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John Petonito and the Guilford boys’ basketball team posted a 56-50 win over Career in an exciting contest on Jan. 7. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

John Petonito and the Guilford boys’ basketball team posted a 56-50 win over Career in an exciting contest on Jan. 7. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier | Buy This Photo)


Sam Leiby and the Indians took a loss against Sheehan, but rebounded with a victory versus Career later in the week. File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Sam Leiby and the Indians took a loss against Sheehan, but rebounded with a victory versus Career later in the week. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier | Buy This Photo)

Guilford Boys’ Hoops Gets Win Against Career; Fencing Teams Have Big Weeks

Published Jan 13, 2020 • Last Updated 09:30 am, January 13, 2020

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Boys’ Basketball

The Guilford boys’ basketball team went to New Haven and earned its first win of the season with a 56-50 victory over Career on Jan. 7. Three days later, the Indians took an 80-43 defeat against Hillhouse to move to 1-3 on the year.

Chris Cahill scored 28 points, and John Petonito had 12 points when the Indians beat Career. Guilford trailed by as many as seven points in the first quarter before fighting its way back. The Indians took a 39-30 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers rallied to cut it to 52-50 with 1:19 remaining. The Indians converted four of their six attempts from the free-throw line, including two by Cahill, to solidify the win.

Cahill scored 18 points for Guilford in the Hillhouse game. Brayden Santa Barbara chipped in with 11 points.

Girls’ Basketball

The Indians came away with a split of two games last week and are now 2-4 this year. Guilford dropped a contest to Sheehan and then came back with a convincing win versus Career.

On Jan. 7, Guilford lost to Sheehan by the score of 50-43. Faith O’Donnell scored seven points for the Indians. Elle Petra had six points, while Sam Leiby and Moira Kellaher added five points apiece.

In the team’s second road game of the week, Guilford netted a 68-26 victory against Career on Jan. 10. O’Donnell, Leiby, Kellaher, and Petra all scored 10 points in the win.

Boys’ Ice Hockey

Senior captain Jack Dacey recorded a natural hat trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime, to lift Guilford to a 4-3 overtime win against St. Joseph on Jan. 11.

Dacey scored a pair of third-period goals to help the Indians rally for their victory over St. Joseph. Guilford outshot the Cadets by a 34-20 margin for the game.

Earlier in the week, the Indians battled North Branford to a 4-4 draw. Guilford has a record of 2-4-1 on the season.

Girls’ Fencing

Guilford posted wins over North Haven and Hand and then swept all four of its opponents at the Morgan Invitational last week.

The Indians started off the week by earning a 24-3 win over North Haven on Jan. 8. Guilford’s foil (9-0), épée (8-1), and saber (7-2) teams all claimed victory at the meet.

The day after that, Guilford defeated Hand by a 20-7 score, led by wins from its saber (8-1), foil (6-3), and épée (6-3) squads. The Indians’ JV team took a 15-12 defeat to Hand, but still saw its saber team get a 5-4 victory.

Then on Jan. 11, the Indians notched four victories when they competed at the Morgan Invitational. Guilford defeated Greenwich (20-7), Hand (23-4), Hopkins (19-8), and Morgan (20-7) at the event. The Indians’ saber team went 9-0 against all four opponents.

Saber teammates Shayla Flynn, Anna Angkatavanich, Adella Cho, and Camilla Gipson were unbeatable all day long for Guilford. Exceptional performances by épéeist Julia Gangemi and foil fencer Lindsey Smith left them also undefeated for the day.

Boys’ Fencing

The Indians competed in a pair of dual-meets last week, picking up a 15-12 victory over North Haven on Jan. 8. Guilford recorded a 6-3 win in foil and a 5-4 victory in saber, while taking a 5-4 loss in épée against North Haven.

The following day, the Indians took a 16-11 loss to Hand. Guilford’s JV team earned a 16-11 win versus the Tigers, led by victories from its saber (7-2) and épée (6-3) squads.

On Jan. 11, Guilford competed at the Morgan Invitational in Clinton. The Indians won three of their four matches on the day, earning victories against Greenwich (17-10), Hand (15-12), and Morgan (20-7) to go with a loss versus Hopkins (15-12). The épée team went 9-0 in the win over Greenwich.

Boys’ Swimming and Diving

The Greater New Haven Warriors boys’ swimming and diving team hosted Cheshire for a matchup at Walter Gawrych Community Pool on Jan. 9. The Warriors took a 97-88 defeat against the Rams to move to 1-2 this season.


Guilford took two out of three matches in a four-team home meet against Ledyard, Middletown, and Trumbull on Jan. 11. The Indians defeated Ledyard (41-33) and Middletown (35-34), while losing to Trumbull (53-24) at the meet.

Posting wins for Guilford against Ledyard were Mohammad Halabi at 106 pounds, John Fernandes with a 13-2 decision at 132 pounds, Kyle Putnam with an 11-4 win at 132 pounds; Edward Barlage, who outpointed his opponent 11-0 at 138 pounds; Aiden Ghiroli, who recorded a pin in 2:23 at 170 pounds; Zach Halas, who picked up a forfeit win at 182 pounds; and Ian Rose, a pinfill victor at 220 pounds.

Halabi, Barlage, Ghiroli, and Rose earned for Guilford victories versus Middletown.

Anthony Bomgardner won by pin in the 125-pound match against Trumbull. Other wins were recorded by Barlage (138), Brent Strand (160), and Rose (220).

Earlier in the week, the Indians recorded a 37-33 victory versus Foran on Jan. 8.

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