Woodland senior Rob Moriarty banged home a career-high 30 points in a tough 71-67 overtime loss to St. Paul on Jan. 28.
Get out of the way
Naugatuck senior Ese Onakpoma led the Greyhounds to back-to-back wins, scoring 27 points in a 69-53 win over Holy Cross on Jan. 25 and 28 points in a 65-51 win over WCA on Jan. 27.
Clutch at the line
Woodland sophomore Ireland Starziski threw in 16 points, including a clutch 5 for 7 at the foul line in the overtime sessions to help the Hawks to a 63-58 double overtime win against St. Paul on Jan. 29.
A force underneath
Naugatuck senior Avery Hinnant had 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks and helped the Greyhounds continue their winning ways in a 57-47 victory over Kennedy on Feb. 1.
College 1,000th point
Former Woodland Hawk Morina Bojka earned her third Skyline Conference Player of the Week award and broke the 1,000 point career mark for Mount Saint Mary. Bojka had a 31-point performance to lead the Knights to an 82-74 win over Farmingdale State on Jan. 26, then scored 29 points in a 95-64 win over St. Joseph’s College on Jan. 30.
Word from the Woods:
Boys swimming – The Hawks improved to 5-1 by picking up a victory over Watertown, 93-70, on Jan. 28. Hunter Morgan was the only double winner (200 free, 2:06.73; 500 free, 5:50.60) as the Hawks spread the damage around. Aiden Kennedy swam to victory in the 200 IM (2:24.70) and Alex Weisenbacher set a blistering pace to win the 50 free (24.30). D.J. Mulligan put up his best score of the season at 253.0 to win the diving portion of the meet. Tyler Cyr finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:11.43) and Tyler Macdowall was first in the 100 free (57.18). The 200 medley relay squad of Macdowall, Chase Starzman, Robert Gugliotti and Kennedy swam to victory in a time of 2:00.04. Woodland has a tough meet scheduled for Feb. 8 against six-time defending NVL champion Holy Cross.
Boys basketball – The Hawks are 6-9 but are still in contention for a postseason spot, needing two more wins over the final five games. Woodland battled St. Paul on Jan. 28 and dropped a heartbreaking overtime decision, 71-67. Rob Moriarty threw down a career-high 30 points but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide. Dan Hartnett came through with 16 points and the next highest scorer was Ethan Stepputtis with six points. In the next game against WCA on Feb. 1, the Hawks fell, 73-60. A 26-12 third quarter gave the visiting Spartans a commanding 61-46 entering the final eight minutes. Moriarty led the way scoring 19 points. Nate Bodnar threw down 17 points and Brady Anderson contributed nine points with Jon Henry adding six points. The Hawks will look to get back on track on Feb. 8 at Ansonia and at Oxford on Feb. 11.
Boys swimming – Naugatuck earned its first win of the season, 93-56, over Kennedy on Jan. 28. Steve Herb, Eric Fortney and Kellen Maher were double winners for the Hounds. Herb won the 500 free (5:44.31) and 200 IM (2:28.63); Fortney won the 50 free (24.40) and 100 free (53.73); and Maher won the 100 fly (1:01.61) and 100 backstroke (1:02.76). Hudson Bombery won the 200 free (2:14.23) and Blake Stone won diving (186.75) with Jason Main second (169.20). Ethan Mckeon had second place finishes in the 200 free and the 500 free. The Greyhounds went on to make it two wins in a row, beating Watertown, 95-79, on Feb. 1. Maher was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:19.88) and the 500 free (5:36.50). Naugy took two of three relays. The 200 medley relay team of Herb, Maher, Fortney and Gavin Mckeon swam to victory in 1:57.62 and the 200 free relay foursome of Blake Stone, Jack Healy, Fortney and Bombery won in a time of 1:49.09. Fortney won the 200 free (2:01.06), Herb swam to victory in the 100 free (54.92) and Healy was first in the 100 fly (1:08.27). Naugy got second place finishes from Pedro Crivella (50 free), Bombery (500 free), Healy (200 free) and Gavin Mckeon (200 IM).
Boys basketball – The Greyhounds took down WCA, 65-51, on Jan. 27 before defeating Kennedy (57-47) and Ansonia (74-40) on Feb. 1 and 2. Naugy improved to 14-0 on the season. The Greyhounds opened up with a 17-9 first quarter lead against WCAand never relinquished it. Ese Onakpoma led the way with 28 points and Avery Hinnant knocked down 17 points. Jayshawn Lindsay added 11 points with Evan Swanson contributing five points and Aiden Robertson finishing it off with four points. Naugy got Kennedy’s attention early, busting out to a 16-2 first quarter lead. Hinnant led the way in the victory over Kennedy with 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Onakpoma added 15 points and Lindsay checked in with 10 points. Swanson had a busy game with eight points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Greyhounds opened up a 30-13 halftime lead over Ansonia and it was 59-29 going into the final quarter. Swanson had a great game with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals. Onakpoma hit for 21 points and Hinnant was a force down low, tallying 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Naugy hosts St. Paul on Saturday. The Greyhounds are home again against Wolcott on Feb. 8 before traveling to Watertown on Feb. 11.
Overtime with Ken Morse