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05/15/2022 12:00 AM

Guilford Baseball Notches Two Convincing Victories; Girls’ Lacrosse Makes it 14 Wins in a Row

Senior Max Corbett earned the win on the mound and also hit a 2-run homer to lead the Grizzlies to an 11-1 victory against Hillhouse-Career on May 9. Photo courtesy of Jacob Halsema


The Guilford baseball team improved to 8-9 by claiming victories in both of last week’s games. The Grizzlies posted a win over the Hillhouse-Career co-op squad before finishing off the week with a victory versus Wilbur Cross.

Guilford earned an 11-1 home win versus Hillhouse-Career on May 9. Senior Max Corbett picked up the win by pitching 4 solid innings for the Grizzlies, allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 4 strikeouts. Corbett also hit a 2-run home run in the victory.

Sophomore Bryce Meder went 2-for-3 with a 3-run homer and 4 total RBI for Guilford. Senior Aiden McBrierty and senior Tyler Zajkowski both had a hit with 2 RBI, while junior Carter Williams had a single and a double.

The following day, the Grizzlies traveled to New Haven to face Wilbur Cross and defeated the Governors by the final score of 12-0. Meder notched the win on the hill by throwing 4 innings for Guilford, giving up 4 hits and striking out 4 batters on the day. Junior Sam Ametrano earned the save by tossing 3 hitless innings with 5 K’s.

Sophomore Colin Pompano went 2-for-3 with a home run and 5 RBI to pace the Grizzlies’ offense. Junior Jack Farrah had a triple with 3 RBI, while senior Mike Torre produced a pair of doubles and drove home a run.

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Guilford girls’ lacrosse team improved to 14-1 and extended its win streak to 14-straight games by winning all three of its matchups last week. The Grizzlies earned victories versus Cheshire, Staples, and Sacred Heart Academy for another clean sweep on the field.

Guilford started off its week by claiming an 18-9 victory over Cheshire in a home game on May 10. Then on May 12, the Grizzlies hosted Staples and upended the Wreckers by the final score of 19-8. The following day, Guilford was on the road to face Sacred Heart Academy and notched a 22-10 victory against the Sharks.

Senior Maddie Epke scored 14 goals and had 18 assists for the Grizzlies on the week. Sophomore Payton Root scored 13 goals to go with 4 assists, junior MJ Santa Barbara had 11 goals and 1 assist, and senior Taylor Farace scored 10 goals with 2 assists between the team’s three games.

Senior Lorelei King had 3 goals and 1 assist, while junior Scout Climie and freshman Tea Gambardella both scored 3 goals for the week. Junior Ella Clarke had 2 goals with 1 assist for Guilford.

Boys’ Lacrosse

The Guilford boys’ lacrosse team improved to 8-6 this year by winning two of its three games last week.

On May 9, Guilford took an 18-7 road loss to Cheshire. Two days later, the Grizzlies hosted Jonathan Law and won the contest by a 19-3 margin. Guilford closed out the week by claiming a 7-6 victory against Avon in a road game on May 14.

Girls’ Tennis

The Guilford girls’ tennis squad had a jam-packed schedule with five matchups on its slate last week. The Grizzlies notched victories in four of those contests to boost their overall record to 14-3 on the campaign.

Guilford kicked off its week by posting a 4-3 home win versus Hand on May 9, marking the team’s seventh-straight victory and its first win over the Tigers in many years. Sophomore Kallie Kagan earned a 7-6, 6-2 win in the No. 2 singles match for Guilford. Sophomore Molly Peterson and freshman Peyton Lynch claimed 6-1, 6-1 victories at the No. 3 and 4 singles positions, respectively. The Grizzlies’ No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Alexie Gipson and Gabby Kellner won their match by the score of 7-6, 6-7, 7-3 to solidify the victory for Guilford.

The next day, Guilford took a 4-3 loss to North Haven on the road. Junior Riley Mullett recorded a 7-6, 7-6 win in the No. 1 singles match for the Grizzlies. Freshman Caroline Hergan earned a 6-1, 7-6 win at No. 3 singles; and Peterson posted a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory in the No. 4 singles contest.

Guilford went on to score a 5-2 victory at Lauralton Hall on May 11. Mullett won a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 1 singles; Peterson posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 2 singles; and sophomore Kendall Mulligan netted a 6-0, 7-6 win at No. 4 singles. Guilford’s No. 2 doubles team of junior Izzy Bowman and freshman Sophie Gochman claimed a 6-4, 6-2 victory; and the No. 3 team of Gipson and Kellner triumphed by a 7-6, 6-3 score.

Two days later, the Grizzlies notched a 5-2 win versus Mercy in a road match at Wesleyan University. Mullett (6-0, 6-0), Kagan (6-0, 6-0), and freshman Mia Hardy (7-5, 6-4) earned wins for Guilford at the top three singles spots. Gipson and Keller netted a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 1 doubles; and the team of junior Kate DeAngelo and freshman Thitida Kham won their No. 2 doubles match by the score of 6-2, 6-0.

Guilford closed out the week by posting a 4-3 road win over Jonathan Law on May 15. Kagan (6-0, 6-0), Hergan (6-1, 6-1), and Peterson (6-0, 6-0) prevailed in straight sets at the No. 2 through 4 singles spots, respectively. The team of Gipson and Kellner triumphed by a 6-4, 6-1 score at No. 3 doubles.

Boys’ Tennis

The Guilford boys’ tennis team played five matches last week and came away with two wins to put the team’s record at 8-7 on the season.

Guilford took a 7-0 road loss against Hand on May 9. The next day, the Grizzlies hosted North Haven and won the contest by a 5-2 final. On May 11, the Grizzlies took a 6-1 defeat to Amity in a home match. Guilford went on to take a 4-3 loss Xavier in a road match at Wesleyan University on May 13. The following day, Guilford hosted Stonington and posted a 4-3 victory in the team’s last matchup of the week.

Boys’ Golf

The Guilford boys’ golf team improved to 5-5 this spring by earning wins in two of its three matchups last week.

Guilford teed off the week by claiming a 165-176 home victory versus Amity at Madison Country Club on May 9. Then on May 11, the Grizzlies hosted Xavier and lost a 171-172 decision against the Falcons. Freshman Andrew Beauton earned medalist honors by shooting a low score of 37 for Guilford. Senior Miguel Pearce shot a 42, junior Aidan Webster finished with a 44, and senior Owen Angkatavanich and junior Shane Considine both carded a 49.

The next day, Guilford played a road match with Amity and edged out the Spartans by the score of 171-172. Beauton once again collected medalist recognition by turning in a low card of 38 on the afternoon. Pearce scored a 43, Angkatavancih shot a 43, and junior Leo Hergan finished with a 47 for the Grizzlies in the win.

Girls’ Outdoor Track

The Guilford girls’ outdoor track team finished its regular season with a record of 5-4 after splitting a tri-meet at Hamden High School last week. The Grizzlies earned a 74-57 win versus Hamden and took an 81-68 loss against Jonathan Law on May 10.

Senior Julia Antony claimed first place in the 1,600 (5:23.1) and the 3,200 (12:42.9) for the Grizzlies. Freshmen Riley Hickey won the 400 (63.1) and finished second in the 200 (27.2). Senior Olivia Skapcyznski won the 800 (2:34.6) and was followed by junior Olivia Kaisin in second place (2:40.5).

Sophomore Tea Davison won the long jump (15-5) for Guilford. The Grizzlies’ 4x400 relay of Hickey, freshman Dani Selig, freshman Ella Heckler, sophomore Ella Young took first place (4:23.9) at the meet. Freshman Lily Sullivan finished tied for second in the high jump (4-6).

On May 14, the Grizzlies sent a few athletes to compete in the Greater Hartford Invitational in East Hartford. Antony finished third in the 1,600 with a season-best time of 5:11.42 for Guilford. Kaisin finished ninth for the event with a 5:26.99, also marking a season best. Skapcyznski placed ninth in the 800 with a season-best time of 2:28.45. The 4x400 relay of Hickey, Heckler, Selig, and Young ran their best time of the year with a 4:16.77 to take home second place.

Boys’ Outdoor Track

The Guilford boys’ outdoor track team took two defeats in a tri-meet at Hamden High School on May 10. Guilford lost to Hamden by the score of 75-62 and also took a 109-40 loss against Jonathan Law to finish the regular season with a mark of 4-5.

The Grizzlies’ 4x800 relay team of sophomore Sergio Garcia Perez, junior Jefferson Guo, junior Michael Masotti, and senior Justin Shiffrin took first place with a time of 9:28.2 at the meet. Junior Bretton Garrick finished first (2:04.7) in the 800, while sophomore Coleman Love placed third (2:06.3) for the event.

Sophomore Andres Gutierrez finished second in the 1,600 (4:50.2) and the triple jump (41-5.5) for Guilford. Shiffrin claimed second place in the 1,600 (4:50.2).

Guilford’s 4x100 relay of senior Mitch Yaggi, senior Cal Stephens, junior Joshua Chen, and junior Mike O’Brien came in second place (47.0). The 4x400 quartet of Garrick, Stephens, Shiffrin, and Chen also finished second (3:46.2).

Stephens finished third in the 400 (54.8), and sophomore Mackinley Cho took third in the 3,200 (11:33.7) for the Grizzlies. Trey Chieffo placed fifth in the long jump with a state-qualifying mark of 19-5.5.