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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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Valley Courier

Valley Regional senior Michael Dilger plays an integral role on offense as a winger with the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team. Michael and the Warriors are looking to continue establishing themselves as a force in the Shoreline Conference this year. Photo courtesy of Michael Dilger

Dilger Spreads His Wings for the Warriors

Published Oct. 19, 2018 03:09 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Jae’Len Arnum has been displaying his versatility for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team this season. The senior has seven touchdowns on offense and a pair of interceptions on defense for the undefeated Warriors. Photo courtesy of Jae’Len Arnum

Arnum Aims High for Valley-Old Lyme

Published Oct. 12, 2018 03:14 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain Lauren Salbinski has always been a leader on the defensive side of the ball for the Valley Regional girls’ soccer team. Photo courtesy of Lauren Salbinski

Senior Captain Salbinski Relishing Final Year at Valley

Published Oct. 04, 2018 02:09 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Annie Cooper has stepped into the role of senior captain for the Valley Regional field hockey team this fall. While Annie’s main position is midfielder, she has willingly played in a variety of spots this season to increase the Warriors’ chances of winning. Photo courtesy of Annie Cooper

Cooper Contributes in Several Capacities for Valley

Published Sep. 27, 2018 02:46 p.m.

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Valley Courier

New Valley Regional JV volleyball Head Coach Geane Giordano is taking her passion for the sport and channeling it into helping the Warriors’ future varsity athletes become better all-around players. Photo courtesy of Geane Giordano

Giordano Brings Years of Experience to Warriors’ Volleyball

Published Sep. 20, 2018 03:56 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain Ryan Santos recently turned in a strong showing in his first game starting at quarterback for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football squad. Last spring, Ryan helped his 4x100 relay quartet break a school record during the outdoor track season. Photo courtesy of Ryan Santos

Santos Embracing New Roles with Warriors’ Football

Published Sep. 13, 2018 12:29 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Senior captain midfielder Sean Cole is ready to lead the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team to another successful campaign in 2018 after earning All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention in his junior season. Sean will also serve as a captain for the boys’ lacrosse team next spring. Photo courtesy of Sean Cole

Cole Ready to Lead Two Valley Teams as a Senior

Published Sep. 06, 2018 02:16 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Old Saybrook resident Bart Gullong has a storied career in the sport of rowing. Now retired, Bart recently provided major financing for the crew at Valley Regional High School to help it become an independent program. Photo courtesy of Bart Gullong

Gullong Makes the World a Better Place, One Crew at a Time

Published Aug. 30, 2018 12:26 p.m.

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