Sunday, November 28, 2021


Hand Football Routs Sheehan, 49-6; Girls’ Swimming Earns Victory Versus North Haven


The Hand football team earned its second win of the season by posting an emphatic home victory versus Sheehan at the Surf Club on Oct. 8. The Tigers defeated the Titans by the final score of 49-6 to level their record at 2-2 on the year.

Senior Ethan O’Brien ran the ball 17 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hand to the win. Senior quarterback Patch Flanagan went 11-of-14 passing for 152 yards with two TDs to go with a touchdown on the ground.

Flanagan threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to fellow senior Seth Sweitzer with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter to put Hand on the board. O’Brien scored on a 20-yard TD rush with 36 seconds left in the frame, and the Tigers had a 14-0 lead after one.

Flanagan ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter, followed by a 16-yard scoring rush from O’Brien. Hand held a 28-0 advantage at intermission.

In the third quarter, O’Brien ran for a 19-yard touchdown as the Tigers increased their lead to 35-0. Flanagan tossed a 27-yard TD pass to junior Sam Sisk in the fourth quarter, and Hand had a 42-0 cushion over Sheehan. After the Titans scored a TD, junior quarterback Will Klein ran for a 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put a bow on the Tigers’ 49-6 victory.

Hand’s next game is a road tilt versus Shelton at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

The Hand girls’ swimming and diving team posted a 96-87 road win against North Haven at Walter Gawrych Community Pool on Oct. 5. The Tigers improved to 4-2 with the victory.

Senior Grace Sweeney finished first in the 50 freestyle by swimming a time of 26.47 for Hand. Sweeney also took first place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.40. Abbi Chemacki finished first in the 500 freestyle (5:28.42), while freshman Seorin Kim claimed first place in the 100 backstroke (1:05.37). The Tigers’ 200 freestyle relay team of senior Kacie Wines, freshman Samantha Chemacki, sophomore Haley Wines, and Sweeney also finished in first place (1:47.15).

Hand was also bolstered by second-place performances from Samantha Chemacki in the 200 freestyle (2:07.44) and the 100 freestyle (58.82), Abbi Chemacki in the 200 individual medley (2:24.93), Kacie Wines in the 100 butterfly (1:07.16), freshman Lillian Miller in the 500 freestyle (5:40.16), and sophomore Molly Hoban in the 100 breaststroke (1:28.17). The Tigers also received solid showings from freshman divers Juliana Bell and Georgia Cohen in the win.

Girls’ Volleyball

The Hand girls’ volleyball team hit the court for three home matches last week and came away with a couple of victories to run its record to 9-3 this fall. The Tigers claimed wins against Guilford and Lyman Hall to go with a loss to Jonathan Law in last week’s contests.

Hand began its week by earning a 3-0 victory over Guilford on Oct. 4. Senior Lilly Perry dished out 13 assists to go with four aces for the Tigers. Fellow senior Niamnh Mullally had four kills and four aces.

The next day, the Tigers took a 3-0 loss versus Jonathan Law at Daniel Hand High School.

Hand played another home match when Lyman Hall came to Madison on Oct. 7. The Tigers won the matchup by a 3-0 score to finish off another solid week. Senior Audrey Totten recorded five kills with blocks for Hand. Junior Natalie Lucas chipped in with six kills and a pair of aces.

Field Hockey

The Tigers’ field hockey team won two of its three games last week to improve its record to 5-4-1-1 on the year. Hand earned shutout wins versus Lauralton Hall and Lyman Hall before taking an overtime loss to Norwalk in its recent contests.

On Oct. 5, Hand defeated Lauralton Hall by a 2-0 score in a road game. Two days later, the Tigers hosted Lyman Hall and recorded a 10-0 shutout at Daniel Hand High School.

Senior Alanna Fay and sophomore Jordan Kells both scored two goals for Hand in the Lyman Hall victory. Senior Natalia Nolan, senior Ella Scarice, senior Riley Kilbourn, junior Erin Funk, freshman Bridget Waters, and Jacqueline Kennedy added one goal apiece.

This game also marked the Hand field hockey team’s Celebration of Life Game that served as a cancer awareness fundraiser. The Tigers and Lyman Hall both wore pink, as did the guests of the evening, the HTC Field Hockey program, which joined Hand for the game and a quick scrimmage during halftime. Tigers’ Head Coach Sue Leckey said that it was a great community event with a lot of positive energy.

Coach Leckey added that Hand did a great job of limiting shots on goal in both of these games. The Tigers’ defense is anchored by senior Kelly Fay, junior Shawn Staak, and junior Olivia Amieka. Senior goalie Megan Hart contributed to the shutout in both victories.

Then on Oct. 9, Hand played a non-conference game at Norwalk and dropped a 1-0 decision in overtime.

Boys’ Soccer

The Tigers’ boys’ soccer squad played two road games last week and came away with a win and a tie to stay unbeaten with a mark of 8-0-2 on the campaign. The Tigers tied Guilford and then defeated Shelton in last week’s action.

Hand opened up the week by playing Guilford to a 0-0 draw in a road game on Oct. 6. Senior goalie Tim Perez made one save to get the shutout in net for the Tigers.

Two days later, the Tigers were back on the road to face Shelton and claimed a 3-1 victory versus the Gaels.

Girls’ Soccer

The Hand girls’ soccer squad split a pair of home games last week by defeating Shelton and then taking a loss to Guilford. The Tigers now have an overall record of 5-2-3.

In its first game of the week, Hand claimed a 4-0 home victory over Shelton on Oct. 5. Senior Mia Forti had a goal with two assists for the Tigers. Senior Lila Sullivan scored a goal and had an assist in the win. Junior Lydia Doraz and sophomore Rory Parri also scored goals for Hand, while senior Maddie Hummel had an assist. Senior keeper Brooke Salutari made eight saves in net.

Two days later, the Tigers faced Guilford at the Surf Club and were edged out by a 2-1 score. Hand took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Hummel scored a goal off a free kick from junior Maya Howard. However, Guilford scored two goals during the second half and went on to get the 2-1 victory.

Boys’ Cross Country

The Hand boys’ cross country team sent six athletes to compete at the Neubauer Invitational at Sheehan High School on Oct. 15. The Tigers posted a team score of 157 points to finish in seventh place out of nine teams at the meet.

Sophomore Ty Boucino finished in 10th place overall by running a time of 18:40.9 for the 5K race. Senior Jacob McGeary finished in 30th place (20:05.1), and sophomore Chris Bonavita took 31st place (20:05.6) for the Tigers.

Senior Ethan Speerli finished in 42nd place (20:36.8), sophomore Ian Foster finished in 44th place (20:49.5), and sophomore Mason Stewart came in 53rd place (21:37.5) for Hand.

Chris Piccirillo is the Sports Editor for Zip06. Email Chris at

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