Greens Farms Academy athletes make history

Greens Farms Academy sophomore Cole Prowitt-Smith of Fairfield leads a drive down the court in his team’s 87-74 victory over Capital Harbor Prep on Jan. 27. Prowitt-Smith has been a force on the team this year. In a victory over The Masters School earlier in the week, he scored 12 points, had nine assists and seven rebounds.

It was a big weekend at Greens Farms Academy. Within a 20-hour period on Friday and Saturday, history was made and championships were won.

On Friday night, as part of the school’s Pack the House night, senior girls varsity basketball player Lexi Kimball (Easton) became the school’s all-time leading scorer, netting 27 points — giving her 1,377 in her career — in a loss to 50-47 loss to Cheshire Academy.

The next day, GFA hosted the Fairchester Athletic Association’s wrestling championships and senior Hans Forland (Wilton) and Sam Stuart (Westport) both won league titles by going undefeated on the day.

Wrestling

Forland and Stuart both repeated as FAA wrestling championships in their respective weight classes during the league championship meet on Saturday at GFA. Forland won his fourth straight league title, this time at 120 pounds, by going 4-0 on the day against opponents from Brunswick, Rye Country Day, Hamden Hall and Hopkins.

Stuart, grappling out of the 106-pound division, also went 4-0 on the day to earn the title and All-League honors.

The two won their titles the day after GFA lost the inaugural “Town Crown” to cross-city Staples, 63-18.

Winners in that “exhibition match” — which both coaches hope becomes a yearly tradition — were Stuart (pin 1:59) at 106, Forland (pin 1:08) and Nick Attai (Bridgeport) at 126 (by forfeit).

Girls basketball

While Kimball set the new school record, besting Lee Isenstein GFA Class of ’87 and his boys’ best total of 1,376 points, the Dragons battled to the end with the Fighting Cats, but saw their game-winning snapped.

Hannah Kozdeba (Shelton) and Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) added eight points each while Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport) tallied four.

Marcus picked off nine rebounds, notched five steals and dished out three assists while Kozdeba grabbed seven rebounds for GFA.

Kimball also had five rebounds, four steals and four blocks, while Modzelewski hauled down five rebounds and made two steals.

Earlier in the week, GFA beat Convent of the Sacred Heart, 38-34, on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Kimball scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first half. GFA led 20-16 at the half, mostly thanks to Kimball’s hot-shooting hand. Hannah Kozdeba added the other two points.

In the second half, though, Bella Litt (Darien) matched Kimball’s output with six points, Marcus added four and Sarah Peltier (Stamford) netted two. Elyse Kimball (Easton) joined Modzelewski in playing strong defense.

Lexi Kimball also grabbed eight rebounds, made five steals, dished out two assists and had two blocks while Kozdeba added seven rebounds and a steal. Elyse Kimball also had three steals to go with a pair of rebounds.

Boys basketball

The Dragons ran their record to 11-3 — and their win streak to four — with a pair of victories last week.\ A hot-shooting GFA jumped out to a big first-half lead and held on for an 87-74 win over Capital Harbor Prep, capping off the school’s Pack the House night.

Henry Holzinger (Norwalk) drained seven 3-point shots and Evan Roteman (Fairfield) added six more as the two combined for 43 points. Holzinger netted 23 while Roteman had 20.

Sunday Okeke (Darien) chipped in with 11 more while Mack Muller (Westport) scored eight. Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) also had 10 rebounds for GFA.

Earlier in the week, the Dragons defeated The Masters School, 68-54. Okeke and Holzinger both tossed in 18 points to key the offense, but it was the defense that held Masters to just 20 second half points.

Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) added 12 points, Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) 11 and Bennett Close (Norwalk) had two big 3-point shots to aid the victory.

Okeke had 13 rebounds, Lawrence hauled in 10 rebounds, Prowitt-Smith dished out 9 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds and Holzinger finished with 6 assists.

Girls squash

The Dragons fell 6-1 to Westover on Saturday, Jan. 28, with Katie Mackle (New Canaan) notching the one point with a 3-2 (11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-13, 11-9) win.

Ellen Burbank (Southport), Julia Edwards (Westport) and Eva Ebbesen (Westport) all took single games off their opponents in defeat.

On. Jan. 25, the Dragons took on FAA rivals Hopkins at home, losing 7-0.

Despite being down two starting players, the team played some competitive matches. Burbank played an exciting five game match but lost in the fifth (11-1, 11-13, 12-10, 10-12, 4-11). Mackle also played a competitive four-game match, losing in the fourth (4-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12).

Sophomore Alex Nesi (Fairfield) took a game from her formidable opponent (7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 10-12).

The day before, during a 5-2 loss to Holy Child, Mackle earned a three-game sweep from the No. 1 spot while Burbank notched a victory further down the line-up. Lucy Holzinger (Norwalk) pushed her opponent to the limit before falling by a 3-2 score.

Boys squash

The Dragons had a 2-0 week in squash, topping Canterbury 7-0 and defeating rival St. Luke’s 4-3.

The boys varsity squash team took on Canterbury school at home Jan. 25, defeating their opponent 7-0, despite missing their No. 4 Andy McIlvaine (Darien). Captain Duda Voldman (Stamford) defeated his opponent in four games (7-11, 1-11, 2-11, 4-11).

Playing in the No. 2 spot, Jack Soper (Southport) dispatched his opponent in three games (11-6, 11-5, 11-6) while John Selkowitz also had a good outing, defeating his opponent in three (11-6, 11-4, 11-4).

Marshall Bessey (Darien), Jeb Rooney (Darien), brothers Giani and Piero Panariello (Westport) and Blake Newcomer (Greenwich) all were victorious, as well. GFA grinded out a thrilling 4-3 win over St. Luke’s on Thursday, Jan. 26. Victories were picked up by Soper (3-1), Selkowitz (3-0), Rooney (3-1) and Giani Panariello (3-0) to clinch the match win.

Fencing

On Saturday, Jan. 28, GFA’s Zach Rothwell (Fairfield) placed second out of 38 fencers in the Connecticut high school fencing novice tournament. The novice tournament is an annual event for Connecticut high school fencers who have not previously fenced in a high school tournament.

Rothwell went undefeated in his pool (placement round) and turned around a few crucial bouts after falling behind a few points. According to head coach Matt Steinschneider, Rothwell “demonstrated strong adaptability, as well as impressive endurance, throughout the entire nine hours of the tournament.”

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