Boys basketball: GFA loses to St. Luke’s in title game

GFA’s Greg Lawrence goes to the basket versus Hamden Hall.

The two top-ranked boys basketball teams in New England Class C — St. Luke’s of New Canaan and Greens Farms Academy — met in the NEPSAC postseason championship game and it was St. Luke’s who came away with its second straight title, 74-65.  It was the fourth time this season the Storm topped the Dragons, each previous time by single digits.

Six-foot-eight senior center Sunday Okeke (Darien) wrapped up a four-year career at GFA with 23 points. Sophomore guard Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) tossed in 22.

Senior Evan Roteman (Fairfield) ended his career with nine points. Classmates Mack Muller (Westport) and Jacob Manton (Greenwich) also wound up their careers on the court at Clark University.

The loss ended GFA’s season at 20-8.

To get to its fourth New England championship game in five years, GFA had to beat Berwick Academy of Maine in the quarterfinals and FAA rival Hamden Hall in the semifinals.

In a 93-74 quarterfinal win over Berwick Aacdemy (Maine) School, Okeke went for 22 points and 20 rebounds to pace a balanced attack.

Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Manton and Henry Holzinger (Norwalk) had nine points each Prowitt-Smith had eight and Muller and Roteman had seven each.

In GFA’s 68-57 semifinal win over Hamden Hall, Okeke led the charge with a triple-double that included 19 points, 21 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Holzinger added 17 points while Prowitt-Smith tallied 14 and Roteman scored 10.

Fencing

On Saturday, the GFA fencing team competed at the Connecticut High School Fencing State Championships at Hopkins School in New Haven. The event is an individual tournament where each high school team in the state sends its top three fencers in foil, epee, and saber.

In boys epee, co-captain Luke Duffy (Wilton) placed 12th in the state, following his 15-14 win. Co-captain Teddy Gartland (Darien) placed 14th, after a 15-14 overtime bout.

Sophomore Willem Schuddeboom (Darien) placed 71st, after switching from to epee to foil this season to help the team form a full squad. The boys epee team finished with a fifth seed, statewide.   

In girls foil, junior Caroline Telesz (Fairfield) tied for 51st. Sophomore Amy Petschek (Norwalk) placed 38th winning four of six bouts.

In boys foil, Zach Rothwell (Fairfield) placed 53rd. In girls saber, captain Shira Friedson (Trumbull) placed 16th, entering the round of 16 through a close 15-13 comeback after being down 4-8. Hannah Calzone (Norwalk) placed 20th.  Both made it through some intense bouts to reach the placements they made.

In boys saber, sophomore Alex Galik (Darien) placed 27th.

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