Wyvern Sports Wraps - Jan. 10, 2019

Basketball
The Middle School Girls' B Basketball team lost 20-17 against Rectory on Jan. 5. The game of the season was exciting, to say the least. The new team put all their practice into action and got to know each other better on the court and played their hearts out. They learned that they are tenacious defenders, can work as a team, and have a lot of fun on the together on the court and bench. Each player on the team gave it their all and each one was a large part of our success. Kelly Stepnowski ‘24 was the high scorer of the game with eight points. She ignited the team with her rebounding and drive to win. Madison Bromberg ‘24, with some of the best play of her young KO career, added four points of her own. Olivia Dufrense-Achatz ‘23 and Margaret Miller ‘25 each had two points and Jillian Alexander ‘24 added an important foul shot to round out the score. Miller and Macey Kotowitz ‘25 led the team at the point, handling the ball well against some strong pressure. In the post, Claire Mastella ‘25, Alexander, and Dufrense- Achatz played against larger and more experienced players and held their own.

The Varsity Boys’ Basketball team traveled to Taft on Jan. 7 and put up a valiant effort against their Class A rivals, losing by a close score of 53-54. The Wyverns started off slow but showed tremendous heart by battling back to take the lead by six with four minutes to go. A few unlucky bounces and 50/50 calls capped off by a buzzer-beating prayer stopped a tremendous effort by the Wyverns. KO was lead in scoring by Jackson Wolff ‘20 and for the first time this season, seven different players made it into the scoring column. Jaden Lovelace ‘20 hit a three-pointer to change the momentum in the middle of the first half and grabbed a well-timed rebound.

The JV Boys' Basketball team won 58-33 against Hamden Hall on Jan. 5. Jeff Davis ’21 led the scoring with 15 points followed by Nate Capodice ’21 with 10 points. John Doar ‘20 and Jack Risley '20 contributed eight and seven points to the victory. Ian Givens ’21, Dylan Swift ’22, and Chris Sienko ‘21 did an outstanding job at the guard spots. Jacob Schwartz ’21, Wes Pierce ‘20, and Jack Kinney ’21 did a great job rebounding throughout the game.

The Middle School Girls' A Basketball team won 33-12 against Rumsey Hall on Jan. 7. This was a hard-fought game, and the team found success through grit and a determination to win. It initially took some time for KO to find its groove, trading points with Rumsey in the first minutes of the game. Midway through the first half KO’s offense and defense clicked, helping the team go on a prolonged scoring run, and finishing the half ahead 28-8. Jordan DiMauro ’23 led the team with 15 points, followed by Emily Knowles ’25 who finished with 10 points. Lia Arnold ’25 was a force on the boards, grabbing multiple rebounds that often led to fast-break points for the Wyverns. Overall, this was a true team win, especially on the defensive end where every KO player recorded a steal.

The Varsity Boys’ Basketball team lost a hard-fought game against Class A Hotchkiss 49-76. This was a game where the score didn’t reflect the competitive effort put forth by all of the Wyverns. KO had four players in double figures: Jackson Wolff ‘20, Carter Meshanic ‘21, Hunter Meshanic ‘21 and Nicholas Bray ‘19.

The Varsity Girls’ Basketball team lost 40-72 to Wilbraham & Monson Academy on Jan. 9. The team did a great job breaking the aggressive full-court press that competition presented them throughout the whole game but ended up with a loss. Desiree Davis '20 had an exemplary performance with 19 points and five steals. Also, Madi Henry '20 and Charlotte Cyr '20 contributed five and four points, respectively. The Wyverns had great defense by Megan Murphy '22, Natalia Correa '22, and Jane Dunbar '19 that caused WMA many turnovers during the game.

The JV Boys' Basketball team won against Taft in double overtime on Jan. 7 with a score of 66-61. KO was down 16-0 to begin the game, however, they battled back to a one-point deficit at halftime, down 25-24. The second half went back and forth with KO and Taft trading leads numerous times. Nate Capodice ‘21 hit a big three-pointer to get KO to overtime. In overtime, Sam Capodice ‘20 hit two free throws to tie the game and get KO into a second overtime. In the second overtime, Jeff Davis ‘21 had a lay-up and John Doar ‘20 hit two free throws down the stretch to secure the victory for KO. Sam Capodice led the scoring with 17 points followed by Doar, Jacob Schwartz ’21, Nate Capodice, and Davis, with 11, 10, and nine, respectively. Wes Pierce ’20 had numerous rebounds and Jack Risley ’20 did an outstanding job running the offense. Jack Kinney '21 and Christian Pedro ’22 contributed off the bench to the win.

The Middle School Boys’ A Basketball team played Rectory on Jan. 5 and won 49-47. After returning from winter vacation for only two days, the team would play their first game of the season. With little practice time, there was a question of what the team could remember and execute, along with how hard they could play. The Wyverns came through on both categories, and the game proved to be one of runs and ups and downs, with the boys mounting a late comeback to have a chance to win. With only seconds on the clock, guard Cooper Schumacher ‘23 ended the game by hitting a last-second three to win. Stand out performances were had by Schumacher with nine points, Devin Wolff ‘23 with 15 points and Jack Decker ‘24 with 13 points.

Ice Hockey
The Varsity Boys' Ice Hockey hosted the Hamden Hall Dragons on Jan. 4 at The International Skating Center to celebrate Ryan Gordon Hockey Night and came away with a 9-1 victory. Captain Garth Swanson ’19 started the scoring early in the first period on a goal assisted by Calvin Beck ’19 and Jack Goa ’19 35 seconds into the opening period. KO would go on to score two additional goals by Cohl D’Addabbo ’21 and Karsten Lang ’20 in the first period to take a 3-1 lead. Despite being outshot 18-8 in the first period, the Wyvern imposed their will for the remainder of the game, scoring six unanswered goals. Swanson scored his second goal early in the second (assist - Aidan Marchand ‘ 20), Shane Dawson ’21 (assist - Michael Autorino ’19, Sean Gilland ’22) and a second goal by Lang rounded out the period. Two goals were also scored in the third period by Keifer Jaffee ’21 (assist - D’Addabbo). Swanson also notched his third goal of the for the hat trick (assist - Goa)

The Middle School Squash team played in a tournament at Trinity College on Jan. 5 where they took on both the Wyvern Junior team (won 7-0) as well as Capitol Squash (lost 1-6). Overall, KO took second place out of three teams. All twelve of the players worked hard and put their best efforts forward. The coaches want to thank two intramural players, Sara Feged ‘25 and Ryan Sadowsky ‘25 for joining the team in competition as well as returning player Ignacio Feged ‘23 for being a positive and encouraging leader. Player Owen Roy ‘25 and Cole Banning ‘24 showed great determination. Banning came back strong during his second match, bringing KO a victory over Capitol Squash.

The Varsity Girls' Squash team won against Millbrook 7-0 on Jan. 5 with a score of 7-0. Sydney Smith '22 and Claudia Petrie '19 kept the team's clean sweep alive by winning intense second games 14-12 in the number one and number five spots, respectively. These nail-biter extra-point games happened simultaneously and side by side, making for a spectacle that ended with a strong assertion of KO's lead. Izzy Berckemeyer '22 impressively dropped only eight points in three games in the number four spot.

The JV Girls' Squash lost 4-3 on Jan. 5 to Millbrook. Esha Kataria '20 showed her fortitude by coming back from losing the first game to win her match 3-1 in the number one spot. Aimee Zheng '22 moved smoothly through three games to sweep the number two match. Mackenzie Caruso '22 won her first ever squash match in four games in the number seven spot, showcasing her serving and swing mechanics that she has been working on since picking up the sport in mid-November. Co-captain Sophia Kaufman '20 and Macy Isenberg '22 had hard-fought five-game matches that started off the season with a display of their determination.

The JV Girls' Basketball team won 42-34 against Northfield Mount Hermon on Jan. 9. Although the Wyverns limited NMH to just 12 first-half points, they only managed to score eight themselves in the first frame. That changed dramatically in the second half as KO poured in 34 points spread out among eight different players. Key contributions on defense came from a host of players, including Lian Wolman '19, Juanita Asapohkai '20, and Keegan McMahon '21. The offense was led by Cici Chagnon '21 with nine points, Caroline Dawson '22 (who scored a key three-point shot down the stretch) with seven points, and Emma Henry '21 with team-high 11 points.

The Varsity Girls’ Squash team won 7-0 against Canterbury on Jan. 9. Each of the players below the number five spot stepped up a position to cover for an injury on the team, and they managed to hold their own. Sloan Duvall '21 held onto her lead in two extra-point games to win her match 3-0 in the number seven spot. Co-captain Cami Berckemeyer '19 extended her winning streak to seven matches (including the preseason WALKS play day) with a solid 3-0 win in the number three spot. In just her second match back from an injury, Mai Lin Pomp-Shine '20 had a promising 3-0 win in the number ten spot.

The Varsity Girls’ Swimming & Diving team swam against good competition from NMH and earned several victories as well as best time performances on Jan. 9. The third place 200 Medley Relay of Allie Wildstein '22, Stella Risinger '22, Risha Ranjan '21, and Maggie Dwyer '22 turned in a strong time of 2:11.68. Risha Ranjan '21 took first place in the 200 freestyle with her season best of 2:17.66 while Dwyer took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:35.88. Sarah Cioffi '23 swam a 29.29 to place third in the 50 free. In the 100 Fly, Wildstein took second place with a swim of 1:11.57, and in the 100 Free,  Dwyer swam to a time of 1:03.35 to place second. Risinger swam her first every 500 Free, finishing third in 6:31.93, while Risha Ranjan '21 took second place with a time of 6:18.90. Wildstein placed second in the 100 Back, turning in a time of 1:08.62. The quartet of Dwyer, Risha Ranjan, Risinger, and Wildstein took second place in the 400 Free Relay with a good time of 4:20.79. We look forward to a busy competitive season in the coming weeks!
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