Area athletes help fuel Dragons week
The Greens Farms Academy wrestling team had another strong showing this week while the boys basketball team remained unbeaten in the New Year, highlighting last week’s varsity action.
The Dragon wrestlers went to Brunswick in Greenwich on Saturday and came away with a third-place finish at the Brunswick Invitational.
Nico Provo (Stratford) continued his spectacular season with three first period victories to take first place overall.
Sam Stuart (Westport) at 113 pounds and Conrad White (Southport) at 170 both earned second place finishes, going 2-1 on the day.
Earning third-place showings were Caleb Seyfried (Westport, 106), CJ Shea (Milford, 113), and Griff Seyfried (Westport, 120) while Nick Attai (Bridgeport) took fourth at 138.
Eight minutes of extra time meant some extra effort, but the GFA boys basketball team got the job done by defeating Capital Prep Harbor 85-80 on Wednesday at Coyle Gym.
The two teams played two 20-minute halves instead of the normal 16-minute halves played in the FAA.
The Dragons trailed 50-41 at the break, but held the Sharks to just 30 second-half points to pull out the win.
The guard tandem of Cole Prowitt-Smith (Fairfield) and Henry Holzinger (Westport) combined for 56 points on the night. Prowitt-Smith had 33 points while Holzinger tallied 23. Both drained five 3-point shots.
Greg Lawrence (Fairfield) added 12 points to the winning cause to go with 19 rebounds and five assists.
Prowitt-Smith also had seven rebounds and seven assists while Holzinger had nine assists. Bennett Close (Norwalk) also had nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
The Dragons notched their sixth straight victory since the New Year with a 69-60 win over Rye Country Day School.
Holzinger drained 21 points while Lawrence added 20 as GFA improved to 9-6 overall, 7-2 in the league.
Prowitt-Smith added 13 points to the winning effort.
Lawrence hauled in 24 rebounds and blocked five shots. Holzinger dished out eight assists while Prowitt-Smith picked off eight rebounds to go with six assists and two steals.
As part of its 2018 run, News 12 Connecticut has taken a look-see and has named the Dragons its Team of the Week.
"The guys put in a lot of work over Christmas break, which makes it very gratifying to see that pay off for us now," head coach Doug Scott said.
Another slow start doomed the Dragons as they fell behind early and then played evenly with their opponent once they found their second wind.
Bradford Christian Academy bested GFA 59-39 after grabbing an 18-point halftime lead, however, in the first game of this week’s East-West Classic.
Katherine Marcus (New Canaan) and Georgie Grabowski (Stratford) combined to score 32 of their team’s 39 points with Marcus netting 17 and Grabowski 15. Kelly van Hoesen (Greenwich) added 4 points while Kristina Modzelewski (Westport) tallied two and Bella Litt (Darien) one.
Marcus added 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals while van Hoesen picked off nine boards and had two steals.
In Sunday’s second game of the event, GFA got one of its most balanced efforts off the season, but a very strong Brewster Academy squad posted a 63-36 win.
The Dragons dipped to 5-7 after the loss.
Marcus had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Grabowski had 10 to lead the offense. Modzelewski had her best game of the season with seven points and five rebounds. Van Hoesen also had six rebounds.
Playing without two of their traditional top seven, the GFA girls beat Masters this afternoon in a tight 4-3 match.
Katie Mackle (New Canaan) faced the No. 2 girl in the country (and managed to score a few points) while other notable performances were Charlotte Cohen (Westport), who powered through five games to defeat her opponent 3-2, and Ellen Burbank (Southport), Julia Edwards (Westport), and Annabelle Kreitler (Fairfield) who all won their matches and cinched the win.
It came down to Burbank’s match, as the Dragons were tied 3-3, and she pulled through to give GFA the victory.
Still without its full line-up, the Dragons hosted New Canaan High School and fell in a girls varsity squash match 7-0.
Mackle lost a heartbreaker, falling 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 6-11 in the closest match of the day.
The lone boys squash match during the week, vs. Masters, was postponed.