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Sports Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published May 14, 2024 11 am

Kuja Craves Daily Tests of Baseball as Hand’s Captain, Second Baseman

With a game predicated on averages as a barometer of success, baseball can bring about the best and worst of times in the same day. Yet for Ben Kuja, he welcomes the adve...
Person of the Week • Published May 14, 2024 11 am

Hornets’ Forney Forged Path of Proficiency Quickly with Lacrosse

Isaiah Forney may have responded a little bit later than desired when it came to the party that is the sport of lacrosse. Still, he has more than made up for any lost tim...
Person of the Week • Published May 14, 2024 11 am

Ruel Commands Commitment and Enjoyment as Captain for Valley Golf

Staying fully committed to the course and blocking out any outside noise or volume between the ears has helped Tyler Ruel become both a skilled golfer and leader, along w...
Person of the Week • Published May 14, 2024 11 am

Morris All About Moving as a Team as Doubles Specialist for NH Tennis

For Chandler Morris, she truly loves to be among her colleagues whenever she is taking part in sports. So it comes with very little shock that once she decided to take h...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Ariyan All About Partnership as Dominant Doubles Player for Hand Tennis

Playing as part of a doubles pairing in tennis is arguably the best lesson about the values and benefits of teamwork. For Teagan Ariyan, she has harnessed the superb skil...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Marino Molding Her Way to Superb Sophomore Stopper for NB Girls’ Lax

Any athlete that is asked to change their field assignment on the fly might feel some trepidation, much less when you are an underclassman. Yet Alyssa Marino showed a cer...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Santangelo a Stellar Stopper and Squad Leader as Captain for Valley Boys’ Lax

Noah Santangelo has stood tall as a superb stopper for the Valley Regional boys’ lacrosse team. Yet one thing he has certainly not swatted away is the opportunity to step...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Maselli Possesses Deep Love for the Game as Senior Captain for Rams Boys’ Lacrosse

Will Maselli has been drawn to the sport of lacrosse for a good portion of his life. Whenever he has that stick in his hand, he always puts forth his best effort in any g...
Person of the Week • Published May 07, 2024 11 am

Coyle Corralls Club as Sharp-Shooting Captain for NH Girls’ Lax

Once she traded swimming for a stick, Nola Coyle discovered an even greater and grander purpose within sports by playing with a group towards a collective goal. This has ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 30, 2024 01 pm

Selmer Stretches Himself as Three-Season Athlete and Outfielder for H-K Baseball

Max Selmer has taken on additional athletic roles while stepping into the upperclassmen ranks at Haddam-Killingworth. Yet they have all been to bolster his various skill ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 30, 2024 01 pm

Sophomore Sorrell Surging as Diverse and Dynamic Track Athlete for NB

Sophia Sorrell always had a curious and adventurous mind and body when it came to sports during her upbringing. Now, those personality traits have served her well in her ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 30, 2024 01 pm

Akehurst Ascends on the Floor as Dynamic Dancer

Dancing is a sport that is quite unique when compared to some run-of-the-mill-athletic activities. It permits a plethora of creativity and chances to express yourself. Fo...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 30, 2024 01 pm

Blanchard Speaks Loud and Clear as Catcher, Captain for NH Softball

Leaving the lines of communication wide and open often drives success within a group, or any sports team. For Izzy Blanchard, she is harnessing the value of utilizing the...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 23, 2024 11 am

Washburne Powered Crave for Crew to National, International Waters

Through hurdles he has been dealing with since birth, Ben Washburne found great solace and sanctuary from it all through the sport of rowing. And it has been his near lif...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 23, 2024 11 am

Pont Strong Displayed Herself as Dynamic Captain for Branford Cheer

One of the programs on the rise in the competitive cheerleading world in the Southern Connecticut Conference after this past winter was the Branford cheerleading team. A ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 23, 2024 11 am

Valley Gymnastics Rookie Reilly Earned a Super Spot on State’s Regional Team

Emma Reilly craves the competition when it comes to gymnastics, but she also enjoys the free flowing and creative elements of the sport. Both of those facets of the mat b...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 23, 2024 11 am

Silva Serving It Up as Doubles Champ and Three-Sport Athlete for Westbrook

Giovanna Silva has always had a knack for athletics. Over the years of partaking in a variety of different circuits, she has grown into a well-rounded athlete that has ut...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Lavigne Lapped Up Strength and Determination as Freshman Grappler for Hand

One of the bigger stories within the room of a young Hand wrestling team was the emergence of a freshman phenom in Evelyn Lavigne. In only a single season, she has broken...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Christie Crushes Through Any Hurdles as All-Shoreline Track Star

Whether you are running full steam ahead in your own lane, or waiting for your leg of a relay race to take off, track and field can be a physically grueling and mentally ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Bernardo Boasted Championships and Top-Notch Mentality for NH Football, Hoops

For Ryan Bernardo, his youthful upbringing was an athletic one with quite a bit of winning surrounding it. Even with that early success, he still stayed humble and hard-w...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

H-K’s Howes Nails Core Tenets of Wrestling as Three-Time Open Participant

For Gunnar Howes, he has become a seemingly permanent fixture in the postseason landscape of Connecticut high school wrestling at both the Class S and State Open tiers. H...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

Giordano Grew as Athlete and Leader as Branford Junior Cheer Captain

For the Branford cheerleading team, it had to endure many twists and turns this season. Though in the end, it all came together in the best way possible–thanks in large p...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

Percival Shows Versatility and Growth as Old Saybrook Basketball Captain

Wesley “Wes” Percival was meant to play sports. He has showcased his skills in various athletic avenues over the years, and his athleticism led him to be trusted as a str...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 09, 2024 02 am

Mansur Morphing into a Strong Grappler for North Haven

Mason Mansur has stayed grounded in a short stint with wrestling and taken things with a piecemeal approach. That head space has allowed him to get a leg up on his compet...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Vedrani Changes the Lives of Young Athletes in Long Tenure with Guilford Wrestling

The Guilford Grizzlies coed wrestling team has found a lot of success over the years, both in the growth of individual athletes, as well as the team accomplishments. Head...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Gu Gained Great Strength, Balance as Newcomer to North Branford Fencing

Emily Gu has grasped the essential skills of fencing in order to master it and become a pivotal piece of the burgeoning North Branford fencing team. Yet even more crucial...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Bisson Breaks Through 100 Career Point Barrier with Mount Holyoke Lax

Emi Bisson spent her tenure with Valley Regional being one of the more stronger and decorated players in the girls’ lacrosse program. Utilizing the ultimate asset of conf...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Castro an All-Out Star for Old Saybrook Cross Country and Track

Carlina Castro was born to run. As a versatile athlete who displays quite the endurance and dedication on multiple running circuits, she has earned her way to an even big...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 02, 2024 11 am

Pollio a Proficient Pupil of the Strip as North Haven Fencing Sophomore

It took the first decade of Ben Pollio’s life to find his haven athletically when he saw the fencing strip. In such a short time, he has harnessed the case study of each ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

H-K’s Dixon Stepped Up Instantly as a Freshman on the Mat

While only a young freshman, Peyton Dixon has the attitude of a savvy veteran when it comes to grappling with the sport of wrestling. She takes the workhorse mentality an...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

Ametrano a Star Center Fielder for Guilford Baseball

Lucas Ametrano has had baseball in his life for as long as he can remember. With talent that shines through no matter where he plays, he has been a key asset to the Guilf...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

Ardito an Advocate of Arduous Fitness Journeys as Three-Sport Athlete

Lily Ardito treats her stature as an athlete like a temple with constant upkeep via moving year-round. Yet she never complains no matter how grueling the endeavor is and ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

O’Neill a Defensive Stalwart as Morgan Girls’ Basketball Captain

Good leaders in athletics can shine through in many different ways. They can have strong skills in competition and serve as role models for their teammates, or they can h...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 26, 2024 11 am

EH’s Francois Finding National-Level Success and Notoriety with Southern Track

Most recently, the East Haven track program saw one of its alumni in the field leap quite high in her collegiate career. Her efforts landed her the opportunity of a lifet...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Tapia Went Over the Top as Épée Expert and Leader for Hand

When diligence meets opportunity, there is no timeline that is too short to achieve the highest levels of success with any craft. For Hanley Tapia, he made the most of hi...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Fagan a Star Pitcher as Dartmouth Softball Commit

Anna Fagan’s mind may have been made up for weeks, if not months. Still, the Guilford native felt like a weight was lifted off her shoulders when she formally decided in ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Jones Drew Up Dime of Time in Helping Branford Cheer Grow

The cheerleading mat was Danielle Jones’ first home base for athletics. And more than a decade later, it has remained her lone nest for sports, but she has gained some en...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Cassella Gives His All as Three-Sport Athlete for Old Saybrook

Being a three-sport athlete is challenging in itself, but performing well in all three takes an exceptional amount of hard work and leadership year-round. Brendan Cassell...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 19, 2024 11 am

Fletcher Flexed Hard on the Mat as Decorated East Haven Wrestler

The workhorse mentality that comes with wrestling is what drew Jack Fletcher to the mat. And with his dedication and persistence 365 days a year, he has established himse...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

Zalewski a Decorated Dancer and All-Stater for Branford

The dance floor is a harbor for constant hustle and a multitude of movements. For Sadie Zalewski, she is a consistent locomotive–never stopping or leaning on past laurels...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

All-State Selection Dobratz Drums Up Selflessness on the Ice for Hand

In a short span, Kendall Dobratz has established herself as a preeminent goalscorer in the Connecticut girls’ ice hockey landscape. Yet no matter how many accolades or la...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 12, 2024 11 am

Davila Drums Up Sound Defensive Efforts for North Haven Boys’ Hoops

Growing up, the influence of his family weighed heavily on the eventual path that led to Ibby Davila sticking with basketball for his entire upbringing and athletic life....
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

Stouraites Parlaying Water Polo Progress into Trip to Nationals

One sport on a rapid rise across the landscape of the United States is water polo. For one local junior high student, he has ridden the wave of the game’s growth, and ear...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

Budz Bursts Through with Speed All the Way to Nationals

No matter how much energy her rigorous training regimen drains out of her, Joelle Budz’s drive is kept in motion by the fact that she is well aware it is all worth it in ...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

Pilon’s Persistence on Progress Lands Her College Lax Commitment

When it comes to her skill set and acumen with the game of lacrosse, Rowan Pilon takes a slow but steady approach of improving herself every instance of every day. That g...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 05, 2024 10 am

DiMauro Making His Mark as North Haven Wrestling Captain

In only his second season within the sport of wrestling, and his team’s only second campaign as a full-fledged program, Tyler DiMauro has already assumed a leadership rol...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Markovitz Manufactures Confidence as Defensive, Shooting Force for Hand

Swagger can often steady a ship when it comes to an athlete’s journey throughout the fast moving waters of basketball. For Sam Markovitz, he fosters that confidence to cu...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Gott Garners Track of Confidence as Multi-Event School Record Holder

Sam Gott looks at the world of competitive running and track through the prism of stress and anxiety relief, along with constructing connections. He has utilized that ess...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Faucher’s Fortitude Thrust Him into College Baseball Commitment

The game of baseball often imitates life and instills great lessons from it. It often showcases the idea that when you persist with positivity, you can truly ascend. This...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 27, 2024 11 am

Dobratz Setting Records as Old Saybrook Indoor Track Captain

Running is considered to be an individual sport, but there is also very much a team aspect to the game, too. Lauren Dobratz understands this sentiment all too well, as sh...