Wyvern Nation Sports Wraps - May 9, 2019

Baseball
The Middle School A Baseball team won 15-1 against St. Timothy’s on May 3. In a potent offensive showing, KO put 15 runs on the board in only four innings. The Wyverns scored seven runs in the second inning and 6 runs in the fourth inning. Jack Decker ’24 had a big day at the plate, with two hits, including a line drive double in the 3rd inning. Jaden Hinderlie ’23 and Elliot Shani ’23 also both had RBI singles that helped to put the game out of reach. Rayyan Haider ’24 started on the mound for KO, pitching four quick innings. He gave up only three hits while striking out seven batters. Mac Louis ’23 came in to pitch the fifth inning, closing out the game in fine fashion. This was a tremendous game for the Wyverns, who improve to 3-2 this season. Everyone contributed in some way, and it was a real team effort.

The Middle School A Baseball team lost 1-8 against Rectory on May 7. Against a much older opponent, KO put up a real fight against Rectory. Despite the score, this was one of the team’s best games of the year, both on the field and on the mound. Mac Louis ’23 and Jack Gold ’23 both had superb pitching outings. Mac threw three innings, struck out five, and did not walk a batter. Gold came in to relieve Louis and gave up only three earned runs over four innings. Both pitchers threw strikes all game and helped to keep a potent lineup at bay. They were also aided by some smart defense behind them. At the plate, KO was no-hit through six innings, until Louis broke it up with an infield single in the team’s last at-bat. This led to a quick rally and a run scored by Ben Stengel ’23 on a walk by Cooper Tantraporn ’25.

Golf
The Varsity Golf Team continued their winning ways with a second consecutive three-team sweep on May 4, topping Loomis, Choate and Williston at the Ledges in South Hadley, MA. The final scores were KO (188), Loomis Chaffee (200), Choate (203) and Williston (210). Captain Garth Swanson '19 and Henry Krieble '21 led the way with sparkling one-under par scores of 35, followed by Niko Rodriguez '20 (37), Captain James Amenta '19 (39), and Shane Dawson '20 (42). The team score of 188 was the lowest in several years and suggests that the Wyverns are rounding into form ahead of the upcoming major events. This week sees the completion of the Coppola Cup and trips to favorite venues, Wyantenuck and Crumpin-Fox.

The JV Golf team swept Suffield Academy 6-0 on May 6. Will Layden '20, Karstian Lang ‘20, Troy Gostyla ‘20, Jaden DiMauro ‘20, Lily Liu ‘24, and Cohl D'Addabo ‘22 all played well in the match.

The JV Golf Team had a tri-match against Northfield Mount Hermon and Deerfield Academy at their home course on May 8 on a gorgeous afternoon and the results were as follows: KO (259), Deerfield (215) and Northfield Mount Hermon (262). Although KO could not catch up to Deerfield they were able to beat NMH by three strokes. Cole Banning '24 was the low score for the Wyverns with a 40. The Wyverns have their final match next week at Farmington Woods.

The Varsity Golf team won against Hotchkiss and Berkshire on May 8 with the final scoring as follows: KO (378), Hotchkiss (401) and Berkshire (407). Captain Garth Swanson'19 continued his run of sub-par rounds with a superb 69 on a gorgeous day at historic Wyantenuck CC, leading the Wyverns to an astounding team score of 378. Henry Krieble '21 (73) and Niko Rodriguez '20 (75) gave KO three of the top four scores, supported by fine rounds by Captain James Amenta '19 (80) and Shane Dawson '20 (81). The Wyverns swept the field again, finishing 23 strokes ahead of Hotchkiss and 29 in front of hosts Berkshire. The linksters now face the conclusion of the Coppola Cup and a match play event with NMH and Wilbraham before finishing the year with the "hunt for hardware" in their last three contests (Keyes Plate, Founders and KIT). After a slow start to the year, the team is awakening to the sun and warmer temperatures, building momentum at the right time of the year.

Lacrosse
The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team lost a close 10-11 game against Hamden Hall on May 1. After getting off to a slow start and going down 4-0 because of turnovers, the Wyverns fought back to make it a 6-4 game at the half. In the second half, they scored the next two goals to make the game 6-6. The teams traded goals back and forth for the rest of the half. Unfortunately, up by a goal, HH won the last draw and ran out the clock for the win. Tori Swanson '21 led the way with three goals, Molly Jones '20 had two goals, and Nicole Genga '19, Abby McLaughlin '22, Remy McCoy '20, Mia Seymour '19, and Kathryn Westrick '20 each scored a goal. Amelia Levine '20 recorded 12 saves. This is her second game of recording more saves than goals against.

The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team beat Marianapolis Prep 15-4 on May 4. Mia Seymour '19 led all scorers with four goals and two assists. Nicole Genga '19 scored three goals and recorded two assists, Kathryn Westrick '20 scored three goals, Hannah Shames '20 scored two goals, Molly Jones '20 had one goal and two assists, Caroline Dawson '22 scores a goal and had one assist, and Tori Swanson '21 recorded one goal. Murphy Kearney '20 did a nice job filling in on defense for her first varsity game. Amelia Levine '20 made 15 saves and recorded her third game with more saves than goals against.

The JV Girls’ Lacrosse team won 9-6 against Pomfret on May 1. It was a hard fought battle with KO leading at the half by a score of 6-4. The 2nd half proved to be very physical and the Wyverns asserted themselves to hold off Griffins for the win. Alyssa Pavano ‘22 led the scoring with four goals and an assist. Katherine Doer ‘22 and Catherine Daniels ‘21 both scored twice. Cameron Forslund ‘21 also scored for KO. Doer also led the Wyverns in Ground ball controls with 7. The defense played extremely well in the game led by Murphy Kearney ’20. Isabel Jacobson ’21, Trinity LaFountain ‘22, Naiomi Wong ‘22 and Brooke Seaver ‘21. Lilly Cai Kuivila ‘20 had nine saves to help preserve the KO Victory.

The Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse team won 11-9 against Miss Porters on May 6. The Wyverns went head to head against the strong Miss Porter’s team. The first half for the Wyverns was a difficult one, especially leading into halftime when Miss Porter’s School scored two goals in the last 11 seconds which had KO losing by two goals at halftime. But that did not discourage the KO girls lacrosse team, instead, it motivated them. The girls came out ready to dominate the second half after the three captains provided the team with an uplifting and positive talk. KO came out dominating Miss Porter’s School in every aspect of the game the entire second half. Nicole Genga ’19 contributed five goals along with Mia Seymour ’19 and Kathryn Westrick ’20 who each had two goals for the Wyverns. Molly Jones ’20 and Tori Swanson ’21 each added a goal for the win. Amelia Levine ’20 came up strong with 17 saves in the goal to help secure the win! This game was the true definition of a great team effort and was a great win!

The Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse team won 13-4 against Hopkins on May 8. The attack and midfield players had some nice passing sequences in both halves resulting in assisted goals, while the defense gave Hopkins limited chances to get shots off. Alle Kotowitz ‘23 lead all scorers with four goals and an assist. Jordan DiMauro ‘23 played a strong game in the midfield and added three goals to KO’s total. Lia Arnold ‘25 had her strongest game on attack with two goals and two assists. Hadley Crowther ‘25 made several strong cuts to goal resulting in two assisted goals. Addisen Nicholson ‘25 and Annabelle Jacobs ‘23 rounded out KO’s scoring with a goal apiece. Zora DeRham ‘23 had another strong game in goal with eight saves, three of which she stopped right at the crease. Olivia Gordon ‘24, Hana Roggendorf ‘23 and Quin Kearney ‘23 did a nice job controlling the draws. It was another strong team effort for the girls.

Softball
The Varsity Softball team won 12-6 against Westminster on May 2. The Wyverns brought their "A" game to the field on a rain-soaked afternoon. They went into this game uncertain of the outcome, but an explosive start in the batter's box and a solid performance on defense earned the Wyverns a much-needed win. Despite the opponent's strong pitching, the Wyverns came to the plate ready to hit and cleverly navigate their at-bats to get on base. After a run was scored on a walk with bases loaded in the 1st inning, Jocelyn Ram '20 slammed a line drive up the middle for two RBIs, and Josie Pinero '20 matched that intensity by chopping another line drive over 1st base and putting another two runs on the board. Mackenzie Caruso '22 came up for a second at bat as the leadoff hitter and joined the line drive club by clocking the ball over the second baseman for two runs. We picked up where we left off in the 3rd inning when Kaylee Diaz '19 moved runners along with a bunt that simply died in front of home plate. The skillful bunt was followed by two key hits, one pulverized grounder from Lexi Vail '22 between 3rd base and shortstop and a deep pop up from Brie Toedt '21 that allowed a runner to tag up from 3rd and score. Besides all of these impressive hits, the team's general aggressiveness on the bases and the willingness to put the ball in play stood out in this particular game. They made opportunities and capitalized on them (earning 10 RBIs split between five different players), which allowed them to maintain the lead they established in the top of the 1st. On the defensive side of things, the Wyverns worked their way out of difficult situations to maintain the lead in the rain. Much of the success on the field is owed to the pitching of Kyra Dunnirvine '23, who had 10 strikeouts for the game despite the slippery conditions, as well as a snag of a laser line drive hit back at her in the 2nd inning. Ava Radmanovich '21 stood her ground at shortstop to keep the ball in the infield and make the necessary outs at 1st and 3rd, with a particularly impressive stop of a hard grounder to prevent runners from advancing in the 4th inning. Caruso reassured the collective gasps at several line drives and pop flies to center field, including the last out of the game when she shut down a dangerous pop up for the win. Everything seemed to come together for this game, and it was a satisfying win for the team.

The Varsity Softball team won 5-3 against Canterbury on May 4. This game demonstrated the team's ability to stay in a competitive battle for all seven innings and win with defense. The defensive outing started the best way possible: a 1-2-3 strikeout from Kyra Dunnirvine '23 for our first out. Dunnirvine went on to throw six strikeouts for the game, which eased the challenge for the rest of the team. The 1st inning was finished off with two catches in shallow center field by Mackenzie Caruso '22, who quickly adjusted her positioning to be in the right place at the right time. Caitlin Budzik '21 showed her readiness for each play by successfully fielding several hard-hit grounders and pop-ups that came her way at 2nd base. With quick thinking and clutch plays, the Wyverns were able to hold off the opponent and maintain the lead for the entirety of the game. Throughout this game the offense was about putting the ball in play to manufacture runs in a step by step fashion. An early bunt and a walk in the 1st inning set up Lexi Vail '22 to earn two RBIs by demolishing the ball for a triple to right center. The next three runs were scored on sacrifice grounders from Ava Radmanovich '21 in the 2nd, Brie Toedt '21, in the 3rd, and Josie Pinero '20 in the 4th. Putting the ball in play with all of the hitters in the lineup proved to be a recipe for success, and when we added aggressive base running from players like Olivia Pear '21 and Dunnirvine, we were able to increase our lead one step at a time and keep it.

Tennis
The Varsity Boys Tennis team lost 3-4 against Avon Old Farms on May 3 in what was a highly competitive, hard-fought match. AOF earned the doubles point by winning at #1 and #3, while KO won at #2 with Max-William Kanz ‘22 and Teddy Keegan ‘22 playing well in an 8-4 win. In singles, a number of people stepped in to fill some gaps in the lineup due to illness and injury to our #2 and # 5 respectively. Ultimately, the doubles point was the difference as KO won at #1, 3, and 4 (Luke Riemann ‘19, Kanz, and Keegan) and dropped matches at two, five and six. The #1 and # 4 matches went down to the wire, with Riemann winning 10-8 in a third set tiebreaker and Keegan winning 11-9 in a 3rd set tiebreaker as well. Kanz played very well, winning in straight sets before heading to his evening KO Choral concert!

The Varsity Boys Tennis team lost 0-7 against on May 4. KO hosted Hotchkiss on Senior Day, as we recognized our five seniors: Michael Autorino ‘19, Jack Gao ‘19, Andrew Holland ‘19, Luke Riemann ‘19, and Adam Sonntag ‘19. Hotchkiss is both talented and deep and played very well. The match of the day was, without a doubt, the #3 singles match between two talented freshmen. It came down to a lengthy third set tiebreaker, with Max-William Kanz ‘22 playing some terrific tennis and falling 10-8 in a true heartbreaker. The bottom line is that both players played well enough to win on any day against most other opponents, and it was a shame someone had to lose, but that is sports.

The Varsity Girls’ Tennis team defeated Loomis Chaffer 6-3 on May 6. It was a great team win with all six of KO's starters getting wins in either singles or doubles. The heroes of the day were Kay Chin ‘24 and Sydney Smith ‘22 who won both their singles and doubles matches. Molly Baron ‘19 and Shreeya Chalikonda ‘21 won in doubles while Aimee Zheng ‘22 and Isa Raymond ‘19 won their singles matches. It was the perfect way to celebrate seniors Raymond and Baron.

The JV Boys Tennis team lost 2-5 against Choate on May 6. In singles the results were as follows: Jaden Weinstein ‘21 won 8-5, Koby Braunstein ‘22 won 8-7 [7-4], Drini Puka ‘21 lost 3-8, Aaron Rotter ‘22 lost 2-8, Ethan Raisner ‘21 lost 2-8, Anan Meraney ‘20 lost 2-8, Christian Stec ‘20 scratched. In doubles Rabih Chughtai ‘19 and James Ravalese ‘20 lost 2-8, Roberto Correa ‘22 and Jon Fu ‘19 lost 1-8, Ajay Ganesh ‘22 and Shumayl Syed ‘22 lost 0-8.

The Varsity Girls’ Tennis team defeated a previously undefeated Cheshire team 8-1 in a well-played match. Kay Chin ‘24, Aimee Zheng ‘22, Sydney Smith ‘21, Shreeya Chalikonda ‘21, and Jenna Blocher ‘20 each won in both singles and doubles. Isa Raymond ‘19 won in doubles while losing a good match at #4 doubles.

The JV Boys Tennis team won 7-2 against Westminster on May 8. In the #1 singles position, Koby Braunstein ‘22 took down his opponent by a score of six games to four, and at #2, Drini Puka ‘21 easily defeated his opponent six games to three. Ethan Raisner ‘21 played a great game, and he took down his opponent six games to three. Returning player Jon Fu ‘19 lost a tough one by a score of two games to six at #4, and a newcomer to the team, Shumayl Syed ‘22 won his game six games to four at #5. Another new player on the squad, Ajay Ganesh ‘22 dropped his match by a score of three games to six. At numbers seven and eight, which are exhibition slots in our league, James Ravalese ‘20 and Matt Marottolo ‘20 both won their matches quickly by scores of six games to zero and six games to one, respectively. On the doubles side, Ravalese and Marottolo teamed up to play at #1, yet they lost a close set four games to six. At #2 doubles, player-manager Rabih Chughtai ‘19 and Fu won their match by a score of six games to four, and to round out the doubles roster, Anan Meraney ‘20 and Raisner teamed up again after a year to defeat their opponents by a score of seven games to five in the tiebreaker. The boys came away feeling great after having played well and working as a team. They have their final match at home against Williston Northampton School, which should be a good contest to end our 2019 season. Go Wyverns!
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