Spring 2023 Sports Recap

May 31, 2023

The Cats had a stellar spring sports season, with three teams competing in the post-season, school records broken, and many personal bests set by student-athletes.

Cheshire Academy varsity softball WNEPSA finalsVarsity softball (11-4 regular season) earned the top seed in this year’s WNEPSA conference playoffs. They hosted Cushing Academy on May 24-25 during the two-day championship game, which was postponed at the top of the fifth inning due to rain. Ultimately, CA lost to Cushing 8-0. The Cats also hosted and beat Suffield Academy 3-0 during the semifinals, held on Sunday, May 21. Pitcher Juliana Janezic ’23 (headed to University of Scranton) recorded more than 200 strikeouts in her two years on the mound, and both she and Ella Carter ’23 (headed to Indiana University) represented the Cats at the Western New England All-Star game on May 7.

Cheshire Academy varsity baseball WNEPBL semifinalsVarsity baseball (14-1 regular season) secured their first WNEPBL Cleary Division title since 2016. They hosted Salisbury School in the WNEPBL semifinals on Sunday, May 21, and averaged nearly 10 runs per game in the regular season. Anthony Tirado ’23 (headed to UMass) was named WNEPBL Cleary Division Player of the Year and Tyler Stone ’25 earned WNEPBL Cleary Division Pitcher of the Year honors.

Cheshire Academy varsity track and fieldVarsity track and field also had a stellar regular and post season, complete with broken school records and new personal records. CA’s high jump record of 6 feet 4 inches was broken by Eli Newby ’24, who successfully reached 6 feet 8 inches at the last regular meet of the season. Newby and Nathan Okwaning ’23 both earned spots in the top 10 fastest times list in New England for their 100-meter dash times (10.9 and 11.04 seconds), while Rania Brown ’24 concluded her 11th grade year with a top eight finish in the 100-meter dash at New England’s.

The rest of the spring athletics teams all had strong seasons, including varsity girls’ lacrosse (9-7), varsity boys’ lacrosse (5-9), varsity boys’ tennis (6-6), varsity girls’ tennis (7-3), and varsity golf.