Hand Girls’ Soccer, Field Hockey Take Loss in Conference Semis; Swim team places 4th in SCC Championship

Senior Maddie Coulis and the Hand girls football team suffered a loss to Cheshire in the CSC semi-finals last week and are now preparing to play in the Class L state tournament this week. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source Photo courtesy of Wesley Bunnell

Senior Shawk Staak and the Hand field hockey team gave Cheshire a great game when they lost 1-0 to the Rams in the semi-finals of the SCC tournament on November 1. Photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Source Photo courtesy of Wesley Bunnell

Junior Norah Stotz helped the Tigers record a fourth-place finish when they competed in SCC Championship competition at Southern Connecticut State University. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Source Photo courtesy of Kelley Fryer

Women’s football

Hand’s girls’ soccer team traveled to Middletown to face Mercy in the semi-finals of the SCC tournament last week. The Tigers suffered a loss to Mercy in the conference semifinals to put their overall record at 14-3-1 entering the Class L state tournament this week.

After picking up a 2-0 win over Guilford in the quarter-finals, the No. 3 Hand seed hit the road to take on No. 2 Mercy for an SCC Tournament semi-final match on Nov. 1. Hand dropped a 2-0 decision to Mercy, who then suffered a 2-1 loss to Cheshire in the Championship game.

Hand is the No. 6 seed in the Class L state tournament and will host No. 27 Rockville for a first-round contest on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. If the Tigers win, they will host the winner of No. 11 Woodstock and No. 22 for a second-round game on Thursday, November 10 at 2 p.m.

The Class L quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 2 p.m.; and the semi-finals take place from Tuesday November 15 to Thursday November 17. The Class L State Finals takes place at Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford on Saturday, November 19 or Sunday, November 20.

boys soccer

The Hand Boys football team will participate in the Class L State Tournament starting this week.

With their overall record of 7-7-2, the 21st-seeded Tigers will open the state draw by playing a road game against 12th-seeded Bassick in the first round on Monday, November 7. at 17 o’clock. With a victory, the Tigers would face the winner of the No. 5 seed Berlin and the No. 28 Stratford in the second round on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m.

The Class L State quarterfinals will take place on Friday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The semi-finals will take place from Tuesday November 15 to Thursday November 17; and the Class L Championship game will be played at Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford on Saturday, November 19 or Sunday, November 20.

Field hockey

The Hand field hockey team were on the road to take on Cheshire for a semi-final of the SCC tournament last week. The Tigers lost a 1-0 decision to Cheshire in the CSC semi-finals and are now 12-5-1 overall as they open play in the States this week.

Hot on the heels of a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart Academy in the quarter-finals, the 3rd-seeded Tigers played a game on the road against No. 2 seed Cheshire in the semi-finals of the tournament CSC on November 1. Cheshire won the contest by a score of 1-0 to advance to the championship game, where the Rams took a 2-1 win over Branford to claim their first conference title since 2013.

Hand is seeded No. 5 in the Class L State Tournament and hosts Avon for a first-round match on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. If the Tigers win this game, they will face the winner of the No. 4 seed Simsbury and No. 13 Pomperaug in the quarterfinals on Thursday, November 10.

The Class M semi-finals will be played on Tuesday November 15 and Wednesday November 16. The state final will take place at Wethersfield High School on Saturday, November 19.

Swimming and diving girls

The Hand women’s swim and dive team took to the water to compete in the SCC Championship held at Southern Connecticut State University on November 3. The Tigers finished in fourth place with a team score of 697 in the SCC encounter. Cheshire won the title by scoring a total of 1,226 points.

Sophomore Sami Chemacki finished second in the 500 freestyle for the Tigers at the SCC Championship. Chemacki finished with a time of 5:15.80 en route to taking second place honors in the 500m. Chemacki also finished fifth in the 200m freestyle swimming a time of 2:00.91 in the event.

Hand’s 400 freestyle relay, consisting of Chemacki, sophomore Lillian Miller, sophomore Seorin Kim and sophomore Ariana Potter, earned third place (3:52.64) at SCC. The Tigers’ 200 freestyle relay with Kim, Potter, Miller and Chemacki finished fifth (1:45.74). The 200m medley relay of junior Norah Stotz, sophomore Aniella Lesnik, freshman Sofia Rastelli and sophomore Lily Vest came in 10th place (2:06.22) for Hand.

Potter was also fifth in the 100 freestyle (56.14) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.41) at SCC competition. Miller was seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:33.16) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (2:01.60).

Kim finished 11th in the 100 backstroke (1:04.64) and also swam to a 14th place finish in the 200 freestyle (2:07.45) for the Tigers. Rastelli was 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.42) and was also 18th in the 500 freestyle (5:59.18).

Junior Haley Wines was 17th in the 200 freestyle (2:08.84) and 21st in the 100 freestyle (1:00.99) at SCC. Stotz took 19th place in the 100 freestyle (1:00.37) and also finished 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:08.20).

Junior Lucy Schwarz finished 21st in the 500 freestyle (6:05.01) and 100 breaststroke (1:20.31) for the Tigers. Vest took 23rd place in the 50 freestyle (28.21) and 100 freestyle (1:01.25).

Lesnik finished 22nd in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.74) at the SCC competition. Rookie Ella Speerli placed 25th in the 50 freestyle (28.38) and second Emily Butler was 26th in the 500 freestyle (6:13.11) on behalf of Hand.

A few days before the swimming portion of the SCC competition, the Tigers sent three athletes to compete in the SCC Diving Championship at Sheehan High School on October 29. Speerli finished in 15th place with a score of 310.10 points for the Tigers. Junior Hadley Reiss finished 19th (283.30), while second Georgia Cohen placed 23rd (267.15) during the meet.

Hand is competing in the Class S State Championship this week. The Class S Diving Championship will be held at Sheehan High School at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9; swim trials will be Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Cheshire Community Pool; and the Class S Swimming Championships is hosted at Southern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

girls cross country

Freshman Annecy Vleiks represented the Hand women’s cross-country team by competing at the State Open Championship last week. The meeting took place at Wickham Park on November 3.

Vlieks finished in 29th place on behalf of the Tigers in the State Open Championship. Vlieks clocked 20:36 to claim 29th place in the competition.

boys cross country

The Hand Boys cross country team sent two athletes to compete in the State Open Championship held at Wickham Park in Manchester on November 3. Senior Harry Grenier and fellow senior Nicholas Montana represented the Tigers at the Open.

Grenier finished in 37th place for Hand at the State Open Championship. Grenier crossed the finish line with a time of 17:01 to take 37th place in the competition.

Montana posted a 79th place performance at the Open. Montana ran a time of 17:41 to finish in 79th place for the Tigers.

Soccer

Hand’s football team hit the road to take on North Haven for a CSC Tier 1 game on Nov. 4. The Tigers suffered a 35-14 loss to the Nighthawks at North Haven Middle School to improve to 2-6 overall with a 1-5 record in the division this year. North Haven improved their overall record to 7-1 and are now 4-1 at SCC level with the win.

Junior Aidan Dolan recorded the first score of the game when he rushed for a 75-yard touchdown just 59 seconds into Hand’s game against North Haven. Sophomore Jack Healy made the extra run for a 7-0 Tigers lead.

Later in the first quarter, North Haven tied the game scoring on a 35-yard touchdown run to make it 7-7 after one. The Nighthawks then used a 47-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

North Haven scored on a 56-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard touchdown run during the third quarter to increase their lead to 35-7 entering the fourth. Sophomore Paul Calandrelli ran for a 3-yard touchdown for Hand just 7 seconds from the last frame. Healy’s extra point was the last points of the night in a 35-14 win for North Haven.

Calandrelli went 12 for 23 passes with 98 yards to go on his rushing touchdown for the Tigers against North Haven. Dolan ran the ball 12 times for 124 yards and a touchdown on the night. Junior Gavin Wagner had 9 carries for 43 yards, while second Tyler Narracci rushed 12 times for 32 yards.

Senior Sam Sisk had 6 receptions for 66 yards in the contest. Junior Owen Preskar had 3 catches for 16 yards for Hand.

Hand hosts Sheehan (3-5) for his next game at the Surf Club on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The Tigers will then be on the road to face Guilford in their annual Thanksgiving week game on Wednesday November 23 at 7 p.m.