Saturday, July 24, 2021

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Hill Gbunblee is the new head coach of the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team. Gbunblee is eager to see what the Pequot Conference competition will look like this fall. Photo courtesy of Hill Gbunblee

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Mason Erwin posted a strong sophomore campaign with the Valley Regional baseball team this year. Mason began the year as a backup catcher, but caught fire at the plate and moved into the starting role by season’s end. Photo courtesy of Sharon Erwin

Erwin Brought it as the Warriors’ Backstop

Published July 15, 2021 02:21 p.m.

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Emi Bisson supplied 65 goals and 22 assists en route to All-Shoreline Conference First Team and All-State Second Team honors for the Valley girls’ lacrosse team as a junior this season. Photo courtesy of Emi Bisson

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Joanna Petrone earned her spot at No. 4 singles as a freshman and helped the Valley girls’ tennis team put together a quality season this spring. Photo courtesy of Joanna Petrone

Petrone Plays Pivotal Role as a Freshman

Published July 01, 2021 01:43 p.m.

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Junior defender Grace Haskins used her speed to slow down opposing offenses, but also played other positions when the Warriors needed her to. Photo courtesy of Grace Haskins

Haskins Holds the Line on Defense

Published June 24, 2021 12:11 p.m.

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Riley Soares earned a spot playing third base with the Valley Regional softball squad this season as a freshman. Riley relished the opportunity, and feels as though she learned so much to prepare her for years to come with the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Riley Soares

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Brian Dailey, a Chester resident who teaches in Westbrook, has thoroughly enjoyed his first season as head coach of a growing Old Saybrook golf team. Photo courtesy of Brian Dailey

Dailey’s Loving Life on Old Saybrook’s Links

Published June 10, 2021 12:40 p.m.

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Andrew Salbinski has turned in a strong season at third base for the Valley Regional baseball squad. The junior infielder earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors for his steady play in the field and solid bat at the plate. Photo courtesy of Andrew Salbinski

Salbinski Brings It on Both Sides of the Ball

Published June 03, 2021 12:45 p.m.

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Axel Johnson is proving a solid leader as a senior captain goalie for the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team. Axel has been a steadying voice in the backfield for a Warriors’ team that finished the regular season with a 10-4 record. Photo courtesy of Axel Johnson

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Nick Mardjekaj came back to the Valley Regional baseball team as an assistant coach this spring and is bringing a unifying energy to the dugout. Photo courtesy of Nick Mardjekaj

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Junior Hayden Lombardi has been serving up some missiles against his opponents while playing the No. 3 singles position for the Valley boys’ tennis squad this year.

Photo courtesy of Hayden Lombardi

Lombardi Climbing Up Valley’s Lineup

Published May 13, 2021 12:17 p.m.

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Olivia Baldwin is off to a strong start with the Valley Regional girls’ tennis team this spring. The sophomore has won all seven of her matches at the No. 3 singles spot and one match at No. 2 singles. Photo courtesy of Olivia Baldwin

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Junior Cede Peno is primed for a nice year as a corner infielder for the Valley Regional softball team this spring. Photo courtesy of Cede Peno

Peno Becoming a Cornerstone for the Warriors

Published April 29, 2021 12:07 p.m.

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Ryan Ellison has been a bright spot on the bump for the Warriors so far this season. In addition to pitching, the senior also plays first base. Photo courtesy of Ryan Ellison

Ellison Finding His Happy Place at Valley

Published April 22, 2021 11:49 a.m.

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Jeremy Arnum earned All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors for his exceptional play with the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team this year. The sophomore wing sustained a broken wrist during the middle of the season, but worked hard to make his way back to the team in time for the Shoreline Conference Tournament. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Arnum

Arnum’s a Shoreline Star on the Court

Published April 15, 2021 12:10 p.m.

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Sophomore Siena Schaller has a keen eye on the court as a shooting guard for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team.

Photo courtesy of Siena Schaller

Schaller Takes a Team-First Approach at Valley

Published April 08, 2021 12:45 p.m.

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Olivia Cunningham moved into a new position on a new team in the midst of a pandemic this year, and the freshman post player handled all those challenges with aplomb.

Photo courtesy of Olivia Cunningham

Cunningham Produces in the Paint as a Freshman

Published April 01, 2021 11:17 a.m.

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Senior Tommy Burch brings defensive prowess to Valley Regional’s boys’ basketball, football, and boys’ lacrosse squads. Tommy has been a vocal leader for Valley boys’ hoops this year, in addition to giving the team some added size in the paint.

Photo courtesy of Tommy Burch

Burch Bolsters Three Valley Teams

Published March 25, 2021 01:19 p.m.

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Alex Halsey will be stepping up her responsibilities with the Valley Regional girls’ tennis team as a senior captain this spring. Alex will also transition from the doubles court to the singles lineup for the 2021 campaign. Photo courtesy of Alex Halsey

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Abby Bradbury has been lighting it up for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this year. In her sophomore season, Abby is leading the team with 15.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. Photo courtesy of Abby Bradbury

Bradbury Heating Up on the Warriors’ Court

Published March 11, 2021 12:34 p.m.

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Chester resident Kristina Finnerty recently began her first season as an varsity assistant and the JV head coach for the girls’ basketball team at Valley Regional.

Photo courtesy of Kristina Finnerty

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Senior Jack Daley is providing commentary for the Warriors’ boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball teams on the school’s YouTube channel, Valley TV. Photo courtesy of Jack Daley

Daley Doing Play-by-Play for Valley Hoops

Published Feb. 18, 2021 01:32 p.m.

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Kendra Cika had a breakout year with the Valley Regional gymnastics team last season and is aiming for even better performances as a sophomore. Photo courtesy of Kendra Cika

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Elizabeth Allen brings a defensive mindset to Valley Regional’s girls’ soccer and basketball squads. The sophomore plays goalie for the soccer team and is a steady forward on the basketball court. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Allen

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Kyle Montecalvo is set to start for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team in 2021. The senior combo guard-forward is a skilled ball handler who can score inside the paint or from the perimeter. Photo courtesy of Kyle Montecalvo

Montecalvo Excited to Start as a Senior

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:32 p.m.

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Sophomore Callie Breitenbach earned a spot on the Valley Regional field hockey team’s varsity squad after proving herself as a JV captain last year. Callie also plays ice hockey and lacrosse. Photo courtesy of Callie Breitenbach

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Marcus SantaMaria has persevered throughout his career to become a versatile contributor for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team. This year, the senior earned a team captain distinction for his efforts. Photo courtesy of Marcus SantaMaria

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Senior forward Andrew Sherman made a significant impact for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team this season, despite having to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. 

Photo courtesy of Andrew Sherman

Sherman Shows Strength in Limited Time

Published Jan. 07, 2021 12:50 p.m.

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Jackson Bisson used his extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to improve his overall fitness, losing 30 pounds through a rigorous training regimen of running and lifting. Jackson is a goalie for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer squad and a midfielder for the boys’ lacrosse team. Photo courtesy of Jackson Bisson

Bisson Makes the Most of 2020

Published Dec. 24, 2020 08:56 p.m.

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Junior Chase Conrad has been a steady supporter of her teammates on the Valley Regional girls’ volleyball squad. Chase, who plays mainly in the back row, has a steady hand as a server and was successful on 88 percent of her attempts this year. 

Photo courtesy of Chase Conrad

Conrad Keeps Things Positive on the Court

Published Dec. 17, 2020 01:12 p.m.

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