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Branford Sports Person Of The Week

Person of the Week • Published Jul 27, 2022 12 pm

Linder Makes a Great Debut on the Lacrosse Field

If you watched Jack Linder play lacrosse as a junior, you wouldn’t have thought that this was his first year competing in the sport. However, Jack picked it up quickly an...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

Helwig Excited to Continue Playing Sports in College

Samantha Helwig never expected to be playing lacrosse at the collegiate level, but after competing for North Branford, her outlook on the future changed. Following a stro...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Scalia Pushes Past Setbacks for Super Senior Season

Dom Scalia had to battle through numerous injuries on his way to being named a captain and then making All-Conference and All-State in his senior season with the North Br...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 29, 2022 12 am

Wilson’s a Defensive Stalwart for the Hornets

Aryana Wilson has been making a name for herself as a three-sport athlete in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse over the past three years at Branford High School. Dur...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

DePino Honored to Be Part of T-Birds’ Dynasty

When she first started playing softball, Gianna DePino looked up to the older girls on her team and wanted to be just like them. In her senior year with the North Branfor...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

Gaudreau Serves Up Amazing Freshman Campaign

Peyton Gaudreau had a storybook freshman season with the Branford girls’ tennis team by going undefeated while earning All-SCC honors as the club’s No. 1 singles player t...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Patel Sets an Excellent Example On and Off the Court

Working hard to improve in any sport is typically the focus of every athlete. For Dhruvi Patel, the hard work that she puts into her everyday life has translated into her...
Person of the Week • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Acquarulo Leads the Hornets on the Links

Justin Acquarulo has grown into a one-of-kind athlete as a member of Branford boys’ golf team. In his final year with the program, Justin has become one of the steadiest ...
Person of the Week • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Berdon’s a Force on the Hornets’ Court

Josh Berdon has proved a valuable commodity while playing No. 1 singles for the Branford boys’ tennis team the past two years, earning All-SCC accolades in each campaign....
Person of the Week • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Brindisi’s True Keeper for the T-Birds

Dradon Brindisi’s first year of high school lacrosse ended with him being named to the All-Shoreline Conference Second Team in the 2021 season. Now back for year two as a...
Person of the Week • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Patel Serving as a Leader with T-Birds’ Tennis

Diya Patel was brand new to tennis when she joined the program at North Branford as a freshman. During the past four years, Diya has seen both her skillset and passion fo...
Person of the Week • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

Gomez Goes Above and Beyond for Thunderbirds

Nichole Gomez has made the full-time leap to varsity team as a senior with North Branford softball squad this season. During her time with the team, Nichole has served as...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

Strebel Loves Protecting the Hornets’ Net

Aidan Strebel has been the starting varsity goalie for the Hornets’ boys’ lacrosse team from the first day the he stepped foot on Branford’s campus. As he’s improved his ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

Raffone Loves Patrolling the Midfield for the Thunderbirds

Marissa Raffone first started playing lacrosse when she was in 8th grade—just four short years ago. In that amount of time, Marissa has transformed herself into a standou...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

O’Brien Excited to Coach Lacrosse at Her Alma Mater

After growing up in Branford and playing lacrosse for the Hornets, Cait O’Brien dreamed of becoming the team’s coach one day. Now, Cait’s dream has turned into a reality ...
Person of the Week • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Morgan Becomes a Force for the Hornets

Matt Morgan started as a forward on Branford’s second line during his freshman season and helped the Hornets claim a conference title. After making an immediate impact, M...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Michonski Thrives on the Ice and Diamond

For the past three years, Ryan Michonski has been a two-sport varsity athlete at North Branford High School, playing ice hockey and baseball for the Thunderbirds. Ryan, w...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Angelo Made the Most of Her Chance to Dance

As she watched her two older sisters compete in dance, Emma Angelo knew that she wanted to be in their shoes one day. During the past four years, Emma has had that chance...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Zdunek Pins Down a Historic Finish with the Hornets

Losing was never an option for Branford wrestler Pat Zdunek. In Pat’s final season competing for the Hornets’ wrestling team, the senior captain finished his career in sp...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Holmes Emerges for the Hornets as a Sophomore

After playing JV as a freshman, BJ Holmes entered his sophomore year looking to carve out a varsity role with the Branford boys’ basketball team. BJ accomplished his goal...
Person of the Week • Published Mar 02, 2022 11 pm

Burnham Earns All-Conference Honors as a Freshman

With her father having coached at Platt Tech, Shelby Burnham grew up attending high school basketball practices. Now a freshman on the Branford girls’ basketball team, Sh...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Criscuolo Pilots the T-Birds at the Point

After being one of the first players off the bench as a freshman, Keana Crisucolo has earned the starting varsity point guard role for the North Branford girls’ basketbal...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

Geist Finds His Stride Between the Pipes

Aidan Geist only had about a year of experience playing goalie when he was put into the varsity net as a freshman. Aidan has been stopping shots ever since while holding ...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 09, 2022 11 pm

Frawley Reaches His Peak as a Senior

John Frawley is always looking to make a play on the ball as both a wide receiver and a cornerback. John has only seen his skills improve in his four years with the Branf...
Person of the Week • Published Feb 02, 2022 11 pm

Monde Plays Basketball with Passion

While he tried several different sports as a youngster, Ryan Monde always preferred basketball. After playing through the youth ranks, Ryan took his skills to the North B...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 26, 2022 11 pm

Mathis Embraces the Brotherhood Among the Hornets

After being denied the opportunity to fully compete in football and wrestling as a junior, Nate Mathis is capping off his athletic career at Branford on a high note in hi...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 19, 2022 11 pm

Kapushinski Excited to Coach Branford Wrestling

The Branford wrestling team returned to the mats with new leadership following a matchless season last year. Kevin Kapushinski was hired to take over the Hornets as head ...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 12, 2022 11 pm

Sachs Always Gives it His All with the Hornets

Dylan Sachs has been a member of the Branford boys’ basketball varsity team since his freshman year at the high school. After putting in 100 percent every time he entered...
Person of the Week • Published Jan 05, 2022 11 pm

Burke Manages to Help the T-Birds Succeed

Saoirse Burke’s back injury might have taken her off the playing field. However, as a manager for the North Branford field hockey team, she helped lead the Thunderbirds t...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 15, 2021 11 pm

Spaulding Appreciates Her Teammates’ Support

At the age of 10, Branford’s Caroline Spaulding was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, forcing her to step away from both the soccer field and dance floor. However, despite ...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 08, 2021 11 pm

Toto Finishes T-Birds’ Field Hockey Career with Dream Season

Record breaker, captain, champion—these are just a few of the words you could use to describe North Branford field hockey player Olivia Toto. Olivia was always striving f...
Person of the Week • Published Dec 01, 2021 11 pm

Bietz Makes All-State at Setter

After growing up playing basketball, Allie Bietz decided to try her hand at volleyball after being encouraged by her mother Jane, who played the sport in high school. Whe...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 10, 2021 11 pm

Johnson Earns Back-to-Back All-Conference Honors

By the end of her freshman season, Marzia Johnson was already a varsity starter for the Branford girls’ volleyball squad. Marzia continued to hone her skills through the ...
Person of the Week • Published Nov 04, 2021 12 am

Stone’s Solid as North Branford’s Setter

When Makenna Stone was born, her mother Debbie was the head coach of the North Branford girls’ volleyball team. Through the past four years, Makenna has created her own l...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 28, 2021 12 am

Kendrick Moving Forward with the Hornets

At first, Lauren Kendrick wasn’t sure if field hockey would be the right sport for her. However, after seeing what the Branford field hockey program had to offer, Lauren ...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 21, 2021 12 am

Stakaj Stands Tall for T-Birds’ Volleyball

Franceska Stakaj quickly fell in love with volleyball after being introduced to the sport by her family. Now a senior on the North Branford girls’ volleyball team, France...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 14, 2021 12 am

McDonald Feels Honored to Lead the Hornets

As a freshman in the Branford football program, David McDonald looked up to the upperclassmen and dreamed of having a chance to lead the team one day. David got his oppor...
Person of the Week • Published Oct 07, 2021 12 am

Girard’s a True Leader as a Keeper

Macey Girard has been the starting varsity goalie for the Branford girls’ soccer team for the past four seasons. After earning All-SCC honors and being named a captain, M...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 30, 2021 12 am

Martone Happy to Coach His Hometown Hornets

After serving as the JV coach last year Mike Martone, Jr., was named the new head coach of the Branford varsity girls’ volleyball team for the 2021 season. Mike, a 2001 B...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 23, 2021 12 am

Shamas Protects the Hornets’ Net

Nina Shamas became a field hockey goalie during her freshman year at Branford High School. Nina quickly found her footing in the net and has since put together a solid ca...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 16, 2021 12 am

Parente Made a Great Call to Play Volleyball

Carley Parente played competitive volleyball for the first time as a freshman at North Branford High School, and it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the spor...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 09, 2021 12 am

Loomis Loves Everything About Baseball

David Loomis idolized legendary shortstop Derek Jeter as he grew up watching New York Yankees’ games with his grandfather Dominic. This summer, David got to step into his...
Person of the Week • Published Sep 02, 2021 12 am

Ricardo Ready to Lead the T-Birds as a Senior

With her older sister competing for the girls’ volleyball team at North Branford Intermediate School, Marissa Ricardo decided that she wanted to play the sport herself in...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 26, 2021 12 am

Miller Was Brilliant in the Shoreline Final

Zoe Miller made a big jump as an attacker with the North Branford girls’ lacrosse team this past season. Zoe and the Thunderbirds hoisted a Shoreline Championship banner ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 19, 2021 12 am

Saldutti Scores Goals in Droves for North Branford

It didn’t take long for Jake Saldutti to fall in love with lacrosse and then learn to excel at the sport. This spring, Jake put together an impressive junior season with ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 12, 2021 12 am

Lepre Makes All-SCC for Second-Straight Season

Between taking time off from the sport, battling through an injury as a freshman, and losing her junior season, Shae Lepre’s journey through tennis has been anything but ...
Person of the Week • Published Aug 05, 2021 12 am

Lacroix Enjoys Teaching the T-Birds

When first-year North Branford girls’ tennis Head Coach Liz Caplan needed some help at practice one day, she reached out to her co-worker and friend Nicole Lacroix. What ...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 29, 2021 12 am

Esposito Proves a True Leader for the Hornets

As a catcher, Sophia Esposito knew that she always had to be a leader on the diamond. Sophia was able to do that and much more during her career with the Branford softbal...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 22, 2021 12 am

Dugan Finishes Senior Year with All-SCC Honors

Kaitlyn Dugan became an instant difference maker for the Branford softball team after earning the starting center’s fielder’s job as a sophomore. Kaitlyn continued to get...
Person of the Week • Published Jul 08, 2021 12 am

Paleski Continues Family Tradition by Making All-SCC

Lacrosse has always been a big thing in Cam Paleski’s family as his brother Connor and sister Grace were both standout performers for Branford. Cam wanted to keep the Pal...