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Valley Courier

Chris Sparaco progressed into a top post player in the Shoreline Conference while competing for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team. As a senior captain, Chris also served as an effective voice between the Warriors’ athletes and their coaching staff.

Photo courtesy of Chris Sparaco

Sparaco Posts Impressive Senior Season

Published April 02, 2020 02:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Gavin Grabowski displayed a great deal of offensive prowess with the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team during the past two seasons. This year, Gavin stepped up as a senior captain by increasing his intensity on the defensive end for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Gavin Grabowski

Grabowski Grew as a Player and a Leader

Published March 26, 2020 03:38 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Essex resident Cal Gibson is currently ranked second in the nation in the Snowboard Youth Division by the USA Snowboarding and Freeski Association. Cal is a freshman at Xavier High School who attends Mount Snow Academy in Vermont for several months in the winter to hone his craft. Photo courtesy of Cal Gibson

Gibson Makes a Big Jump on the Slopes

Published March 20, 2020 04:12 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Cade Ensinger has contributed to Valley Regional boys’ basketball team in a multitude of ways during his high school career. Cade, a senior captain point guard, is averaging 13 points, 7.5 assists, five rebounds, and five steals for the Warriors on the season. Photo courtesy of Cade Ensinger

Ensinger Does it All on the Court

Published March 12, 2020 03:59 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Freshman post player Lily Grow has secured a starting position in the paint for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this year. Photo courtesy of Lily Grow

Grow Earns Starting Spot as a Freshman

Published March 06, 2020 04:22 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Erin Ward holds an all-important leadership role as a sophomore captain for the Valley Regional gymnastics team. Photo courtesy of Erin Ward

Ward Wears the Captain’s Hat with Pride

Published Feb. 27, 2020 12:58 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior small forward Jake Grow is a driving force for the Warriors this season as a scoring threat and an improved perimeter defender. Jake is one of nine seniors who are leaving it all on court on a quest to bring home a state championship. Photo courtesy of Jake Grow

Grow Helping Valley Expand its Expectations

Published Feb. 20, 2020 01:55 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Addi Marchese is running the point for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this season. Addi was named one of the Warriors’ junior captains due to her leadership both on and off the court. Photo courtesy of Addi Marchese

Marchese Points Toward a Bright Future with Valley Girls’ Hoops

Published Feb. 15, 2020 01:31 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Dylan Sparaco fought hard throughout the spring and summer to make his way back from a broken leg. Now, Dylan is leading the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team as one of its senior captains this winter. Photo courtesy of Dylan Sparaco

Sparaco Worked Hard to Get Back into Action

Published Feb. 06, 2020 01:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Sophomore Bitzy Klomp is proving a crucial component of the Valley girls’ basketball team’s pressure defense this season. In addition to playing basketball, Bitzy also competes for the soccer and outdoor track squads at Valley. Photo courtesy of Bitzy Klomp

Klomp Puts the Clamps on Opposing Offenses

Published Jan. 30, 2020 04:18 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior power forward John Tibbetts plays an important role as a designated defender for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team. Every game, John is tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best offensive player regardless of their position. Photo courtesy of John Tibbetts

Tibbetts Turns Into a Tremendous Defensive Stopper

Published Jan. 23, 2020 02:43 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Junior forward Libby Cap is providing a staunch defensive presence under the rim for the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this season. Libby is one of only four juniors on squad and has taken on more leadership duties for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Libby Cap

Cap Provides Power in the Paint

Published Jan. 16, 2020 04:26 p.m.

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Valley Courier

David Bradbury, Jr., is taking on the role of freshman coach for the Valley Regional boys’ basketball program this season. Bradbury was a star for the Warriors before graduating in 2015. Photo courtesy of David Bradbury, Jr.

Bradbury, Jr., Comes Home to Coach Freshman Hoops

Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:52 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Junior Emma Counter manned the libero position for the Valley Regional volleyball squad during the 2019 season. Emma led the team in digs and receptions, while helping the Warriors take home a Shoreline Conference championship. Photo courtesy of Emma Counter

Counter Dug In for Valley During Championship Campaign

Published Dec. 26, 2019 05:04 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Jaimie Toto will take the reins as the new head coach of the Valley Regional girls’ basketball team this season. Jaimie comes to the Warriors after coaching the JV team at Foran High School in Milford. Photo courtesy of Jaimie Toto

Toto Ready to Get Down to Business as Warriors’ Head Coach

Published Dec. 19, 2019 02:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Mackenzie Neviaser helped the Valley Regional volleyball team win its first Shoreline Conference title since 1987 this year. The senior captain middle hitter recorded 61 kills with 22 aces, while fostering a family atmosphere among the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Neviaser

Neviaser Was All Heart for the Warriors

Published Dec. 12, 2019 01:43 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Justin Badolato helped the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team fill a need for a power running back when he moved off of the line and into the backfield this fall. The senior captain also played tight end, defensive end, and linebacker for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Justin Badolato

Badolato Provides Power in the Backfield

Published Dec. 05, 2019 01:46 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Ava Duval turned in a stellar campaign as a senior forward for the Valley Regional girls’ soccer team in 2019. Ava scored 25 goals and earned All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors this fall. Photo courtesy of Ava Duval

Duval Finishes Career as a Fantastic Forward

Published Nov. 28, 2019 09:29 a.m.

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Valley Courier

Elena Peterlik recently finished her senior season with the Valley Regional field hockey team. The senior captain earned All-State First Team and All-Shoreline Conference First Team honors for her stellar play this year. Photo courtesy of Elena Peterlik

Peterlik Makes All-State for Valley Field Hockey

Published Nov. 21, 2019 02:49 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Ryan Shasha is a integral part of the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team as a vice captain and left forward. Ryan also plays guard for the Warriors’ basketball squad and is a high jumper on the outdoor track team. Photo courtesy of Ryan Shasha

Shasha’s a Key Piece for Three Valley Teams

Published Nov. 15, 2019 03:09 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain Macklin Miezejeski turned in a top-12 finish at the Class SS State Championship to advance to compete at the State Open on behalf of the Valley Regional boys’ cross country team. Photo courtesy of Macklin Miezejeski

Miezejeski Blazing New Trail for Valley Cross Country

Published Nov. 07, 2019 02:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Weston Belisle poses problems for the opposition as a two-way lineman on the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football squad. Weston plays right guard and defensive tackle for the Warriors. Photo courtesy of Weston Belisle

Belisle Lays it on the Line for the Warriors

Published Nov. 01, 2019 02:58 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Jeni Caulfield has carved out a spot playing center back for a playoff-bound Valley girls’ soccer squad this fall. Jeni also competes for the Warriors’ indoor and outdoor track teams. Photo courtesy of Jeni Caulfield

Caulfield Finds Her Calling on Defense

Published Oct. 24, 2019 03:42 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior Cameron Frazier is leading the Valley boys’ soccer squad as a captain and will reprise that role with the boys’ lacrosse team in the spring. Photo by Nick Greene/The Courier

Frazier’s Fully Focused on Leading the Warriors

Published Oct. 17, 2019 04:26 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Lauren Miller is making her return to coaching for the first time in several years as she joins the Valley Regional volleyball program’s staff this fall. Photo courtesy of Lauren Miller

Miller Returns to Coaching With Valley Volleyball

Published Oct. 10, 2019 03:39 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Riley Millburne can do it all for the Valley Regional field hockey team. A four-year varsity starter, Riley is playing multiple positions for the Warriors, while leading the team as a senior captain. Photo courtesy of Riley Millburne

Versatile Millburne Finds Her Voice as a Senior Captain

Published Oct. 04, 2019 02:00 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Phil Cohen is back with the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football squad six years after playing quarterback for the Warriors. Phil, a physical education teacher at Old Lyme High School, serves as a scout and offensive assistant on Head Coach Tim King’s coaching staff.

Photo courtesy of Phil Cohen

Cohen Lives His Dream by Coaching for the Warriors

Published Sep. 26, 2019 03:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Joe Heery had a busy summer in the Deep River Horseshoe League. In addition to helping the White Sox reach the championship game, Joe penned the league’s weekly newsletter and also hit the airwaves to promote the sport. Photo by Chris Negrini/The Courier

Heery Spreads the News About Deep River Horseshoes

Published Sep. 19, 2019 12:46 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Courtney Weisse will be taking the reins of Valley Regional’s first cheerleading program in more than a decade this fall. Courtney has been the head coach of the Old Saybrook- Westbrook co-op cheer team for the past 11 years. Photo courtesy of Courtney Weisse

Weisse Leading Resurgent Valley Cheer Program

Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:05 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Valley Regional girls’ soccer alum Megan Perkins is stepping into her first season as an assistant coach with the Warriors. Megan was a four-year starter at Valley who earned All-State honors during her junior season. Photo courtesy of Megan Perkins

Perkins Returns to Valley as Assistant Coach

Published Sep. 05, 2019 10:54 a.m.

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