Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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North Haven Courier

Catherine Bianchi is making key contributions for the North Haven field hockey team as a sophomore forward this season. Photo courtesy of Catherine Bianchi

Bianchi Scoring Varsity Goals as a Sophomore

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Senior Victor Rolon filled a big void by becoming East Haven’s goalie this season and was also named a team captain along the way. Photo courtesy of Abby Sawicki

Rolon Steps Up as the Easties’ Keeper

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Lilly Lavigne is not only leading the Warriors’ field hockey team in scoring as a freshman, but is the top scorer in the Shoreline Conference, too. Photo courtesy of Lilly Lavigne

Lavigne Packs Offensive Punch as a Freshman

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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The Sound

David McDonald is leading the Branford football team as a senior captain while playing tight end, outside linebacker, and defensive end for the Hornets this fall. Photo courtesy of David McDonald

McDonald Feels Honored to Lead the Hornets

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

Senior captain Daisy Pope has recorded 150 assists as a setter with the Guilford girls’ volleyball team this fall. Photo courtesy of Daisy Pope

Pope Sets the Tone for the Grizzlies

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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The Source

Senior captain running back Ethan O’Brien has ran for 361 yards and seven touchdowns for the Hand football team this season, including a huge performance versus Sheehan last week.

Photo courtesy of Ethan O’Brien

O’Brien Gaining Big Yards on the Gridiron

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 p.m.

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Harbor News

Junior Joe Morse plays both varsity soccer and boys’ tennis for the Morgan Huskies. Photo courtesy of Joe Morse

East Haven Courier

Junior Gabby Gaetano is in her third season as a starting varsity midfielder with the East Haven girls’ soccer squad. Photo courtesy of Gabby Gaetano

Gaetano Thrives at the Midfielder Position

Published Oct. 07, 2021 11:47 a.m.

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North Haven Courier

Junior Aisling Pretty is making a difference on defense with the North Haven girls’ soccer team this season. 

Photo courtesy of Aisling Pretty

Valley Courier

Tucker Burr, a senior captain for the Valley boys’ soccer team, will continue playing at the collegiate level at Colorado College next fall. Photo courtesy of Tucker Burr

The Sound

Senior Macey Girard is in her fourth year as the starting goalie for the Branford girls’ soccer squad and her second season as a team captain. Photo courtesy of Macey Girard

Girard’s a True Leader as a Keeper

Published Oct. 07, 2021 11:47 a.m.

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Guilford Courier

Dillon Burlakoff is getting carries and making catches as a junior for the Guilford football squad this fall. Photo courtesy of Dillon Burlakoff

Burlakoff Making the Most of His Junior Campaign

Published Oct. 07, 2021 11:47 a.m.

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The Source

Neil Phillips has the Hand boys’ soccer team off to a 7-0-1 start in his first campaign as head coach of the Tigers. Photo courtesy of Neil Phillips

Phillips Embracing Expectations with the Tigers

Published Oct. 07, 2021 11:47 a.m.

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East Haven Courier

Senior Frank Papa is leading the East Haven cross country program as the only athlete on the boys’ roster this year. Frank also wrestles for the Yellowjackets and takes pride in serving as a leader for both programs. Photo courtesy of Frank Papa

Papa’s Carrying the Torch on the Trails

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Lexy Signor secured her spot as the starting libero for the North Haven girls’ volleyball team as a senior this year. 

Photo courtesy of Kristen Bataille

Signor Worked Hard to Start as a Senior

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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Harbor News

Senior captain forward Grace Adams has four goals and two assists while helping the Old Saybrook field hockey team start its season with a record of 6-0-1. Photo courtesy of Grace Adams

Adams Loves Everything About Field Hockey

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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Valley Courier

Sophia Surber stepped up as one of the Valley Regional girls’ soccer squad’s captains this season. Sophia’s senior leadership and obvious talent are major boons for a Warriors’ team with Shoreline Conference championship aspirations in 2021. Photo courtesy of Sophia Surber

Surber Supplies Senior Leadership for Warriors

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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The Sound

Branford graduate Mike Martone, Jr., is in his first season as head coach of the Hornets’ varsity girls’ volleyball squad. Branford is off to a 5-1 start to the season with Mike on the sidelines. Photo courtesy of Mike Martone, Jr.

Martone Happy to Coach His Hometown Hornets

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

Juan Salas-Romer has been playing two different positions while leading the Guilford boys’ soccer team as a senior captain this season. Photo courtesy of Juan Salas-Romer

Salas-Romer Plays with Passion on the Pitch

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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The Source

Brianna Minervino is leading the H-K girls’ cross country squad as a senior captain this fall and will reprise with that role with her track teams later in the school year. Photo courtesy of Brianna Minervino

Minervino is Always on the Run

Published Sep. 30, 2021 01:45 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Senior Kayla Stefania is in her second season as East Haven’s starting setter and is also leading the team as a captain this year. Photo courtesy of Kayla Stefania

Stefania Sets the Stage for East Haven

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:31 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Giulia Faulkner is looking to lead the North Haven girls’ swim team to a successful season as a senior captain this fall. Photo courtesy of Giulia Faulkner

Harbor News

Junior Steve Kinser is scoring his share of goals to help the Morgan boys’ soccer squad win games early on in the 2021 fall season. Photo courtesy of Steve Kinser

Kinser Helps the Huskies Start Strong

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:31 p.m.

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Valley Courier

James Marsden keeps busy all year playing for the Valley Regional-Old Lyme football team, the Warriors’ boys’ basketball squad, and the Valley baseball team. Photo courtesy of James Marsden

Marsden Makes Every Minute Count

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:31 p.m.

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The Sound

Senior captain Nina Shamas in her second season as the starting goalie for the Branford field hockey team after making All-SCC and All-State as a junior. 

Photo courtesy of Nina Shamas

Shamas Protects the Hornets’ Net

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:30 p.m.

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Guilford Courier

Junior Ella Clarke is making key contributions at the center forward position for the Guilford field hockey team this season. Photo courtesy of Ella Clarke

Clarke Always Moving Forward for the Grizzlies

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:30 p.m.

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The Source

Junior Leah Chester is patrolling the midfield for the H-K girls’ soccer team this season after having previously played on defense for the Cougars. Photo courtesy of Leah Chester

Chester Making Moves in the Midfield

Published Sep. 23, 2021 12:30 p.m.

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East Haven Courier

Former Yellowjackets’ athlete Danielle Stevens recently began her first season as a varsity assistant coach and the JV head coach with the East Haven girls’ volleyball program. Photo courtesy of Danielle Stevens

Stevens Happy to be Coaching with the Easties

Published Sep. 16, 2021 02:52 p.m.

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North Haven Courier

Ada Forbes is leading North Haven’s offense as the team’s striker, while leading the her squad overall as a senior captain. Photo courtesy of Ada Forbes