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11/14/2021 11:00 PM

Valley Field Hockey Loses in Class S Quarterfinals; Football Defeats Old Saybrook-Westbrook, 41-7

Freshman Lilly Lavigne and the Valley field hockey team won their opening game of states before taking a 2-1, double-overtime loss against Granby in the quarterfinal round last week. Also pictured for the Warriors is senior Emily Kateley. File photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier

Field Hockey

The Valley Regional field hockey team saw its season come to a close when the Warriors took a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Granby in the quarterfinals of the Class S State Tournament last week. Valley finished with an overall record of 17-2-1 for a season that saw the team advance to the Shoreline Conference final.

Top-seeded Valley Regional opened up the Class S State Tournament by hosting No. 17 seed Wamogo in the first round on Nov. 9. The Warriors doubled up Wamogo by a 4-2 score at Valley Regional High School to advance into the quarterfinal round.

Senior Abby Amara scored two goals and had two assists for the Warriors in the victory. Freshman Lilly Lavigne had a goal with an assist, junior Lily Grow had two assists, and senior Mia Alio scored a goal. Junior goalkeeper Fallyn Belisle made four saves in net for Valley.

Two days later, Valley hosted No. 8 seed Granby for a Class S quarterfinal game. The Warriors took a 2-1 defeat to Granby in double overtime and were eliminated from the tournament. Lavigne scored the goal for Valley in the contest. Belisle made 12 saves for the Warriors.


The Valley Regional-Old Lyme (VR-OL) football team earned its third win of the year by claiming a road victory against Pequot Conference Sassacus Division opponent Old Saybrook-Westbrook last week. On Nov. 13, the Warriors took on the Rams at Old Saybrook High School and prevailed by a 41-7 score to improve to 3-5 overall with a divisional record of 3-3 this season.

VR-OL is on the road to face Rockville (6-2) for its next contest on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The Warriors will finish their season when they host divisional foe Haddam-Killingworth in the annual battle for the Principal’s Cup at Richard B. Blythe Field on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball

The Valley Regional girls’ volleyball squad took a first-round defeat in Class M State Tournament play last week. The Warriors posted an overall record of 12-10 for the 2021 campaign.

On Nov. 8, No. 17 seed Valley Regional traveled to Redding to take on No. 16 Barlow in the opening round of the Class M bracket. The Warriors took a 3-0 loss against the Falcons, who swept the contest with scores of 25-22, 25-11, and 25-18.

Girls’ Soccer

The Valley Regional girls’ soccer team took a loss in the first round of the Class M State Tournament last week. The Warriors finished with an overall record of 5-9-3 on the year.

No. 29 seed Valley Regional traveled to Middletown to face No. 4 Mercy for a first-round states game on Nov. 8. The Warriors were eliminated from the tournament by taking 3-1 defeat against the Tigers at Xavier High School.