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Senior Mackenzie Glenn finished in 18th place for long jump while representing North Branford at the New England Indoor Track Championships in Massachusetts. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Sound | Buy This Photo)
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Girls’ Indoor Track
North Branford senior Mackenzie Glenn competed in the long jump at the New England Indoor Track Championships at Reggie Lewis State Track Athletic Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts on Feb. 29.
Glenn reached a distance of 16 feet-3.5 inches to take 18th place in the long jump at New Englands. Glenn had previously finished fifth in the long jump at the State Open and fourth for the event at the Class S State Championship. She also won the long jump for second-straight year at the Shoreline Conference Championship earlier this season.
The North Branford girls’ basketball team opens play in the Class M State Tournament at the No. 21 seed this week. The Thunderbirds, who have an overall record of 10-12, will hit the road to play No. 12 Bassick in their first-round matchup on Tuesday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. With a win, the T-Birds would face the winner of No. 5 Seymour and No. 28 Plainville in the second round on Friday, Mar. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The quarterfinals take place on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. with the semifinals on Friday, March 13. The Class M state final will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena on either Saturday, March 21 or Sunday March 22.
The Thunderbirds took two defeats during the final week of the regular season. North Branford finished with a record of 6-14 on the year.
On Feb. 25, the T-Birds took 65-41 home loss to East Hampton. Two days later, North Branford dropped a 72-68 decision against Old Saybrook on the road.
Boys’ Ice Hockey
North Branford traveled to the Choate Hockey Rink to play Sheehan for their final game of the season on Feb. 26. The T-Birds lost by a 10-2 score to finish with a record of 1-18-1 on the year.
Four members of the North Branford fencing team participated in the Varsity Individual State Championships at Guilford High School on Feb. 21.
On the boys’ side, Ethan Sabetta finished 11 out of 68 competitors in the foil competition for North Branford. Nick Bonaldo finished in 49th place, and Luke Kim was tied for 67th place.
In the girls’ foil tournament, Izzy Schanz finished in 57th place for the Thunderbirds.
Boys’ Swimming and Diving
The Greater New Haven Warriors (GNH) boys’ swimming and diving team clinched the SCC Division 2 title by earning a home victory versus divisional opponent Sheehan in its regular-season finale on Senior Night. On Feb. 24, the Warriors hosted Sheehan and prevailed 100-70 at Walter Gawrych Community Pool to win the crown with a record of 6-0 in divisional meets. GNH finished with an overall mark of 8-2 for the regular season.
Later in the week, North Haven freshman Christian Butler earned a medal by finishing in sixth place at the SCC Diving Championship on behalf of the Warriors.
The Warriors honored North Haven student Stephen Borrelli and fellow senior captains Aidan Henry and Evan Laughlin of Guilford as part of their Senior Night festivities prior to their meet against Sheehan. Borrelli swam a lifetime-best time of 2:06.48 in the 200 freestyle in the victory. Henry went undefeated in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyles during the regular season.
Junior Tanner Powell swam a lifetime best of 1:02.65 in the 100 butterfly for GNH. Junior Collin Romero turned in a lifetime best of 28.43 for the 50 freestyle, while freshman Patrick Cucchiarelli did a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle (59.60) to go with a season-best in the 100 backstroke (1:09.75).
Other swimmers who recorded season-best marks were junior Dan Kamen in the 200 individual medley (2:13.52), junior Cameron Cargan in the 200 freestyle (1:58.09); freshman Aiden Cohen (24.62), freshman Lucas Espinosa (26.03), and sophomore Miguel Pearce (26.19) in the 50 freestyle; and freshman RT Trotter in the 100 butterfly (1:05.34) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.01)
Butler posted a lifetime-best score of 209.80 for a six-dive routine during the Warriors’ win against Sheehan. Later in the week, Butler competed at the SCC Diving Championship and claimed sixth place by scoring 321.25 points for his 11-diving performance at Sheehan High School on Feb. 28. Butler scored points that will count toward the Warriors’ total when they swim at the SCC Championship this week.
After SCCs, GNH will compete in the Class LL State Championship, beginning with the Diving Championship at Middletown High School on Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Class LL Swimming Trials will take place at East Hartford High School on Saturday, March 14 at 11:30 p.m., and the Class LL Swimming State Championship will be held at Wesleyan University on Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m.
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