May 25, 2018

Wildcat Boys are Shoreline Lacrosse Champions! OL Fall to N. Branford in Girls’ Final

The Old Lyme Wildcats celebrate their victory in the 2018 Shoreline Championship. Photo by L. Wallace.

The second-seeded Old Lyme boys defeated #4 seeds Valley Regional by a single goal to win the Shoreline Conference championship game Thursday evening at the Indian River Sports Complex in Clinton.  The final score in the thrilling game was 9-8.

Key members of the Wildcats’ victorious 2018 Shoreline Conference Championship team.  Photo by W. Visgilio.

Sadly in the girls’ Shoreline Championship played earlier in the evening, the Old Lyme girls, who were also seeded second, fell 7-10 to top-seeded North Branford.

Wildcat boys’ lacrosse coach JC Flaherty (right) celebrates his team’s victory in the 2018 Shoreline Championship.

Hearty congratulations to boys’ coach JC Flaherty and his team, and commiserations to girls’ coach Emily Maccione and her team!

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Old Lyme Lacrosse Boys, Girls Play in Shoreline Finals Today

The Lady Wildcats take on North Branford at 5 p.m. this afternoon in the Shoreline Conference final. File photo.

Both the girls’ and boys’ Lyme-Old Lyme High School lacrosse teams play in their respective Shoreline Conference finals this afternoon and evening at the Indian River complex in Clinton.

The second-seeded girls meet top seeds North Branford at 5 p.m.  Their coach Emily Maccione told LymeLine, “We are so excited to advance to the Shoreline Final for the fourth straight year and know that it will take a true team effort to defeat North Branford.  We have faced challenging teams both in and out of conference this season, which has prepared us for the games ahead.  We will be taking all of that knowledge and experience with us into tonight’s game, and look forward to the opportunity to play for another Shoreline title.”

The boys, who are also seeded second, face off against #4 seeds Valley Regional at 7 p.m.

Go Wildcats!

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Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme Places at Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games

Evan Visgilio stands proudly for a photo after winning a fistful of awards at the Vermont Special Olympics and being named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme returned from the Vermont Special Olympic Winter Games in Mendon, Vt., with a Participation  Ribbon, a Seventh Place Finish and a Sixth Place Finish.  He was also named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Pico Mountain located in Mendon, Vt., hosted the Vermont Special Olympics Winter Games the weekend of March 19-20.  Evan, who skies for The Hermitage at Haystack Team, participated in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events, winning a Participation Ribbon in Slalom, a Seventh Place Ribbon in Giant Slalom and a Sixth Place Ribbon in the Super G.  Evan advanced to Intermediate Division 3 this year. He was born with Down Syndrome and has been skiing for eight years.

Evan, who is 14-years-old, lives in Old Lyme with his parents John and Wendy Visgilio, as well as his siblings Brenna, Will and John.  Evan attends Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School where he is in 8th Grade.

He trains at The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vt., with his coaches Scott Serota, Corey Robinson and Kate Riley.

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Madison Senior Men’s Tennis Club Welcomes New Members of Any Skill Level From All Along Shoreline

Dan Janiak and Will Tuthill confirm it was a pleasure to play.   All photos by Peter Pearce.

“Sometimes you’re looking to play perfect tennis but it’s not going to happen all the time and you have to accept it.”   Andy Murray, professional tennis champion

For the men of the Madison Senior Men’s Tennis Organization, the tennis is far from perfect – but that’s not the point. Oh, they may step onto the court feeling sure that today, for just once, it’s all going to come together. But the reality of slower reflexes and an aging body’s aches and pains quickly snaps them back to reality.  The players all accept their shortcomings and can even joke about them; it’s the camaraderie that matters.

For men 60 years or older, the Madison Senior Men’s Tennis group is a great retirement activity and a perfect way to spend two to three mornings a week.  You’ll get exercise, competition, laughter, friendship, caring, and more.

Dave Cassano puts away a volley.

But you don’t have to be retired …

Some players adjust their work schedules to fit in tennis. Along the way, you just may be stimulated by seeing guys in their 80s who can still get around the court and hit winners. As player Greg Fahey said, “I happen to be one of the younger members of the group … all of the members are an inspiration in both physical and mental condition … in the spirit they demonstrate and the example they provide.”

The league is now recruiting new players for both the upcoming summer season as well as next winter’s. There’s no need to worry about your skill level. As octogenarian Tom Dolan told one player who was feeling dejected by his poor play, “Don’t worry about it. Think about the alternative; you could be horizontal.”

Art Paquette hits a forehand while his partner John Kraska watches the play closely.

Players range from beginners to seasoned veterans and span in age from 60 to 88. The league’s steering committee divides them into three groups based on ability, the goal being to slot players into the level in which they are likely to find comfortable, enjoyable play. A wide geographic area is represented, stretching from Hamden and New Haven up to Cromwell and down to Old Lyme.

Matches are all doubles, with partners being agreed upon by the foursome at the start of the match. You will be in a different foursome every match. With the emphasis on recreation and friendship, no standings are kept.

Matches are scheduled year-round, with the summer season running from May through early October and the winter season from October through April. Summer season is outdoors at public and private courts in the Madison/Guilford area; winter season is played indoors at the Madison Racquet and Swim Club. You may choose to play one, two or three days a week.

Article author Tom Soboleski runs down a forehand.

Madison Seniors Tennis is now in its 21st year. It began when a small group of friends, led by John Sadek and Joe Pegnataro of Madison, began playing at Pegnataro’s home court. It now includes more than 70 men and all scheduling is administered through a web-based program.

Whether you’re a high-skilled player or just a beginner, Madison Senior Mens Tennis will happily and comfortably welcome you. “Best thing I’ve ever done,” said Peter Lemley. “I find more often than not, when a player scores a great point, not only his partner, but his opponents will cheer.”  Besides the aforementioned benefits, your ego may get a boost as well. As tennis great John McEnroe has said, “The older I get, the better I used to be.”

If interested in joining, or if you have any questions, the organization can be contacted:

  • By text message or call to: Chris Hill at 203.641.7100, or John Sadek at 203.245.1261

More information is also available on the league’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/mseniortennis/home

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Wildcats Defend Class S State Title Against Holy Cross Today

Defending champions Old Lyme face Holy Cross in the CIAC Class S state championship game today at 1 p.m. at Middletown High School.  This is the third straight year that Old Lyme has played in the Class S championship — they came away with a draw in 2015, won 1-0 in 2016 … what will happen in 2017?

GO WILDCATS!

Read a preview of this afternoon’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day 11/17/17 at this link.

Read a story about the Wildcat’s coach Paul Gleason by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/16/17 at this link.

Read a full report of the semi-final game against St. Paul by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/15/17 at this link.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Storm Into State Semis, Face St.Paul Tonight

Saving a goal! File photo of Wildcat Emily Rivera.

After the major disappointment of their loss in the Shoreline Conference final, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats are bouncing back in a big way.  Yesterday they advanced to the semi-final of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class S state tournament by crushing Coventry 2-1.  Significantly, the “crushing” was not in the scoreline but rather in the fact that Old Lyme had scored both of its two goals within the first four minutes.

Goal! File photo by Jennifer Alexander.

Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. The team’s leading scorer Mya Johnson was the second to score unassisted. Coventry’s lone goal was scored by Alexa Stinson after 15 minutes.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with three saves while Grace Galey made 10 saves for Coventry.

Old Lyme advances to the semi finals on Tuesday against St. Paul with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Falcon Field in Meriden.

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‘Cats Play for Another Shoreline Championship Today

High jump with a difference! Heading the ball away from the goal. All photos by Jen Alexander.

Continuing their unbeaten run, Old Lyme stormed into the Shoreline Conference final yesterday by soundly defeating Cromwell 3-0 in their semifinal game at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Total intensity.

Mya Johnson was the first to score with an assist from Maddie Ouellette. Caroline Wallace followed up with another assist from Maddie Ouellette and then Maddie Zrenda scored the third and final goal for Old Lyme on a penalty.

Goal!

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera, who had seven saves for Old Lyme.  Jessica DellaRatta was in net for Cromwell with 12 saves.

Time to celebrate.

Old Lyme is now 17-0-0 overall.

The Shoreline Championship game will be held at at Portland High School on Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the North Branford/Morgan game.

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Old Lyme Girls Play Shoreline Soccer Semi at Home This Afternoon

Let’s hope we see these girls in another victory lap later this afternoon!

The top-seeded Old Lyme soccer girls (16-0-0) begin the defense of their Shoreline Conference title this afternoon in a semi-final game against Cromwell at home at 3 p.m.  Yesterday’s planned semifinal game against the fourth-seeded Panthers (11-2-4) was postponed due to some lingering power outages in town and the challenging state of some roads due to the weekend storm.

The unbeaten Wildcats (16-0) are not only reigning Shoreline champions, but also CIAC Class S champions.

Come out and support the ‘Cats! GO WILDCATS!

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Wildcats Soccer Girls End Regular Season With Perfect Record, First in School History

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason has much celebrate with one of his assistant coaches (and daughter) Allyson Gleason after his team ended the regular season with a perfect record

The Old Lyme soccer girls wrapped up the first perfect season in the school’s history yesterday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Valley Regional at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda was first to score with an assist from Mya Johnson, who scored the second goal with an assist from Danielle McCarthy.

The third goal was scored by Danielle McCarthy with assist from Britney DeRoehn and the final goal was put in the net by Kaylee Armenia with assist from Bianca Tinnerello.

Emily Rivera with in the Old Lyme goal and made two saves whileLexi Dellarocco defended Valley’s net making 12 saves.

Paul Gleason’s girls finished their regular season with a 16-0-0 record and 10-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme will host the Shoreline semi finals Tuesday against the winner of the Cromwell/East Hampton game.

GO WILDCATS!

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls March on, Extend Unbeaten Record to 15-0

The Wildcats celebrate another goal. File photo by Jennifer Funaro.

Paul Gleason’s soccer girls continued their extraordinary season Saturday with a 4-0 win over Fitch at Poquonnock Plains Park. Mya Johnson had all four goals for Old Lyme with assists from Danielle McCarthy and Britney DeRoehn.

In goal for the Wildcats was Emma McCulloch with four saves while Valentina Silva and Francesca Foster defended the Fitch goal with 12 combined saves.

Old Lyme is now 15-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 in the Shoreline conference.  The girls’ final game of the regular season is against Valley Regional High School at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday at home.

Also, last week, Old Lyme defeated Woodstock Academy 3-0 on Thursday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an unassisted goal. Mya Johnson followed up with two goals with one assisted by Maddie Ouellette.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in goal for Old Lyme with 10 cumulative saves. In the net for Woodstock was Irene Askitis with 12 saves. Old Lyme is now 14-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 in the Shoreline.

Last Monday, Old Lyme defeated Old Saybrook at Old Saybrook High School 6-0. The Wildcat’s first goal was scored by Maddie Zrenda on a PK. Mya Johnson had three goals and one assist while Maddie Ouellette had 1put the ball in the net once but also notched two assists. Jenny Ritchie scored one goal and Ciara Klimaszewski had one assist.

In goal for Old Lyme were Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch with six cumulative saves. In net for Old Saybrook was Kelsey True with 12 saves.

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Undefeated Old Lyme Named Top ‘Cats in CT Coaches’ Girls’ Soccer Poll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason takes time out from a recent practice to pose for a photo with one of his assistant coaches (who is also his daughter), Allyson Gleason.

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer girls soccer are having quite a week!

Not only did they top this week’s Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association Class M-S poll, but they also continued their remarkable  unbeaten run reaching 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme defeated Coginchaug Friday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School 6-0. Mya Johnson put the ball in the net three times while Maddie Ouellette scored two goals and Ciara Klimaszewski claimed one. Danielle McCarthy notched the single assist for the Wildcats.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch shared the Old Lyme goal with six saves in total.

In goal for Coginchaug was Claire DeFlora with 12 saves.

Old Lyme is now 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline.

Previously on Wednesday, Old Lyme defeated Haddam-Killingworth (HK) 8-0 at HK. Mya Johnson scored three goals and gave two assists, Maddie Ouellette put away two goals and also had an assist, while Brittney DeRoehn, Maria Denya and Lydia Tinnerello each had a goal. Danielle McCarthy added an assist.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in the goal for Old Lyme with a total of nine saves. In goal for HK were Gabby Wyzykowski and Mia Rubino with a total of 10 saves.

This afternoon, Oct. 16, the girls face Old Saybrook away.

Go Wildcats!

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Old Lyme Country Club WGA Holds End of Season Awards Luncheon

The OLCC WGA winners gather for a photo, from left to right, Esther Boyle, Eleanor Perkins, Karen Danielson, Carol Gordon, Helene Nichols, Carolyn Daddona, Sharon Craig (with boot), Kacey Constable, Katie Bollo and Elizabeth Conlon

The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (OLCC WGA) held its end of season Awards Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 5.  Hospitality Chairwomen Jacquie DeMartino and Mardee Moore organized a lovely buffet meal.  Vickie Winterer and Eleanor Perkins, the Awards Chairwomen, provided an elegant selection of glassware awards. 

And the winners were:

18 Hole Champion: Helene Nichols

18 Hole Champion Runner-Up: Carolyn Daddona

9 Hole Champion: Maggie Johnston

9 Hole Champion Runner-Uo: Sharon Craig

Senior Club Champion: Helene Nichols

Senior Club Champion Runner-Up:   Carol Gordon

Individual Handicap Champion: Elizabeth Conlon

Individual Handicap Runner-Up: Katie Bollo

36 & Over Champion: Esther Boyle

36 & Over Champion Runner-Up: Eleanor Perkins

Member-Member Champion (2): Kacey Constable & Carol Gordon

Member-Member Runner-Up (2): Karen Danielson & Helene Nichols

Most Improved: Elizabeth Conlon

Most Chip-Ins: Carolyn Daddona

Low Putts: Karen Danielson

Class A Ringers: Lori Polito

Class B Ringers: Carolyn Daddona

Class C Ringers: Ann Jose

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‘Cat’s Take the Cream, Crush Cromwell

Old Lyme players celebrate a goal in the game against Morgan High School. (File photo by Jennifer Funaro.)

Old Lyme pulled off a huge win yesterday evening when they defeated Cromwell 3-1 at Cromwell High School. Maddie Ouellette was the first to score for Old Lyme from an assist from Mya Johnson. Jenny Ritchie followed up with a goal off an assist from Danielle McCarthy and the Wildcats’ final goal was scored by Mya Johnson assisted by Caroline Wallace.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with nine saves.

Cromwell’s lone goal was scored by Olivia Belcourt;  Jessica DellaRatta was in goal for Cromwell where she made 14 saves.

Old Lyme is now 10-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!

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In Tight Contest, Old Lyme Swim Team Ultimately Falls to H-K

On Sept. 28 at Haddam-Killingworth, the co-op swim team of Lyme-Old Lyme and Valley competed against Haddam-Killingworth. Despite a strong performance by Old Lyme-Valley, Haddam-Killingworth won the meet in the end with a score of 76 to 61.

Lyme-Old Lyme placed first in the following races:
-medley relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-200 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard individual medley (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)
-100 yard freestyle (Connie Pan)
-500 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard freestyle relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-100 yard backstroke (Kim Beradis)
-100 yard breaststroke (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)

Haddam-Killingworth came first in the 50 yard freestyle (Kiera Bragdon).

Lyme-Old Lyme notched second in the 50 yard freestyle (Connie Pan).

Lyme-Old Lyme divers Anna Donato and Britney Detuzzi earned Honorable Mentions in the 50 yard freestyle coming in respectively 5th and 6th.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Continue Flawless Season

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme girls are enjoying an amazing season. Yesterday evening they defeated Portland 3-0 away under the lights at Portland High School.

Mya Johnson scored two goals, one of which was assisted by Caroline Wallace. The third goal was scored by Bianca Tinnerello off an assist by Mya Johnson.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme and notched nine saves.

In goal for Portland were Kelly Boutin and Sam Dumais who combined to make 11 saves.

Old Lyme is now 8-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls March On Undefeated

Photo by Peter Glaser on Unsplash

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer girls defeated Old Saybrook 3-0 at home today. Lydia Tinnerello was first to score and Mya Johnson followed up with two goals. There were no assists.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme and had two saves. Kelsey True was in net for Old Saybrook with six saves.

Old Lyme is 6-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the Shoreline.

The following are brief reports from each game that has contributed to the Wildcats’ current unbeaten record.

On Wednesday, Old Lyme defeated East Hampton 4-0 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Kaylee Armenia had two goals, Maddie Ouellette had two goals and one assist, while Caroline Wallace added an assist.

Emily Rivera was in net for Old Lyme with three saves and Emma Cook was in net for East Hampton, also with threee saves.

Old Lyme defeated Westbrook at Westbrook High School last Friday, Sept. 15, 6-0. Mya Johnson was the first to score in the first half with an assist from Maddie Ouellette. Ciara Klimaszewski scored three goals; one in the first half unassisted and two in the second half assisted by Britney DeRoehn and Colleen Walsh. Grace Lathrop scored unassisted in the first half and Maddie Ouellette scored unassisted in the first half.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in goal for Old Lyme with one save each.

On Sept. 12, Old Lyme defeated Morgan 2-0 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda scored the first goal assisted by Mya Johnson in the first half. Emily DeRoehn scored the second goal in the second half assisted by her sister Brittany DeRoehn.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera who had seven saves. In goal for Morgan was Rebecca Cockley with nine saves.

Go Wildcats!

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Wildcat X-Country Teams Start Season with Second Place Overall in Blue Dragon Invitational

The LOLHS Cross-Country girls came in first place overall in the Blue Dragon Invitational.

In a terrific start to the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Cross-Country team placed second Wednesday in the Overall Girls/Boys Division in the Blue Dragon Invitational in Portlad, Conn., which was their first meet of the new academic year.

The LOLHS Cross-Country boys came in second overall.

The girls team came first overall out of 14 teams while the boys placed second out of 24 teams.

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Old Lyme Girls Crush East Lyme 3-0, First Win in Wildcat History Over Vikings

Senior Captain Keelin Hurtt races towards the goal in Saturday’s game against East Lyme.

In their first game of the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer girls defeated East Lyme 3-0 at East Lyme High School for the first time in school history. The Wildcats are coached by Paul Gleason with Assistant Coaches Allyson Gleason and Jeremy Kiefer.

The Wildcats gather in their famous huddle before the game begins.

Senior captain Keelin Hurtt scored two goals assisted respectively by Mya Johnson and Kaylee Armenia. The ‘Cats third goal was unassisted by senior captain Maddie Ouellette.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme where she made 13 saves.

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Boys Relay Team Advances to State Open; Other Wildcat Sports Notes

The LOLHS 4 x 800 relay team of (from left to right), Danny Cole,Trevor Wells, Danny Reid, and Corey Knepshield, has advanced to the State Open Championship.

Track

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s 4 x 800 team of Danny Cole, Trevor Wells, Danny Reid, and Corey Knepshield raced their way to 3rd place in the CIAC Class S track state championships Thursday. They now advance to the CIAC State Open Championship on Monday.

Congratulations to this great team and Go Wildcats!

Baseball

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School baseball team fell to Lyman Memorial 2-1 in a CIAC state quarter-final Saturday afternoon at Lyman Memorial.

Congratulations on a great season, boys!

Girl’s Lacrosse

Sadly, Emily Macione’s girls, who had already claimed the Shoreline Conference championship, bowed out of the state tournament on Thursday after a devastating 12-11 loss to New Fairfield. Congratulations on a great season, girls!

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Old Lyme’s Lacrosse Girls Are Shoreline Champions … Again!

The Lyme-Old LymeHigh School’s girls’ lacrosse celebrates their Shoreline Conference victory with smiles … and the trophy.  Photo by Nancy Mesham.

Emily Macione’s girls held out in a thrilling Shoreline Conference final yesterday evening at the Indian River Sports Complex in Clinton to claim their second championship in as many years, this time defeating North Branford 11-9.  The Thunderbirds made a late run for the title cutting the Wildcats lead to a single goal at 10-9, but in the final minutes Old Lyme prevailed with an additional goal by Anna Mesham.

Seniors Sydney Cowell and Anna Mesham respectively had five and three goals while fellow senior Laura Quaratella added two goals and Abby Berger, also a senior, had a goal and an assist. Mesham notched up two assists and Hannah Guenther in goal made a staggering 13 saves.

Congratulations, Wildcats!  Now onto states …

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