GFA netters defeat Rye Country Day

The Greens Farms Academy boys varsity tennis team picked up an important FAA league win with a 5-2 victory at home against Rye Country Day School last week.

The Dragons were led again by the No. 1 doubles team of senior Matt Smith (Purchase, N.Y.) and junior Sean Minson (Darien), who consistently provide the team with early energy with great play and solid wins 6-1, 6-4 victory.

That win was followed-up by the strong third doubles team of freshman Aiden Helfant (Riverside) and junior Jason Garrelick (Wilton) with a 6-0, 6-1 win.

GFA’s next win was provided by No. 4 singles Niklas Simonsen (Riverside,  who played an extremely clean match despite the wind, winning 6-0, 6-2.

Sealing the win for GFA was the No. 2 doubles team of freshman Jack Ramsay (Darien) and Marcus Ng (Greenwich), who fought back from being down 5-2 in the second set to victorious straight set win 6-3, 7-5.

The match ended with Connor Minson (Darien) winning a battle at No. 2 singles, getting pushed to a third set tiebreaker with an exciting 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 12-10 victory.

The win moves the Dragon’s record to 4-2.

Track and field

The GFA track and field team competed at Masters against Masters and Brunswick.

On the girls side, senior Eva Scianna (Trumbull) set her season’s best in the 400m at 1:07.14. Junior Lillian Breier (Southport) and classmate Ryan Morris (Westport) cleared the 100m hurdles in their personal best times of 20.01 and 21.27, respectively.

Eighth grader Caroline McCall (Westport) set the school record in the 1500 race with a blistering 5:28.

The boys team set two school records in Dobbs Ferry.

Sophomore Will McCall (Westport) set the boys 1500 mark with a 4:39 clocking.

And, the 4×800 team of junior Tyler Bieder (Southport), freshman Charlie Bohnsack (Darien), junior Nick Attai (Bridgport) and senior Scott Barnett (Ridgefield), shattered GFA’s old mark by 37 seconds with a 9:24.0.

Senior Aaron Miller (Stamford) set his personal best in the 400m at 56.75.

On Saturday, the Dragons travelled to New Milford to compete against Canterbury.

Senior Chloe Messina (Old Greenwich) set her season best in the 200 (30.34), as did Breier in the 300 hurdles (1:02.28).

Also in the 300 hurdles, sophomore Kristiana Modzelewski (Westport) placed first (56.04) and sophomore Eva Ebbesen (Westport), racing in her first-ever 300 hurdles, placed second in 1:01.84.  

The boys were led by senior M.J. Freeman (Milford), who ran a very fast 100 (10.77) to break his old GFA record of 10.83.

Charlie Bohnsach (Darien) in his first 3,000 ran an impressive 11:10.58 while junior J.T. McCallister (Norwalk) ran his fasted 1500 of the season (4:42.87).

The Dragon are looking forward to the 2017 NEPSTA New England Championships on May 20 at Cheshire Academy.


Sean Hogan (Westport) pitched 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and giving up just one earned run in GFA’s eight-inning 3-2 loss to King. Hogan also was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Mack Muller (Westport) was 1-for-4 with a triple and Tim Mira (Stamford) was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the eighth inning.

In a JV game on Thursday, GFA topped King by a 21-11 score.


Lead-off hitter Janise Park (Bridgeport) was 5-for-5 with five runs scored, as the Dragons improved their record to 3-2 with a 15-3 victory over Christian Heritage.

Lucy Nelson (Westport) and Lydia Groves (Riverside) added three hits each and also scored three runs for the Dragons.

Winning pitcher Maddy Canning (New Canaan) reached base five times in five at-bats.

Celeste Matte (Stratford) added two hits.

The Dragons earned a 7-0 forfeit victory over Holy Child on Thursday to improve to 4-2.

Girls lacrosse

It was an up-and-down week for girls lacrosse, who lost their first game before closing out the week with a big road win.

Sacred Heart of Greenwich used a big second-half surge to hand the Dragons their second loss of the season on Monday, by an 18-8 score

Alex Nesi (Fairfield) scored three goals for GFA while Steph Wistreich (Wilton) and Kate Paliotta (Westport) added two goals each.

Sarah Peletier (Stamford) had a goal and Bella Litt (Darien) dished out two assists.

Kelly Van Hoesen (Greenwich) made 13 saves for the Dragons, who are now 8-2.

Paliotta scored five goals while Van Hoesen came up huge in goal with 17 saves to lead the Dragons to a 9-8 win over Millbrook.

Ella Murphy (Darien) and Litt added two goals apiece for GFA. Paliotta had two assists and Wistreich set up one goal.

Boys lacrosse

Dragons goalie Ryan Pilkington (Weston) made 11 saves facing a barrage of Cheshire Academy’s shots.

Will Byrne (Darien) scored twice for GFA.

Ryan Caione (New Canaan) had one goal and one assist.

Zach Liston (Wilton) and Ethan Haas (Darien) both scored single goals.

Ian Epps (Darien) had an assist.


The Dragons finished their regular season matches with a 9-0 victory over Harvey School at Birchwood CC.

Senior captains Dustin Cook (Westport), Curtis Tauck (Westport), and Charlie Thompson (Southport) played their final head-to-head matches for GFA, and ended with convincing wins.

Cook turned in the medalist round of the day, with Tauck one shot back and Thompson one shot behind Tauck.

Sophomore brothers Giani and Piero Panariello (Westport) had matching scorecards, while sophomore Ted Brown (Greenwich), playing in only his second match, won and earned a point for the team.

GFA ends their regular season with an 8-4 record.

The Dragons will spend the next two weeks prepping for the FAA Tournament on May 15 at New Canaan CC.

Girls tennis

The GFA girls varsity tennis team defeated Miss Porter’s School Saturday afternoon by a score of 5-2 — their only win in a tough week of games.

Devon Wolfe (Darien) defeated her opponent by a 6-0, 6-0 score at first singles while at No. 2 Sarah Wagner (Westport) earned a 6-0, 6-1 win.

The Dragons swept the singles, as Ryan Boyle (Southport) earned a 6-3, 6-2 win and Kate Flicker (Fairfield) took a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

The winning doubles team for GFA was at No. 3, where Avery York (Norwalk) and Jocelyn Magrone (Darien) won.

Earlier in the week, GFA travelled to Kingswood-Oxford, but fell by a 6-1 score.

A 6-3 format was played. GFA’s lone win came at fourth singles from freshman Stephanie Gentile (Westport).

In a completion of a rain-delayed match from earlier in the season, GFA fell to King by a 5-2 score last week, as well.

Winners were Wagner at second singles (6-3, 6-3) and Boyle at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0).

In the third of four matches during the week, the Dragons fell to Greenwich Academy by a 4-3 score.

Wolfe won 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 1-0 (10-6), Wagner won 6-1, 6-3, and Boyle won 6-1, 6-3.

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