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Valley Courier

Senior captain Jess Weinstein owns a record of 16-0 playing No. 4 singles for the Valley Regional girls’ tennis team this year. The Warriors also have an undefeated mark of 16-0 on the season. Photo courtesy of Jess Weinstein

Weinstein Leads Valley to an Outstanding Campaign

Published May 16, 2019 03:40 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Junior Carlee Kirla is providing sound defense as the Valley Regional softball squad’s catcher this season. She also has a .500 batting average for the Warriors, who are sporting a record of 12-0. Photo courtesy of Carlee Kirla

Kirla’s Solid as a Rock Behind the Dish

Published May 09, 2019 02:23 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior Jason Montecalvo played a key role off the bench while helping the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team notch 18 victories and reach the Division V state semifinals. Jason also has earned All-Shoreline Conference honors in three straight seasons for the Warriors’ cross country squad. Photo courtesy of Jason Montecalvo

Montecalvo Always Answered the Bell Off the Bench

Published May 02, 2019 03:15 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Koren Torre recently finished her first season as a coach in the Old Saybrook girls’ basketball program. Koren, who lives in Deep River and teaches history at Old Saybrook High School, served as a freshman head coach and was also a JV and varsity assistant for the Rams. Photo courtesy of Koren Torre

Torre Sees the Court from a New Viewpoint

Published April 25, 2019 02:47 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Nathaniel Hill is currently in his second season rowing for the Valley Regional crew. This year, the Warriors have enough enrollment on the boys' side to field a team of two boats of four, and Nathaniel rows in the crew's first boat. Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Hill

Hill Helps Valley Crew Climb to New Heights

Published April 19, 2019 02:46 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Allyson Pitney is in the midst of her first season as head coach of Valley Regional softball after serving as an interim coach last spring. Allyson and her assistant coaches are fostering a supportive environment on the diamond. Photo courtesy of Allyson Pitney

Pitney Guides Valley on the Diamond

Published April 12, 2019 02:40 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Randy Netsch helped form the Valley girls’ lacrosse program 17 years ago and worked as an assistant coach over the years. This year, he is taking on the role of head coach.

Photo courtesy of Randy Netsch

Netsch Helming Valley Girls’ Lacrosse Team He Helped Found

Published April 04, 2019 07:42 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Lexie Finnerty capped off her career with the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team by achieving the rare distinction of scoring more than 1,000 points with the squad. Lexie, who made the All-Shoreline Conference First Team the last three seasons, will play basketball at Nichols College in Massachusetts next year. Photo courtesy of Lexie Finnerty

Finnerty Finishes Valley Career as an All-Time Great

Published March 21, 2019 04:12 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior Ben Falivene finished his wrestling career representing Valley Regional by taking second place in the 285-pound weight class at the Class S State Championship this year. During his four seasons, Ben practiced with and competed alongside the Morgan wrestling team, becoming a leader for the squad. Photo courtesy of Ben Falivene

Falivene Caps Career as a Master Grappler

Published March 14, 2019 02:03 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Junior Andrew Ferguson made it all the way to the State Open in the 300-meter dash for the Valley Regional boys’ indoor track team this winter. Andrew is also a member of the Warriors’ outdoor track squad, for which he ran on a school-record 4x100 relay last spring. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ferguson

Ferguson’s Running Down the Dream at Valley

Published March 07, 2019 01:21 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Deep River resident Kelsey Caramanica has served as a captain of the Mercy cheerleading team for the past two seasons, earning All-SCC honors in each campaign. This year, Kelsey also garnered All-State accolades as one of the top-20 cheerleaders in the Class L ranks. Photo courtesy of Kristen Caramanica

Caramanica Paves Impressive Path as Two-Year Cheer Captain

Published Feb. 28, 2019 09:05 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Ivoryton resident and Mercy High School senior Rachael Cipolla recently signed on the line to continue her athletic career at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Rachael Cipolla

Cipolla’s Ready for the Next Level

Published Feb. 21, 2019 11:12 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Sophomore Reagan Brenneman has become a key part of the rotation for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this winter. Reagan is a stretch four—a power forward who can also move to the perimeter and sink shots on offense—which creates matchup problems for opposing defenses. Photo courtesy of Reagan Brenneman

Brenneman Brings Versatility to Valley

Published Feb. 14, 2019 04:10 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Freshman post player Salmi Miller has risen up the ranks of the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this season. After playing for the JV team early in the year, Salmi was promoted to the varsity squad and then secured a spot in the starting lineup.

Photo courtesy of Salmi Miller

Miller’s Starting it Up for the Warriors This Winter

Published Feb. 07, 2019 03:59 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain guard Kevin Fasulo is playing an integral role for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball squad in a variety of ways. After organizing offseason basketball clinics for his teammates, Kevin is averaging 9.7 points and 2.9 steals per game as a senior captain guard this year. Photo courtesy of Kevin Fasulo

Fasulo’s a Natural-Born Leader for the Warriors

Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:34 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Lily O’Neil is the only senior on the Valley Regional gymnastics team this winter. As the Warriors’ captain, Lily is taking it upon herself to keep everything fun for her younger teammates. Photo courtesy of Lily O’Neil

O’Neil Keeping Things Fun with Valley Gymnastics

Published Jan. 24, 2019 12:01 a.m.

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Valley Courier

After spending several years as an athlete and a coach in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, Essex resident Chris Perras has come over to the Shoreline Conference as the new JV head coach for the Old Saybrook boys’ basketball team. Photo courtesy of Chris Perras

Perras Proud to Join the Shoreline as Old Saybrook’s JV Coach

Published Jan. 17, 2019 04:21 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain Heather Jones is never afraid to go all-out for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team. Photo courtesy of Heather Jones

Jones Provides Relentless Energy on the Court

Published Jan. 10, 2019 01:18 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Chris Morales put forth a strong showing in his final season as a forward for the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team. Chris scored 13 goals and dished out four assists en route to garnering All-Shoreline Conference First Team distinction this year. Photo courtesy of Chris Morales

Morales Makes an Impact at Forward for the Warriors

Published Jan. 03, 2019 01:32 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior Zoe Hollwedel moved from a hitter’s position to take on a defensive role as the libero for the Valley Regional volleyball team. Zoe finished the 2018 season having earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors, as well as the Warriors’ Most Improved Player Award. Photo courtesy of Zoe Hollwedel

Hollwedel Dug Deep for the Warriors

Published Dec. 26, 2018 02:52 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior midfielder Dan Hearn recently finished his final season with the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team. Dan played an important role as a center midfielder and used his superior field vision to put the ball in opportune positions for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Dan Hearn

Hearn Holds His Own in the Midfield

Published Dec. 20, 2018 12:47 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior Nate Johnson was a leader on the special teams unit for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team this year. Nate earned Valley’s Coach’s Award for helping develop a culture where everyone always gave a maximum effort. Photo courtesy of Nate Johnson

Johnson Helped Valley-Old Lyme Become a Special Team

Published Dec. 13, 2018 03:49 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Sophomore Alena Crosby stepped into the setter’s role with great success for the Valley Regional volleyball team this season, recording 397 assists on the year. Alena is also a shooting guard on the Warriors’ girls’ basketball squad. Photo courtesy of Alena Crosby

Crosby Sees Early Success on Two Warriors’ Courts

Published Dec. 07, 2018 11:26 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior vice captain goalie Charlie Haughton recently finished his final season with the Valley Regional boys’ soccer squad. During his two years as the varsity starter, Charlie earned All-Shoreline Conference Second Team honors in his junior campaign and then made the All-Conference First Team as a senior this fall. Photo courtesy of Charlie Haughton

Haughton Held Down the Goal for Valley Boys’ Soccer

Published Nov. 29, 2018 02:39 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain linebacker Justin Robida has 102 tackles on the year for the Warriors’ football squad, which is 7-1 entering its regular-season finale. Photo courtesy of Justin Robida

Robida Racking Up the Tackles at Linebacker

Published Nov. 21, 2018 11:56 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Freshman midfielder Taryn Frazier made a strong impression with the Valley Regional girls’ soccer team this season. Taryn earned a starting position for the Warriors and eventually started playing the full 80 minutes on the field. Photo courtesy of Taryn Frazier

Freshman Frazier Logs Major Minutes for the Warriors

Published Nov. 14, 2018 11:52 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain goalkeeper Mia Cost has held things down in the cage for the Valley Regional field hockey team throughout the past couple of seasons. Mia, who has 16 career shutouts in field hockey, is also a goalie for the Warriors’ girls’ lacrosse squad. Photo courtesy of Mia Cost

Cost Tends the Net for Two Valley Squads

Published Nov. 08, 2018 07:02 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Ava Cunningham’s first season as a cross country runner saw the freshman earn All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors for the Valley Regional girls’ country team this fall. Photo courtesy of Ava Cunningham

Cunningham Makes Great Debut with Valley Cross Country

Published Nov. 01, 2018 02:48 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain Maddy Just had a heavy hand in bringing together a Valley Regional volleyball team that graduated six senior starters from last year. Maddy also leads the Warriors with 104 kills on the year. Photo courtesy of Maddy Just

Maddy Just Helps Valley Volleyball Play as One

Published Oct. 25, 2018 03:17 p.m.

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