2, Lehn 2.
Records: Morgan 3-1, Portland 1-2.

East Hampton 49, Old Saybrook 24

EAST HAMPTON – The Bellringers hit the Rams with a 13-2 run in the opening quarter and cruised to their third straight win to start the season.

Meryl Curtin scored a game-high 14 points for East Hampton. Taylor Cote led Old Saybrook with 8 points.

OLD SAYBROOK (24)
Taylor Stone 2 0 5, Rachel Baldi 1 0 3, Priscilia Gumkowski 1 0 2, Taylor Cote 3 2 8, Wendy Bowden 0 0 0, Belinda Feratoric 2 0 4, Abby Bergeron 0 0 0, Amina Cecunjanin 1 0 2, Abby Coletta 0 0 0. Totals: 10 2 24.

EAST HAMPTON (49)
Maggie Donohue 3 0 6, Meryl Curtin 5 1 14, Angela Mercaldi 2 3 8, Jordan Murphy 0 0 0, Madison Yorker 2 0 4, Mya Field 2 3 7, Hannah Barrientos 5 0 10, Danielle Adams 0 0 0. Totals: 19 7 49.

Score By Quarters
OS 2 6 4 12—24
EH 13 9 10 17—49

3-Pointers: EH—Curtin 3, Mercaldi 1.
Records: East Hampton 3-0, Old Saybrook 0-3.

Farmington 45, Coginchaug 36

NORTH HAVEN – Jessica Berens led the Blue Devils with 14 points in their loss to the Indians in the Fred Kelly Memorial Tournament at North Haven High.

FARMINGTON (45)
D. Fournier 6 0-0 15, R. Fountain 2 0-0 4, C. Ives 1 0-0 2, A. Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, E. Novajasky 4 2-4 12, A. Godfrey 0 2-2 2, N. Sabio 0 5-6 5, A. Anderson 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 10-14 45.

COGINCHAUG (36)
Maura Zettergren 1 1-2 3, Jessica Berens 7 0-1 14, Raegan Moore 1 0-0 3, Taylor McDermott 0 1-2 1, Kerry Turecek 3 0-0 7, Molly Shields 2 4-6 8. Totals 14 6-11 36.

3-Pointers: F—Fournier 3, Novajasky 2; C—Moore 1, Turecek 1.
Records: Coginchaug 1-2, Farmington 2-3.