Greens Farms Academy led by squash team

The GFA boys squash team, top row from left: Jeb Rooney (Darien), Marshall Bessey (Darien), Robbie Marcus (New Canaan), Andy McIlvaine (Darien), John Selkowitz (Norwalk); and front row from left, GFA Athletic Director Tauni Butterfield, Piero Panariello (Westport), Jack Soper (Southport), Duda Voldman (Stamford), Giani Panariello (Westort), and Head Coach Attilah Agh celebrate their second-place victory at New Englands on Saturday, Feb. 25. They finished just one point behind the first place team, Portsmouth Abbey.

The Greens Farms Academy boys squash team brought home a trophy as the New England Class C runner-up, the boys basketball team went 2-1 in the FAA tournament to finish second, and a pair of wrestlers went to nationals and posted wins.

Boys squash

From his spot in the No. 7 slot, Giani Panariello (Westport) won his bracket, helping to lead Greens Farms Academy to the New England High School Squash runner-up award over the weekend in Portsmouth, R.I.

The Dragons wound up a single point behind the tournament host, Portsmouth Abbey, 52-51, according to head coach Attila Agh.

GFA also had two players advance to the finals of their respective brackets before falling. Duda Voldman (Stamford) at No. 1 fell in three games while Marshall Bessey (Darien) fell by a 3-2 score at No. 6.

At No. 2, John Selkowitz (Norwalk) had the biggest battles and biggest heartbreak. In his semifinal match, he was leading 2-0 before falling in five games.

Then, in the consolation finals, the same thing happened again in a five-game thriller as Selkowitz finished fourth.

Third place showings went to Jack Soper (Southport) in the No. 3 bracket and Andy McIlvaine (Darien) at No. 4.

Jeb Rooney (Darien) placed fifth in his No. 5 bracket, giving the Dragons award winners in all seven brackets.

“I’m really proud of the boys,” GFA coach Attila Agh said. “This year, the level of competition was a lot higher and our team played at a much higher level, as well.”

Girls squash

Katie Mackle (New Canaan) made it to the finals of the No 1 spot, and lost in four games, 11-8, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 to cap off a solid effort for the Dragons.

Ellen Burbank (Southport) won her first two matches, but was defeated in the third round. Lucy Holzinger (Norwalk) also won one match.

Wrestling

Competing at the Prep School Nationals in Pennsylvania, two GFA wrestlers came home with victories in a tough a field.

Sam Stuart (Fairfield) went 2-2 while battling in the 106-pound weight class while four-time FAA and WNEISWA champ Hans Forland (Wilton) went 1-2 in a very difficult 120-pound field.

Boys basketball

In the first round of FAA playoffs, Greens Farms Academy defeated King 74-43 at home on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Six-foot-5 forward Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) scored 21 points while 6-foot-8 center Sunday Okeke (Darien) added 18 to lead the GFA effort. Okeke also grabbed 22 rebounds, dished out six assists and recorded six blocks while Lawerence gathered in 14 caroms.

Evan Roteman (Fairfield) added 10 points while Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) had nine. Prowitt-Smith and Henry Holzinger (Norwlk) had eight assists each.

GFA next traveled to Hamden Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, coming home with an 83-56 victory.

 

Okeke scored 29 points and Prowitt-Smith poured in 28 more to deliver a one-two knockout punch to the Hornets, who had beaten the Dragons in overtime earlier this month.

GFA raced out to a 41-33 halftime and in the second half, outscored Hamden Hall by a 42-24 margin to advance to Saturday’s league final against St. Luke’s.

Okeke had 15 rebounds. Prowitt-Smith had 7 assists. Bennett Close and Okeke each had 3 blocks.

In the championship game, St. Luke’s eked out a 71-69 victory — the Storm’s third victory over the Dragons this season, all within two points or fewer.

Okeke led GFA with 23 points while Prowitt-Smith added 18 and Holzinger 12.

Girls basketball

The career of Lexi Kimball (Easton), the school’s all-time leading scorer, came to an end with a 49-43 loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart in an FAA quarterfinal.

Kimball scored 21 points and Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) scored 13, including a 9-for-10 effort from the line, but it wasn’t enough to stop Sacred Heart’s second-half surge.

Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) added four points, Hannah Kozdeba (Shelton) had three and Elyse Kimball (Easton) had a bucket for GFA.

Lexi Kimball also had seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks for the Dragons. Van Hoesen hauled down eight rebounds while Kozdeba (1 assist) and Marcus (1 steal, 1 assist) had five and four rebounds, respectively. It was also the final game for senior Kaly Houston (Norwalk).

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