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04/24/2022 12:00 AM

Bisson Scores 100th Goal as Valley Improves to 5-0; Baseball Team Posts Two Double-Digit Victories

Senior Emi Bisson netted career goal No. 100 when the Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team claimed a 15-4 victory against North Branford on April 21. Photo courtesy of Kathlene Bisson

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Valley Regional girls’ lacrosse team claimed a huge victory versus North Branford before defeating Norwich Free Academy in convincing fashion last week. The Warriors now stand with a record of 5-0 on the season following these two victories.

Valley kicked off its week by posting a 15-4 road win over three-time defending Shoreline Conference champion North Branford on April 21. Senior Emi Bisson had 3 goals and 4 assists for the Warriors, scoring her 100th career goal in the victory. Sophomore Rowan Pilon scored 4 goals to go with 1 assist. Sophomore Madison Neviaser and Salmi Miller both scored 2 goals, Lilly Lavigne and Leah Frantz each had 1 goal with 1 assist, and Margaret Jacaruso and Olivia Cunningham added 1 goal apiece for Valley. Junior goalie Maizy Libby picked up the win with a stellar performance in the net.

Two days later, the Warriors hosted Norwich Free Academy for a non-conference game and claimed a 21-7 victory in the contest. Bisson had 7 goals with 5 assists, and Pilon also netted 7 goals for Valley Regional. Lavigne scored 3 goals, Frantz had 2 goals and 1 assist, Miller scored 1 goal to go with 1 assist, and Cunningham also scored a goal in the win. Libby made 4 saves in the game.


The Valley Regional baseball team notched victories in two of its road games last week to boost its record to 6-1 this season. The Warriors dropped a contest against Old Saybrook before scoring wins over Old Lyme and Hale-Ray to make for another winning week on the ballfield.

In its first game of the week, Valley took a 2-1 road loss to Old Saybrook on April 18. Junior Colin Carver pitched a solid game for the Warriors and took a hard-luck loss on the mound, giving up only 3 hits. Carver also had 2 doubles at the plate and scored Valley’s only run of the game on one of two hits by junior Braeden Sparaco.

Two days later, Valley hit the road to face Old Lyme and defeated the Wildcats by a 16-1 final. Junior Sam Hutchinson struck out 8 hitters in 4 innings to get the win on the mound. The Warriors’ offense blasted 6 home runs in the victory. Junior Brayden Shea and Hutchinson both homered twice for Valley, while senior James Marsden and Carver also went yard in the rout.

Valley wrapped up the week by claiming a 13-0 victory versus Hale-Ray in a road game on April 22. Senior Andrew Salbinski earned the win on the mound for the Warriors, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 6. Shea pitched 2 perfect innings of relief, recording 4 strikeouts.

Hutchinson had another huge day at the plate by going 4-for-4 with a grand slam, 5 RBI, and 3 stolen bases for Valley Regional. Salbinski helped his own cause by getting hit and stealing 4 bases in the win.


The Valley Regional softball team played three home games last week and came away with two victories to put its record at 3-4 on the year. The Warriors earned a victory against Old Saybrook before taking a loss to Old Lyme and then defeating Hale-Ray in recent action.

On April 18, Valley Regional hosted Old Saybrook and claimed a 15-1 win versus the Rams in 5 innings. Junior Anna Benson pitched a complete game for the Warriors, allowing just 1 unearned run on 2 hits and no walks to go with 7 strikeouts. Benson also went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI at the plate.

Senior Vivian Paradis went 2-for-4 with a double, 3 runs, and an RBI; while sophomore Riley Soares was 2-for-2 with a walk and 2 runs. Senior Abby Amara went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, 2 runs, and 4 RBI; and senior Kenzie Mulé was 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI.

Then on April 20, the Warriors took a 10-7 home loss to Old Lyme. Two days later, Valley squared off with Hale-Ray for another home game and earned a 6-3 victory versus the Noises.

Boys’ Tennis

The Valley Regional boys’ tennis improved to 5-0 on the season after winning the lone match on last week’s schedule. On April 18, the Warriors hosted Westbrook and claimed a 5-2 victory over the Knights at Valley Regional High School.

Girls’ Tennis

The Valley Regional girls’ tennis team won two of its three matches last week to improve its record to 6-2 this season. The Warriors took a loss to Westbrook, but bounced back by posting victories over North Branford and Cromwell.

In its first match of the week, Valley took a 5-2 defeat against Westbrook in a road match on April 18. Sophomore Joanna Petrone posted a 7-6, 6-1 win in the No. 2 singles match for Valley. Sophomore Hannah Schwartzman won a 6-3, 7-5 decision at No. 4 singles.

On April 20, Valley faced North Branford on the road and blanked the Thunderbirds by a 7-0 score. The next day, the Warriors netted a 6-1 victory versus Cromwell in a home match.

Boys’ Golf

The Valley Regional boys’ golf team played a road match against North Branford on April 21. The Warriors took a 173-232 loss to the T-Birds at the Black Hall Club to move to 1-3 on the season.

Sophomore Tyler Ruel finished with a score of 49 to lead the Warriors in their contest versus North Branford. Junior Kevin King posted a score of 54 for the round. Senior Will McLachlan shot a 63, and junior Will Kelly finished with a score of 66 for Valley.

Junior Sam Hutchinson had a big week on the mound and at the dish to help the Valley baseball team take two of its three games last week and improve to 6-1 on the year. File photo by Wesley Bunnell/The Courier