Published 12:00 am, Friday, December 25, 2015
Girls varsity fencing
The GFA girls saber squad went 0-9 against the Brunswick/Greenwich Academy saber squad. Junior Shira Friedson (Trumbull), senior Daria Locher (Darien), and freshman Hannah Calzone (Norwalk) went all went 0-3.
The GFA girls epee squad won 7-2 against Brunswick/Greenwich Academy women's epee. Senior captain Taiylor Nunn (Westport) went undefeated, winning all three of her bouts. Senior Lauren Telesz (Fairfield) went 1-1, senior Caroline Booth (Westport) went 2-0, and freshman Amy Petschek (Norwalk) went 0-1, scoring 3 points against her opponent.
The GFA girls foil squad went 3-6 against Brunswick/GA, including three wins by default, as Brunswick/GA only had two of the three required fencers to form a full squad. Senior Kate Allan (Fairfield), senior Kate Koster (Westport), and freshman Alida Deutsch (Westport) all went 1-2, including one win by default each.
Boys varsity fencing
GFA boys varsity fencing competed against Brunswick and Greenwich Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and lost 12-15.
The saber squad went up against a tough Brunswick squad, losing 8 bouts to 1. Senior Matthew Lichtenberg (Stamford) won his bout 5-1. Freshman Alex Galik (Darien) and junior Will Whitman (Stamford) lost their bouts 0-3.
GFA foil went 4-5 against Brunswick. Sophomores Teddy Gartland (Darien) and Matt Jackmauh (Old Greenwich) both won 2-1. Freshman Willem Schuddeboom (Darien) lost 0-2 and sophomore Chili Hopkins (Old Greenwich) lost 0-1.
The GFA boys epee squad won 7-2. Juniors Phil Nicopoulos (Wilton) and Luke Duffy (Wilton) won all three of their bouts and senior Ryan Petschek (Norwalk) scored 1-2.
Girls varsity basketball
GFA went 2-0 this week, beating King 53-47 and Harvey School 65-53, and ended their 2015 season at 4-2.
In the first game of the week, the Dragons won over rival, King. The game was close from the start with the two teams exchanging baskets early. Junior captain Lexi Kimball (Fairfield) found freshman Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) for the first bucket of the game with another assist to junior Olivia Sullivan (Norwalk) right after. Freshman Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) took on the daunting task of guarding the opposing team's best player at this point in the game with the rest of her team behind her. Starting the second half, both teams continued to battle and eventually found themselves tied at 39. With 6:10 left in the contest, Kimball made a basket and got fouled on the way up. She completed the three-point play and gave the team a 42-39 lead. This was the last lead change of the game with GFA eventually winning out by 6. Kimball finished with a game-high 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Sullivan had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus chipped in 6 points, while eighth grader Ashley Humphrey (Darien) put in 5 and Van Hoesen had 4.
In GFA's second game of the week, the Dragons won again against The Harvey School. GFA took the lead early behind tough defensive play from Humphrey who started the game with a quick 6 points. Kimball also began her offensive run in the first few plays of the game followed by Marcus who was constantly looking to attack the rim. The trio finished with 49 points and 18 steals. Kimball had the game-high of 25 points, while Marcus and Humphrey both put in 12. Sullivan also had 12 in the team's fourth win. GFA will break until after the holiday and meet up with St. Luke's at home on Jan. 7.
The GFA wrestling team competed at the Shelton Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 19. Five wrestlers competed, with two placing in the top four. Senior captain Simon Stone (Wilton) wrestled a strong tournament going 3-2 on the day. Junior Hans Forland (Wilton) wrestled a tremendous tournament placing first with four pins en route to his title.
Boys varsity basketball
The boys participated in the Kingswood Oxford Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19. The boys faced Canterbury on Friday, losing 82-67. Senior captain Pat Seegers (Stamford) missed the game with a concussion, and senior Chile Larraguibel (Greenwich) twisted a knee in the game. Junior Evan Roteman (Chappaqua, N.Y.), and senior Dom Cristiano (Valhalla, N.Y.) led the scoring with 14. Junior Elvin Rodriguez (Harlem, N.Y.), had 12. Roteman had seven assists. Cristiano had seven rebounds. Brothers, senior captain Isaac Manton and junior Jacob Manton (Greenwich), were in the starting line-up together.
Saturday in the consolation bracket, GFA was paired up with St Luke's, losing 74-57. Cristiano, had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and Rodriguez had 14 points, 10 rebounds. Holzinger had 13 points, and Roteman led in assists.
GFA men's squash put up their first W for the 2015-2016 season in a 6-1 victory over King. Sophomore Duda Voldman (Stamford) went 3-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-2) as did sophomores John Selkowitz (Norwalk) (11-6, 11-9, 11-7), Jack Soper (Southport) (11-2, 11-7, 11-2) and Alex Necakov (Darien) (11-3, 11-4, 11-2), and junior Robbie Marcus (New Canaan) (11-1, 11-1, 11-4). Senior Anders Bottger (Redding) played a more challenging match but took his opponent in four games (11-3, 11-7, 2-11, 12-10). Finally, senior Patrick Friend (New Canaan), played an exhibition match and defeated his opponent in a decisive three games (11-3, 11-2, 11-8). Wednesday the Dragons took on Hopkins School, losing 7-1. Senior captain Jack Mackle (New Canaan) took on the No. 1 player (who is also the current No. 1 player in the U.S.), and played hard until the last match. Voldman played a very smart match at No. 2, and pulled out the only win for the Dragons, defeating his player in three sets.
GFA girls squash fell to the historically strong Greenwich Academy 6-1. Playing in the five spot, senior Julia McGonagle (Southport) played the most competitive match of her season, seizing the win after a tough five games (3-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 7-11). The team's No. 1, sophomore Katie Mackle (New Canaan), also faced a well-matched opponent but lost in a close four games (9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 7-11). Senior Bella Kallassy (New Canaan), who plays No. 6 for the team, also competed in a close match (6-11, 9-11, 5-11).