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11/15/2023 10:45 AM

Girls’ Volleyball Spikes to the Semis, Girls’ Swimming Wins Last Four Meets

The H-K girls’ swimming team finished the season with a 7-2 overall record. Pictured are the members of the team after celebrating Senior Night with a 76-49 win over Old Lyme Co-op in (front) seniors Layla Hayward (co-captain), Emma Sajus, Peyton Tyler (co-captain), and Team Manager Liza Murphy; (back) VV Pypa, Sophia Langer, Liv Macaluso, Sofia Campo, Sam Kukta, Maggie Miller, Olivia Campo, Elsa Shatraw, Gianna Dabkowski, and Olive Forristall. Photo courtesy of Lauren Thebeau


On Nov. 10, H-K football played host to Capital/Achievement and won 30-20 on Senior Night. Haddam-Killingworth (3-6) won its second consecutive game and had four different players score touchdowns. Bryce Lacoss ran for one touchdown and threw for another to Joe Slane, while Tyler Napierkowski and Josh Frith each posted rushing touchdowns.

Jamien Evans and John Moyher each had an interception to lead the Cougars' defense.

“I thought we played our most complete game of the year, a total team victory,” said H-K Head Coach Tyler Wilcox. “I'm so proud of the way the kids have stuck together and continued to work through some challenging times. They deserve a lot of credit.”

Before the game, the following H-K senior football players were recognized: Peter Guarino, Lorenzo Rich, Jake DePino, Jacob McGoey, Luke Dooley, Cooper Pitts, and Wyatt Solosky.

Field Hockey

H-K field hockey began Class S State Tournament play as the No. 13 seed. In the qualifying round on Nov. 4, the Cougars hosted No. 20 Valley Regional and won 1-0.

In the first round on Nov. 7, H-K traveled to No. 4 Old Saybrook and fell 3-0.

Boys’ Soccer

The H-K boys’ soccer team qualified for the Class S State Tournament as the No. 6 seed. After receiving a bye in the first round, the Cougars hosted No. 11 Coventry in the second round on Nov. 9 and won 2-1.

In the quarterfinals on Nov. 11, H-K played host to No. 14 Oxford and recorded a 3-0 win.

Girls’ Soccer

Girls’ soccer opened up the Class M State Tournament as the No. 16 seed. In the first round on Nov. 6, H-K hosted No. 17 Abbott Tech and won 7-0.

Two days later in the second round, the Cougars traveled to No. 1 Suffield and fell 6-2.

Girls’ Volleyball

Cougars girls’ volleyball landed a spot in the Class S State Tournament as the No. 5 seed. After earning a first-round bye, H-K hosted No. 12 SMSA in the second round on Nov. 8 and won 3-0.

In the quarterfinals on Nov. 10, the Cougars traveled to No. 4 Wolcott Tech and collected a 3-0 victory.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

The H-K girls’ swimming team won its last four meets of the season to finish with a 7-2 record. The Cougars girls’ final winning streak started with Suffield (101-61), followed by a close meet against Ledyard (86-84), then Windsor Locks (84-66), and a win against Old Lyme Co-Op (76-49) for the team’s Senior Night on Nov. 1, which honored seniors Emma Sajus, co-captains Layla Hayward and Peyton Tyler, and team manager Liza Murphy.

Thirteen swimmers scored winning points for H-K in Elsa Shatraw (freshman), Sajus (senior), Gianna Dabkowski (freshman), Hayward (senior), Maggie Miller (sophomore), Olive Forristall (freshman), Olivia Campo (junior), Olivia “Liv” Macaluso (junior), Tyler (senior), Sam Kukta (sophomore), Sofia Campo (junior), Sophia Langer (freshman), and Veronica “VV” Pypa (junior).

Ten swimmers qualified to compete in individual and relay events at the Class S State Swimming Championships in mid-November. Those swimmers were Shatraw (500 free No. 31, 100 backstroke second alternate), Sajus (200 individual medley No. 26, 100 butterfly No. 18), Dabkowski (50 freestyle No. 30, 100 freestyle No. 32), Hayward (50 freestyle No. 32), Macaluso (100 butterfly No. 11, 100 backstroke No. 13), Miller (200 freestyle No. 25, 500 freestyle No. 21), Forristall (200 individual medley No. 31, 100 breaststroke No. 29), Olivia Campo (200 individual medley No. 36), Tyler (200 freestyle No. 29, 100 freestyle No. 34), and Sofia Campo (relay alternate).

Head Coach Alison Karam is proud of the way the girls fought all season, producing many strong solo and individual performances.

“From the start of our season, this team has proven to be small but mighty. Every single girl has taken their swimming to a higher competitive level,” Karam said. “They work hard, support each other, and have a ton of fun. I love the team spirit and am proud of all they have achieved!”