Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League (SYTBB) is the largest ALL Girls basketball league in Stamford. Nearly all of the Girls High School players on the 2016 State Champion Stamford High, Westhill High and Trinity Catholic High School teams (past and present) have played in the SYTBB league. Many of the current players are also coaching in the league.
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Last March, we were very fortunate to be able to complete our season before the country shut down due to COVID-19. At the time, I was relieved because if we had planned on even one more week, we would have never been able to complete what we started. Since then, of course, the situation has only become murkier so I wanted to send a sort of status report on where we are for the 2020-21 season.
I want to start by saying that we are committed to doing what we can to play this winter. At the moment, it is unclear what school gyms will be available to us and frankly what protocol we’ll need to follow based on the impact on our area. However, we are continuing to work on learning everything we can so that we have a chance to proceed with a season.
With that said, we will not begin in October with evaluations and travel tryouts as we normally do. While I’m not sure when we will hold those, I’m pretty confident saying we will not be playing any games prior to the first of the year. Our goal is to use time to our advantage here and hopefully find ourselves in a better environment to play later in the winter.
We appreciate your patience as we wade through this difficult time. We understand sports are important to our kids daily experiences and we will do everything in our power to find a way here. If you have any questions, please let me know.
The Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League completed its 2019-20 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, the “Sheridan Stars Game” of third graders moving up to the house league, skills competitions and season awards.
The day started with the annual “Sheridan Stars Game” which showcased the Youngtimers Starters Division and featured the league’s third graders moving up and playing on the 10-foot baskets for the first time. Behind eight points from Micaela Andrade, the Navy defeated the Sky, 20-16. Julie Tiberio added six points for the Navy and Lucy Cassidy chipped in with four. Giana Mazotas led the Sky with eight points.
In the Senior Division Championship game, the Youngtimers used a strong defensive effort to upend DKE Risk Solutions, 15-13. Cayla Meek paced the Youngtimers (11-1) with seven points and Jalynn Presley added four. Bella D’orta led DKE (9-3) with six points and Taylor Roncoroni chipped in with five.
In the final game of the day, the Mercury rolled to a 29-20 win over the Lynx in the Junior Division Championship. Kamiya Balcombe posted 11 points for the Mercury (7-4) and Matilda Deenihan totaled eight. Leticia Caffer netted 10 points for the Lynx (7-4) while Anna Melton had six.
Super Sunday also featured skills competitions in all divisions. In the Little Timers (Kindergarten and 1st grade), Lillian Lenhart raced to the speed dribble title. In the Starters division (2nd and 3rd grade), Sarai Washington ran her way to the speed dribble championship and Lucy Cassidy captured the shooting contest.
In the Senior Skills Competition, Maeve Petrizzi of Armada Data earned the 3-point contest championship. Kaitlyn Fox of SWC Office Furniture won the speed dribble title and Sahar Harris of the 6th Grade Travel team won the free throw competition.
In the Junior Skills, Ella Salvatore of the Mercury captured the speed dribble trophy and Brooke Ripegno of GD All-Stars posted the win in the free throw contest.
As part of its awards, 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. The award is presented in honor of Allyson Rioux, one of Stamford’s greatest high school athletes who died at 27 years old from cancer. This year, Bridget Mullen of DKE Risk Solutions won the award in the Senior Division while Ana Failla of Instant Replay 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.
The Stamford Youngtimers 6th Grade travel team captured the Fairfield County Basketball League B Division title with a 33-23 win over Ridgefield in the championship game. The Youngtimers (17-5) won three playoff games in order to earn their B division crown. In the quarterfinals, Eila Olson scored 10 points to push the 6th grade to a 34-15 victory over New Milford. Emma Lange and McKenna O’Neill each added five points for Stamford. The Youngtimers then avenged a regular season loss to Westport by collecting a 32-23 win in the FCBL semifinals. Rachel Stokes led a balanced Stamford attack with eight points. Olson netted seven points and Nia Freeman had six. In the title game, Stamford used a 19-2 second run to pull away from Ridgefield. Freeman scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and Jalynn Presley totaled six points. Balance again was the key for the Youngtimers as Taylor Roncoroni, O’Neill and Olson each collected five points. Roncoroni’s third quarter buzzer beater sparked the decisive Stamford run. Additional contributions were made by Abby D’orta, Sahar Harris, Julia Iorfino and Maddie O’Connor as all were instrumental in a terrific Stamford Youngtimers 6th grade travel season.
The three other Youngtimers travel team finished their seasons in the playoffs as well. The 8th grade travel team captured the regular season FCBL B Division title and then was moved up to the A Division for the playoffs. The Youngtimers then won two of three playoff games before falling in the semifinals. In round one, behind 12 points from Chloe Sotell and 11 from Briana Cepeda, Stamford upended Trumbull 42-30. Maeve Petrizzi collected nine points and Alice Petersen added five for the 8th grade. In the quarterfinals, Petrizzi’s basket with 10 seconds left lifted the Youngtimers to a 46-45 win over Wilton. Sotell and Petrizzi paced Stamford with 13 points each and Emma Boolbol posted nine points. The playoff run ended in the FCBL A Division semifinals when the Youngtimers fell to Danbury 35-31. Sotell and Petrizzi each netted 11 points for Stamford which ended the season with a 15-8 record.
The 7th grade Youngtimers travel team won their first FCBL C division playoff game by downing Wakeman-Fairfield, 33-14. Allison Benavides and Julia Nanos each scored six points while Kaitlyn Fox chipped in with five. In the C division semifinals, Wilton Blue edged Stamford, 27-26. Fox poured in 13 points to pace the Youngtimers. The 5th grade travel team’s season came to a close in the FCBL C division quarterfinals, falling to Monroe Lightning 27-24. Jariyah Valentine led Stamford with eight points and Grace Pellicci added seven.