GFA’s Sunday Okeke joins 1,000-point club

Greens Farms Academy senior Sunday Okeke of Darien scored his 1,000th point in an 84-59 victory over Hyde School Saturday, Feb. 4. Okeke becomes the ninth GFA player and the seventh boy to surpass the 1,000-point mark.

It was a historic Saturday afternoon at the Coyle Gym when Greens Farms Academy boys basketball player Sunday Okeke (Darien) became the ninth GFA player in school history, and seventh boy, to surpass the 1,000-career point mark in an 84-59 victory over Hyde School of Woodstock.

Okeke finished the game with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Dragons, who improved to 14-3.

All five of GFA’s starters finished in the double digits: Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) also had 13 points; Evan Roteman (Fairfield) netted 12 points, Henry Holzinger (Norwalk) added 11 and Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) chipped in with 10 more points to go with 10 rebounds, for his 10th double-double of the season.

Holzinger had seven assists, Brady Reynolds (Wilton) had five and Teddy Brown (Greenwich) had four blocked shots.

The win ran GFA’s record to 14-3 and win streak to seven games.

The night before the win over Hyde, GFA used a strong inside game to roll past Redemption Christian Academy, 88-73.

Okeke poured in 28 points and Lawrence added 24 more to pace the Dragons effort.

The Dragons started the week with a 68-61 win over Brunswick.

Holzinger tossed in 23 points and three other Dragons found their way into double digits, too, as Okeke added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Lawrence had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Prowitt-Smith netted 12 points. Holzinger also dished out five assists as did Roteman.

Girls basketball

Lexi Kimball (Easton) scored 16 points in less than a half of play while the rest of the Dragons stepped up with a second-half that was good enough to win over Christian Heritage of Trumbull on Monday, 44-36.

Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) added 7 points while Sarah Peltier (Stamford) sank 6 points and Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) 5 for GFA, which improved to 9-6. Bella Litt (Darien, 3 points), Hannah Kozdeba (Shelton, 3 points), Kaly Houston (Norwalk, 2 points) and Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport, 2 points) also found their way into the scoring column.

Houston hauled down nine rebounds and made two steals. Marcus had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, Litt had 5 steals, Kimball had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals, Van Hoesen 5 rebounds, and Modzelewski 5 rebounds, 4 steals.

Two days later against Holy Child, Marcus scored 15 points, but the undermanned Dragons struggled and fell 45-29.

Kozdeba and Peltier both had six points and Litt had two for account for GFA’s scoring.

Litt had nine rebounds and three steals for GFA while Marcus had seven steals, five rebounds and four assists. Kozdeba added five boards and two steals.

Boys Squash

The Dragons split a pair of 6-1 matches last week, falling to Brunswick by that score before topping Fairfield High School.

Boys varsity squash challenged Fairfield Ludlowe at home on Wednesday, winning 6-1. Junior Jack Soper (Southport) played an exciting match and won in four games (11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Junior captain Duda Voldman (Stamford) played a tight five game match as the No. 1 seed but lost in the fifth game (7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 10-12). Finally, junior Jeb Rooney (Darien) challenged his opponent and defeated him in the fourth game

Missing two members of their top seven team, GFA boys varsity squash travelled to Greenwich to take on the formidable Brunswick School, losing 6-1.

Voldman played an exciting match with long points and defeated in his opponent in four games (11-6, 4-11, 13-11, 11-6).

Junior captain, John Selkowitz (Norwalk) also played a competitive match but lost in four (7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 2-11). Rooney lost in three games but battled through each individual game (5-11, 7-11, 6-11).

Girls squash

Katie Mackle (New Canaan) notched the lone point for the Dragons in their 6-1 loss to Rye Country Day School, winning 3-1.

Ellen Burbank (Southport) and Eve Ebbesen (Westport) also notched games, but weren’t able to pull out match wins.

The next time out, in a 7-0 loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mackle pushed her opponent to the limit before falling by a 3-2 tally. Mackle lost 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 4-11, 6-11.

Clare Foley (Southport), Charlotte Cohen (Westport), Lucy Holzinger (Norwalk), Nikki Greenberg (Westport), Alex Nesi (Fairfield) and Lillian Breier (Southport) all saw varsity action.

Boys fencing

In a multi-way meet on Saturday, Jan. 21, the boys fencing team lost 13-11 to Cheshire (seven by default), 16-11 to Concord-Carlisle (12 by default), and 18-9 to Hopkins (12 by default).

Against Cheshire captain Luke Duffy (Wilton) went 1-2, scoring 6 points in total. Captain Teddy Gartland (Darien) ended the round 2-1, and scored 13 points.  

The boys foil squad won 6-3 (3 losses by default). Willem Schuddeboom (Darien) went 3-0, winning every bout and scoring 15 points. Zach Rothwell (Fairfield) went 3-0 as well, and scored 15 points.  

The boys saber squad lost 2-4; Alex Galik (Darien) won both of his bouts and scored ten points.

Against Concord-Carlisle the boy’s epee squad lost 4-5 (3 losses by default). Duffy ended the round undefeated, going 3-0 and scoring 15 points. Gartland went 1-2, and scored 9 points.

Boys foil lost 4-5 (3 losses by default). Schuddeboom went 2-1 and scored 12 points and Rothwell went 2-1 for the round and scored 13 points.

The boys saber squad lost 3-6 (6 losses by default). Galik won all of his bouts, and ended the round 3-0 with 15 points.  

Against Hopkins the boys epee squad lost 4-5, with 3 losses by default. Duffy went 2-1 and scored 10 points. Gartland ended the round 2-1 with 13 points.

Boys foil lost 2-7, including 3 losses by default. Schuddeboom (Darien) went 1-2, as did Rothwell.

Boys saber lost 3-6, with 6 losses by default. Galik capped the day undefeated, winning all three of his bouts and scored 15 points.

Girls fencing

GFA girls varsity fencing also competed against Cheshire, Concord-Carlisle, and Hopkins last weekend.

Against Cheshire, the Dragons lost 15-3, but the lone fencer competing won all three points. Captain Shira Friedson (Trumbull), fencing epee in this round, went 3-0, winning every bout and scoring a total of 15 points.  

Against Concord-Carlisle, a 24-3 loss with all 24 defeats coming by default, Friedson competed in saber and concluded the round 3-0, winning every bout and scoring a total of 15 points.  

Versus Hopkins, a 26-1 loss, Friedson stayed with saber this round, went 1-2 and scored 9 points.

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