Weston sports scene busy in 2017

The year 2017 brought a number of championships as well as other notable achievements in Weston at all different levels. Continuing its dominance of the South-West Conference, the Weston High girls indoor track team captured its fifth straight league championship. The Trojans also won their 11th conference crown in the last 12 years. The Weston boys indoor track team also had a strong finish, tying Immaculate for first for the team title. Defeating New Milford 30-8, the Weston seventh grade girls basketball team won the Fairfield County Basketball League championships. The fifth grade girls team won the league’s Group C … Read more

Girls basketball: Trojans remain unbeaten

In one way the Weston High girls basketball team kept the competition guessing when it hosted Sports and Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA). The Trojans used a number of defenses on Thursday, Dec. 21. Able to force a number of turnovers, they turned them into points on the scoreboard for a 57-36 win. Although the Trojans eventually took control in the first quarter, it took a little while for them to find their rhythm. Several scoring opportunities did not pan out but they still led 18-10. “We actually started the first three minutes slowly,” said Weston head coach Dan Rosen. “We … Read more

Boys basketball: Barlow outlasts Westhill for first win

Determination was enough for the Joel Barlow High boys varsity basketball team in its home opener. The Falcons did not sink many points near the end of their game against Westhill on Wednesday, Dec. 20. However, they did sink enough which was the difference in a 48-42 win, their first of the season. “I don’t think we played our best but we played really hard,”  said Barlow head coach Matt Whelan. “We made a lot of plays we needed to make.” Westhill struggled with its shooting early on and although the Falcons missed a few shots of their own they … Read more

Boys basketball: Law holds off Weston in opener

Some better shot selection would have benefited the Weston High boys basketball team in its opening game of the season. The Trojans took plenty of chances when they hosted Jonathan Law of Milford on Saturday, Dec. 16. Most, however, missed the mark, particularly late in the action, for a 62-53 loss. “We’re a young team,” said Weston head coach Jamaal Gibbs. “We have to learn to pass up the good shots for great shots.” Both sides struggled to find the hoop early in the first quarter, with neither scoring in the first two minutes. Led by Sam Nassar, Law went … Read more

Wrestling: Newtown prevails in opener

Some success early on eventually gave way to some difficulty for the Weston High wrestling team in its opening meet of the season last week. Visiting Newtown on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Trojans won the first three weight groups. They took only one more for the remainder of the meet in a 54-24 loss. Cam Fontana started with a win in the 182-pound class by pinning Newtown’s Sebastian Vona in 5:16. “He wrestled a tough match,” said Weston head coach Mario Federici. “He’s the type of person that leads by example. “ The Trojans then took the next two weight … Read more

Wrestling: Falcons tame Wildcats in opener

With the help a few newcomers, the Joel Barlow High wrestling team was off to a strong start in its season opener. The Falcons had four newcomers win their varsity debut matches when they visited Bethel on Wednesday, Dec. 13. They also had some help from their more experienced members in a 56-24 win. “We had a very good night and had some clutch wins at the right time to put us over the top for our first dual win of the season,” said Barlow head coach Phil LiCastri. Sophomore Walter Alvarez debuted with a win in the 132-pound class … Read more

Girls basketball: Trojans are off to good start

[wide ] Being an experienced group worked to the advantage of the Weston High girls varsity basketball team in its season opener, With their starting lineup back from last year, the Trojans put it to good use when they hosted Trinity Catholic. A late surge allowed them to pull ahead for a 46-38 win at home on Monday, Dec. 11. “We played like a veteran team,” said Weston head coach Dan Rosen. “Overall, I was pleased with how we played.” Weston, which had the lead most of the time, was up 26-18 after the first half. The Crusaders outscored the … Read more

Boys swimming preview: Season will be one of learning

A good part of the Joel Barlow High boys swimming and diving team will be using the 2017-18 season to gain some valuable experience. The Falcons have a lot of newcomers, not only to the team but to the sport as well. Head coach Eileen Earle is hoping to get them comfortable with swimming different events as the season continues. “We convinced the divers they have to swim the 50 free, too,” said Earle, now in her fifth season with the team. “We’re looking at individual as well as team improvement.” Once again, the Falcons will be a small group … Read more

Hockey preview: Barlow will have additional lines

An increase in numbers as well as talent will give the Joel Barlow High hockey team an added luxury in the 2017-18 season. The Falcons will be able to use three lines of skaters and maybe even a fourth. In the past they used two and occasionally three on the ice. “Turnout is fantastic,” said fourth-year head coach Bob Stearns, who has 21 on the team. “Things are definitely getting bigger and bigger.” Officially practicing for more than a week now, the Falcons have gotten a good look at the talent they have and how to put it to good … Read more

Boys basketball preview: Many spots are up for grabs

Before the Joel Barlow high boys varsity basketball team faces opponents in the South-West Conference it should benefit from competition within its own ranks as it prepares to start the 2017-18 season. Having few returnees with significant varsity experience, the Falcons will see quite a few players battling for starting spots. As of this week, things are still up for grabs in this respect. “We have some nice players, but not too many are proven,” said Barlow head coach Matt Whelan, now in his sixth season with the team. “There’s certainly plenty of opportunity for playing time. We’ll see how … Read more

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