GFA teams open seasons

The Greens Farms Academy girls varsity basketball team opened its season last week, losing three tough match-ups against FAA opponent Convent of the Sacred Heart (36-20) and NEPSAC opponents Chase Collegiate (42-16) and Watkinson School (56-32).
Although the Lady Dragons were not able to earn a win in the opening week, the team saw vast improvement by the close of Saturday’s match-up against Watkinson.
Senior Daly Naughton was able to put up big numbers against the Watkinson Rams, including 19 points and 10 rebounds. She also had four steals, three assists and two blocks. The team finished the game with eight players putting points on the scoreboard.
Varsity wrestling
GFA kicked off its dual-match season last weekend at the Loomis Chaffee School. The Dragons, coming off a strong showing at the Canterbury Invitational, looked to keep their momentum but several injuries handicapped their lineup.
The Dragons dropped several close duals to Lawrenceville (N.J.) 30-52, Brunswick 34-48 and Loomis 29-36.
GFA defeated perennial league contender Avon Old Farms, 40-36. The dual came down to a contested bout at 113 pounds, with the  winner of the bout deciding the dual for his team.
In a dramatic comeback, freshman Sam Stuart won an 18-11 decision locking the victory for the Dragons.
Four GFA wrestlers went undefeated on the day: senior Riley Grady (132), senior Ben Holcomb (152), senior Jad Qaddourah (160) and senior Trent Turner (220).
The Dragons returned to action this weekend at the Shelton Invitational.
Boys varsity squash
GFA had its first match Dec. 9, against Brunswick, and was narrowly defeated by a score of 4-3.
Senior captain Scott Brown led the Dragons with his first win of the season. Freshman John Selkowitz, playing No. 5, defeated his opponent 3-1. Freshman Duda Voldman  won 3-0 and senior Rui Aguiar, playing No. 3, was narrowly defeated 3-2.
Girls varsity squash
GFA split two two matches this past week.
On Monday, Dec. 8, GFA was defeated by Convent of the Sacred Heart by a score of 6-1.
Freshman Mia Krishnamurthy, No. 2 player, continued her undefeated season with a 3-1 victory over her opponent.
Senior captain Charlotte Krietler (Fairfield) fought her way back up from 0-2 to 2-2; she was then down 10-6 in the fifth game, fought her way back to 10-10 and eventually lost in the tie breaker 12-10.
Junior Avery Vancore was also was down 2-0 and came back to 2-2 before losing in the fifth.
Then on Thursday, Dec. 11, GFA defeated Rye High School 7-0. The Dragons were in control from the start of the match.
The most exciting match was from the No. 5 player, freshman Carolina Conzelman (Fairfield).
Battling her way back from 2-1 down in games, she won the fourth game 13-11 and then the final game 11-9 to complete a 7-0 sweep.
Boys varsity basketball
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, GFA faced FAA opponent St. Luke’s. St Luke’s exploded out with a 15-2 start and then fended off repeated Greens Farms’ comeback rallies. Early pressure by the Storm rushed GFA into one of its highest turnover and poorest shooting nights in recent history.
However, GFA did not go down without a fight. With a minutes left in the game, the momentum had swung into GFA’s favor as the deficit narrowed to two points. A foul put St Luke’s on the line, which they converted and that two-possession lead was enough to secure the 57-54 win for St. Luke’s.
Senior Zach Baines shot 8 for 10 from the field, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Senior Jim Djema scored 14 points, junior Isaac Manton had 10 and Chile Larraguibel scored eight. Sophomore Even Roteman had five assists and senior Dugald Shannon had nine rebounds.
On Friday, Dec. 12, playing again without starting center sophomore Sunday Okeke GFA faced unbeaten Hopkins School.
GFA came within two points at the 3:24 remaining mark, but fouling trouble stopped the momentum, and the Dragons finished the game losing to Hopkins 50-63.
Stat leaders for the Dragons were: Djema with 15 points; Larraguibel with 14 points and seven steals; Baines with 13 points; Manton with eight points and seven rebounds.
Girls varsity fencing
The GFA girls won 14-13 against Greenwich High School Friday, Dec. 12. There were three strips set with a designated strips for foil, epee and sabre.The meet score was 13-13 when junior Kate Koster defeated her opponent 5-0 and won the clinching bout for the team.
Junior Kate Allan (Fairfield) and junior Erica Im also won a bout for the foil squad,. which went 3-6.
The epee squad started the meet strong and went 3-0 against GHS. The second round they went 2-1 and in the final round finished 1-2. They defeated the GHS epee team with a score of 6-3.
Junior Lauren Telesz (Fairfield) went 1-2, junior Maggie Boudreau went 2-1, and junior captain Taiylor Nunn went undefeated 3-0.
This was the first competition of the season for GFA’s sabre squad, the first meet for freshman Caroline Kulak and the first day that freshman Caroline Telesz (Fairfield) ever held a sabre.
The first round had the squad at 1-2, however they got momentum in the second round and went 3-0 against GHS.
Sophomore Shira Friendson went 1-2 against GHS, Telesz finished 1-2 and Kulak went undefeated for the day: 3-0.
Boys varsity fencing
The boys team competed against last year’s state champions, the Greenwich High School, on Friday, Dec. 12. The team lost 11-16 against GHS.
The boys forfeited three sabre bouts because the team has only eight members and a full boys’ team requires nine fencers.
Including the three forfeits, the sabre team went 3-6 with a win from sophomore Phil Nicopoulos and two wins from sophomore William Whitman.
The boy’s foil team finished 4-5 against GHS. Junior Alex McKenna and freshman Teddy Gartland both went 2-1.
Freshman Zach Reznikoff fenced very well for his first meet and scored four touches against his first opponent, finishing down 4-5.
The boy’s epee team also finished 4-5. Junior Matthew Lichtenberg won a bout in the first round 5-3.
Sophomore Luke Duffy  won against his opponent 5-4 in the second round and then won against his other opponent in the third round 5-2.
The most exciting bout of the day came from junior Ryan Petschek, who was fencing with a score of 4-4 and with one second left got a touch and won his bout 5-4.

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