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Westport PAL Basketball Roundup

WESTPORT, Conn. — The Westport fifth-grade boys basketball has compiled a 6-6-1 record in its first competitive season of the Fairfield County Basketball League.

Westport, which is 3-3 in the 5A South division, defeated New Canaan, 58-28, on Saturday but lost to Norwalk on Sunday, 60-32. Norwalk is in second place in the league, Westport in fourth.

Coach Shuan Malone has assembled a hard-working group that includes David Basich, Sam Baxt, Benjamin Goldstein, Dylan Honig, Cameron Lynch, Austin Sholes, Matthew Tanzer, Evan Vishno, Dylan Ward and Brian Wilk.

Westport meets Southbury on Saturday before challenging the Greenwich Flame on Sunday.

Sixth-Grade Girls: Westport dropped a pair of tight games over the weekend, 25-21 to Darien and 31-26, to fall to 7-3 on the season. Westport stands in fourth place in the 6A Division with a 4-2 record.

Players include Annie Amacker, Sofia Calderon, Ella d.??, Nicole de Bruijn, Bridget French, Meghan Johnson, Charlotte Revelli, Brooke Schwab, Sophie Smith, Christine Taylor, Amanda Troelstra and Emily Yin. The girls have worked for head coach Michael Connors and assistant Timothy Taylor as they prepare for the stretch run.

Westport meets Brookfield on Friday, then Wilton on consecutive days over the weekend.

Sixth-Grade Boys: Coach Charles Connor has been working hard with the Westport PAL 6B team this season. Brandon Adrian, Jack Beck, Zach Feinstein, Steven Frost, Harris Levi, Brandon Luffman, Benjamin Pearl, Ryan T. Quinn, Drew Rogers, Benjamin Stein and Evan Zinn have improved significantly and have reached 9-6 in the FCBL’s Boys 6B Division.

Westport PAL 6B faces its busiest weekend of the season, with four big games starting Thursday in Bridgeport vs. Kings Kids 6B.  On Friday, 6B stays on the road, traveling to play the Greenwich Flame 6B. On Saturday, the weekend odyssey takes the team to Ridgefield. And on Sunday, the team will be on the road once more to play New Fairfield 6B.

Seventh-Grade Girls : The team continued its pattern of strong wins and tough losses this past weekend. Last Friday, the team had its strongest effort of the season, defeating Trumbull, 33-13.

The momentum was short-lived, however, as Westport played a strong game but was defeated on Saturday by division-leading, undefeated Greenwich Boys & Girls Club, 59-37. Strong efforts were put forth all weekend by Julia Brower, Virginia Gehrig, Amelia Hunt, Grace McGinley, Claire Meehan, Morgan McWhirter, Charlotte Rossi and Rachel Seideman.  In her first game action, Ashley Constantino shined at point guard as Olivia Troy was sidelined with an injury.

Westport PAL 7G has three big upcoming games.  In a rare weekday game, the girls will travel to Shelton Thursday to make up a previously snowed out game with Shelton. On Friday, Westport will host Monroe 7G and on Sunday the team will travel to meet Fairfield PAL Storm 7G.

Eighth-Grade Girls: The team continues to play hard for Coach Chris Scholz in the FCBL’s Girls 8B Division. Callie Bartimer, Julia Bartimer, Talia Hendel, Helena Leskow, Jenna Levantin, Nicole Lynch, Gabrielle Perry, Emily Rogers, Blake Rubin, Ayden Schattman and Claire Yin are hoping that the tough early season battles have them poised for a winning streak to lead them into the playoffs.

Westport PAL 8G will put that theory to the test this weekend when it hosts Stamford 8G on Friday and then travels to play Shelton 8G on Saturday.

Eighth-Grade Boys : Coach Glenn O’Neill’s Westport 8B team is competing hard in the FCBL’s Boys A division. Ryan Angerthal, Daniel Brill, Dylan Dreyfuss, John Fincher, Adam Friedman, Riley Petta, Noah Staffa, Ben Thaw, Jared Vishno, Jackson Ward and Jack Zapfel play multiple offensive and defensive schemes and look to confuse and overwhelm opponents.

Westport 8B will host Ridgefield 8B on Friday, followed by an away game against Newtown 8B on Sunday.

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