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Super Sunday Closes Exciting 2017-18 Youngtimers Season

The Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League closed its 2017-18 season with its annual “Super Sunday” activities at Westhill High School.  Super Sunday is a celebration of the entire winter season and features the House League championship games, a Future Stars Game of third graders moving up to the house league, skills competitions and season awards.

In the Senior Division, Allyson Rioux Memorial Foundation completed an undefeated season with a 24-12 win over HomeTech Services in the championship game.  Leonora Lipson scored nine points and Paige Hochadel posted six for Rioux (11-0).  Lauren Barnard and Kylie Frank each netted four points for HomeTech (5-6), which earned a spot in the championship game despite being a six seed.  In the Junior League championship, DKE Risk Solutions held of a strong rally from Allyson Rioux to pull out a 16-13 triumph.  Bridget Mullen got the hot hand for DKE (11-1) and posted eight points.  Sydney Hauben added six.  Jara Keegel led the way for Rioux (10-2) with six points and Kaitlyn Fox added four.

The Starters Division was showcased at the annual “Futures Game” which features the league’s third graders moving up and playing on the 10-foot baskets for the first time.  The Sky upended the Navy, 33-22, in one of the highest scoring Futures Games ever.  Mattingly Fox popped in eight points and Elle Riker and Jariyah Valentine each chipped in with six for the Sky.  Shea Sullivan added five.  Farah Uzicanin paced the Navy with six points and Ella Salvatore had four.

In the Senior Skills Competition, Kylee Kurtz of Instant Replay earned the 3-point contest championship by outlasting Charlie Karukas of the Stamford Blue 8 Travel Team in an overtime shoot-off.  Kirsten Hallinan of the Youngtimers raced to the speed dribble title and Kate Telesca of Conte Electric won the free throw competition for the second consecutive year.  In the Junior Skills, Jara Keegel of Allyson Rioux captured the speed dribble trophy and Abby Malkin of Instant Replay posted the win in the free throw contest.  In the Starters skills contest, Grace Pelicci won the speed dribble and Mattingly Fox earned the shooting contest championship.  Sierra Murray ran her way to the Little Timers speed dribble title.

Super Sunday had several special moments, beginning with the league announcing that the Futures Games going forward will be named the Sheridan Stars Game in honor of Jennifer Sheridan who just completed her 20th season as a coach in the Youngtimers program.  Also, the Youngtimers organization continued its tradition of awarding the Allyson Rioux Sportsmanship Award to a special young lady from both the Senior and Junior divisions.  Cheryl Tiscia represented the Allyson Rioux Foundation at “Super Sunday” to present the awards, which are named in honor of Allyson Rioux, one of Stamford’s greatest high school athletes who died at 27 years old from cancer.  This year, Madison Rabb of the Stamford White 8 travel team won the award in the Senior Division while Allison Benavides of Spooky Cheetah Press earned the honor in the Junior Division.  Both girls fulfilled the qualities of Allyson Rioux with their teamwork, sportsmanship and character throughout the Youngtimers season.

Finally during the Seniors awards, the Youngtimers organization recognized 10 former Youngtimers players who played for local high schools this past season and have earned All-League honors in basketball during their high school careers.  The former Youngtimers on hand were Megan Landsiedel, Alexa Kellner, Brooke Kelly, Kelly Jagodzinski and Andrea O’Connor of Stamford High School, Maddy Bautista and Grace Hansen of Westhill High School, Molly Murray of Trinity Catholic High School and McKenna Frank and Maya Klein of St. Luke’s School.  Each of those young women were named to an All-FCIAC or All-FAA team over the last few seasons.  Frank (Wake Forest University), Kellner (University of Massachusetts) and Klein (Providence College) will be playing college basketball next winter.

by Tim Frank posted 03/29/2018
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