Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Senior Andrew Sellitto served as a captain of the North Branford boys’ soccer squad for the past three seasons. In his final season, Andrew earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors on behalf of the Thunderbirds. Photo courtesy of Andrew Sellitto

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Senior captain midfielder Sophia Anastasio helped the North Branford field hockey squad claim its fourth-straight Shoreline Conference title this fall and earned All-Conference Second Team recognition for her efforts. Photo courtesy of Sophia Anastasio

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Kelli Jacobson capped off an outstanding career with the North Branford field hockey squad by helping the Thunderbirds win the Shoreline Conference title for the fourth year in a row. Kelli scored 13 goals while leading the team as a captain for the second-straight season. Photo courtesy of Kelli Jacobson

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Senior captain striker Ralph Ciarleglio finished his career with Branford boys’ soccer as a two-time All-Conference and All-State recipient. Photo courtesy of Ralph Ciarleglio

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Ashlee Amendola became a strong leader for the North Branford girls’ soccer squad. The senior captain midfielder finished her career by garnering All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention this fall. Photo courtesy of Ashlee Amendola

Amendola Proud to Lead the T-Birds as a Senior

Published Dec. 10, 2020 12:56 p.m.

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Junior captain Kendall Infantino earned All-SCC and All-State honors for a Branford girls’ soccer squad that advanced to its divisional final this fall.

Photo courtesy of Kendall Infantino

Infantino Sees Decorated Season on the Field

Published Dec. 03, 2020 12:14 p.m.

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Catie Dow earned her spot as a senior captain with the North Branford girls’ soccer team through hard work and dedication. Photo courtesy of Catie Dow

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Junior Julia McHenry is a pivotal part of the Branford field hockey team’s offensive attack. Julia also plays lacrosse for the Hornets. Photo courtesy of Julia McHenry

McHenry’s a Catalyst for Branford’s Offense

Published Nov. 19, 2020 02:11 p.m.

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Ava Candelora has earned the title sophomore captain for the North Branford girls’ soccer team. Ava is a relentless goalkeeper who refuses to quit. Photo courtesy of Ava Candelora

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Branford graduate Billy Alessi is giving back to his hometown as an assistant coach for the Hornets’ girls’ soccer and lacrosse teams. 

Photo courtesy of Billy Alessi

Alessi Giving Back to Branford as a Coach

Published Nov. 05, 2020 01:55 p.m.

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Mackenzie Burwell has progressed from a novice in the sport of volleyball to a senior captain and starting middle blocker with the Thunderbirds. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Burwell

Burwell Leading North Branford on the Court

Published Oct. 29, 2020 03:21 p.m.

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Samuel Gott is impressing during his freshman campaign with the North Branford boys’ cross country team. Samuel works tirelessly to improve his times with the T-Birds. Photo courtesy of Samuel Gott

Gott Has the Goods to Be a Top-Notch Runner

Published Oct. 22, 2020 02:17 p.m.

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Lenora Longway has transitioned to defense to start her junior season with the Branford field hockey team, but will play multiple other positions throughout the year based on the Hornets’ needs. Photo courtesy of Lenora Longway

Longway Brings Versatility to the Hornets

Published Oct. 15, 2020 02:59 p.m.

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Carolyn Heffernan has found her niche as a distance runner and is looking forward to a productive sophomore season with the North Branford girls’ cross country team. Photo courtesy of Carolyn Heffernan

Heffernan’s Forging a Path at North Branford

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:56 p.m.

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Branford’s Zach Vandale is putting together a nice career as baseball and ice hockey player. Zach is currently a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall. Photo courtesy of Zach Vandale

Vandale Shines on the Diamond and the Ice

Published Oct. 01, 2020 02:27 p.m.

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Junior defender Katie Laska is an emerging leader for the field hockey team at Branford High School. Photo courtesy of Katie Laska

Laska Ready to Lead Through Actions and Words

Published Sep. 24, 2020 01:54 p.m.

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Bennett Gentile was a fixture in left field for the Branford baseball team during his final two seasons with the program. He was also named a senior captain for the Hornets.

Photo courtesy of Bennett Gentile

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Former Branford field hockey standout Jenna Limone is entering her second season on the Hornets’ coaching staff and her first year as a full-time varsity assistant. Jenna also works as special education paraprofessional at East Haven High School.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Limone

Limone’s Honored to Coach at Her Alma Mater

Published Sep. 10, 2020 11:40 a.m.

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Jake Bodner has improved both his athletic abilities and mental fortitude by virtue of playing baseball in Branford. Photo courtesy of Jake Bodner

Bodner Found His Calling on the Ballfield

Published Sep. 05, 2020 12:11 a.m.

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Caitlyn Buckanavage was inducted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame by virtue of the plethora of success she saw as a member of the Hornets’ field hockey and girls’ lacrosse squads. Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Buckanavage

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Emily Olson wanted to lead the North Branford girls’ volleyball team as a senior captain, and now she has her opportunity to do just that. Photo courtesy of Emily Olson

Olson’s Proud to Lead the T-Birds as a Captain

Published Aug. 20, 2020 02:43 p.m.

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Eric Sokolosky enjoyed a storied career as a swimmer at Branford High School and Bucknell University. Now, Eric is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Eric Sokolosky

Sokolosky Swims His Way to the Hall of Fame

Published Aug. 13, 2020 01:19 p.m.

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Mike Tamsin excelled in three sports at Branford High School and went on to have a record-breaking career with the baseball team at Northeastern University. Now, Mike is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of Mike Tamsin

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Eddie Bethke had a storied career as a pitcher at Branford High School and Southern Connecticut State University, after which he went on to coach in the baseball programs at both schools. Now, Eddie is a member of the Branford Sports Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Eddie Bethke

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Mairead Aiken made a big impact with North Branford softball team and was also a positive influence around the school through her involvement in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Photo courtesy Mairead Aiken

Aiken’s a True Leader On and Off the Field

Published July 16, 2020 12:31 p.m.

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John Steady has taken photos of some of the most iconic moments in the history of Branford sports. Last year, John was recognized for his dedication to photojournalism when he was inducted into the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy of John Steady

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Brianna Shaw served as a senior captain for the Branford field hockey team last fall and was slated to hold that same position with the girls’ lacrosse team this spring. Brianna scored 106 goals and was part of consecutive Class M state titles during her lacrosse career. 

Photo courtesy of Brianna Shaw

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JJ Gargano worked his way up the ranks of the North Branford boys’ lacrosse program, ultimately becoming one of the T-Birds’ senior captains this year. Photo courtesy of JJ Gargano

Gargano Came a Long Way on the Lacrosse Field

Published June 25, 2020 12:41 p.m.

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