Published 12:00 am, Friday, February 26, 2016
Girls varsity basketball
Despite the team's 63-30 loss to Hamden Hall, the game was important for GFA and junior Lexi Kimball (Easton), who scored her 1,000th point in the first 16 minutes. Kimball became the first athlete in GFA history to score 1,000 points by her junior year, and is only the second female athlete in the school to hit this landmark. This is especially remarkable considering Kimball missed the entire 2014-15 season with an injury.
GFA lost its second game in the week, falling to Hopkins 71-48. The team started strong with a lay-up from senior Sam Furlong (Bridgeport) and solid shooting from the outside; however, the team's turnovers allowed an 11-point deficit at halftime. Despite being down to start the second period, GFA fought back and brought it to within 6 on multiple possessions. Hopkins, though, always seemed to have an answer, leaving the game out of reach for GFA by the final few minutes. GFA is seeded No. 5 in the FAA League playoffs, where they faced Hopkins Monday.
GFA boys squash traveled to West Hartford last week, to take on the Kingswood-Oxford Wyverns. Although the team fell 2-5, individual matches proved highly competitive. Senior Anders Bottger (Redding) defeated his opponent after four close games (9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8), and sophomore John Selkowitz (Norwalk) dispatched his opponent in just three games (11-8, 11-6, 11-8). Sophomore Duda Voldman (Stamford) played at the No. 2 spot, but finally fell to his opponent in the fifth game (9-11, 11-7, 1-11, 11-8, 10-12). Junior Robbie Marcus (New Canaan) also battled his opponent through five games but lost (6-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11). The team will begin the New England tournament Feb. 27-28.
GFA girls squash hosted Kingswood-Oxford last week and fell 0-7. The girls played without their No. 1 player, sophomore Katie Mackle (New Canaan) due to an injury. Stepping up to the No. 1 spot, senior Ingrid Backe (Fairfield) played a tough match, but lost in three sets. The girls will also begin the New England tournament this weekend.
Boys varsity fencing
Boys fencing competed against The Masters School on Feb. 18, and lost 19-8.
Epee lost 3-6, including three losses by default, as the squad only had two of the required three fencers. Senior captain Ryan Petschek (Norwalk) finished the round 0-3, while junior Phil Nicopoulos (Wilton) went undefeated with a score of 3-0.
Girls varsity fencing
Girls fencing competed against Masters on Monday, Feb. 18, at Masters in New York., losing 8-19. The team had a number of fencers missing due to illnesses.
Epee lost 2-7. Senior Lauren Telesz (Fairfield) lost her bouts 1-2 while freshman Amy Petschek (Norwalk) lost her bouts 1-2.
Boys varsity basketball
The Dragons went 2-0 last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Dragons hosted Hamden Hall, winning 66-59. Junior Elvin Rodriguez (Darien) hit five threes and led all scorers with 25 points. Senior Dom Cristiano (Valhalla, N.Y) scored 22 points. Junior Sunday Okeke (Darien) had 11 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 4 steals and 9 points. Sophomore Henry Holzinger (Norwalk) had 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Then on Thursday, GFA defeated the Brunswick School 62-59, winning in the game's final seconds from a slam dunk by Cristiano. Cristiano had 29 points; Okeke pulled down 17 and blocked 3 shots; senior Isaac Manton (Greenwich) had 10 assists; Rodriguez had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals; and Holzinger scored 7 and assisted on 3. These two teams will face each other again on Wednesday as they begin the FAA playoffs.
Last weekend the Dragons competed in the Prep New England Wrestling Championships, an all class tournament that includes post-graduate athletes as well. Three GFA wrestlers qualified: sophomore Sam Stuart (Fairfield) at 113 lbs; junior Hans Forland (Wilton) at 120 lbs; and senior Simon Stone (Wilton) at 170 lbs. Forland finished in second place, and leading up to the finals was unscored-upon, finishing each of his opponents by pin, defeating wrestlers from Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Northfield Mount Hermon, losing to a wrestler from Tabor Academy in the final match. Forland secured a spot at the Prep National Wrestling tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., at Lehigh University this weekend.