Boys’ Varsity Basketball
The Tigers ran past Wilbraham & Monson in their second appearance at the BasketBull Holiday Hoopfest. It was a total team effort combined with 23 assists on 32 field goals, not to mention the rim assault resulting in 21 offensive rebounds. Strong performances were provided by Jaden Robinson '18 (22 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), Patrick Harding '18 (14 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists), and Jalin Sinclair '20 (16 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds). The final score was Suffield 75, Wilbraham 57. Suffield’s record is 1-1.
Girls’ Varsity Basketball
The Tigers traveled to Cheshire to face the undefeated Wildcats. The game started out at a fast pace and Suffield came out of the gates strong opening up an early double-digit lead. By halftime the lead would grow 28-13 and the Tigers seemed in complete control. The Wildcats cut the lead to only three points with a minute to go in the second half, but some clutch foul shooting helped put this hard-fought game to an end. Suffield would go on to win by a score of 49-41. The girls are 6-0.
The Tigers hosted their first meet of the season against Salisbury School, Hamden Hall Country Day, and Forman School. Lead by their captain Norman Cotteleer ’18, Suffield took 1st place with the highest overall meet score and also won each of their three head to head duals. Cotteleer had three matches and posted two wins. Milo Marcus ’18 won both of his matches with his overwhelming style of wrestling. Mike Robidoux ’18 and Peter Thrall ’18 made short work of their opponents and posted pins in their matches. Seasoned sophomore Luis Perez won both of his matches convincingly, and ever-improving Jaid Dunn ’20 had two exciting matches earning one win. Jack Kent ’20 walked away with a grueling yet decisive victory. While the athletic set of newcomer sophomores Peterson Monexant, Kareem Moumina, and Lander Dalton all had exciting wins, both freshmen wrestlers Kechaun Bennett and David Towers had commanding performances in their first competitions. The Tigers are 3-0.
Boys’ Varsity Squash
The boys’ varsity squash lost a very close 3-4 match against Williston before earning a solid 6-1 victory against Salisbury. With five of the seven matches going into the 5th game of the Williston match, Ben Bonavire ’19 (#5) and Andrew Judge '20 (#6) each fought back from slow starts to win five games for the Tigers. Ric Yamamoto ’19 (#2) suffered the opposite fate and fell in five games after holding three match points in the 4th game. Co-captain Sasha Derby ’18 (#2) fell in the 5th, as did Peter Kim ’18 (#7). Mike Achatz '19 earned his first varsity victory at #8 in a four-game win, and Jonathan Walker ’19 (#1) continued his strong play and undefeated season with a straight game, 3-0 win. After a short break, the Tigers returned to the court to play Salisbury. Suffield cruised to a 6-1 victory in which no victorious player dropped a game. Co-captain Jonathan Walker (#1) set the tone again with a 3-0 victory over a talented Salisbury #1 (Leighton Ball '18). The rest of the team followed Jonathan's lead as no Tiger surrendered more than 9 points in any one game. Suffield stands at 2-1.
Girls’ Varsity Squash
The Tigers traveled to Loomis Chaffee to take on a strong and experienced Pelican team. Although there were some competitive games throughout the ladder, Suffield fell to Loomis 1-6. Senior captain Tori Tryon had the lone victory for the Tigers, defeating a hard-hitting, talented opponent at #1. The Tigers now have a few weeks to rest and recuperate during the holiday break and will be ready to start the new year off strong.
Swimming & Diving
Going back almost 40 years, Choate and Suffield have charted a parallel course in swimming & diving and their recent match-up would be no different. In the girls' medley relay, the same foursome that raced successfully against Exeter (Shaun Johnson ’18, Sydney Winters ’19, Samantha Hagberg ’20, Caitlin Lally ’20) won decisively, in a satisfactory 1:5356 time. The boys fielded a slightly different array from the meet: Cian Beaulieu ’18 (back), Joe Rusnock ’21 (breast), Westley Bartlett ’18 (fly), and Marco Secchiaroli ’20 (free). The 200 free provided more fireworks, as Devina Bhalla ’18 and Jenna Polidoro ’18 took to lanes four and two in a battle with Choate's top sprinter, Samantha Scott. Bhalla almost ran Scott down, and Polidoro came in 3rd. For the boys' race, Suffield fielded co-captain Matt Titterton ’18, fast improving junior Mike Giugliano ’19, and newcomer James Muslu ’21. Choate captured 1-2, then it was Titterton in 3rd, and Giugliano 4th. In the 200 IM, Hagberg and Lally raced to 1st and 4th places. Secchiaroli and Rusnock, along with freshman Neil Budge, swam a spirited race against three Wild Boars, and touched in 1st, 2nd, and 6th places. Suffield won both 50 free sprint races, with Johnson capturing the girls’ race and Bartlett winning the boys’. Other fine swims were performed by Melvin Ku (3rd place), Walter Kress (4th place), Jenna Daly, and Oscar Ceria.
Diving promised to be both entertaining and important for Suffield. In the girls' competition, captain Carlin Molander ’18 and freshman phenom Emma Krasemann vaulted to fine scores of 196.50 and 216.50, yielding 3rd and 2nd places. Grace Reeves ’20 also comported herself well on the board, scoring 131.65, and Becca Bauer ’19 (diving exhibition) recorded an impressive 137.10. On the boys' side, Choate's two-time New England champion challenged Suffield’s heralded threesome—newly minted school record holder Alec Wright ’20 and last year's 2nd and 4th place finishers at New Englands Charlie Tilney-Volk ’19 and Kevin Kuzmeski ’18. Tilney-Volk eclipsed teammate Alec Wright's two-day-old school record by a point with 283.60 points, and Wright and Kuzmeski cruised to 3rd and 4th places with fine scores of 268.55 and 237.65.
In the second half of the meet Lally earned 4th place. Bartlett earned his second win of the day in the 100 fly, just ahead of Titterton, giving Suffield a key 1-2 finish. Both Winters and Miranda swam to convincing wins in the 100 free (52.65, 46.95), and they were helped by teammates Amanda Kikonyogo ’20 and Melvin Ku, who each earned a 4th-place finish. In the 500 free, Bhalla and Polidoro swam strong early season times, delivering a 1-2 punch, while in the boys Beaulieu and Giugliano split points with Choate, finishing 1-4. The boys' "A" 200 free relay (Rusnock, Titterton, Bartlett, Miranda) swam a pesky Choate foursome, but prevailed 1:30.73 to 1:31.33, anchored by Miranda's fast 21.43. In the backstroke, Johnson earned her second win, while in the boys' race Beaulieu and Secchiaroli swam to a 1-2 finish. In the breaststroke, Winters again cruised to victory, and another 1-2 finish in the boys was achieved by Miranda and Rusnock. The 400 free relays were both captured by Suffield, resulting in a very close meet score in the girls' meet, and a resounding win for the boys. The girls would be bested 88 to Choate’s 97, and the boys’ would swim away to defeat Choate 108-78.